Art news http://feed.informer.com/digests/PUYTP9CCIR/feeder Art news Respective post owners and feed distributors Wed, 27 May 2020 10:58:15 +0200 Feed Informer http://feed.informer.com/ 10 Films to Get to Know Ukraine https://hyperallergic.com/732166/10-films-to-get-to-know-ukraine/ Hyperallergic urn:uuid:339074fc-36c1-1947-2c3b-625942aff895 Thu, 26 May 2022 00:20:54 +0200 <figure><img width="720" height="418" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/my-thoughts-are-silent.jpeg?fit=720%2C418&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/my-thoughts-are-silent.jpeg?w=1200&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/my-thoughts-are-silent.jpeg?resize=720%2C418&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/my-thoughts-are-silent.jpeg?resize=768%2C446&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/my-thoughts-are-silent.jpeg?resize=400%2C232&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/my-thoughts-are-silent.jpeg?resize=706%2C410&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure>From music and architecture to comedy and horror, these films showcase Ukrainian culture and its long-held ethos of resistance. <figure><img width="720" height="418" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/my-thoughts-are-silent.jpeg?fit=720%2C418&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/my-thoughts-are-silent.jpeg?w=1200&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/my-thoughts-are-silent.jpeg?resize=720%2C418&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/my-thoughts-are-silent.jpeg?resize=768%2C446&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/my-thoughts-are-silent.jpeg?resize=400%2C232&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/my-thoughts-are-silent.jpeg?resize=706%2C410&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure> <figure class="wp-block-image size-full"><img loading="lazy" width="768" height="576" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/shadows-of-forgotten-ancestors.png?resize=768%2C576&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-732176" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/shadows-of-forgotten-ancestors.png?w=768&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/shadows-of-forgotten-ancestors.png?resize=720%2C540&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/shadows-of-forgotten-ancestors.png?resize=400%2C300&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/shadows-of-forgotten-ancestors.png?resize=200%2C150&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/shadows-of-forgotten-ancestors.png?resize=706%2C530&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w" sizes="(max-width: 768px) 100vw, 768px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>From <em>Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors</em> (1964), dir. Serghiy Paradzhanov (image courtesy Dovzhenko Centre)</figcaption></figure> <p>The ongoing full-scale invasion by Russia began with the pretext from Russian president Vladimir Putin that Ukraine is an artificial nation and therefore an artificial country, created by Vladimir Lenin. The denial of Ukraine’s independence and the right to build its own future is a repetitive pattern in the Ukrainian-Russian relationship. For instance, policies that ban the Ukrainian language date back to the early 17th century.</p> <p>Nevertheless, the Ukrainian intelligentsia has never stopped fighting back. Through different art forms, they have been establishing Ukrainian culture and identity. Cinema has played an important role in this fight, both in Soviet times and in independent Ukraine. The Ukrainian online cinema <a href="https://www.takflix.com/en" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Takflix.com</a> has collected ten films to showcase Ukrainian culture in its different aspects and genres, from music and architecture to comedy to horror. All films are available worldwide with English subtitles.</p> <h2 id="h-shadows-of-forgotten-ancestors"><a href="https://www.takflix.com/en/films/tini-zabutykh-predkiv" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><strong><em>Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors</em></strong></a></h2> <p><strong>Drama, director Serghiy Paradzhanov, 1964</strong></p> <p>In the 1960s, a period that was later known as the &#8220;Khrushchev Thaw,&#8221; Soviet policies towards the national cultures of the republics began to ease. Ukrainian artists felt this light breeze of freedom and began to step away from the strict principles of socialist realism. In film, this movement was consolidated in Ukrainian poetic cinema. Unlike any other USSR films, poetic cinema was full of symbolism and national Ukrainian motifs, which manifested in the choice of colors, costumes, songs, and plots.</p> <p>The first, and perhaps the most famous illustrative of this trend was the film <em>Shadows of Forgotten Ancestors</em>. It is the love story of a Hutsul Romeo and Juliet, Ivanka and Marichka, who meet as children during a fight between their warring<strong> </strong>families. The two grow up together, exploring the Carpathian Mountains, and their friendship grows into a love that finds its climax in unforeseeable tragedy.</p> <h2><a href="https://www.takflix.com/en/films/propala-gramota" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><strong><em>The Lost Letter</em></strong></a></h2> <p><strong>Comedy road movie, director Borys Ivchenko, 1972</strong></p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-full"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="542" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/lost-letter.png?resize=780%2C542&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-732179" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/lost-letter.png?w=800&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 800w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/lost-letter.png?resize=720%2C500&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/lost-letter.png?resize=768%2C534&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/lost-letter.png?resize=400%2C278&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/lost-letter.png?resize=706%2C491&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>From<em> The Lost Letter </em>(1972), dir. Borys Ivchenko (image courtesy Dovzhenko Centre)</figcaption></figure> <p><em>The Lost Letter</em> is representative of Ukrainian poetic cinema, but it is also one of the last films of the movement. The film depicts an adventure of the Cossack Vasyl, who was entrusted with the crucial task of delivering a letter from the hetman (military commander of the Cossacks) to the Russian tsaritsa (female monarch) as soon as possible. Within the format of a road movie, with comedic and often absurd sketches, unfolds Vasyl&#8217;s journey to the tsaritsa. On his way, he meets a chort (a servant of the devil), witches, and even a &#8220;talking stone.&#8221;</p> <p>This film serves as an ethnographic study of Ukrainian culture. Traditional characters of folklore, Ukrainian cuisine, and costumes are included in the film. However, in the early 1970s, national culture was again severely censored and as the film did not “ideologically” meet the demands of the censorship, it only had the chance to reach audiences ten years after its making.</p> <h2><a href="https://www.takflix.com/en/films/hunt-cossack-gold" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><strong><em>Hunt for the Cossack Gold</em></strong></a></h2> <p><strong>Comedy, director Vadym Kastelli, 1993</strong></p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-full"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="592" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/hunt-for-the-cossack-gold.png?resize=780%2C592&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-732181" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/hunt-for-the-cossack-gold.png?w=948&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 948w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/hunt-for-the-cossack-gold.png?resize=720%2C547&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/hunt-for-the-cossack-gold.png?resize=768%2C583&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/hunt-for-the-cossack-gold.png?resize=400%2C304&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/hunt-for-the-cossack-gold.png?resize=706%2C536&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>From <em>Hunt for the Cossack Gold</em> (1993), dir. Vadym Kastelli (image courtesy Dovzhenko Film Studios)</figcaption></figure> <p>Legend has it that in 1723, hetman Pavlo Polubotok left an enormous amount of gold in an English bank on the condition that it would only be released upon the independence of Ukraine. The film&#8217;s creators based its plot around this tale. But in<strong> </strong>the film, the year is 1993, shortly after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, and a suspected descendant of the hetman is phlegmatic and dimwitted Ivan. Nevertheless, the KGB (Committee for State Security in Russia) and other foreign spies have no doubt that Ivan is the one who knows the secret code to the gold.</p> <p><em>Hunt for the Cossack Gold</em> is a satirical comedy that aims to reinvent the patriotic adventure genre in Ukrainian cinema with cossacks in the center of the plot. However, cossacks — or one of their descendants — are unusually interpreted not as symbols of independence, but as comedic elements. Overall, the film reflects on the Ukrainian past in the Soviet Union and weaves it into the narration of Ukrainian identity.</p> <h2><a href="https://www.takflix.com/en/films/livingfire" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><strong><em>The Living Fire</em></strong></a></h2> <p><strong>Documentary, director Ostap Kostyuk, 2016</strong></p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-full"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="520" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/the-living-fire.jpg?resize=780%2C520&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-732185" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/the-living-fire.jpg?w=1040&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1040w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/the-living-fire.jpg?resize=720%2C480&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/the-living-fire.jpg?resize=768%2C512&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/the-living-fire.jpg?resize=400%2C267&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/the-living-fire.jpg?resize=706%2C470&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>From <em>The Living Fire</em> (2016), dir. Ostap Kostyuk (image courtesy 86PROKAT)</figcaption></figure> <p>In the Carpathian Mountains, the profession of shepherding has long existed. But for the Hutsul people of the region, it is more than just a job — it&#8217;s a calling that is strongly linked to their way of life and culture. Every summer, shepherds go to the mountains for months to graze their sheep. There is an ancient tradition of lighting a “living fire,”<em> </em>which is believed to protect the shepherds and animals from evil.</p> <p>For four years, the film director Ostap Kostyuk and his team researched this vocation and the people who chose the path of old traditions in a modern world. <em>The Living Fire</em> tells the stories of the lives of three men of different generations: 82-year-old Ivan who is already preparing for his funeral, 39-year-old Vasily who is trying to keep his animal farm in business, and ten-year-old Ivanko who has just begun to learn about life. The film examines the challenge of the preservation of old crafts in the modern world and gives the opportunity to admire the landscapes of the Carpathians to the tune of beautiful flute music.</p> <h2><strong><em><a href="https://www.takflix.com/en/films/brama" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Gateway</a></em></strong></h2> <p><strong>Mystical Drama, Horror, director Volodymyr Tykhyy, 2017</strong></p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-full"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="329" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/gateway.jpg?resize=780%2C329&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-732189" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/gateway.jpg?w=801&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 801w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/gateway.jpg?resize=720%2C304&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/gateway.jpg?resize=768%2C324&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/gateway.jpg?resize=400%2C169&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/gateway.jpg?resize=706%2C298&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>From <em>Gateway</em> (2017), dir. Volodymyr Tykhyy (image courtesy Multi Media Distribution)</figcaption></figure> <p>In the center of the plot of the mystical drama <em>Gateway</em> is grandma Prisja, who lives in the Chornobyl Exclusion Zone. She shares a house with her daughter Slava, who was abandoned by her husband, and her adult grandson Vovtshyk, who has a mental disability. Grandma Prisja believes that she has extrasensory abilities and can talk to mermaids, who have told her that something horrible is about to happen, which must be prevented at all costs.</p> <p>At first glance, <em>Gateway</em> is a family drama with elements of mysticism, horror, and conspiracy theories. However, the film explores how the Chornobyl disaster affected the lives of many families who were forced to flee their homes and could not adapt to their new location because they were forced to live with the Chornobyl label. It is also the story of the few who, despite the threat to their lives, decided to stay and become cut off from the world.</p> <h2><strong><em><a href="https://www.takflix.com/en/films/iftke" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Heat Singers</a></em></strong></h2> <p><strong>Documentary, director Nadia Parfan, 2019</strong></p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="439" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/heat-singers.jpg?resize=780%2C439&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-732194" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/heat-singers.jpg?resize=1200%2C675&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/heat-singers.jpg?resize=720%2C405&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/heat-singers.jpg?resize=768%2C432&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/heat-singers.jpg?resize=1536%2C864&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/heat-singers.jpg?resize=1568%2C882&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/heat-singers.jpg?resize=400%2C225&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/heat-singers.jpg?resize=706%2C397&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/heat-singers.jpg?w=1920&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1920w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>From <em>Heat Singers</em> (2019), dir. Nadia Parfan (image courtesy 86PROKAT)</figcaption></figure> <p>One of the most successful documentaries at the Ukrainian box office, <em>Heat Singers</em> is a lyrical film about the daily life of the TeploKomunEnergo, a municipal heating company in Western Ukraine. The film documents the beginning of the heating season, the struggle of workers with worn-out Soviet heat systems, and the search for a common language with irritated and cranky people who are waiting for warm batteries.</p> <p>The main character is Ivan Vasyliovych, who heads the trade union of the TeploKomunEnergo. He adores the trade union choir “Chornobryvtsi,” which represents the Soviet tradition of art groups within different companies, which was mandatory in Soviet times. However, all members of the choir are so sincere and dedicated to their work that it is impossible not to admire them. <em>Heat Singers</em> is a feel-good story about heat, in all its manifestations.</p> <h2><a href="https://www.takflix.com/en/films/my-thoughts-are-silent" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><strong><em>My Thoughts Are Silent</em></strong></a></h2> <p><strong>Tragicomedy, director Antonio Lukich, 2019</strong></p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-full"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="453" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/my-thoughts-are-silent.jpg?resize=780%2C453&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-732197" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/my-thoughts-are-silent.jpg?w=1200&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/my-thoughts-are-silent.jpg?resize=720%2C418&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/my-thoughts-are-silent.jpg?resize=768%2C446&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/my-thoughts-are-silent.jpg?resize=400%2C232&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/my-thoughts-are-silent.jpg?resize=706%2C410&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>From <em>My Thoughts Are Silent </em>(2019), dir. Antonio Lukich (image courtesy Arthouse Тraffic)</figcaption></figure> <p>Vadym Rott works as a freelance sound engineer and receives a work task that may change his life and help him emigrate to Canada. As he himself says: &#8220;This is my new dream.&#8221; To succeed, he only needs to record the sounds of Ukrainian animals and birds, including the singing of the semi-mythical wild mallard duck. On his hunt for these sounds, Vadym has unexpected company — his mother, who wants to persuade her son to stay in Ukraine.</p> <p>The film is a tragicomedy about a mother-son relationship full of unconditional love, misunderstandings, and clashes between different generations and worldviews. Two close people, who in their efforts to talk honestly with each other, constantly get into comic situations. <em>My Thoughts Are Silent</em> examines modern Ukrainian young adults, their lives, and their search for themselves in the world.</p> <h2><a href="https://www.takflix.com/en/films/train-kyiv-war" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><strong><em>Train: Kyiv-War</em></strong></a></h2> <p><strong>Documentary, director Korniy Grytsiuk, 2020</strong></p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="436" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Train-Kyiv-War.jpg?resize=780%2C436&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-732205" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Train-Kyiv-War.jpg?resize=1200%2C670&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Train-Kyiv-War.jpg?resize=720%2C402&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Train-Kyiv-War.jpg?resize=768%2C429&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Train-Kyiv-War.jpg?resize=1536%2C858&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Train-Kyiv-War.jpg?resize=1568%2C876&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Train-Kyiv-War.jpg?resize=400%2C223&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Train-Kyiv-War.jpg?resize=706%2C394&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Train-Kyiv-War.jpg?w=1866&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1866w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>From <em>Train: Kyiv-War</em> (2020), dir. Korniy Grytsiuk (image courtesy EasyLiving Films)</figcaption></figure> <p>The war in Ukraine has been ongoing since 2014 and during this time many films have been created based on this topic, examining aspects such as the lives of families in the grey zone, as well as the daily life of the military and their rehabilitation after returning from the front. <em>Train: Kyiv-War</em> is unique in that it depicts the attitude to the war of a large social group of Ukrainians: the passengers of the train that runs from Kyiv to the city of Kostiantynivka the eastern province of Donetsk Oblast.</p> <p>Kostiantynivka is a small industrial town near the front line. In the film residents of Donbas, volunteers, the Who Discovered Eva Hesse? https://hyperallergic.com/733690/who-discovered-eva-hesse/ Hyperallergic urn:uuid:618ef6f9-0d59-d84f-456e-ae5c2c08ff34 Thu, 26 May 2022 00:18:10 +0200 <figure><img width="720" height="606" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/hesse.jpg?fit=720%2C606&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/hesse.jpg?w=1568&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/hesse.jpg?resize=720%2C606&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/hesse.jpg?resize=1200%2C1009&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/hesse.jpg?resize=768%2C646&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/hesse.jpg?resize=1536%2C1292&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/hesse.jpg?resize=400%2C336&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/hesse.jpg?resize=706%2C594&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure>A new exhibition focuses on Hesse's works on paper, and the way they demonstrate the role of drawing in the famed sculptor's process. <figure><img width="720" height="606" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/hesse.jpg?fit=720%2C606&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/hesse.jpg?w=1568&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/hesse.jpg?resize=720%2C606&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/hesse.jpg?resize=1200%2C1009&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/hesse.jpg?resize=768%2C646&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/hesse.jpg?resize=1536%2C1292&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/hesse.jpg?resize=400%2C336&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/hesse.jpg?resize=706%2C594&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="1164" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/1977.52.72.9-scaled.jpg-copy-1.webp?resize=780%2C1164&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-736102" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/1977.52.72.9-scaled.jpg-copy-1.webp?resize=1200%2C1790&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/1977.52.72.9-scaled.jpg-copy-1.webp?resize=720%2C1074&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/1977.52.72.9-scaled.jpg-copy-1.webp?resize=768%2C1146&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/1977.52.72.9-scaled.jpg-copy-1.webp?resize=1030%2C1536&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1030w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/1977.52.72.9-scaled.jpg-copy-1.webp?resize=1373%2C2048&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1373w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/1977.52.72.9-scaled.jpg-copy-1.webp?resize=400%2C597&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/1977.52.72.9-scaled.jpg-copy-1.webp?resize=706%2C1053&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/1977.52.72.9-scaled.jpg-copy-1.webp?w=1568&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>Photograph of Eva Hesse, ca. 1969. Allen Memorial Art Museum, gift of Helen Hesse Charash, 1977 (all images courtesy AMAM, unless otherwise noted)</figcaption></figure> <p>OBERLIN, Ohio — “We like to think that we discovered Eva Hesse,” reads a line from a 1954 profile of the then-18-year-old artist in Seventeen magazine, before acknowledging that Hesse came on her own to intern at the magazine as a recent dropout from Pratt. But the sentiment feels relatable; I suspect that at one point or another, nearly everyone would like to think that they discovered Eva Hesse. She is one of those artists who feel like a well-kept secret, which is perhaps another way of saying that she made her mark as an artist during a time when few women succeeded in the field, and even fewer were championed. Thus, the first encounter with Hesse likely feels like a revelation — but as the article in <em>Seventeen </em>demonstrates, that seems to have always been the case, even before she carved out a niche for herself within the Abstract Expressionist dick-swinging of her time.</p> <p>Another reason seeing Hesse’s work feels like a clandestine encounter is, of course, because there is ultimately so little of it. The artist died in 1970 at age 34, having just come into her own as a sculptor, and much speculation connects the aggressive brain tumor that ended her life to her trailblazing experimentation with resin compounds in her art. When someone who becomes so influential meets such an untimely demise, everything that person leaves behind feels precious.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="1259" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/1983.106.7.jpg?resize=780%2C1259&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-733701" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/1983.106.7-scaled.jpg?resize=1200%2C1937&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/1983.106.7-scaled.jpg?resize=720%2C1162&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/1983.106.7-scaled.jpg?resize=768%2C1240&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/1983.106.7-scaled.jpg?resize=951%2C1536&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 951w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/1983.106.7-scaled.jpg?resize=1269%2C2048&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1269w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/1983.106.7-scaled.jpg?resize=1568%2C2531&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/1983.106.7-scaled.jpg?resize=400%2C646&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/1983.106.7-scaled.jpg?resize=706%2C1140&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/1983.106.7-scaled.jpg?w=1586&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1586w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>Eva Hesse, &#8220;Untitled&#8221; (1962), collage, charcoal, crayon, and graphite on paper. Allen Memorial Art Museum, gift of Helen Hesse Charash, 1983</figcaption></figure> <p>This sentiment drives <em><a href="https://amam.oberlin.edu/exhibitions-events/exhibitions/2022/02/22/forms-larger-and-bolder-eva-hesse-drawings" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Forms Larger and Bolder: Eva Hesse and the Practice of Drawing</a></em> at Oberlin College’s Allen Memorial Art Museum. Hesse came to Oberlin as a visiting artist in January of 1968. Though it was only a two-day trip, it was a significant meeting for both artist and institution. AMAM would go on to be the first museum to purchase a sculpture by Hesse — her milestone work &#8220;Laocoön&#8221; (1966) — the acquisition of which took place shortly after her death. Due to the purchase, and the artist’s lingering regard for her short time in Oberlin, AMAM also became the recipient of 1,500 items related to Hesse, including 300 artworks on paper, given in tribute by her sister, Helen Hesse Charash. Though &#8220;Laocoön&#8221; forms a natural centerpiece to the exhibition, its real focus are these works on paper, and the way they demonstrate the role of drawing in the famed sculptor&#8217;s process.</p> <p>The works on display follow the artist through her first efforts in art school, first at Pratt, then Cooper Union, and eventually Yale. They include conventional watercolor still lifes and figure studies that show an aesthetic in the making, but little hint of the significance Hesse&#8217;s postminimalist works would go on to achieve. Yet even as early as 1954-55, sketchbook entries show meditations on industrial settings in graphite and ink, establishing the foundations of her work in the mid-1960s. During this time, Hesse returned to Germany, the native homeland her parents were forced to flee when she was two years old, due to the rise of Nazism. Hesse and her then-husband, sculptor Tom Doyle, were invited by the German industrialist Arnhard Scheidt for a protracted residency on the grounds of his disused textile factory in the small town of Kettwig. The post-industrial setting left a deep impression on Hesse, who began to create works she termed “wild space” collages in an expressionist mode, as well as so-called “machine drawings.” Perhaps most illuminating are a selection of working sketches and diagrams from 1967 to 1970, some of which directly connect to realized sculptures; others never evolved past the diagrammatic stage, either intentionally abandoned or thwarted by fate.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="702" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/1983.109.20.jpg?resize=780%2C702&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-733702" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/1983.109.20-scaled.jpg?resize=1200%2C1080&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/1983.109.20-scaled.jpg?resize=720%2C648&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/1983.109.20-scaled.jpg?resize=768%2C691&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/1983.109.20-scaled.jpg?resize=1536%2C1383&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/1983.109.20-scaled.jpg?resize=2048%2C1844&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/1983.109.20-scaled.jpg?resize=1568%2C1411&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/1983.109.20-scaled.jpg?resize=400%2C360&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/1983.109.20-scaled.jpg?resize=706%2C636&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/1983.109.20-scaled.jpg?w=2340&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2340w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>Eva Hesse, &#8220;Untitled&#8221; (1964), collage, gouache, ink, and graphite on paper. Allen Memorial Art Museum, gift of Helen Hesse Charash</figcaption></figure> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="599" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/1998.7.43.jpg?resize=780%2C599&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-733712" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/1998.7.43-scaled.jpg?resize=1200%2C921&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/1998.7.43-scaled.jpg?resize=720%2C553&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/1998.7.43-scaled.jpg?resize=768%2C589&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/1998.7.43-scaled.jpg?resize=1536%2C1179&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/1998.7.43-scaled.jpg?resize=2048%2C1572&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/1998.7.43-scaled.jpg?resize=1568%2C1203&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/1998.7.43-scaled.jpg?resize=400%2C307&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/1998.7.43-scaled.jpg?resize=706%2C542&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/1998.7.43-scaled.jpg?w=2340&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2340w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>Eva Hesse, &#8220;Untitled&#8221; (1963), watercolor and ink on paper. Allen Memorial Art Museum, gift of Helen Hesse Charash, 1998</figcaption></figure> <p>Hesse is an artist’s artist, cited as influential by many, and embraced in her own time as a valued interlocutor with the likes of Josef Albers, Sol LeWitt, and Tom Doyle, to whom she was married from 1961 to 1966. The exhibition, co-curated by Andrea Gyorody and Barry Rosen, puts microcosmic focus on the details of Hesse’s work, making <em>Forms Larger and Bolder</em> catnip for art viewers who love to sink into these details of line, pattern, and color.</p> <p>Because of the curators&#8217; penchant for minutia, some aspects of the show feel overly precious, occasionally lavishing expensive matting and framing on scraps of paper that appear to be ripped from a telephone jot-pad, or containing little besides scribbled dimensions for speculative works. But for this same reason, it adapts beautifully to catalogue form, and the generous dimensions and production details of the 428-page <em><a href="https://amam.oberlin.edu/about/books-bulletins/eva-hesse-oberlin-drawings" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Eva Hesse: Oberlin Drawings</a></em> (2019, Hauser &amp; Wirth Publishers) offer the opportunity to see even more of the collection, and examine the works at length and in aggregate. In fact, having seen the catalogue first, the show seemed smaller than expected, given the abundance of material — though it&#8217;s a testament to the curatorial abilities of Gyorody and Rosen that they were able to edit everything into an exhibition that can be absorbed in a single visit. This is especially important because Hesse&#8217;s work invites slow looking.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-full"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="975" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_20220420_135843_449.jpg?resize=780%2C975&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-733728" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_20220420_135843_449.jpg?w=800&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 800w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_20220420_135843_449.jpg?resize=720%2C900&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_20220420_135843_449.jpg?resize=768%2C960&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_20220420_135843_449.jpg?resize=400%2C500&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_20220420_135843_449.jpg?resize=706%2C883&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>Eva Hesse, &#8220;Laocoön,&#8221; detail (photo Sarah Rose Sharp/Hyperallergic)</figcaption></figure> <p>Hesse fans unable to travel to Oberlin will still find much to embrace in the catalogue, including the opportunity to revisit the work over time — though the bound-and-printed experience does lack the anchor of seeing &#8220;Laocoön&#8221;<em> </em>in person. The ladder-like construction, iced with dripping gray latex, stands alone as a strange, stately monument and witness not only to Hesse’s incredible aptitude for material and formal exploration, but to the results when the surrounding forms and figures step off the paper and into three-dimensional reality.</p> <p><a href="https://amam.oberlin.edu/exhibitions-events/exhibitions/2022/02/22/forms-larger-and-bolder-eva-hesse-drawings" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Forms Larger and Bolder: Eva Hesse Drawings</a> <em>continues at Allen Memorial Art Museum at Oberlin College through June 4. The exhibition was curated by Andrea Gyorody and Barry Rosen.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.hyperallergic.com/~ff/hyperallergic?a=RaZVk16LS20:RHnSQu_dYmQ:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/hyperallergic?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.hyperallergic.com/~ff/hyperallergic?a=RaZVk16LS20:RHnSQu_dYmQ:D7DqB2pKExk"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/hyperallergic?i=RaZVk16LS20:RHnSQu_dYmQ:D7DqB2pKExk" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.hyperallergic.com/~ff/hyperallergic?a=RaZVk16LS20:RHnSQu_dYmQ:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/hyperallergic?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> </div> Queering the Archive, Tracing One’s History https://hyperallergic.com/735959/queering-the-archive-tracing-ones-history/ Hyperallergic urn:uuid:2d51f68d-7ac8-9d3f-ba38-efe6d99df455 Thu, 26 May 2022 00:13:48 +0200 <figure><img width="720" height="450" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Lede.png?fit=720%2C450&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Lede.png?w=1800&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1800w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Lede.png?resize=720%2C450&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Lede.png?resize=1200%2C751&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Lede.png?resize=768%2C480&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Lede.png?resize=1536%2C961&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Lede.png?resize=1568%2C981&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Lede.png?resize=400%2C250&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Lede.png?resize=706%2C442&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure>The artists showcased in <i>Archival Intimacies</i> examine the colonial trauma’s impact on Asian Americans and search for ways to overcome it. <figure><img width="720" height="450" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Lede.png?fit=720%2C450&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Lede.png?w=1800&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1800w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Lede.png?resize=720%2C450&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Lede.png?resize=1200%2C751&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Lede.png?resize=768%2C480&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Lede.png?resize=1536%2C961&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Lede.png?resize=1568%2C981&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Lede.png?resize=400%2C250&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Lede.png?resize=706%2C442&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="520" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_1612.jpg?resize=780%2C520&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-735980" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_1612.jpg?resize=1200%2C800&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_1612.jpg?resize=720%2C480&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_1612.jpg?resize=768%2C512&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_1612.jpg?resize=1536%2C1024&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_1612.jpg?resize=2048%2C1365&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_1612.jpg?resize=1568%2C1045&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_1612.jpg?resize=400%2C267&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_1612.jpg?resize=706%2C471&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_1612.jpg?w=2340&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2340w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>Installation view of <em>Satrang at 25: Queer South Asian Diaspora(s) in Context</em> at ONE Archives at USC Libraries, 2022 (photo by Alexis Bard Johnson)</figcaption></figure> <p>LOS ANGELES — Tucked into a small gallery in USC Library’s ONE Archives — self-described as the largest repository of LGBTQ materials in the world — is the second half of a multipart exhibition: <em>Archival Intimacies</em>: <em>Queering South/East Asian Diasporas</em>, a two-venue project curated by Aziz Sohail and Alexis Bard Johnson. While <em>Stranger Intimacies I </em>recently closed at the USC Pacific Asian Museum, <em>Stranger Intimacies II </em>remains on view at ONE Archives. Upstairs, viewers can also find the exhibition: <em>Satrang at 25: Queer South Asian Diaspora(s) in Context,</em> which features archives relating to <em>Satrang</em>, the principal queer South Asian community organization in Southern California. Both exhibitions at ONE are explorations in “queering” the archive, through propositions by contemporary artists and a display of queer archival material.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="629" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_1616.jpg?resize=780%2C629&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-735985" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_1616.jpg?resize=1200%2C968&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_1616.jpg?resize=720%2C581&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_1616.jpg?resize=768%2C620&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_1616.jpg?resize=1536%2C1239&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_1616.jpg?resize=2048%2C1652&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_1616.jpg?resize=1568%2C1265&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_1616.jpg?resize=400%2C323&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_1616.jpg?resize=706%2C570&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_1616.jpg?w=2340&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2340w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>Installation view of <em>Stranger Intimacy I</em> at USC Pacific Asia Museum, 2022 (photo by Alexis Bard Johnson)</figcaption></figure> <p>The first floor gallery focuses on a series of hanging works by Vinhay Keo and a video installation by Prima Jalichandra-Sakuntabhai. Both artists are themselves members of the queer South Asian diaspora, and their work investigates the residue of their families’ fraught history of immigration from Cambodia and Thailand, respectively: Keo’s family hails from Cambodia, emigrating to the United States as a result of the Khmer Rouge genocide in the 1970s, and Jalichandra-Sakuntabhai’s great-granduncle fled Thailand in 1949, forced into exile, first in China, then France, after attempts at forming a democracy in monarchic Thailand.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="1040" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_8297.jpg?resize=780%2C1040&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-735990" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_8297-scaled.jpg?resize=1200%2C1600&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_8297-scaled.jpg?resize=720%2C960&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_8297-scaled.jpg?resize=768%2C1024&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_8297-scaled.jpg?resize=1152%2C1536&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1152w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_8297-scaled.jpg?resize=1536%2C2048&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_8297-scaled.jpg?resize=900%2C1200&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 900w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_8297-scaled.jpg?resize=600%2C800&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 600w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_8297-scaled.jpg?resize=300%2C400&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_8297-scaled.jpg?resize=150%2C200&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 150w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_8297-scaled.jpg?resize=1568%2C2091&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_8297-scaled.jpg?resize=400%2C533&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_8297-scaled.jpg?resize=706%2C941&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_8297-scaled.jpg?w=1920&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1920w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>Installation view of <em>Stranger Intimacy II </em>at ONE Archives at USC Libraries (photo by Prima Jalichandra-Sakuntabhai, image courtesy the artist)</figcaption></figure> <p>Unfortunately, information regarding these migratory histories — a critical framework for understanding both artists’ work, which investigates their families’ narratives of displacement instigated by the necessity of escape from violent regimes and inflected by the trauma of Western colonization — is not immediately accessible to viewers upon entering the exhibition. While a press release is available online, the gallery itself is adorned only with a short, elliptical wall text that doesn’t provide the kind of specific historical references necessary as an entry point into the rich, layered nature of the artists’ projects. Perhaps this obfuscation is intentional, a queering by way of illegibility, but the viewer is given no pointers to help guide them through the particular South Asian political, material, and familial histories referenced in the artists’ work, and is left instead to grapple in the dark for context.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="520" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/BS4A4524.jpg?resize=780%2C520&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-735966" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/BS4A4524.jpg?resize=1200%2C800&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/BS4A4524.jpg?resize=720%2C480&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/BS4A4524.jpg?resize=768%2C512&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/BS4A4524.jpg?resize=1536%2C1024&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/BS4A4524.jpg?resize=2048%2C1365&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/BS4A4524.jpg?resize=1568%2C1045&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/BS4A4524.jpg?resize=400%2C267&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/BS4A4524.jpg?resize=706%2C471&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/BS4A4524.jpg?w=2340&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2340w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>Installation view of <em>Stranger Intimacy II </em>at ONE Archives at USC Libraries (photo by Vinhay Keo, image courtesy the artist)</figcaption></figure> <p>For example, Vinhay Keo’s three embroidery works feature long, rectangular sampot fabric, a Cambodian garment and symbol of Khmer identity. The artist’s inclusion of the diverse materials of the sampot, ranging from silk to cotton to cork, traces its material and colonial history as a once unisex garment that became feminized under French colonial rule. “9” x 9” x 4”” (2021) is a cotton sampot in the form of a donut box, a replica of and reference to the pink donut boxes of Southern California, whose donut retail industry is largely dominated by members of the Cambodian diaspora — many of whom arrived here in the ‘70s to escape the Cambodian genocide under the Khmer Rouge regime. As Keo shared with me in an email exchange, “the donut industry became a model for economic upward mobility for Cambodian refugees and the latter generations. It’s also fraught with the fallacy of the American Dream narrative, the immigrant narrative of rags-to-riches.”</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="1170" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/BS4A4505.jpg?resize=780%2C1170&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-735963" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/BS4A4505-scaled.jpg?resize=1200%2C1800&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/BS4A4505-scaled.jpg?resize=720%2C1080&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/BS4A4505-scaled.jpg?resize=768%2C1152&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/BS4A4505-scaled.jpg?resize=1024%2C1536&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1024w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/BS4A4505-scaled.jpg?resize=1365%2C2048&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1365w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/BS4A4505-scaled.jpg?resize=1568%2C2352&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/BS4A4505-scaled.jpg?resize=400%2C600&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/BS4A4505-scaled.jpg?resize=706%2C1059&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/BS4A4505-scaled.jpg?w=1707&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1707w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>Vinhay Keo, &#8220;9&#8221; x 9&#8243; x 4&#8243;&#8221; (2021), sampot, cotton, 9 x 9 x 4 inches (photo by Vinhay Keo, image courtesy the artist)</figcaption></figure> <p>Similarly unraveling a string of references is Prima Jalichandra-Sakuntabhai’s poetic cartography of their great-grand uncle’s multiple exiles from his home country of Thailand. Jalichandra-Sakuntabhai’s video installation, “Ocean Network Express”(2021), centers on the video “Appendix A: Ocean Gazing” (2021), which narrates their great-granduncle’s migratory patterns by boat while in exile. These movements are placed in dialogue with the Southern California littoral, particularly the San Pedro Harbor, with its cargo ships sailing in and out — the remnants of military paraphernalia of World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War littering the coastline, imposing defunct canons and concrete structures that a voiceover reminds us were designed to be a <em>barrage contre le Pacifique</em>, in reference to the Marguerite Duras novel of the same name. The stoic voice, the artist’s own, continues in a matter-of-fact monotone: “the Pacific Ocean is the ultimate barrier between the East and the West. These defenses are no longer needed: the enemy has been defeated. The Yellow Peril has been neutralized. We are safe now.”</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="488" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/screen-shot-2021-04-29-at-12-16-29-pm_orig.png?resize=780%2C488&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-735988" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/screen-shot-2021-04-29-at-12-16-29-pm_orig.png?resize=1200%2C751&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/screen-shot-2021-04-29-at-12-16-29-pm_orig.png?resize=720%2C450&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/screen-shot-2021-04-29-at-12-16-29-pm_orig.png?resize=768%2C480&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/screen-shot-2021-04-29-at-12-16-29-pm_orig.png?resize=1536%2C961&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/screen-shot-2021-04-29-at-12-16-29-pm_orig.png?resize=2048%2C1281&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/screen-shot-2021-04-29-at-12-16-29-pm_orig.png?resize=1568%2C981&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/screen-shot-2021-04-29-at-12-16-29-pm_orig.png?resize=400%2C250&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/screen-shot-2021-04-29-at-12-16-29-pm_orig.png?resize=706%2C442&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/screen-shot-2021-04-29-at-12-16-29-pm_orig.png?w=2340&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2340w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>Prima Jalichandra-Sakuntabhai, video still of “Appendix A: Ocean Gazing” (2021), video, TRT: 15:46 minutes (image courtesy the artist)</figcaption></figure> <p>Yet in a time marked by the fanning of Asian hate fueled by dangerous rhetoric that continues to brand and persecute Asians as carriers of disease, it would seem that this <em>barrage </em>is still at work. History, we are told, repeats itself. The artists showcased in <em>Archival Intimacies </em>remind us that the violence of our colonial histories are still with us, haunting the ancestors of those who first made the perilous trip to this country, only to be faced with the fallacy of the American Dream and cast as crude stereotypes. To acknowledge these histories, to queer this archive by way of artistic representation, is to point to the lasting repercussions of colonial trauma on Asian-American bodies — and to begin to overcome it.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="488" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/screen-shot-2021-04-29-at-12-21-41-pm_orig.png?resize=780%2C488&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-735989" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/screen-shot-2021-04-29-at-12-21-41-pm_orig.png?resize=1200%2C751&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/screen-shot-2021-04-29-at-12-21-41-pm_orig.png?resize=720%2C450&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/screen-shot-2021-04-29-at-12-21-41-pm_orig.png?resize=768%2C480&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/screen-shot-2021-04-29-at-12-21-41-pm_orig.png?resize=1536%2C961&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/screen-shot-2021-04-29-at-12-21-41-pm_orig.png?resize=2048%2C1281&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/screen-shot-2021-04-29-at-12-21-41-pm_orig.png?resize=1568%2C981&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/screen-shot-2021-04-29-at-12-21-41-pm_orig.png?resize=400%2C250&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/screen-shot-2021-04-29-at-12-21-41-pm_orig.png?resize=706%2C442&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/screen-shot-2021-04-29-at-12-21-41-pm_orig.png?w=2340&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2340w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>Prima Jalichandra-Sakuntabhai, video still of “Appendix A: Ocean Gazing” (2021), video, TRT: 15:46 minutes (image courtesy the artist)</figcaption></figure> <p>Stranger Intimacies II<em>, part of</em> <a href="https://one.usc.edu/exhibition/archival-intimacies-queering-southeast-asian-diasporas">Archival Intimacies: Queering South/East Asian Diasporas</a> <em>continues at ONE Archives at USC (909 West Adams Boulevard, University Park, Los Angeles) through May 27. The exhibition was curated by Aziz Sohail and Alexis Bard Johnson.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.hyperallergic.com/~ff/hyperallergic?a=bdwfkIS1GEQ:mmUFHhJp1tU:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/hyperallergic?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.hyperallergic.com/~ff/hyperallergic?a=bdwfkIS1GEQ:mmUFHhJp1tU:D7DqB2pKExk"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/hyperallergic?i=bdwfkIS1GEQ:mmUFHhJp1tU:D7DqB2pKExk" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.hyperallergic.com/~ff/hyperallergic?a=bdwfkIS1GEQ:mmUFHhJp1tU:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/hyperallergic?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> </div> They Tried to Make a Sexy Movie About Eiffel Tower Engineer https://hyperallergic.com/735476/gustave-eiffel-biopic/ Hyperallergic urn:uuid:9ecca212-51e9-8845-4307-7aa0faaa6105 Thu, 26 May 2022 00:11:37 +0200 <figure><img width="720" height="377" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/eiffel-5.jpg?fit=720%2C377&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/eiffel-5.jpg?w=1290&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1290w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/eiffel-5.jpg?resize=720%2C377&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/eiffel-5.jpg?resize=1200%2C628&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/eiffel-5.jpg?resize=768%2C402&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/eiffel-5.jpg?resize=400%2C209&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/eiffel-5.jpg?resize=706%2C369&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure><i>Eiffel</i> inadvertently paints its protagonist not as a great man worthy of scrutiny or praise, but as the Elon Musk of his day. <figure><img width="720" height="377" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/eiffel-5.jpg?fit=720%2C377&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/eiffel-5.jpg?w=1290&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1290w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/eiffel-5.jpg?resize=720%2C377&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/eiffel-5.jpg?resize=1200%2C628&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/eiffel-5.jpg?resize=768%2C402&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/eiffel-5.jpg?resize=400%2C209&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/eiffel-5.jpg?resize=706%2C369&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="520" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/eiffel.jpeg?resize=780%2C520&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-735480" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/eiffel-scaled.jpeg?resize=1200%2C800&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/eiffel-scaled.jpeg?resize=720%2C480&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/eiffel-scaled.jpeg?resize=768%2C512&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/eiffel-scaled.jpeg?resize=1536%2C1024&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/eiffel-scaled.jpeg?resize=2048%2C1365&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/eiffel-scaled.jpeg?resize=1568%2C1045&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/eiffel-scaled.jpeg?resize=400%2C267&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/eiffel-scaled.jpeg?resize=706%2C471&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/eiffel-scaled.jpeg?w=2340&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2340w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>From <i>Eiffel</i> (2021), dir. Martin Bourboulon (all images courtesy Blue Fox Entertainment)</figcaption></figure> <p>The biopic format allows for so little spontaneity that the best Martin Bourboulon’s <em><a href="https://www.bluefoxentertainment.com/films/eiffel" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Eiffel</a></em> can do to shake up the genre’s rigid structural demands is simply arrange the life of its subject, engineer Gustave Eiffel (Romain Duris) out of order. The constant movement back and forth in time does not offer compelling contrasts between periods, but simply confounds an otherwise-straightforward narrative. This buries important details — like, for instance, the fact that Eiffel did not actually design the iconic tower that bears his name, instead buying it from two other engineers after first mocking their idea as garish and too modern.</p> <p>This detail would be a potentially interesting foundation for a film that undermines the usual tropes of biopics, revealing the overstated case for one man’s mark on the landscape of the City of Lights. But instead, <em>Eiffel</em> reaffirms all the common touchstones of the genre. There’s its depiction of the protagonist as an underdog struggling to realize a passion project in the face of copious objections from aesthetes, as well as the Catholic Church, which fears the proposed iron monstrosity will literally tower over Paris’s existing classical architecture and the majesty of Notre Dame. And because behind every great man is a woman, Eiffel only truly decides to build in the first place out of some kind of misplaced show of affection for an old flame, Adrienne Bourgès (Emma Mackey), to make a defiant gesture of self-worth to her aristocratic family for shunning him.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-full"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="408" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/eiffel-3.jpeg?resize=780%2C408&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-735479" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/eiffel-3.jpeg?w=1024&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1024w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/eiffel-3.jpeg?resize=720%2C377&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/eiffel-3.jpeg?resize=768%2C402&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/eiffel-3.jpeg?resize=400%2C209&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/eiffel-3.jpeg?resize=706%2C370&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>From <em>Eiffel</em></figcaption></figure> <p>Tying a 984-feet-tall vanity project to the romantic foibles of the man who owns the company that builds it verges on the parodic, and things only get more absurd when the film folds in further Euro cinema clichés. Eiffel, born to a middle-class family, constantly rails about class consciousness and how the tower will be accessible to <em>all</em> of Paris’s citizens, rich and poor. Yet for all this talk, the engineer conspicuously spends much of his time attempting to climb the ladder into the upper crust, largely ignoring the average person in a never-ending bid to impress his social betters.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="536" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/eiffel-2.png?resize=780%2C536&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-735478" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/eiffel-2.png?resize=1200%2C825&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/eiffel-2.png?resize=720%2C495&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/eiffel-2.png?resize=768%2C528&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/eiffel-2.png?resize=400%2C275&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/eiffel-2.png?resize=706%2C485&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/eiffel-2.png?w=1440&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1440w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>From <em>Eiffel</em></figcaption></figure> <p>The usual biopic aesthetic is firmly in place here. The camera moves in stately, level motions through handsomely baroque interiors of rich wooden hues that contrast with the smoggy dreariness of the industrialized city outside. But the achronological ordering of the scenes, which teases out the “tragedy” of Eiffel and Adrienne’s doomed romance, does nothing more than prolong a dull love triangle that never builds any emotional resonance precisely because of the endless jumping around.</p> <p>The fact that Eiffel is just as dull a historical figure as a romantic one only sinks the film further. This is the story of a man who buys a patent so he can slap his name on the final product, who talks a big game about utopianism while increasingly isolating himself among the elites, and whose artistic drive is inseparable from his hang-ups over women. <em>Eiffel</em> inadvertently paints its protagonist not as a great man worthy of scrutiny or praise, but as the Elon Musk of his day.