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“I’m driving to pay off my student debts. I had to start college late..

“I’m driving to pay off my student debts. I had to start college late because my father had a stroke shortly after I graduated high school. He couldn’t afford to stop working. So I worked in a fried chicken restaurant seven days a week while he recovered. When he first came home from the hospital...

“I’m turning thirty in July. And I’m still working out a lot of..

“I’m turning thirty in July. And I’m still working out a lot of childish things in my dating life. I’m learning how to communicate. I’m learning to ask myself: ‘What do I want?’ instead of ‘What can I take?’ I’m learning that another person can never ‘complete me.’ And I’m learning that i...

“I’m practicing French right now. I want to move to Europe so I can..

“I’m practicing French right now. I want to move to Europe so I can force myself to start over. I have a nine-to-six job. It’s a good position. They pay me well. I love my team. But everything just feels so familiar. There’s no discomfort or uncertainty anymore. On weekends I go to the same ...

“He’s an actor on Broadway. I broke up with him in December because..

“He’s an actor on Broadway. I broke up with him in December because he couldn’t manage his anger. He’d scream at me on subway platforms. Once he busted my lip while trying to grab something out of my hand. That was when I finally ended it. But he called me on New Year’s Eve and asked if he coul...

“’I’m obsessive, but my obsessions are productive. I’m happy...

“’I’m obsessive, but my obsessions are productive. I’m happy. I never get depressed. I find life very interesting. I paint for hours every day. I have 100,000 postcards at home organized geographically. And I’ve written a story about every day of my life between 1981 and 2011. I have 20,...

“I asked her out during a movie. I was really nervous, so I executed..

“I asked her out during a movie. I was really nervous, so I executed with about half the talent level that I could have. I accidentally swallowed some cologne in the bathroom because I tried to open the packet with my mouth. Then I never actually had the courage to ask the question. I waited un...

“I just had to sit down because I got short of breath. I was at a restaurant..

“I just had to sit down because I got short of breath. I was at a restaurant earlier where the manager had to seat me at the counter because I couldn’t fit in the booth. I have pain in my knees and my joints. I sleep with a breathing apparatus at night. And I’m a great candidate for a heart attack...

“I grew up outside of Miami. It wasn’t easy to be young, black, and..

“I grew up outside of Miami. It wasn’t easy to be young, black, and gay in my neighborhood. It was a very masculine space. All the guys played basketball or football. They wore oversize clothes. There was a clearly defined idea of what it meant to be a man. And I spent a lot of energy trying to ...

“I feel like I’m just starting, but I think I’d be fine if it all..

“I feel like I’m just starting, but I think I’d be fine if it all went away. I get that from my mother. From the moment I started singing, she always reminded me that all of this was a privilege, and could be taken at any moment. So singing is not how I define myself. I try to keep my iden...

“He’s so sexy. And he taught me the importance of being silly.”..

“He’s so sexy. And he taught me the importance of being silly.”
“Being silly is so important. Silly is the opposite of grief. It’s throwing yourself into a moment without care. You can’t always maintain your status as a dignified person-- it gives you blinders. When you always expect the world...
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Did you visit the comprehensive exhibition "Hubert Robert" last year at the Gallery? Hubert Robert's work is now on view in our special exhibition, "America Collects Eighteenth-Century French Painting." This painting, "The Octavian Gate and Fish Market," comes from The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College. Interestingly, it is almost identical in composition and scale to Robert's "Architectural Capriccio with the Portico of Octavia," located at the Musée du Louvre. The artist exhibited this work at the Salon of 1791. It entered Vassar's collection in 1880, less than 100 years after it was painted. The work is one of the earliest 18th-century paintings to enter this country. Hubert Robert, "The Octavian Gate and Fish Market," 1784, oil on canvas, Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, Poughkeepsie, NY, bequest of Henderson Green