This week, the sky in the Bay Area near my home turned to shades of orange due to the wildfires impacting the state of California. At midday, I looked up to a heavy blanket of smoke and fog, a bewildering and unfamiliar darkness, a metaphor apt for this time.
Over the past few weeks, we’ve been thrilled to hear a strong demand for more opportunities for Black artists and students of color at Penland.
This desire has already resulted in the addition of three new summer 2021 scholarships to our list of scholarships for people of color. They were funded by Penland’s staff, team of directors, and Board of Trustees, respectively. Our staff wanted to make these opportunities as accessible as possible, so each scholarship will cover 100% of tuition, room, and board and also include a stipend for travel and materials.
WHAT IS SOFA CINEMA??
SOFA CINEMA gives our loyal customers the opportunity to continue watching the best in arthouse films even while our theater doors are closed. You’ll not only have the ability to watch new releases from the comfort of your living room, you’ll also be supporting Grail Moviehouse.
Since 2018, LA Plaza de Cultura y Artes, a Mexican-American museum and cultural center in downtown Los Angeles, has been planning an exhibition on the culture and history of Afro-Latinx Angelenos. From the project’s inception, the lead curator, Mariah Berlanga-Shevchuk, wanted the show to be realized by the local community. Over the course of several months, the museum put out open calls for local Afro-Latinx families and individuals to share their stories and artifacts, and received a wonderful range of submissions, from family photos and recipes to handmade jewelry, instruments, and orixa dolls. The result, afroLAtinidad: mi casa, my city, opened in late February of this year. CICK TO CONTINUE
The Dignity sculpture is a stunning combination of art and history. Located on a bluff between exits 263 and 265 on Interstate 90 near Chamberlain, the stainless steel, 50-foot-tall statue was specifically designed by sculptor Dale Lamphere to honor the cultures of the Lakota and Dakota people.
By Bridget Quinn in Hyperallergic
Emily Mason remembers her mother saying, “I’ll be famous when I’m dead.” Though fame may not be quite secured (yet), the artist’s first-ever monograph acts as bulwark against forgetting her legacy.
Introduction by Eugene Robinson in the Washington Post
Racism is this nation’s telltale heart beating ominously in the collective subconscious. From time to time we come to believe we have expiated and silenced it once and for all. But then it is back — changed, perhaps attenuated, but unmistakable.
By Julia Jacobs in The New York Times
Over the past decade, there has been a sense in the art world that gender equity was on the horizon: Emerging female artists were landing high-profile solo shows, museums were staging women-themed exhibitions, grants were being awarded to boost female artists, and long-neglected artists were being given overdue recognition.
The artworks, collected by the open-access Biodiversity Heritage Library, range from animal sketches to historical diagrams and botanical studies.
Simone Leigh’s practice incorporates sculpture, video, and installation; all are informed by her ongoing exploration of black female-identified subjectivity. Leigh works in a mode she describes as auto-ethnographic. Her objects often employ materials and forms traditionally associated with African art; her performance-influenced installations create spaces where historical precedent and self-determination commingle.
From Plaster to Plastic, Artists Take Inventive Approaches to Face Masks
In Denver, an exhibition of artist-designed masks shows that face coverings are not only crucial to our health but can also offer unique means of self-expression.
by Hakim Bishara in Hyperallergic
PAN HARMONIA One more time! Porch Music Live, Tuesday Oct 27 @ 5 pm
Kate Steinbeck performs music for flute alone
The weather should be beautiful, so come on out to a historic Asheville neighborhood for some LIVE MUSIC!! Chairs will be provided and spaced apart per health guidelines. Masks required.
You are welcome to bring your own beverages and glasses and arrive anytime after 4:30.
Seating is limited to 25, so you must preregister. RESERVE HERE AND THANK YOU!
Pan Harmonia www.PanHarmonia.org PO Box 18342 Asheville, NC 28814
RAW AND INTUITIVE
I am a compulsive artist…I paint everyday because I have to!
My images are raw and intuitive. Colors harmonize in unexpected ways and exuberance often collides with angst.
We know that life continues to be turned upside down for so many folks in our community. The Black Mountain Center for the Arts wants to help fill needs our families may have as “returning to school” looks very different this fall. This newsletter features class options (new and returning) that will provide kids with enrichment through the arts and a safe and fun way to interact with peers.
TONI FRISSELL PHOTOGRAPHY: Magnificent Pictures Captured By One Of The Influential Female Photographer Of The 20th Century
By Jacob Aberto in BYGONELY
On the lists of great photographers of the 20th century, the names are usually male, Guy Bourdin, Addison Scurlock, Philippe Halsman, and Norman Parkinson. There are exceptions such as Arbus, Vivian Maier, Nina Leen? Some of these artists are not admired for their work or they are considered as portrait photographer or fashion photographer.
It’s a wrap! In an inspirational and tear-worthy closing ceremony held last week, we celebrated sixty-six remarkable student filmmakers from coast to coast and the conclusion of our Summer 2020 virtual Youth Media Academy (YMA)—our free, four-week program training underrepresented youth in filmmaking and gender activism. In spite of the unprecedented circumstances we are all facing during a global pandemic, in our opinion, the young participants rocked it!
Until we reopen to Members and visitors, we invite you to explore the different ways we can bring the Museum experience to you!
Love takes off the masks we fear we cannot live without, and know we cannot live within.
People who treat other people as less than human must not be surprised when the bread they have cast on the waters comes floating back to them, poisoned. James Baldwin
WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH AT UNC Asheville to Feature Documentary on Film-Making Pioneer Alice Guy-Blaché and Talks on the Southern Women’s Rights Movements
To mark Women’s History Month 2020, in March, UNC Asheville will present a documentary narrated by Jodie Foster about one of cinema’s pioneers, Alice Guy-Blaché, and a series of talks about suffrage and feminism in different times and places in the South. All Women’s History Month events are free and open to everyone.
By Angela N. Carroll in Hyperallergic
Delita Martin’s latest exhibition, Calling Down the Spirits, seeks to visualize the incorporeal and genetic strands that tether generations of Black women to each other and to the spiritual world.
By Justine Smith in Hyperallergic
As the Cinémathèque Québécoise pays homage to some of the notable women who have stepped behind the camera and “painted with light,” critic Justine Smith considers why their work is often underrecognized.
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