</p> <figure class="wp-block-embed is-type-video is-provider-youtube wp-block-embed-youtube wp-embed-aspect-16-9 wp-has-aspect-ratio"><div class="wp-block-embed__wrapper"> <iframe loading="lazy" class="youtube-player" width="780" height="439" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/STXwmr01J0o?version=3&#038;rel=1&#038;showsearch=0&#038;showinfo=1&#038;iv_load_policy=1&#038;fs=1&#038;hl=en-US&#038;autohide=2&#038;wmode=transparent" allowfullscreen="true" style="border:0;" sandbox="allow-scripts allow-same-origin allow-popups allow-presentation"></iframe> </div></figure> <p><a href="https://www.bluefoxentertainment.com/films/eiffel">Eiffel</a> <em>opens in theaters June 3.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.hyperallergic.com/~ff/hyperallergic?a=2STgl8KBfOQ:AqqhUVEboUk:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/hyperallergic?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.hyperallergic.com/~ff/hyperallergic?a=2STgl8KBfOQ:AqqhUVEboUk:D7DqB2pKExk"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/hyperallergic?i=2STgl8KBfOQ:AqqhUVEboUk:D7DqB2pKExk" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.hyperallergic.com/~ff/hyperallergic?a=2STgl8KBfOQ:AqqhUVEboUk:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/hyperallergic?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> </div> Margaret Atwood Protests Book Banning With Fireproof Copy of The Handmaid’s Tale https://hyperallergic.com/735674/margaret-atwood-protests-book-banning-with-fireproof-copy-of-the-handmaids-tale/ Hyperallergic urn:uuid:eb38f7b0-2b2d-e9b9-62a0-ff39603e25ed Thu, 26 May 2022 00:08:31 +0200 <figure><img width="720" height="405" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Press-Image-2-Margaret_w_Flame.jpg?fit=720%2C405&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Press-Image-2-Margaret_w_Flame.jpg?w=2400&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Press-Image-2-Margaret_w_Flame.jpg?resize=720%2C405&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Press-Image-2-Margaret_w_Flame.jpg?resize=1200%2C675&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Press-Image-2-Margaret_w_Flame.jpg?resize=768%2C432&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Press-Image-2-Margaret_w_Flame.jpg?resize=1536%2C864&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Press-Image-2-Margaret_w_Flame.jpg?resize=2048%2C1152&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Press-Image-2-Margaret_w_Flame.jpg?resize=1568%2C882&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Press-Image-2-Margaret_w_Flame.jpg?resize=400%2C225&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Press-Image-2-Margaret_w_Flame.jpg?resize=706%2C397&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Press-Image-2-Margaret_w_Flame.jpg?w=2340&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2340w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure>The fire-resistant copy will be auctioned to raise funds for PEN America. <figure><img width="720" height="405" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Press-Image-2-Margaret_w_Flame.jpg?fit=720%2C405&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Press-Image-2-Margaret_w_Flame.jpg?w=2400&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Press-Image-2-Margaret_w_Flame.jpg?resize=720%2C405&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Press-Image-2-Margaret_w_Flame.jpg?resize=1200%2C675&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Press-Image-2-Margaret_w_Flame.jpg?resize=768%2C432&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Press-Image-2-Margaret_w_Flame.jpg?resize=1536%2C864&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Press-Image-2-Margaret_w_Flame.jpg?resize=2048%2C1152&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Press-Image-2-Margaret_w_Flame.jpg?resize=1568%2C882&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Press-Image-2-Margaret_w_Flame.jpg?resize=400%2C225&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Press-Image-2-Margaret_w_Flame.jpg?resize=706%2C397&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Press-Image-2-Margaret_w_Flame.jpg?w=2340&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2340w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure> <p>Margaret Atwood&#8217;s 1985 novel <em><a href="https://bookshop.org/books/the-handmaid-s-tale-9780358120360/9780385490818" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">The Handmaid&#8217;s Tale</a></em><strong> </strong>has been <a href="https://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks/top10" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">counted among</a> the most banned books in America, and <a href="https://www.wired.com/story/handmaids-tale-protest-garb/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">the characters&#8217; distinctive red and white uniform</a> has been adopted by the pro-choice movement as a symbol of a dystopian society that feels increasingly familiar. After <a href="https://hyperallergic.com/724072/nypl-is-making-banned-books-accessible-across-the-country/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">book bans reached an all-time high this year</a>, Atwood is taking a stand by putting a fireproof version of the novel <a href="https://www.sothebys.com/en/buy/auction/2022/the-unburnable-book" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">up for auction at Sotheby&#8217;s</a>. The proceeds will go to <a href="https://pen.org" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">PEN America</a>, a nonprofit that advocates for freedom of expression, to fight censorship.</p> <p><em>The Handmaid&#8217;s Tale</em> paints the picture of a patriarchal totalitarian society in which women are relegated to the roles of obedient wife or sex slave. The book&#8217;s 2017 Hulu adaptation proved a major hit and Atwood&#8217;s wrote a sequel, <em><a href="https://bookshop.org/books/the-testaments/9780525562627" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">The Testaments</a></em>, that was published in 2019.</p> <p>The project was the brainchild of public relations agency Rethink Creative and is a <a href="https://apnews.com/article/politics-entertainment-margaret-atwood-1690fb90e5f26f63bf4ea14dde7d8d36" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">four-part collaboration</a> with Atwood, her publisher Penguin Random House, and a specialty bookbinder called the Gas Company. </p> <p>The Gas Company is based out of Toronto, where Atwood lives. They made the pages of the nonflammable book out of an aluminum product and bound it with nickel, a process that took the company <a href="https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2022/05/24/handmaids-tale-burn-proof-auction/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">two months to complete</a>. The final product can withstand temperatures up to 1,220 degrees Fahrenheit.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="439" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Press-Image-1-Unburnable-KV.jpg?resize=780%2C439&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-735763" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Press-Image-1-Unburnable-KV.jpg?resize=1200%2C675&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Press-Image-1-Unburnable-KV.jpg?resize=720%2C405&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Press-Image-1-Unburnable-KV.jpg?resize=768%2C432&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Press-Image-1-Unburnable-KV.jpg?resize=1536%2C864&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Press-Image-1-Unburnable-KV.jpg?resize=2048%2C1152&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Press-Image-1-Unburnable-KV.jpg?resize=1568%2C882&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Press-Image-1-Unburnable-KV.jpg?resize=400%2C225&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Press-Image-1-Unburnable-KV.jpg?resize=706%2C397&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Press-Image-1-Unburnable-KV.jpg?w=2340&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2340w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>The cover illustration was created by artist Noma Bar, whose use of negative space suggests a silhouetted face. </figcaption></figure> <p>&#8220;In the face of a determined effort to censor and silence, this unburnable book is an emblem of our collective resolve to protect books, stories and ideas from those who fear and revile them,&#8221; PEN America CEO Suzanne Nossel said in a statement.</p> <p><em>The Handmaid&#8217;s Tale</em> was the <a href="https://www.ala.org/advocacy/bbooks/frequentlychallengedbooks/top10" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">seventh most-banned book in the United States in 2019</a>. The book is estimated to sell for up to $100,000 when it is auctioned off online on June 7.</p> <p>In a Sotheby&#8217;s press release, Atwood stated: &#8220;I never thought I&#8217;d be trying to burn one of my own books &#8230; and failing.&#8221;</p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.hyperallergic.com/~ff/hyperallergic?a=W5ZdBIkabjY:jhobmJmhP4A:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/hyperallergic?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.hyperallergic.com/~ff/hyperallergic?a=W5ZdBIkabjY:jhobmJmhP4A:D7DqB2pKExk"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/hyperallergic?i=W5ZdBIkabjY:jhobmJmhP4A:D7DqB2pKExk" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.hyperallergic.com/~ff/hyperallergic?a=W5ZdBIkabjY:jhobmJmhP4A:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/hyperallergic?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> </div> NEA Awards $91 Million to Over 1,200 Arts Organizations https://hyperallergic.com/735401/nea-awards-91-million-to-over-1200-arts-organizations/ Hyperallergic urn:uuid:82c3f589-6ad3-1919-23c5-017ab67c695a Thu, 26 May 2022 00:05:11 +0200 <figure><img width="720" height="481" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Yvette-Mayorga-ccc-1.jpg?fit=720%2C481&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Yvette-Mayorga-ccc-1.jpg?w=2400&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Yvette-Mayorga-ccc-1.jpg?resize=720%2C481&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Yvette-Mayorga-ccc-1.jpg?resize=1200%2C801&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Yvette-Mayorga-ccc-1.jpg?resize=768%2C513&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Yvette-Mayorga-ccc-1.jpg?resize=1536%2C1025&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Yvette-Mayorga-ccc-1.jpg?resize=2048%2C1367&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Yvette-Mayorga-ccc-1.jpg?resize=1568%2C1047&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Yvette-Mayorga-ccc-1.jpg?resize=400%2C267&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Yvette-Mayorga-ccc-1.jpg?resize=706%2C471&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Yvette-Mayorga-ccc-1.jpg?w=2340&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2340w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure>Funded projects include an exhibition of contemporary and historical <i>retablos</i> and a residency that pairs glass artists with creators in other mediums. <figure><img width="720" height="481" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Yvette-Mayorga-ccc-1.jpg?fit=720%2C481&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Yvette-Mayorga-ccc-1.jpg?w=2400&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Yvette-Mayorga-ccc-1.jpg?resize=720%2C481&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Yvette-Mayorga-ccc-1.jpg?resize=1200%2C801&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Yvette-Mayorga-ccc-1.jpg?resize=768%2C513&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Yvette-Mayorga-ccc-1.jpg?resize=1536%2C1025&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Yvette-Mayorga-ccc-1.jpg?resize=2048%2C1367&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Yvette-Mayorga-ccc-1.jpg?resize=1568%2C1047&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Yvette-Mayorga-ccc-1.jpg?resize=400%2C267&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Yvette-Mayorga-ccc-1.jpg?resize=706%2C471&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Yvette-Mayorga-ccc-1.jpg?w=2340&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2340w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="629" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/1966.05.148.-NMSURetabloimage2.jpg?resize=780%2C629&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-735571" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/1966.05.148.-NMSURetabloimage2.jpg?resize=1200%2C968&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/1966.05.148.-NMSURetabloimage2.jpg?resize=720%2C581&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/1966.05.148.-NMSURetabloimage2.jpg?resize=768%2C619&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/1966.05.148.-NMSURetabloimage2.jpg?resize=1536%2C1238&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/1966.05.148.-NMSURetabloimage2.jpg?resize=2048%2C1651&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/1966.05.148.-NMSURetabloimage2.jpg?resize=1568%2C1264&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/1966.05.148.-NMSURetabloimage2.jpg?resize=400%2C323&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/1966.05.148.-NMSURetabloimage2.jpg?resize=706%2C569&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/1966.05.148.-NMSURetabloimage2.jpg?w=2340&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2340w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>An ex-voto in the New Mexico State University Art Museum&#8217;s Collection (image courtesy NMSU)</figcaption></figure> <p>At the New Mexico State University (NMSU) Art Museum in Las Cruces, curator Emmanuel Ortega wants to do more than just exhibit the museum&#8217;s vast <a href="https://uam.nmsu.edu/collections/retablo-collection.html" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">collection of Mexican <em>ex-votos</em></a> (traditionally Catholic devotional paintings) — the largest in the country at around 4,000. Ortega also wants to shift the narrative around Mexican art outside the canon. Instead of having visitors understand the works simply as &#8220;folk art,&#8221; Ortega hopes museum-goers will reflect on the larger themes these paintings explore.</p> <p>The museum is one of 1,240 organizations that received a total of $91 million in grants from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) last week as part of the agency&#8217;s <a href="https://www.arts.gov/news/press-releases/2022/national-endowment-arts-announces-second-round-grants-fy-2022" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">second round of 2022 funding</a>. The recipients range from community arts centers to cities commissioning public artwork. </p> <p>In the upcoming NMSU Art Museum exhibition <em><a href="https://uam.nmsu.edu/upcoming-exhibitions-events/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Contemporary Ex-Votos: Devotion Beyond Medium</a></em>, a selection of historical ex-votos, also called <em>retablos</em>, will be shown alongside works by 12 contemporary artists. Retablos were <a href="https://hyperallergic.com/334143/the-visualized-violence-and-divine-healing-of-the-ex-voto-painting/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">most popular</a> in Mexico around the mid-19th to 20th centuries. After recovering from a misfortune, a person would commission a gratitude painting from a local artisan to show their devotion to the saint to which they prayed, displaying it at a reliquary or home chapel.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="521" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Yvette-Mayorga-ccc-1.jpg?resize=780%2C521&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-736035" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Yvette-Mayorga-ccc-1.jpg?resize=1200%2C801&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Yvette-Mayorga-ccc-1.jpg?resize=720%2C481&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Yvette-Mayorga-ccc-1.jpg?resize=768%2C513&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Yvette-Mayorga-ccc-1.jpg?resize=1536%2C1025&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Yvette-Mayorga-ccc-1.jpg?resize=2048%2C1367&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Yvette-Mayorga-ccc-1.jpg?resize=1568%2C1047&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Yvette-Mayorga-ccc-1.jpg?resize=400%2C267&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Yvette-Mayorga-ccc-1.jpg?resize=706%2C471&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Yvette-Mayorga-ccc-1.jpg?w=2340&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2340w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>Yvette Mayorga, &#8220;Really Safe in America&#8221; (2017), installation and video at the Chicago Cultural Center (image courtesy NMSU)</figcaption></figure> <p>Ortega commissioned four artists — Justin Favela, Guadalupe Maravilla, Yvette Mayorga, and Xochi Solis — to create new works focused on themes explored in the original ex-votos, including class, race, gender, and methodologies of resistance. </p> <p>&#8220;I wanted the artists to teach the audience, and tell the audience, to look at ex-votos in a different way,&#8221; Ortega told Hyperallergic. &#8220;Every artists is thinking of ideas of devotion, resistance, and medium in a completely different way.&#8221; Mayorga, for example, will create a &#8220;sanctuary&#8221; filled with retablos. The work will reflect on a severe illness she suffered as a child and incorporate found objects from a pilgrimage to El Santuario de Chimayó church in Northern New Mexico.&nbsp; </p> <p>Due to the NMSU Art Museum&#8217;s tiny budget, grants such as the NEA&#8217;s — which awarded the institution $40,000 <strong>—</strong> are what make exhibitions like <em>Contemporary Ex-Votos</em> possible. </p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="521" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Ashley-McFarland.Mikael-Owunna-3.jpg?resize=780%2C521&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-735991" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Ashley-McFarland.Mikael-Owunna-3.jpg?resize=1200%2C801&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Ashley-McFarland.Mikael-Owunna-3.jpg?resize=720%2C480&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Ashley-McFarland.Mikael-Owunna-3.jpg?resize=768%2C512&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Ashley-McFarland.Mikael-Owunna-3.jpg?resize=1536%2C1025&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Ashley-McFarland.Mikael-Owunna-3.jpg?resize=2048%2C1366&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Ashley-McFarland.Mikael-Owunna-3.jpg?resize=1568%2C1046&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Ashley-McFarland.Mikael-Owunna-3.jpg?resize=400%2C267&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Ashley-McFarland.Mikael-Owunna-3.jpg?resize=706%2C471&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Ashley-McFarland.Mikael-Owunna-3.jpg?w=2340&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2340w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>The glowing interior of an in-progress sculpture in <em>Infinite Essence</em> (image courtesy Pittsburgh Glass Center)</figcaption></figure> <p>In Pennsylvania, the Pittsburgh Glass Center received a $20,000 grant from the NEA for its <a href="https://www.pittsburghglasscenter.org/idea-furnace" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Idea Furnace</a> artist residency program, a novel<strong> </strong>initiative in which glass artists introduce other types of creators to the medium. In a current collaboration, Nigerian cosmologist Mikael Owunna and multimedia artist Marques Redd will produce life-size glass&nbsp;busts of Black figures. Each of the sculptures, collectively titled <em>Infinite Essence, </em>will appear to contain glowing stars, an effect that will be made possible when the exhibit’s ultraviolet lighting hits the glass shapes. The exhibition &#8220;strives to rebut media imagery that reduces the Black body to death,&#8221; a Pittsburgh Glass Center spokesperson told Hyperallergic in an email.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="494" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Screen-Shot-2022-05-25-at-3.08.29-PM.jpg?resize=780%2C494&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-736005" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Screen-Shot-2022-05-25-at-3.08.29-PM.jpg?resize=1200%2C760&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Screen-Shot-2022-05-25-at-3.08.29-PM.jpg?resize=720%2C456&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Screen-Shot-2022-05-25-at-3.08.29-PM.jpg?resize=768%2C486&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Screen-Shot-2022-05-25-at-3.08.29-PM.jpg?resize=1536%2C972&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Screen-Shot-2022-05-25-at-3.08.29-PM.jpg?resize=2048%2C1296&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Screen-Shot-2022-05-25-at-3.08.29-PM.jpg?resize=1568%2C992&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Screen-Shot-2022-05-25-at-3.08.29-PM.jpg?resize=400%2C253&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Screen-Shot-2022-05-25-at-3.08.29-PM.jpg?resize=706%2C447&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Screen-Shot-2022-05-25-at-3.08.29-PM.jpg?w=2340&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2340w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>Installation view of Nitza Tufiño&#8217;s &#8220;La Llegada de Nuestro Pueblo&#8221; (2011), oil on canvas, 72 x 108 inches (image courtesy Taller Puertorriqueño)</figcaption></figure> <p>Across the state in Philadelphia, the <a href="https://tallerpr.org" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Taller Puertorriqueño</a>, which seeks to preserve Puerto Rican and Latinx culture in the city, also received NEA funding. Next year, the organization will present an exhibition of works by Mexican-born artist Nitza Tufiño, just one of the projects made possible by a $20,000 grant from the agency. Tufiño, who now lives in New York, has been making art that explore Afro-Carribean and Latinx identity for decades, including public works across the city.</p> <p>On the other side of the country, the <a href="https://edithkanakaolefoundation.org" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Edith Kanakaole Foundation</a> in Hilo, Hawai‘i received $25,000 in NEA funding to<strong> </strong>launch a collaboration between experienced hula musicians and dancers and other members of the hula tradition. </p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="330" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Halau-o-Kekuhi_MM-2021-2.jpeg?resize=780%2C330&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-736030" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Halau-o-Kekuhi_MM-2021-2.jpeg?resize=1200%2C508&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Halau-o-Kekuhi_MM-2021-2.jpeg?resize=720%2C305&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Halau-o-Kekuhi_MM-2021-2.jpeg?resize=768%2C325&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Halau-o-Kekuhi_MM-2021-2.jpeg?resize=1536%2C650&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Halau-o-Kekuhi_MM-2021-2.jpeg?resize=2048%2C866&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Halau-o-Kekuhi_MM-2021-2.jpeg?resize=1568%2C663&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Halau-o-Kekuhi_MM-2021-2.jpeg?resize=400%2C169&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Halau-o-Kekuhi_MM-2021-2.jpeg?resize=706%2C299&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Halau-o-Kekuhi_MM-2021-2.jpeg?w=2340&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2340w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>Dancers practicing the hula tradition (image courtesy Edith Kanakaole Foundation and Halau o Kekuhi)</figcaption></figure> <p>A <a href="https://www.arts.gov/sites/default/files/Spring2022-Discipline-List-Report.pdf">complete list</a> of projects funded by the National Endowment for the Arts can be found on the agency&#8217;s website.</p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.hyperallergic.com/~ff/hyperallergic?a=Rks89P8_mk4:E_Yoy3c3Sq0:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/hyperallergic?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.hyperallergic.com/~ff/hyperallergic?a=Rks89P8_mk4:E_Yoy3c3Sq0:D7DqB2pKExk"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/hyperallergic?i=Rks89P8_mk4:E_Yoy3c3Sq0:D7DqB2pKExk" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.hyperallergic.com/~ff/hyperallergic?a=Rks89P8_mk4:E_Yoy3c3Sq0:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/hyperallergic?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> </div> There’s No Place Like Court! “Dorothy Dress” at Center of Ownership Suit https://hyperallergic.com/735556/bonhams-dorothy-dress-at-center-of-ownership-suit/ Hyperallergic urn:uuid:fef90b85-ba80-4dec-6b61-cb0bb86859a3 Thu, 26 May 2022 00:02:00 +0200 <figure><img width="720" height="442" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/dorothy.jpg?fit=720%2C442&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/dorothy.jpg?w=1200&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/dorothy.jpg?resize=720%2C442&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/dorothy.jpg?resize=768%2C472&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/dorothy.jpg?resize=400%2C246&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/dorothy.jpg?resize=706%2C434&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure>Bonhams paused the sale of the rare garment, which was expected to fetch $1.2 million. <figure><img width="720" height="442" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/dorothy.jpg?fit=720%2C442&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/dorothy.jpg?w=1200&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/dorothy.jpg?resize=720%2C442&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/dorothy.jpg?resize=768%2C472&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/dorothy.jpg?resize=400%2C246&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/dorothy.jpg?resize=706%2C434&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="975" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/04/Dorothy-Dress.-Credit-Bonhams-.jpg?resize=780%2C975&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-727606" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/04/Dorothy-Dress.-Credit-Bonhams-.jpg?resize=1200%2C1500&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/04/Dorothy-Dress.-Credit-Bonhams-.jpg?resize=720%2C900&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/04/Dorothy-Dress.-Credit-Bonhams-.jpg?resize=768%2C960&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/04/Dorothy-Dress.-Credit-Bonhams-.jpg?resize=1229%2C1536&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1229w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/04/Dorothy-Dress.-Credit-Bonhams-.jpg?resize=400%2C500&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/04/Dorothy-Dress.-Credit-Bonhams-.jpg?resize=706%2C883&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/04/Dorothy-Dress.-Credit-Bonhams-.jpg?w=1400&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1400w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>An iconic piece of film history is now contested property in a legal struggle. (image courtesy Bonhams)</figcaption></figure> <p>There’s no place like probate court! What was set to be a routine auction process for a special piece of Hollywood memorabilia has taken a cinematic plot twist, as <a href="https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/judge-blocks-sale-of-long-lost-wizard-of-oz-dress-worn-by-judy-garland-180980136/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">legal questions have been raised</a> regarding the ownership of the rare and recently rediscovered “<a href="https://www.bonhams.com/auction/27564/preview-lot/5553333/an-important-costume-worn-by-judy-garland-as-dorothy-in-the-wizard-of-oz/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Dorothy Dress</a>” — one of a mere handful of remaining original costumes worn by Judy Garland in the 1939 film <em>The</em> <em>Wizard of Oz.</em> </p> <p>The dress, expected to fetch up to $1.2 million, <a href="https://hyperallergic.com/727600/iconic-wizard-of-oz-dress-heads-to-auction/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">came to Bonhams Los Angeles</a> last month by way of the Catholic University of America (CU) in Washington, DC. It had been gifted to the clearly beloved former head of the school&#8217;s drama department, Reverend Gilbert Hartke, by Mercedes McCambridge, a Hollywood actor and artist-in-residence at the University in 1973 and close friend of Garland’s. Lost in the school’s archives since the 1980s, the rediscovered dress was intended for sale to fund a faculty chair endowment and establish a <a href="https://communications.catholic.edu/news/2022/04/lost-dorothy-dress-to-be-auctioned-for-new-catholic-university-film-program.html" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">new film acting program</a> at the university.</p> <p>Now those plans, and the auction, are on indefinite hold, as a <a href="https://dockets.justia.com/docket/new-york/nysdce/1:2022cv03571/579202" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">lawsuit</a> filed by Barbara Ann Hartke, the 81-year-old niece of Reverend Hartke, has raised the question of who exactly was the recipient of McCambridge’s gift — and who therefore retains ownership of the dress today.</p> <p>“She [McCambridge] was obviously a close confidant of Judy Garland and the gift of the dress to Gilbert V. Hartke was to thank Hartke for his counseling and support,” the lawsuit states, according to <a href="https://wtop.com/dc/2022/05/wisconsin-woman-challenges-catholic-universitys-ownership-of-wizard-of-oz-dress/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">WTOP News</a>. It is contended that McCambridge had a long-term personal relationship with Reverend Hartke and offered him the dress in appreciation for his help in the actress’s battle with alcohol and substance abuse — a struggle which also notoriously afflicted Garland and took her life just a couple weeks after her 47th birthday. </p> <p>At the time of the donation, McCambridge told CU’s student newspaper <a href="https://web.archive.org/web/20210817160809/http:/tower.lib.cua.edu/Olive/APA/CatholicUniversity/SharedView.Article.aspx?href=TTR%2F1973%2F03%2F30&amp;id=Ar00701&amp;sk=BEDE36AB&amp;viewMode=image" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><em>Tower</em></a><em> </em>that Garland had often said “it all could have been different” if she’d attended college. McCambridge donated the costume in hopes that it would serve as “a source of hope, strength and courage to the students.”</p> <p>While Barbara Ann Hartke’s claim on the dress is contentious, it has merited enough legitimacy to halt the sale of the iconic gingham pinafore and puff-sleeved shirt while the court investigates — a process that could take months or years to resolve.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="1123" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/04/Archive-photo-of-Rev.-Gilbert-Hartke-holding-the-dress..-Catholic-University-.jpg?resize=780%2C1123&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-727608" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/04/Archive-photo-of-Rev.-Gilbert-Hartke-holding-the-dress..-Catholic-University-.jpg?resize=1200%2C1728&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/04/Archive-photo-of-Rev.-Gilbert-Hartke-holding-the-dress..-Catholic-University-.jpg?resize=720%2C1037&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/04/Archive-photo-of-Rev.-Gilbert-Hartke-holding-the-dress..-Catholic-University-.jpg?resize=768%2C1106&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/04/Archive-photo-of-Rev.-Gilbert-Hartke-holding-the-dress..-Catholic-University-.jpg?resize=1067%2C1536&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1067w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/04/Archive-photo-of-Rev.-Gilbert-Hartke-holding-the-dress..-Catholic-University-.jpg?resize=400%2C576&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/04/Archive-photo-of-Rev.-Gilbert-Hartke-holding-the-dress..-Catholic-University-.jpg?resize=706%2C1017&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/04/Archive-photo-of-Rev.-Gilbert-Hartke-holding-the-dress..-Catholic-University-.jpg?w=1400&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1400w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>Archive photo of Reverend Gilbert Hartke holding the dress (image courtesy Catholic University)</figcaption></figure> <p>“I was just surprised after all this time, here it had been found, and here it is being rushed off to the auction house,” Hartke <a href="https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/judge-blocks-sale-of-long-lost-wizard-of-oz-dress-worn-by-judy-garland-180980136/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">said</a> in an interview. “I just want to know who has ownership over this … I’d like to see the documentation.”</p> <p>Lawyers for the university argue that Gilbert Hartke took a vow of poverty, meaning he didn’t receive or accept any gifts as his own personal property, and that McCambridge donated the dress to Hartke in his capacity as the university’s drama teacher to benefit the students of the drama program. CU’s legal team is offering evidence that includes signed affidavits from a grandniece and grandnephew of Hartke that affirm that the priest would have wanted the dress to belong to and benefit the school, as well as a <a href="https://wtop.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/wash-star-1979.pdf" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">1979 newspaper article</a> that states gifts received by Hartke became the “monastery’s, the community’s or the drama school’s property (which includes Judy Garland’s dress in <em>The Wizard of Oz</em> and much of Claire Booth Luce’s library).&#8221;</p> <p>&#8220;The Court’s decision to preserve the status quo was preliminary and did not get to the merits of Barbara Hartke’s claim to the dress,&#8221;&nbsp;Shawn Brenhouse, an attorney for Catholic University, told Hyperallergic. &#8220;We look forward to presenting our position, and the overwhelming evidence contradicting Ms. Hartke’s claim, to the Court in the course of this litigation.&#8221;</p> <p>There’s no pot of gold over this rainbow: Excitement over finding a beloved piece of <em>Wizard of Oz</em> history has now dissolved into a situation that’s going to take a lot of brains, heart, courage — and most of all, lawyers — to resolve.</p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.hyperallergic.com/~ff/hyperallergic?a=A771pCJk2RU:fPwnTgF8OPY:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/hyperallergic?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.hyperallergic.com/~ff/hyperallergic?a=A771pCJk2RU:fPwnTgF8OPY:D7DqB2pKExk"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/hyperallergic?i=A771pCJk2RU:fPwnTgF8OPY:D7DqB2pKExk" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.hyperallergic.com/~ff/hyperallergic?a=A771pCJk2RU:fPwnTgF8OPY:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/hyperallergic?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> </div> Don’t Look Down! The World’s Longest Suspension Bridge Opens in the Czech Republic https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2022/05/sky-bridge-721/ Colossal urn:uuid:e000e4d9-f163-84fc-0ea9-86a304a649db Wed, 25 May 2022 21:13:32 +0200  <a href="https://www.dolnimorava.cz/en/sky-bridge-721" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Sky Bridge 721</a> opened earlier this month in the Czech Republic and is claiming its title as the longest suspension walkway in the world, a record held previously by <a href="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2021/04/arouca-516-bridge-portugal/">a similar design in Portugal</a>. Strung between two peaks of the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kr%C3%A1lick%C3%BD_Sn%C4%9B%C5%BEn%C3%ADk" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Kralicky Snezník mountain</a>, the pedestrian path stretches an incredible 721 meters and reaches 95 meters above ground at its highest point. Two years in the making, the steel construction weighs 450 tons and relies on 66 ropes for support. <span class="more"><a href="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2022/05/sky-bridge-721/">More</a></span> <p><iframe loading="lazy" title="YouTube video player" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/gq9YnqGjb9Y" width="960" height="540" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"><span style="display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;" data-mce-type="bookmark" class="mce_SELRES_start"></span><span style="display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;" data-mce-type="bookmark" class="mce_SELRES_start"></span></iframe></p> <p><a href="https://www.dolnimorava.cz/en/sky-bridge-721" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Sky Bridge 721</a> opened earlier this month in the Czech Republic and is claiming its title as the longest suspension walkway in the world, a record held previously by <a href="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2021/04/arouca-516-bridge-portugal/">a similar design in Portugal</a>. Strung between two peaks of the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kr%C3%A1lick%C3%BD_Sn%C4%9B%C5%BEn%C3%ADk" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Kralicky Snezník mountain</a>, the pedestrian path stretches an incredible 721 meters and reaches 95 meters above ground at its highest point. Two years in the making, the steel construction weighs 450 tons and relies on 66 ropes for support. For the fearless, height-loving adventurers wanting to take the nearly half-mile trek over the Mlýnský Stream valley, the <a href="https://www.dolnimorava.cz/en/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dolní Morava</a> resort is coordinating access and tours. 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srcset="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/sky-2.jpg 2000w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/sky-2-640x228.jpg 640w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/sky-2-960x342.jpg 960w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/sky-2-1536x548.jpg 1536w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/sky-2-624x222.jpg 624w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/sky-2-640x228@2x.jpg 1280w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/sky-2-960x342@2x.jpg 1920w" sizes="(max-width: 2000px) 100vw, 2000px" /></p> <p><img loading="lazy" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-218929" src="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/sky-3.jpg" alt="" width="1774" height="1181" srcset="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/sky-3.jpg 1774w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/sky-3-640x426.jpg 640w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/sky-3-960x639.jpg 960w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/sky-3-1536x1023.jpg 1536w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/sky-3-624x415.jpg 624w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/sky-3-640x426@2x.jpg 1280w" sizes="(max-width: 1774px) 100vw, 1774px" /></p> Stanford Arts Hosts a Virtual Conversation With Amy Sherald and Calida Rawles https://hyperallergic.com/734178/stanford-arts-virtual-conversation-with-amy-sherald-calida-rawles/ Hyperallergic urn:uuid:d6621f7e-b57e-3c28-fd9e-debb477e17df Wed, 25 May 2022 20:04:00 +0200 <figure><img width="720" height="480" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/SP_Hyper_Stanford_AOTF_052522.png?fit=720%2C480&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/SP_Hyper_Stanford_AOTF_052522.png?w=1800&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1800w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/SP_Hyper_Stanford_AOTF_052522.png?resize=720%2C480&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/SP_Hyper_Stanford_AOTF_052522.png?resize=1200%2C800&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/SP_Hyper_Stanford_AOTF_052522.png?resize=768%2C512&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/SP_Hyper_Stanford_AOTF_052522.png?resize=1536%2C1024&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/SP_Hyper_Stanford_AOTF_052522.png?resize=1568%2C1045&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/SP_Hyper_Stanford_AOTF_052522.png?resize=400%2C267&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/SP_Hyper_Stanford_AOTF_052522.png?resize=706%2C471&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure>Part of the university’s <i>Artists on the Future</i> series featuring renowned artists and cultural thought leaders, this online event is free and open to the public. <figure><img width="720" height="480" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/SP_Hyper_Stanford_AOTF_052522.png?fit=720%2C480&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" 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https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/SP_Hyper_Stanford_AOTF_052522.png?resize=400%2C267&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/SP_Hyper_Stanford_AOTF_052522.png?resize=706%2C471&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure> <p>Stanford University is the home of interdisciplinary thinking that catalyzes innovation. <em>Artists on the Future,</em><strong><em> </em></strong><em>The Komal Shah and Gaurav Garg Artist Conversation Series</em><strong><em> </em></strong>pairs renowned artists and cultural thought leaders to talk about issues vital to our society. The latest installment is a <a href="https://stanford.io/3G29ww9" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener sponsored nofollow">conversation between </a>figurative painters Amy Sherald and Calida Rawles, who reimagine the representation of Black lives and envision new spaces for Black healing.</p> <p>This free, virtual event will premiere on Monday, June 6 at 5pm (PT). <a href="https://stanford.io/3G29ww9" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener sponsored nofollow">Registration is required</a> to receive a link.&nbsp;</p> <p>Amy Sherald documents contemporary African American experience in the United States through arresting, otherworldly figurative paintings. Best known for painting First Lady Michelle Obama as an official commission for the National Portrait Gallery, Sherald engages with the history of photography and portraiture, inviting viewers to participate in a more complex debate about accepted notions of race and representation, and to situate Black heritage centrally in American art.</p> <p>Calida Rawles’s paintings merge hyperrealism with poetic abstraction. Situating her subjects in dynamic spaces, her recent work employs water as a vital, organic, and historically charged space. For Rawles, water signifies both physical and spiritual healing as well as historical trauma and racial exclusion. Her work has been featured in galleries and museums across the country, and on the cover of Ta-Nehisi Coates’s novel <em>The Water Dancer</em>.&nbsp;</p> <p>The conversation between Sherald and Rawles will be moderated by Matthew Tiews, Stanford’s Associate Vice President for Campus Engagement.</p> <p>Watch the conversation on YouTube on Monday, June 6 at 5pm (PT). To receive the link to the premiere, RSVP at <a href="https://stanford.io/3G29ww9" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener sponsored nofollow">arts.stanford.edu</a>.</p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.hyperallergic.com/~ff/hyperallergic?a=o1wUAvLqq3o:gAFZlOx4BSs:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/hyperallergic?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.hyperallergic.com/~ff/hyperallergic?a=o1wUAvLqq3o:gAFZlOx4BSs:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/hyperallergic?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> </div> A Pathway Through Modern & Contemporary Armenian Art Dives Into an Often Overlooked History https://hyperallergic.com/726919/a-pathway-through-modern-and-contemporary-armenian-art-dives-into-overlooked-history/ Hyperallergic urn:uuid:cc3f0c8b-641e-f921-c9a3-7cff42b3630a Wed, 25 May 2022 20:02:00 +0200 <figure><img width="720" height="445" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Book_hyperallergic.jpg?fit=720%2C445&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Book_hyperallergic.jpg?w=1800&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1800w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Book_hyperallergic.jpg?resize=720%2C445&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Book_hyperallergic.jpg?resize=1200%2C741&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Book_hyperallergic.jpg?resize=600%2C371&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 600w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Book_hyperallergic.jpg?resize=768%2C474&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Book_hyperallergic.jpg?resize=1536%2C949&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Book_hyperallergic.jpg?resize=1568%2C969&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Book_hyperallergic.jpg?resize=400%2C247&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Book_hyperallergic.jpg?resize=706%2C436&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure>This illustrated guide offers readers a broad and accessible introduction to the evolution of Armenian modern and contemporary art. <figure><img width="720" height="445" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Book_hyperallergic.jpg?fit=720%2C445&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Book_hyperallergic.jpg?w=1800&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1800w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Book_hyperallergic.jpg?resize=720%2C445&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Book_hyperallergic.jpg?resize=1200%2C741&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Book_hyperallergic.jpg?resize=600%2C371&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 600w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Book_hyperallergic.jpg?resize=768%2C474&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Book_hyperallergic.jpg?resize=1536%2C949&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Book_hyperallergic.jpg?resize=1568%2C969&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Book_hyperallergic.jpg?resize=400%2C247&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Book_hyperallergic.jpg?resize=706%2C436&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure> <p><em><a href="https://bit.ly/3aflnv5" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener sponsored nofollow">A Pathway Through Modern &amp; Contemporary Armenian Art</a></em> offers a broad and accessible introduction to the evolution of Armenian modern and contemporary art, highlighting its contribution to international modernism and more recent developments in global contemporary art. This book is a first-of-its-kind illustrated guide in English for those interested in 20th- and 21st-century Armenian art by artists from the republic and its diaspora, which the authors suggest has been largely overlooked until now.</p> <p>Written by Dr. Iain Robertson — a specialist on emerging art markets and an honorary Fellow to Sotheby’s Institute of Art — with a contribution from Nazareth Karoyan — a founder and first president of the Armenia Institute for Contemporary Art — the book provides an overview of Armenia’s modern art developments and the era’s key artists. In it, they argue that Armenian modern art contains particular qualities different from other nations at the time and from the mainstream modernist tendencies emanating out of Western Europe. The publication examines how artists responded and sought to survive the social and political environment stretching through the Soviet period and into the post-Communist era, helping shape the Armenian art seen today.</p> <p>Armenia Art Fair will be hosting a book presentation on May 28 at 12pm. For more information, visit <a href="https://bit.ly/3wFadYb" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener sponsored nofollow">armeniaartfair.com</a>.</p> <p>To learn more and purchase the book, email <a href="mailto:book@armeniaartfair.com" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener sponsored nofollow">book@armeniaartfair.com</a>.</p> <p><em><a href="https://bit.ly/3aflnv5" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener sponsored nofollow">A Pathway Through Modern and Contemporary Armenian Art</a></em> is published by the “Armenia Art Fair” Art Foundation with support from the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation.</p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.hyperallergic.com/~ff/hyperallergic?a=_SNBeiYwE30:GUXStfJyDNc:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/hyperallergic?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.hyperallergic.com/~ff/hyperallergic?a=_SNBeiYwE30:GUXStfJyDNc:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/hyperallergic?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> </div> Apply for the MFA Program in Book Arts & Printmaking at University of the Arts https://hyperallergic.com/733703/apply-mfa-book-arts-printmaking-university-of-the-arts-2022/ Hyperallergic urn:uuid:99be139a-b375-7e85-2ff1-8b12c1dcd4df Wed, 25 May 2022 20:00:00 +0200 <figure><img width="720" height="481" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/UArts_Hyper_BookArtsPrintmaking_052522.jpg?fit=720%2C481&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/UArts_Hyper_BookArtsPrintmaking_052522.jpg?w=2400&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/UArts_Hyper_BookArtsPrintmaking_052522.jpg?resize=720%2C481&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/UArts_Hyper_BookArtsPrintmaking_052522.jpg?resize=1200%2C801&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/UArts_Hyper_BookArtsPrintmaking_052522.jpg?resize=768%2C513&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/UArts_Hyper_BookArtsPrintmaking_052522.jpg?resize=1536%2C1025&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/UArts_Hyper_BookArtsPrintmaking_052522.jpg?resize=2048%2C1367&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/UArts_Hyper_BookArtsPrintmaking_052522.jpg?resize=1568%2C1047&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/UArts_Hyper_BookArtsPrintmaking_052522.jpg?resize=400%2C267&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/UArts_Hyper_BookArtsPrintmaking_052522.jpg?resize=706%2C471&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/UArts_Hyper_BookArtsPrintmaking_052522.jpg?w=2340&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2340w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure>This rigorous, studio-based program in Philadelphia focuses on building unique studio practices that synthesize the disciplines of printmaking, book arts, and papermaking. <figure><img width="720" height="481" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/UArts_Hyper_BookArtsPrintmaking_052522.jpg?fit=720%2C481&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/UArts_Hyper_BookArtsPrintmaking_052522.jpg?w=2400&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/UArts_Hyper_BookArtsPrintmaking_052522.jpg?resize=720%2C481&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/UArts_Hyper_BookArtsPrintmaking_052522.jpg?resize=1200%2C801&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/UArts_Hyper_BookArtsPrintmaking_052522.jpg?resize=768%2C513&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/UArts_Hyper_BookArtsPrintmaking_052522.jpg?resize=1536%2C1025&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/UArts_Hyper_BookArtsPrintmaking_052522.jpg?resize=2048%2C1367&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/UArts_Hyper_BookArtsPrintmaking_052522.jpg?resize=1568%2C1047&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/UArts_Hyper_BookArtsPrintmaking_052522.jpg?resize=400%2C267&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/UArts_Hyper_BookArtsPrintmaking_052522.jpg?resize=706%2C471&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/UArts_Hyper_BookArtsPrintmaking_052522.jpg?w=2340&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2340w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure> <p>The <a href="https://bit.ly/3lFBKnj" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener sponsored nofollow">Book Arts and Printmaking MFA program</a> at University of the Arts (UArts) consists of an interdisciplinary curriculum committed to facilitating the exploration of the relationship between image and text, material and process, and the vast potential in the multiple.</p> <p>Students develop contemporary studio practices that are uniquely grounded at the intersection of printmaking, book arts, and papermaking. The program champions the union of the head and the hand, and of the technical and the conceptual, promoting critical contemporary discourse while providing an understanding of historic precedents in the disciplines of paper, book, and print. Moreover, it advances the practice of new media and digital technologies.&nbsp;</p> <p>Masterclasses and critiques conducted by renowned professionals in the field take place annually. Among the roster are Julie Chen, Erin Zona, Daniel Kelm, Karen Kunc, Julia Miller, Mark Thomas Gibson, Judith Brodsky, Betty Bright, Mindell Dubansky, Lesley Dill, Ruth Fine, Johanna Drucker, and Willie Cole.</p> <p>Located in Center City Philadelphia, the program takes advantage of the city’s resources through visits to museums and special collections, off-campus courses, and internships. Our accomplished faculty comprises professionals in their field, and their work has been exhibited nationally and internationally. UArts alumni are a diverse group who excel in careers in museums and nonprofits, independent studios, conservation labs, universities, and publishing.</p> <p><a href="https://bit.ly/3lFBKnj" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener sponsored nofollow">Learn more about University of the Arts’ Book Arts and Printmaking MFA program</a>.</p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.hyperallergic.com/~ff/hyperallergic?a=fM2Atm0KUr0:ugu3-bOTfBw:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/hyperallergic?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.hyperallergic.com/~ff/hyperallergic?a=fM2Atm0KUr0:ugu3-bOTfBw:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/hyperallergic?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> </div> Influential Artworks Find Wearable Reinterpretations in Handmade Garments by Ariel Adkins https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2022/05/ariel-adkins-artfully-awear/ Colossal urn:uuid:32db6d7f-b1f0-ec3c-8f82-a98ea37240eb Wed, 25 May 2022 17:37:03 +0200 After a museum visit, we might pick up a postcard or T-shirt as a memento of the artworks we&#8217;ve enjoyed most. Brooklyn-based blogger <a href="https://www.instagram.com/artfullyawear/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Ariel Adkins</a>, who is also Curator of Art, Culture &#38; Community at Twitter, takes her love of masterpieces to the next level by creating one-of-a-kind apparel inspired by some of the world&#8217;s most influential artists. Donning capes, dresses, and coveralls in bright colors and bold patterns, Adkins draws inspiration from a variety of aesthetics and eras to make garments for herself and for people she meets who share a similar love for the power of expression. <span class="more"><a href="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2022/05/ariel-adkins-artfully-awear/">More</a></span> <div id="attachment_218901" style="width: 2010px" class="wp-caption alignnone"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-218901" class="wp-image-218901 size-full" src="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-1.jpg" alt="" width="2000" height="1349" srcset="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-1.jpg 2000w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-1-640x432.jpg 640w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-1-960x648.jpg 960w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-1-1536x1036.jpg 1536w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-1-624x421.jpg 624w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-1-640x432@2x.jpg 1280w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-1-960x648@2x.jpg 1920w" sizes="(max-width: 2000px) 100vw, 2000px" /><p id="caption-attachment-218901" class="wp-caption-text">Ariel Adkins in a skirt inspired by Hilma af Klint, &#8220;The Ten Largest&#8221; (1907) at the Guggenheim Museum. Image by Allison Chipak. All images courtesy of Ariel Adkins, shared with permission</p></div> <p>After a museum visit, we might pick up a postcard or T-shirt as a memento of the artworks we&#8217;ve enjoyed most. Brooklyn-based blogger <a href="https://www.instagram.com/artfullyawear/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Ariel Adkins</a>, who is also Curator of Art, Culture &amp; Community at Twitter, takes her love of masterpieces to the next level by creating one-of-a-kind apparel inspired by some of the world&#8217;s most influential artists. Donning capes, dresses, and coveralls in bright colors and bold patterns, Adkins draws inspiration from a variety of aesthetics and eras to make garments for herself and for people she meets who share a similar love for the power of expression. Painting directly onto the fabric of the clothing, she translates the forms and hues of specific artworks into wearable compositions.</p> <p>Adkins is the creator of <a href="https://www.instagram.com/artfullyawear/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Artfully Awear</a>, which began as a way of responding to grief and healing in response to the loss of her mother, who was an artist. Through the language of fashion, both a personal and public assertion of identity and style, she continues the project as an embodiment of joy and a unique way of kindling togetherness. She also admires iconic fashion like designer Michelle Smith&#8217;s dress worn by Michelle Obama in Amy Sherald&#8217;s portrait, utilizing her platform to share stories of groundbreaking moments in art history.