Aaron here today with Carolee Schneemann; Cathy Wilkes; NARC 2017; CAB 2017; Writers At Risk; Unquotable Trump
MoMA PS1 presents the first comprehensive retrospective of Carolee Schneemann, spanning the artist’s prolific six-decade career. As one of the most influential artists of the second part of the 20th century, Schneemann’s pioneering investigations into subjectivity, the social construction of the female body, and the cultural biases of art history have had significant influence on subsequent generations of artists. Carolee Schneemann: Kinetic Painting begins with rarely seen examples of the artist’s early paintings of the 1950s and their evolution into assemblages made in the 1960s, which integrated objects, mechanical elements, and modes of deconstruction. In the late 1960s Schneemann began positioning her own body within her work, performing the roles of “both image and image-maker.” As a central protagonist of the New York downtown avant-garde community, she explored hybrid artistic forms culminating in experimental theater events. The exhibition considers Schneemann’s oeuvre within the context of painting by tracing the developments that led to her groundbreaking innovations in performance, film, and installation in the 1970s, as well as her increasingly spatialized multimedia installations from the 1980s, 1990s, and 2000s.
Eschewing the framing or supports typical to exhibition display, Wilkes emphasizes a direct interaction with her work. There are no pedestals for her work; vitrines are inverted into open containers. As such, limited numbers of visitors are invited to carefully wander among installations whose boundaries are not always obvious or easily discernable, heightening our attention to the shifting relationships she creates between the various elements that comprise her works. In Wilkes’s practice, the process through which art transforms the commonplace has less to do with modern displacements of the readymade than with more cyclical, ancient systems of magical belief. “All objects can become transcendental,” she has noted, even though she feels there is “no need for someone to fully understand.” Wilkes’s art is best approached as a markedly subjective and singular vision—a private world that nevertheless evokes common instabilities and human vulnerabilities recognizable far beyond the confines of her studio.
PEN America Creates Resource Directory for Artists at Risk
Via Maren Williams at the Comic Book Legal Defense Fund:
In light of ongoing threats to artistic freedom around the world, PEN America this week announced its new resource called the Artists at Risk Connection (ARC). The project aims to connect threatened artists with “emergency funding, housing opportunities, residencies, fellowships and grants, and legal, immigration, and resettlement services” for which they may be eligible.
PEN America Executive Director explained the impetus for ARC in the launch announcement:
Artists face backlash when they push up against intellectual, social, and ideological boundaries. While global campaigns and U.N. resolutions have been mounted to protect journalists and human rights defenders, threats to artists have gotten limited international attention. The Artists at Risk Connection brings together an extraordinary network of global organizations committed to augmenting the assistance available to artists who risk their freedom and their lives in the name of creative expression.
The Unquotable Trump by R. Sikoryak
Cartoonist R. Sikoryak (Terms & Conditions, Masterpiece Comics) draws upon the power of comics and satire to frame President Trump and his controversial declarations as the words and actions of the most notable villains and antagonists in comic book history. Reimagining the most famous comic covers, Sikoryak transforms Wonder Woman into Nasty Woman; Uncle Scrooge into Trump withholding his tax returns; the Black Panther into the Black Voter; the Fantastic Four into the Hombres Fantasticos; and more. Word for word, page by page, Sikoryak drives home the absurdity and the breadth of claims made by the 45th President of the United States.
Saturday, November 18, 2017 – 11:00am to Sunday, November 19, 2017 – 6:00pm
Miami Book Fair
Miami Dade College
25% of net proceeds from The Unquotable Trump will be donated to the American Civil Liberties Union.
Suzy and Cecil – 10-24-2017 – by Sally Ingraham