Tuesday, December 30, 2014


adjective: pale; comparative adjective: paler; superlative adjective: palest
  1. 1.
    light in color or having little color.
    "choose pale floral patterns for walls"
    synonyms:light, light-colored, pastel, muted, subtle, soft; More
    faded, bleached, washed out
    "pale colors"
    • (of a person's face or complexion) having less color than usual, typically as a result of shock, fear, or ill health.
      "she looked pale and drawn"
      synonyms:white, pallid, pasty, wan, colorless, anemic, bloodless, washed out, peaked, ashen, gray, whitish, white-faced, whey-faced, drained, sickly, sallow, as white as a sheet, deathly pale; More
      milky, creamy, cream, ivory, milk-white, alabaster;
      informallike death warmed over
      "she looked pale and drawn"
      antonyms:rosy, flushed
  2. 2.
    feeble and unimpressive.
    "unconvincing rock that came across as a pale imitation of Bruce Springsteen"
    synonyms:feeble, weak, insipid, bland, poor, inadequate; More
    uninspired, unimaginative, lackluster, spiritless, lifeless;
    "a pale imitation"
verb: pale; 3rd person present: pales; past tense: paled; past participle: paled; gerund or present participle: paling
  1. 1.
    become pale in one's face from shock or fear.
    "I paled at the thought of what she might say"
    synonyms:go/turn white, grow/turn pale, blanch, lose color More
    "his face paled"
  2. 2.
    seem less impressive or important.
    "all else pales by comparison"
    synonyms:decrease in importance, lose significance, pale into insignificance, fade into the background

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Fashion Victims

Two skeletons dressed as lady and gentleman in “the Arsenic Waltz,” Etching (1862) (courtesy Wellcome Library, London)
Staying stylish in the Victorian period could be a dance of death. While industrialization and mass production made more beautiful fashions widely available, the green dresses were dyed with arsenic-based pigments, the mercury necessary to make shiny beaver top hats drove the hatters insane, and all that tulle and cinched corsets contorting women into airy nymphs would not infrequently cause them to tumble into gas lamps and go up in flames.
Opened this week at the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto, Fashion Victims: The Pleasures and Perils of Dress in the 19th Century explores the dangers of style not just for the wearers, but for the people who made the clothing as well. The exhibition of over 90 artifacts was organized by Bata Shoe Museum Senior Curator Elizabeth Semmelhack, and Alison Matthews David, an associate professor at the School of Fashion at Ryerson University who is publishing a book next year focusing on deadly fashion. Together the curators explored medical archives and collections in France and England, and delved into the museums’ extensive assortment of 19th century shoes and private collections searching for examples of the “poison garment,” hauling green shoes and shoeboxes to a physics lab to test for their lethal secrets. Full Hyperallergic article here.
Boudoir slippers with destabilizing heels, French (1880–1885) Collection of the Bata Shoe Museum (photo: Ron Wood, image © 2014 Bata Shoe Museum, Toronto, Canada)

Fleeing To Dismal Swamp, Slaves And Outcasts Found Freedom

Great Dismal Swamp, in Virginia and North Carolina, was once thought to be haunted. For generations of escaped slaves, says archaeologist Dan Sayers, the swamp was a haven. 
Today, 112,000 acres of swamp remain, and archaeologist Daniel Sayers has explored many of them. He's found large islands where escaped slaves settled. "When you're walking through a thousand feet of the briars and the water, the mosquitoes are eating you alive, sweating bullets, and you're almost exhausted, and then suddenly your foot's no longer squishing in the peat but now it's walking on dry ground and crunchy leaves — it blows your mind," Sayers says. "You can't imagine people not living there." He's now written about life on these islands in a new book, A Desolate Place for a Defiant People. He believes 10 generations of escaped slaves lived here, along with Native Americans who'd been driven off their land and whites who were shunned by mainstream society. Full NPR story here.

Chanel Alive

Saturday, December 20, 2014

"The punishment for watching the Elephant Man

... is watching the Elephant Man." Fabulous and cute video on Sudden Owl.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Friday, December 12, 2014

Jenny Holzer. “Inflammatory Essays (Black Book Posters),” 1979-1982

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Female collaborators in Paris, rounded up and marked with swastikas.

Sunday, December 7, 2014

how much Merrick is “like me"

It is Mr. Pomerance’s firmly underlined point that, whether he is the object of ridicule among street mobs or of fawning praise among aristocrats, Merrick is always a mirror to a flawed and frightened society. Read more nytimes review of  Bradley Cooper in 'The Elephant Man' on Broadway".

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Coco Chanel spied for the Nazis, documentary says

A new French TV documentary claims to prove what has been rumored for decades: That French dress designer and fashion icon Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel spied for the Nazis during World War II.

Titled "The Shadow of a Doubt," the documentary was broadcast on France 3 TV channel this week. In it, historian Franck Ferrand maintained that documents locked away in France’s Ministry of Defense archives since the war proved that Chanel worked directly for German military intelligence. Full story here.

Friday, December 5, 2014

roxanne jackson

roxanne jackson

Thursday, December 4, 2014

The Strange Story Of The Man Behind 'Strange Fruit'

One of Billie Holiday's most iconic songs is "Strange Fruit," a haunting protest against the inhumanity of racism. Many people know that the man who wrote the song was inspired by a photograph of a lynching. But they might not realize that he's also tied to another watershed moment in America's history. Listen and read NPR story here.

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

bddw workshop


Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Grove and Ceremony print edition

Today Grove and Ceremony launches my print edition "Unknown Soldier". The print made from a tintype created at Artpace San Antonio explores the modern and historic roles of women in the military. Check out the edition, find out about the image printed on the dress, and much more when you read the interview.