</p> <p>You can follow more of Adkins&#8217; apparel adventures on <a href="https://www.instagram.com/artfullyawear/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Instagram</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div id="attachment_218909" style="width: 1135px" class="wp-caption alignnone"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-218909" loading="lazy" class="wp-image-218909 size-full" src="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-2.jpg" alt="" width="1125" height="1808" srcset="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-2.jpg 1125w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-2-640x1029.jpg 640w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-2-960x1543.jpg 960w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-2-956x1536.jpg 956w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-2-624x1003.jpg 624w" sizes="(max-width: 1125px) 100vw, 1125px" /><p id="caption-attachment-218909" class="wp-caption-text">A cape inspired by Etel Adnan, &#8220;Mont Tamalpaïs&#8221; (1970/2017) at the Guggenheim Museum. Image by Olivia Manno</p></div> <div id="attachment_218903" style="width: 1717px" class="wp-caption alignnone"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-218903" loading="lazy" class="wp-image-218903 size-full" src="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-4-scaled.jpg" alt="" width="1707" height="2560" srcset="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-4-scaled.jpg 1707w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-4-640x960.jpg 640w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-4-960x1440.jpg 960w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-4-1024x1536.jpg 1024w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-4-1365x2048.jpg 1365w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-4-624x936.jpg 624w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-4-640x960@2x.jpg 1280w" sizes="(max-width: 1707px) 100vw, 1707px" /><p id="caption-attachment-218903" class="wp-caption-text">Dress by Michelle Smith worn by God-is Rivera in front of Amy Sherald&#8217;s &#8220;First Lady Michelle Obama&#8221; (2018) at the National Portrait Gallery. Image by Ariel Adkins</p></div> <div id="attachment_218907" style="width: 2010px" class="wp-caption alignnone"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-218907" loading="lazy" class="wp-image-218907 size-full" src="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-8.jpg" alt="" width="2000" height="2000" srcset="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-8.jpg 2000w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-8-640x640.jpg 640w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-8-960x960.jpg 960w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-8-150x150.jpg 150w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-8-1536x1536.jpg 1536w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-8-624x624.jpg 624w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-8-50x50.jpg 50w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-8-640x640@2x.jpg 1280w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-8-960x960@2x.jpg 1920w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-8-150x150@2x.jpg 300w" sizes="(max-width: 2000px) 100vw, 2000px" /><p id="caption-attachment-218907" class="wp-caption-text">Dress inspired by Yayoi Kusama, &#8220;Yellow Pumpkin&#8221; (1994) at Benesse Art Site. Image by Meri Feir</p></div> <div id="attachment_218902" style="width: 1717px" class="wp-caption alignnone"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-218902" loading="lazy" class="wp-image-218902 size-full" src="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-3-scaled.jpg" alt="" width="1707" height="2560" srcset="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-3-scaled.jpg 1707w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-3-640x960.jpg 640w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-3-960x1440.jpg 960w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-3-1024x1536.jpg 1024w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-3-1365x2048.jpg 1365w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-3-624x936.jpg 624w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-3-640x960@2x.jpg 1280w" sizes="(max-width: 1707px) 100vw, 1707px" /><p id="caption-attachment-218902" class="wp-caption-text">Dress inspired by Seward Johnson, &#8220;Welcome Home&#8221; (2014) at Grounds for Sculpture. Image by Will Sealy</p></div> <div id="attachment_218908" style="width: 2010px" class="wp-caption alignnone"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-218908" loading="lazy" class="wp-image-218908 size-full" src="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-7.jpg" alt="" width="2000" height="2410" srcset="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-7.jpg 2000w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-7-640x771.jpg 640w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-7-960x1157.jpg 960w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-7-1275x1536.jpg 1275w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-7-1700x2048.jpg 1700w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-7-624x752.jpg 624w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-7-640x771@2x.jpg 1280w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-7-960x1157@2x.jpg 1920w" sizes="(max-width: 2000px) 100vw, 2000px" /><p id="caption-attachment-218908" class="wp-caption-text">Coveralls worn by Chet Gold inspired by Claude Monet, &#8220;Water Lilies&#8221; (1914-26) at the Museum of Modern Art. Image by Gina Tatianna</p></div> <div id="attachment_218905" style="width: 1930px" class="wp-caption alignnone"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-218905" loading="lazy" class="wp-image-218905 size-full" src="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-10-scaled.jpg" alt="" width="1920" height="2560" srcset="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-10-960x1280@2x.jpg 1920w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-10-640x853.jpg 640w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-10-960x1280.jpg 960w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-10-1152x1536.jpg 1152w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-10-1536x2048.jpg 1536w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-10-624x832.jpg 624w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-10-640x853@2x.jpg 1280w" sizes="(max-width: 1920px) 100vw, 1920px" /><p id="caption-attachment-218905" class="wp-caption-text">Top inspired by OSGEMEOS exhibition &#8216;Portal&#8217; at Lehmann Maupin Gallery. Image by Will Sealy</p></div> <div id="attachment_218906" style="width: 2010px" class="wp-caption alignnone"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-218906" loading="lazy" class="wp-image-218906 size-full" src="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-9.jpg" alt="" width="2000" height="2515" srcset="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-9.jpg 2000w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-9-640x805.jpg 640w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-9-960x1207.jpg 960w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-9-1221x1536.jpg 1221w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-9-1629x2048.jpg 1629w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-9-624x785.jpg 624w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-9-640x805@2x.jpg 1280w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-9-960x1207@2x.jpg 1920w" sizes="(max-width: 2000px) 100vw, 2000px" /><p id="caption-attachment-218906" class="wp-caption-text">Image by Will Sealy</p></div> Influential Artworks Find Wearable Interpretations in Handmade Garments by Ariel Adkins https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2022/05/ariel-adkins-artfully-awear/ Colossal urn:uuid:cd4ba601-56ba-d496-a5d7-285ee85a816b Wed, 25 May 2022 17:37:03 +0200 After a museum visit, we might pick up a postcard or T-shirt as a memento of the artworks we&#8217;ve enjoyed most. Brooklyn-based blogger <a href="https://www.instagram.com/artfullyawear/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Ariel Adkins</a>, who is also Curator of Art, Culture &#38; Community at Twitter, takes her love of masterpieces to the next level by creating one-of-a-kind apparel inspired by some of the world&#8217;s most influential artists. Donning capes, dresses, and coveralls in bright colors and bold patterns, Adkins draws inspiration from a variety of aesthetics and eras to make garments for herself and for people she meets who share a similar love for the power of expression. <span class="more"><a href="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2022/05/ariel-adkins-artfully-awear/">More</a></span> <div id="attachment_218901" style="width: 2010px" class="wp-caption alignnone"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-218901" loading="lazy" class="wp-image-218901 size-full" src="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-1.jpg" alt="" width="2000" height="1349" srcset="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-1.jpg 2000w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-1-640x432.jpg 640w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-1-960x648.jpg 960w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-1-1536x1036.jpg 1536w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-1-624x421.jpg 624w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-1-640x432@2x.jpg 1280w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-1-960x648@2x.jpg 1920w" sizes="(max-width: 2000px) 100vw, 2000px" /><p id="caption-attachment-218901" class="wp-caption-text">Ariel Adkins in a skirt inspired by Hilma af Klint, &#8220;The Ten Largest&#8221; (1907) at the Guggenheim Museum. Image by Allison Chipak. All images courtesy of Ariel Adkins, shared with permission</p></div> <p>After a museum visit, we might pick up a postcard or T-shirt as a memento of the artworks we&#8217;ve enjoyed most. Brooklyn-based blogger <a href="https://www.instagram.com/artfullyawear/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Ariel Adkins</a>, who is also Curator of Art, Culture &amp; Community at Twitter, takes her love of masterpieces to the next level by creating one-of-a-kind apparel inspired by some of the world&#8217;s most influential artists. Donning capes, dresses, and coveralls in bright colors and bold patterns, Adkins draws inspiration from a variety of aesthetics and eras to make garments for herself and for people she meets who share a similar love for the power of expression. Painting directly onto the fabric of the clothing, she translates the forms and hues of specific artworks into wearable compositions.</p> <p>Adkins is the creator of <a href="https://www.instagram.com/artfullyawear/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Artfully Awear</a>, which began as a way of responding to grief and healing in response to the loss of her mother, who was an artist. Through the language of fashion, both a personal and public assertion of identity and style, she continues the project as an embodiment of joy and a unique way of kindling togetherness. She also admires iconic fashion like designer Michelle Smith&#8217;s dress worn by Michelle Obama in Amy Sherald&#8217;s portrait, utilizing her platform to share stories of groundbreaking moments in art history.</p> <p>You can follow more of Adkins&#8217; apparel adventures on <a href="https://www.instagram.com/artfullyawear/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Instagram</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div id="attachment_218909" style="width: 1135px" class="wp-caption alignnone"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-218909" loading="lazy" class="wp-image-218909 size-full" src="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-2.jpg" alt="" width="1125" height="1808" srcset="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-2.jpg 1125w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-2-640x1029.jpg 640w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-2-960x1543.jpg 960w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-2-956x1536.jpg 956w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-2-624x1003.jpg 624w" sizes="(max-width: 1125px) 100vw, 1125px" /><p id="caption-attachment-218909" class="wp-caption-text">A cape inspired by Etel Adnan, &#8220;Mont Tamalpaïs&#8221; (1970/2017) at the Guggenheim Museum. Image by Olivia Manno</p></div> <div id="attachment_218903" style="width: 1717px" class="wp-caption alignnone"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-218903" loading="lazy" class="wp-image-218903 size-full" src="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-4-scaled.jpg" alt="" width="1707" height="2560" srcset="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-4-scaled.jpg 1707w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-4-640x960.jpg 640w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-4-960x1440.jpg 960w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-4-1024x1536.jpg 1024w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-4-1365x2048.jpg 1365w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-4-624x936.jpg 624w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-4-640x960@2x.jpg 1280w" sizes="(max-width: 1707px) 100vw, 1707px" /><p id="caption-attachment-218903" class="wp-caption-text">Dress by Michelle Smith worn by God-is Rivera in front of Amy Sherald&#8217;s &#8220;First Lady Michelle Obama&#8221; (2018) at the National Portrait Gallery. Image by Ariel Adkins</p></div> <div id="attachment_218907" style="width: 2010px" class="wp-caption alignnone"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-218907" loading="lazy" class="wp-image-218907 size-full" src="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-8.jpg" alt="" width="2000" height="2000" srcset="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-8.jpg 2000w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-8-640x640.jpg 640w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-8-960x960.jpg 960w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-8-150x150.jpg 150w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-8-1536x1536.jpg 1536w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-8-624x624.jpg 624w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-8-50x50.jpg 50w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-8-640x640@2x.jpg 1280w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-8-960x960@2x.jpg 1920w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-8-150x150@2x.jpg 300w" sizes="(max-width: 2000px) 100vw, 2000px" /><p id="caption-attachment-218907" class="wp-caption-text">Dress inspired by Yayoi Kusama, &#8220;Yellow Pumpkin&#8221; (1994) at Benesse Art Site. Image by Meri Feir</p></div> <div id="attachment_218902" style="width: 1717px" class="wp-caption alignnone"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-218902" loading="lazy" class="wp-image-218902 size-full" src="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-3-scaled.jpg" alt="" width="1707" height="2560" srcset="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-3-scaled.jpg 1707w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-3-640x960.jpg 640w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-3-960x1440.jpg 960w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-3-1024x1536.jpg 1024w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-3-1365x2048.jpg 1365w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-3-624x936.jpg 624w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-3-640x960@2x.jpg 1280w" sizes="(max-width: 1707px) 100vw, 1707px" /><p id="caption-attachment-218902" class="wp-caption-text">Dress inspired by Seward Johnson, &#8220;Welcome Home&#8221; (2014) at Grounds for Sculpture. Image by Will Sealy</p></div> <div id="attachment_218908" style="width: 2010px" class="wp-caption alignnone"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-218908" loading="lazy" class="wp-image-218908 size-full" src="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-7.jpg" alt="" width="2000" height="2410" srcset="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-7.jpg 2000w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-7-640x771.jpg 640w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-7-960x1157.jpg 960w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-7-1275x1536.jpg 1275w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-7-1700x2048.jpg 1700w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-7-624x752.jpg 624w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-7-640x771@2x.jpg 1280w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-7-960x1157@2x.jpg 1920w" sizes="(max-width: 2000px) 100vw, 2000px" /><p id="caption-attachment-218908" class="wp-caption-text">Coveralls worn by Chet Gold inspired by Claude Monet, &#8220;Water Lilies&#8221; (1914-26) at the Museum of Modern Art. Image by Gina Tatianna</p></div> <div id="attachment_218905" style="width: 1930px" class="wp-caption alignnone"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-218905" loading="lazy" class="wp-image-218905 size-full" src="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-10-scaled.jpg" alt="" width="1920" height="2560" srcset="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-10-960x1280@2x.jpg 1920w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-10-640x853.jpg 640w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-10-960x1280.jpg 960w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-10-1152x1536.jpg 1152w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-10-1536x2048.jpg 1536w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-10-624x832.jpg 624w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-10-640x853@2x.jpg 1280w" sizes="(max-width: 1920px) 100vw, 1920px" /><p id="caption-attachment-218905" class="wp-caption-text">Top inspired by OSGEMEOS exhibition &#8216;Portal&#8217; at Lehmann Maupin Gallery. Image by Will Sealy</p></div> <div id="attachment_218906" style="width: 2010px" class="wp-caption alignnone"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-218906" loading="lazy" class="wp-image-218906 size-full" src="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-9.jpg" alt="" width="2000" height="2515" srcset="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-9.jpg 2000w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-9-640x805.jpg 640w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-9-960x1207.jpg 960w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-9-1221x1536.jpg 1221w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-9-1629x2048.jpg 1629w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-9-624x785.jpg 624w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-9-640x805@2x.jpg 1280w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/adkins-9-960x1207@2x.jpg 1920w" sizes="(max-width: 2000px) 100vw, 2000px" /><p id="caption-attachment-218906" class="wp-caption-text">Image by Will Sealy</p></div> How to Shop Art for the Bedroom https://canvas.saatchiart.com/lifestyle/how-to-shop-art-for-the-bedroom Canvas: A Blog By Saatchi Art urn:uuid:4bff0431-2557-3ec0-8db8-9779fe7ad690 Wed, 25 May 2022 14:20:54 +0200 Each space in your home has a distinct style, purpose, and feel. Find art ... <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Each space in your home has a distinct style, purpose, and feel. Find art suited for every room with the help of our </span><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">How To Shop by Room</span></i><span style="font-weight: 400;"> series, complete with collections of suggested artworks hand-picked by our curators. Read on to learn how to build an art collection to fit your bedroom, and explore our </span><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">Art for Every Room </span></i><span style="font-weight: 400;">catalog </span><a href="https://www.saatchiart.com/stories/art-for-every-room/"><b>here</b></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Your bedroom is your personal retreat for rest and relaxation. The ideal art for this space will help you unwind in the evening and wake ready to face the day each morning. Being one of the rooms in the home that is completely yours, this is the place to introduce art that’s personal, whether that’s a specially commissioned painting of your favorite vacation spot, or something a bit more raw, like a nude figure by <a href="https://www.saatchiart.com/account/artworks/1051973">Zoe Lunar</a>. Whatever the subject, calming colors and subdued compositions are key to building a space that promotes a good night’s sleep. Color field abstracts with washes of pastel hues, like <a href="https://www.saatchiart.com/account/artworks/1146882">Anna F MacDonald’s</a> and <a href="https://www.saatchiart.com/account/artworks/1786822">Mila Weis’s</a> paintings, are prime examples. For fans of geometry and clean lines, artists such as <a href="https://www.saatchiart.com/account/artworks/1242619">Liz Mares</a> and <a href="https://www.saatchiart.com/account/artworks/1262717">Hikaru O</a> combine modernist style with subdued colors and compositions. </span></p> <figure id="attachment_105969" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-105969" style="width: 550px" class="wp-caption alignnone"><img class="wp-image-105969" src="https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/saatchi-wsj-6-square-300x300.jpg" alt="" width="550" height="550" srcset="https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/saatchi-wsj-6-square-300x300.jpg 300w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/saatchi-wsj-6-square-500x500.jpg 500w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/saatchi-wsj-6-square-150x150.jpg 150w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/saatchi-wsj-6-square-768x768.jpg 768w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/04/saatchi-wsj-6-square.jpg 1080w" sizes="(max-width: 550px) 100vw, 550px" /><figcaption id="caption-attachment-105969" class="wp-caption-text">A landscape by <a href="https://www.saatchiart.com/account/artworks/1162303">Cinzia Battistel</a> brings warmth, calm, and texture to this bedroom.</figcaption></figure> <h5></h5> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The most common bedroom wall in need of art is the area above your headboard. For a large space, opt for a work that takes up two-thirds or more of the width of your bed below. You might also consider diptychs, triptychs, or a series of smaller works to make your mark on this space. </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">While artwork helps anchor the wall space above your bed, don&#8217;t forget to place something pleasing on the opposite wall, so you can retire and rise each day to your favorite artwork.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Find other ideas for outfitting your personal sanctuary with our catalog collection of artworks for the bedroom </span><a href="https://www.saatchiart.com/art-collection/Spring-2022-Vol-2-Art-for-the-Bedroom/1088288/666437/view"><b>here</b></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. If you would like more guidance, contact our experienced curators for complimentary art advisory </span><a href="https://www.saatchiart.com/artadvisory"><b>here</b></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p> <p><b>Love reading about all things art?</b><span style="font-weight: 400;"> You can have articles from Canvas, curated collections, and stories about emerging artists delivered straight to your inbox. </span><a href="http://lp.post.saatchiart.com/collectors-canvas"><b>Sign up for the Saatchi Art Newsletter</b><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></a></p> Advice for Artists: The Value of a Personal Network https://www.artsyshark.com/2022/05/25/advice-for-artists-the-value-of-a-personal-network/ Artsy Shark urn:uuid:9ab5eb13-5d74-5205-9793-9d3f18123081 Wed, 25 May 2022 13:00:06 +0200 <p>Arts advocate and marketing expert Rickie Leiter shares recommendations on how artists can earn opportunities and publicity through building a network.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.artsyshark.com/2022/05/25/advice-for-artists-the-value-of-a-personal-network/">Advice for Artists: The Value of a Personal Network</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.artsyshark.com">Artsy Shark</a>.</p> <h4>Arts advocate and marketing expert <a href="https://www.therickiereport.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Rickie Leiter</a> shares her knowledge and enthusiasm for building a network to appreciate and amplify your art marketing message.</h4> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img class="aligncenter size-full wp-image-57624" src="https://www.artsyshark.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/framed-network-large.jpg" alt="Build Your Artist Network" width="529" height="396" srcset="https://www.artsyshark.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/framed-network-large.jpg 529w, https://www.artsyshark.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/framed-network-large-450x337.jpg 450w" sizes="(max-width: 529px) 100vw, 529px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Everyone knows people; we all have contacts ranging from personal friends to business colleagues. You can utilize your network of contacts, even if you have not seen some of them for a long time. It&#8217;s a matter of re-establishing relationships, which can ultimately amplify your marketing voice and reach. While social media has a wide reach, statistics show that staying in touch personally has a deeper effect.</p> <p>Your contacts are gems. Some of them might be rough around the edges and others may sparkle right away, but they are all valuable assets to you. Start by assessing your contacts.</p> <h4>Who is in your network?</h4> <p>Start by taking a large pad of paper and make a list of everyone you know (yes, really).</p> <ul> <li>Column #1 will contain their name.</li> <li>In column #2, note the essence of the relationship (vet, dentist, librarian, friend, co-worker in bank).</li> <li>In column #3, note how the person can help you build your network by including you in theirs. Who do they know that you would like to know?</li> <li>In column #4, note the best way to communicate with that person.</li> </ul> <p>Give this serious thought and get creative. Relationships are a two-way street, so you must also be helpful to them; <a href="https://www.artsyshark.com/2021/05/05/build-your-artist-network/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">paying it forward</a> is the best approach. What do you have to offer them?</p> <p>You will be asking contacts in your network to share the passion you have for the art you make as well as good news such as an upcoming exhibition or event. You may be asking them to write a referral or recommendation at some point in the future. At some point they may make a purchase. Consider your timing and answer <em>WIIFM</em> (What’s In It For Me) with that person in mind. This is what every person wonders when asked for help. Complete altruism is alive but rare.</p> <p>Here&#8217;s an example: My friend Sally’s favorite charity is animal rescue, and I paint pet portraits. How can I approach Sally to suggest her charity use my portraits for a fundraiser? In our agreement, I will get commissions and the organization will get a percentage of the sales. Sally feels great because she not only helped her favorite non-profit, but also helped me, her friend! (In this scenario, I would present Sally with a thank you gift for her generosity. She will remember that forever). It’s a win/win.</p> <h4>Communicating with your contacts</h4> <p>For those in your network who are acquaintances, try an email with some images of your work or an announcement of your next exhibit. Let them know how you excited you are to share this news with them, and your hope that they will pass it on.</p> <p>Or, call and invite the contact over for a studio tour and tea (&#8220;I&#8217;d love to show you my newest pieces and pick your brain for ideas of how to help a non-profit and promote my art.&#8221;) If you know a number of people who fit this category, publicize an Open House and send specific invitations to the people on your list.</p> <p>For contacts who are decision makers, make an appointment and meet with them. Let them know you appreciate how supportive they have been of your creativity, and approach them about a potential exhibit at their bank&#8230;.library&#8230;vet office, etc.</p> <p>If the contact is excited about helping and wants to recommend potential collectors, you might offer them a commission on any sale for their extraordinary help.</p> <h4>Give your publicity legs</h4> <p>Any time you have an announcement or get publicity, you will want to continue to amplify that news beyond the event. How? Have a sign-up sheet and offer a small discount to anyone who signs up for your blog (this helps you capture new email addresses of people who have just self-selected due to their interest).</p> <p>Don’t have a blog? Don’t stress! By sending out a press release-type email, you are staying in touch. Tell recipients what you are currently working on. Share a small photo, or work in progress so they’ll want to stay in touch to see the final outcome. You can use a teaser, like a piece of thread with a question mark &#8211; what will this turn into? I look forward to some artists’ emails so I can track their progress in a competition they mentioned a few months ago or I can see how their work is evolving.</p> <p>Hand out business cards to <em>everyone</em> who steps into your booth. Stamp or label the back with a message of a small discount for up to 2 months from the date of your show. When someone buys your product, give them a business card to keep and two more to share with friends. You are establishing a relationship. You want them to come back and buy the next in a series of paintings, your newest color scarf, or just to tell you how much they appreciate your talent because it gives them so much happiness!</p> <h4>Share the love</h4> <p>When you read other blogs (such as <a href="https://www.therickiereport.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">The Rickie Report</a>) you’ll see many events that are not feasible for you to get involved with. Either it is too far away, or you already have a commitment. Ask yourself…”If this were happening in my area, would I apply?” If the answer is yes, start looking for like-minded groups, non-profits, or local civic associations who are always looking for new ideas. Send an email to the person in the article or to the publisher and set up a short telephone discussion to get ideas.</p> <p>Creators are passionate people who are eager to share with others. Don’t be afraid to ask. My most exhilarating moments are brainstorming with people. You never know who might be in my worldwide network that I am happy to put you in touch with. When I was growing up, I wanted to be a reference librarian because I could see the delight and excitement when a lone question could elicit a treasure trove of knowledge. The passion of sharing is exhilarating!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h4><span style="color: #800080;">Want to stay current on cutting edge business articles from Artsy Shark, plus artist features, and an invitation to the next Call for Artists? 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The drawing surface area is <b>13.6 by 8.5 inches</b> with a diagonal of 16-inches. </p> <p>The biggest drawing tablet, by the way, is also from Huion and it's the <a href="https://www.parkablogs.com/content/review-huion-giano-wh1409-graphic-tablet-wireless">Huion Giano WH1409</a> which is 13.8 by 8.6 inches released in 2016. And the third biggest is the <a href="https://www.parkablogs.com/content/review-huion-inspiroy-q11k-wireless-graphics-tablet">Huion Q11K</a> which is 11 x 7 inches.</p> <p>This new upgraded model has improved pressure sensitivity, tilt sensitivity and Bluetooth wireless functionality.</p> <p>Huion has designed this huge tablet to pair with huge monitors that are so common nowadays. My usual size recommendation for pen tablet size is 10 by 6 inches because it pairs well with monitors of various size. But hey, if you want a really big tablet, now you have the option, again. Just make sure you have enough table space for it.</p> <p><img src="https://www.parkablogs.com/sites/default/files/huion-giano-g930l-01.jpg" /><br /> Official retail price is <b>USD 199.99</b>. </p> <p>The price is higher than most pen tablets because it's larger. And the price is quite close to pen displays, such as the <a href="https://www.parkablogs.com/content/review-huion-kamvas-12-2021-pen-display-vs-kamvas-16">Huion Kamvas 12 which is USD 219, or the </a><a href="https://www.parkablogs.com/content/review-huion-kamvas-13-pen-display-just-us-239">Huion Kamvas 13</a> which is USD 239. </p> <p>So why get a pen tablet when you can get a pen display which is more intuitive to draw on since you can see the line appear directly beneath the pen? </p> <p>The main selling point of this pen tablet is for people who, for whatever reason, prefer not to have another display. It pairs well with a large monitor that you may already have. And using a pen display allows you to sit with your back straight while drawing so it's more ergonomic. Whether you choose a pen tablet or pen display really depends on your preference and budget. Ultimately, it's good to have more options to choose from, and Huion has <a href="https://www.parkablogs.com/tags/huion">so many pen tablets and pen displays</a> to choose from. </p> <p><img src="https://www.parkablogs.com/sites/default/files/huion-giano-g930l-06.jpg" /><br /> Items included in the box are:</p> <ul> <li>USB-A to USB-C cable</li> <li>Huion PW517 pen</li> <li>Pen stand with nib remover and 10 replacement nibs</li> <li>Quick start guide</li> <li>Artist glove</li> </ul> <p>If you have a computer without Bluetooth functionality, you will have to buy a Bluetooth receiver. There's no USB wireless receiver included because the pen tablet only connects via Bluetooth.</p> <p><img src="https://www.parkablogs.com/sites/default/files/huion-giano-g930l-08.jpg" /><br /> The Huion Inspiroy Giano G930L is a good looking pen tablet with solid built quality and a premium feel.</p> <p><img src="https://www.parkablogs.com/sites/default/files/huion-giano-g930l-11.jpg" /><br /> The tablet is thinner than the included pen.</p> <p><img src="https://www.parkablogs.com/sites/default/files/huion-giano-g930l-09.jpg" /><br /> At the top left is a LCD display that shows the battery and connection status.</p> <p>The six shortcut buttons are customisable and work well, and have firm clicking feedback. </p> <p><img src="https://www.parkablogs.com/sites/default/files/huion-giano-g930l-10.jpg" /><br /> There's a not-so-obvious piece of plastic covering the area where the buttons are. I only noticed that because there are scratches on the plastic which you can peel off if you want to. </p> <p><img src="https://www.parkablogs.com/sites/default/files/huion-giano-g930l-02.jpg" /><br /> The included Huion PW517 pen is also used by other Huion pen tablets and pen displays. It's well built, has a large rubber grip and is comfortable to hold.</p> <p><img src="https://www.parkablogs.com/sites/default/files/huion-giano-g930l-03.jpg" /><br /> The pen supports <b>tilt sensitivity and 8192 levels of pressure sensitivity</b>. The two side buttons are customisable.</p> <p><img src="https://www.parkablogs.com/sites/default/files/huion-giano-g930l-05.jpg" /><br /> The pen stand can hold the pen horizontal and vertically.</p> <p><img src="https://www.parkablogs.com/sites/default/files/huion-giano-g930l-04.jpg" /><br /> There are 10 replacement pen nibs and the nib remove inside the pen stand. These are plastic nibs. If you want a more tactile drawing experience, Huion has the <a href="https://www.parkablogs.com/content/huion-felt-pen-nibs-pn05f-review">PN05F felt nibs</a> what sells for USD 10 for ten pieces. </p> <p><img src="https://www.parkablogs.com/sites/default/files/huion-giano-g930l-07.jpg" /><br /> To pair the pen tablet, you just look for the Bluetooth connection via your computer settings. It's <b>Bluetooth 5.0</b>.</p> <p>Shown above is a weird pairing of a small 13-inch laptop with the pen tablet which is larger than the laptop. Ideally, you should pair this pen tablet with a monitor that is at least 20 inches or larger. Even with a 20-inch monitor can still work very well together with a 10 x 6 inch pen tablet. </p> <p>If you pair the tablet with a small display, your hand movement will translate to a smaller movement on the display. It feels weird. Imagine moving your mouse and the cursor can only cover smaller distance on screen than your hand's movement.</p> <p><img src="https://www.parkablogs.com/sites/default/files/huion-inspiroy-giano-g930l-02.jpg" /><br /> Here I've paired the tablet with a 17-inch display. The 16-inch diagonal of the tablet isn't too difference from the 17-inch display, and hence your hand movement is translated to almost the same distance covered by the cursor. It's very easy to get used to the hand-eye coordination when the tablet and display size difference is smaller. </p> <p><img src="https://www.parkablogs.com/sites/default/files/huion-inspiroy-giano-g930l-01.jpg" /><br /> The matte textured drawing surface provides a nice tactile drawing experience with the default plastic pen nibs so you may not even need to buy the felt pen nibs. </p> <p><img src="https://www.parkablogs.com/sites/default/files/huion-inspiroy-giano-g930l-04.jpg" /><br /> Battery life is rated to last for 18 hours. The tablet will go to sleep after a period of inactivity (default 15 minutes) to conserve battery life so in practice the tablet last for many days.</p> <p>The tablet can still be used while its battery is charging. The pen does not use any battery so no charging is required.</p> <h3>Driver</h3> <p>Windows and MacOS drivers are available. Huion has been adding Linux support for some of their products but there's not Linux driver for the G930L, yet. </p> <p><img src="https://www.parkablogs.com/sites/default/files/g930l-driver-windows-ink.jpg" width="500" /><br /> Windows and MacOS drivers have almost similar functionality, except Windows has the additional Windows Ink functionality, and there's a "game mode" to increase the pen speed.</p> <p><img src="https://www.parkablogs.com/sites/default/files/huion-g930l-driver-shortcut-keystrokes2.png" width="500" /><br /> This is where you can customise the six shortcut buttons.</p> <p><img src="https://www.parkablogs.com/sites/default/files/huion-g930l-driver-shortcut-keystrokes.png" width="500" /><br /> You can input your own keyboard shortcuts or choose from the pre-programmed shortcuts for the buttons.</p> <p><img src="https://www.parkablogs.com/sites/default/files/huion-g930l-driver-pen-buttons.png" width="500" /><br /> The two side buttons on the pen can be customised. There is mouse mode.</p> <p><img src="https://www.parkablogs.com/sites/default/files/huion-g930l-driver-pen-pressure.png" width="500" /><br /> Pressure sensitivity of the pen can be customised by moving three control points for finer adjustments. </p> <p><img src="https://www.parkablogs.com/sites/default/files/huion-g930l-driver-working-area.png" width="500" /><br /> If you're a left-handed user, you can change the orientation to 180 degrees so that the physical shortcut buttons are on the other side. The orientation of the LCD on the tablet will also change. </p> <h3>Drawing performance</h3> <p>Drawing performance is fantastic. The PW517 pen is sensitive and accurate.</p> <p><img src="https://www.parkablogs.com/sites/default/files/g930l-line-test.png" /><br /> 1. The pen has minimal initial activation force. Lines can be drawn by applying almost no pressure as long as the pen tip is touching the drawing surface.</p> <p>2. The strokes can start thin, become thicker and taper smoothly.</p> <p>3. Line transition from thin to thick is smooth. And the pen is sensitive enough to detect minor changes in pressure when drawing with minimal pressure.</p> <p>4. It's easy to maintain consistent pressure to draw lines with consistent thickness. </p> <p>5. Dots can be drawn by tapping on the surface. </p> <p>The quality here is definitely good enough for professional artists.</p> <p><img src="https://www.parkablogs.com/sites/default/files/medibang-art.png" width="500" /><br /> Here's a quick sketch I drew with Medibang Paint Pro. There are no surprises when drawing. Drawing performance is predictable and consistent. The lines always come out the way I expect them to. My overall drawing experience is very positive.</p> <h3>Conclusion</h3> <p>The Huion Inspiroy Giano G930L is a beautiful looking tablet with solid build quality and fantastic drawing performance. I did not experience any glitches or issues while drawing, and didn't have to spend any time troubleshooting, so it was really easy to create this review. </p> <p>I don't really have any major complaints.</p> <p>The price of USD 199 is pricey. But you can decide whether it's worth the money based on the findings I've presented. This is a well designed and well made tablet that performs as expected. </p> <p><b>Pros and cons at a glance</b><br /> + Beautiful design<br /> + Wireless convenience<br /> + Bluetooth 5 connection with no lag<br /> + 6 physical shortcut buttons<br /> + Support for tilt and 8192 levels of pressure sensitivity<br /> + Pen stand included<br /> + 10 replacement pen nibs are included<br /> + Fantastic drawing performance<br /> + No driver glitches with Windows and MacOS<br /> + 18 hours battery life<br /> - Working on this huge tablet can be tiring<br /> - No eraser on back of pen<br /> - No USB wireless receiver</p> <h3>Availability</h3> <p>You can find the Huion Inspiroy Giano G930L in <a href="https://shrsl.com/2o9lm">Huion online store</a>.</p> <p>Coupon code for $10 off: <b>GIANO</b> (valid from May 25 - June 25, 2022)</p> <p>If you have intention to buy the tablet, consider supporting my channel by making the purchase through the affiliate link. I earn some commission at no extra cost to you, and it helps me put out more detailed reviews such as the one you just read.</p> </div></div></div><section class="field field-name-taxonomy-vocabulary-1 field-type-taxonomy-term-reference field-label-above view-mode-fulltext clearfix"> <h2 class="field-label">Tags:&nbsp;</h2> <ul class="field-items"> <li class="field-item even"> <a href="/tags/huion">huion</a> </li> <li class="field-item odd"> <a href="/tags/tech-reviews">tech reviews</a> </li> <li class="field-item even"> <a href="/tags/pen-tablet-reviews">pen tablet reviews</a> </li> <li class="field-item odd"> <a href="/category/tags/art-product-reviews">art product reviews</a> </li> </ul> </section> Eye Candy for Today: Dean Cornwell untitled illustration http://linesandcolors.com/2022/05/24/eye-candy-for-today-dean-cornwell-untitled-illustration/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=eye-candy-for-today-dean-cornwell-untitled-illustration Lines and Colors :: a blog about drawing, painting, illustration, comics, concept art and other visual arts urn:uuid:14dbe0bc-a577-f301-01de-f1cb8a964e72 Wed, 25 May 2022 03:29:31 +0200 This painting by the fantastic American Illustrator Dean Cornwell is in the collection of the South Dakota Art Museum. 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He&#8217;s returned to the festival this year with <em><a href="https://www.festival-cannes.com/en/festival/films/triangle-of-sadness" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Triangle of Sadness</a></em>, which tries to similarly eviscerate a number of targets: the fashion industry, the super-wealthy, and men in general. But that scattershot focus and a disinterest in pursuing any idea beyond a punchline make the film feel more like an extremely long sketch show than a satisfying narrative. Östlund is undeniably skilled at mounting visual jokes, but many others — not least a seemingly never-ending stretch of scatological gags — are broad to the point of tedium.</p> <p>Unlike <em>The Square</em>, which had a neat container within which he could craft vignettes, here Östlund cleaves the story (and his ideas) into three distinct threads. The first follows Carl (Harris Dickinson) and Yaya (Charlbi Dean Kriek), a beautiful young influencer couple bonded more by convenience than love. Dickinson proves his comic chops in a brilliantly tetchy performance. Carl, though privileged, is on a downward career slide, earning less than Yaya and literally everyone else on the luxury yacht cruise where the second part takes place. Yet he&#8217;s still in a position to accidentally get an employee fired by complaining about him in a fit of jealousy. Dickinson displays a fabulously expressive storm of horror and helplessness as he watches the man saying his goodbyes.&nbsp;</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="375" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/triangle-of-sadness-3.jpeg?resize=780%2C375&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-735110" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/triangle-of-sadness-3-scaled.jpeg?resize=1200%2C577&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/triangle-of-sadness-3-scaled.jpeg?resize=720%2C346&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/triangle-of-sadness-3-scaled.jpeg?resize=768%2C370&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/triangle-of-sadness-3-scaled.jpeg?resize=1536%2C739&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/triangle-of-sadness-3-scaled.jpeg?resize=2048%2C985&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/triangle-of-sadness-3-scaled.jpeg?resize=1568%2C755&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/triangle-of-sadness-3-scaled.jpeg?resize=400%2C192&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/triangle-of-sadness-3-scaled.jpeg?resize=706%2C340&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/triangle-of-sadness-3-scaled.jpeg?w=2340&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2340w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>From <em>Triangle of Sadness</em></figcaption></figure> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="327" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/triangle-of-sadness-2-scaled-1.webp?resize=780%2C327&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-735747" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/triangle-of-sadness-2-scaled-1.webp?resize=1200%2C503&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/triangle-of-sadness-2-scaled-1.webp?resize=720%2C302&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/triangle-of-sadness-2-scaled-1.webp?resize=768%2C322&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/triangle-of-sadness-2-scaled-1.webp?resize=1536%2C644&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/triangle-of-sadness-2-scaled-1.webp?resize=2048%2C858&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/triangle-of-sadness-2-scaled-1.webp?resize=1568%2C657&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/triangle-of-sadness-2-scaled-1.webp?resize=400%2C168&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/triangle-of-sadness-2-scaled-1.webp?resize=706%2C296&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>Unlike <em>The Square</em>, which had a neat container within which he could craft vignettes, here Östlund cleaves the story (and his ideas) into three distinct threads.</figcaption></figure> <p>The second thread focuses on the broader relationship between the rich guests and the put-upon staff aboard the yacht. The filthy-rich global elite range from a polite British weapons manufacturer to a Russian oligarch (Zlatko Burić) who proudly proclaims “I sell shit” (he runs an international fertilizer business). Despite the potential of the premise, this section is by far the weakest, shooting fish in a barrel. These people are caricatures, and the film gawks at their bad behavior with no skill or subtlety. One scene encapsulates how Östlund is content to name-check ideas rather than explore them: The yacht&#8217;s captain (Woody Harrelson, excellent as a man past caring about rich-people bullshit) and the Russian try to one-up each other in a quote contest, with the former citing Karl Marx and the latter Ronald Reagan.&nbsp;</p> <figure class="wp-block-embed is-type-video is-provider-youtube wp-block-embed-youtube wp-embed-aspect-16-9 wp-has-aspect-ratio"><div class="wp-block-embed__wrapper"> <iframe loading="lazy" class="youtube-player" width="780" height="439" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/L2rRBkgIr38?version=3&#038;rel=1&#038;showsearch=0&#038;showinfo=1&#038;iv_load_policy=1&#038;fs=1&#038;hl=en-US&#038;autohide=2&#038;wmode=transparent" allowfullscreen="true" style="border:0;" sandbox="allow-scripts allow-same-origin allow-popups allow-presentation"></iframe> </div></figure> <p><em>Triangle of Sadness</em> has no politics beyond gesturing toward extreme wealth and power and saying, &#8220;That ain’t right,&#8221; and it has no counterpoint to this paradigm which it presents so sneeringly. The third story thread depicts the new social hierarchy that emerges after pirates seize the ship and a handful of staff and guests attempt to survive on an island.&nbsp;Previously a toilet manager, Abigail&#8217;s (Dolly DeLeon) ability to fish and make fire means she is the captain now. DeLeon performs with fierce relish, and her hard-won satisfactions make this section the most richly entertaining, as titans of industry are forced into more humble roles. But as the castaways form a matriarchy, it turns out Östlund can only imagine the same old story of power corrupting. He remains as skilled at crafting absurdity and farce as ever, but in the big underlying ideas (or their absence), <em>Triangle of Sadness</em> flounders.</p> <p><a href="https://www.festival-cannes.com/en/festival/films/triangle-of-sadness" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Triangle of Sadness</a><em> is playing the Cannes Film Festival, and will open in theaters later this year.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.hyperallergic.com/~ff/hyperallergic?a=5pkYG3wxP40:9cgY3ZZtUPE:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/hyperallergic?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.hyperallergic.com/~ff/hyperallergic?a=5pkYG3wxP40:9cgY3ZZtUPE:D7DqB2pKExk"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/hyperallergic?i=5pkYG3wxP40:9cgY3ZZtUPE:D7DqB2pKExk" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.hyperallergic.com/~ff/hyperallergic?a=5pkYG3wxP40:9cgY3ZZtUPE:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/hyperallergic?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> </div> Anabel Juárez’s Castles of Wonderment  https://hyperallergic.com/734143/anabel-juarez-castles-of-wonderment/ Hyperallergic urn:uuid:275556de-6bb4-6013-d3d7-b1039d51997a Wed, 25 May 2022 00:01:00 +0200 <figure><img width="720" height="489" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Installation-34.jpg?fit=720%2C489&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Installation-34.jpg?w=2400&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Installation-34.jpg?resize=720%2C489&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Installation-34.jpg?resize=1200%2C815&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Installation-34.jpg?resize=768%2C521&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Installation-34.jpg?resize=1536%2C1043&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Installation-34.jpg?resize=2048%2C1390&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Installation-34.jpg?resize=1568%2C1064&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Installation-34.jpg?resize=400%2C272&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Installation-34.jpg?resize=706%2C479&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Installation-34.jpg?w=2340&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2340w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure>By enshrining her memories into sculptural form, Juárez celebrates her emotional pilgrimage through the growing pains of childhood to adulthood. <figure><img width="720" height="489" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Installation-34.jpg?fit=720%2C489&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Installation-34.jpg?w=2400&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Installation-34.jpg?resize=720%2C489&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Installation-34.jpg?resize=1200%2C815&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Installation-34.jpg?resize=768%2C521&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Installation-34.jpg?resize=1536%2C1043&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Installation-34.jpg?resize=2048%2C1390&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Installation-34.jpg?resize=1568%2C1064&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Installation-34.jpg?resize=400%2C272&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Installation-34.jpg?resize=706%2C479&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Installation-34.jpg?w=2340&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2340w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure> <p>LONG BEACH — I met Anabel Juárez one Friday afternoon on the campus of California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), where the artist completed her BFA and where her solo show <em>Recordar Es Vivir </em>(&#8220;Remembering Is Living&#8221;) recently opened at the Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum. As Juárez guided me through the ceramics department — where she produced the works included in <em>Recordar Es Vivir</em> as an artist-in-residence — she recounted how she crossed paths with CSULB in a seemingly fortuitous way, unaware of the high degree of experimentation at the school’s ceramic department and its role as facilitator of some of the most recognized names in contemporary art. Though Juárez initially began with the idea of majoring in sculpture, she quickly found herself immersed in the Ceramics department and a pathway towards a paved consciousness around ceramics and craft.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="1206" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Installation-95.jpg?resize=780%2C1206&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-734148" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Installation-95-scaled.jpg?resize=1200%2C1856&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Installation-95-scaled.jpg?resize=720%2C1113&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Installation-95-scaled.jpg?resize=768%2C1188&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Installation-95-scaled.jpg?resize=993%2C1536&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 993w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Installation-95-scaled.jpg?resize=1324%2C2048&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1324w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Installation-95-scaled.jpg?resize=1568%2C2425&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Installation-95-scaled.jpg?resize=400%2C619&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Installation-95-scaled.jpg?resize=706%2C1092&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Installation-95-scaled.jpg?w=1656&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1656w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>Installation view of <em>Anabel Juárez: Recordar Es Vivir</em> at the Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum, 2022 (photo by Tatiana Mata)</figcaption></figure> <p>After graduating in 2013, Juárez was originally invited by Kristina Newhouse, previously curator of the Kleefeld Contemporary, to install her work for the opening of the newly revitalized museum. However, COVID continued to push her ambitious solo show to an unspecified date. For Juárez, it meant more time to build the body of work, a precious commodity for artists. Rather than focusing her ambition on producing large-scale works, the artist — who is known for her life-sized dress forms and flora sculptures — took the opportunity to mine her personal past and present for <em>Recordar Es Vivir</em>.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="1169" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Installation-98.jpg?resize=780%2C1169&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-734150" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Installation-98-scaled.jpg?resize=1200%2C1799&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Installation-98-scaled.jpg?resize=720%2C1079&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Installation-98-scaled.jpg?resize=768%2C1151&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Installation-98-scaled.jpg?resize=1025%2C1536&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1025w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Installation-98-scaled.jpg?resize=1366%2C2048&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1366w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Installation-98-scaled.jpg?resize=1568%2C2351&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Installation-98-scaled.jpg?resize=400%2C600&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Installation-98-scaled.jpg?resize=706%2C1058&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Installation-98-scaled.jpg?w=1708&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1708w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>Installation view of <em>Anabel Juárez: Recordar Es Vivir</em> at the Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum, 2022 (photo by Tatiana Mata)</figcaption></figure> <p>As Juárez took me through several lawns guarded by a cascade of departmental buildings separating the ceramics wing from the Kleefeld and we entered the Mini Gallery where <em>Recordar Es Vivir</em> can be found, the artist shared that the works in the exhibition were small for her, offering a different but welcome challenge. The centerpiece of the show features a pushcart, displaying statuary and colorful ceramic sculptures and a roof made of hand slumped glass elements. While Juárez taught herself the glasswork through a series of YouTube videos and experimentation, the scale and technical execution of clay presented here is not for the timid hand. Her sculptures are constructed with imagery in mind, speaking to the control and mastery that Juárez executes in form. One sculpture of butterflies captures movement at a standstill, while the softness of stuffed teddy bears is articulated through the compressing movements of Juárez’s fingers.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="1040" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_8947.jpg?resize=780%2C1040&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-734993" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_8947-scaled.jpg?resize=1200%2C1600&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_8947-scaled.jpg?resize=720%2C960&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_8947-scaled.jpg?resize=768%2C1024&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_8947-scaled.jpg?resize=1152%2C1536&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1152w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_8947-scaled.jpg?resize=1536%2C2048&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_8947-scaled.jpg?resize=900%2C1200&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 900w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_8947-scaled.jpg?resize=600%2C800&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 600w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_8947-scaled.jpg?resize=300%2C400&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_8947-scaled.jpg?resize=150%2C200&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 150w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_8947-scaled.jpg?resize=1568%2C2091&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_8947-scaled.jpg?resize=400%2C533&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_8947-scaled.jpg?resize=706%2C941&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_8947-scaled.jpg?w=1920&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1920w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>Detail view of <em>Anabel Juárez: Recordar Es Vivir</em> at the Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum, 2022 (photo Jenny Hata Blumenfield/Hyperallergic)</figcaption></figure> <p>Teddy bears, butterflies, flowers, gourds, and Our Lady of Guadalupe are just some of the objects enshrined on this castle of wonderment. An empty balcony on the second level of the pushcart offers visual respite, a distinct contrast to the other levels that flutter with childhood nostalgia and play. Altogether, the pushcart forms a sort of a charm bracelet reliquary, each component a vessel of the memories of the artist as a young girl who grew up in the ’90s in Michoacán, México, spending the first half of her life in Mexico before traversing her teens and adulthood in California. On the wall of the gallery, charcoal rubbings of a shut window and door from her grandparent’s home act as a physical artifact of memories no longer accessible to the artist. In a visual loop, the architecture rebuilt through these drawings redirects one’s focus to the architecture of the pushcart and the symbolism of the objects that adorn it.&nbsp;</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large is-resized"><img loading="lazy" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Installation-104.jpg?resize=780%2C1169&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-734146" width="780" height="1169" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Installation-104-scaled.jpg?resize=1200%2C1799&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Installation-104-scaled.jpg?resize=720%2C1079&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Installation-104-scaled.jpg?resize=768%2C1151&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Installation-104-scaled.jpg?resize=1025%2C1536&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1025w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Installation-104-scaled.jpg?resize=1366%2C2048&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1366w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Installation-104-scaled.jpg?resize=1568%2C2351&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Installation-104-scaled.jpg?resize=400%2C600&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Installation-104-scaled.jpg?resize=706%2C1058&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Installation-104-scaled.jpg?w=1708&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1708w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>Installation view of <em>Anabel Juárez: Recordar Es Vivir</em> at the Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum, 2022 (photo by Tatiana Mata)</figcaption></figure> <p>By enshrining her memories into sculptural form, Juárez celebrates both her own literal pilgrimage in space and time, and her emotional pilgrimage through the growing pains of childhood to adulthood. In doing so, the artist upends the narrative of limitless promise, opportunity, and freedom associated with migration and particularly that of the American West. Juárez instead reminds us that the act of migration and its consequent change should not erase the values embedded in one’s cultural experience. As a viewer, there is an unrelenting understanding — through show title and construction of imagery — that to remember is an act of empowerment. The depth in which Juárez has honored her personal history through drawing and sculpture in <em>Recordar Es Vivir </em>demands a recalibration of the ways in which<strong> </strong>we might take in our own personal histories of what we have left behind, what we continue to hold, and the space we define for our respective futures.