Thursday, October 31, 2013

happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

similar BUT different

April 2013...

Friday, October 25, 2013

the glass menagerie

Laura Wingfield
Amanda's daughter and Tom's older sister. A childhood illness has left her with a limp, and she has a mental fragility and an inferiority complex that have isolated her from the outside world. She has created a world of her own symbolized by her collection of glass figurines.

Historian Says '12 Years' Is A Story The Nation Must Remember- NPR

"We love being the country that freed the slaves," says historian David Blight. But "we're not so fond of being the country that had the biggest slave system on the planet." That's why Blight was glad to see the new film 12 Years a Slave, an adaptation of an 1853 memoir by Solomon Northup. Northup was a free black man who was kidnapped into slavery in 1841 and won his freedom 12 years later. "We need to keep telling this story because it, in part, made us who we were," Blight tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. Listen to the episode here.

"It's a problem in our culture because, to be quite blunt about it, most Americans want their history to be essentially progressive and triumphal, they want it to be a pleasing story. And if you go back to this story, it's not always going to please you, but it's a story you have to work through to find your way to something more redemptive."

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Juan Munoz

Juan Muñoz, The Prompter 1988.

paper moon

via:antique moon

Elaine Reichek

Easter Lilies (I.R.A. Provisionals). 1992. Knitted wool yarn and gelatin silver print. Overall 43 1/2 in. x 13 ft. 3 in. (110.5 x 403.9 cm)
Whitewash (Galway Cottage). 1992–93. Knitted wool yarn, hanger, and gelatin silver print. Overall 45 in. x 11 ft. 1 in. (114.3 x 337.8 cm)
A photograph of Beuys’, the fourth year collection by An Vandevorst, 1991. via cotonblanc

Memorial Tattoos

Brazen soldier: Army Reserve Drill Sgt. Victoria Parker, 27, shares her a tattoo memorial across her left bicep to five of her fallen comrades in a new exhibit titled Vet Ink: Military-Inspired Tattoos. via:Vet Ink

Pentagon lifts ban on women in combat- January 24, /2013

"Defence Secretary Leon E. Panetta is lifting the military's ban on women in combat, which will open up hundreds of thousands of additional front-line jobs to them, senior defense officials said Wednesday.
The groundbreaking decision overturns a 1994 Pentagon rule that restricts women from many positions in the infantry and artillery, even though in reality women have found themselves in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, where more than 20,000 have served. As of last year, more than 800 women had been wounded in the two conflicts and more than 130 had died."

Revisiting the Military’s Tailhook Scandal

Did it make a difference? More than two decades later the news remains extremely discouraging.
Last week the Pentagon released a report estimating that 26,000 people in the military were sexually assaulted in the 2012 fiscal year, up from 19,000 in 2010. Making matters worse, the officer in charge of sexual assault prevention programs for the Air Force was arrested in Arlington, Va., and charged with sexual battery.Read more here. See the video here and more conversation here.

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Mexico's Female Vigilante Squads

Katie Orlinsky/Reportage by Getty Images
Xaltianguis, outside of Acapulco, used to be a mecca for murder, kidnapping and extortion—until the town's women banded together to take protection into their own hands. Plus: see a gallery of Mexico's female vigilantes in action, with photos by Katie Orlinsky. Read article here.

Monday, October 14, 2013

A Discussion of Steve McQueen’s Film ‘12 Years a Slave’

From left, the writer Nelson George, who moderated a discussion of “12 Years a Slave” in SoHo with the film’s director, Steve McQueen; the artist Kara Walker; the lead actor, Chiwetel Ejiofor; and the historian Eric Foner.
On a sweltering afternoon in SoHo last month, the author and filmmaker Nelson George led a round-table discussion at the Crosby Street Hotel with Mr. Ejiofor and Mr. McQueen. Joining them to provide a wider historical and artistic context were the Columbia University professor Eric Foner, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning “Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery,” among other books; and the artist Kara Walker, whose room-size tableaus of the Old South employing silhouettes have redefined how history and slavery are depicted in contemporary art and influenced many, including the “12 Years a Slave” production team. Current civil rights issues including the New York police practice of stop and frisk, recently declared unconstitutional; sexuality and slavery; Hollywood’s version of American history; and the themes of Obama-era cinema were among the topics of the sharp but polite dialogue. Read excerpts from the conversation.

Ms. Veteran America

Denyse Gordon- Ms Veteran America 2012
USAF Reserve

"While the Ms. Veteran America competition focused on celebrating women who have served our country, the competition also functioned as a fundraiser for Final Salute Inc., an organization that provides housing and aid to homeless female veterans and their children. As female veteran homelessness continues to increase as the homeless male veteran population decreases, this problem needs to be addressed by opening shelters that cater specifically to the needs of military sexual trauma victims, women suffering with PTSD, and women with children. Final Salute, Inc., has opened transitory homes in Fairfax, Va., and is currently building a new home in Alexandria, Va., that will be opening on Veterans Day 2012. To raise money, the contestants petitioned for donations from friends, family, and social media followers, and gained a significant following after Hughes appeared on Fox News and explained the purpose and importance of the Ms. Veteran America competition. As of today, Oct. 10, 2012, they raised $30,892 to help female veterans stay off the street."
-via American Veteran Magazine

Listen to the NPR story here. Ms. Veteran America Uses Title to Talk about Sexual Violence.

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

art crush: Amy Sillman

Amy Sillman in her Brooklyn studio, where she thrives on doubt about the whole tradition of painting. via: NYTimes

Rick Owens Spring 2014 Womenswear Paris

Rick Owens must be psychic. Months before Naomi Campbell wrote to the British Fashion Council about the lack of black models on British catwalks, and Kanye West spoke out about black people hitting a glass ceiling in the fashion industry, Owens formulated a plan for his spring/summer 2014 collection. According to the Wall Street Journal, dancers from four different sorority hip-hop groups began rehearsing the show in May. The result? His collection was shown on a group of women whose very presence at Paris fashion week challenged the norm of what we expect from models. More here.