Mission Gallery is opening up a call for art for a show in late April 2015 // 'The Art of Life After'. This show has the intention of creating space for survivors of sexual violence and supportive communities to celebrate art and creativity that may have arisen from the the complexity of a life including experiences of violence. Please click the image below for our full open call description and more information on the show.
Premiering at Sundance this past month director Céline Sciamma presents us a fresh, daring, and heatfelt movie 'Girlhood'. Sciamma is knows for her presentations and analysis of modern 'Teen-dom' and identity through film and Girlhood is her latest edition. In the film you are taken on a journey observing the protagonist Marieme through you 16th year, navigating the constant changes of school, family, and the search for her identity. Set in the ghettos of lavish Paris you follow Marieme her new band of friends through a wild, risky, and laughter filled coming of age. Dates for the United States release have not been set yet but be on the look out! It will be well worth the wait.
'When did you become a black man?'
This is question one in the beautifully intimate, powerful, and raw documentary/interview video Philadelphia artist Shikeith presents to us. He describes the video project as 'an outlet to provide contemporary black men a space for emotional expression often denied through intersections of race, and gender.' On the video he calls for viewers to respond to the series of questions he asks and comment using the hashtag #blackmendream to continue the conversation. A powerful viewing experience.
New York City gallery Smack Mellon recently opened a charged and powerful exhibit entitled 'RESPOND'. Shortly after the verdict for the Eric Garner case was announced they incited an open a call for artists near and far who wanted to 'respond' literally to the greater political climate, recent killings, verdicts and protests.
A curator and and organizer for the gallery explains their collective philosophy behind the show; “We who work at Smack Mellon have something that very few people have, which is a platform for artists. Once you have the platform it’s easier to conceive of making your ideas concrete,” Gilrain said. “We want it to be a real, broad example of artists and people making things. It’s going to include high school students’ work, and we hope to get some really well known artists to contribute works.” The specific inclusion of this extremely diverse group of artists is very important; giving voice to a true variety and depth of feelings and perspectives. They also have taken the initiative to host different interactive and live art events throughout while the show is up. You can check the schedule here .
If you are in NYC anytime soon definitely go check this out, this will be something worth witnessing.
In southern California an awesome list of over 20 museums have agreed to make entry FREE on Saturday January 31st! The museums all focus on presenting art, cultural heritage, natural history, and science. Some of the museums participating include LA Museum of Contemporary Art, Museum of Latin American Art, Museum of Tolerance, and Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences!
If you are in Southern California or have a friend their be sure to let them know of this great opportunity!
I can't believe 1995 was 20 years ago, but it was and this video here is a sweet gem and somewhat of a time capsule. Now very well known and well-travelled in this video we watch a local lower east side, NYC resident explore and explain his funky piece of heaven on Ludlow Street. As he describes it a 'Planet Ludlow' as a 'thriving out-of-the-way artist community', there are still pieces of of that community and what used to be amidst the modern money and changes we see today; yet its nice to see be reminded of what times were like. Checkitout.
In early January while taking a trip home to San Francisco I had the opportunity to view the De Young Museum's latest exhibit featuring the prolific American artist Keith Haring entitled 'The Political Line'. The show was astounding, not only because of the power in the colors he used, or the literal sizes of his pieces, and the detail he put into them, but also the grand collection that was presented was breathtaking, and gave you a true idea of just how prolific he was as an artist and creator. Keith Haring is one of my favorite American artists, I love his distinctive style, his bold and methodical use of colors and his comical and satirical commentary. Yet one of my favorite aspects which shown in this exhibition beautifully is his deep dedication and reflection on the socio-political issues that surrounded him which spoke to loudly through his art.
Welcome to the world of inspiring visual artist and author C.G. Esperanza! Traditionally a visual artist this South Bronx, NY native has recently melded two of his passions, hip-hop and visual art into a medium he claims will break new boundaries for them both; Children's Picture Books!
In an article he wrote he discusses his vision stating, 'These are the lines that kick off my debut solo piece titled “Red, Yellow, Blue and a dash of White too!” The images serve as my beats. They develop the atmosphere in which my rhythmic stanzas dictate a story, the same way any instrumental would.'
His pictures and artwork are undeniable captivating, and his stories are just as fun and vibrant. His first book “Red, Yellow, Blue and a dash of White too!” will hit the shelves nationwide March 3rd 2015. Be sure to check it out!
A story of life. This is a short but great documentary about the dance Litefeet; its evolution and presence within New York City's subway system, the backlash from the city police, and its multilayered importance to the community that it comes from. Another great story about how art comes from, supports, and changes our lives.