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="1169" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Installation-99.jpg?resize=780%2C1169&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-734151" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Installation-99-scaled.jpg?resize=1200%2C1799&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Installation-99-scaled.jpg?resize=720%2C1079&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Installation-99-scaled.jpg?resize=768%2C1151&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Installation-99-scaled.jpg?resize=1025%2C1536&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1025w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Installation-99-scaled.jpg?resize=1366%2C2048&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1366w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Installation-99-scaled.jpg?resize=1568%2C2351&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Installation-99-scaled.jpg?resize=400%2C600&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Installation-99-scaled.jpg?resize=706%2C1058&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Installation-99-scaled.jpg?w=1708&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1708w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>Installation view of <em>Anabel Juárez: Recordar Es Vivir</em> at the Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum, 2022 (photo by Tatiana Mata)</figcaption></figure> <p><a href="https://www.csulb.edu/carolyn-campagna-kleefeld-contemporary-art-museum/look">Anabel Juárez: Recordar Es Vivir</a> <em>continues at the Carolyn Campagna Kleefeld Contemporary Art Museum (California State University, Long Beach, Horn Center, 1250 Bellflower Boulevard, Long Beach</em>) <em>through June 25. The exhibition was organized by the museum.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.hyperallergic.com/~ff/hyperallergic?a=e6YBB1PgWxM:wWzSN3Fa79w:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/hyperallergic?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.hyperallergic.com/~ff/hyperallergic?a=e6YBB1PgWxM:wWzSN3Fa79w:D7DqB2pKExk"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/hyperallergic?i=e6YBB1PgWxM:wWzSN3Fa79w:D7DqB2pKExk" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.hyperallergic.com/~ff/hyperallergic?a=e6YBB1PgWxM:wWzSN3Fa79w:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/hyperallergic?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> </div> Behind the Scenes With Three New Mexico Curators https://hyperallergic.com/728165/behind-the-scenes-with-three-new-mexico-curators/ Hyperallergic urn:uuid:d42b2445-2739-1835-8345-e93d46d22a7f Wed, 25 May 2022 00:00:00 +0200 <figure><img width="720" height="435" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/collage-2-1.jpg?fit=720%2C435&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/collage-2-1.jpg?w=1200&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/collage-2-1.jpg?resize=720%2C435&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/collage-2-1.jpg?resize=768%2C464&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/collage-2-1.jpg?resize=400%2C242&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/collage-2-1.jpg?resize=706%2C427&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure>These university museum leaders are bridging cultural chasms through elaborate and generative work with their students. <figure><img width="720" height="435" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/collage-2-1.jpg?fit=720%2C435&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/collage-2-1.jpg?w=1200&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/collage-2-1.jpg?resize=720%2C435&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/collage-2-1.jpg?resize=768%2C464&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/collage-2-1.jpg?resize=400%2C242&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/collage-2-1.jpg?resize=706%2C427&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure> <figure class="wp-block-image size-full"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="471" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/collage-2.jpg?resize=780%2C471&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-735719" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/collage-2.jpg?w=1200&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/collage-2.jpg?resize=720%2C435&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/collage-2.jpg?resize=768%2C464&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/collage-2.jpg?resize=400%2C242&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/collage-2.jpg?resize=706%2C427&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>From Left to right: Manuela well-Off-Man (courtesy IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts); Marisa Sage (photo Marcus Chormicle, courtesy NMSU Art Museum); and Mary Statzer (photo Stefan Jennings Batista, courtesy the museum)</figcaption></figure> <p>SANTA FE <strong>—</strong> New Mexico’s university art museums are an important forum for bringing together urban and rural communities that otherwise have little contact. Three university museum curators, vertically spanning the state, are determined to bridge cultural chasms through elaborate and generative work with artists and students.&nbsp;Behind the scenes, they toil amidst complex social and economic forces on campus and beyond. Every aspect of their work, from composing wall text to securing funding, is in flux.</p> <h4 id="h-manuela-well-off-man-ph-d-chief-curator-iaia-museum-of-contemporary-native-arts-mocna-santa-fe"><strong>Manuela Well-Off-Man, Ph.D.</strong>, <strong>Chief Curator</strong> IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA), <strong>Santa Fe</strong></h4> <figure class="wp-block-image size-full"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="471" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/04/CourtesyOFMoCNA.jpg?resize=780%2C471&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-728171" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/04/CourtesyOFMoCNA.jpg?w=1200&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/04/CourtesyOFMoCNA.jpg?resize=720%2C434&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/04/CourtesyOFMoCNA.jpg?resize=768%2C463&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/04/CourtesyOFMoCNA.jpg?resize=400%2C241&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/04/CourtesyOFMoCNA.jpg?resize=706%2C426&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>Exterior view of IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (photo by Jason S. Ordaz, courtesy IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts)</figcaption></figure> <p>“[Students] came from remote communities, and they were exposed to different cultures — other tribes they didn’t even know existed,” says Manuela Well-Off-Man, who recently completed an oral history project engaging early alumni of the Institute of American Indian Arts (IAIA), which owns and operates the Museum of Contemporary Native Arts (MoCNA). Her interview subjects graduated in the 1960s and &#8217;70s, when the institution was a freewheeling high school.&nbsp;</p> <p>IAIA is now a 60-year-old university with accredited undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Its student body is even more diverse and can be tricky to engage. “Many of [the students] aren’t used to going to museums regularly,” Well-Off-Man says. “It takes a while to build that trust, even though we’re the leading museum in the country when it comes to contemporary Indigenous art.” Part of the problem is the museum’s location in downtown Santa Fe, about 10 miles away from IAIA’s campus.&nbsp;</p> <p>Well-Off-Man is keenly aware of more profound reasons for the students’ elusiveness. She’s from Germany, and has witnessed European museums consistently maroon Native art in anthropological collections and exhibitions. Her path to MoCNA winds through Montana (where she met her husband, who is Chippewa Cree) and the Crystal Bridges Museum of Art. By the time she arrived in Santa Fe in 2016, she was fed up with the contemporary museum world’s largely cursory approach to Native art.</p> <p>Well-Off-Man’s role at MoCNA has allowed her to focus on in-depth storytelling, but crafting didactics gets complicated when she factors in the museum’s other key demographic: tourists who often have little knowledge of contemporary Native culture. “There’s this big challenge not to dumb it down, but not to provide so much that it flies over people’s heads,” says Well-Off-Man. “Our mission is to promote and share the most challenging, progressive works of art.”&nbsp;</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-full"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="520" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/04/IAIA_0290_review.jpg?resize=780%2C520&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-728172" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/04/IAIA_0290_review.jpg?w=1200&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/04/IAIA_0290_review.jpg?resize=720%2C480&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/04/IAIA_0290_review.jpg?resize=768%2C512&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/04/IAIA_0290_review.jpg?resize=400%2C267&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/04/IAIA_0290_review.jpg?resize=706%2C471&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>&nbsp;Installation view of <em>Exposure: Native Art and Political Ecology</em>, August 20 – July 10, 2022 (photo by Brad Trone, courtesy IAIA Museum of Contemporary Native Arts)</figcaption></figure> <p>MoCNA’s recent successes have extended far beyond the museum’s walls. The 2021 group exhibition <a href="https://artbridgesfoundation.org/exhibitions/marketplace/action-abstraction-redefined/"><em>Action/Abstraction Redefined</em></a>, which highlights 20th-century Indigenous artists who engaged with modernism, just launched a national tour with a showing at the Cahoon Museum of American Art on Cape Cod.&nbsp;</p> <p>Currently, Well-Off-Man is preparing for <em>Athena LaTocha: Mesabi</em> (June 10-December 25, 2022)<em>,</em> which includes the artist’s new series of poured molten iron abstract wall sculptures that respond to how mining operations change the landscape. And each year, Well-Off-Man works with student curators to produce a BFA exhibition of graduating IAIA students. “There’s so many different styles of art, personalities, stories, and we’re trying to make sense of it in a small gallery,” she says. “I try to teach the students to step back, to be there for the artists and let them speak. ‘Curator as expert’ is not at all what I do, my job is about listening.”&nbsp;</p> <h4><strong>Marisa Sage, Director and Head Curator</strong><br /><strong>New Mexico State University Art Museum (UAM)</strong>, <strong>Las Cruces</strong></h4> <figure class="wp-block-image size-full"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="1150" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/04/2021_I-am-sending-love-to-my-eight-year-old-self.jpg?resize=780%2C1150&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-729154" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/04/2021_I-am-sending-love-to-my-eight-year-old-self.jpg?w=814&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 814w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/04/2021_I-am-sending-love-to-my-eight-year-old-self.jpg?resize=720%2C1061&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/04/2021_I-am-sending-love-to-my-eight-year-old-self.jpg?resize=768%2C1132&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/04/2021_I-am-sending-love-to-my-eight-year-old-self.jpg?resize=400%2C590&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/04/2021_I-am-sending-love-to-my-eight-year-old-self.jpg?resize=706%2C1041&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>Guadalupe Maravilla, “I am sending love to my eight-year-old self Retablo&#8221; (2021), oil on tin, mixed media on wood, 44 x 21 x 4 inches, NMSU Permanent Art Collection (courtesy P.P.O.W Gallery and the artist)</figcaption></figure> <p>“Las Cruces is in a Hispanic-majority region, so we are a Hispanic-serving institution,” says Marisa Sage. New Mexico State University (NMSU) is in the border town of Las Cruces, and the University Art Museum (UAM) holds the largest collection of Mexican retablos in the United States — approximately 4,200 in all, comprising over 60% of UAM’s holdings. The vast majority are unattributed, putting Sage in a peculiar position as director and head curator. “They’re anonymous artists, because it wasn’t about the artists, it was about devotion,” she says.</p> <p>“A small fraction of the retablo artists are actually identified, so we’re starting to collect contemporary Hispanic and Latinx perspectives that allow us to expand that storytelling. It has to be done.”&nbsp;</p> <p>Sage revised the museum’s mission statement in 2016 with blind spots like this in mind. Like many museum directors in recent years, she pledged to exhibit and collect significant works by underrepresented artists. The limiting factor was funding, which could boost the museum’s acquisitions and exhibitions budgets, and also allow Sage to hire additional staff to execute her ambitious vision.&nbsp;</p> <p>Sage and her museum coordinator, Jasmine Herrera, are a full-time staff of two. They run UAM’s new 9,000-square-foot facility, which opened in 2020, and manage a seven-person crew of student workers and other part-time staff. Over the years, Sage has deputized this amateur workforce to help her reshape the institution. “The students are asking the best questions,” she says.&nbsp;</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-full"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="618" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/04/Joey_2021-1-1.jpg?resize=780%2C618&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-729157" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/04/Joey_2021-1-1.jpg?w=1200&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/04/Joey_2021-1-1.jpg?resize=720%2C570&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/04/Joey_2021-1-1.jpg?resize=768%2C608&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/04/Joey_2021-1-1.jpg?resize=400%2C317&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/04/Joey_2021-1-1.jpg?resize=706%2C559&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption> Joey Fauerso, “Under The Table” (2021), acrylic on canvas, 82 x 110 inches, on view at the UAM as part of <em>Joey Fauerso: Wait for It</em>, June 10 – September 2, 2022 (courtesy the artist)</figcaption></figure> <p>Sage responds to her student workers’ input with concrete action. She has enlisted the current collections manager, MA candidate Courtney Uldrich, to unearth rarely seen works by women artists from the institution’s archives and select new works by Black and Indigenous artists for exhibitions. For the forthcoming show <a href="https://uam.nmsu.edu/upcoming-exhibitions-events/"><em>Contemporary Ex-Votos: Devotion Beyond Medium</em></a>, which commissions contemporary Latinx artists to study NMSU’s retablo collection and create site-specific works reflecting on the past and present significance of the form, guest curator Dr. Emmanuel Ortego of the University of Illinois Chicago is teaching an inter-institutional course with Sage. They’re engaging graduate and undergraduate students from both universities to interview Latinx artists for didactics, social media posts, and video content.</p> <p>This grassroots-style approach to arts organizing harkens back to Sage’s early career in her home state of New York, when she founded a gallery called Like The Spice in Williamsburg. The commercial space operated from 2006 to 2012, and in that span Sage employed over 70 work-study students and interns.</p> <p>Although harnessing the collective power of her student workers has been rewarding for Sage, she’s ready to expand UAM’s professional staff. Jockeying for additional funding from NMSU’s administration has been difficult. “We’re working with major galleries like Salon 94 and showing artists like Yoko Ono and Laurie Simmons,” says Sage. “But all of that doesn’t necessarily connect with the administrators in the same way, and agriculture and the sciences are asking for money too.”</p> <p>Sage and Herrera have spent the COVID-19 pandemic applying for major grants, and it’s starting to pay off: this February, they secured $300,000 from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support the museum’s general operations. The money will allow Sage to hire two full-time curators and a part-time preparator. “At a university museum, you’re working within the institution, but you’re always bridging outside of it too,” Sage says.</p> <h4><strong>Mary Statzer, Ph.D., Curator of Prints and Photographs<br />University of New Mexico Art Museum (UNMAM), Albuquerque</strong></h4> <figure class="wp-block-image size-full"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="521" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/04/UNM-Art-Museum.jpg?resize=780%2C521&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-728173" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/04/UNM-Art-Museum.jpg?w=1200&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/04/UNM-Art-Museum.jpg?resize=720%2C481&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/04/UNM-Art-Museum.jpg?resize=768%2C513&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/04/UNM-Art-Museum.jpg?resize=400%2C267&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/04/UNM-Art-Museum.jpg?resize=706%2C471&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>UNM Art Museum exterior (photo by Stefan Jennings Batista, courtesy the museum, courtesy UNM Art Museum)</figcaption></figure> <p>“I’m being informed by the people who are going to use this collection,” says Mary Statzer. Three years ago, Statzer convened a small group of professors and students to help her select artworks for the fledgling University of New Mexico Art Museum (UNMAM) Acquisitions Fund for Diversity and Inclusion. They were considering works by St. Louis photographer Jess T. Dugan, whose solo exhibition <em>To Survive on This Shore</em> was on view at the museum.&nbsp;</p> <p>“The show was photographs and interviews with trans and gender nonconforming adults,” says Statzer. “I had done this rough cut of about 20 images, and it opened up a conversation about the need for representation of trans families. We chose a very bold photograph of a pregnant trans person.”&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <p>Statzer’s philosophy is that UNMAM’s collection of 30,000 objects — the largest fine art collection in New Mexico — belongs to the University of New Mexico (UNM) student body. She approaches that quite literally. “It’s not about my ego, or even my knowledge base, it’s about what is useful and meaningful to them,” Statzer says. Following this mandate can be a tall order, particularly because Statzer is the only curator on the museum’s seven-person staff. Though her area of expertise is prints and photographs — the museum holds the vast archives of Tamarind Institute, UNM’s legendary lithography center — she’s organized exhibitions of different media since arriving here in 2017.</p> <p>“We have something of an encyclopedic collection so I have to be a generalist, which can be challenging,” says Statzer. She is guided by student and faculty engagement as she carves topical narratives from the mass, turning a rarified profession into something more egalitarian.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-full"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="521" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/04/MaryStatzerTour.jpg?resize=780%2C521&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-728174" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/04/MaryStatzerTour.jpg?w=1200&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/04/MaryStatzerTour.jpg?resize=720%2C481&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/04/MaryStatzerTour.jpg?resize=768%2C513&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/04/MaryStatzerTour.jpg?resize=400%2C267&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/04/MaryStatzerTour.jpg?resize=706%2C471&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>Mary Statzer leads a tour of <em>Visionary Modern: Raymond Jonson Trilogies, Cycles, and Portraits</em> for a group of students (photo by Stefan Jennings Batista, courtesy UNM Art Museum)</figcaption></figure> <p>“Collaboration is a really strong through line for me,” says Statzer. After earning an MFA in printmaking from Arizona State University, she became a lead collaborating printer at Segura Publishing Company in Tempe,where she worked closely with artists to produce editioned artworks, then went on to be a curatorial assistant at the Phoenix Art Museum.</p> <p>Today she’s helping artists realize their ideas in venues that offer greater access, and is inspired by her work at UNMAM, particularly because the museum is sheltered under the university&#8217;s umbrella. Statzer says, “We don’t have to cater to tourists in the way other New Mexico museums do. We don’t have to make box office [sales], so while we may have serious restrictions on our budget, we can take big risks.”&nbsp;</p> <p>For example, the museum is finalizing Fall 2022 dates for the traveling exhibition <em>Art for the Future: Artists Call and Central American Solidarities, </em>which focuses on the seminal 1980s activist campaign Artists Call Against US Intervention in Central America, featuring work by luminaries such as Lucy Lippard and Daniel Flores y Ascenscio. And the museum’s new <a href="https://unmam.art/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">virtual project space</a> will allow artists from around the world to engage with the UNM community. Last fall the initiative launched with a six-week program titled <em>Seminar</em> by sculptor and writer Rose B. Simpson of Santa Clara Pueblo. “Rose opened up, and students shared with her in this equally brave, personal way. It blew my mind,” says Statzer. “Afterwards, students said this was something their coursework didn’t cover. It really fulfilled a need.”</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-full"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="520" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/04/UNMAM_Intersections2.jpg?resize=780%2C520&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-728175" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/upl Ukrainian Museum Documents the War Through Objects Left Behind https://hyperallergic.com/735129/ukrainian-museum-documents-the-war-through-objects-left-behind/ Hyperallergic urn:uuid:578b61fd-c734-a7f6-e7a3-46d8cdad71c9 Tue, 24 May 2022 23:58:00 +0200 <figure><img width="720" height="480" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/2-1.jpg?fit=720%2C480&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/2-1.jpg?w=2400&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/2-1.jpg?resize=720%2C480&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/2-1.jpg?resize=1200%2C800&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/2-1.jpg?resize=768%2C512&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/2-1.jpg?resize=1536%2C1024&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/2-1.jpg?resize=2048%2C1365&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/2-1.jpg?resize=1568%2C1045&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/2-1.jpg?resize=400%2C267&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/2-1.jpg?resize=706%2C471&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/2-1.jpg?w=2340&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2340w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure>Curators at the Maidan Museum in Kyiv are sifting through the rubble for items that “tell the story of ordinary people’s lives, of their deaths." <figure><img width="720" height="480" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/2-1.jpg?fit=720%2C480&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/2-1.jpg?w=2400&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/2-1.jpg?resize=720%2C480&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/2-1.jpg?resize=1200%2C800&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/2-1.jpg?resize=768%2C512&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/2-1.jpg?resize=1536%2C1024&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/2-1.jpg?resize=2048%2C1365&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/2-1.jpg?resize=1568%2C1045&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/2-1.jpg?resize=400%2C267&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/2-1.jpg?resize=706%2C471&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/2-1.jpg?w=2340&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2340w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure> <p>For eight years, the <a href="https://www.maidanmuseum.org/en/home" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Maidan Museum</a> in Kyiv has been exhibiting objects that tell personal stories of war and revolution. In the midst of Russia&#8217;s invasion of Ukraine, the museum is continuing to add objects to its collection — stuffed animals, books,<strong> </strong>children&#8217;s clothing, and other objects left behind by their Ukrainian owners. </p> <p>&#8220;These objects can become small exhibitions that tell the story of those ordinary people’s lives, of their deaths,&#8221; curator Ihor Poshyvailo told the<em> </em><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/culture/2022/may/19/ukraine-maidan-museum-objects-ihor-poshyvailo-kyiv-cockerel" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><em>Guardian</em></a>. &#8220;They can demonstrate the cruelty but also explain why Ukrainians are fighting so fiercely for their freedom.&#8221;</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large is-resized"><img loading="lazy" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/1-1.jpg?resize=780%2C1170&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-735159" width="780" height="1170" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/1-1.jpg?resize=1200%2C1800&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/1-1.jpg?resize=720%2C1080&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/1-1.jpg?resize=768%2C1152&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/1-1.jpg?resize=1024%2C1536&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1024w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/1-1.jpg?resize=1365%2C2048&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1365w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/1-1.jpg?resize=1568%2C2352&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/1-1.jpg?resize=400%2C600&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/1-1.jpg?resize=706%2C1059&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/1-1.jpg?w=1600&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1600w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>Maidan Museum Curator Ihor Poshyvailo leaves a destroyed apartment building with items that survived the shelling.</figcaption></figure> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="1170" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/6.jpg?resize=780%2C1170&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-735201" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/6.jpg?resize=1200%2C1800&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/6.jpg?resize=720%2C1080&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/6.jpg?resize=768%2C1152&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/6.jpg?resize=1024%2C1536&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1024w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/6.jpg?resize=1365%2C2048&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1365w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/6.jpg?resize=1568%2C2352&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/6.jpg?resize=400%2C600&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/6.jpg?resize=706%2C1059&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/6.jpg?w=1600&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1600w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>A painting found in the rubble of an apartment building</figcaption></figure> <p>The museum was opened during the 2014 <a href="https://www.economist.com/the-economist-explains/2022/02/16/what-did-ukraines-revolution-in-2014-achieve" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Maidan Revolution</a>, which ousted pro-Putin President Viktor Yanukovych and <a href="https://www.reuters.com/world/europe/eight-years-after-maidan-revolution-ukraine-better-equipped-infowar-with-russia-2022-04-04/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">furthered Ukraine&#8217;s fight</a> to be governed, and seen, as a nation independent from Russian influence. Workers at the Maidan Museum documented oral stories and collected photographs, protest flags, and leaflets as well as personal objects like protesters&#8217; clothing. In 2018, the museum was ultimately recognized and supported by Ukraine’s Ministry of Culture, and it now has over 4,000 objects in its collection.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="520" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/U2A0330.jpg?resize=780%2C520&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-735185" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/U2A0330.jpg?resize=1200%2C800&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/U2A0330.jpg?resize=720%2C480&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/U2A0330.jpg?resize=768%2C512&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/U2A0330.jpg?resize=1536%2C1024&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/U2A0330.jpg?resize=2048%2C1365&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/U2A0330.jpg?resize=1568%2C1045&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/U2A0330.jpg?resize=400%2C267&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/U2A0330.jpg?resize=706%2C471&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/U2A0330.jpg?w=2340&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2340w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>The museum has focused on personal objects rather than military artifacts.</figcaption></figure> <p>Since the Russian invasion, the Maidan Museum has moved its holdings to a secret location. Safeguarding a museum collection, however, has proven dangerous —&nbsp;earlier this month, <a href="https://www.museumsassociation.org/museums-journal/news/2022/05/curator-kidnapped-after-russian-raid-on-melitopol-museum/#" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">two workers were reportedly abducted</a> after refusing to disclose the location of the Melitopol Museum of Local History’s collection. Ukrainian officials said that Russian troops <a href="https://hyperallergic.com/729290/ukraine-accuses-russia-looting-mariupol-melitopol-artworks/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">stole works from the Melitopol Museum,</a> including a collection of Scythian gold artifacts.</p> <p>But even though the Maidan Museum has been forced to hide its collection, it is still adding to it, even as the war rages around its workers. Poshyvailo told the<em> Guardian </em>that in the city of Bucha, which has become notorious for <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/22/world/europe/ukraine-bucha-war-crimes-russia.html" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Russian war crimes</a>, his team searched for objects in places where bodies still lay. </p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="520" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/8.jpg?resize=780%2C520&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-735187" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/8.jpg?resize=1200%2C800&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/8.jpg?resize=720%2C480&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/8.jpg?resize=768%2C512&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/8.jpg?resize=1536%2C1024&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/8.jpg?resize=2048%2C1365&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/8.jpg?resize=1568%2C1045&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/8.jpg?resize=400%2C267&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/8.jpg?resize=706%2C471&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/8.jpg?w=2340&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2340w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>After a church was destroyed by Russian troops, workers at the Maidan Museum went through the ruins to salvage objects.</figcaption></figure> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="520" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/5.jpg?resize=780%2C520&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-735200" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/5.jpg?resize=1200%2C800&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/5.jpg?resize=720%2C480&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/5.jpg?resize=768%2C512&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/5.jpg?resize=1536%2C1024&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/5.jpg?resize=2048%2C1365&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/5.jpg?resize=1568%2C1045&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/5.jpg?resize=400%2C267&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/5.jpg?resize=706%2C471&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/5.jpg?w=2340&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2340w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>In the ruins of the church, the Maidan Museum finds objects to add to its collection.</figcaption></figure> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="1170" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/4.jpg?resize=780%2C1170&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-735188" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/4.jpg?resize=1200%2C1800&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/4.jpg?resize=720%2C1080&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/4.jpg?resize=768%2C1152&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/4.jpg?resize=1024%2C1536&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1024w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/4.jpg?resize=1365%2C2048&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1365w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/4.jpg?resize=1568%2C2352&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/4.jpg?resize=400%2C600&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/4.jpg?resize=706%2C1059&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/4.jpg?w=1600&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1600w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>A painting found inside the church</figcaption></figure> <p>In another museum in Kyiv, a different side of the war is being preserved. The National Military History Museum has focused on symbols of Ukrainian military success and Russian military loss. In a <a href="https://www.rferl.org/a/destroyed-russian-military-equipment-on-display-in-new-ukrainian-museum-exhibit/31856580.html" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">current exhibition</a>, the museum is displaying a destroyed Russian tank and plane, unused Russian shells, fragments of military uniforms, and a Russian soldier&#8217;s journal, in which he had drawn portraits of his fellow soldiers. </p> <p>At the Museum of the Second World War in Kyiv, an exhibition called <a href="https://www.warmuseum.kiev.ua/_eng/visitors/time/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><em>Ukraine – Crucifixion</em></a> shows destroyed Russian military equipment and objects left behind by Russian troops. In one display, the boots of Russian soldiers are formed into the shape of a star. In another, untouched Russian military rations are displayed in front of a<strong> </strong>screen playing a propagandistic speech by Russian President Vladimir Putin. Dmitri Hainetdinov, head of the museum&#8217;s education department, told the <em><a href="https://www.theguardian.com/world/2022/may/23/kyiv-museums-exhibit-russian-artefacts-with-pride-and-a-warning" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Guardian</a></em> that the museum is preserving the horrors of the war for those who were able to flee and did not see it firsthand.</p> <p>As of May 23, Ukraine has suffered an estimated <a href="https://www.ohchr.org/en/news/2022/05/ukraine-civilian-casualty-update-23-may-2022" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">8,462 civilian casualties</a>, and <a href="https://www.bbc.com/news/world-60555472">14 million Ukrainians</a> have been forced to flee their homes. Six million have escaped to other countries, and 8 million remain away from home but trapped inside Ukraine.</p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.hyperallergic.com/~ff/hyperallergic?a=Y0kw37kpExk:d9Cm_lM67bQ:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/hyperallergic?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.hyperallergic.com/~ff/hyperallergic?a=Y0kw37kpExk:d9Cm_lM67bQ:D7DqB2pKExk"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/hyperallergic?i=Y0kw37kpExk:d9Cm_lM67bQ:D7DqB2pKExk" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.hyperallergic.com/~ff/hyperallergic?a=Y0kw37kpExk:d9Cm_lM67bQ:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/hyperallergic?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> </div> New York’s Beloved Alamo Cube Isn’t Spinning Anymore https://hyperallergic.com/734833/new-york-alamo-cube-isnt-spinning-anymore/ Hyperallergic urn:uuid:7f9906f5-9e18-ae85-67ef-3de8b8802878 Tue, 24 May 2022 23:57:31 +0200 <figure><img width="720" height="540" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_1742.jpg?fit=720%2C540&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_1742.jpg?w=2000&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2000w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_1742.jpg?resize=720%2C540&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_1742.jpg?resize=1200%2C900&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_1742.jpg?resize=768%2C576&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_1742.jpg?resize=1536%2C1152&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_1742.jpg?resize=800%2C600&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 800w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_1742.jpg?resize=400%2C300&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_1742.jpg?resize=200%2C150&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_1742.jpg?resize=1568%2C1176&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_1742.jpg?resize=706%2C530&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure>The cube, which has fallen into disrepair, was strapped in place by supportive metal implements at its base. <figure><img width="720" height="540" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_1742.jpg?fit=720%2C540&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_1742.jpg?w=2000&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2000w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_1742.jpg?resize=720%2C540&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_1742.jpg?resize=1200%2C900&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_1742.jpg?resize=768%2C576&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_1742.jpg?resize=1536%2C1152&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_1742.jpg?resize=800%2C600&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 800w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_1742.jpg?resize=400%2C300&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_1742.jpg?resize=200%2C150&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_1742.jpg?resize=1568%2C1176&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_1742.jpg?resize=706%2C530&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure> <p>The hulking Alamo Cube has come to define New York&#8217;s Astor Place over the decades and is celebrated by its neighbors, demarcating the boundary between the heart of the East Village and the valley of ashes <strong>— </strong>what feels like 40-some unending streets of corporate office buildings&nbsp;— north of it. It was <a href="https://www.curbed.com/2022/05/astor-place-alamo-cube-spin.html" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">first installed</a> in 1967 as part of the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs Sculpture and the Environment program, meant to stay up for only six months. But it was so well-received that community members petitioned to keep it around — proving that it’s possible to have a homely appearance and still win hearts and minds.&nbsp;</p> <p>Just because its looks aren’t quite all that doesn’t mean the Alamo Cube isn’t fun at parties: Its appeal has always been its interactive tactility. The cube spins: A group of friends that join their strength, or a gym bro proving his burly arm muscles to a date, can, with a push, make the cube creak on its axis. But no longer — as of April 27, the cube has been strapped in place by supportive metal implements at its base. Not to worry, though: A spokesperson for the New York City Department of Transportation (DOT) confirmed that despite <a href="https://thevillagesun.com/frozen-cube-iconic-astor-place-sculptures-pivoting-days-in-the-past" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">reports</a> to the contrary, the eventual plan is for the cube to continue pivoting around its vertex.&nbsp;</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="1040" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_1746.jpg?resize=780%2C1040&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-734843" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_1746.jpg?resize=1200%2C1600&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_1746.jpg?resize=720%2C960&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_1746.jpg?resize=768%2C1024&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_1746.jpg?resize=1152%2C1536&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1152w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_1746.jpg?resize=900%2C1200&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 900w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_1746.jpg?resize=600%2C800&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 600w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_1746.jpg?resize=300%2C400&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_1746.jpg?resize=150%2C200&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 150w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_1746.jpg?resize=400%2C533&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_1746.jpg?resize=706%2C941&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_1746.jpg?w=1500&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1500w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>Supportive metal implements will temporarily prevent the cube from pivoting around its vertex.</figcaption></figure> <p>The installation of the implements is the latest development in a several months-long saga to protect the 55-year-old cube, which has been suffering from standard wear and tear. In December, metal barricades <a href="https://evgrieve.com/2021/12/free-cube.html" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">were erected</a> around the cube; those unsightly railings were finally removed earlier last week. </p> <p>The cube has been removed several times in the past for repairs: in 1987, 2005, and 2014, on the most recent occasion for dents and corrosion to be filled in and for the spinning mechanism to be refreshed. <a href="https://thevillagesun.com/frozen-cube-iconic-astor-place-sculptures-pivoting-days-in-the-past" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">The Village Sun</a><strong> </strong>reported that the “D.O.T. just didn’t want to spend any more money trying to fix the sculpture’s spin glitch” by way of explaining why it’s been locked in place. In any case, the cube shouldn’t be begrudged for requiring repairs: Designed by abstract expressionist sculptor Bernard “Tony” Rosenthal, it wasn’t originally supposed to spin at all. It’s only natural that all that movement it’s endured at the mercy of youngsters, skateboarders, and ogling tourists has taken a toll.</p> <p>When reached for comment, a DOT spokesperson was tight-lipped about when the cube would be free to rotate again, though he indicated that it would undergo a second repair phase.</p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.hyperallergic.com/~ff/hyperallergic?a=_OooYBBq_Rs:Ku-sohbtdCY:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/hyperallergic?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.hyperallergic.com/~ff/hyperallergic?a=_OooYBBq_Rs:Ku-sohbtdCY:D7DqB2pKExk"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/hyperallergic?i=_OooYBBq_Rs:Ku-sohbtdCY:D7DqB2pKExk" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.hyperallergic.com/~ff/hyperallergic?a=_OooYBBq_Rs:Ku-sohbtdCY:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/hyperallergic?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> </div> Art Dealer Sentenced to 7 Years in Prison for $86M Fraud Scheme https://hyperallergic.com/735625/art-dealer-sentenced-to-7-years-in-prison-for-fraud-scheme/ Hyperallergic urn:uuid:b5611f2c-0b58-a07b-6f12-ebfa4604cca6 Tue, 24 May 2022 23:48:15 +0200 <figure><img width="720" height="442" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/inigo-1.jpg?fit=720%2C442&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/inigo-1.jpg?w=1200&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/inigo-1.jpg?resize=720%2C442&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/inigo-1.jpg?resize=768%2C472&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/inigo-1.jpg?resize=400%2C246&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/inigo-1.jpg?resize=706%2C434&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure>Inigo Philbrick misrepresented the ownership of and fraudulently traded in works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Yayoi Kusama, and others. <figure><img width="720" height="442" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/inigo-1.jpg?fit=720%2C442&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/inigo-1.jpg?w=1200&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/inigo-1.jpg?resize=720%2C442&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/inigo-1.jpg?resize=768%2C472&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/inigo-1.jpg?resize=400%2C246&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/inigo-1.jpg?resize=706%2C434&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure> <p>Former art dealer Inigo Philbrick, who presided over a “Ponzi-like” scheme that defrauded his clients of $86 million to support a lifestyle beyond his means, was <a href="https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdny/pr/former-art-dealer-sentenced-7-years-86-million-fraud-scheme" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">sentenced</a> to seven years in prison on Monday, May 23 in a Manhattan federal court. The 34-year-old dealt in post-war and contemporary art, misrepresenting the ownership of and fraudulently trading in <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/23/arts/inigo-philbrick-art-dealer-sentenced-prison.html" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">works including</a> Jean-Michel Basquiat’s &#8220;Humidity&#8221; (1982), a painting of a photograph of Pablo Picasso by Rudolf Stingel, and Yayoi Kusama’s <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/13/style/inigo-philbrick.html" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">installation</a> &#8220;All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins&#8221;<strong> </strong>(2016).</p> <p>The sentence is lighter than the 10-to-12-year standard recommended by federal guidelines, which the judge attributed to Philbrick’s cooperation with investigators and subpar conditions in jail. Moreover, Philbrick’s attorney Jeffrey Lichtman told Hyperallergic that he believes the dealer “will be released in about 30 months.” That’s because Philbrick has already served some 23 months of the 84-month sentence; has received a recommendation for the Residential Drug Abuse Program, which will account for 12 months; will spend the final six months in either home confinement or a halfway house; and will likely have 15% of the sentence subtracted for good behavior.</p> <p>“I always want to do better in a sentencing but considering the massive fraud amount here, I’m pleased,” Lichtman said in an email to Hyperallergic.</p> <p>Philbrick, who opened galleries in London and Miami, collected funds from investors to purchase artworks and to pay off other clients — all while taking advantage of the notoriously murky art market to obfuscate the ownership stakes that his clients could claim and the prices of artworks. He secretly used artworks as collateral on loans without informing their co-owners and fabricated paperwork to maintain an illusion of legitimacy to his customers.&nbsp;Among Philbrick&#8217;s coterie of former supporters and friends were Jay Jopling, the founder of London’s White Cube gallery, and Artnet News columnist Kenny Schachter. In a 2020 article for <em><a href="https://www.vulture.com/2020/03/inigo-philbrick-art-dealer.html" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Vulture</a></em>, Schachter admitted to making &#8220;a good deal of money&#8221; through Philbrick&#8217;s deals — and significant losses.</p> <p>&#8220;He took me — his friend! — for $1.75 million when we (or so he told me, anyway) bought a [Rudolf] Stingel copper cast together with another partner,&#8221; Schachter wrote.</p> <p>In a statement that was read in court, Philbrick apologized to victims for his “outrageous and inexcusable” conduct. When questioned on his motives, he answered that he was driven by “vanity and greed.” While Philbrick’s dealings represent an egregious instance of blatantly unlawful behavior, they shed light on the sketchiness of practices that are increasingly par for the course in the art market, such as selling works to groups of several buyers under very hazy terms.&nbsp;</p> <p>Before his clients caught onto his scheme in 2019, Philbrick was a fast-rising star in the art world. A child of art world insiders — his father was for a time the director of the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut, and his mother was an artist and educator —&nbsp;he opened a gallery and consultancy at the youthful age of 24 after completing a degree in Curatorial Studies at Goldsmiths College. As he made his way up in the industry, he regularly name-dropped his illustrious clientele in conversation and got around via private jet.&nbsp;</p> <p>But beginning in 2016, Philbrick engaged in a pattern of willfully misrepresenting facts and selling over 100<strong>%</strong> ownership in artworks. “Unfortunately, his success was built on brazen lies, including concealed ownership interests, fake documents, and even an invented art collector,” Damian Williams, the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, said in a statement.</p> <p>In October, a lender formally alerted Philbrick that he was in default of an approximately $14 million loan. By late 2019, several lawsuits had been filed against him in the US and Britain, including one by the international financial services provider Fine Art Partners, which sought the return of pieces it had entrusted Philbrick to sell — including the Kusama — and the payment of $9 million that Philbrick had promised for the sale of the Stingel painting. In response, Philbrick <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/13/style/inigo-philbrick.html" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">fled</a> to the Pacific island of Vanuatu, where he ignored an influx of emails, Instagram DMs, and phone calls. “When the house of cards fell apart, Philbrick fled for a remote island in the Pacific, leaving many of his victims without recourse,” Williams said.&nbsp;</p> <p>In June 2020, the US Marshals arrested him and took him into custody.</p> <p>Philbrick has agreed to forfeit his claim to two paintings, one by Christopher Wool — whose works’ values have <a href="https://news.artnet.com/news-pro/christopher-wool-art-detective-2028676" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">plummeted</a> in recent years —&nbsp;and another by Wade Guyton. In addition to his prison sentence, Judge Sidney H. Stein sentenced him to two years of supervised release and said that it would be later determined how much Philbrick would pay in restitution to his victims. Lichtman told Hyperallergic that Philbrick &#8220;will do what he can to help his victims in that and to make them whole upon his release.&#8221; </p> <p>Still, those who were duped by Philbrick face a grim fate for their lost investments: Most of their money is irrecoverable, and many of them will have to duke out ownership of some 29 artworks in court. </p> <p>&#8220;The defendant is responsible for one of the most significant frauds in the art market in history,&#8221; the prosecutors said in a sentencing statement. &#8220;He capitalized on his reputation as a talented young art dealer to convince investors and lenders into trusting him with their art and money.&#8221;</p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.hyperallergic.com/~ff/hyperallergic?a=j9bE3EvsV7U:mbXkC0xTXOI:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/hyperallergic?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.hyperallergic.com/~ff/hyperallergic?a=j9bE3EvsV7U:mbXkC0xTXOI:D7DqB2pKExk"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/hyperallergic?i=j9bE3EvsV7U:mbXkC0xTXOI:D7DqB2pKExk" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.hyperallergic.com/~ff/hyperallergic?a=j9bE3EvsV7U:mbXkC0xTXOI:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/hyperallergic?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> </div> Art Dealer Sentenced to Seven Years in Prison for $86M Fraud Scheme https://hyperallergic.com/735625/art-dealer-sentenced-to-7-years-in-prison-for-fraud-scheme/ Hyperallergic urn:uuid:ad9780fe-1df6-c7e7-fe87-33281bf71644 Tue, 24 May 2022 23:48:15 +0200 <figure><img width="720" height="442" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/inigo-1.jpg?fit=720%2C442&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/inigo-1.jpg?w=1200&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/inigo-1.jpg?resize=720%2C442&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/inigo-1.jpg?resize=768%2C472&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/inigo-1.jpg?resize=400%2C246&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/inigo-1.jpg?resize=706%2C434&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure>Inigo Philbrick misrepresented the ownership of and fraudulently traded in works by Jean-Michel Basquiat, Yayoi Kusama, and others. <figure><img width="720" height="442" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/inigo-1.jpg?fit=720%2C442&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/inigo-1.jpg?w=1200&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/inigo-1.jpg?resize=720%2C442&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/inigo-1.jpg?resize=768%2C472&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/inigo-1.jpg?resize=400%2C246&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/inigo-1.jpg?resize=706%2C434&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure> <p>Former art dealer Inigo Philbrick, who presided over a “Ponzi-like” scheme that defrauded his clients of $86 million to support a lifestyle beyond his means, was <a href="https://www.justice.gov/usao-sdny/pr/former-art-dealer-sentenced-7-years-86-million-fraud-scheme" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">sentenced</a> to seven years in prison on Monday, May 23 in a Manhattan federal court. The 34-year-old dealt in post-war and contemporary art, misrepresenting the ownership of and fraudulently trading in <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/23/arts/inigo-philbrick-art-dealer-sentenced-prison.html" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">works including</a> Jean-Michel Basquiat’s &#8220;Humidity&#8221; (1982), a painting of a photograph of Pablo Picasso by Rudolf Stingel, and Yayoi Kusama’s <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/13/style/inigo-philbrick.html" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">installation</a> &#8220;All the Eternal Love I Have for the Pumpkins&#8221;<strong> </strong>(2016).</p> <p>The sentence is lighter than the 10-to-12-year standard recommended by federal guidelines, which the judge attributed to Philbrick’s cooperation with investigators and subpar conditions in jail. Moreover, Philbrick’s attorney Jeffrey Lichtman told Hyperallergic that he believes the dealer “will be released in about 30 months.” That’s because Philbrick has already served some 23 months of the 84-month sentence; has received a recommendation for the Residential Drug Abuse Program, which will account for 12 months; will spend the final six months in either home confinement or a halfway house; and will likely have 15% of the sentence subtracted for good behavior.</p> <p>“I always want to do better in a sentencing but considering the massive fraud amount here, I’m pleased,” Lichtman said in an email to Hyperallergic.</p> <p>Philbrick, who opened galleries in London and Miami, collected funds from investors to purchase artworks and to pay off other clients — all while taking advantage of the notoriously murky art market to obfuscate the ownership stakes that his clients could claim and the prices of artworks. He secretly used artworks as collateral on loans without informing their co-owners and fabricated paperwork to maintain an illusion of legitimacy to his customers.&nbsp;Among Philbrick&#8217;s coterie of former supporters and friends were Jay Jopling, the founder of London’s White Cube gallery, and Artnet News columnist Kenny Schachter. In a 2020 article for <em><a href="https://www.vulture.com/2020/03/inigo-philbrick-art-dealer.html" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Vulture</a></em>, Schachter admitted to making &#8220;a good deal of money&#8221; through Philbrick&#8217;s deals — and significant losses.</p> <p>&#8220;He took me — his friend! — for $1.75 million when we (or so he told me, anyway) bought a [Rudolf] Stingel copper cast together with another partner,&#8221; Schachter wrote.</p> <p>In a statement that was read in court, Philbrick apologized to victims for his “outrageous and inexcusable” conduct. When questioned on his motives, he answered that he was driven by “vanity and greed.” While Philbrick’s dealings represent an egregious instance of blatantly unlawful behavior, they shed light on the sketchiness of practices that are increasingly par for the course in the art market, such as selling works to groups of several buyers under very hazy terms.&nbsp;</p> <p>Before his clients caught onto his scheme in 2019, Philbrick was a fast-rising star in the art world. A child of art world insiders — his father was for a time the director of the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum in Ridgefield, Connecticut, and his mother was an artist and educator —&nbsp;he opened a gallery and consultancy at the youthful age of 24 after completing a degree in Curatorial Studies at Goldsmiths College. As he made his way up in the industry, he regularly name-dropped his illustrious clientele in conversation and got around via private jet.&nbsp;</p> <p>But beginning in 2016, Philbrick engaged in a pattern of willfully misrepresenting facts and selling over 100<strong>%</strong> ownership in artworks. “Unfortunately, his success was built on brazen lies, including concealed ownership interests, fake documents, and even an invented art collector,” Damian Williams, the United States attorney for the Southern District of New York, said in a statement.</p> <p>In October, a lender formally alerted Philbrick that he was in default of an approximately $14 million loan. By late 2019, several lawsuits had been filed against him in the US and Britain, including one by the international financial services provider Fine Art Partners, which sought the return of pieces it had entrusted Philbrick to sell — including the Kusama — and the payment of $9 million that Philbrick had promised for the sale of the Stingel painting. In response, Philbrick <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2020/03/13/style/inigo-philbrick.html" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">fled</a> to the Pacific island of Vanuatu, where he ignored an influx of emails, Instagram DMs, and phone calls. “When the house of cards fell apart, Philbrick fled for a remote island in the Pacific, leaving many of his victims without recourse,” Williams said.