Artist a Day Challenge (20): Dr. Lowery Stokes Sims

  1999 was steeped in Y2K mania.  Prince’s 1999 and R.E.M.’s “It’s the End of the World” made notable musical comebacks and served as the soundtrack for our collective psyche dealing with the pending certainty that the world was hurtling toward a computer programmed apocalypse.  The turn of the century came and went without much as much of a blip but that didn’t … Continue reading Artist a Day Challenge (20): Dr. Lowery Stokes Sims

Artist a Day Challenge (11): Roy DeCarava

Photography has always been used as a powerful tool for social change.  From Frederick Douglass’ early adoption of photography a medium for countering negative images, to Sojourner Truth’s use of Cartes de Visites, W.E.B DuBois’ curated images at the Paris Exhibition of 1900, to James Van Der Zee’s documenting of the black middle class during the Harlem … Continue reading Artist a Day Challenge (11): Roy DeCarava

Artist a Day Challenge (9): Theaster Gates at Regen Projects

Theaster Gates puts viewers to work when they experience his art, and this is precisely what drew me to a particular group of paintings at his current show Regen Projects in L.A. The exhibition titled But to Be a Poor Race is an homage to W.E.B. Du Bois’ 1903 book, The Souls of Black Folk, the seminal series of essays … Continue reading Artist a Day Challenge (9): Theaster Gates at Regen Projects

Artist a Day Challenge 2017

Back again! Today marks the 3rd edition of my Artist a Day challenge! During Black History Month I share daily posts featuring African-American artists and artists of African descent throughout the diaspora. In 2017 I will focus on artists who have committed to promoting and amplifying the artistic voices of others. They may be mentors, organizers, writers, scholars, curators, … Continue reading Artist a Day Challenge 2017

The Price of Passage: Betye Saar at Roberts & Tilton

The human brain works as a binary computer and can only analyze the exact information-based zeros and ones (or black and white). Our heart is more like a chemical computer that uses fuzzy logic to analyze information that can’t be easily defined in zeros and ones. ~Naveen Jain One world deals in absolutes: “Black vs White” … Continue reading The Price of Passage: Betye Saar at Roberts & Tilton

Artist-Run Super PAC Challenges Power Politics

  For Freedoms, the first artist-run Super PAC, was created earlier this year to offer an alternative perspective on concepts of power, voice and agency.  By offering a platform for artists and scholars to explore the polemics of power,  For Freedoms fuses art and activism through Town Halls, exhibitions and co-sponsored events with museums and local non-profit organizations. The … Continue reading Artist-Run Super PAC Challenges Power Politics