Artist a Day Challenge (17): Mindfulness and Modernism with Jennie C. Jones

  Many years ago I took up the practice of Yoga during three important periods of my life.  When I first moved away from home for college, when I moved to Los Angeles 2001 and when I moved out of west L.A. in 2006.  The benefits of yoga and meditation were important keys to me adjusting … Continue reading Artist a Day Challenge (17): Mindfulness and Modernism with Jennie C. Jones

Artist a Day Challenge (16): Genevieve Gaignard at CAAM

It’s easy to compare Genevieve Gaignard’s photographic portraits to artists like Cindy Sherman, but once you walk into Smell the Roses, Gaignard’s immersive three-part installation at CAAM, the experience is very different; she invites you to walk into her portraits. With small-scale furniture and mini appliances fit for a tiny home, Gaignard creates wildly complex backdrops that guide viewers on an emotional journey … Continue reading Artist a Day Challenge (16): Genevieve Gaignard at CAAM

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 (14): Dawoud Bey

  As an eleven year old growing up in Queens, Dawoud Bey came upon a copy of a book published by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee called “The Movement”.  With text by Lorraine Hansberry accompanied by photographs from numerous artists, the book captured the pain, political vitriol, emotion and hatred that swirled around Civil Rights workers in the early … Continue reading Artist a Day Challenge (14): Dawoud Bey

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