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

“And Now, the Rest of the Story”: Simone Leigh at the Hammer Museum

Last week my latest review of Simone Leigh’s exhibit was featured on Arts.Black.com.  The piece takes a close look at two of the strong influences found in Leigh’s work, the Herero and the Cupboard. While reading though sources for this piece I came across the fascinating, tragic history of the Herero. This gave me a much … Continue reading “And Now, the Rest of the Story”: Simone Leigh at the Hammer Museum

Do I Look Like a Lady? Mickalene Thomas at MOCA

“We wear the mask that grins and lies, It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes, This debt we pay to human guile; With torn and bleeding hearts we smile…” ~Paul Lawrence Dunbar There’s something strangely familiar inside the dimly lit living room installation of Mickalene Thomas’s latest exhibition, “Do I Look Like a Lady?” … Continue reading Do I Look Like a Lady? Mickalene Thomas at MOCA

Truth to Power: Sojourner Truth at BAMPFA

“I SELL THE SHADOW TO SUPPORT THE SUBSTANCE.” SOJOURNER TRUTH In 1864 Sojourner Truth, a former slave turned abolitionist, filed a copyright for her name, using photography and mass media as a strategic tool to fight slavery and the damaging propaganda used to perpetuate it. Her astute use of “cartes de visites”using her nom de plume was an economical … Continue reading Truth to Power: Sojourner Truth at BAMPFA