Monday, June 29, 2015

On June 28, 1969, New York City police arrived at the Stonewall Inn, a bar in Greenwhich village that catered to the gay community, to conduct a routine raid and arrest any individuals found to be cross-dressing. The raid did not proceed routinely, and resulted in resistance and demonstrations by the bar's patrons and other individuals who gathered around the scene. The Stonewall riots are considered to be a spark that ignited the gay rights movement.
Poster from justseeds: Image is of Sylvia Ray Rivera, a Puerto Rican and Venezuelan transwoman from New York City, a civil rights activist involved with the Young Lords Party and Black Panthers, who took part in the Stonewall Riot in 1969, and was a founding member of the Gay Liberation Front.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

The Necker Cube: Symbol For Androgyny

The Necker Cube is an optical illusion first proposed by Swiss crystallographer Louis Albert Necker in 1832. The cube is a two dimensional line drawing that may be interpreted as a three dimensional cube in one of two orientations. The cube is often presented as a symbol of ambiguity and an illustration of the human brain’s ability to switch between two states of perception when presented with an ambiguous image.
The Necker Cube was first proposed as the symbol for androgyny in c.1996 by Raphael Carter in The Angel’s Dictionary, part of the Androgyny RAQ:

Practical Androgyny uses an adjusted form of the Necker Cube with a smaller square in the centre, as focusing on this square may allow the brain to break out of its cycle between two ‘equally possible interchangeable stable states’ and see the image for what it is; a two dimensional drawing which is neither of the interpreted cubes. Thus the androgyny symbol is itself an example of something that can be taken as one of two binary options or as something else entirely:
Image showing three Necker Cubes side by side, the first is highlighted to cause the cube to appear to be oriented to face towards the top left, the other is highlighted to appear to be oriented downwards towards the bottom right, the third has the centre square and the triangles around it highlighted to invite the viewer to interpret it as a flat image
The Necker Cube is symbolic of the androgynous individual’s physical ambiguity. Regardless of whether we identify our genders in the terms of a gender continuum, as being without gender or as being something else entirely, the Necker Cube symbolises the ambiguity we present to a world that is primed to see all people as one of two binary options. Androgynous people can be taken as female, male or as something else entirely but, like the Necker Cube, our ambiguity invites those who interact with us to question what they see, and perhaps strive to see the true picture.

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Monday, June 22, 2015

Accused witches hung in Salem.

Reverend Lemuel Haynes in the Pulpit

Anonymous works
Circa 1800 - 1820, Paper mâché tray
Lemuel Haynes (1753 - 1833) fought in the Revolutionary War and was ordained in 1785. He became America’s first black minister of a white congregation at the West Parish of Rutland, Vermont, where he remained for thirty years.

Häxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages (1922)

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Friday, June 19, 2015

Sonya Clark began unraveling the Confederate Flag.


During the opening of our current group show “New Dominion,” artist Sonya Clark performed the unraveling of the Confederate flag with audience members. The threading is a long, often frustrating process, mimicking how the process of dismantling racism is also not an easy task.

The Charleston shooting only proves that we do NOT live in post-racial America and that this act of racial violence cannot be separated from the ideology of White Supremacy the Confederate flag rests upon. 

Artist Asks How Far We’ve Really Progressed In The 150 Years Since The Civil War- article here

Jim Jefferies on Gun Ownership

In his remarks following the massacre at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina, President Obama made an important point. "We don’t have all the facts, but we do know that once again, innocent people were killed in part because someone who wanted to inflict harm had no trouble getting their hands on a gun."
"At some point," he said, "we as a country will have to reckon with the fact that this kind of mass violence doesn't happen in other advanced countries. It doesn't happen in other places with this kind of frequency." 
Australian comedian Jim Jefferies was the victim of a home invasion once. He was tied up and beaten, and his girlfriend was threatened with rape. So you might think he'd sympathize with the idea that Americans want guns to protect their families. Quite the opposite — he does an excellent job of summing up why so many foreigners are baffled by America's gun culture:

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

The Elephant Man Revealed

Interview with the make up artist here.

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

Transforming History

Monday, June 15, 2015

Sunday, June 14, 2015


Jackie Henderson addresses a crowd of 500 at a Women’s Liberation rally at Nathan Phillips Square. Photographer: Reg. Innell, August 26, 1970
This rally at Nathan Phillips Square was one of a series of demonstrations by women supporting the goals of the Women’s Liberation Movement that took place across North America on August 26, 1970. The Toronto Star reported that women in New York, led by prominent feminist Betty Frieden, marched to New York’s Bryant Square where they burned underwear, birth control pills and sex manuals in trash cans. New York mothers left babies at city hall demanding child care centers. At the time, women belonging to the Women’s Liberation movement were seen by many Canadians as a radical group of bra-burners. Although the movement’s demands for equal employment opportunities with men, equal pay for work of equal value, universal child care, and freedom of choice on abortion are now accepted by the majority in Canadian society, many Canadians considered them radical concepts in the 1970s.

Harper Valley PTA

Loretta Lynn- Fist City

Liz Rodda- Bob & Weave

Bob & Weave by Liz Rodda from Roman Susan on Vimeo.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Ladies Sewing Circle and Terrorist Society

Started at the Oregon Women's Political Caucus in 1974, the "Ladies' Sewing Circle and Terrorist Society" is for the real society ladies down with the cause.

Sunday, June 7, 2015

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Nothing Like the Past

Karlheinz Weinberger- Rebel Youth

Etel Adnan- artist crush

FOR OVER HALF a century, passionate pilgrims have been drawn to a four-story Belle Epoque building in Paris’s elegant sixth arrondissement. Some still come to see the final home of Albert Camus, the Algerian-born absurdist who won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1957. But today, the most fervent among them come to pay homage to Etel Adnan, an artist and writer whose vitality and curiosity belie her 90 years. Like some Delphic cardigan-wearing yogi, Adnan sits in a poufy red chair with her feet barely grazing the floor below and gives her full attention to her interlocutors. Of mixed Greek and Syrian heritage, she speaks at least five languages, in a stream of ambiguous Mediterranean cadences. Conversation tends to hover around her holy trinity of love, war and poetry—the primary subjects of her nearly dozen books. The arc of Adnan’s own life, punctuated by the fall of an empire, affairs of the heart and mind, tectonic political shifts, exiles and returns, is the stuff of Russian novels. Full article here.

Friday, June 5, 2015

Witchy Woman- The Eagles 1972

Stand up 1969 Women's LIB Poster

Season of the Witch

Häxan (Danish title: Heksen; English title: The Witches or Witchcraft Through The Ages) is a 1922 Swedish/Danish silent horror film written and directed by Benjamin Christensen. Based partly on Christensen's study of the Malleus Maleficarum, a 15th-century German guide for inquisitors, Häxan is a study of how superstition and the misunderstanding of diseases and mental illness could lead to the hysteria of the witch-hunts.[1] The film was made as a documentary but contains dramatized sequences that are comparable to horror films.
With Christensen's meticulous recreation of medieval scenes and the lengthy production period, the film was the most expensive Scandinavian silent film ever made, costing nearly two million Swedish kronor. Although it won acclaim in Denmark and Sweden, the film was banned in the United States and heavily censored in other countries for what were considered at that time graphic depictions of torture, nudity, and sexual perversion.[2] Wikipedia

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Monday, June 1, 2015

beatrice wood

Herbert List, Grotesque Figure, Park of Palazzo Orsini, (aka Park of the Monsters / Parco dei Mostri), Bomarzo, Lazio, Italy, 1952

Adrian Piper, "Catalysis III," 1970