Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Monday, February 23, 2015

Issey Miyake

Dress from “Rhythm Pleats” series. 1990

Bronislava Nijinska in Paris, c.1922.

Photo by Man Ray.

Sunday, February 22, 2015

damn straight

Stevie Wonder- Sunset

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Margaret Kilgallen: her Heroines

Sophie Calle- The shadow

The Shadow (1981) displayed in the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain, consisted of Calle being followed for a day by a private detective, who had been hired (at Calle's request) by her mother. It was, in Calle's words, an attempt 'to provide photographic evidence of my own existence'. Calle proceeded to lead the unwitting detective around parts of Paris that were particularly important for her, thereby reversing the expected position of the observed subject. Aware of her follower, she also wrote about in frequent journal entries throughout the day. Such projects, with their suggestions of intimacy, also questioned the role of the spectator, with viewers often feeling a sense of unease as they became the unwitting collaborators in these violations of privacy. Moreover, the deliberately constructed and thus in one sense artificial nature of the documentary ‘evidence' used in Calle's work questioned the nature of all truths.

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Never Goodnight, We Are the Best!
Movie trailer link.
Lukas Moodysson’s We Are The Best!, adapted from Moodysson’s wife Coco’s autobiographical 2008 graphic novel Never Goodnight, about her experiences as a pre-teen punk-rocker in early 1980s Stockholm. Article link.

john waters self

ohn Waters
Self-Portrait #2
2000. chromogenic print
John Waters's "Beverly Hills John," a self-portrait featuring a Photoshopped facelift.Credit
Self Portrait #4, 2009
Chromogenic color print

From the Director John Waters, a Kiddie-Friendly “Pink Flamingos”

Assad Shaham- Division of the Vision

"For another series, Mr. Shaham took a book of August Sander’s early-20th-century portraits cataloging German citizens and cut out the figures. The ghostly outlines against a white background suggest an inversion of absence and presence in photography. Meanwhile, a slide show of smiling black-and-white portraits from the 1930s looks like a precursor to Edward Steichen’s universalizing project “The Family of Man.” Instead, the images were photographed from a book by Weston Price, a dentist and researcher who was really just interested in the effects of nutrition on his subjects’ teeth."
-NYTimes review here.
Installation images at Yossi Milo Gallery here.

Liu Susiraja

Her Mysterious Self Portraits, And The Argument Of The Anti-Selfie- full article here.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Sojourner Truth (1797-1883): Ain't I A Woman?

Delivered 1851 Women's Convention, Akron, Ohio

Actress Alfre Woodard performs a very moving piece from abolitionist, women's rights proponent, and former slave Sojourner Truth that was originally delivered in 1851. Yep, before the Civil War, before the right to vote for anybody but white men ... THAT 1851.

Rosa Luxemburgo, Simone De Beauvoir y Emma Goldman en la playa, fumando pipa (1930’s.)

Ana Wawrzkowicz

 Ambiguous Documents.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Letters of Note...

A letter from Nancy Spero to Lucy Lippard via Letter of Note.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Jesse Howard was a crank.

Jesse Howard, Untitled (If You Want to See a Gang of Hoodlum Police), 1961
Jesse Howard was a protestor. He held firmly to his right of free speech and to express his thoughts as he saw fit. He placed himself in the American tradition of protest and social commentary and of forming that energy into popular art. Woody Guthrie was also a powerful source of social commentary and political protest. His folk songs are a key component of our national discourse on issues of equality and justice. In 1998 Woody Guthrie's daughter, Nora proposed a project to British singer/songwriter Billy Bragg. She had discovered in her father's archives a cache of unheard lyrics, never put to song. She thought Bragg was a kindred spirit who could set the lyrics to music and present them to a contemporary audience. The result was "Mermaid Avenue", an album of songs created by Billy Bragg and the American band Wilco. This song, "Christ for President" combines Jesse Howard's two favorite subjects, God and Country. I think he may have liked it.

Thursday, February 5, 2015


A member of the Women's International Terrorist Conspiracy From Hell (WITCH) in full costume for a demonstration. Jo Freeman/Courtesy of Mary Dore

Lady Frankenstien

that's art!

Alma Allen Blum & Poe

Full exhibition here.

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Spirit Animal Ruth Gordon

Mea Culpa: Lessons on Law and Regret from U.S. History

 In hindsight, it’s difficult to understand how slavery, segregation and other forms of legally sanctioned inequality were ever permitted in America. This hour, we’ll talk about the dehumanizing practices of today that future generations will look back on with disgust with Seattle University School of Law professor Steven W. Bender. His new book is Mea Culpa: Lessons on Law and Regret from U.S. History (NYU Press). Think Episode here.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Horologium Florae: a flower clock

First, identify a selection of a few dozen flowers that open and close at regular hours. They can be old friends like lilies, marigolds and primroses. Next, plant them in an organized fashion — perhaps in the segmented shape of a dial or clock face. NYTIMES article here.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

An Arab woman

... wearing a traditional face mask in Muscat, Oman, circa 1905 (source: Old Pics Archive)