&nbsp;</p> <p>In June 2020, the US Marshals arrested him and took him into custody.</p> <p>Philbrick has agreed to forfeit his claim to two paintings, one by Christopher Wool — whose works’ values have <a href="https://news.artnet.com/news-pro/christopher-wool-art-detective-2028676" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">plummeted</a> in recent years —&nbsp;and another by Wade Guyton. In addition to his prison sentence, Judge Sidney H. Stein sentenced him to two years of supervised release and said that it would be later determined how much Philbrick would pay in restitution to his victims. Lichtman told Hyperallergic that Philbrick &#8220;will do what he can to help his victims in that and to make them whole upon his release.&#8221; </p> <p>Still, those who were duped by Philbrick face a grim fate for their lost investments: Most of their money is irrecoverable, and many of them will have to duke out ownership of some 29 artworks in court. </p> <p>&#8220;The defendant is responsible for one of the most significant frauds in the art market in history,&#8221; the prosecutors said in a sentencing statement. &#8220;He capitalized on his reputation as a talented young art dealer to convince investors and lenders into trusting him with their art and money.&#8221;</p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.hyperallergic.com/~ff/hyperallergic?a=j9bE3EvsV7U:mbXkC0xTXOI:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/hyperallergic?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.hyperallergic.com/~ff/hyperallergic?a=j9bE3EvsV7U:mbXkC0xTXOI:D7DqB2pKExk"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/hyperallergic?i=j9bE3EvsV7U:mbXkC0xTXOI:D7DqB2pKExk" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.hyperallergic.com/~ff/hyperallergic?a=j9bE3EvsV7U:mbXkC0xTXOI:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/hyperallergic?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> </div> On Kandinsky’s Spiritual Relationship With Music  https://hyperallergic.com/731339/on-kandinskys-spiritual-relationship-with-music/ Hyperallergic urn:uuid:a4a7c956-7eba-5d8a-7762-19282faeee0f Tue, 24 May 2022 23:27:11 +0200 <figure><img width="720" height="562" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Impression-III-1200x936-1.jpeg?fit=720%2C562&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Impression-III-1200x936-1.jpeg?w=1200&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Impression-III-1200x936-1.jpeg?resize=720%2C562&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Impression-III-1200x936-1.jpeg?resize=768%2C599&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Impression-III-1200x936-1.jpeg?resize=400%2C312&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Impression-III-1200x936-1.jpeg?resize=706%2C551&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure>Author M. T. Anderson walks us through a sonic gallery of Vasily Kandinsky's musical influences, which guided the painter's pursuit of art that reveals a mystical, inner truth. <figure><img width="720" height="562" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Impression-III-1200x936-1.jpeg?fit=720%2C562&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Impression-III-1200x936-1.jpeg?w=1200&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Impression-III-1200x936-1.jpeg?resize=720%2C562&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Impression-III-1200x936-1.jpeg?resize=768%2C599&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Impression-III-1200x936-1.jpeg?resize=400%2C312&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Impression-III-1200x936-1.jpeg?resize=706%2C551&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure> <p>Vasily Kandinsky, seated before her in the shadows, was thrilled by this whiff of alien atmosphere. Indeed, he seemed to have been transported to another world.&nbsp;</p> <p>It was the first day of a new year, 1911, and Kandinsky was attending a concert of music by infamous composer Arnold Schoenberg with several other artists, among them a painter he’d just met a day or two before, Franz Marc. It was a night that would change Kandinsky’s life.&nbsp;</p> <p>Kandinsky believed that music could reveal the route to a new art, an art that shed the material appearances of things in favor of a mysterious inner reality. “The various arts are drawing together. They are finding in Music the best teacher,” he wrote in his <a href="https://www.gutenberg.org/cache/epub/5321/pg5321.html" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><em>Concerning the Spiritual in Art</em></a><em> </em>(1912)<em>. </em>“A painter … in his longing to express his inner life, cannot but envy the ease with which music, the most non-material of the arts today, achieves this end. He naturally seeks to apply the methods of music to his own art.”&nbsp;</p> <p>Over the next decade or so, Kandinsky would collaborate with Modernist composers and would draw inspiration from their wildest and boldest experiments. From the deep friendship that he would strike up with Arnold Schoenberg to his attempt at a total work of the theater with Thomas de Hartmann, to his fascination with the bizarre, messianic multimedia projects of Russian composers who sought to end the world, save the soul of humanity, and free the Tsar from death — all of these fed into Kandinsky’s extraordinary quest for abstract form and spiritual revelation.&nbsp;</p> <p>Given the interest generated by <em>Around the Circle</em>, the current <a href="https://www.guggenheim.org/exhibition/vasily-kandinsky-around-the-circle" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Kandinsky retrospective</a> at the Guggenheim, it seems like a good moment to wander through a sonic gallery of his influences, exploring the ways in which he understood his work to be aligned with the musical avant-garde — these wild eccentrics and revolutionaries who sought, like Kandinsky, to transform the world.&nbsp;</p> <h2 id="h-air-from-another-planet">Air From Another Planet</h2> <p>Shortly after that concert of Schoenberg’s music at the beginning of January 1911, Kandinsky painted his emotional record of the event: “Impression III (Concert)<em>.</em>”<em>&nbsp;</em></p> <p>Vestiges of representation remain in the painting: an audience strains forward, rapt, toward the dark, monolithic mass of a piano. Light blares over all of them.&nbsp;</p> <p>It is a study suspended halfway between depiction and abstraction. From 1908 on, Kandinsky had been moving steadily toward the dissolution of form, the abandonment of recognizable spaces and material objects in favor of the revelation of an inner reality. He and his new friend Franz Marc, who also attended the Schoenberg concert, would soon break with several of their colleagues over the question of abstraction — and just a few months later, they would together form the groundbreaking Blue Rider group.</p> <p>A couple of weeks after the revelations of that January concert, Kandinsky wrote an enthusiastic fan letter to Schoenberg introducing himself and pointing out several philosophical similarities between them. This would spark a close friendship as they enthused about the synesthetic crossover between music and visual art. They would explore the boundaries of representation together. Schoenberg would share his own painting with Kandinsky, and would show his paintings in the Blue Rider’s first exhibition, in the winter of 1911. Kandinsky would translate Schoenberg’s <em>Theory of Harmony </em>into Russian. Schoenberg would describe his music in terms of painting; Kandinsky would describe his painting in terms of music.</p> <p>So what was it in the music of Schoenberg that night that spoke so directly to Kandinsky?&nbsp;</p> <p>The two Schoenberg works included in the concert — the <a href="https://www.schoenberg.at/index.php/en/joomla-license-3/zweites-streichquartett-op-10-1907-1908" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Second String Quartet (with soprano)</a>, Op. 10 and the “<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeTFxbsVGrI&amp;ab_channel=AshishXiangyiKumar" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Three Piano Pieces</a>”<strong>, </strong>Op. 11 — straddle exactly the same line between representation and abstraction as Kandinsky’s painting of the concert. As it happens, Schoenberg was at precisely the same crisis point in his artistic development.&nbsp;</p> <p>A few weeks after the concert, Marc wrote to a friend: “Can you imagine a music in which tonality (that is, the adherence to any key) is completely suspended? I was constantly reminded of Kandinsky’s large <em>Composition<strong>,</strong></em><strong> </strong>which also permits no trace of tonality and also of Kandinsky’s ‘jumping spots’ in hearing this music….”</p> <figure class="wp-block-embed is-type-video is-provider-youtube wp-block-embed-youtube wp-embed-aspect-16-9 wp-has-aspect-ratio"><div class="wp-block-embed__wrapper"> <iframe loading="lazy" class="youtube-player" width="780" height="439" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/VeTFxbsVGrI?version=3&#038;rel=1&#038;showsearch=0&#038;showinfo=1&#038;iv_load_policy=1&#038;fs=1&#038;hl=en-US&#038;autohide=2&#038;start=235&#038;wmode=transparent" allowfullscreen="true" style="border:0;" sandbox="allow-scripts allow-same-origin allow-popups allow-presentation"></iframe> </div></figure> <p>The second of Schoenberg’s “Three Pieces” is a perfect analogue, in many ways, to Kandinsky’s painting of its performance. Though the composition’s harmonies and melodies are unconventional, it still retains a familiar sense of the layout of space. There is an obvious background (the steady, almost menacing, oscillating tread of the two notes in the left hand, which keeps creeping back in); and there is a very clear foreground (a recognizable melody that&nbsp;floats over that background). It resembles a song and its accompaniment. But it is patently not the music of the 19th century: The harmonic clashes are as intense as the color dissonances in Kandinsky’s work. Kandinsky would demand the right to produce new combinations of color, just as Schoenberg, famously, would insist that there were no dissonances — just more distant and remote consonances.&nbsp;</p> <p>So, this piece, like Kandinsky’s “Impression III,” still offers vestiges of old form — but promises a new treatment of color.&nbsp;</p> <p>The <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VeTFxbsVGrI&amp;t=668s" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">third</a> of Schoenberg’s “Three Pieces,” however, moves definitively away from the familiar, and this may have been what beckoned Kandinsky onward.</p> <p>The piece immediately hurls itself off a cliff and tumbles forward without a clear shape — in fact, there is no melody, just a constant flow and free fall of ideas: no foreground; no background. It’s more like, say, Kandinsky’s “Bright Picture” or “Black Lines” (both 1913): though there are no solid, referential forms, there are regions, passing moods, characteristic gestures.&nbsp;</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="776" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Black-Lines-Schwarze-Linien-1.jpg?resize=780%2C776&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-733082" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Black-Lines-Schwarze-Linien-1-scaled.jpg?resize=1200%2C1194&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Black-Lines-Schwarze-Linien-1-scaled.jpg?resize=720%2C717&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Black-Lines-Schwarze-Linien-1-scaled.jpg?resize=768%2C764&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Black-Lines-Schwarze-Linien-1-scaled.jpg?resize=1536%2C1529&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Black-Lines-Schwarze-Linien-1-scaled.jpg?resize=2048%2C2038&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Black-Lines-Schwarze-Linien-1-scaled.jpg?resize=200%2C200&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Black-Lines-Schwarze-Linien-1-scaled.jpg?resize=1568%2C1560&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Black-Lines-Schwarze-Linien-1-scaled.jpg?resize=400%2C398&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Black-Lines-Schwarze-Linien-1-scaled.jpg?resize=300%2C300&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Black-Lines-Schwarze-Linien-1-scaled.jpg?resize=706%2C703&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Black-Lines-Schwarze-Linien-1-scaled.jpg?resize=100%2C100&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 100w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Black-Lines-Schwarze-Linien-1-scaled.jpg?w=2340&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2340w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>Vasily Kandinsky, “Black Lines (Schwarze Linien)” (December 1913), oil on canvas, 51 3/8 x 51 5/8 inches (130.5 x 131.1 cm) (image courtesy the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Founding Collection, By gift 37.241)</figcaption></figure> <p>Kandinsky’s painting tosses us into a vertiginous scramble of color and line without map or instructions. There are repeated triangular scratches that might almost be called mountains, but the dislocation between the black outlines and the chromatic bursts beneath them flattens the forms and denies them space and distance. Both painting and piano piece are, at first glance, a chaotic welter of passion and emotion. They break with traditional ideas of order, but create their own, seemingly spontaneous, new organization.</p> <p>Schoenberg and Kandinsky discovered over the next few years, as they corresponded and even vacationed together, that they shared a spiritual cosmology. They both believed that the purpose of art was to reveal a highly mystical inner truth.&nbsp;</p> <p>Schoenberg, as the supposed pioneer of “atonality” (a term he hated), has an informal reputation of being the master of music that is cold, calculating, dogmatic, even anti-human. (The first time the Second String Quartet was performed, the morning paper ran their review in the “Crime” section; the evening paper suggested the composer should “be brought to trial by the Department of Health.”) These accusations of emotional distance are ironic: Schoenberg undertook his experiments because he felt he couldn’t express the full measure of human passion within known bounds. Otherwise he considered himself a traditionalist. “My music is not modern,” he once explained. “It is merely badly played.” There is nothing cold about Schoenberg, despite his reputation. Like Kandinsky, he was engaged in a passionate spiritual quest.&nbsp;</p> <p>In fact, Schoenberg’s Second String Quartet — the other piece Kandinsky heard at that 1911 concert — ends with a mystical vision of the soprano subsumed into the Godhead: “I am only a spark of the Holy Fire; I am only a whisper of the Holy Voice.” This was what Kandinsky and Schoenberg both strove for as they sought new ways to speak directly to the soul of an audience.&nbsp;</p> <h2>Music for the End of the World</h2> <p>One of the routes to spiritual revolution that Kandinsky and Schoenberg simultaneously explored were stage works that would combine all the arts into one symphonic experience: not an opera or a ballet, where a clear story controlled the action onstage, but an abstract sequence of colors, music, gestures, dance, and song that together “harmonized” to produce something irrational and yet sublime.&nbsp;</p> <p>Kandinsky was particularly taken with the multimedia explorations of Russian composer and would-be Messiah Alexander Scriabin — in particular, his spiritual orgasm for piano, orchestra, and “color-organ,” “<a href="https://www.laphil.com/musicdb/pieces/2988/prometheus-poem-of-fire-op-60" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Prometheus: The Poem of Fire</a>” (1911). Scriabin, born on Christmas Day in 1871, had gradually convinced himself he was a holy avatar destined to lead humankind to final enlightenment via multimedia performance. The score of “Prometheus” includes a part for a color projectionist who was supposed to create synesthetic color “chords” to accompany the titanic struggle and victory of the music. Kandinsky admiringly remarked, “In ‘Prometheus’ [Scriabin] has given us convincing proof of his theories.”&nbsp;</p> <p>In fact, there is no way Kandinsky could have practically experienced the synesthetic pleasures of “<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7f3B-8DKxMc" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Prometheus</a>”: It premiered in Moscow without the “color-organ,” and in any case, it was somewhat unclear exactly what Scriabin’s color/music system was meant to consist of. Nonetheless, people have taken a stab at recreating Scriabin’s intentions.&nbsp;</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="538" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Improvisation-28-Second-Version.jpg?resize=780%2C538&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-733078" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Improvisation-28-Second-Version-scaled.jpg?resize=1200%2C827&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Improvisation-28-Second-Version-scaled.jpg?resize=720%2C496&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Improvisation-28-Second-Version-scaled.jpg?resize=768%2C529&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Improvisation-28-Second-Version-scaled.jpg?resize=1536%2C1058&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Improvisation-28-Second-Version-scaled.jpg?resize=2048%2C1411&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Improvisation-28-Second-Version-scaled.jpg?resize=1568%2C1080&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Improvisation-28-Second-Version-scaled.jpg?resize=400%2C276&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Improvisation-28-Second-Version-scaled.jpg?resize=706%2C486&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Improvisation-28-Second-Version-scaled.jpg?w=2340&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2340w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>Vasily Kandinsky, “Improvisation 28 (Second Version) (Improvisation 28 [zweite Faßung])” (1912), oil on canvas, 44 5/16 × 64 inches (112.6 × 162.5 cm) (image courtesy the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, Solomon R. Guggenheim Founding Collection, By gift 37.239)</figcaption></figure> <p>Scriabin planned a larger multimedia event called “Mysterium” — a vast symphony to be performed in the Himalayas that would include music, dance, gesture, processions, colored lights cast onto the clouds, and rare perfumes — a spectacle that would end the world while&nbsp;the people of Earth would ascend to a higher sphere. He died before he could complete the work (perhaps fortunately).&nbsp;</p> <p>While Scriabin’s supernatural pretensions might seem ludicrous, these ideas of literal transmogrification through art were widespread at the time: A few years later, <a href="https://www.tate.org.uk/art/artists/natalia-goncharova-1186" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Natalia Goncharova</a>, Kandinsky’s Cubist-Rayonist colleague in the Blue Rider group, was asked by Russian composer Nikolai Obukhov to provide a design for a sacred temple. Obukhov was an early experimentalist in electronic and 12-tone music. He was also a Christian mystic in the midst of a Marxist-materialist Revolution. His electronic instrument, the<a href="https://120years.net/wordpress/la-croix-sonore-nicolai-obukhov-france-1929-1934/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"> Croix Sonore</a>, was built in the shape of a cross. He wrote his experimental vocal cycle “The Book of Life” — its measure numbers scribbled in his own blood — with the intention that once it was performed in Goncharova’s Rayonist temple, it would not only connect humanity with the Divine, but would also return Tsar Nicholas II to power, though the late tsar and his family had recently been murdered by Bolshevik thugs in a basement.&nbsp;</p> <figure class="wp-block-embed is-type-video is-provider-youtube wp-block-embed-youtube wp-embed-aspect-4-3 wp-has-aspect-ratio"><div class="wp-block-embed__wrapper"> <iframe loading="lazy" class="youtube-player" width="780" height="439" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/rvk759kVKoc?version=3&#038;rel=1&#038;showsearch=0&#038;showinfo=1&#038;iv_load_policy=1&#038;fs=1&#038;hl=en-US&#038;autohide=2&#038;wmode=transparent" allowfullscreen="true" style="border:0;" sandbox="allow-scripts allow-same-origin allow-popups allow-presentation"></iframe> </div></figure> <p>These are not merely eccentric outliers: Though the work of Kandinsky and the Russian creators who surrounded him in the teens and early twenties (Malevich, many of the Constructivists) may seem increasingly angular, geometric, mechanistic, even coldly Futurist, their work is often informed by&nbsp;a deeply irrational, passionate mysticism.&nbsp;</p> <p>In his <em>Concerning the Spiritual in Art, </em>for example, Kandinsky prophesies that science will soon recognize Madame Blavatsky, Theosophy, and the Spiritualists. This will lead, he declares, to the imminent salvation of the human race, the rejection of materialism, and the embrace of the soul’s true demands. He ends the first section of his treatise in terms as rapturous as Scriabin’s “Prometheus”: “Every man who steeps himself in the spiritual possibilities of art is a valuable helper in the building of the spiritual pyramid which will someday reach to heaven.”&nbsp;</p> <p>Kandinsky and Schoenberg were both, in fact, concocting multimedia projects designed to mysteriously “vibrate” with the audience’s souls in cross-disciplinary chords. Schoenberg’s stage work <em>Die glückliche Hand </em>(The Happy Hand), written after a terrible <a href="https://hyperallergic.com/400700/richard-gerstl-neue-galerie-2017/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">ordeal of betrayal and suicide in the Schoenberg family,</a> opens with the protagonist lying prone on the stage while a bat-winged hyena gnaws at his neck. Things go downhill from there. Kandinsky’s <em>Die gelbe Klang </em>(The Yellow Sound) is considerably less narrative, involving colors, shapes, five yellow giants, and some indistinct red flying creatures with human heads.&nbsp;</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="984" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Sancta-Francisca-Guggenheim.jpg?resize=780%2C984&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-733076" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Sancta-Francisca-Guggenheim-scaled.jpg?resize=1200%2C1514&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Sancta-Francisca-Guggenheim-scaled.jpg?resize=720%2C908&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Sancta-Francisca-Guggenheim-scaled.jpg?resize=768%2C969&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspa A Cast of Felted Food, Animals, and Other Characters by Manooni Exude Joy and Goodwill https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2022/05/manooni-felt-sculptures/ Colossal urn:uuid:9780689f-94a4-6956-15c9-c1aac2ac97b0 Tue, 24 May 2022 22:43:24 +0200 Olha and Hanna Dovhan (<a href="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/?s=Hanna+Dovhan">previously</a>) are the creative minds behind the adorable felt sculptures of <a href="https://www.instagram.com/manooni_shop/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Manooni</a>. Whimsical and endlessly cheerful, the small family units, pairs of pears, and coupled avocados are needle felted with wool and finished with tiny grins. Based in Ukraine, the Dovhans have spent the majority of the war in Lviv, although their mother, who is also part of the Manooni team, remains with family members in the now Russia-occupied Zaporizhzhia region. <span class="more"><a href="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2022/05/manooni-felt-sculptures/">More</a></span> <div id="attachment_218880" style="width: 2010px" class="wp-caption alignnone"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-218880" loading="lazy" class="wp-image-218880 size-full" src="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/manooni-10.jpg" alt="" width="2000" height="1777" srcset="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/manooni-10.jpg 2000w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/manooni-10-640x569.jpg 640w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/manooni-10-960x853.jpg 960w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/manooni-10-1536x1365.jpg 1536w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/manooni-10-624x554.jpg 624w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/manooni-10-640x569@2x.jpg 1280w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/manooni-10-960x853@2x.jpg 1920w" sizes="(max-width: 2000px) 100vw, 2000px" /><p id="caption-attachment-218880" class="wp-caption-text">All images © Manooni, shared with permission</p></div> <p>Olha and Hanna Dovhan (<a href="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/?s=Hanna+Dovhan">previously</a>) are the creative minds behind the adorable felt sculptures of <a href="https://www.instagram.com/manooni_shop/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Manooni</a>. Whimsical and endlessly cheerful, the small family units, pairs of pears, and coupled avocados are needle felted with wool and finished with tiny grins.</p> <p>Based in Ukraine, the Dovhans have spent the majority of the war in Lviv, although their mother, who is also part of the Manooni team, remains with family members in the now Russia-occupied Zaporizhzhia region. 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https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/manooni-3-640x593@2x.jpg 1280w" sizes="(max-width: 1634px) 100vw, 1634px" /></p> <p><img loading="lazy" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-218873" src="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/manooni-2.jpg" alt="" width="1739" height="1059" srcset="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/manooni-2.jpg 1739w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/manooni-2-640x390.jpg 640w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/manooni-2-960x585.jpg 960w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/manooni-2-1536x935.jpg 1536w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/manooni-2-624x380.jpg 624w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/manooni-2-640x390@2x.jpg 1280w" sizes="(max-width: 1739px) 100vw, 1739px" /></p> <p><img loading="lazy" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-218872" src="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/manooni-1.jpg" alt="" width="1536" height="1161" srcset="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/manooni-1.jpg 1536w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/manooni-1-640x484.jpg 640w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/manooni-1-960x726.jpg 960w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/manooni-1-624x472.jpg 624w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/manooni-1-285x214.jpg 285w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/manooni-1-640x484@2x.jpg 1280w" sizes="(max-width: 1536px) 100vw, 1536px" /></p> An Interview with Monolith Gallery Founder Chikai Ohazama https://www.booooooom.com/2022/05/24/monolith-founder-chikai-ohazama/ BOOOOOOOM! – CREATE * INSPIRE * COMMUNITY * ART * DESIGN * MUSIC * FILM * PHOTO * PROJECTS urn:uuid:cde5ee47-46b1-9dfb-b475-f8c63651206d Tue, 24 May 2022 20:15:51 +0200 National Museum of Asian Art Presents Revealing Krishna: Journey to Cambodia’s Sacred Mountain https://hyperallergic.com/734033/smithsonian-national-museum-of-asian-art-presents-revealing-krishna-journey-to-cambodias-sacred-mountain/ Hyperallergic urn:uuid:73038053-01c1-33c4-b972-6f5d53f996b6 Tue, 24 May 2022 20:02:00 +0200 <figure><img width="720" height="445" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Hyperallergic.CAA_.Revealing-Krishna.png?fit=720%2C445&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Hyperallergic.CAA_.Revealing-Krishna.png?w=1800&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1800w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Hyperallergic.CAA_.Revealing-Krishna.png?resize=720%2C445&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, 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https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Hyperallergic.CAA_.Revealing-Krishna.png?resize=706%2C436&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure>A journey spanning three continents over 1,500 years comes to the National Mall in Washington, DC. On view at the Smithsonian’s NMAA through September 18. <figure><img width="720" height="445" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Hyperallergic.CAA_.Revealing-Krishna.png?fit=720%2C445&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Hyperallergic.CAA_.Revealing-Krishna.png?w=1800&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1800w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Hyperallergic.CAA_.Revealing-Krishna.png?resize=720%2C445&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Hyperallergic.CAA_.Revealing-Krishna.png?resize=1200%2C741&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Hyperallergic.CAA_.Revealing-Krishna.png?resize=600%2C371&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 600w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Hyperallergic.CAA_.Revealing-Krishna.png?resize=768%2C474&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Hyperallergic.CAA_.Revealing-Krishna.png?resize=1536%2C949&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Hyperallergic.CAA_.Revealing-Krishna.png?resize=1568%2C969&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Hyperallergic.CAA_.Revealing-Krishna.png?resize=400%2C247&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Hyperallergic.CAA_.Revealing-Krishna.png?resize=706%2C436&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure> <p><em><a href="https://s.si.edu/3sF3lbW" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener sponsored nofollow">Revealing Krishna: Journey to Cambodia’s Sacred Mountain</a></em> transports visitors to a sacred mountain in the floodplains of southern Cambodia. Visitors will encounter a monumental sculpture of the Hindu god Krishna lifting Mount Govardhan to protect his people from a torrential storm sent by an angry god. For the first time in modern history, the sculpture is explored in the context of its original environment, as part of a multireligious landscape and quite literally built into a mountain. The life story of this sculptural masterpiece spans 1,500 years and three continents, with the newly restored Krishna unveiled through the integration of art, immersive video installations, and interactive design at the <a href="https://s.si.edu/3G5FGag" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener sponsored nofollow">National Museum of Asian Art (NMAA)</a>.</p> <p><em>Satook</em>, a word of blessing spoken at the end of Cambodian prayers, is also the title of an original short film included in the exhibition. Directed by the renowned Cambodian American filmmaker praCh Ly, <a href="https://bit.ly/3Lnwfnr" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener sponsored nofollow"><em>Satook</em></a> centers intimate conversations with survivors and the diaspora of the Khmer Rouge genocide as they share their personal experiences and memories of their parents, and reflect on their communities and journeys of belief. The film also examines the contemporary meanings of ancient sacred sites in Cambodia and considers the diversity and complexities of religion in different locations in the United States.</p> <p><a href="https://s.si.edu/3sF3lbW" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener sponsored nofollow"><em>Revealing Krishna</em></a> is a focus exhibition featuring the recently restored “Krishna Lifting Mountain Govardhan,” undertaken by the Cleveland Museum of Art conservation staff and funded by a grant from Bank of America Art Conservation Fund. This project was made possible through a cooperative agreement with the Ministry of Culture and Fine Arts of the Government of the Kingdom of Cambodia and in collaboration with the National Museum of Cambodia.</p> <p>The show is part of <a href="https://s.si.edu/3lnhjLv" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener sponsored nofollow"><em>The Arts of Devotion</em></a>, a five-year initiative at NMAA dedicated to furthering civic discourse and the understanding of religion, made possible by Lilly Endowment Inc.</p> <p>To learn more, visit <a href="https://s.si.edu/3sF3lbW" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener sponsored nofollow">asia.si.edu</a>.</p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.hyperallergic.com/~ff/hyperallergic?a=YlK192ylsXQ:N3JgXGTB9To:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/hyperallergic?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.hyperallergic.com/~ff/hyperallergic?a=YlK192ylsXQ:N3JgXGTB9To:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/hyperallergic?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> </div> Rhode Island School of Design Presents Grad Show 2022 https://hyperallergic.com/734228/rhode-island-school-of-design-presents-grad-show-2022/ Hyperallergic urn:uuid:ef95804f-5bba-3d91-d980-163f451397a8 Tue, 24 May 2022 20:00:00 +0200 <figure><img width="720" height="260" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/SP_RISD_GradShow22_052422.png?fit=720%2C260&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/SP_RISD_GradShow22_052422.png?w=2400&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/SP_RISD_GradShow22_052422.png?resize=720%2C260&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/SP_RISD_GradShow22_052422.png?resize=1200%2C434&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/SP_RISD_GradShow22_052422.png?resize=768%2C277&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/SP_RISD_GradShow22_052422.png?resize=1536%2C555&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/SP_RISD_GradShow22_052422.png?resize=2048%2C740&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/SP_RISD_GradShow22_052422.png?resize=1568%2C566&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/SP_RISD_GradShow22_052422.png?resize=400%2C145&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/SP_RISD_GradShow22_052422.png?resize=706%2C255&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/SP_RISD_GradShow22_052422.png?w=2340&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2340w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure>Graduate student work representing 19 disciplines is featured in a digital publication and returns as an in-person exhibition at the Rhode Island Convention Center. <figure><img width="720" height="260" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/SP_RISD_GradShow22_052422.png?fit=720%2C260&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/SP_RISD_GradShow22_052422.png?w=2400&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/SP_RISD_GradShow22_052422.png?resize=720%2C260&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/SP_RISD_GradShow22_052422.png?resize=1200%2C434&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/SP_RISD_GradShow22_052422.png?resize=768%2C277&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/SP_RISD_GradShow22_052422.png?resize=1536%2C555&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/SP_RISD_GradShow22_052422.png?resize=2048%2C740&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/SP_RISD_GradShow22_052422.png?resize=1568%2C566&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/SP_RISD_GradShow22_052422.png?resize=400%2C145&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/SP_RISD_GradShow22_052422.png?resize=706%2C255&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/SP_RISD_GradShow22_052422.png?w=2340&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2340w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure> <p>Thesis work by students completing master’s degrees at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) will be on display at the school’s annual graduate thesis exhibition, <em><a href="https://bit.ly/3wDvwJt" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener sponsored nofollow">RISD Grad Show 2022</a></em>. Celebrating the creativity RISD’s newest graduate alumni will bring to the world, the exhibition and digital publication include work by students in Architecture, Ceramics, Design Engineering, Digital + Media, Furniture Design, Glass, Global Arts and Cultures, Graphic Design, Industrial Design, Interior Architecture, Jewelry + Metalsmithing, Landscape Architecture, Nature-Culture-Sustainability Studies, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Teaching + Learning in Art + Design, and Textiles. Work can be viewed digitally at <a href="https://bit.ly/3Pwimqo" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener sponsored nofollow">risdgrad.show</a>.</p> <p>Returning to the Rhode Island Convention Center for the first time since 2019, the exhibition will be on view in Hall A from May 26 to June 4, 2022. The show is free and open to the public daily from 12–5pm (10am–6pm on June 4, the day of RISD’s Commencement), with a public opening reception on May 25 from 6–8pm.</p> <p><em>RISD Grad Show 2022</em> invites viewers to experience an expansive range of exploratory work by emerging artists and designers. The art selected represents the culmination of each student’s experience in RISD’s dynamic and diverse graduate programs. As in years past, the 28,000-square-foot space will be custom-constructed, with more than 1,100 linear feet of walls forming a network of smaller galleries. The unique configuration of the large, flexible space provides remarkable opportunities for graduate students to show multiple pieces or large installations from final thesis projects representing two or three years of research, experimentation, critical thinking, and production.</p> <p>Additionally, an exhibition of selected works by graduate students from different disciplines will be held at Sol Koffler Graduate Student Gallery at 169 Weybosset Street. The installation will be on view June 3–5 from 12–5pm.</p> <p>For more information on this year’s show, visit <a href="https://bit.ly/3wDvwJt" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener sponsored nofollow">risd.edu</a>.</p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.hyperallergic.com/~ff/hyperallergic?a=bUfw3AnJJk8:ohP02TflpEw:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/hyperallergic?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.hyperallergic.com/~ff/hyperallergic?a=bUfw3AnJJk8:ohP02TflpEw:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/hyperallergic?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> </div> An Ethereal Documentary Illuminates the Booming Grasshopper Harvest in Uganda https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2022/05/nsenene-michelle-coomber/ Colossal urn:uuid:e47bf82d-ecc0-0cd1-2c4b-30612f4af31c Tue, 24 May 2022 17:48:19 +0200  In the Luganda language, the word <em>nsenene</em> describes the long-horned grasshoppers that are the backbone of a robust industry in Uganda. The nocturnal insects are <a href="https://www.atlasobscura.com/foods/nsenene-grasshopper-uganda" target="_blank" rel="noopener">a crunchy delicacy</a>, often served boiled or fried, and are harvested in incredible quantities during the rainy seasons in May and November. A poetic documentary directed and produced by <a href="https://michellecoomber.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Michelle Coomber</a> follows locals as they set up precarious traps and gather hordes of the crickets under the nighttime sky. <span class="more"><a href="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2022/05/nsenene-michelle-coomber/">More</a></span> <p><iframe loading="lazy" title="YouTube video player" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/KZKUX0jiPYU" width="960" height="540" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen="allowfullscreen"><span style="display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;" data-mce-type="bookmark" class="mce_SELRES_start"></span></iframe></p> <p>In the Luganda language, the word <em>nsenene</em> describes the long-horned grasshoppers that are the backbone of a robust industry in Uganda. The nocturnal insects are <a href="https://www.atlasobscura.com/foods/nsenene-grasshopper-uganda" target="_blank" rel="noopener">a crunchy delicacy</a>, often served boiled or fried, and are harvested in incredible quantities during the rainy seasons in May and November. A poetic documentary directed and produced by <a href="https://michellecoomber.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Michelle Coomber</a> follows locals as they set up precarious traps and gather hordes of the crickets under the nighttime sky.</p> <p>Narrated by a grasshopper hunter named Ibrah, &#8220;<a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KZKUX0jiPYU">Nsenene</a>&#8221; peers through the darkness and smoke from a nearby fire to illuminate the collection process. The insects are attracted to bright bulbs strung up around tall iron panels, which stun the crickets and drop them into the open drums at the base. &#8220;We add smoke so the light makes a lens in the sky, and the grasshoppers get drunk on the smoke. They fall into the barrels like fat raindrops on a tin roof,&#8221; the narrator says.</p> <p>The noisy crickets, though, are also imbued in lore. &#8220;There are so many beliefs, like, if a pregnant woman ate them, her child would have a grasshopper head,&#8221; says Ibrah, whose family has participated in the industry for generations. &#8220;Some people believe they come from water in the lakes. Others say they emerge from the soil like ants. I believe they&#8217;re not from this world.&#8221;</p> <p>Coomber has garnered multiple awards for &#8220;Nsenene&#8221; from Raindance, Sydney Short Film Festival, and Fargo Film Festival, to name a few, and you can watch more of her works on <a href="https://michellecoomber.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">her site</a> and <a href="https://vimeo.com/user8331526" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Vimeo</a>. (via <a href="https://www.shortoftheweek.com/2022/05/20/nsenene/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Short of the Week</a>)</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img loading="lazy" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-218864" src="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/coomber-6.jpg" alt="" width="2000" height="875" srcset="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/coomber-6.jpg 2000w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/coomber-6-640x280.jpg 640w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/coomber-6-960x420.jpg 960w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/coomber-6-1536x672.jpg 1536w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/coomber-6-624x273.jpg 624w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/coomber-6-640x280@2x.jpg 1280w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/coomber-6-960x420@2x.jpg 1920w" sizes="(max-width: 2000px) 100vw, 2000px" /></p> <p><img loading="lazy" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-218862" src="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/coomber-4.jpg" alt="" width="2000" height="884" srcset="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/coomber-4.jpg 2000w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/coomber-4-640x283.jpg 640w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/coomber-4-960x424.jpg 960w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/coomber-4-1536x679.jpg 1536w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/coomber-4-624x276.jpg 624w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/coomber-4-640x283@2x.jpg 1280w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/coomber-4-960x424@2x.jpg 1920w" sizes="(max-width: 2000px) 100vw, 2000px" /></p> <p><img loading="lazy" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-218859" src="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/coomber-1.jpg" alt="" width="2000" height="876" srcset="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/coomber-1.jpg 2000w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/coomber-1-640x280.jpg 640w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/coomber-1-960x420.jpg 960w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/coomber-1-1536x673.jpg 1536w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/coomber-1-624x273.jpg 624w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/coomber-1-640x280@2x.jpg 1280w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/coomber-1-960x420@2x.jpg 1920w" sizes="(max-width: 2000px) 100vw, 2000px" /></p> <p><img loading="lazy" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-218863" src="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/coomber-5.jpg" alt="" width="2000" height="888" srcset="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/coomber-5.jpg 2000w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/coomber-5-640x284.jpg 640w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/coomber-5-960x426.jpg 960w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/coomber-5-1536x682.jpg 1536w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/coomber-5-624x277.jpg 624w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/coomber-5-640x284@2x.jpg 1280w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/coomber-5-960x426@2x.jpg 1920w" sizes="(max-width: 2000px) 100vw, 2000px" /></p> <p><img loading="lazy" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-218860" src="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/coomber-2.jpg" alt="" width="2000" height="888" srcset="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/coomber-2.jpg 2000w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/coomber-2-640x284.jpg 640w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/coomber-2-960x426.jpg 960w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/coomber-2-1536x682.jpg 1536w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/coomber-2-624x277.jpg 624w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/coomber-2-640x284@2x.jpg 1280w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/coomber-2-960x426@2x.jpg 1920w" sizes="(max-width: 2000px) 100vw, 2000px" /></p> <p><img loading="lazy" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-218861" src="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/coomber-3.jpg" alt="" width="2000" height="897" srcset="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/coomber-3.jpg 2000w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/coomber-3-640x287.jpg 640w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/coomber-3-960x431.jpg 960w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/coomber-3-1536x689.jpg 1536w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/coomber-3-624x280.jpg 624w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/coomber-3-640x287@2x.jpg 1280w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/coomber-3-960x431@2x.jpg 1920w" sizes="(max-width: 2000px) 100vw, 2000px" /></p> Ruth Mulvie https://canvas.saatchiart.com/nft-art/nfts/ruth-mulvie Canvas: A Blog By Saatchi Art urn:uuid:67c62dbe-38f4-81b2-1b3f-be731e709b98 Tue, 24 May 2022 17:04:38 +0200 Ruth is an artist with a cult following, bringing a palpable love of color to ... <h3><em><span class="JsGRdQ">Ruth is an artist with a cult following, bringing a palpable love of color to her work. She uses playful color palettes and vivid combinations that jump off the canvas and really elevate the mood of the viewer Much of her work is inspired by nostalgic scenes based on vintage Kodachrome photographs. Her playful use of a synthetic palette paired with depictions of mid-century America have drawn comparisons to the pop movement of the 1960s. Ruth holds a degree in painting from the Glasgow School of Art, and her work has been exhibited across the US and Europe.</span></em></h3> <h3></h3> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img loading="lazy" class="alignnone wp-image-107034" src="https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/2842144-HSC00002-7-300x300.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="250" srcset="https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/2842144-HSC00002-7-300x300.jpg 300w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/2842144-HSC00002-7-500x500.jpg 500w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/2842144-HSC00002-7-150x150.jpg 150w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/2842144-HSC00002-7-768x768.jpg 768w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/2842144-HSC00002-7.jpg 770w" sizes="(max-width: 250px) 100vw, 250px" />   <img loading="lazy" class="alignnone wp-image-107035" src="https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/5481553-HSC00002-7-300x300.jpg" alt="" width="250" height="250" srcset="https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/5481553-HSC00002-7-300x300.jpg 300w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/5481553-HSC00002-7-500x500.jpg 500w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/5481553-HSC00002-7-150x150.jpg 150w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/5481553-HSC00002-7-768x768.jpg 768w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/5481553-HSC00002-7.jpg 770w" sizes="(max-width: 250px) 100vw, 250px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3 class="_04xlpA direction-ltr align-start para-style-body"><span class="JsGRdQ">Hi Ruth,</span></h3> <h3 class="_04xlpA direction-ltr align-start para-style-body"><span class="JsGRdQ">It&#8217;s no surprise that your work is so influenced by swimming and water, these are clearly passions of yours. Can you talk a bit about how you incorporate ocean/pool scenes in your works and why you are so drawn to this subject?</span></h3> <h3 class="_04xlpA direction-ltr align-start para-style-body"></h3> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="_04xlpA direction-ltr align-start para-style-body"><span class="JsGRdQ">Firstly, I&#8217;ve always drawn/painted/ created from a young age. In a very hands on way.</span></p> <p class="_04xlpA direction-ltr align-start para-style-body"><span class="JsGRdQ">I trained to paint, and although I use digital as part of my planning process, my final works are paintings. I guess you could call me an &#8216;old school painter&#8217; &#8211; that is my main passion and I&#8217;ve been doing it forever!</span></p> <p class="_04xlpA direction-ltr align-start para-style-body"><span class="JsGRdQ">I also love water, swimming, pools, places that are designed for fun and pleasure and escape. I work from home and my studio looks out across the sea. I frequently try and create &#8216;utopian visions&#8217; or places of pleasure from my imagination, drawing upon that Victorian idea of holiday getaway, but I look to personal imagery too to create my compositions.</span></p> <p class="_04xlpA direction-ltr align-start para-style-body"><span class="JsGRdQ">I recently did a bunch of work based on Hearst Castle and the pools up there, or the idea that Hearst had for this place of pleasure.</span></p> <p class="_04xlpA direction-ltr align-start para-style-body"><span class="JsGRdQ">It was inspired by an old letter I found in the beach house in Santa Monica between the architect Julia Morgan and businessman William Hearst. It was the roaring 20&#8217;s and they were designing his weekend getaway as a hideaway for Hollywood&#8217;s rich and famous: he wanted a zoo, wonderland, animals, zebras, he had a landing strip etc., etc&#8230; it inspired some large paintings.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img loading="lazy" class="alignnone wp-image-107036 " src="https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/20211007_120305-e1653404512227-300x240.jpg" alt="" width="520" height="416" srcset="https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/20211007_120305-e1653404512227-300x240.jpg 300w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/20211007_120305-e1653404512227-624x500.jpg 624w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/20211007_120305-e1653404512227-768x615.jpg 768w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/20211007_120305-e1653404512227.jpg 1516w" sizes="(max-width: 520px) 100vw, 520px" /></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><span class="JsGRdQ">I use colour a lot in my work to emphasize &#8216;more is more&#8217; &#8211; the wilder and brighter the better for me!</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3 class="_04xlpA direction-ltr align-start para-style-body"><span class="JsGRdQ">Your practice is primarily oil paint, is there a reason you like this medium over others?</span></h3> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="_04xlpA direction-ltr align-start para-style-body"><span class="JsGRdQ">I actually use a mix of acrylic and oil, so I map out in acrylic and build up. Oil gives great texture, the pigment lasts and doesn&#8217;t fade, and I guess this is the process I have developed. I use pure fluorescent pigment and when you see my work &#8216;in the flesh&#8217;, the paint and colour really does bounce over the canvas. Some of my favourite colours to work with are greens and light greens. In fact, this Van Gogh of Madame Roulin&#8217;s baby (they were friends when he lived in Arles) is one of my favourite paintings:</span></p> <p><img loading="lazy" class="alignnone wp-image-107037" src="https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG_20220105_174436_604-300x300.jpg" alt="" width="400" height="400" srcset="https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG_20220105_174436_604-300x300.jpg 300w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG_20220105_174436_604-500x500.jpg 500w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG_20220105_174436_604-150x150.jpg 150w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG_20220105_174436_604-768x768.jpg 768w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG_20220105_174436_604.jpg 1080w" sizes="(max-width: 400px) 100vw, 400px" /></p> <p class="_04xlpA direction-ltr align-start para-style-body"><span class="JsGRdQ"> </span></p> <h3 class="_04xlpA direction-ltr align-start para-style-body"><span class="JsGRdQ">As someone with a more traditional practice, I&#8217;m curious to hear what creating these NFTs was like for you. First of all, why were you interested in being involved in the project?</span></h3> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="_04xlpA direction-ltr align-start para-style-body"><span class="JsGRdQ">I have a traditional practice, but my mindset is very growth oriented. I wanted to be involved because I just loved the idea of creating the avatars in an atmosphere of guidance and support from the community.</span> <span class="JsGRdQ">I spoke with a lot of people about NFTs throughout the development of this project to learn more. I think that lack of knowledge can be scary for people. A lot of potential barriers were overcome.</span></p> <p class="_04xlpA direction-ltr align-start para-style-body"><span class="JsGRdQ">Working within a timeframe and parameters in this kind of way was also really fun and exciting. It contributed to a new type of freedom, exploration and discovery. That has to be a good thing, right?</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3 class="_04xlpA direction-ltr align-start para-style-body"><span class="JsGRdQ">You had a multi-step process in creating your avatars. Can you elaborate on how you created them?</span></h3> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="_04xlpA align-start para-style-body direction-ltr"><span class="JsGRdQ">First, I mapped out digital plans in photoshop. Seven of the avatars were painted and photographed. From there, each painting was printed twice and I reworked all of the finishing touches on the prints by hand using hand cut stencils and spray paint.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3 class="_04xlpA direction-ltr align-start para-style-body"><span class="JsGRdQ"><img loading="lazy" class="alignnone wp-image-107038 size-medium" src="https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG_20211229_074751_469-e1653404465745-300x240.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="240" srcset="https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG_20211229_074751_469-e1653404465745-300x240.jpg 300w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG_20211229_074751_469-e1653404465745-625x500.jpg 625w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG_20211229_074751_469-e1653404465745-768x614.jpg 768w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG_20211229_074751_469-e1653404465745-1536x1229.jpg 1536w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG_20211229_074751_469-e1653404465745-2048x1638.jpg 2048w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" />   <img loading="lazy" class="alignnone wp-image-107039" src="https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG_20220101_204458_738-278x300.jpg" alt="" width="222" height="240" srcset="https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG_20220101_204458_738-278x300.jpg 278w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG_20220101_204458_738-463x500.jpg 463w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG_20220101_204458_738-768x829.jpg 768w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG_20220101_204458_738-1422x1536.jpg 1422w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG_20220101_204458_738.jpg 1816w" sizes="(max-width: 222px) 100vw, 222px" /></span></h3> <h3></h3> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3>Will you have physical works for sale as part of this project as well?</h3> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="_04xlpA direction-ltr align-start para-style-body"><span class="JsGRdQ">Yes, I will. The original pieces will be sold on Saatchi. They are great fun in their own right, they just take up more space.</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3 class="_04xlpA direction-ltr align-start para-style-body"><span class="JsGRdQ">Do you have any thoughts to share or advice for artists who are thinking about getting into NFTs for the first time?</span></h3> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="_04xlpA direction-ltr align-start para-style-body"><span class="JsGRdQ">Get involved! It&#8217;s a really exciting creative space, there are loads of interesting debates and discussions on you tube about NFTs and the art world &#8211; what&#8217;s stopping you?</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img loading="lazy" class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-107040" src="https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Screen_Shot_2022-01-13_at_11.36.59_AM-300x300.png" alt="" width="300" height="300" srcset="https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Screen_Shot_2022-01-13_at_11.36.59_AM-300x300.png 300w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Screen_Shot_2022-01-13_at_11.36.59_AM-499x500.png 499w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Screen_Shot_2022-01-13_at_11.36.59_AM-150x150.png 150w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Screen_Shot_2022-01-13_at_11.36.59_AM-768x770.png 768w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Screen_Shot_2022-01-13_at_11.36.59_AM.png 1472w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></p> ‘Bamboo Contemporary’ Spotlights 14 Designs Advancing Sustainable Architecture Around the World https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2022/05/bamboo-contemporary-william-richards/ Colossal urn:uuid:bc797f3d-fe28-aaeb-1b45-644d6972e1ef Tue, 24 May 2022 15:24:40 +0200 <a href="https://engineeringdiscoveries.com/why-bamboo-is-more-stronger-than-steel-reinforcement/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Six times stronger</a> than steel and using an estimated 50 times less energy to produce, bamboo is at the forefront of sustainable architecture. The durable material is central to recent projects like <a href="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2022/03/vo-trong-nghia-bamboo/">a latticed welcome center in Vietnam</a> and <a href="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2020/09/lllab-architects-bamboo-canopy/">this swelling canopy</a> offering respite from the elements of the Karst Mountains, two constructions that accentuate the plant&#8217;s organic shape and sturdy qualities. A new book published by <a href="https://papress.