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RUNNIN’ A TV STATION AIN’T EASY

Hue has never started a business. The opposite is true of Marguerite Moore.

Moore, who teaches classes at FIT’s Enterprise Center and who blogs for Hot Topics Insider, wrote Love and War, The Human Side of Business: The Tale of The Arabic Channel about the cable station for Arabic speakers (channel 507 on Time Warner) that she and her husband Gamil launched in 1991, while she was working at Lehman Brothers. Since then, it’s been a trial by fire of buying content, selling advertising, and struggling to turn a profit in the wake of the 1993 and 2001 terrorist attacks.

Moore has a built-in readership; she plans to teach the book to BE261: Starting a Small Business this spring. Hue sat down with Moore to ask her about the channel and the book.

Hue: What are The Arabic Channel’s most popular shows?
Moore:
We run a lot of soap operas and films, from Egypt, Syria, and Dubai. Movies about [medieval Egyptian sultan] Salah El-Din, Genghis Khan, and Anwar Sadat, have been very popular, as has a documentary on the October 6 War [also known as the Yom Kippur War], when Egypt conquered Israel. We used to produce our own news, getting the feed from the AP. Now we show Al Jazeera.

Marguerite Moore and her husband Gamil hold a quick confab inside The Arabic Channel HQ.

Hue: Running an Arabic channel must get politically dicey these days.
Moore:
We entertain all faiths and try to be apolitical. But it’s not easy. When we show the Jumu’ah, the Friday prayer of Mecca, our viewers like that, but one Christmas we put on the Orthodox Mass, and we got complaints.
Shortly after the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center, the FBI visited us. They wanted to know if we had been contacted by anyone involved in the bombing. They tapped our phones. We didn’t realize that the FBI was aware that The Arabic Channel existed. And every time we picked up the phone, we had to be careful.

Hue: How did you come up with the title for your book?
Moore: I was having difficulty with that, so I had lunch with my friend Merry, who is a big reader. She said, “Love and War. The book is about a marriage, going back and forth between love and war, and the World Trade Center attacks are a kind of war. And you’re relating what happened to you, which is the human side of it.” Every time I was writing, I’d think about those elements.

ILLUSTRATION STUDENT’S WORK IS INCREDIBLY COOL BUT KINDA FREAKY TOO

Every so often, while Hue is wandering the halls of FIT, a student artwork catches Hue’s eye. Recently, Hue saw three works that revealed an artist’s macabre vision.

Behold “The Bird Nest,” by Phoenix Chan, Illustration BFA ’12. Is it a bird feeding her young at dawn, or bird about to feast on li’l blondie trapped in her nest?

Alice in blunderland

“The Bird Nest,” Oil on gesso board, 16”x20”, by Phoenix Chan

Phoenix sees a third option, that the bird is surprised to encounter a five-inch-tall girl taking a nap in her nest. “Personally,” she says, “I am fascinated by ‘tiny people.’”

This next one looks sort of normal, until you look closer… a rabbit in her underwear? Babies in a bag? A head made of gears, covered in a mask? Hue says: What?

Is this running local?

“The Subway,” oil and ink on watercolor paper, 11.5”x30”, by Phoenix Chan

Here’s the real story, courtesy of Ms. Chan: A lost little boy tries to get on the subway at Adult Ave. A friendly stranger stops him and tells him to put on a mask—because it’s uncouth to look people in the eye on the subway. The little tyke has to decide whether or not to accept it or not.

In “The Chess Board,” Phoenix depicts Heaven, Earth, and Hell on three separate chess boards, all connected by stairs. If you win the chess game on one level, you move up. If you lose, you move down.

Take that, Bobby Fischer

“The Chess Board,” ink on craft paper, 24”x36”, by Phoenix Chan

For more of Phoenix’s mind-opening work, open up Phoenix Chan Collections [http://phoenixchancollections.blogspot.com/].

LIFE IN PLASTIC, IT’S FANTASTIC

All those who complain that there isn’t enough pink at FIT should please proceed to the lobby of the Pomerantz Art and Design Center. There, Mattel has teamed up with FIT to create “The Pink Issue,” an homage to Barbie from five Art and Design majors.

Hue was quite fond of the intricately decorated dollhouses dreamed up by Interior Design students. A dream house indeed! This bathroom, if scaled to human size, would be larger than Hue’s whole apartment.

A Barbie dollhouse

"A Timeless Barbie Powder Room" by Jessica L. Mazur, Interior Design '13

The bubble bath looks positively inviting, though Hue wonders who’s going to clean up the mess on the floor. (Sorry, Ken.)

This bedroom looks like fun for the feet… but is it pink enough? One thing’s for sure: Barbie’s friends can spill as much rosé as they like onto the rug, with no one the wiser.

Another Barbie dollhouse

"Green is the New Chic" by Katie McTammany, Interior Design '13

Hue finds this dress, seemingly made out of shopping bags, to die for. Barbie would light up the red carpet. But the fantasy would be crushed once she hopped into a cab. She’d have to walk home, unless she came in a Segway.

A life-size Barbie dress

"Shopaholic" by Maor Tapiro, Menswear '13

The Pink Issue runs through September 3.

FINE ARTS GRADS GIVE HUE SOMETHING TO THINK ABOUT

Calling all potential viewers of FIT’s Art and Design Graduating Student Exhibition: Tomorrow (May 22) is its last day.

Hue was struck by much of the art in the Great Hall, but especially by the installations that invited the viewer inside. Take, for example, “Graveyard” by Marcel Bornstein, a concrete foundation with several plots.

Installation in FIT's Great Hall

"Graveyard" by Marcel Bornstein '12

At the entrance, Hue found a poem and a handwritten note that read, “YOU CAN WALK ON IT (PLEASE)”. Hue complied. Being inside the installation almost felt like walking through a graveyard; Bornstein captured the dark solitude of it quite viscerally.

A closeup shot of the Graveyard installation

More of "Graveyard"

Also in the show was “Vestige,” which resembled a scrapbooking desk straight outta grandma’s house. As directed, Hue sat in the chair, opened the drawers, and flipped through the books.

An artwork in FIT's A&D exhibition

"Vestige" by Cassandra Holden, Fine Arts '12

The drawers were filled with (surprise!) hair. The books contained shapes and textures that felt resonant, even if Hue wasn’t sure what they meant.

Hue definitely appreciates art more from the inside.

HUE HEARTS IMPRACTICAL SHOES

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… when the work of FIT’s graduating students in 17 Art and Design majors decks the halls. Catch it before May 22, when most of the exhibitions will disappear.

Hue was digging on heels today, especially the mondo outrageous kind in the Accessories Design display case in the lobby of the Feldman Center.

Brightly colored shoe and bags

"Eccentric Playland" by Danielle Stein, Accessories Design '12

Danielle Stein, the creator of this wonderland, claims that My Little Pony inspired her varicolored extravaganza, but Hue sees much more of a Rainbow Brite influence. Perhaps Stein wasn’t as devoted a viewer of girls’ cartoons as Hue was.

Steampunk shoe and sunglasses

"Tarnished Timepieces" by Alexandra Seleska, Accessories Design '12

This beaut of a wedge looks a little… heavy… though perhaps its steampunk style and whirring gear in the back would be downright useful while wearing a Rocketeer jetpack.

A blinking high heeled shoe

"The Force" by Ah-Young Kwak, Accessories Design '12

Hue wishes it were 1977 and John Travolta needed a dance partner. The LEDs in the sole would also come in handy on a roller rink circa 1985, or in a poorly lit parking garage anytime, really.