Jan van Oost - Untitled (1994-2005)
“The concept of the end of life is central in Van Oost’s works, often accompanied by the ritual of pain, like a constant warning to accept our condition as mortal beings. …A vibrant denunciation through the visualization of shapes marked with strong humanity, like memory, feeling, femininity, sexuality and past.”
The Refutation of “Good Hair” is a powerful new project by the brilliant Nakeya B. In this series, Nakeya has chosen to explore the literal meaning of the historically used phrase “good hair”. In her own words, “In each image a woman of color is seen poised upright while consuming a handful of hair. Accompanying the portraits are a selection still life arrangements placing hair and traditional African-American cuisine in the same setting. Doing such suggests “good hair” is nothing more than something to be consumed as if it were food”.
[Self-portraits by Carrie Mae Weems, Käthe Kollwitz, Judy Baca, and Frida Kahlo, text “Never apologize for selfies”]
Wanted to get modern women artists and some WOC up in this one. If you reblog it would be cool if you kept the part in the brackets so these artists, two of whom are still working, will get credit—this conversational part below is nbd.
There’s a Romare Bearden app and it’s FREE!
SITES is pleased to announce that two FREE apps are available in conjunction with our traveling exhibition “Romare Bearden: A Black Odyssey.”
For both iOS and Android, the first is a conversational audio tour(available for web here) with 20 stops that gives listeners new intellectual routes into the works of Romare Bearden and into the bewitching heart of Homer’s “The Odyssey.” Voices on the tour include Dr. Robert O’Meally, exhibition curator and Zora Neale Hurston Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University. He is joined by Diedra Harris-Kelley, Bearden’s niece and the co-director of the Romare Bearden Foundation. Artist, writer and musician, Paul Miller, aka DJ Spooky, provides additional perspective, contributing his own thoughts about Bearden’s genius. Jazz musician Branford Marsalis contributes to the audio tour with the song “Sea Breeze,” originally composed by the multi-talented Romare Bearden. more
“LACMA’s commitment to Latin American Art is ferocious.”
Tom Na H-Iu II, 2006
glass, stainless steel, LED, real-time control system,
450 x 156.3 x 74.23 cm
Tom Na H-iu is named after a place where transmigrated souls were believed to rest in ancient Celtic religion. The piece is a large glass monolith, lit from within by hundreds of LED lights and connected to Super Kamiokande, Institute for Cosmic Ray Research at The University of Tokyo. The observatory detects neutrinos emitted by the sun, the earth’s atmosphere and during a supernova. The work displays these in real time, in constantly changing light patterns.