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Princeton Architectural Press</a> highlights fourteen homes around the world built with the perennial grass. <span class="more"><a href="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2022/05/bamboo-contemporary-william-richards/">More</a></span> <div id="attachment_218833" style="width: 2010px" class="wp-caption alignnone"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-218833" loading="lazy" class="wp-image-218833 size-full" src="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/bamboo-6.jpg" alt="" width="2000" height="1500" srcset="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/bamboo-6.jpg 2000w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/bamboo-6-640x480.jpg 640w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/bamboo-6-960x720.jpg 960w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/bamboo-6-1536x1152.jpg 1536w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/bamboo-6-624x468.jpg 624w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/bamboo-6-280x210.jpg 280w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/bamboo-6-285x214.jpg 285w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/bamboo-6-640x480@2x.jpg 1280w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/bamboo-6-960x720@2x.jpg 1920w" sizes="(max-width: 2000px) 100vw, 2000px" /><p id="caption-attachment-218833" class="wp-caption-text">Tommaso Riva. All images courtesy of Princeton Architectural Press, shared with permission</p></div> <p><a href="https://engineeringdiscoveries.com/why-bamboo-is-more-stronger-than-steel-reinforcement/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Six times stronger</a> than steel and using an estimated 50 times less energy to produce, bamboo is at the forefront of sustainable architecture. The durable material is central to recent projects like <a href="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2022/03/vo-trong-nghia-bamboo/">a latticed welcome center in Vietnam</a> and <a href="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2020/09/lllab-architects-bamboo-canopy/">this swelling canopy</a> offering respite from the elements of the Karst Mountains, two constructions that accentuate the plant&#8217;s organic shape and sturdy qualities.</p> <p>A new book published by <a href="https://papress.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Princeton Architectural Press</a> highlights fourteen homes around the world built with the perennial grass. Written by author and architectural historian <a href="https://www.williamrichards.net/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">William Richards</a>, <a href="https://bookshop.org/a/96/9781616899004" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><em>Bamboo Contemporary</em></a> explores a vast array of styles and techniques, ranging from sleek remodels with the material to the lavish home in Bali fabricated by the firm behind <a href="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/2021/10/ibuku-heart-of-school/">this spiraling school</a>. &#8220;In design circles, bamboo has been heralded as the material of the future—a pliable solution for architects seeking sustainable methods and materials. For many architects and builders along the equatorial band, bamboo’s past is just as rich. It’s both new and nothing new at the same time,&#8221; Richards writes in the introduction.</p> <p>Containing structural renderings and photos for each project, the 256-page volume is an insightful and forward-looking consideration of the architects working toward a more environmentally conscious future. Explore more by picking up a copy of <a href="https://bookshop.org/a/96/9781616899004" target="_blank" rel="noopener"><em>Bamboo Contemporary</em></a> from <a href="https://papress.com/collections/new-releases/products/bamboo-bontemporary" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Princeton Architectural Press</a>.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div id="attachment_218828" style="width: 2010px" class="wp-caption alignnone"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-218828" loading="lazy" class="wp-image-218828 size-full" src="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/bamboo-1.jpg" alt="" width="2000" height="1423" srcset="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/bamboo-1.jpg 2000w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/bamboo-1-640x455.jpg 640w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/bamboo-1-960x683.jpg 960w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/bamboo-1-1536x1093.jpg 1536w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/bamboo-1-624x444.jpg 624w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/bamboo-1-640x455@2x.jpg 1280w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/bamboo-1-960x683@2x.jpg 1920w" sizes="(max-width: 2000px) 100vw, 2000px" /><p id="caption-attachment-218828" class="wp-caption-text">Maira Acayaba</p></div> <div id="attachment_218829" style="width: 1921px" class="wp-caption alignnone"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-218829" loading="lazy" class="wp-image-218829 size-full" src="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/bamboo-2-scaled.jpg" alt="" width="1911" height="2560" srcset="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/bamboo-2-scaled.jpg 1911w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/bamboo-2-640x857.jpg 640w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/bamboo-2-960x1286.jpg 960w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/bamboo-2-1147x1536.jpg 1147w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/bamboo-2-1529x2048.jpg 1529w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/bamboo-2-624x836.jpg 624w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/bamboo-2-640x857@2x.jpg 1280w" sizes="(max-width: 1911px) 100vw, 1911px" /><p id="caption-attachment-218829" class="wp-caption-text">Mischa Witzmann</p></div> <div id="attachment_218830" style="width: 2010px" class="wp-caption alignnone"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-218830" loading="lazy" class="wp-image-218830 size-full" src="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/bamboo-3.jpg" alt="" width="2000" height="1575" srcset="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/bamboo-3.jpg 2000w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/bamboo-3-640x504.jpg 640w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/bamboo-3-960x756.jpg 960w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/bamboo-3-1536x1210.jpg 1536w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/bamboo-3-624x491.jpg 624w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/bamboo-3-640x504@2x.jpg 1280w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/bamboo-3-960x756@2x.jpg 1920w" sizes="(max-width: 2000px) 100vw, 2000px" /><p id="caption-attachment-218830" class="wp-caption-text">Satoshi Asakawa</p></div> <div id="attachment_218831" style="width: 2010px" class="wp-caption alignnone"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-218831" loading="lazy" class="wp-image-218831 size-full" src="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/bamboo-4.jpg" alt="" width="2000" height="1334" srcset="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/bamboo-4.jpg 2000w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/bamboo-4-640x427.jpg 640w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/bamboo-4-960x640.jpg 960w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/bamboo-4-1536x1025.jpg 1536w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/bamboo-4-624x416.jpg 624w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/bamboo-4-640x427@2x.jpg 1280w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/bamboo-4-960x640@2x.jpg 1920w" sizes="(max-width: 2000px) 100vw, 2000px" /><p id="caption-attachment-218831" class="wp-caption-text">Mischa Witzmann</p></div> <div id="attachment_218832" style="width: 2010px" class="wp-caption alignnone"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-218832" loading="lazy" class="wp-image-218832 size-full" src="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/bamboo-5.jpg" alt="" width="2000" height="1500" srcset="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/bamboo-5.jpg 2000w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/bamboo-5-640x480.jpg 640w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/bamboo-5-960x720.jpg 960w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/bamboo-5-1536x1152.jpg 1536w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/bamboo-5-624x468.jpg 624w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/bamboo-5-280x210.jpg 280w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/bamboo-5-285x214.jpg 285w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/bamboo-5-640x480@2x.jpg 1280w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/bamboo-5-960x720@2x.jpg 1920w" sizes="(max-width: 2000px) 100vw, 2000px" /><p id="caption-attachment-218832" class="wp-caption-text">Photo by Marc Gerritsen</p></div> <p><img loading="lazy" class="alignnone size-full wp-image-218834" src="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/bamboo-7.jpg" alt="" width="2000" height="2485" srcset="https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/bamboo-7.jpg 2000w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/bamboo-7-640x795.jpg 640w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/bamboo-7-960x1193.jpg 960w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/bamboo-7-1236x1536.jpg 1236w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/bamboo-7-1648x2048.jpg 1648w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/bamboo-7-624x775.jpg 624w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/bamboo-7-640x795@2x.jpg 1280w, https://www.thisiscolossal.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/bamboo-7-960x1193@2x.jpg 1920w" sizes="(max-width: 2000px) 100vw, 2000px" /></p> “Blue Crawfish” by Photographer Niall O’Brien https://www.booooooom.com/2022/05/24/blue-crawfish-by-photographer-niall-obrien/ BOOOOOOOM! – CREATE * INSPIRE * COMMUNITY * ART * DESIGN * MUSIC * FILM * PHOTO * PROJECTS urn:uuid:ef94218b-4b08-f944-f013-3dde3fc8d284 Tue, 24 May 2022 15:19:42 +0200 Featured Artist Hannah Billingham https://www.artsyshark.com/2022/05/24/featured-artist-hannah-billingham/ Artsy Shark urn:uuid:356a881b-8e74-f37b-89b3-478091ddf6c1 Tue, 24 May 2022 13:00:28 +0200 <p>British artist Hannah Billingham shares a compelling collection of ceramic work created in her distinctive signature style.</p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.artsyshark.com/2022/05/24/featured-artist-hannah-billingham/">Featured Artist Hannah Billingham</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="https://www.artsyshark.com">Artsy Shark</a>.</p> <h4>British artist Hannah Billingham shares a compelling collection of ceramic work created in her distinctive signature style. Visit her <a title="Hannah Billingham" href="https://hannahbillinghamart.co.uk/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">website</a> to see more of her work.</h4> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div id="attachment_57603" style="width: 385px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-57603" class="size-full wp-image-57603" src="https://www.artsyshark.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Hannah-Billingham-Three-Thousand-Four-Hundred-and-Ninety-Two-named-after-the-exact-number-of-dots-on-its-surface-ceramic-16.5-cm.jpg" alt="ceramic vases by Hannah Billingham" width="375" height="500" srcset="https://www.artsyshark.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Hannah-Billingham-Three-Thousand-Four-Hundred-and-Ninety-Two-named-after-the-exact-number-of-dots-on-its-surface-ceramic-16.5-cm.jpg 375w, https://www.artsyshark.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Hannah-Billingham-Three-Thousand-Four-Hundred-and-Ninety-Two-named-after-the-exact-number-of-dots-on-its-surface-ceramic-16.5-cm-338x450.jpg 338w" sizes="(max-width: 375px) 100vw, 375px" /><p id="caption-attachment-57603" class="wp-caption-text">&#8220;Three Thousand, Four Hundred and Ninety-Two&#8221; (named after the exact number of dots on its surface) ceramic, 16.5 cm high</p></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>My work consists of highly decorated ceramic forms, ranging from vases, jars, bowls and mugs to clocks, hanging ornaments and more. I work in both miniature and large scale. My smallest pieces are 1 to 2 cm high, and the largest around 40 cm (though always increasing in size as my studio expands).</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div id="attachment_57604" style="width: 510px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-57604" loading="lazy" class="size-full wp-image-57604" src="https://www.artsyshark.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Hannah-Billingham-A-Trio-of-Vases-ceramic-16.5-cm-5-cm-10-cm.jpg" alt="ceramic vases by Hannah Billingham" width="500" height="375" srcset="https://www.artsyshark.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Hannah-Billingham-A-Trio-of-Vases-ceramic-16.5-cm-5-cm-10-cm.jpg 500w, https://www.artsyshark.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Hannah-Billingham-A-Trio-of-Vases-ceramic-16.5-cm-5-cm-10-cm-450x338.jpg 450w" sizes="(max-width: 500px) 100vw, 500px" /><p id="caption-attachment-57604" class="wp-caption-text">&#8220;A Trio of Vases&#8221; ceramic, 16.5cm, 5cm, 10cm high</p></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I have a great passion for creating completely one-of-a-kind items. This has become an exceptionally important aspect of my practice.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div id="attachment_57609" style="width: 510px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-57609" loading="lazy" class="size-full wp-image-57609" src="https://www.artsyshark.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Hannah-Billingham-A-Collection-of-Hanging-Baubles-ceramic-various-sizes.jpg" alt="ceramic baubles by Hannah Billingham" width="500" height="375" srcset="https://www.artsyshark.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Hannah-Billingham-A-Collection-of-Hanging-Baubles-ceramic-various-sizes.jpg 500w, https://www.artsyshark.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Hannah-Billingham-A-Collection-of-Hanging-Baubles-ceramic-various-sizes-450x338.jpg 450w" sizes="(max-width: 500px) 100vw, 500px" /><p id="caption-attachment-57609" class="wp-caption-text">&#8220;A Collection of Hanging Baubles&#8221; ceramic, various sizes</p></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>The context and inspiration behind my work is mainly a response to my personal struggle with OCD tendencies, perfectionism and the desire to create. I push the materials I use to their boundaries to create sculptures which look like they have couldn’t have possibly been created by hand, and yet this is exactly the case. I strive to make pieces that evoke a reaction in the viewer through their precision and ethereal appearance.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div id="attachment_57602" style="width: 385px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-57602" loading="lazy" class="size-full wp-image-57602" src="https://www.artsyshark.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Hannah-Billingham-Birds-Eye-View-ceramic-3-cm-to-30-cm.jpg" alt="ceramic vases by Hannah Billingham" width="375" height="500" srcset="https://www.artsyshark.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Hannah-Billingham-Birds-Eye-View-ceramic-3-cm-to-30-cm.jpg 375w, https://www.artsyshark.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Hannah-Billingham-Birds-Eye-View-ceramic-3-cm-to-30-cm-338x450.jpg 338w" sizes="(max-width: 375px) 100vw, 375px" /><p id="caption-attachment-57602" class="wp-caption-text">&#8220;Birds Eye View&#8221; ceramic vases, 3 cm to 30 cm high</p></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I am of course inspired by the world around me, patterns in nature and forms both historic and contemporary. However, the main inspiration for the intricate designs I create are the patterns and shapes my subconscious creates when I’m deep in concentration.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div id="attachment_57608" style="width: 510px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-57608" loading="lazy" class="size-full wp-image-57608" src="https://www.artsyshark.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Artist-Hannah-Billingham-demonstrating-the-slip-trailing-process.png" alt="Artist Hannah Billingham demonstrating the slip trailing process" width="500" height="332" srcset="https://www.artsyshark.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Artist-Hannah-Billingham-demonstrating-the-slip-trailing-process.png 500w, https://www.artsyshark.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Artist-Hannah-Billingham-demonstrating-the-slip-trailing-process-450x299.png 450w" sizes="(max-width: 500px) 100vw, 500px" /><p id="caption-attachment-57608" class="wp-caption-text">Artist Hannah Billingham demonstrating the slip trailing process</p></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>One of the main things I love about working with ceramics is the variety of processes involved. Each piece I create is thrown on the potter’s wheel, turned, hand decorated, bisque fired and glaze fired. Some are painted with 24ct gold lustre and fired a third time.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div id="attachment_57605" style="width: 510px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-57605" loading="lazy" class="size-full wp-image-57605" src="https://www.artsyshark.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Hannah-Billingham-Four-Thousand-Six-Hundred-and-Sixty-Nine-named-after-the-exact-number-of-dots-on-its-surface-ceramic-22.5-cm-wide.jpg" alt="ceramic bowl by Hannah Billingham" width="500" height="375" srcset="https://www.artsyshark.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Hannah-Billingham-Four-Thousand-Six-Hundred-and-Sixty-Nine-named-after-the-exact-number-of-dots-on-its-surface-ceramic-22.5-cm-wide.jpg 500w, https://www.artsyshark.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Hannah-Billingham-Four-Thousand-Six-Hundred-and-Sixty-Nine-named-after-the-exact-number-of-dots-on-its-surface-ceramic-22.5-cm-wide-450x338.jpg 450w" sizes="(max-width: 500px) 100vw, 500px" /><p id="caption-attachment-57605" class="wp-caption-text">&#8220;Four Thousand, Six Hundred and Sixty-Nine&#8221; (named after the exact number of dots on its surface) ceramic, 22.5cm wide</p></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I am most well-known for my symmetrical dotted patterns, where each dot is delicately piped freehand. The process is a laborious and repetitive discipline, and I thrive on it.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div id="attachment_57607" style="width: 510px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-57607" loading="lazy" class="size-full wp-image-57607" src="https://www.artsyshark.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Hannah-Billingham-A-Pair-of-Dotted-Mugs-ceramic-10.5-cm-2.jpg" alt="ceramic cups by Hannah Billingham" width="500" height="375" srcset="https://www.artsyshark.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Hannah-Billingham-A-Pair-of-Dotted-Mugs-ceramic-10.5-cm-2.jpg 500w, https://www.artsyshark.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Hannah-Billingham-A-Pair-of-Dotted-Mugs-ceramic-10.5-cm-2-450x338.jpg 450w" sizes="(max-width: 500px) 100vw, 500px" /><p id="caption-attachment-57607" class="wp-caption-text">&#8220;A Pair of Dotted Mugs&#8221; ceramic, 10.5cm high</p></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Glaze chemistry plays a huge part in my practice. I spend months testing and developing glazes from raw materials that enhance the patterned and textured quality of my hand decorated surfaces. I love the dramatic changes that occur when glazes are fired—both the visual and chemical aspects fascinate me.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div id="attachment_57611" style="width: 510px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-57611" loading="lazy" class="size-full wp-image-57611" src="https://www.artsyshark.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Hannah-Billingham-A-Collection-of-Five-Miniatures-Showing-a-Gold-Interior-Bowl-ceramic-5-cm-to-6.5-cm-2.jpg" alt="miniature ceramic vessels by Hannah Billingham" width="500" height="375" srcset="https://www.artsyshark.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Hannah-Billingham-A-Collection-of-Five-Miniatures-Showing-a-Gold-Interior-Bowl-ceramic-5-cm-to-6.5-cm-2.jpg 500w, https://www.artsyshark.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Hannah-Billingham-A-Collection-of-Five-Miniatures-Showing-a-Gold-Interior-Bowl-ceramic-5-cm-to-6.5-cm-2-450x338.jpg 450w" sizes="(max-width: 500px) 100vw, 500px" /><p id="caption-attachment-57611" class="wp-caption-text">&#8220;A Collection of Five Miniatures, Showing a Gold Interior Bowl&#8221; ceramic, 5cm to 6.5cm high</p></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>There is always a certain level of unpredictability when firing glaze ware. This is a huge contrast from the rest of my processes. The combination of obsessive control in the first stages, and then surrendering to the fluctuating nature of firings keeps me completely transfixed. I am greatly satisfied when successful pieces emerge.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div id="attachment_57612" style="width: 510px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-57612" loading="lazy" class="size-full wp-image-57612" src="https://www.artsyshark.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Hannah-Billingham-A-Collection-of-Five-Miniatures-Showing-Gold-Detail-on-a-Vase-ceramic-4.5-cm-to-6.5-cm-2.jpg" alt="miniature ceramic vessels by Hannah Billingham" width="500" height="375" srcset="https://www.artsyshark.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Hannah-Billingham-A-Collection-of-Five-Miniatures-Showing-Gold-Detail-on-a-Vase-ceramic-4.5-cm-to-6.5-cm-2.jpg 500w, https://www.artsyshark.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Hannah-Billingham-A-Collection-of-Five-Miniatures-Showing-Gold-Detail-on-a-Vase-ceramic-4.5-cm-to-6.5-cm-2-450x338.jpg 450w" sizes="(max-width: 500px) 100vw, 500px" /><p id="caption-attachment-57612" class="wp-caption-text">&#8220;A Collection of Five Miniatures, Showing Gold Detail on a Vase&#8221; ceramic, 4.5cm to 6.5cm high</p></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Unlike many artists who are formally trained, I entered the art scene at a different angle, being almost completely self-taught. I sell my work directly to clients online as well as working with galleries. I enjoy both for different reasons, and in many ways, I think being self-taught gives me an edge in my field.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <div id="attachment_57613" style="width: 510px" class="wp-caption aligncenter"><img aria-describedby="caption-attachment-57613" loading="lazy" class="size-full wp-image-57613" src="https://www.artsyshark.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Hannah-Billingham-Miniature-Jar-ceramic-5-cm-high-2.jpg" alt="miniature ceramic vessels by Hannah Billingham" width="500" height="375" srcset="https://www.artsyshark.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Hannah-Billingham-Miniature-Jar-ceramic-5-cm-high-2.jpg 500w, https://www.artsyshark.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/Hannah-Billingham-Miniature-Jar-ceramic-5-cm-high-2-450x338.jpg 450w" sizes="(max-width: 500px) 100vw, 500px" /><p id="caption-attachment-57613" class="wp-caption-text">&#8220;Miniature Jar&#8221; ceramic, 5cm high</p></div> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>In my five years as a practicing artist, I have been blessed with a number of awards, press, media and television features. I&#8217;ve made appearances in many local, national and international publications, such as magazines, newspapers and books. In 2019 and 2020 I appeared on two of channel 4’s craft programmes, demonstrating my work and practice. My most recent award, “Ceramic Artist of the Year” presented by Yorkshire Prestige Awards was an honour to receive.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><em><strong>Artist Hannah Billingham invites you to follow her on <a title="Hannah Billingham" href="https://www.instagram.com/hannahbillinghamart/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Instagram</a>, <a title="Hannah Billingham" href="https://www.facebook.com/hannahbillinghamart" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Facebook</a>, <a title="Hannah Billingham" href="https://twitter.com/hbillinghamart" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Twitter</a> and <a title="Hannah Billingham" href="https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCXyWO0sKT9WDvqh-Rhfy0Jg" target="_blank" rel="noopener">YouTube</a>.</strong></em></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h4><span style="color: #800080;">Want to stay current on cutting edge business articles from Artsy Shark, plus artist features, and an invitation to the next Call for Artists? Click below to sign up for our twice-monthly email. 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Join us for a special screening of <span><span><span><span><em><span>The Big Conn</span></em></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><em><span>, </span></em></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span>followed by a post-screening conversation with </span></span></span></span></span></span><span><span><span><span><span><span>co-creators and executive producers Brian Lazarte and James Lee Hernandez.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Eric C. Conn was a lawyer living a little too large in eastern Kentucky… until two whistleblowers realized he was at the center of a government fraud worth over half a billion dollars, one of the largest in U.S. history. And that was just the beginning.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>You can watch the <a href="https://tv.apple.com/us/show/the-big-conn/umc.cmc.5nidhx69sm3a7gtv2a4k0l0lw">official trailer here</a>.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>You will receive a link to view an episode from the series and the post-screening conversation on the event date.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span>This screening is hosted by Slipstream, a LACMA-approved third-party screening platform. 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At times harrowing, fascinating, funny, and moving, this event may well change the way you see the world.</p> <p>Introduced by the world renowned soprano and Arts and Health advocate Renee Fleming, the performance will be followed by a discussion with the audience.</p> <p>This performance is part of the special LA Arts and Health Week series of events and a Healing Arts presentation.</p> <p>Christopher Bailey is the Arts and Health Lead for the World Health Organization. He cofounded the Healing Arts initiative which has had activations in London, Paris, New York, and Houston, with planned activations for Kigali and Riyadh next year. The program builds sustainable arts-based health interventions in communities, focusing especially on underserved populations, as well as on building the evidence base to support policy at the national and international level. Bailey was educated at Columbia and Oxford Universities as well as at the American Academy of Dramatic Arts.</p> <p><a href="www.reneefleming.com">Renée Fleming</a> is one of the most acclaimed singers of our time. Honored with four Grammy awards and the National Medal of Arts, Renée has sung at momentous occasions from the Nobel Peace Prize ceremony to the Super Bowl. A prominent advocate for research at the intersection of music, health, and neuroscience, she works with the National Institutes of Health, The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, The Aspen Institute, and Johns Hopkins University on initiatives such as the NeuroArts Blueprint and The Sound Health Network, and is Advisor for Special Projects at LA Opera. Other honors include the Fulbright Lifetime Achievement Medal, Germany’s Cross of the Order of Merit, and numerous honorary doctorates.</p> <p><em>Tickets required. Seating is limited and first come, first served. Visitors are required to wear face masks in all indoor spaces including restrooms, regardless of vaccination status. Unvaccinated visitors are encouraged to wear face masks outdoors. A well-fitting, medical-grade mask, surgical mask, or higher level respirator such as an N95 or KN95 mask is strongly recommended.</em></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-short-title field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Short Title</div> <div class="field--item">Performance: The Vanishing Point</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-event-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Event type</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="http://www.lacma.org/taxonomy/term/72" hreflang="en">Talks</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-location-campus field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Location (Campus)</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item">LACMA</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-location-building field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Location (Building)</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item">Smidt Welcome Plaza</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-event-status field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Event status</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item">RSVP</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-ticketing-format field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Ticketing format</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item">Internal</div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-primary-image field--type-image field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Primary image</div> <div class="field--item"> <img alt="TKTKTKTKTKTKT" src="http://www.lacma.org/sites/default/files/events/2022-05/Untitled-1%20copy_0.png" width="6300" height="2100" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-related-event-hub field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Related Event Hub</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="http://www.lacma.org/taxonomy/term/405" hreflang="en">Talks</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="http://www.lacma.org/taxonomy/term/412" hreflang="en">Art and Wellness</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-event-display-date field--type-date-recur field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Date</div> <div class="field--item"> <div class="date-recur-date"><time datetime="2022-06-15T19:00:00Z">Wed, 06/15/2022 - 19:00</time> -<time datetime="2022-06-15T20:30:00Z">Wed, 06/15/2022 - 20:30</time></div> </div> </div> <div class="field--label">Mobile tile settings</div> <div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--mobile-tile-settings paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--16583"> <div class="paragraph__column"> <div class="field field--name-field-mobile-tile-format field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Image tile format</div> <div class="field--item">Exhibition Format</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-mobile-tile-type field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tile type</div> <div class="field--item">Image Tile</div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-hide-on-mobile field--type-boolean field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Hide on mobile</div> <div class="field--item">Off</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-ticketing-link field--type-link field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Ticketing link</div> <div class="field--item"><a href="https://www.lacma.org/educationevent?event=22701">https://www.lacma.org/educationevent?event=22701</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-on-sale-time field--type-datetime field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">On-sale time</div> <div class="field--item"><time datetime="2022-03-29T17:30:00Z">Tue, 03/29/2022 - 10:30</time></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-event-audience field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Event audience</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="http://www.lacma.org/taxonomy/term/249" hreflang="en">Adults</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-ticketing-button-label field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Ticketing button label</div> <div class="field--item">RSVP</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-credit-line field--type-text-long field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Credit line - Left column</div> <div class="field--item"><p>Image: Courtesy of Christopher Bailey</p> <p><a href="https://www.lacma.org/theguide">Learn more</a> about the complete catalogue of LACMA programs for all ages—many free. 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Grab your supplies, relax, and create!</p> <p>Encaustic painting is an ancient technique in which pigments are mixed with hot liquid wax with a surprising and dreamlike result. With artist Pamela Smith Hudson.</p> <p>Supplies are included with tuition.</p> <p><strong>About the Instructor</strong></p> <p>Pamela Smith Hudson is a painter and printmaker based in Los Angeles. A UCLA graduate, she has studied art, art history, museum studies, and dance. Pamela has over 15 years' experience working in the art material industry as an art educator and consultant. She teaches at Otis College of Art Design Continuing Education.</p> <p><em>Students are required to complete a health screening when arriving to class and must wear a mask at all times regardless of vaccination status.</em></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-short-title field--type-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Short Title</div> <div class="field--item">Adult Art Class: Friday Art Night—Encaustic Painting</div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-event-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Event type</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="http://www.lacma.org/taxonomy/term/67" hreflang="en">Art Classes & Camps</a></div> </div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-policies-notes field--type-text-long field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Policies/Notes</div> <div class="field--item"><p>Pre-registration is required for all classes.</p> <p>For additional art class information, please contact <u><a href="#" data-mail-to="NegPynffrf/ng/ynpzn/qbg/bet">artclasses@lacma.org</a></u>.</p> <p>For ticketing support, contact <u><a href="#" data-mail-to="obkbssvpr/ng/ynpzn/qbg/bet" data-replace-inner="@email">@email</a></u>. 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Discover film screenings, art talks and classes, music, creative fun for kids, wellness activities, and more.</p></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-ticket-price field--type-text-long field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Ticket price</div> <div class="field--item"><p>Members $55; General public $60</p></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-event-tier field--type-list-string field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Event Tier</div> <div class="field--item">Tier 3</div> </div> <div class="field--label">Module</div> <div> <div class="paragraph paragraph--type--module paragraph--view-mode--default paragraph--id--16582"> <div class="paragraph__column paragraph__column--module"> <div class="card-collapse "> <div class="custom-collapse "> <div class="custom-collapse-heading" role="tab" id="heading-2e7900d699f3619b3ce2305b987b75f1"> <a role="button" data-toggle="collapse" data-parent="#accordion" href="#2e7900d699f3619b3ce2305b987b75f1" aria-expanded="true" aria-controls="2e7900d699f3619b3ce2305b987b75f1"> <span> </span> <div class="custom-collapse-arrow icon"> <?xml version="1.0" encoding="utf-8"??><!-- Generator: Adobe Illustrator 22.0.1, SVG Export Plug-In . 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Join us for a special screening of <em>Live In Front Of A Studio Audience </em>and a post-screening conversation with executive producer Brent Miller, directors Jim Burrows and Andy Fisher, and production designer Stephan Olson.</p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>This re-creation of classic episodes of <em>The Facts of Life</em> and <em>Diff’rent Strokes</em> features an all-star cast including Ann Dowd, Jennifer Anistion, Gabrielle Union, John Lithgow, Kevin Hart, Kathryn Hahn, Jason Bateman, and Will Arnett, as well as appearances by original cast members.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>You can watch the official trailer here.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>You will receive a link to view an episode from the series and the post-screening conversation on the event date.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><span>This screening is hosted by Slipstream, a LACMA-approved third-party screening platform. 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Underlying... </p> <p>The post <a rel="nofollow" href="http://reddotblog.com/ask-a-gallery-owner-does-an-artists-death-result-in-an-increase-in-the-value-of-that-artists-work-21/">Ask a Gallery Owner | Does an Artist&#8217;s Death Result in an Increase in the Value of that Artist&#8217;s Work?</a> appeared first on <a rel="nofollow" href="http://reddotblog.com">RedDotBlog</a>.</p> All Men Are Evil, According to This Film https://hyperallergic.com/734306/men-horror-movie-alex-garland/ Hyperallergic urn:uuid:2026e6c5-1149-0c74-db2b-16f6fe2f47bb Mon, 23 May 2022 23:31:25 +0200 <figure><img width="720" height="479" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/men.jpg?fit=720%2C479&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/men.jpg?w=1600&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1600w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/men.jpg?resize=720%2C479&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/men.jpg?resize=1200%2C799&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/men.jpg?resize=768%2C511&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/men.jpg?resize=1536%2C1022&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/men.jpg?resize=1568%2C1044&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/men.jpg?resize=400%2C266&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/men.jpg?resize=706%2C470&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure>In yet another horror movie that’s actually about trauma, writer-director Alex Garland makes his points bluntly, having one actor play many facets of misogyny. <figure><img width="720" height="479" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/men.jpg?fit=720%2C479&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/men.jpg?w=1600&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1600w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/men.jpg?resize=720%2C479&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/men.jpg?resize=1200%2C799&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/men.jpg?resize=768%2C511&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/men.jpg?resize=1536%2C1022&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/men.jpg?resize=1568%2C1044&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/men.jpg?resize=400%2C266&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/men.jpg?resize=706%2C470&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure> <p>If it isn&#8217;t evident from the basic-to-the-point-of-elemental title, <em><a href="https://a24films.com/films/men" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Men</a></em> is thematically ambitious. The latest heady thriller from writer/director Alex Garland posits an alternate version of the Biblical creation myth. While a lot of the film is open to interpretation, this aspect is fairly blatant. Early on the protagonist Harper (Jessie Buckley) picks a crisp apple off the tree in the front yard of the sumptuous manor she&#8217;s rented for a few weeks in the English countryside. In case you somehow missed the reference, the house&#8217;s owner Geoffrey (Rory Kinnear) then makes a &#8220;forbidden fruit&#8221; joke — aggressively underlining, circling, and highlighting the capital-T Theme. Harper has, foolishly, tried to get away from it all while in the midst of mourning. In a horror movie, that&#8217;s just asking for trouble.</p> <p>Imagery of apples recurs, along with a different plant which the film makes central to its own allegory: the dandelion. After the opening scene depicts the suicide of Harper&#8217;s husband James (Paapa Essiedu), we see a field of the flowers being stripped of their seeds by the wind. The seeds float through significant moments of the film like fairy sprites, apparently harbingers of the evil that Men do. Again, that&#8217;s a capital-letter idea; this one&#8217;s even the title. This aspect is further driven home by the fact that, in addition to Geoffrey, Kinnear plays all the other men whom Harper meets in the nearby village. (I knew he was an everyman type, but this is <em>ridiculous.</em>) </p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large is-resized"><img loading="lazy" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/men-2.jpg?resize=780%2C518&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-734404" width="780" height="518" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/men-2-scaled.jpg?resize=1200%2C798&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/men-2-scaled.jpg?resize=720%2C479&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/men-2-scaled.jpg?resize=768%2C511&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/men-2-scaled.jpg?resize=1536%2C1022&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/men-2-scaled.jpg?resize=2048%2C1363&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/men-2-scaled.jpg?resize=1568%2C1043&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/men-2-scaled.jpg?resize=400%2C266&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/men-2-scaled.jpg?resize=706%2C470&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/men-2-scaled.jpg?w=2340&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2340w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>From <em>Men</em></figcaption></figure> <p>Each of these encounters brings with it a different facet of misogyny, and having Buckley act against literally the same man each time emphasizes the patriarchal venom that runs through each of them. The local vicar (Kinnear in a white wig and cassock) condescendingly wonders what Harper did to drive James to suicide. A &#8220;troubled&#8221; boy (Kinnear with his face unconvincingly digitally transposed onto a young actor&#8217;s body) calls her a bitch when she won&#8217;t play with him. A police officer (Kinnear in uniform and affecting a &#8220;well wot&#8217;s this &#8216;ere then&#8221; mutter) dismisses her concerns about the filthy nude man (also Kinnear, of course) who&#8217;s been stalking her. </p> <p>That last one is the unifying being of the various Rories Kinnear, a variation on the <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Green_Man" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Green Man</a> of ancient folklore. It&#8217;s a figure so ancient that we don&#8217;t know for sure what he meant to the pagans, but he&#8217;s generally believed to be a herald of fertility. Paired with the dandelion motif, that concept takes on a decidedly sinister pallor here. (The film&#8217;s ambiguous, gory finale is kicked off when the Green Man blows a cloud of spores in Harper&#8217;s face.) The church has a stone baptismal font with the Green Man&#8217;s face on one side and a <a href="https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheela_na_gig" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">sheela na gig</a> on the other, another overt symbolic masculine/feminine pairing. Despite the sheela na gig&#8217;s gynecologically aggressive iconography, the film again subverts traditional religious ideas about a woman&#8217;s body in relation to original sin; here birth is given to Kinnear&#8217;s character(s), in a sequence that offers another extremely literal take on how misogyny perpetuates itself.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large is-resized"><img loading="lazy" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/men-3.jpg?resize=780%2C422&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-734402" width="780" height="422" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/men-3-scaled.jpg?resize=1200%2C649&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/men-3-scaled.jpg?resize=720%2C389&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/men-3-scaled.jpg?resize=768%2C415&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/men-3-scaled.jpg?resize=1536%2C830&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/men-3-scaled.jpg?resize=2048%2C1107&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/men-3-scaled.jpg?resize=1568%2C848&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/men-3-scaled.jpg?resize=400%2C216&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/men-3-scaled.jpg?resize=706%2C382&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/men-3-scaled.jpg?w=2340&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2340w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>From <em>Men</em></figcaption></figure> <p>That sequence, like much of <em>Men</em>, is conceptually intriguing, executed with impressive technical skill, but blunt in intellectual effect and severely lacking in emotional impact. Fundamentally all this symbolism and interpretative potential revolves around an aggravatingly basic rumination on grief and trauma that doesn&#8217;t do enough to distinguish the story from its ilk of recent <a href="https://www.theguardian.com/film/2022/may/18/horror-movies-men-alex-garland-clumsy-metaphors">handsomely mounted metaphor-heavy horror films</a>. Like too many of these films, it has a single idea and an awful lot of running time over which to stretch it. The result is an oddly structured narrative, so meandering that it thwarts any sense of mounting dread. Flashbacks to Harper&#8217;s final argument with James are parceled out gradually despite that only one of them actually grants any new context to the plot. The conceit of Kinnear playing the whole village doesn&#8217;t even come into play until nearly halfway through, and the range of characters he plays is oddly small (this &#8220;town-full&#8221; of men amounts to around seven seen individuals), giving the movie little time to really explore it before it has to wrap things up. </p> <p>Despite all it feints to have on its mind, and building an allegory that does require thought and even research to parse (I&#8217;ll fully admit I haven&#8217;t fully worked out everything myself), <em>Men</em> lessens the more one thinks about it. In rendering misogyny as an elemental force through a series of mundane interactions, it paradoxically trivializes the inciting incident driving the story: James threatening to kill himself when Harper asks for a divorce, then striking her when she refuses, just before his death. (Putting such an elemental act of violence in the context of a Black man abusing a white women feels politically thoughtless, to say the least.) The gestures toward folk horror with the incorporation of pagan imagery feel tacked on as well. No piece quite fits together, and so the endeavor is airless. By the time the film introduces some undeniably gnarly body horror, it&#8217;s difficult to care.</p> <figure class="wp-block-embed is-type-video is-provider-youtube wp-block-embed-youtube wp-embed-aspect-16-9 wp-has-aspect-ratio"><div class="wp-block-embed__wrapper"> <iframe loading="lazy" class="youtube-player" width="780" height="439" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/pt81CJcWZy8?version=3&#038;rel=1&#038;showsearch=0&#038;showinfo=1&#038;iv_load_policy=1&#038;fs=1&#038;hl=en-US&#038;autohide=2&#038;wmode=transparent" allowfullscreen="true" style="border:0;" sandbox="allow-scripts allow-same-origin allow-popups allow-presentation"></iframe> </div></figure> <p>Buckley makes good sport of being saddled with the same role these kinds of horror films place on their female protagonists: feel sad and react a lot to the weirdness. She inflects Harper&#8217;s growing unease with different nuances of discomfort giving way to terror; oddly, she does more than Kinnear to sell the effect that the men she&#8217;s talking to are different people and not the same actor. Kinnear, for his part, doesn&#8217;t get enough of a chance to imbue most of these men with distinct personae — only Geoffrey and maybe the vicar are developed to any extent. And yet, with a single line of dialogue alluding to his poor upbringing, Geoffrey becomes a better-rendered character than Harper; she&#8217;s just another symbol, rather than a person. Given the film&#8217;s feminist posturing, that&#8217;s supremely ironic.</p> <p><a href="https://a24films.com/films/men">Men</a> <em>is now playing in select theaters.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.hyperallergic.com/~ff/hyperallergic?a=EsZwNUv1Ujc:qykJZm-eL2k:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/hyperallergic?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.hyperallergic.com/~ff/hyperallergic?a=EsZwNUv1Ujc:qykJZm-eL2k:D7DqB2pKExk"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/hyperallergic?i=EsZwNUv1Ujc:qykJZm-eL2k:D7DqB2pKExk" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.hyperallergic.com/~ff/hyperallergic?a=EsZwNUv1Ujc:qykJZm-eL2k:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/hyperallergic?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> </div> Willie Cole Recycles Musical Instruments Into Outstanding Sculptures https://hyperallergic.com/731080/willie-cole-recycles-musical-instruments-into-outstanding-sculptures/ Hyperallergic urn:uuid:d728006b-b56c-7745-ea09-95a2c25186d1 Mon, 23 May 2022 23:27:00 +0200 <figure><img width="720" height="592" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Cole-Two-Faced-Blues_black-side-1200x986-1.jpeg?fit=720%2C592&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Cole-Two-Faced-Blues_black-side-1200x986-1.jpeg?w=1200&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Cole-Two-Faced-Blues_black-side-1200x986-1.jpeg?resize=720%2C592&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Cole-Two-Faced-Blues_black-side-1200x986-1.jpeg?resize=768%2C631&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Cole-Two-Faced-Blues_black-side-1200x986-1.jpeg?resize=400%2C329&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Cole-Two-Faced-Blues_black-side-1200x986-1.jpeg?resize=706%2C580&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure>Time is itself a recycling process for Cole, whose freewheeling spirit transcends linearity in his excavations of art and music history. <figure><img width="720" height="592" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Cole-Two-Faced-Blues_black-side-1200x986-1.jpeg?fit=720%2C592&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Cole-Two-Faced-Blues_black-side-1200x986-1.jpeg?w=1200&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Cole-Two-Faced-Blues_black-side-1200x986-1.jpeg?resize=720%2C592&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Cole-Two-Faced-Blues_black-side-1200x986-1.jpeg?resize=768%2C631&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Cole-Two-Faced-Blues_black-side-1200x986-1.jpeg?resize=400%2C329&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Cole-Two-Faced-Blues_black-side-1200x986-1.jpeg?resize=706%2C580&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="879" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Cole_Dial-a-Tune-scaled.jpg-copy.webp?resize=780%2C879&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-735433" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Cole_Dial-a-Tune-scaled.jpg-copy.webp?resize=1200%2C1353&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Cole_Dial-a-Tune-scaled.jpg-copy.webp?resize=720%2C812&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Cole_Dial-a-Tune-scaled.jpg-copy.webp?resize=768%2C866&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Cole_Dial-a-Tune-scaled.jpg-copy.webp?resize=1362%2C1536&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1362w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Cole_Dial-a-Tune-scaled.jpg-copy.webp?resize=400%2C451&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Cole_Dial-a-Tune-scaled.jpg-copy.webp?resize=706%2C796&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Cole_Dial-a-Tune-scaled.jpg-copy.webp?w=1568&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>Willie Cole, &#8220;Dial-a-Tune&#8221; (2022), Yamaha 3/4-size acoustic guitar parts (courtesy Alexander and Bonin, photo by Joerg Lohse)</figcaption></figure> <p>At the entrance to Willie Cole’s <em><a href="https://www.alexanderandbonin.com/exhibition/323/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">No Strings</a></em>, a peacock of piano keys greets visitors from the center of the room. Instead of a rainbow plume, the New Jersey artist layered black sharps and flats atop a fan of white keys, fragments of gold pedals comprising its beak and claws. While not a songbird, the piece nonetheless sets a dulcet tone throughout the gallery of Alexander and Bonin, strutting the line between listening and looking.</p> <p>The exhibition is Cole’s latest foray into assemblage at the Soho mainstay. For this show, the artist partnered with Yamaha, whose <a href="https://www.musicincmag.com/news/detail/yamaha-cares-upcycle-program-turns-musical-instruments-into-works-of-art" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">upcycling program</a> donates blemished instruments that did not pass final inspection. New acoustic guitars are split open, divided into pieces, and rearranged into bodily forms, with all proceeds from sales going toward the music department at Arts High School, Cole’s alma mater in Newark.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="976" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Cole-Strummer-Side-View.jpg?resize=780%2C976&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-735426" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Cole-Strummer-Side-View.jpg?resize=1200%2C1502&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Cole-Strummer-Side-View.jpg?resize=720%2C901&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Cole-Strummer-Side-View.jpg?resize=768%2C961&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Cole-Strummer-Side-View.jpg?resize=1227%2C1536&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1227w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Cole-Strummer-Side-View.jpg?resize=1636%2C2048&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1636w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Cole-Strummer-Side-View.jpg?resize=1568%2C1963&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Cole-Strummer-Side-View.jpg?resize=400%2C501&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Cole-Strummer-Side-View.jpg?resize=706%2C884&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Cole-Strummer-Side-View.jpg?w=1700&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1700w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>Willie Cole, &#8220;Strummer&#8221;&nbsp;(2022), Yamaha 3/4 size acoustic guitar parts, 28 x 16 1/2 x 15 inches (courtesy of Alexander and Bonin, New York, photo by Joy Whalen)</figcaption></figure> <p>Known for large-scale installations composed of water bottles, hairdryers, and women’s shoes, Cole once again exhibits his talent for seeing life everywhere. Two musicians made entirely of halved guitar bodies appear to serenade viewers from one corner of the gallery, but their tune is drowned out by car horns and ambulance sirens outside on Broome Street. It brings to mind the downtown folk, jazz, and blues scenes of the mid-20th century, before luxury retail overtook the neighborhood. Crucially, Cole made both pieces with guitars of two different shades and blended them into each body, giving them shared characteristics. This leads me to wonder if these instrumentalists, titled “Strummer” and “Picker” (2022), are long-term bandmates or just linking up for a momentary jam session.&nbsp;</p> <p>Across from them, two pieces constructed with sleek black guitar parts resemble busts of human heads, their teeth made of tuning pegs, tongues of fretboards, eyes of tailpieces, and hair of bridge pins. Cole even punches out the electronic preamps to create ear holes. Given the recent <a href="https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/met-sculpture-jean-baptiste-carpeaux-black-woman-enslaved-180979727/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">discourse</a> around Black representation in sculptural busts, the works subtly illuminate the long record of cultural appropriation by white artists.&nbsp;</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="575" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/No-Strings_1cc-scaled.jpg-copy.jpg?resize=780%2C575&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-734581" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/No-Strings_1cc-scaled.jpg-copy.jpg?resize=1200%2C885&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/No-Strings_1cc-scaled.jpg-copy.jpg?resize=720%2C531&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/No-Strings_1cc-scaled.jpg-copy.jpg?resize=768%2C567&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/No-Strings_1cc-scaled.jpg-copy.jpg?resize=1536%2C1133&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/No-Strings_1cc-scaled.jpg-copy.jpg?resize=400%2C295&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/No-Strings_1cc-scaled.jpg-copy.jpg?resize=706%2C521&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/No-Strings_1cc-scaled.jpg-copy.jpg?w=1568&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>Installation view of <em>Willie Cole: No Strings</em> at Alexander and Bonin (courtesy Alexander and Bonin, photo by Joerg Lohse)</figcaption></figure> <p>“I am more of a perceptual engineer,” Cole <a href="https://hyperallergic.com/69962/upcycled-a-conversation-with-willie-cole/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">told</a> Hyperallergic in 2013. “I change the way people see everyday objects.” In that same interview, he describes his passion for music, particularly playing guitar, noting that his art is an improvisation on the “visual harmonics” of everyday objects. This comes through most triumphantly in a huge mandala made of guitar necks, titled “Dial-a-Tune” (2022) — a reference to old answering machines that would play back music for callers. At the center of its ornate design, a metal hard-body banjo hints at a tough but reflective core. Despite the exhibition’s title, nickel-wound strings are present in every guitar.</p> <p>Time is itself a recycling process for Cole, whose freewheeling spirit transcends linearity in his excavations of art and music history. He confronts this directly in a newer piece in a back office of the gallery, titled “The Birth of the Blues” (2022). Two bare-chested Black mannequins gaze toward the floor with black guitars placed over their heads, resembling the wooden yokes forced on enslaved African people. Behind their backs, white chains bind their hands, their torsos submerged in white rice. This sublime piece hearkens to the political ties that still bind aesthetics in the United States, which are in dire need of breaking.