Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Margaret Meehan: Every Witch Way but Loose

Margaret Meehan; Ruth Gordon, 2015; gouache, pencil, archival photo on paper; 10 x 8 in
Images are up and show is open till Nov 14th at David Shelton Gallery.

Monday, October 26, 2015

Notorious RBG: The Supreme Court Justice Turned Cultural Icon

Supreme Court justices are generally robed and mysterious figures. Their faces are not emblazoned on T-shirts, painted on fingernails, tattooed on arms and shoulders, and their characters are not parodied on TV programs ranging from Saturday Night Live to Scandal. At least not until Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg became a cultural icon at about the same time she turned 80. Much of that iconic status is attributed to a Tumblr called "Notorious R.B.G.," which now has been transformed into a graphic nonfiction book due out Tuesday.
Enraged by the Supreme Court ruling in 2012 that gutted the Voting Rights Act, Shana Knizhnik created an online tribute for the equally furious dissenter in that case: Justice Ginsburg. The "Notorious R.B.G." Tumblr took off like a bobsled on ice. Full story here.

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Friday, October 23, 2015

If only...

If you buy it for me I will give you amazing art!


An Androgynous Suffragette Portrait, Rediscovered

Marie Høeg, “Untitled” (1896–1905), photograph printed from glass negative (photo courtesy Preus Museum)

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Inside the Salem Witch Trails

 "What exactly was a witch? Any seventeenth-century New Englander could have told you. As workers of magic, witches and wizards extend as far back as recorded history. The witch as Salem conceived her materialized in the thirteenth century, when sorcery and heresy moved closer together. She came into her own with the Inquisition, as a popular myth yielded to a popular madness. The western Alps introduced her to lurid orgies. Germany launched her into the air. As the magician molted into the witch, she also became predominately female, inherently more wicked and more susceptible to satanic overtures. An influential fifteenth-century text compressed a shelf of classical sources to make its point: “When a woman thinks alone, she thinks evil.” As is often the case with questions of women and power, elucidations here verged on the paranormal. Though weak willed, women could emerge as dangerously, insatiably commanding." Full New Yorker Article here.


Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Photo Rosemarie Trockel: A Cosmos Works by this artist and others are at the New Museum

In “Rosemarie Trockel: A Cosmos” she seems to blow art history apart, to make it porous and open-ended, fomenting a bigger, wilder history that ranges beyond traditional art on several fronts, including science and nature. At least that seems to be what’s happening in the mix of objects and images by Ms. Trockel and others that she has orchestrated at the New Museum in collaboration with Lynne Cooke, former chief curator and deputy director at the Museo Reina Sofía in Madrid, where this exhibition was mounted last summer. It includes works by imposing outsider artists like Morton Bartlett, James Castle and Judith Scott, along with early-18th-century botanical illustrations by Maria Sibylla Merian; exacting late-19th-century glass models of invertebrate sea life, by Leopold and Rudolf Blaschka; and quite a bit more. Full NYTimes article here.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

HALF-HANGED MARY- Margaret Atwood

"Half-hanged Mary" was Mary Webster, who was accused of witchcraft in the 1680's in a Puritan town in Massachusetts and hanged from a tree - where, according to one of the several surviving accounts, she was left all night. It is known that when she was cut down she was still alive, since she lived for another fourteen years.) One of Mary Webster’s descendants is the now well-known Canadian novelist and poet, Margaret Atwood, who wrote a poem, “Half-Hanged Mary,” (1995) about her notorious ancestor, and one of her most popular novels, The Handmaid’s Tale (1985), is dedicated to her.  The poem has also been made into several stage productions and interpretations.  Atwood’s poem is in sections, each chronicling an hour of Mary’s hanging from the tree, beginning at 7 at night and concluding at 8 the next morning.  Click here to find more information on some of the topics touched on in Bill Moyers' conversation with Margaret Atwood.
Rumour was loose in the air 
hunting for some neck to land on. 
I was milking the cow, 
the barn door open to the sunset. 

I didn't feel the aimed word hit 
and go in like a soft bullet. 
I didn't feel the smashed flesh 
closing over it like water 
over a thrown stone. 

I was hanged for living alone 
for having blue eyes and a sunburned skin, 
tattered skirts, few buttons, 
a weedy farm in my own name, 
and a surefire cure for warts; 

Oh yes, and breasts, 
and a sweet pear hidden in my body. 
Whenever there's talk of demons 
these come in handy.

Full Poem here.

Broom Stick Bunny

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Woman convicted of witchcraft to get retrial 300 years on

Sketch of the Toldini execution by Aldo Ripamonti from the book I Brentonicani by Franco Ottaviani
When the council in Brentonico, an idyllic hamlet nestled in the foothills of the Italian alps, met two weeks ago, the usual debates over school autonomy and use of public land were temporarily shoved aside for a far more intriguing agenda item: whether a 60-year-old woman who was condemned to death as a witch nearly 300 years ago deserved to have another day in court.
Overwhelmingly, the council decided that she did. Full Guardian article here.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015


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Saturday, October 10, 2015

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Monday, October 5, 2015

Jean Fick (1876-19??).

"FICK JEAN BORN 23.11.1876 – HOSPITAL – SOLDIER. 13.10.1898 – 13.9.1900 – RM 57 – WESE WAR 9.14 – SAINTE INJURED – INVALID FICK J MARRIAGE ABANDONED HUSBAND . MODES 29.4.1902 HOSPITAL BORN 8.9.1874. FICK ALISE 24.2.1903. MARRIED. A. 1.2.1904. JEAN. K. 22.05. MAGU. 11.6.10". On the cover : “Jean Fick my God/world [mondieu] ambassador N. 23". The notebook was apparently in Fick’s possession when he was a soldier. via:Outsider Art

Hand-drawn flyer for Huggy Bear, Bikini Kill UK Tour 1993

Friday, October 2, 2015

Marilyn Minter

Pretty/Dirty at MCA Denver.

Nobody seemed to give them any more, so what had happened to them all? Luckily, Nancy Drew is on the case.

Thursday, October 1, 2015

Fear of FEAR


1981 appearance on Saturday Night Live
Spheeris' documentary brought the band to the attention of John Belushi, who lobbied successfully to get the band a spot as a musical guest on the 1981 Halloween episode of his former show Saturday Night Live. Belushi had originally offered Fear the soundtrack for his major motion picture Neighbors. The film's producers eventually forced Fear off the project, and Belushi got them the infamous SNL gig as compensation. The band's appearance included a group of moshers, among them Belushi, Ian MacKaye of Minor Threat (and later Fugazi), Tesco Vee of The Meatmen, Harley Flanagan and John Joseph of the Cro-Mags, and John Brannon of Negative Approach. The show's director originally wanted to prevent the dancers from participating, so Belushi offered to be in the episode if the dancers were allowed to stay. The end result was the shortening of Fear's appearance on TV. They started their second song by saying, "It's great to be in New Jersey", drawing boos from SNL's New York live audience. Fear played "I Don't Care About You", "Beef Bologna", "New York's Alright If You Like Saxophones", and started to play "Let's Have a War" when the telecast faded into commercial. The slamdancers left ripe pumpkin remains on the set. Cameras, a piano and other property were damaged.

After their SNL appearance, which resulted in $20,000 in damage, some clubs chose not to hire the band. A New York Post article later reported the figure to be $500,000. This is believed to have originated from Ving, who told the Post that "...we caused $500,000 worth of damage, a cool half a million dollars worth of damage, ‘cause we’re professionals, and I counted the damage myself."