Monday, April 3, 2017



Sunday, April 2, 2017

Alice Coltrane

Friday, March 31, 2017

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Why Millennial Pink Refuses to Go Away

Full article here.

1767: Jean-Honoré Fragonard paints The Swing.
The Gallery at Sketch London.
The upper half of the Grand Budapest Hotel.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

The Root: How Racism Tainted Women's Suffrage

A 1894 showdown between anti-lynching crusader Ida B. Wells and temperance leader Frances E. Willard revealed the grip that racial resentment had over the American suffrage movement.
"I am in Great Britain today because I believe that the silent indifference with which she has received the charge that human beings are burned alive in Christian Anglo-Saxon communities is born of ignorance of the true situation. America cannot and will not ignore the voice of a nation that is her superior in civilization."
In 1893, journalist and early civil rights pioneer Ida B. Wells crossed the Atlantic for the first time to deliver that sobering message to Great Britain. She had hoped to sway public opinion about the racial violence that plagued the U.S. The lynching of black men and women seemed to have become a sport among Southern white mobs — reaching a peak of 161 deaths in 1892.
That included the hanging of three black businessmen, one a close friend of Wells, during that year in her former home of Memphis, Tenn. She called for blacks to leave the city "which will neither protect our lives and property." More than 6,000 black residents left, and many others boycotted white businesses; Wells was exiled. Full article here.

More on Ida B Wells here.

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Similar but Different

Mail bag used in Houdini's escape act.
Picasso's portrait of Dora Maar

Monday, February 13, 2017

1898 Souvener Feather


“Movement is most of what a bird is. When they're dead, they're only feathers and air.”

A Visual History of Society’s Monsters

Animation of the digital wall entry for ‘What Makes a Monster?’ by Kurosh ValaNejad
Anti-US “Liberators” poster from occupied Holland (1944)
From medical deformities to military enemies, the impulse to turn the unknown and threatening into mythical monsters has endured for centuries. What Makes a Monster? is an exhibition threading through five libraries on the two campuses of the University of Southern California in Los Angeles, examining through art, literature, and other cultural objects who or what has been labeled a beast.
Full article here.

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Saturday, February 11, 2017

The Monster Club


The Czech surrealist (on the right, with her friend the poet and artist Jindrich Styrsky) was born 21 September 1902 in Prague. From an early age she had adopted her ungendered surname and rejected conventional attitudes to sexuality. After training at UMPRUM (the Academy of Art), she worked closely with Styrsky until his death in 1942. They exhibited and travelled together: in Paris the two of them founded an alternative to surrealism they called 'artificialism'. Toyen's work was often erotic in content; she contributed to Styrsky's journal Erotika Revue (only 150 copies were printed). They eventually founded the Czech Surrealist Group. During World War II they were forced underground; Styrsky died of a heart condition. Toyen and second artistic partner Jindrich Heisler fled to Paris. Toyen survived the war and remained in Paris, where she died in 1980.

Friday, February 10, 2017

“Hiding the Tears in My Eyes – BOYS DON’T CRY – A Legacy”

- by Jack Halberstam

"...How might we respond to these objections then in ways that do not completely dismiss the feelings of the students but that ask for different relations to protest, to the reading of complex texts and to the directing of anger about transphobic and homophobic texts onto queer cultural producers?
Here are a few thoughts:
1. We need to situate this film properly within the history of the representation of transgender characters. At the time that Peirce made this film, most films featured transgender people only as monsters, killers, sociopaths or isolated misfits." Full Article here.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Monday, February 6, 2017

Sunday, January 29, 2017


Saturday, January 28, 2017

Charlie Chaplin: The Freak

Before Chaplin's death in 1977, he wrote the ultimate screenplay entitled The FreakAn unfinished dramatic comedy that revolved around a young South American girl who unexpectedly sprouts a pair of wings. She is kidnapped and taken to London, where her captors cash in by passing her off as an angel. Later she escapes, only to be arrested because of her appearance. She is further dehumanized by standing trial to determine if she is human at all.

Friday, January 27, 2017

The Divorcee (1930)

Ten Days in a Madhouse

Journalist Nellie Bly
 In 1887, intrepid reporter Nellie Bly pretended she was crazy and got herself committed, all to help improve conditions in a New York City mental institution.
“The insane asylum on Blackwell’s Island is a human rat-trap. It is easy to get in, but once there it is impossible to get out.”
Those words, describing New York City’s most notorious mental institution, were written by journalist Nellie Bly in 1887. It was no mere armchair observation, because Bly got herself committed to Blackwell’s and wrote a shocking exposé called Ten Days In A Madhouse. The series of articles became a best-selling book, launching Bly’s career as a world-famous investigative reporter and also helping bring reform to the asylum. Full article here.
“My teeth chattered and my limbs were goose-fleshed and blue with cold. Suddenly I got, one after the other, three buckets of water over my head – ice-cold water, too – into my eyes, my ears, my nose and my mouth. I think I experienced the sensation of a drowning person as they dragged me, gasping, shivering and quaking, from the tub. For once I did look insane.”

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Edward Gorey art crush

Edward Gorey Book Covers

Morning has Broken

Morning has broken like the first morning Blackbird has spoken like the first bird Praise for the singing Praise for the morning Praise for them springing fresh from the world Sweet the rain's new fall, sunlit from heaven Like the first dewfall on the first grass Praise for the sweetness of the wet garden Sprung in completeness where his feet pass Mine is the sunlight Mine is the morning Born of the one light Eden saw play Praise with elation, praise ev'ry morning God's recreation of the new day Morning has broken

Monday, January 2, 2017

Lose Yourself