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="811" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Cole-Front-Man-1.jpg?resize=780%2C811&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-735416" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Cole-Front-Man-1.jpg?resize=1200%2C1248&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Cole-Front-Man-1.jpg?resize=720%2C749&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Cole-Front-Man-1.jpg?resize=768%2C799&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Cole-Front-Man-1.jpg?resize=1477%2C1536&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1477w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Cole-Front-Man-1.jpg?resize=1568%2C1631&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Cole-Front-Man-1.jpg?resize=400%2C416&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Cole-Front-Man-1.jpg?resize=706%2C734&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Cole-Front-Man-1.jpg?w=1700&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1700w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>Willie Cole, &#8220;FRONTMAN&#8221; (2022), electric acoustic guitar parts, 28 x 29 x 19 1/2 inches (courtesy of Alexander and Bonin, New York, photo by Joy Whalen)</figcaption></figure> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="641" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Cole-Two-Faced-Blues_black-side.jpg?resize=780%2C641&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-735418" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Cole-Two-Faced-Blues_black-side.jpg?resize=1200%2C986&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Cole-Two-Faced-Blues_black-side.jpg?resize=720%2C592&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Cole-Two-Faced-Blues_black-side.jpg?resize=768%2C631&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Cole-Two-Faced-Blues_black-side.jpg?resize=1536%2C1262&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Cole-Two-Faced-Blues_black-side.jpg?resize=1568%2C1289&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Cole-Two-Faced-Blues_black-side.jpg?resize=400%2C329&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Cole-Two-Faced-Blues_black-side.jpg?resize=706%2C580&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Cole-Two-Faced-Blues_black-side.jpg?w=1700&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1700w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>Willie Cole, &#8220;Two-Faced Blues&#8221;&nbsp;(2021), Yamaha acoustic electric guitar parts, 23 x 29 x 15 1/2 inches (courtesy of Alexander and Bonin, New York, photo by Joy Whalen)</figcaption></figure> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="632" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Cole-Yamaha-Dog-2.jpg?resize=780%2C632&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-735419" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Cole-Yamaha-Dog-2.jpg?resize=1200%2C973&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Cole-Yamaha-Dog-2.jpg?resize=720%2C584&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Cole-Yamaha-Dog-2.jpg?resize=768%2C623&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Cole-Yamaha-Dog-2.jpg?resize=1536%2C1245&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Cole-Yamaha-Dog-2.jpg?resize=1568%2C1271&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Cole-Yamaha-Dog-2.jpg?resize=400%2C324&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Cole-Yamaha-Dog-2.jpg?resize=706%2C572&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Cole-Yamaha-Dog-2.jpg?w=1800&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1800w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>Willie Cole, &#8220;Yamaha Dog 2&#8221;&nbsp;(2021), Yamaha 3/4 size acoustic guitar parts, 18 5/8 x 11 x 27 inches (courtesy of Alexander and Bonin, New York, photo by Joy Whalen)</figcaption></figure> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="584" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/No-Strings_8cc-scaled.jpg-copy.jpg?resize=780%2C584&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-735423" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/No-Strings_8cc-scaled.jpg-copy.jpg?resize=1200%2C898&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/No-Strings_8cc-scaled.jpg-copy.jpg?resize=720%2C539&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/No-Strings_8cc-scaled.jpg-copy.jpg?resize=768%2C575&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/No-Strings_8cc-scaled.jpg-copy.jpg?resize=1536%2C1149&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/No-Strings_8cc-scaled.jpg-copy.jpg?resize=800%2C600&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 800w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/No-Strings_8cc-scaled.jpg-copy.jpg?resize=400%2C299&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/No-Strings_8cc-scaled.jpg-copy.jpg?resize=200%2C150&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/No-Strings_8cc-scaled.jpg-copy.jpg?resize=706%2C528&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/No-Strings_8cc-scaled.jpg-copy.jpg?w=1568&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>Installation view of <em>Willie Cole: No Strings</em> at Alexander and Bonin (courtesy Alexander and Bonin, photo by Joerg Lohse)</figcaption></figure> <p><a href="https://www.alexanderandbonin.com/exhibition/323/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Willie Cole: No Strings</a><em> continues at Alexander and Bonin (59 Wooster Street, Second Floor, Soho, Manhattan) through May 27. The exhibition was organized by the gallery.</em></p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.hyperallergic.com/~ff/hyperallergic?a=1tu5dMP7cHo:e461JcJPEL8:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/hyperallergic?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.hyperallergic.com/~ff/hyperallergic?a=1tu5dMP7cHo:e461JcJPEL8:D7DqB2pKExk"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/hyperallergic?i=1tu5dMP7cHo:e461JcJPEL8:D7DqB2pKExk" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.hyperallergic.com/~ff/hyperallergic?a=1tu5dMP7cHo:e461JcJPEL8:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/hyperallergic?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> </div> How Lee Alexander McQueen Spun History Into Fantasy https://hyperallergic.com/733488/how-lee-alexander-mcqueen-spun-history-into-fantasy/ Hyperallergic urn:uuid:aeb208b2-c8a9-4de5-7674-40a4186f2454 Mon, 23 May 2022 23:25:27 +0200 <figure><img width="720" height="540" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/8614699E-39F4-4F23-9514-F56C5700E857_1_105_c.jpeg?fit=720%2C540&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/8614699E-39F4-4F23-9514-F56C5700E857_1_105_c.jpeg?w=2400&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/8614699E-39F4-4F23-9514-F56C5700E857_1_105_c.jpeg?resize=720%2C540&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/8614699E-39F4-4F23-9514-F56C5700E857_1_105_c.jpeg?resize=1200%2C900&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/8614699E-39F4-4F23-9514-F56C5700E857_1_105_c.jpeg?resize=768%2C576&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/8614699E-39F4-4F23-9514-F56C5700E857_1_105_c.jpeg?resize=1536%2C1152&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/8614699E-39F4-4F23-9514-F56C5700E857_1_105_c.jpeg?resize=2048%2C1536&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/8614699E-39F4-4F23-9514-F56C5700E857_1_105_c.jpeg?resize=800%2C600&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 800w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/8614699E-39F4-4F23-9514-F56C5700E857_1_105_c.jpeg?resize=400%2C300&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/8614699E-39F4-4F23-9514-F56C5700E857_1_105_c.jpeg?resize=200%2C150&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/8614699E-39F4-4F23-9514-F56C5700E857_1_105_c.jpeg?resize=1568%2C1176&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/8614699E-39F4-4F23-9514-F56C5700E857_1_105_c.jpeg?resize=706%2C530&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/8614699E-39F4-4F23-9514-F56C5700E857_1_105_c.jpeg?w=2340&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2340w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure>Drawing from a wide range of personal influences, McQueen deconstructed myths and facts and refashioned them into his desired story. <figure><img width="720" height="540" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/8614699E-39F4-4F23-9514-F56C5700E857_1_105_c.jpeg?fit=720%2C540&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/8614699E-39F4-4F23-9514-F56C5700E857_1_105_c.jpeg?w=2400&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/8614699E-39F4-4F23-9514-F56C5700E857_1_105_c.jpeg?resize=720%2C540&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/8614699E-39F4-4F23-9514-F56C5700E857_1_105_c.jpeg?resize=1200%2C900&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/8614699E-39F4-4F23-9514-F56C5700E857_1_105_c.jpeg?resize=768%2C576&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/8614699E-39F4-4F23-9514-F56C5700E857_1_105_c.jpeg?resize=1536%2C1152&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/8614699E-39F4-4F23-9514-F56C5700E857_1_105_c.jpeg?resize=2048%2C1536&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/8614699E-39F4-4F23-9514-F56C5700E857_1_105_c.jpeg?resize=800%2C600&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 800w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/8614699E-39F4-4F23-9514-F56C5700E857_1_105_c.jpeg?resize=400%2C300&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/8614699E-39F4-4F23-9514-F56C5700E857_1_105_c.jpeg?resize=200%2C150&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/8614699E-39F4-4F23-9514-F56C5700E857_1_105_c.jpeg?resize=1568%2C1176&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/8614699E-39F4-4F23-9514-F56C5700E857_1_105_c.jpeg?resize=706%2C530&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/8614699E-39F4-4F23-9514-F56C5700E857_1_105_c.jpeg?w=2340&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2340w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="776" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/51E1EAEA-FB61-47E8-B469-00CDF8EA7EB3_1_105_c.jpeg?resize=780%2C776&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-734137" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/51E1EAEA-FB61-47E8-B469-00CDF8EA7EB3_1_105_c.jpeg?resize=1200%2C1194&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/51E1EAEA-FB61-47E8-B469-00CDF8EA7EB3_1_105_c.jpeg?resize=720%2C716&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/51E1EAEA-FB61-47E8-B469-00CDF8EA7EB3_1_105_c.jpeg?resize=768%2C764&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/51E1EAEA-FB61-47E8-B469-00CDF8EA7EB3_1_105_c.jpeg?resize=1536%2C1528&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/51E1EAEA-FB61-47E8-B469-00CDF8EA7EB3_1_105_c.jpeg?resize=2048%2C2037&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/51E1EAEA-FB61-47E8-B469-00CDF8EA7EB3_1_105_c.jpeg?resize=200%2C200&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/51E1EAEA-FB61-47E8-B469-00CDF8EA7EB3_1_105_c.jpeg?resize=1568%2C1560&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/51E1EAEA-FB61-47E8-B469-00CDF8EA7EB3_1_105_c.jpeg?resize=400%2C398&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/51E1EAEA-FB61-47E8-B469-00CDF8EA7EB3_1_105_c.jpeg?resize=300%2C300&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/51E1EAEA-FB61-47E8-B469-00CDF8EA7EB3_1_105_c.jpeg?resize=706%2C702&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/51E1EAEA-FB61-47E8-B469-00CDF8EA7EB3_1_105_c.jpeg?resize=100%2C100&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 100w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/51E1EAEA-FB61-47E8-B469-00CDF8EA7EB3_1_105_c.jpeg?w=2340&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2340w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>Installation view of <i>Lee Alexander McQueen: Mind, Mythos, Muse</i> at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), 2022 (all photos Anne Wallentine/Hyperallergic)</figcaption></figure> <p>The devil is in the details, as they say. In <a href="https://www.lacma.org/art/exhibition/lee-alexander-mcqueen" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><em>Lee Alexander McQueen: Mind Mythos Muse</em></a> at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), the angels are, too. Opening with fragmented sculptures of seraphim next to a pair of silvery caryatid heels from the designer’s final collection, the show’s — and McQueen’s — juxtaposition of the macabre and the sublime is established from the start.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="1040" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/68FF25CF-5E96-46A9-8751-52AA00870E95_1_105_c.jpeg?resize=780%2C1040&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-734135" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/68FF25CF-5E96-46A9-8751-52AA00870E95_1_105_c-scaled.jpeg?resize=1200%2C1600&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/68FF25CF-5E96-46A9-8751-52AA00870E95_1_105_c-scaled.jpeg?resize=720%2C960&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/68FF25CF-5E96-46A9-8751-52AA00870E95_1_105_c-scaled.jpeg?resize=768%2C1024&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/68FF25CF-5E96-46A9-8751-52AA00870E95_1_105_c-scaled.jpeg?resize=1152%2C1536&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1152w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/68FF25CF-5E96-46A9-8751-52AA00870E95_1_105_c-scaled.jpeg?resize=1536%2C2048&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/68FF25CF-5E96-46A9-8751-52AA00870E95_1_105_c-scaled.jpeg?resize=900%2C1200&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 900w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/68FF25CF-5E96-46A9-8751-52AA00870E95_1_105_c-scaled.jpeg?resize=600%2C800&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 600w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/68FF25CF-5E96-46A9-8751-52AA00870E95_1_105_c-scaled.jpeg?resize=300%2C400&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/68FF25CF-5E96-46A9-8751-52AA00870E95_1_105_c-scaled.jpeg?resize=150%2C200&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 150w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/68FF25CF-5E96-46A9-8751-52AA00870E95_1_105_c-scaled.jpeg?resize=1568%2C2091&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/68FF25CF-5E96-46A9-8751-52AA00870E95_1_105_c-scaled.jpeg?resize=400%2C533&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/68FF25CF-5E96-46A9-8751-52AA00870E95_1_105_c-scaled.jpeg?resize=706%2C941&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/68FF25CF-5E96-46A9-8751-52AA00870E95_1_105_c-scaled.jpeg?w=1920&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1920w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>Installation view of <em>Lee Alexander McQueen: Mind, Mythos, Muse</em> at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), 2022 </figcaption></figure> <p>A prominent British fashion designer in the 1990s and 2000s, Lee Alexander McQueen’s meteoric fashion career was spurred by his theatrical, boundary-pushing runway shows and magpie-like approach to style. He studied tailoring and fashion design before starting his own label and becoming chief designer at Givenchy, and ended his life by suicide in 2010 at the age of 40. The LACMA show capitalizes on McQueen’s wealth of stories and stylistic influences, aiming to explore the designer’s historical inspirations by contextualizing his works among the art that inspired it.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="1040" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/9C536AB5-AB55-42EF-9DD3-FEE7DF7EB81E_1_105_c.jpeg?resize=780%2C1040&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-734134" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/9C536AB5-AB55-42EF-9DD3-FEE7DF7EB81E_1_105_c-scaled.jpeg?resize=1200%2C1600&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/9C536AB5-AB55-42EF-9DD3-FEE7DF7EB81E_1_105_c-scaled.jpeg?resize=720%2C960&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/9C536AB5-AB55-42EF-9DD3-FEE7DF7EB81E_1_105_c-scaled.jpeg?resize=768%2C1024&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/9C536AB5-AB55-42EF-9DD3-FEE7DF7EB81E_1_105_c-scaled.jpeg?resize=1152%2C1536&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1152w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/9C536AB5-AB55-42EF-9DD3-FEE7DF7EB81E_1_105_c-scaled.jpeg?resize=1536%2C2048&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/9C536AB5-AB55-42EF-9DD3-FEE7DF7EB81E_1_105_c-scaled.jpeg?resize=900%2C1200&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 900w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/9C536AB5-AB55-42EF-9DD3-FEE7DF7EB81E_1_105_c-scaled.jpeg?resize=600%2C800&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 600w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/9C536AB5-AB55-42EF-9DD3-FEE7DF7EB81E_1_105_c-scaled.jpeg?resize=300%2C400&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/9C536AB5-AB55-42EF-9DD3-FEE7DF7EB81E_1_105_c-scaled.jpeg?resize=150%2C200&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 150w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/9C536AB5-AB55-42EF-9DD3-FEE7DF7EB81E_1_105_c-scaled.jpeg?resize=1568%2C2091&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/9C536AB5-AB55-42EF-9DD3-FEE7DF7EB81E_1_105_c-scaled.jpeg?resize=400%2C533&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/9C536AB5-AB55-42EF-9DD3-FEE7DF7EB81E_1_105_c-scaled.jpeg?resize=706%2C941&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/9C536AB5-AB55-42EF-9DD3-FEE7DF7EB81E_1_105_c-scaled.jpeg?w=1920&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1920w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>Installation view of <em>Lee Alexander McQueen: Mind, Mythos, Muse</em> at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), 2022 </figcaption></figure> <p>It’s a fascinating approach, as history is always being retold, repurposed, reframed, and refashioned. What better way to examine this impulse than by looking at works drawing on similar stories and imagery, centuries apart? The show provides varying degrees of this analysis across its four sections: Mythos, Fashioned Narratives, Evolution and Existence, and Technique and Innovation.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="1040" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/2A5B19E1-37E2-4128-A4B8-4577DED5131D_1_105_c.jpeg?resize=780%2C1040&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-734127" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/2A5B19E1-37E2-4128-A4B8-4577DED5131D_1_105_c-scaled.jpeg?resize=1200%2C1600&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/2A5B19E1-37E2-4128-A4B8-4577DED5131D_1_105_c-scaled.jpeg?resize=720%2C960&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/2A5B19E1-37E2-4128-A4B8-4577DED5131D_1_105_c-scaled.jpeg?resize=768%2C1024&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/2A5B19E1-37E2-4128-A4B8-4577DED5131D_1_105_c-scaled.jpeg?resize=1152%2C1536&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1152w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/2A5B19E1-37E2-4128-A4B8-4577DED5131D_1_105_c-scaled.jpeg?resize=1536%2C2048&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/2A5B19E1-37E2-4128-A4B8-4577DED5131D_1_105_c-scaled.jpeg?resize=900%2C1200&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 900w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/2A5B19E1-37E2-4128-A4B8-4577DED5131D_1_105_c-scaled.jpeg?resize=600%2C800&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 600w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/2A5B19E1-37E2-4128-A4B8-4577DED5131D_1_105_c-scaled.jpeg?resize=300%2C400&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/2A5B19E1-37E2-4128-A4B8-4577DED5131D_1_105_c-scaled.jpeg?resize=150%2C200&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 150w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/2A5B19E1-37E2-4128-A4B8-4577DED5131D_1_105_c-scaled.jpeg?resize=1568%2C2091&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/2A5B19E1-37E2-4128-A4B8-4577DED5131D_1_105_c-scaled.jpeg?resize=400%2C533&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/2A5B19E1-37E2-4128-A4B8-4577DED5131D_1_105_c-scaled.jpeg?resize=706%2C941&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/2A5B19E1-37E2-4128-A4B8-4577DED5131D_1_105_c-scaled.jpeg?w=1920&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1920w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>Installation view of <em>Lee Alexander McQueen: Mind, Mythos, Muse</em> at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), 2022 </figcaption></figure> <p>Mythos touches on the influences of Greco-Roman myth, Christian iconography, and European Orientalism. The nightmarish landscape of Jan Mandijn’s c. 1550 “St. Christopher and the Christ Child” is placed next to a McQueen dress that features portions of Hieronymus Bosch’s fantastical works. A casual glance tells you they are visually related, but the text to explain that Mandijn’s work followed Bosch, or even that McQueen did, is hidden behind a QR code. This was a frustration throughout the exhibition, which provides only brief introductory texts and identifying labels on the walls; any rigorous analysis requires a sharp eye and a smartphone camera to find.&nbsp; As much as<strong> </strong>McQueen’s clothes tell their own stories, the point of an exhibition is to contextualize his takes, too. For those who want to revel in the visual effect of a trip down the runway, it’s a great layout — but it requires extra effort for those who want more of the story. Both physical and digital options would accommodate all forms of access.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="1040" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/0F3BDB14-96F6-4E0C-BC17-D578D87545B5_1_105_c.jpeg?resize=780%2C1040&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-734128" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/0F3BDB14-96F6-4E0C-BC17-D578D87545B5_1_105_c-scaled.jpeg?resize=1200%2C1600&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/0F3BDB14-96F6-4E0C-BC17-D578D87545B5_1_105_c-scaled.jpeg?resize=720%2C960&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/0F3BDB14-96F6-4E0C-BC17-D578D87545B5_1_105_c-scaled.jpeg?resize=768%2C1024&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/0F3BDB14-96F6-4E0C-BC17-D578D87545B5_1_105_c-scaled.jpeg?resize=1152%2C1536&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1152w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/0F3BDB14-96F6-4E0C-BC17-D578D87545B5_1_105_c-scaled.jpeg?resize=1536%2C2048&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/0F3BDB14-96F6-4E0C-BC17-D578D87545B5_1_105_c-scaled.jpeg?resize=900%2C1200&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 900w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/0F3BDB14-96F6-4E0C-BC17-D578D87545B5_1_105_c-scaled.jpeg?resize=600%2C800&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 600w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/0F3BDB14-96F6-4E0C-BC17-D578D87545B5_1_105_c-scaled.jpeg?resize=300%2C400&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 300w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/0F3BDB14-96F6-4E0C-BC17-D578D87545B5_1_105_c-scaled.jpeg?resize=150%2C200&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 150w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/0F3BDB14-96F6-4E0C-BC17-D578D87545B5_1_105_c-scaled.jpeg?resize=1568%2C2091&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/0F3BDB14-96F6-4E0C-BC17-D578D87545B5_1_105_c-scaled.jpeg?resize=400%2C533&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/0F3BDB14-96F6-4E0C-BC17-D578D87545B5_1_105_c-scaled.jpeg?resize=706%2C941&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/0F3BDB14-96F6-4E0C-BC17-D578D87545B5_1_105_c-scaled.jpeg?w=1920&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1920w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>Installation view of <em>Lee Alexander McQueen: Mind, Mythos, Muse</em> at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), 2022 </figcaption></figure> <p>The second section delves into McQueen’s explicit retellings of history, including the Salem witch trials in America, Scottish Highland raids (a collection that appeared in a controversially violent runway show), British imperialism, and Asian trade routes. Drawing from a wide range of personal influences, McQueen deconstructed myths and facts and refashioned them into his desired story — creating a characteristic combination of hard-edged iconoclasm and glamorous romanticism. McQueen’s “punk history” interpretations, as one friend put it, come across strongest in this section. Ernst Barlach’s moody 1920s woodcuts “Witches” and “Lilith” are a stunning pairing with McQueen’s silver and black beaded 1930s-esque vamp dresses, each art form illustrating the ways women have been demonized in dramatic black and white. It would be nice to see more context for “The Girl Who Lived in the Tree” (2008/9): an Indian patka and early 19th-century English engraving of “A Lady of Hindoostan” are genteelly interspersed between McQueen’s and 19th-century dresses, but the tensions of colonial rule and exchange here seem softened into McQueen’s fairytale rather than interrogated.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="559" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/CB6363DF-925B-4895-A5A2-24F1DE314D7D_1_105_c.jpeg?resize=780%2C559&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-734129" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/CB6363DF-925B-4895-A5A2-24F1DE314D7D_1_105_c.jpeg?resize=1200%2C860&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/CB6363DF-925B-4895-A5A2-24F1DE314D7D_1_105_c.jpeg?resize=720%2C516&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/CB6363DF-925B-4895-A5A2-24F1DE314D7D_1_105_c.jpeg?resize=768%2C550&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/CB6363DF-925B-4895-A5A2-24F1DE314D7D_1_105_c.jpeg?resize=1536%2C1100&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/CB6363DF-925B-4895-A5A2-24F1DE314D7D_1_105_c.jpeg?resize=2048%2C1467&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/CB6363DF-925B-4895-A5A2-24F1DE314D7D_1_105_c.jpeg?resize=1568%2C1123&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/CB6363DF-925B- Mexican Artists and Designers Take Over Rockefeller Center https://hyperallergic.com/734628/mexican-artists-and-designers-take-over-rockefeller-center/ Hyperallergic urn:uuid:c2f18cd9-bd77-14d6-69db-aeb8e38183c6 Mon, 23 May 2022 23:20:00 +0200 <figure><img width="720" height="540" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/pia.jpg?fit=720%2C540&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/pia.jpg?w=2000&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2000w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/pia.jpg?resize=720%2C540&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/pia.jpg?resize=1200%2C900&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/pia.jpg?resize=768%2C576&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/pia.jpg?resize=1536%2C1152&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/pia.jpg?resize=800%2C600&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 800w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/pia.jpg?resize=400%2C300&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/pia.jpg?resize=200%2C150&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/pia.jpg?resize=1568%2C1176&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/pia.jpg?resize=706%2C530&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure><i>Intervención/Intersección</i>, the latest venture from MASA Galería, is a humming subversion of what public art can look like. <figure><img width="720" height="540" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/pia.jpg?fit=720%2C540&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/pia.jpg?w=2000&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2000w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/pia.jpg?resize=720%2C540&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/pia.jpg?resize=1200%2C900&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/pia.jpg?resize=768%2C576&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/pia.jpg?resize=1536%2C1152&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/pia.jpg?resize=800%2C600&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 800w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/pia.jpg?resize=400%2C300&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/pia.jpg?resize=200%2C150&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/pia.jpg?resize=1568%2C1176&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/pia.jpg?resize=706%2C530&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure> <p>Most New Yorkers aren’t fazed by much. But when Brian Thoreen told a group of locals that he and a crew of construction folks were hoisting and foisting with forklifts smack in the center of Rockefeller Center, they gasped. On Tuesday, May 10, the artist and design dealer stayed up until 4am hanging the clothes lines of Pia Camil’s new work<em> </em>“Saca Tus Trapos Al Sol (Air Out Your Dirty Laundry)” on the 193 flagpoles surrounding the Rink (you know, where Jeff Koons and Kaws oversized statutes <a href="https://www.rockefellercenter.com/magazine/arts-culture/artist-kaws-brings-an-18-foot-tall-sculpture-to-the-plaza/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">often loom</a>).</p> <p>Camil’s site-specific intervention is a brazen public-facing commentary that strings together over 700 items of used clothing, collected by Camil from donations in Mexico City and still soaked in the humanness of their previous owners. It’s part of a show called <a href="https://www.rockefellercenter.com/events/masa-at-rockefeller-center/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><em>Intervención/Intersección</em></a>, the latest venture from MASA Galería, up through June 24. Co-founded in Mexico City in 2018 by Thoreen, Age Salajõe, and Héctor Esrawe, the roving design platform seeks unconventional ways to showcase and dialogue the urgencies of material culture. Past projects include shows in an <a href="https://purple.fr/diary/elementos-vitales-an-exhibition-honoring-ana-mendieta-at-la-clinica-oaxaca/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Oaxacan medical clinic</a>, a <a href="https://www.dezeen.com/2019/02/17/masa-design-gallery-mexico-city-mansion/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">crumbling Mexico City manse</a>, and an <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CZxSR-MumTH/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">empty skyscraper in the city’s Roma district</a>. Now, MASA has come to New York — in RockCenter, of all places — which may not sound particularly notable, except in this case, it really quite is.&nbsp;</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="585" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6765.jpg?resize=780%2C585&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-734832" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6765.jpg?resize=1200%2C900&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6765.jpg?resize=720%2C540&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6765.jpg?resize=768%2C576&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6765.jpg?resize=1536%2C1152&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6765.jpg?resize=800%2C600&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 800w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6765.jpg?resize=400%2C300&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6765.jpg?resize=200%2C150&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6765.jpg?resize=1568%2C1176&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6765.jpg?resize=706%2C530&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6765.jpg?w=2000&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2000w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>For her installation, Camil strung together over 700 items of used clothing. (photo Julie Baumgardner/Hyperallergic) </figcaption></figure> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="585" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/22.jpg?resize=780%2C585&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-734839" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/22.jpg?resize=1200%2C900&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/22.jpg?resize=720%2C540&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/22.jpg?resize=768%2C576&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/22.jpg?resize=1536%2C1152&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/22.jpg?resize=800%2C600&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 800w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/22.jpg?resize=400%2C300&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/22.jpg?resize=200%2C150&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/22.jpg?resize=1568%2C1176&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/22.jpg?resize=706%2C530&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/22.jpg?w=2000&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2000w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>Installation view of <em>Intervención/Intersección</em> with works by Brian Thoreen, Isamu Noguchi, Alma Allen, and Pedro Reyes (photo courtesy MASA)</figcaption></figure> <p>The first encounter of <em>Intervención/Intersección</em> is Camil’s unglossed installation. But down in the depths of the <a href="https://www.thecity.nyc/manhattan/2022/3/23/22993862/rock-center-post-office-closes-as-usps-looks-for-financial-deliverance#:~:text=The%20former%20post%20office%20in%20Rockefeller%20Center%2C%20March%2023%2C%202022.&amp;text=A%20large%20subterranean%20Post%20Office,reform%20bill%20passed%20through%20congress." target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">former post office</a> of Rockefeller Center, there’s a group show curated by another Mexico-transplant and design whisperer, Su Wu, that brings together a specific selection of Mexican artists who bridge the contemporary and historical —&nbsp; reflecting on the expression of private intimacies, awkward realities, failed dreams, and frailties of the human condition.&nbsp;</p> <p>In an interview with Hyperallergic, Thoreen said that this show was actually about four years in the making, and it always hinged on finding the right spot. In his mind, that was RockCenter. How did Tishman Speyer, the corporate landlord of the Midtown landmark, agree to let a nomadic band of cool kids from Mexico take over a federal piece of property? Well, Thoreen shares: patience.&nbsp;</p> <p>“I wanted the show to look like a flattened maquette of space,” he said. In 2019,&nbsp; when Thoreen (along with Esrawe and Salajõe) first saw the now-disused post office, with its low ceilings and buttercream monochrome environs, it fit Thoreen’s vision. But it was still a functional post office at the time, and the nation’s hardest-working government agency wasn&#8217;t going to stop delivering the mail because a group of design darlings said so. When the call came in about six months ago that the space was available, though, MASA pounced on the opportunity.&nbsp;</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="585" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6779.jpeg?resize=780%2C585&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-734841" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6779.jpeg?resize=1200%2C900&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6779.jpeg?resize=720%2C540&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6779.jpeg?resize=768%2C576&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6779.jpeg?resize=1536%2C1152&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6779.jpeg?resize=800%2C600&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 800w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6779.jpeg?resize=400%2C300&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6779.jpeg?resize=200%2C150&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6779.jpeg?resize=1568%2C1176&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6779.jpeg?resize=706%2C530&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6779.jpeg?w=2000&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2000w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>Jose Dávila, “Personal Diary&#8221; (2022) and Frida Escobedo bench (photo Julie Baumgardner/Hyperallergic)</figcaption></figure> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="585" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6778.jpeg?resize=780%2C585&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-734842" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6778.jpeg?resize=1200%2C900&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6778.jpeg?resize=720%2C540&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6778.jpeg?resize=768%2C576&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6778.jpeg?resize=1536%2C1152&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6778.jpeg?resize=800%2C600&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 800w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6778.jpeg?resize=400%2C300&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6778.jpeg?resize=200%2C150&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6778.jpeg?resize=1568%2C1176&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6778.jpeg?resize=706%2C530&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6778.jpeg?w=2000&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2000w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>Frida Escobedo&#8217;s chain-link bench (photo Julie Baumgardner/Hyperallergic)</figcaption></figure> <p>MASA and Wu gathered together a group of artists from all walks of life. Outsider artist Martín Ramírez, whose drawings from the 1950s and ’60s were <a href="https://folkartmuseum.org/exhibitions/martin-ramirez/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">made inside a mental institution</a>, contain the sort of contemplation and cheekiness that might constitute a meme Instagram account today. Proceeding through the main space into a back room sits Freda Escobedo’s chain-link chair responding to Ana Mendieta’s 1974 film <a href="https://arthistoryproject.com/artists/ana-mendieta/film-still-from-creek/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><em>Creek</em></a> — in which the Cuban American artist lies naked in water, filming herself becoming one with the natural element — but in a material often used to restrict spatial movement. Sculptures by Rubén Ortiz Torres, made of car hoods sourced from scrap yards in Tijuana that have been damaged by cartel violence and repaired with gold leaf in the Japanese method of <em>kintsugi</em>, join a performance-based woven textile work by Tania Candiani capturing the words she’s overheard people saying about her work, including misconceptions imposed upon her practice. Elsewhere in the show, there are Pedro Reyes chairs evoking symbols found in Aztec imagery; works by Jose Dávila, Alma Allen (Wu’s husband), and Thoreen himself; and, of course, an Isamu Noguchi playground maquette in the center of the floor to tie the concept all together.&nbsp;</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="585" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6774.jpeg?resize=780%2C585&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-734847" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6774.jpeg?resize=1200%2C900&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6774.jpeg?resize=720%2C540&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6774.jpeg?resize=768%2C576&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6774.jpeg?resize=1536%2C1152&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6774.jpeg?resize=800%2C600&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 800w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6774.jpeg?resize=400%2C300&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6774.jpeg?resize=200%2C150&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6774.jpeg?resize=1568%2C1176&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6774.jpeg?resize=706%2C530&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6774.jpeg?w=2000&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2000w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>Tania Candiani, “Chromatica&#8221; (2015) (photo Julie Baumgardner/Hyperallergic)</figcaption></figure> <p>According to Thoreen, the show was set up in a lightning-quick timeline, about six weeks in total, with Wu herself shaping the vision to center works “that really connect to the history of this place.”&nbsp;</p> <p>“We really want to think about artists who’ve fallen out of the canon because they are women or their sexuality, or don&#8217;t have privilege or made functional work — and not grand civic murals,” Wu told Hyperallergic. “And all the ways in which history is unsettled and rewritten.” </p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="585" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/ewe-and-hector.jpg?resize=780%2C585&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-734857" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/ewe-and-hector.jpg?resize=1200%2C900&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/ewe-and-hector.jpg?resize=720%2C540&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/ewe-and-hector.jpg?resize=768%2C576&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/ewe-and-hector.jpg?resize=1536%2C1152&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/ewe-and-hector.jpg?resize=800%2C600&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 800w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/ewe-and-hector.jpg?resize=400%2C300&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/ewe-and-hector.jpg?resize=200%2C150&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/ewe-and-hector.jpg?resize=1568%2C1176&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/ewe-and-hector.jpg?resize=706%2C530&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/ewe-and-hector.jpg?w=2000&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2000w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>Works by EWE Studio and Héctor Esrawe (photo courtesy MASA)</figcaption></figure> <p>Forget not that RockCenter was once slated to be the proud home of Diego Rivera’s 1934 fresco “Man at the Crossroads,” slated for the lobby of 30 Rock but <a href="https://www.npr.org/2014/03/09/287745199/destroyed-by-rockefellers-mural-trespassed-on-political-vision" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">destroyed before it was completed</a>. Rivera’s inclusion of Vladimir Lenin proved to seal its fate. And while MASA’s show isn’t about the tensions between capitalism and communism, as Rivera’s mural was, Thoreen points to another interesting dichotomy that forms a coherent thread throughout the exhibition. </p> <p>“Mexico is very inclusive, rather than exclusive,” he said. “It creates a community where everyone wants to collaborate and share. You can see that come out in what we’re capable of doing at MASA.”&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="585" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/ruben.jpg?resize=780%2C585&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-734855" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/ruben.jpg?resize=1200%2C900&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/ruben.jpg?resize=720%2C540&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/ruben.jpg?resize=768%2C576&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/ruben.jpg?resize=1536%2C1152&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/ruben.jpg?resize=800%2C600&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 800w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/ruben.jpg?resize=400%2C300&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/ruben.jpg?resize=200%2C150&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/ruben.jpg?resize=1568%2C1176&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/ruben.jpg?resize=706%2C530&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/ruben.jpg?w=2000&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2000w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>Rubén Ortiz Torres, “Kintsugi Crash&#8221; (photo courtesy MASA)</figcaption></figure> <p>And it’s precisely that exchange between Mexico and the United States that makes this show interesting — beyond the individual works. Is this not a signal that New York, the proverbial center of the art world, is importing Mexican artists for a salable exhibition centered around the idea of community and quiet histories that have been overlooked for being too raw, real, or authentic? This is not triumphant imperialistic work, exported as cultural supremacy, but rather a humming subversion of what public art can look like and a blurring of the lines between art and design.&nbsp;</p> <p>Perhaps t Scammers Hack Beeple’s Twitter and Steal Over $400K in Crypto https://hyperallergic.com/735320/scammers-hack-beeples-twitter-and-steal-over-400k-in-crypto/ Hyperallergic urn:uuid:6acc2651-d4ec-abee-d852-1a0b336c04c5 Mon, 23 May 2022 23:19:06 +0200 <figure><img width="720" height="478" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/beeple.jpg?fit=720%2C478&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/beeple.jpg?w=1200&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/beeple.jpg?resize=720%2C478&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/beeple.jpg?resize=768%2C510&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/beeple.jpg?resize=400%2C266&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/beeple.jpg?resize=706%2C469&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure>The phishers posted an “official minting link” to a fraudulent raffle from the famous NFT artist’s account. <figure><img width="720" height="478" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/beeple.jpg?fit=720%2C478&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/beeple.jpg?w=1200&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/beeple.jpg?resize=720%2C478&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/beeple.jpg?resize=768%2C510&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/beeple.jpg?resize=400%2C266&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/beeple.jpg?resize=706%2C469&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure> <p>Phishers reportedly <a href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/carlieporterfield/2022/05/23/beeples-followers-lose-438000-to-phishing-scam-after-nft-artists-twitter-gets-hacked/?sh=670b3fec1332" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">hacked</a> into the Twitter account of digital artist Mike Winkelmann, who goes by the artist name Beeple and who skyrocketed to fame after <a href="https://hyperallergic.com/628845/as-nft-sells-for-69m-artists-question-environmental-impact-of-blockchain/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">selling a non-fungible token</a> (NFT) for $69 million in March 2021. Users who fell for the scammers’ ploy collectively lost over $400,000.</p> <p>On Sunday, May 22, the scammers tweeted out an “official minting link” to a raffle for an upcoming “spring/summer collection 2021” collaboration with Louis Vuitton. (Last summer, Beeple collaborated with the luxury fashion house on the release of a phone game called “Louis: The Game,” which celebrated Vuitton’s 200th birthday and featured 30 collectible NFTs of which Beeple designed ten —&nbsp;so the raffle wasn’t completely implausible.) The tweet promised a “free mint” of “200 unique pieces.” Beeple’s Twitter bio was also edited to promote the fraudulent raffle.</p> <p>One link emptied users&#8217; crypto wallets once clicked, stealing $365,000 worth of crypto assets including cryptocurrencies and NFTs. Another link prompted users to send Ether to an externally owned account, netting the scammers another $73,000. When Beeple woke up Sunday morning, he reclaimed control of his account.</p> <figure class="wp-block-embed is-type-rich is-provider-twitter wp-block-embed-twitter"><div class="wp-block-embed__wrapper"> <blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-width="550" data-dnt="true"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">ugh we’ll that was fun way to wake up. <img src="https://s.w.org/images/core/emoji/13.1.0/72x72/1f62b.png" alt=" As Hate Crimes Soar, Dozens Rally for Black, Asian, and Trans Solidarity in LA https://hyperallergic.com/735206/dozens-rally-for-black-asian-and-trans-solidarity-in-los-angeles/ Hyperallergic urn:uuid:f7fea85c-4997-5d9f-5da2-3bc78e97670d Mon, 23 May 2022 23:16:02 +0200 <figure><img width="720" height="480" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Protester_3.jpg?fit=720%2C480&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Protester_3.jpg?w=2432&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2432w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Protester_3.jpg?resize=720%2C480&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Protester_3.jpg?resize=1200%2C800&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Protester_3.jpg?resize=768%2C512&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Protester_3.jpg?resize=1536%2C1024&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Protester_3.jpg?resize=2048%2C1365&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Protester_3.jpg?resize=1568%2C1045&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Protester_3.jpg?resize=400%2C267&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Protester_3.jpg?resize=706%2C471&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Protester_3.jpg?w=2340&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2340w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure>Through jubilant performances and speeches, the city's first-ever Blasian March connected the large but disparate communities. <figure><img width="720" height="480" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Protester_3.jpg?fit=720%2C480&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Protester_3.jpg?w=2432&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2432w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Protester_3.jpg?resize=720%2C480&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Protester_3.jpg?resize=1200%2C800&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Protester_3.jpg?resize=768%2C512&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Protester_3.jpg?resize=1536%2C1024&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Protester_3.jpg?resize=2048%2C1365&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Protester_3.jpg?resize=1568%2C1045&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Protester_3.jpg?resize=400%2C267&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Protester_3.jpg?resize=706%2C471&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Protester_3.jpg?w=2340&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2340w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure> <p>LOS ANGELES — There was a calm, joyous atmosphere as organizers and activists waited for the Black Asian Trans Solidarity Rally to begin. A skateboarder grinded on Pershing Square’s concrete benches. A booth gave away LGBTQ+ and transgender pride flags, binders, hygiene kits, and face masks. A DJ bobbed their head to “Is This Love” by Bob Marley and the Wailers. You’d never guess that the attendees at this casual queer party were also fighting for their lives.</p> <p>Approximately 50 people gathered for the rally and the city’s first-ever Blasian March this Saturday, May 21, an event founded by Rohan Zhou-Lee to build solidarity between Black and Asian communities. Both Black and Asian people have been increasingly targeted in hate crimes recently, with the Black community reporting <a href="https://www.nytimes.com/2022/05/16/us/hate-crimes-black-african-americans.html" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">a 45% increase in incidents in 2020</a> and the Asian community reporting <a href="https://www.nbcnews.com/news/asian-america/anti-asian-hate-crimes-increased-339-percent-nationwide-last-year-repo-rcna14282" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">a shocking 339% increase</a> in 2021.</p> <div class="wp-block-image"><figure class="alignleft size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="825" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Protester_1.jpg?resize=780%2C825&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-735239" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Protester_1-scaled.jpg?resize=1200%2C1269&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Protester_1-scaled.jpg?resize=720%2C761&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Protester_1-scaled.jpg?resize=768%2C812&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Protester_1-scaled.jpg?resize=1453%2C1536&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1453w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Protester_1-scaled.jpg?resize=1937%2C2048&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1937w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Protester_1-scaled.jpg?resize=1568%2C1658&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Protester_1-scaled.jpg?resize=400%2C423&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Protester_1-scaled.jpg?resize=706%2C747&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Protester_1-scaled.jpg?w=2340&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2340w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>A protester at the rally this weekend</figcaption></figure></div> <p>Zhou-Lee’s organization was joined by members of <a href="https://hyperallergic.com/tag/gyopo/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">GYOPO</a> and <a href="https://hyperallergic.com/tag/stopdiscriminasian/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Stop DiscriminAsian</a>, two groups led by artists and cultural workers, as well as QueerX and Invisible Men. They hope this is just the beginning of connecting the large but disparate Black, Asian, Blasian, and transgender communities in Los Angeles.</p> <p>“We have all been taught to be afraid of each other, especially in these times with so much hate and hostility,” Zhou-Lee told the crowd, draped in a bright red robe with gold embroidery worn to celebrate their Chinese heritage. “We&#8217;re taught to be afraid of the people around us, to be afraid of tomorrow, but I believe that fear of tomorrow is the perfect reason to be brave right now.”</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="520" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Rohan_Zhou-Lee.jpg?resize=780%2C520&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-735237" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Rohan_Zhou-Lee.jpg?resize=1200%2C800&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Rohan_Zhou-Lee.jpg?resize=720%2C480&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Rohan_Zhou-Lee.jpg?resize=768%2C512&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Rohan_Zhou-Lee.jpg?resize=1536%2C1024&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Rohan_Zhou-Lee.jpg?resize=2048%2C1365&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Rohan_Zhou-Lee.jpg?resize=1568%2C1045&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Rohan_Zhou-Lee.jpg?resize=400%2C267&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Rohan_Zhou-Lee.jpg?resize=706%2C470&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>Rohan Zhou-Lee</figcaption></figure> <p>Other speeches called out the<a href="https://www.npr.org/2022/04/14/1092904560/hundreds-of-anti-lgbtq-bills-have-already-been-introduced-this-year-here-may-be-" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"> 200-plus anti-LGBTQ+ pieces of legislation</a> currently being considered around the country. At least<a href="https://www.aclu.org/legislation-affecting-lgbtq-rights-across-country" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"> 23 of the active bills</a> specifically discriminate against transgender people.</p> <p>Community organizer YK Hong addressed this directly. “The reason why politicians want to control our bodies, control our choices — whether that be access to abortion hormones, expression, or gender affirming surgery — why they want to control our joy, our coalition building, our critical race [theory], is because our power is so magnificent. They are trembling. They are terrified because our full potential is infinitely powerful.”</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="520" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Protester_2.jpg?resize=780%2C520&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-735249" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Protester_2-scaled.jpg?resize=1200%2C800&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Protester_2-scaled.jpg?resize=720%2C480&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Protester_2-scaled.jpg?resize=768%2C512&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Protester_2-scaled.jpg?resize=1536%2C1024&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Protester_2-scaled.jpg?resize=2048%2C1366&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Protester_2-scaled.jpg?resize=1568%2C1046&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Protester_2-scaled.jpg?resize=400%2C267&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Protester_2-scaled.jpg?resize=706%2C471&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Protester_2-scaled.jpg?w=2340&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2340w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>Some protesters carried signs addressing the threat to abortion rights.</figcaption></figure> <p>A glimpse of that power could be seen through jubilant performances during the rally. Trans singer New Diamond paid a tribute to the genderqueer 1970s and ’80s disco legend <a href="https://www.sfchronicle.com/style/article/The-Fabulous-Sylvester-challenged-the-gender-13761716.php" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Sylvester</a>. Drag performers Phillip Hurt and Mr. Skipps McGee lip-synced for their lives. Genderqueer dancer and performance artist Xodiac vogued through the crowd and death dropped on stage. It’s exactly the atmosphere the rally sought to achieve.</p> <p>“Dysphoria is something that we experience when we feel life has cut away at us,” Lee Painter-Kim, the rally’s lead organizer, told Hyperallergic. “But euphoria is when we find moments of joy and excitement, when we feel seen in our gender and whatever complexity and fluidity we feel in that moment.”</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="520" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/MrSkipps_McGee.jpg?resize=780%2C520&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-735260" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/MrSkipps_McGee-scaled.jpg?resize=1200%2C800&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/MrSkipps_McGee-scaled.jpg?resize=720%2C480&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/MrSkipps_McGee-scaled.jpg?resize=768%2C512&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/MrSkipps_McGee-scaled.jpg?resize=1536%2C1024&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/MrSkipps_McGee-scaled.jpg?resize=2048%2C1365&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/MrSkipps_McGee-scaled.jpg?resize=1568%2C1045&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/MrSkipps_McGee-scaled.jpg?resize=400%2C267&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/MrSkipps_McGee-scaled.jpg?resize=706%2C471&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/MrSkipps_McGee-scaled.jpg?w=2340&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2340w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>Drag performer Mr. Skipps McGee</figcaption></figure> <p>Invisible Men, an organization that centers transmasculine people, gave out free binders with resources to help transmasculine people ease dysphoria. Founder Luckie Alexander, who also sits on the Los Angeles County Transgender Advisory Counsel, is a Black, transmasculine person raised in Compton. They explained how important their service is. “I know what it looks like to not have access to funding that we can spend on binders. At $36 or $40 a pop that&#8217;s expensive, so I’d rather make sure our community has what they need,” he said.</p> <p>Zhou-Lee said that the event was all about giving people permission to be themselves.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="520" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Phillip_Hurt_1-1.jpg?resize=780%2C520&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-735248" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Phillip_Hurt_1-1.jpg?resize=1200%2C800&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Phillip_Hurt_1-1.jpg?resize=720%2C480&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Phillip_Hurt_1-1.jpg?resize=768%2C512&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Phillip_Hurt_1-1.jpg?resize=1536%2C1024&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Phillip_Hurt_1-1.jpg?resize=2048%2C1365&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Phillip_Hurt_1-1.jpg?resize=1568%2C1045&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Phillip_Hurt_1-1.jpg?resize=400%2C267&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Phillip_Hurt_1-1.jpg?resize=706%2C471&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Phillip_Hurt_1-1.jpg?w=2340&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2340w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption> Drag performer Phillip Hurt</figcaption></figure> <p>That goal resonated with Phillip Hurt, who attended the event in full drag. Hurt, a non-binary, transfemme person who affectionately describes their drag style as “John Waters on food stamps,” wore a pink lace dress that matched their towering pink hair. They wrapped themselves in a voluminous boa, handmade the night before using tulle and shoelaces.