Yayoi Kusama Comes to the Broad in October

On September 1 the Broad will place 50,000 tickets on sale online for its highly anticipated fall show and anxious Angelenos hitting refresh on their browsers might end up feeling like they’re in an endless infinity loop. Consider it visual dexterity training for Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirrors opening in October. The traveling exhibition’s L.A. layover will feature 6 … Continue reading Yayoi Kusama Comes to the Broad in October

Kerry James Marshall’s Mastry Examines the Power of the Image

In 2008, artist Kerry James Marshall was the subject of an oral history interview with the Smithsonian Institute where he recalled his childhood memory of the Watts riots of 1965. He remembered hearing sirens and seeing smoke, miles away coming from where he used to live in Nickerson Gardens. Over the course of the afternoon … Continue reading Kerry James Marshall’s Mastry Examines the Power of the Image

Last Call! Signifying Form at the Landing Gallery

To signify means, “to make a sign or signal”.  In a NYT book review penned by professor John Wideman in 1988, the writer explains how the practice of “signifying” assumes a more nuanced connotation within the black community. “In black vernacular, Signifying is a sign that words cannot be trusted, that even the most literal utterance … Continue reading Last Call! Signifying Form at the Landing Gallery

Extreme Times Call for Extreme Heroines: Betye Saar at the Craft & Folk Art Museum

Wall color plays a specific role in Betye Saar’s latest exhibit at the Craft and Folk Museum in Los Angeles. The second floor gallery is painted in a soft shade of stone blue and in the world of laundry products, blue is a color reflector that makes whites appear whiter. The color has been a … Continue reading Extreme Times Call for Extreme Heroines: Betye Saar at the Craft & Folk Art Museum

Holding a Mirror to Ourselves: Genevieve Gaignard in The Powder Room

“We have to confront ourselves. Do we like what we see in the mirror? And, according to our light, according to our understanding, according to our courage, we will have to say yea or nay – and rise!” ~Dr. Maya Angelou   We are arguably our most vulnerable when we are alone with a mirror.  It’s … Continue reading Holding a Mirror to Ourselves: Genevieve Gaignard in The Powder Room

New Definitions (and Questions) of Power Emerge in a Show Featuring Black Women Artists

For 3 years I have dedicated the month of February to daily posts that celebrate black artists. It was a personal writing challenge as much as it was an artistic one because I wanted to expand my knowledge of black contemporary artists that were underrepresented in traditional arts publications.  The artists I featured have greatly influenced the work that … Continue reading New Definitions (and Questions) of Power Emerge in a Show Featuring Black Women Artists