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 (18, 19): Sanford Biggers and Looking to the Past to Question the Present

The other day when I was looking through Jennie C. Jones’ paintings I came across a photo that seemed out of place in relation to her current body of work; what I didn’t realize was that the picture was an important point of departure for the creation of her subsequent work.  Homage to an Unknown Suburban Black Girl circa 1969 features a young black woman … Continue reading Artist a Day Challenge (18, 19): Sanford Biggers and Looking to the Past to Question the Present

Artist a Day Challenge (15): James Baldwin

James Baldwin, 1945.  Portrait by Richard Avedon. Photo Credit, National Portrait Gallery Yesterday’s post about Dawoud Bey took a close look at his 2013 Birmingham Project, a photographic examination of church bombings and deaths that took place in Birmingham, Alabama on September 15, 1963. Bey’s work was an attempt to reconcile the present through an examination … Continue reading Artist a Day Challenge (15): James Baldwin

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