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Dan Cohen
By Dan Cohen
on November 03, 2021

Last Friday afternoon, the GA Interns went out to explore the city and stopped by the Hirshhorn Museum to check out the current exhibits. We started off by taking in the iconic Barbara Kruger: Belief and Doubt installation that occupies the Lower Lobby. Visitors are immediately immersed in the language on the escalators, walls, floor, and ceiling of the space. Kruger introduces doubt with open ended questions like “who is free to choose” and “who is silent.”

We also explored the new Laurie Anderson: The Weather exhibit. Not being familiar with Anderson, I found myself learning a lot about who she was and how important the practice of storytelling is to her work. Similar to Kruger’s exhibit in the lower lobby, Four Talks is a highlight of Anderson’s exhibit that allows Anderson to have a conversation with the viewers. With so much writing on the walls, one can spend hours in that room if they wanted to read everything over. Another highlight of The Weather exhibit is Habeas Corpus: the story of Mohammed el Gharani who was accused of being a terrorist and was captured by the US as a child. This part of the exhibit features a large projection of Mohammed who told his story directly to those in the room.

At last we explored the Marcel Duchamp exhibit. Duchamp’s opinions about what constitutes art was the biggest takeaway for me. Experimenting with the use of different objects, like combs or hat racks, was something Duchamp championed. We also had some fun at the end of the exhibit playing chess and drawing each other. It was a fun Friday afternoon!

Sarah Elizabeth Pole
By Sarah Elizabeth Pole
on November 03, 2021

Elvin Bruno, Jr. is non-stop, in the best way possible.

The narrative behind Elvin’s rise as an inspiring individual starts with his mother, a single Latina who worked multiple jobs to provide for her children. Boosted by her hard work, his ascent took off on the political side when he attended his first protest – in eighth grade! He spearheaded the efforts of his middle school community to oppose the wrongful termination of a well liked teacher, and was able to secure representation by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).

This marked the first experience of Elvin using his voice and serving as an activist. At 16, he began working full time for the Alex Morse for Mayor campaign. This launched his career – since then, he’s worked on dozens of campaigns in different capacities for local, state and federal races. He has also worked for a national nonprofit organization centered on combatting sexual violence on college campuses.

Since joining GA, Elvin has spearheaded an innovative peer-to-peer (P2P) list rental service.

“It is an incredible non-traditional avenue for campaigns to raise money from new donors. We launched in the beginning of June 2021 after piloting it internally with a few GA clients,” Elvin said. “Just in June we were able to help eight clients raise nearly a quarter million dollars from over 5,000 contributions directly through text messages.”

Elvin is an individual who knows how to get things done. We’re excited to see his P2P service taking off and are looking forward to working with him in the upcoming cycles.