</p> <p>“I believe in success in the form of allowing ourselves to take up space unapologetically,” Hurt told Hyperallergic. “I can find strength in knowing that if I&#8217;m taking up space, I&#8217;m creating a pathway for anyone else who wants to enter the world.”</p> <p>Though the rally was marked by a sense of safety and mutual support, safety concerns still underlay the event. The health nonprofit <a href="https://aplahealth.org/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">APLA Health</a> (formerly known as the AIDS Project Los Angeles) handed out free self-defense kits, which can be crucial to survival. “In the first two years of my transition, I was beaten up on a regular basis,” Alexander explained. “Walking out of my front door was nearly suicide every day, until I fought back. And that bought my respect.”</p> <p>Early on in the gathering, an American flag slipped out of a window that overlooked Pershing Square, a silent counter-protest. &#8220;That flag has come out every single time I&#8217;ve been out here,&#8221; Xodiac said. &#8220;The American flag is supposed to be a symbol of unity, but to pull it out as a symbol of, ‘Hey, I see you and I don&#8217;t like you, I&#8217;m an American’ at a Black, trans, Asian rally really speaks volumes of the masses.”</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="520" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Xodiac_4.jpg?resize=780%2C520&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-735250" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Xodiac_4-scaled.jpg?resize=1200%2C800&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Xodiac_4-scaled.jpg?resize=720%2C480&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Xodiac_4-scaled.jpg?resize=768%2C512&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Xodiac_4-scaled.jpg?resize=1536%2C1024&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Xodiac_4-scaled.jpg?resize=2048%2C1365&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Xodiac_4-scaled.jpg?resize=1568%2C1045&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Xodiac_4-scaled.jpg?resize=400%2C267&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Xodiac_4-scaled.jpg?resize=706%2C471&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Xodiac_4-scaled.jpg?w=2340&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2340w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>Performance artist Xodiac voguing to hold up traffic</figcaption></figure> <p>In response to anti-transgender aggression, Xodiac has developed a practice of voguing in peaceful protest. They are inspired by queer activists from the 1980s and ’90s, who would dance inches away from police, doubling as a human barrier that protected other protesters.</p> <p>After the rally concluded, about 20 to 30 people took to the streets for a solidarity march. In each crosswalk, Xodiac would drop to the asphalt, voguing to hold up traffic and give the group enough time to safely cross the street.</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="519" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Protester_4.jpg?resize=780%2C519&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-735262" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Protester_4.jpg?resize=1200%2C799&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Protester_4.jpg?resize=720%2C480&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Protester_4.jpg?resize=768%2C512&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Protester_4.jpg?resize=1536%2C1023&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Protester_4.jpg?resize=2048%2C1364&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2048w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Protester_4.jpg?resize=1568%2C1045&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Protester_4.jpg?resize=400%2C266&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/Protester_4.jpg?resize=706%2C470&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>After the rally, people took to the streets for a solidarity march.</figcaption></figure> <p>Zhou-Lee led the crowd through Downtown LA, chanting “Black Power! Asian Power! Trans Power!” as activists echoed the words in harmony. Drivers honked their horns in solidarity. Pedestrians held up a fist and cheered. Support for queer and transgender lives steadily poured in from diverse passersby along the 1.2-mile journey: glammed up high schoolers attending prom, patrons at a mochi donut shop, and rowdy sports fans mingling around LA Live.</p> <p>“Today is about generating joy,” Painter-Kim told Hyperallergic. “We are uplifting one another and sharing space with one another.”</p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.hyperallergic.com/~ff/hyperallergic?a=Edo5ZO8vuw4:IZbgx3c1QLU:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/hyperallergic?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.hyperallergic.com/~ff/hyperallergic?a=Edo5ZO8vuw4:IZbgx3c1QLU:D7DqB2pKExk"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/hyperallergic?i=Edo5ZO8vuw4:IZbgx3c1QLU:D7DqB2pKExk" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.hyperallergic.com/~ff/hyperallergic?a=Edo5ZO8vuw4:IZbgx3c1QLU:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/hyperallergic?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> </div> Mexican Artists and Designers Take Over Rockefeller Center https://hyperallergic.com/734628/mexican-artists-and-designers-take-over-rockefeller-center/ Hyperallergic urn:uuid:549b7c65-e785-14f5-94ef-9be657dd15f7 Mon, 23 May 2022 23:12:46 +0200 <figure><img width="720" height="540" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/pia.jpg?fit=720%2C540&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/pia.jpg?w=2000&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2000w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/pia.jpg?resize=720%2C540&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/pia.jpg?resize=1200%2C900&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/pia.jpg?resize=768%2C576&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/pia.jpg?resize=1536%2C1152&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/pia.jpg?resize=800%2C600&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 800w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/pia.jpg?resize=400%2C300&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/pia.jpg?resize=200%2C150&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/pia.jpg?resize=1568%2C1176&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/pia.jpg?resize=706%2C530&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure><i>Intervención/Intersección</i>, the latest venture from MASA Galería, is a humming subversion of what public art can look like. <figure><img width="720" height="540" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/pia.jpg?fit=720%2C540&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/pia.jpg?w=2000&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2000w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/pia.jpg?resize=720%2C540&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/pia.jpg?resize=1200%2C900&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/pia.jpg?resize=768%2C576&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/pia.jpg?resize=1536%2C1152&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/pia.jpg?resize=800%2C600&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 800w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/pia.jpg?resize=400%2C300&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/pia.jpg?resize=200%2C150&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/pia.jpg?resize=1568%2C1176&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/pia.jpg?resize=706%2C530&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure> <p>Most New Yorkers aren’t fazed by much. But when Brian Thoreen told a group of locals that he and a crew of construction folks were hoisting and foisting with forklifts smack in the center of Rockefeller Center, they gasped. On Tuesday, May 10, the artist and design dealer stayed up until 4am hanging the clothes lines of Pia Camil’s new work<em> </em>“Saca Tus Trapos Al Sol (Air Out Your Dirty Laundry)” on the 193 flagpoles surrounding the Rink (you know, where Jeff Koons and Kaws oversized statutes <a href="https://www.rockefellercenter.com/magazine/arts-culture/artist-kaws-brings-an-18-foot-tall-sculpture-to-the-plaza/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">often loom</a>).</p> <p>Camil’s site-specific intervention is a brazen public-facing commentary that strings together over 700 items of used clothing, collected by Camil from donations in Mexico City and still soaked in the humanness of their previous owners. It’s part of a show called <a href="https://www.rockefellercenter.com/events/masa-at-rockefeller-center/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><em>Intervención/Intersección</em></a>, the latest venture from MASA Galería, up through June 24. Co-founded in Mexico City in 2018 by Thoreen, Age Salajõe, and Héctor Esrawe, the roving design platform seeks unconventional ways to showcase and dialogue the urgencies of material culture. Past projects include shows in an <a href="https://purple.fr/diary/elementos-vitales-an-exhibition-honoring-ana-mendieta-at-la-clinica-oaxaca/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Oaxacan medical clinic</a>, a <a href="https://www.dezeen.com/2019/02/17/masa-design-gallery-mexico-city-mansion/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">crumbling Mexico City manse</a>, and an <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CZxSR-MumTH/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">empty skyscraper in the city’s Roma district</a>. Now, MASA has come to New York — in RockCenter, of all places — which may not sound particularly notable, except in this case, it really quite is.&nbsp;</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="585" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6765.jpg?resize=780%2C585&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-734832" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6765.jpg?resize=1200%2C900&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6765.jpg?resize=720%2C540&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6765.jpg?resize=768%2C576&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6765.jpg?resize=1536%2C1152&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6765.jpg?resize=800%2C600&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 800w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6765.jpg?resize=400%2C300&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6765.jpg?resize=200%2C150&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6765.jpg?resize=1568%2C1176&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6765.jpg?resize=706%2C530&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6765.jpg?w=2000&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2000w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>For her installation, Camil strung together over 700 items of used clothing. (photo Julie Baumgardner/Hyperallergic) </figcaption></figure> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="585" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/22.jpg?resize=780%2C585&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-734839" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/22.jpg?resize=1200%2C900&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/22.jpg?resize=720%2C540&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/22.jpg?resize=768%2C576&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/22.jpg?resize=1536%2C1152&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/22.jpg?resize=800%2C600&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 800w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/22.jpg?resize=400%2C300&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/22.jpg?resize=200%2C150&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/22.jpg?resize=1568%2C1176&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/22.jpg?resize=706%2C530&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/22.jpg?w=2000&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2000w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>Installation view of <em>Intervención/Intersección</em> with works by Brian Thoreen, Isamu Noguchi, Alma Allen, and Pedro Reyes (photo courtesy MASA)</figcaption></figure> <p>The first encounter of <em>Intervención/Intersección</em> is Camil’s unglossed installation. But down in the depths of the <a href="https://www.thecity.nyc/manhattan/2022/3/23/22993862/rock-center-post-office-closes-as-usps-looks-for-financial-deliverance#:~:text=The%20former%20post%20office%20in%20Rockefeller%20Center%2C%20March%2023%2C%202022.&amp;text=A%20large%20subterranean%20Post%20Office,reform%20bill%20passed%20through%20congress." target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">former post office</a> of Rockefeller Center, there’s a group show curated by another Mexico-transplant and design whisperer, Su Wu, that brings together a specific selection of Mexican artists who bridge the contemporary and historical —&nbsp; reflecting on the expression of private intimacies, awkward realities, failed dreams, and frailties of the human condition.&nbsp;</p> <p>In an interview with Hyperallergic, Thoreen said that this show was actually about four years in the making, and it always hinged on finding the right spot. In his mind, that was RockCenter. How did Tishman Speyer, the corporate landlord of the Midtown landmark, agree to let a nomadic band of cool kids from Mexico take over a federal piece of property? Well, Thoreen shares: patience.&nbsp;</p> <p>“I wanted the show to look like a flattened maquette of space,” he said. In 2019,&nbsp; when Thoreen (along with Esrawe and Salajõe) first saw the now-disused post office, with its low ceilings and buttercream monochrome environs, it fit Thoreen’s vision. But it was still a functional post office at the time, and the nation’s hardest-working government agency wasn&#8217;t going to stop delivering the mail because a group of design darlings said so. When the call came in about six months ago that the space was available, though, MASA pounced on the opportunity.&nbsp;</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="585" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6779.jpeg?resize=780%2C585&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-734841" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6779.jpeg?resize=1200%2C900&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6779.jpeg?resize=720%2C540&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6779.jpeg?resize=768%2C576&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6779.jpeg?resize=1536%2C1152&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6779.jpeg?resize=800%2C600&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 800w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6779.jpeg?resize=400%2C300&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6779.jpeg?resize=200%2C150&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6779.jpeg?resize=1568%2C1176&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6779.jpeg?resize=706%2C530&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6779.jpeg?w=2000&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2000w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>Jose Dávila, “Personal Diary&#8221; (2022) and Frida Escobedo bench (photo Julie Baumgardner/Hyperallergic)</figcaption></figure> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="585" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6778.jpeg?resize=780%2C585&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-734842" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6778.jpeg?resize=1200%2C900&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6778.jpeg?resize=720%2C540&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6778.jpeg?resize=768%2C576&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6778.jpeg?resize=1536%2C1152&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6778.jpeg?resize=800%2C600&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 800w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6778.jpeg?resize=400%2C300&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6778.jpeg?resize=200%2C150&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6778.jpeg?resize=1568%2C1176&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6778.jpeg?resize=706%2C530&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6778.jpeg?w=2000&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2000w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>Frida Escobedo&#8217;s chain-link bench (photo Julie Baumgardner/Hyperallergic)</figcaption></figure> <p>MASA and Wu gathered together a group of artists from all walks of life. Outsider artist Martín Ramírez, whose drawings from the 1950s and ’60s were <a href="https://folkartmuseum.org/exhibitions/martin-ramirez/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">made inside a mental institution</a>, contain the sort of contemplation and cheekiness that might constitute a meme Instagram account today. Proceeding through the main space into a back room sits Freda Escobedo’s chain-link chair responding to Ana Mendieta’s 1974 film <a href="https://arthistoryproject.com/artists/ana-mendieta/film-still-from-creek/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener"><em>Creek</em></a> — in which the Cuban American artist lies naked in water, filming herself becoming one with the natural element — but in a material often used to restrict spatial movement. Sculptures by Rubén Ortiz Torres, made of car hoods sourced from scrap yards in Tijuana that have been damaged by cartel violence and repaired with gold leaf in the Japanese method of <em>kintsugi</em>, join a performance-based woven textile work by Tania Candiani capturing the words she’s overheard people saying about her work, including misconceptions imposed upon her practice. Elsewhere in the show, there are Pedro Reyes chairs evoking symbols found in Aztec imagery; works by Jose Dávila, Alma Allen (Wu’s husband), and Thoreen himself; and, of course, an Isamu Noguchi playground maquette in the center of the floor to tie the concept all together.&nbsp;</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="585" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6774.jpeg?resize=780%2C585&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-734847" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6774.jpeg?resize=1200%2C900&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6774.jpeg?resize=720%2C540&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6774.jpeg?resize=768%2C576&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6774.jpeg?resize=1536%2C1152&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6774.jpeg?resize=800%2C600&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 800w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6774.jpeg?resize=400%2C300&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6774.jpeg?resize=200%2C150&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6774.jpeg?resize=1568%2C1176&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6774.jpeg?resize=706%2C530&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/IMG_6774.jpeg?w=2000&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2000w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>Tania Candiani, “Chromatica&#8221; (2015) (photo Julie Baumgardner/Hyperallergic)</figcaption></figure> <p>According to Thoreen, the show was set up in a lightning-quick timeline, about six weeks in total, with Wu herself shaping the vision to center works “that really connect to the history of this place.”&nbsp;</p> <p>“We really want to think about artists who’ve fallen out of the canon because they are women or their sexuality, or don&#8217;t have privilege or made functional work — and not grand civic murals,” Wu told Hyperallergic. “And all the ways in which history is unsettled and rewritten.” </p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="585" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/ewe-and-hector.jpg?resize=780%2C585&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-734857" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/ewe-and-hector.jpg?resize=1200%2C900&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/ewe-and-hector.jpg?resize=720%2C540&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/ewe-and-hector.jpg?resize=768%2C576&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/ewe-and-hector.jpg?resize=1536%2C1152&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/ewe-and-hector.jpg?resize=800%2C600&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 800w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/ewe-and-hector.jpg?resize=400%2C300&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/ewe-and-hector.jpg?resize=200%2C150&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/ewe-and-hector.jpg?resize=1568%2C1176&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/ewe-and-hector.jpg?resize=706%2C530&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/ewe-and-hector.jpg?w=2000&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2000w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>Works by EWE Studio and Héctor Esrawe (photo courtesy MASA)</figcaption></figure> <p>Forget not that RockCenter was once slated to be the proud home of Diego Rivera’s 1934 fresco “Man at the Crossroads,” slated for the lobby of 30 Rock but <a href="https://www.npr.org/2014/03/09/287745199/destroyed-by-rockefellers-mural-trespassed-on-political-vision" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">destroyed before it was completed</a>. Rivera’s inclusion of Vladimir Lenin proved to seal its fate. And while MASA’s show isn’t about the tensions between capitalism and communism, as Rivera’s mural was, Thoreen points to another interesting dichotomy that forms a coherent thread throughout the exhibition. </p> <p>“Mexico is very inclusive, rather than exclusive,” he said. “It creates a community where everyone wants to collaborate and share. You can see that come out in what we’re capable of doing at MASA.”&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="585" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/ruben.jpg?resize=780%2C585&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-734855" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/ruben.jpg?resize=1200%2C900&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/ruben.jpg?resize=720%2C540&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/ruben.jpg?resize=768%2C576&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/ruben.jpg?resize=1536%2C1152&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1536w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/ruben.jpg?resize=800%2C600&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 800w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/ruben.jpg?resize=400%2C300&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/ruben.jpg?resize=200%2C150&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/ruben.jpg?resize=1568%2C1176&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/ruben.jpg?resize=706%2C530&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/ruben.jpg?w=2000&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 2000w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>Rubén Ortiz Torres, “Kintsugi Crash&#8221; (photo courtesy MASA)</figcaption></figure> <p>And it’s precisely that exchange between Mexico and the United States that makes this show interesting — beyond the individual works. Is this not a signal that New York, the proverbial center of the art world, is importing Mexican artists for a salable exhibition centered around the idea of community and quiet histories that have been overlooked for being too raw, real, or authentic? This is not triumphant imperialistic work, exported as cultural supremacy, but rather a humming subversion of what public art can look like and a blurring of the lines between art and design.&nbsp;</p> <p>Perhaps t Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara Speaks Out From Prison Ahead of Trial https://hyperallergic.com/735282/luis-manuel-otero-alcantara-speaks-out-from-prison-ahead-of-trial/ Hyperallergic urn:uuid:4adf1706-f1b3-c663-6682-eaa4b26843bc Mon, 23 May 2022 22:22:04 +0200 <figure><img width="720" height="608" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/mla.jpg?fit=720%2C608&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/mla.jpg?w=1280&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1280w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/mla.jpg?resize=720%2C608&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/mla.jpg?resize=1200%2C1013&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/mla.jpg?resize=768%2C649&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/mla.jpg?resize=400%2C338&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/mla.jpg?resize=706%2C596&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure>"I am an artist and a human being struggling to get out of this unjust prison, but every day my love of free and honest art grows firmer," the persecuted artist said in a statement from a maximum-security prison in Cuba.  <figure><img width="720" height="608" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/mla.jpg?fit=720%2C608&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1" class="attachment-medium size-medium wp-post-image" alt="" loading="lazy" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/mla.jpg?w=1280&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1280w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/mla.jpg?resize=720%2C608&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/mla.jpg?resize=1200%2C1013&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/mla.jpg?resize=768%2C649&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/mla.jpg?resize=400%2C338&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/mla.jpg?resize=706%2C596&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w" sizes="(max-width: 34.9rem) calc(100vw - 2rem), (max-width: 53rem) calc(8 * (100vw / 12)), (min-width: 53rem) calc(6 * (100vw / 12)), 100vw" /></figure> <figure class="wp-block-image size-large"><img loading="lazy" width="780" height="1170" src="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/image_6487327-1.jpg?resize=780%2C1170&#038;quality=100&#038;ssl=1" alt="" class="wp-image-735366" srcset="https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/image_6487327-1-scaled.jpg?resize=1200%2C1800&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1200w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/image_6487327-1-scaled.jpg?resize=720%2C1080&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 720w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/image_6487327-1-scaled.jpg?resize=768%2C1152&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 768w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/image_6487327-1-scaled.jpg?resize=1024%2C1536&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1024w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/image_6487327-1-scaled.jpg?resize=1365%2C2048&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1365w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/image_6487327-1-scaled.jpg?resize=1568%2C2352&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1568w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/image_6487327-1-scaled.jpg?resize=400%2C600&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 400w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/image_6487327-1-scaled.jpg?resize=706%2C1059&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 706w, https://i0.wp.com/hyperallergic-newspack.s3.amazonaws.com/uploads/2022/05/image_6487327-1-scaled.jpg?w=1707&amp;quality=100&amp;ssl=1 1707w" sizes="(max-width: 780px) 100vw, 780px" data-recalc-dims="1" /><figcaption>Cuban artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara. The text reads&#8221; “I don&#8217;t want to die, I just want to go home.” (photo by Leandro Feal, design by Marco Castillo)</figcaption></figure> <p>Cuban artist <a href="https://hyperallergic.com/tag/luis-manuel-otero-alcantara/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara</a> has been jailed at Guanajay, a maximum-security penitentiary 25 miles west of Havana, since July of 2021. He will face court on May 30 on charges including disorderly conduct, disrespecting authorities, and &#8220;inciting to commit a crime&#8221; for encouraging people to join a protest via Facebook. The Cuban Public Prosector&#8217;s Office has asked to sentence the artist to seven years in prison. Otero Alcántara has been through two hunger strikes in prison<strong>,</strong> the last of which caused him to suffer temporary paralysis. He has also received awards from <a href="https://freedomhouse.org/article/freedom-house-present-annual-awards-cuban-activists-founding-president-national-endowment" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Freedom House</a> and the <a href="https://oxidayfoundation.org/annual-celebration/2021-celebration/2021-celebration-honorees/" target="_blank" rel="noreferrer noopener">Oxi Day Foundation</a><strong> </strong>and was named one of <em><a href="https://time.com/collection/100-most-influential-people-2021/6096092/luis-manuel-otero-alcantara/">Time Magazine</a></em>&#8216;s most influential people of 2021. Recently, he had a solo exhibition of his drawings in Miami. Until now, Otero Alcántara had not issued any public statements. He finally issued one last week. His statement is included here<strong> </strong>in full, translated from a transcription of an audio message that he delivered by phone from prison.</p> <p class="has-text-align-left"><strong>Statement by Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara, Sent from the Maximum-Security Prison of Guanajay, Cuba.</strong><br />Tuesday, May 17, 2022.<br />12:59 pm</p> <p>Hello to all. I, Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara, speak to you from the nasty Guanajay Prison. As far as I can tell, my health is okay.</p> <p>First of all, I want to express my condolences for the victims of the Saratoga Hotel explosion. I was deeply affected when I received news of this. It was extremely difficult, and I felt helpless due to my confinement.&nbsp;</p> <p>I want to give a million thanks to all the enlightened people and institutions that have been concerned with securing my freedom and that of all political prisoners, which is part of the process of securing freedom for Cuba.&nbsp;</p> <p>Soon it will be one year since the last peaceful and unprecedented mobilization of the Cuban people in pursuit of their freedom. During the last year, I have not expressed how proud I am to be Cuban and how proud I am of our people inside and outside the Island. I am sure that freedom will come very, very soon.&nbsp;</p> <p>I want to apologize for not having spoken publicly in a long time. I wanted to give myself some time in this very unpleasant place to ensure that my words would be meaningful.&nbsp;</p> <p>First, I will tell you I am an artist and a human being struggling to get out of this unjust prison, but every day my love of free and honest art grows firmer. Each day, I grow firmer in my love for what is human and in my love for Cuba.&nbsp;</p> <p>I want to apologize to those who are worried about my hunger strikes. These are visceral reactions provoked by the aberrant dictatorship. But luckily, up to now I have found spiritual answers within myself that allow me to be reborn.</p> <p>During all these months the regime has offered me exile from Cuba as the only way out of prison. Otherwise, I will have to serve seven years in prison.&nbsp;</p> <p>I will say this: For so many years, I have endured, as have many of my friends, inhuman persecution, and repression by the Cuban regime.&nbsp;</p> <p>It has been impossible for me to spend birthdays with my son. He was born on December 10, which is International Human Rights Day, a day when authorities intensify policing efforts to avoid public protests. It has been impossible for me to spend birthdays with him because I have been forbidden to leave my home on that day by Cuban authorities.&nbsp;</p> <p>My mother died and my grandmother died without me being able to spend the time I desired with them.&nbsp;</p> <p>My family and friends have lived in terror, literally.&nbsp;</p> <p>So many people I love now live in exile, without the possibility of returning because a dictatorship prevents them from doing so.</p> <p>The regime has destroyed my artwork and violated my rights and the rights of my friends in so many other ways.</p> <p>And we have endured all this and more in pursuit of a dream.&nbsp;We endured this out of a sense of responsibility toward the Cuba of today and tomorrow.&nbsp;</p> <p>None of this has succeeded in extinguishing our dreams.</p> <p>Today I dream that all Cubans of the world of any political persuasion will gather at the Malecon to work together toward a solution to the dictatorship so that no Cuban who thinks differently or espouses different political views will have to suffer mistreatment, persecution, or imprisonment.&nbsp;</p> <p>In the country I dream of, the children of Cuba will not have to emigrate and will be able to fulfill their goals on the island or return whenever they wish.&nbsp;</p> <p>I dream of a free event in the Civic Plaza. A cultural event where we sing Patria y Vida and so many other songs that are forbidden in today&#8217;s Cuba.&nbsp;</p> <p>I dream that no Cuban will be the enemy of any other Cuban.&nbsp;</p> <p>Today for these dreams I am ready to sacrifice the artist&#8217;s flesh, my artist&#8217;s flesh, and my freedom-loving spirit.&nbsp;</p> <p>Today our art and we ourselves have become the voice and example for the many whose voices have been silenced, whose hopes and dreams of freedom have been destroyed by the dictatorship. &nbsp;</p> <p>There are many whose roots have been erased, many who have even been erased as human beings.&nbsp;</p> <p>I believe that all Cubans should join together to support those Cubans for whom it has been impossible to escape from this dungeon of an Island.&nbsp;</p> <p>I want to teach my son to fight for his ideas, for love, for a dream, and for his dreams, in spite of everything.&nbsp;</p> <p>In parting, I want to ask you all not to lose faith that good, truth and freedom will prevail.&nbsp;</p> <p>I want to ask you to support free art, and to support my art, wherever I am.&nbsp;</p> <p>Do not leave me alone. Let us not leave the course of Cuba in the hands of a dictator or the course of destiny.&nbsp;</p> <p>Let us support the San Isidro Movement and its philosophy, which is far from dead. Wherever each one of the members is, wherever there are people that identify with San Isidro, with the San Isidro Movement, with that philosophy of art, freedom and prosperity, the movement will be alive.&nbsp;</p> <p>For my part, as long as music gives me strength, even if they stick me in the most hidden dungeon of Guantánamo or under a stone, I will look for a way for my art to reach you and continue staking my bet on freedom.</p> <p>These are not the words of a macho man who is stuck on playing the tough guy, the invincible one who can do anything. On the contrary, I am a vulnerable guy, but, above all, I am an artist who dreams of his homeland and of life and who remains connected to all of you.&nbsp;</p> <p>Thank you all for listening to me, thank you for everything really, to my friends, to the people I love and care about. We are all “super-connected”.&nbsp;And though I am here, I am ready for anything.&nbsp;</p> <p>Thanks for the awards, thanks to all the institutions, really. Thank you all.</p> <p>My message to the Cuban people is that freedom is coming soon, that I&#8217;m really charged up, and that freedom will come as soon as possible, you&#8217;ll see.</p> <p>In spite of everything, in spite of the pressure, in spite of the fact that right now there are a lot of people in jail, it was my turn to be here and from here I will continue to move forward.&nbsp;</p> <p>We are super-connected. I send a kiss to all.</p> <p>Patria y Vida. &nbsp;</p> <p>Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara</p> <div class="feedflare"> <a href="http://feeds.hyperallergic.com/~ff/hyperallergic?a=sK0JE0VobHQ:aPQdK7ZKaKU:yIl2AUoC8zA"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/hyperallergic?d=yIl2AUoC8zA" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.hyperallergic.com/~ff/hyperallergic?a=sK0JE0VobHQ:aPQdK7ZKaKU:D7DqB2pKExk"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/hyperallergic?i=sK0JE0VobHQ:aPQdK7ZKaKU:D7DqB2pKExk" border="0"></img></a> <a href="http://feeds.hyperallergic.com/~ff/hyperallergic?a=sK0JE0VobHQ:aPQdK7ZKaKU:qj6IDK7rITs"><img src="http://feeds.feedburner.com/~ff/hyperallergic?d=qj6IDK7rITs" border="0"></img></a> </div> Adam Norgaard https://canvas.saatchiart.com/nft-art/nfts/adam-norgaard-2 Canvas: A Blog By Saatchi Art urn:uuid:61a54213-e211-2098-dfab-c72aa82d5f17 Mon, 23 May 2022 21:43:24 +0200 Adam Norgaard is an expat artist from the United States, currently living in ... <h3><em><span class="JsGRdQ">Adam Norgaard is an expat artist from the United States, currently living in Japan. Attracted to Japanese culture from a young age, he decided to relocate there soon after graduation his works reflects the process of adapting to a culture different from his own. Using oils as his main medium, Adam&#8217;s work ties in Japanese elements, remaining playful while also maintaining a finished quality.</span></em></h3> <h5><span class="JsGRdQ"> </span></h5> <h3 class="_04xlpA direction-ltr align-start para-style-body"><span class="JsGRdQ">Your style for these Van Goghs is very distinct. Whether dead or alive, they are very recognizable as yours. </span><span class="JsGRdQ">Can you tell me a bit about your style and the Japanese elements that went into these avatars and your work in general?</span></h3> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h3><img loading="lazy" class="alignnone wp-image-106465" style="font-size: 16px;" src="https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG_0454-300x300.jpg" alt="" width="260" height="260" srcset="https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG_0454-300x300.jpg 300w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG_0454-500x500.jpg 500w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG_0454-150x150.jpg 150w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG_0454-768x768.jpg 768w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG_0454-1536x1536.jpg 1536w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG_0454.jpg 2048w" sizes="(max-width: 260px) 100vw, 260px" /><img loading="lazy" class="wp-image-106467 alignright" src="https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG_0453-300x300.jpg" alt="" width="260" height="260" srcset="https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG_0453-300x300.jpg 300w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG_0453-500x500.jpg 500w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG_0453-150x150.jpg 150w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG_0453-768x768.jpg 768w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG_0453-1536x1536.jpg 1536w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG_0453.jpg 2048w" sizes="(max-width: 260px) 100vw, 260px" /></h3> <h5></h5> <p><span class="JsGRdQ">Well, I wanted to keep the background simple &amp; crisp in order to have the focus on the subject. In this work I focused on the Japanese element called mono no aware, describes an awareness of transience and the impermanence of life. It’s all about finding beauty in the passing temporary moment and acts as a good reminder to be more present in our existence. For example, cherry blossoms that bloom and fall in only 2 weeks are a major symbol of mono no aware. Another example would be cicada’s because they live and die relatively quickly. In my case with the avatars, the dead version corresponds to this element.<br /> </span></p> <h3><span class="JsGRdQ">Does anything in the aesthetic you chose speak with the Japanese mindset and philosophy as well?</span></h3> <h5></h5> <p class="_04xlpA direction-ltr align-start para-style-body"><span class="JsGRdQ">It corresponds to ikigai. Ikigai is basically a zest for life, finding your purpose and reason for living. It absolutely did. I was thinking about Van Gogh’s commitment to painting. I remember hearing shortly before I began the project that he had a hat with candles attached to them for painting at night.<br /> </span></p> <h3 class="_04xlpA direction-ltr align-start para-style-body"><span class="JsGRdQ"><br /> How did you approach the creation process?<br /> </span></h3> <h5></h5> <p class="_04xlpA direction-ltr align-start para-style-body"><span class="JsGRdQ">For me I began with some research into his life while also tying in elements of Japanese culture. I also noticed he had one painting inspired by Ukiyo-e, so I thought there must be a link. It turned out he was an avid collector of Japanese woodblock prints. He wrote a quote “all my work is based to some extent on Japanese art” in one of his letters. He and his brother amassed hundreds of the ukiyo-e prints. They’re now housed at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.</span></p> <p><img loading="lazy" class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-106466" src="https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG_0451-300x300.jpg" alt="" width="300" height="300" srcset="https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG_0451-300x300.jpg 300w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG_0451-500x500.jpg 500w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG_0451-150x150.jpg 150w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG_0451-768x768.jpg 768w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG_0451-1536x1536.jpg 1536w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG_0451.jpg 2048w" sizes="(max-width: 300px) 100vw, 300px" /></p> <h3 class="_04xlpA direction-ltr align-start para-style-body"><span class="JsGRdQ">Many artists have found kinship with Van Gogh during their work on this project, but that is a very specific and unique trait to have in common with him!<br /> </span><span class="JsGRdQ">Can you tell us about how you started your career as an artist? Did art lead you to Japan or did Japan lead you to art?</span></h3> <p class="_04xlpA direction-ltr align-start para-style-body"><span class="JsGRdQ"><br /> I started my art education at the Academy of Art in San Francisco. Art absolutely led me to Japan. I did a homestay in high school and while it was an extremely difficult 6 months with the culture shock I experienced back then, I felt like I had only touched the surface of Japan. After my foundations courses at AAU I decided I needed to go back. I also began to forget Japanese when I began university and knew I had to use it or lose it.</span></p> <p><img loading="lazy" class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-106468" src="https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG_0432-216x300.jpg" alt="" width="216" height="300" srcset="https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG_0432-216x300.jpg 216w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG_0432-360x500.jpg 360w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG_0432-768x1067.jpg 768w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG_0432.jpg 770w" sizes="(max-width: 216px) 100vw, 216px" /> <img loading="lazy" class="size-medium wp-image-106469 alignright" src="https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG_0434-249x300.jpg" alt="" width="249" height="300" srcset="https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG_0434-249x300.jpg 249w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG_0434-415x500.jpg 415w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG_0434-768x925.jpg 768w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG_0434-1275x1536.jpg 1275w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG_0434-1700x2048.jpg 1700w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG_0434.jpg 1776w" sizes="(max-width: 249px) 100vw, 249px" /></p> <h5></h5> <p class="_04xlpA direction-ltr align-start para-style-body"><span class="JsGRdQ">These two pieces I painted almost a year after coming to Japan. After integrating more into Japanese culture I was able to pickup on more of the cultural differences I hadn’t noticed. In particular I was noticing how, despite being able to speak Japanese and communicate, there’s a perpetual feeling of being alienated as a foreigner.</span></p> <p class="_04xlpA direction-ltr align-start para-style-body"><span class="JsGRdQ">Japanese society is comprised of something called uchi-soto which means insiders-outsiders. It can be very insular at times and I wanted to communicate my initial feeling through those two pieces. With the piece on the right I referenced some masks &#8211; Japanese noh masks. I remember hearing in a course I took that they change their facial expressions depending on the angle you tilt them and that always stuck in my mind. It made me think that everything is subjective depending on how we view it.</span></p> <p><img loading="lazy" class="wp-image-106470 aligncenter" src="https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG_0462-300x139.jpg" alt="" width="458" height="212" srcset="https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG_0462-300x139.jpg 300w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG_0462-768x357.jpg 768w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG_0462.jpg 995w" sizes="(max-width: 458px) 100vw, 458px" /></p> <h5></h5> <h3 class="_04xlpA direction-ltr align-start para-style-body"><span class="JsGRdQ">What did you find the most difficult in your journey of integrating with Japanese culture? Do you think that there is ever a possibility of true assimilation or is it irrelevant?</span></h3> <h5></h5> <p class="_04xlpA direction-ltr align-start para-style-body"><span class="JsGRdQ">I’d say that as an island nation there’s always been a very distinct identity. It’s incredibly difficult to assimilate. There are very strong preconceived notions about nationalities due to a lack of exposure to different cultures. I think as I talked about earlier, the uchi-soto dilemma makes it very difficult to go “in-group”</span></p> <p class="_04xlpA direction-ltr align-start para-style-body"><span class="JsGRdQ">There are two different types of languages used. With “in-group” people you use casual language. But with outsiders and “out-of-group” individuals, you use polite language.</span></p> <p class="_04xlpA direction-ltr align-start para-style-body"><span class="JsGRdQ">The language acts as a barrier, basically you use super polite language with strangers or elders.</span></p> <h5 class="_04xlpA direction-ltr align-start para-style-body"><span class="JsGRdQ"> </span></h5> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><img loading="lazy" class="alignnone size-medium wp-image-106471" src="https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG_0456-237x300.jpg" alt="" width="237" height="300" srcset="https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG_0456-237x300.jpg 237w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG_0456-394x500.jpg 394w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG_0456-768x974.jpg 768w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG_0456-1211x1536.jpg 1211w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG_0456.jpg 1548w" sizes="(max-width: 237px) 100vw, 237px" /> <img loading="lazy" class="size-medium wp-image-106472 alignright" src="https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG_0420-238x300.jpg" alt="" width="238" height="300" srcset="https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG_0420-238x300.jpg 238w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG_0420-397x500.jpg 397w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG_0420-768x966.jpg 768w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG_0420-1221x1536.jpg 1221w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG_0420-1628x2048.jpg 1628w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/IMG_0420.jpg 1837w" sizes="(max-width: 238px) 100vw, 238px" /></p> <h3></h3> <h3><span class="JsGRdQ">There is so much to learn about Japanese culture and I really appreciate the depth and meaning you put into your work and life. Before we close the interview, is there anything you would like to say about your experience of creating NFTs?</span></h3> <h5></h5> <p class="_04xlpA direction-ltr align-start para-style-body"><span class="JsGRdQ">It was an incredible experience working with the other artists in Discord. One thing I learned from The Other Avatars is that groups build momentum. I typically work by myself so it was really nice to come into the community of artists with this project, thank you very much!</span></p> <p><strong>Love reading about all things art?</strong> You can have articles from Canvas, curated collections, and stories about emerging artists delivered straight to your inbox. <a href="http://lp.post.saatchiart.com/collectors-canvas"><strong>Sign up for the Saatchi Art Newsletter</strong>.</a></p> How to Collect Paintings https://canvas.saatchiart.com/lifestyle/how-to-collect-paintings Canvas: A Blog By Saatchi Art urn:uuid:592f7cb1-55ac-82bb-e753-2348593518b5 Mon, 23 May 2022 21:15:58 +0200 Without a doubt the most popular medium for the modern art collector, painting has been a primary vehicle of artistic expression through the ages, from the prehistoric cave paintings at Lascaux to the vivid landscapes of Van Gogh. Today, artists are reinterpreting the techniques and subjects of this enduring practice while adding their ... <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Without a doubt the most popular medium for the modern art collector, painting has been a primary vehicle of artistic expression through the ages, from the prehistoric cave paintings at Lascaux to the vivid landscapes of </span><a href="https://www.saatchiart.com/art-collection/Inspired-by-Vincent-van-Gogh/1586325/661711/view"><span style="font-weight: 400;">Van Gogh</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">. Today, artists are reinterpreting the techniques and subjects of this enduring practice while adding their own spin, making it an exciting time for collectors to explore the myriad possibilities of paint. Read on to get to know the medium that made the likes of Leonardo Da Vinci’s enigmatic </span><i><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mona Lisa</span></i><span style="font-weight: 400;"> and Salvador Dalí’s famous dreamscapes, so that you can build your own painting collection with confidence.</span></p> <h2><b>Materials &amp; Techniques</b></h2> <figure id="attachment_104169" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-104169" style="width: 550px" class="wp-caption alignnone"><img class="wp-image-104169" src="https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/IMG_5468-300x200.jpg" alt="" width="550" height="367" srcset="https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/IMG_5468-300x200.jpg 300w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/IMG_5468-750x500.jpg 750w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/IMG_5468-768x512.jpg 768w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/IMG_5468-1536x1024.jpg 1536w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/IMG_5468-2048x1365.jpg 2048w" sizes="(max-width: 550px) 100vw, 550px" /><figcaption id="caption-attachment-104169" class="wp-caption-text">Oil paints in the studio of <a href="https://www.saatchiart.com/maxymova">Iryna Maksymova</a>.</figcaption></figure> <h5></h5> <p><span data-preserver-spaces="true">Painting fundamentally consists of </span><strong><span data-preserver-spaces="true">pigment</span></strong><span data-preserver-spaces="true">, a </span><strong><span data-preserver-spaces="true">binder</span></strong><span data-preserver-spaces="true">—such as oil, synthetic emulsions, even egg—and a </span><strong><span data-preserver-spaces="true">solvent</span></strong><span data-preserver-spaces="true">, which artists add as they work to make the paint thinner and easier to use.</span></p> <p><strong><span data-preserver-spaces="true">Oil painting</span></strong><span data-preserver-spaces="true"> in its current form traces back to the fifteenth century. It refers to pigment suspended in an oil binder, typically linseed, used with solvents such as turpentine, mineral spirits, or natural oils. Oil paint is slow to dry and thus lends itself to detailed paintings with subtle blending. It also lends itself well to the “wet on wet,” or </span><em><span data-preserver-spaces="true">alla prima</span></em><span data-preserver-spaces="true">, technique of building up brushstrokes in one sitting—this process was especially popular with the Impressionists, who sought to capture quick “impressions” in </span><em><span data-preserver-spaces="true">plein air </span></em><span data-preserver-spaces="true">painting sessions. The medium is also known for the impasto technique, wherein thick layers of paint are applied, sometimes with palette knives, to achieve a relief-like effect. </span></p> <p><strong><span data-preserver-spaces="true">Acrylics</span></strong><span data-preserver-spaces="true">, or pigments suspended in an acrylic polymer emulsion, were developed for commercial use in the mid-twentieth century. Due to its ease of use, requiring only water as a solvent, this newcomer quickly became the favorite of Abstract Expressionists, Pop artists, and street artists alike. Today, for example, artists often turn to this medium for acrylic pour and drop paintings, wherein the paint is poured directly onto the canvas; however, it can also be adapted to a variety of approaches that closely replicate oil. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When it comes to </span><a href="https://www.saatchiart.com/art-collection/April-Showers-Watercolor-Works/1754780/662315/view"><b>watercolor</b></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">, the pigment is dispersed in a water-soluble chemical binder. On the artist’s end, the paint simply needs to be thinned with water. Watercolor is most commonly used on paper and yields delicate, translucent brushstrokes, while its close relative </span><b>gouache</b><span style="font-weight: 400;"> (pronounced “gwash”) achieves a more opaque, matte finish.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">There are more, albeit less common painting mediums to discover: Before the invention of oil paint, artists from Ancient Egypt through Early Renaissance Europe used </span><b>tempera</b><span style="font-weight: 400;">, an egg-based paint—it is more onerous than oil, but is still used by some contemporary painters exploring the history of their craft. You may also encounter </span><b>encaustic painting</b><span style="font-weight: 400;">, wherein the pigment is suspended in hot wax and applied to canvas or wood, a difficult technique that can yield visual depth and lightness.</span></p> <h2><b>Popular Styles &amp; Subjects</b></h2> <figure id="attachment_106230" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-106230" style="width: 550px" class="wp-caption alignnone"><img loading="lazy" class="wp-image-106230" src="https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/MamieYoung-300x200.jpg" alt="" width="550" height="367" srcset="https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/MamieYoung-300x200.jpg 300w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/MamieYoung-749x500.jpg 749w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/MamieYoung-768x513.jpg 768w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/MamieYoung-1536x1026.jpg 1536w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/MamieYoung.jpg 2000w" sizes="(max-width: 550px) 100vw, 550px" /><figcaption id="caption-attachment-106230" class="wp-caption-text"><a href="https://www.saatchiart.com/account/artworks/1755770">Mamie Young</a> explores figurative painting with a sense of humor.</figcaption></figure> <h5></h5> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Given its wide-ranging techniques and materials, painting is where styles and subjects as disparate as Abstract Expressionism, traditional landscape painting, portraiture, graffiti, and <strong><a href="https://www.saatchiart.com/art-collection/Spring-2022-Vol-3-Pop-and-Street-Art/1088288/674397/view">Pop art</a> </strong>collide. The slow nature and luminosity of oil paint make it ideal for highly detailed subjects, and the medium is particularly prominent in the </span><strong><a href="https://www.saatchiart.com/art-collection/Art-Style-Hyperrealistic-Paintings/1012074/660795/view">Hyperrealism</a></strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> movement today. Meanwhile, acrylic can be used in a number of forms, even spray paint, to produce works as varied as hard-edge <a href="https://www.saatchiart.com/art-collection/Spring-2022-Vol-3-New-Abstraction/1088288/674371/view"><strong>abstracts</strong></a> and <strong>street art</strong> graffiti, which has emerged as a significant movement in its own right.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While abstract art dominated much of the twentieth century, there has been a remarkable resurgence of <a href="https://www.saatchiart.com/art-collection/Spring-2022-Vol-3-Figurative-Works/1088288/674395/view"><strong>figurative painting</strong></a> in recent years, particularly among emerging artists examining their place in the canon of Western art. Despite its age, painting continues to be an ever-expanding frontier of aesthetic and thematic possibilities, making it an important medium today. </span></p> <h2><b>Collecting Paintings</b></h2> <figure id="attachment_104120" aria-describedby="caption-attachment-104120" style="width: 550px" class="wp-caption alignnone"><img loading="lazy" class="wp-image-104120" src="https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Screen-Shot-2021-08-10-at-4.21.00-PM-300x256.png" alt="" width="550" height="469" srcset="https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Screen-Shot-2021-08-10-at-4.21.00-PM-300x256.png 300w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Screen-Shot-2021-08-10-at-4.21.00-PM-587x500.png 587w, https://canvas.saatchiart.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/Screen-Shot-2021-08-10-at-4.21.00-PM.png 683w" sizes="(max-width: 550px) 100vw, 550px" /><figcaption id="caption-attachment-104120" class="wp-caption-text">Many collectors opt to build their collections around one medium or subject. Here, monochromatic watercolors are displayed in matching frames for a design-minded collection.</figcaption></figure> <h5></h5> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When it comes to collecting paintings, or any art, the most important factor is to buy what you love and what you can imagine living with for a long time. For the first-time collector, painting is a well-established and durable medium requiring little upkeep, making it a welcoming foray into the world of collecting fine art. And since painting encompasses a breadth of materials of varying cost, it’s a great medium to turn to on a budget, whether you’re looking for </span><strong><a href="https://www.saatchiart.com/art-collection/painting/Large-Paintings/1012074/664247/view">large-scale</a></strong><span style="font-weight: 400;"> and oversized artworks or <a href="https://canvas.saatchiart.com/lifestyle/inspiration/how-to-shop-art-for-small-spaces">art for small spaces</a>.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In terms of preservation, both oil and acrylic are <strong>resilient mediums</strong> that will typically only require regular dusting. However, we recommend displaying all paintings out of direct sunlight, as even the most durable pigments are subject to fading. For works on paper, which are subject to yellowing, consider framing them behind UV-protected glass to preserve the artwork long-term. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Whether you’re a patron of traditional oil, a fan of edgy abstracts, or a niche collector of encaustics, Saatchi Art offers </span><a href="https://www.saatchiart.com/art-collection/Featured-Paintings/1754780/657827/view"><span style="font-weight: 400;">a breadth of original paintings</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> by emerging artists around the globe. For complimentary and personalized art advisory service, </span><a href="https://www.saatchiart.com/artadvisory/brief"><span style="font-weight: 400;">contact our curators</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;"> to start building your painting collection today.</span></p> <p><strong>Love reading about all things art?</strong> You can have articles from Canvas, curated collections, and stories about emerging artists delivered straight to your inbox. <a href="http://lp.post.saatchiart.com/collectors-canvas"><strong>Sign up for the Saatchi Art Newsletter</strong>.</a></p>