Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Northern Flicker

sati zech

Howard Scott Galerie, New York, 2009

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Saturday, November 23, 2013

over the moon

Walt Whitman

Whitman wrote two volumes of poetry about the Civil War: Drum Taps (1865) and Sequel to Drum Taps (1866), after witnessing first-hand the suffering, bravery, wastefulness, heroism, and tragedy of war while working in hospitals during the Civil War.

’’Unnamed, unknown, remain and still remain the bravest soldiers. Our manliest, our boys, our hardy darlings: no picture gives them. Likely, the typical one of them (standing, no doubt, for hundreds, thousands) crawls aside to some bush-clump or ferny tuft on receiving his death-shot; there, sheltering a little while, soaking roots, grass, and soil with red blood; the battle advances, retreats, flits from the scene, sweeps by; and there, haply with pain and suffering…the last lethargy winds like a serpent round him; the eyes glaze in death;…and there, at last the Bravest Soldier, crumbles in Mother Earth, unburied and unknown.’’- Observations of poet Walt Whitman, in 1865

Friday, November 22, 2013

'twice oppressed' often become 'twice militant.'

Lorraine Hansberry

"In the late 1950s, the fight for gay rights was developing alongside the growing Civil Rights and feminist movements. An important voice in the Civil Rights struggle was author, essayist, and activist Lorraine Hansberry (1930–1965), the award-winning playwright of A Raisin in the Sun. This exhibition explores a largely unknown but significant aspect of Hansberry’s biography connecting her to the gay rights movement: the letters she wrote in 1957 to The Ladder, the first subscription-based lesbian publication in the United States. In these provocative letters, Hansberry drew on her own identity and life experiences to articulate the interconnected struggles of women, lesbians, and African Americans during the period. She pointed to her identification with the burgeoning feminist movement in a 1959 interview with Studs Terkel, saying that 'the most oppressed group of any oppressed group will be its women,' adding that those who are 'twice oppressed' often become 'twice militant.'"

A new TV documentary on Britain’s BBC4 Fabulous Fashionistas” features six women of advanced years who share a love for style and a “screw that” attitude to the standard dictates of age.

Thursday, November 21, 2013

"Content where they're at"

Women Pass Marine Training, Clear First Hurdle To Combat Role

Pfcs. Katie Gorz (from left), Julia Carroll and Christina Fuentes Montenegro have become the first entry-level enlisted women to complete infantry training as part of the Marine Corps' effort toward integrating women into what have been all-male combat assignments.
Pfc. Katie Gorz (center) served as a squad leader during the training at Camp Geiger, N.C.
Listen to the story on npr.

Sojourner Truth- Ain't I a Woman

Sojourner Truth (c. 1797 – November 26, 1883) was the self-given name, from 1843 onward, of Isabella Baumfree, an African-American abolitionist and women's rights activist. Truth was born into slavery in Swartekill, Ulster County, New York, but escaped with her infant daughter to freedom in 1826. After going to court to recover her son, she became the first black woman to win such a case against a white man. Her best-known extemporaneous speech on gender inequalities, "Ain't I a Woman?", was delivered in 1851 at the Ohio Women's Rights Convention in Akron, Ohio. During the Civil War, Truth helped recruit black troops for the Union Army; after the war, she tried unsuccessfully to secure land grants from the federal government for former slaves.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013


The Crinoline Shop,1860, by Eugéne Atget
Cotton printed voile day dress, American, ca. 1850 KSUM 1983.1.72.
Kent State University Museum
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Darger- Vivian Girls

Hartford circus fire 1944

Royals - ("Sad Clown With The Golden Voice" Version) - Lorde Cover

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

helpers when putting on a crinoline, circa 1850

A woman needed several helpers when putting on a crinoline, circa 1850
From 1000 Dessous: A History of Lingerie by Gilles Néret
via: loom

Jana Sterbak... another type of cage crinoline.


Monday, November 18, 2013

I'm building me a home

james baldwin

PBS American Masters episode here

"In book after book, he would pile on darkness upon darkness and then blast you with light."

Civil War Women

Matthew Brady- civil War Portraits
Matthew Brady- civil War Portraits
Civil_Volunteer Unit.

Sunday, November 17, 2013

alice neel

A young Alice Neel surrounded by some of her works in her Harlem Studio, 1944.

diana Vreeland- The Eye Has to Travel


Thursday, November 14, 2013

Lauren Woods: A Dallas Drinking Fountain

Unveiling Friday, November 15th 12 - 1 PM
Dallas County Records Building, 509 Main Street, Dallas, TX
More about the project here.

Making a Way Out of No Way (1897-1940) on pbs.

Jenny Holzer's Truisms

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

via: pastispresent

The Blue and the Gray, by Francis Miles Finch:

From the silence of sorrowful hours The desolate mourners go, Lovingly laden with flowers Alike for the friend and the foe: Under the sod and the dew, Waiting the judgment-day; Under the roses, the Blue, Under the lilies, the Gray.

art crush: Michael Bise

paper moon

Tuesday, November 12, 2013


natalie djurberg

via: zach feuer

Monday, November 11, 2013

Richard Loving and Mildred Jeter Married in 1958

via: listverse.com

Unsexed: The Female Solder

Wish list or read online

All the Daring of the Soldier: Women in the Civil War

"The cult of domesticity. True Womanhood" (45 min in...)

Loreta Velasquez

Loreta Velazquez, Havana born and New Orleans raised, was no typical Southern Belle. Master of disguise, bewitching to both sexes, she, was brash, quick-witted, and unconventional. Her 1876 memoir A Woman in Battle scandalized the South when she revealed she had fought as a soldier and spy. Attacked not only for her criticism of the Confederacy and the corruption of wartime society, but for her sexual freedom and social rule breaking, Loreta has been dismissed as a hoax for over a century. But recent evidence including letters, official government documents, newspaper articles and more indicate she was too easily dismissed. Who was she? Why did she fight? And what made her so dangerous she was erased from history? more from PBS here. and Civil War Trust

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Sylvia Palacios Whitman

  Passing Through, performance at Sonnabend Gallery, New York, May 20, 1977
via: brown dress with white dots

Elaine Reichek- When This You See... 1994-99



Andy Denzler - Flower Compositions, 2012

Friday, November 8, 2013

tramp. tramp. tramp.

"Tramp! Tramp! Tramp! (The Prisoner's Hope)" was one of the most popular songs of the American Civil War. George F. Root wrote both the words and music and published it in 1864 to give hope to the Union prisoners of war. The song is written from the prisoner's point of view. The chorus tells his fellow prisoners that hope is coming.
First Verse:
In the prison cell I sit,
Thinking Mother dear, of you,
And our bright and happy home so far away,
And the tears they fill my eyes
Spite of all that I can do,
Tho' I try to cheer my comrades and be gay.
Tramp, tramp, tramp, the boys are marching,
Cheer up comrades they will come,
And beneath the starry flag
We shall breathe the air again,
Of the freeland in our own beloved home.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Reports of Military Sexual Assault Rise Sharply

"There were 3,553 sexual assault complaints reported to the Defense Department in the first three quarters of the fiscal year, from October 2012 through June, a nearly 50 percent increase over the same period a year earlier. Defense Department officials said the numbers had continued to rise."
more at NYTimes