Saturday, November 22, 2014

Ai Weiwe'si Blossom at Alcatraz

The old federal prison on Alcatraz Island in San Francisco Bay is one of the city's top tourist attractions. Beginning Saturday, it's also the site of an installation by one of China's most famous dissident artists, Ai Weiwei. Full interview on NPR

Wednesday, November 19, 2014


I'm excited to be  the next  artist for pastelegram 's online edition premiering in early December.
Till then check out current
guest Artist Ivan LOZANO's Narcissus Rising. So good, just like  pastelegram.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

d moreno

Thursday, November 13, 2014


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Monday, November 10, 2014

The Graphics of the Great War in France

André Hellé, “Batterie/Charge,” “Alphabet de la Grande Guerre 1914–1916,” Paris: Berger-Levrault (1916) (On loan from a private collection)
André Hellé, “Batterie/Charge,” “Alphabet de la Grande Guerre 1914–1916,” Paris: Berger-Levrault (1916) (On loan from a private collection)
Odette Champion, “Modes de printemps: Berlin-Vienne-Constantinople.” Fantasio. Paris: Félix Juven (1915) (Gift of Neil Harris and Teri J. Edelstein, The University of Chicago Library)
via: hyperallergic

Friday, November 7, 2014

Some Went West

Dorothy Johnson, author of The Hanging Tree and Indian Country, describes the great western experience of a number of nineteenth-century women of widely different situations and fates. Some were captured by Indians. Cynthia Ann Parker, assimilated to the Comanche tribe after being captured as a child, was later recaptured by U.S. soldiers who killed her Comanche husband and separated her forever from her sons. Pioneer Fanny Kelly spent five months as a captive of the Sioux; she went on to write a clearheaded book about her experiences. Some, like missionary Mary Richardson Walker and the independent Dr. Bethenia Owens-Adair, showed great dedication to their work. Some were adventurous. Molly Slade, fiercely loyal to her ruthless husband, once helped him escape a band of outlaws intent on killing him. The intrepid Isabella Bird reported on her solitary travels in the Wild West, while Army wife Elizabeth Custer rode out with her husband’s cavalry one spring. Others proved their grit as homesteaders. All these women, and more, figure unforgettably in Some Went West.

Female Pioneers of the Bauhaus

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BERLIN — She must have felt so optimistic. When Gertrud Arndt arrived at the Bauhaus school of art and design in 1923, she was a gifted, spirited 20-year-old who had won a scholarship to pay for her studies. Having spent several years working as an apprentice to a firm of architects, she had set her heart on studying architecture.
No chance. The Bauhaus was in tumult because of the long-running battle between its founding director, the architect Walter Gropius, and one of its most charismatic teachers, Johannes Itten, who wanted to use the school as a vehicle for his quasi-spiritual approach to art and design. Arndt was told that there was no architecture course for her to join and was dispatched to the weaving workshop.
Not that she was alone. Most of the other female students had been forced to study the supposedly “feminine” subjects of weaving or ceramics too. The Bauhaus Archive in Berlin is now trying to make amends to the women like them, who felt marginalized at the school, by celebrating their work in the “Female Bauhaus” series of exhibitions, the latest of which is devoted to Arndt. 

Denis DuBois

Tuesday, November 4, 2014


Lucie Rie

Monday, November 3, 2014

Thursday, October 30, 2014

The Debt, 2013, two-channel slide projection, color and black-and-white, silent, 9 minutes 33 seconds.
Kader Attia is a French artist of Algerian descent currently based in Berlin whose practice often investigates historical misunderstandings. His installation The Repair from Occident to Extra-Occidental Cultures, 2012, was a highlight of last year’s Documenta 13. He recently expanded the research he developed for that work into the exhibition “Repair. In Five Acts,” which is on view at KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin through August 25, 2013. 
Here he discusses the intellectual framework of this project and how it evolved into its current presentation.

No It Isn't Supposed to be Easy

“I like to work alone, because it irritates me if people say something stupid — I just can’t stand it,” she said, over a cappuccino at the Museum of Modern Art. “I have a Polish guy who comes in and cleans the studio, but pretty much no one else.” Full article NYTimes

Want me...

Monday, October 27, 2014

Marcel Dzama

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Janet Abrams: Ceramics in the Expanded Field Conference in London

Clare Twomey from “Piece by Piece.” Photograph by Sylvain Deelu.
In a talk that addressed ceramics as one aspect of his “social practice” as an artist, Gates nailed certain aspects of the field that usually go politely unspoken: “The middle classes do ceramics. It’s not a field for poor people. It looks a certain kind of way and attracts a certain kind of people. There’s some kind of orthodoxy around clay that makes it seem quite limiting. I never see anything in Ceramics Monthly that looks like anything I’m interested in. It was when I left the religion of ceramics that I found freedom.”- full article here.

Joan Didion Documentary!

A Certain Ratio- Do the Du

Of giants: sex, monsters, and the Middle Ages By Jeffrey Jerome Cohen

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Douchebag: The White Racial Slur We’ve All Been Waiting For

by Michael Mark Cohen (full article here.)
“The white folks had sure brought their white to work with them that morning.” Chester Himes, If He Hollers Let Him Go.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Flirting With the Dark Side

“The Art of Mourning” at the Morbid Anatomy Museum. Credit Misha Friedman for The New York Times
A look from Gareth Pugh’s spring 2015 show.
“There is this darker feeling, a pervasive sense of melancholy in culture and fashion,” said Shelby Lee Walsh, the president and head of research at the Trend Hunter website — perhaps an acknowledgment, Ms. Walsh said, “that life isn’t as wonderful as we see it portrayed on our Instagram accounts.” Full article here.

Ann Hamilton at the Henry Art Gallery