Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Why Millennial Pink Refuses to Go Away

Full article here.

1767: Jean-Honoré Fragonard paints The Swing.
The Gallery at Sketch London.
The upper half of the Grand Budapest Hotel.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The Root: How Racism Tainted Women's Suffrage

A 1894 showdown between anti-lynching crusader Ida B. Wells and temperance leader Frances E. Willard revealed the grip that racial resentment had over the American suffrage movement.
"I am in Great Britain today because I believe that the silent indifference with which she has received the charge that human beings are burned alive in Christian Anglo-Saxon communities is born of ignorance of the true situation. America cannot and will not ignore the voice of a nation that is her superior in civilization."
In 1893, journalist and early civil rights pioneer Ida B. Wells crossed the Atlantic for the first time to deliver that sobering message to Great Britain. She had hoped to sway public opinion about the racial violence that plagued the U.S. The lynching of black men and women seemed to have become a sport among Southern white mobs — reaching a peak of 161 deaths in 1892.
That included the hanging of three black businessmen, one a close friend of Wells, during that year in her former home of Memphis, Tenn. She called for blacks to leave the city "which will neither protect our lives and property." More than 6,000 black residents left, and many others boycotted white businesses; Wells was exiled. Full article here.

More on Ida B Wells here.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Similar but Different

Mail bag used in Houdini's escape act.
Picasso's portrait of Dora Maar

Monday, February 13, 2017

1898 Souvener Feather


“Movement is most of what a bird is. When they're dead, they're only feathers and air.”

A Visual History of Society’s Monsters

Animation of the digital wall entry for ‘What Makes a Monster?’ by Kurosh ValaNejad
Anti-US “Liberators” poster from occupied Holland (1944)
From medical deformities to military enemies, the impulse to turn the unknown and threatening into mythical monsters has endured for centuries. What Makes a Monster? is an exhibition threading through five libraries on the two campuses of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, examining through art, literature, and other cultural objects who or what has been labeled a beast.
Full article here.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Saturday, February 11, 2017

The Monster Club


The Czech surrealist (on the right, with her friend the poet and artist Jindrich Styrsky) was born 21 September 1902 in Prague. From an early age she had adopted her ungendered surname and rejected conventional attitudes to sexuality. After training at UMPRUM (the Academy of Art), she worked closely with Styrsky until his death in 1942. They exhibited and travelled together: in Paris the two of them founded an alternative to surrealism they called 'artificialism'. Toyen's work was often erotic in content; she contributed to Styrsky's journal Erotika Revue (only 150 copies were printed). They eventually founded the Czech Surrealist Group. During World War II they were forced underground; Styrsky died of a heart condition. Toyen and second artistic partner Jindrich Heisler fled to Paris. Toyen survived the war and remained in Paris, where she died in 1980.