Brazilian artist Adriana Varejão's work was recently selected as the cover of “Antologia de Textos Historias Mestiças” by Adriano Pedrosa, the co-curator of the 27th São Paulo Biennial, and historian Lilia Moritz Schwarcz. The anthology was created on the occasion of an exhibition, of the same name, at the Instituto Tomie Ohtake in São Paulo.
Much like Varejão’s work, the exhibition and anthology focus on anthropology and the notion of mestizaje—the mixing of races and cultures—an essential part of Brazil’s national narrative.
4:38 pm • 17 October 2014 • 68 notes
Mickalene Thomas's “Hair Portrait #20,” was commissioned by the Seattle Art Museum for Pop Departures, a group exhibition focusing on a generation of artists who have been inspired by Pop Art. The exhibition is on view through January 11, 2015.
Images: Top: Mickalene Thomas, Hair Portrait #20, 2014.
Below (all): Mickalene Thomas, Hair Portrait #20 (detail), 2014.
rhinestone and acrylic on panel
30 panels, each 30 x 30 inches
76.2 x 76.2 cm
overall: 60 x 450 inches
152.4 x 1143 cm
4:37 pm • 17 October 2014 • 110 notes
Jenny Gill: Thomas Greene Wiggins is a fascinating historical figure. When did you start conceptualizing a narrative around his life and experience?
Jeffery Renard Allen: I first became interested in writing a fictional narrative about Tom Wiggins in 1998 after reading a brief account of his life in Oliver Sacks’ book An Anthropologist on Mars. Here was a guy who was one of the most famous people of his time, probably the most famous pianist of the 19th century, the first African American to perform at the White House, who had somehow slipped through the cracks of history. I was also intrigued by Sacks’ description of Tom’s stage performances, which were ahead of their time in his ability to play three songs at once in different keys and play compositions that mimicked non-musical phenomena.
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Jeffery Allen’s #CCproject “Song of the Shank” is now available for purchase through Graywolf Press. The novel is based on the life of fabled 19th-century African American pianist and singer Blind Tom, pictured above.
6:01 pm • 16 October 2014 • 201 notes
Opening Reception: October 17th, 7pm – Midnight
5:51 pm • 16 October 2014 • 63 notes
“Black women artists are here, we exist and we exist positively despite the racial, sexual and class oppressions which we suffer. However, we must first point out the way in which these oppressions have operated in a wider context - not just the art world, but also in the struggles for Black and female liberation.”
— Chila Kumari Burman, ‘There Have Always Been Great Black Women Artists,’ in Charting the Journey: Writings by Black and Third World Writers, 1988
11:48 am • 13 October 2014 • 486 notes
Keith Piper, Past Imperfect, Future Tense, The Black-Art Gallery (1984)
11:01 am • 13 October 2014 • 234 notes
A personal account of the formation and history of the blk art group by Keith Piper
10:59 am • 13 October 2014 • 144 notes