20aliens:

Tim Grant

20aliens:

Tim Grant

I labor under the notion that when a society does not have gender equality, then none of the structures within it are egalitarian either. Unsavory personal experiences aside, sexism, I think, is made most visible in some statistical details: Over 50 percent of art school graduates are women but far less than 50 percent of monographic exhibition subjects are women. I’ve been lucky enough to work only under women directors but all the institutions they inherited had an annual budget of $15 million or less, which is the glass ceiling of female women directorships. Sexism is a broad problem that cannot be reduced to simply men oppressing women, but is about the set of expectations we have and the goals we set for each other that need serious reevaluation.

Naomi Beckwith, Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago We Asked 20 Women “Is the Art World Biased?” Here’s What They Said. (via dc-via-chicago)
kameelahwrites:

I forgot to announce that I am in this show at the Schomburg commemorating the 40th anniversary of Ntozake Shange’s “for colored girls”. I have a three part commissioned piece — three polyptychs that use archival and found materials to comment on a specific excerpt of the choreopoem. The piece is entitled “Index of Desires”. Show opens on September 19th.

kameelahwrites:

I forgot to announce that I am in this show at the Schomburg commemorating the 40th anniversary of Ntozake Shange’s “for colored girls”. I have a three part commissioned piece — three polyptychs that use archival and found materials to comment on a specific excerpt of the choreopoem. The piece is entitled “Index of Desires”. Show opens on September 19th.

colin-vian:

  Motoi Yamamoto’s Crumbling Staircase made of salt.

colin-vian:

  Motoi Yamamoto’s Crumbling Staircase made of salt.

thechanelmuse:

Hidden Histories: The First Black People Photographed In Britain – In Pictures

  • Peter Jackson, 2 December 1889. Born in 1860 in St Croix, then the Danish West Indies, Jackson was a boxing champion who spent long periods of time touring Europe. In England, he staged the famous fight against Jem Smith at the Pelican Club in 1889. In 1888 he claimed the title of Australian heavyweight champion. (Photograph: Hulton Archive).
  • Johanna Jonkers of the African Choir, 1891. (Photograph: Hulton Archive).
  • Albert Jonas and John Xiniwe of the African Choir, 1891. (Photograph: Hulton Archive).
  • Sara Forbes Bonetta. She was orphaned in inter-tribal warfare in West Africa, captured by slave-raiders, and presented as a ‘gift’ to Queen Victoria at age 5. (Photograph: Courtesy of Paul Frecke).
  • A member of the African Choir, who all had portraits taken at the London Stereoscopic Company in 1891. (Photograph: Hulton Archive).
  • Member of the African Choir, 1891. (Photograph: Hulton Archive).

(exists no miracle mightier than this: to feel)

e.e.cummings (via requiemforthepast)

okayafrica:

VIDEO:Introducing French Afro-Cuban Twin Sisters Ibeyi & Their Yoruba Doom Soul

Ibeyi, made up of Cuban-born, Paris-based twin sisters Naomi and Lisa-Kaindé Díaz, is an electronic doom soul duo who are forging a new spiritual sound with their debut EP Oya. The 19-year-old musicians are XL Recordings‘ newest signees, and their introductory singles “Oya” and “River” possess a hypnotic blend of hip-hop, electronica, and blues infused with Yoruba prayers and folk songs that will transport you to a higher realm upon first listen.

Singing in French, English, Spanish and Yoruba, Ibeyi count among their primary influences Nina Simone, Meshell Ndegeocello, James Blake and their late father, the celebrated Cuban jazz percussionist Miguel “Anga” Diaz. Ibeyi’s vocal range, which wavers from the raspy and wraith-like to the sonorous and divine, is ideal for their sonic palette which revels in the phantasmagorical groove of liturgical Yoruba songs. Besides singing in Yoruba–which was brought to Cuba by West African slaves–Ibeyi honor their father’s legacy and Afro-Cuban heritage through their percussive production and use of live instruments. Beatsmith Naomi plays both the cajón and the batá while Lisa-Kaindé remains more in tune with the musical mythos of Ibeyi’s sound by weaving Yoruba lore deeply into their lyrics. “River” is dedicated to the goddess Oshun (the mother of the Ibeyi, and their first single and EP are both named for  Oya (the benevolent orisha who took the Ibeyi in after Oshun was accused of witchcraft for birthing twins and kicked them out).

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tionam:

OPEN CALL

I’m looking for at least 10 more members of the African-American community in Philadelphia to participate in my upcoming exhibition, The Chills, 2014 for my SANCTUARY residency. To participate, you must be willing to sing or perform a song of your choosing as well as agree to a follow-up interview about your personal relationship with music and/or the selected song. 

You do not have to be a professional singer but you must have a strong feeling about the music you relate to. I will travel to you and will be recording

Each participant will receive a copy of their recording session as well as a program listing their name as a participant within the work.

GENRES to choose from….

 Negro Spirituals, Classical, Country, Gospel Music, R&B + Soul, Hip Hop, Jazz, Blues, Funk, Orisha music, Punk Rock, House

Please contact Tiona at harrietsgun@gmail.com if you or anyone you may know would be interested in being a part of the project/exhibition.

The exhibition of the work will take place during SANCTUARY (Residency group artist exhibition) supported by The Knight Foundation.  October 10-12, 2014 At The ROTUNDA, 4014 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104.

 

 

gnassas:

FKA Twigs on the cover of Glamcult 

gnassas:

FKA Twigs on the cover of Glamcult 

ejanefoto:

From a new project. 
E. Jane, 2014

ejanefoto:

From a new project. 

E. Jane, 2014

gallowhill:

Yayoi Kusama - 14th Street Happening, 1966

mambubadu:

Join the DC contingent of MAMBU BADU at the WeWork Wonderbread space for Exposed DC’s Photo Book Happy Hour this Friday, 9/12 starting at 6pm! 
We’ll have our second anthology of photography, Open Call, on display for browsing and there will be free refreshments. Stop by; we’d love to see your beautiful faces!
RSVP.
(Cover art: Jessica Noel)

mambubadu:

Join the DC contingent of MAMBU BADU at the WeWork Wonderbread space for Exposed DC’s Photo Book Happy Hour this Friday, 9/12 starting at 6pm! 

We’ll have our second anthology of photography, Open Call, on display for browsing and there will be free refreshments. Stop by; we’d love to see your beautiful faces!

RSVP.

(Cover art: Jessica Noel)