Black models: from Géricault to Matisse

The morning of March 28th I saw one of the most inspiring shows of my art history tenure. Entitled “Black models: from Géricault to Matisse”, the exhibition highlighted the major contributions of black people and personalities in art history.

The exhibition is based on Denise Murrell’s 2013 dissertation for Columbia University’s department of art history and archaeology, as is the Posing Modernity catalog, co-published by Yale University Press. It debuted in NYC at the Wallach Art Gallery in from October 24, 2018 to February 10, 2019, where Murrell, Ph.D., served as curator of the exhibition in New York and is the Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University.

The curators for the Paris exhibition are Cécile Debray, Director of the Musée de l’Orangerie, Stéphane Guégan, scientific advisor to the President of the Musées d’Orsay and Orangerie, Denise Murrell, Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University, Isolde Pludermacher and Edouard Papet, curators at the Musée d’Orsay.

Please enjoy some of the works from the show below:

 

Please visit the exhibition through July 21, 2019.

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Pepatian’s *35th* Anniversary & 2018 projects

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Support here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/pepatian-s-35th-anniversary-2018-projects-adventure#/

Pepatián is a 30+-year old non-profit arts organization in the South Bronx dedicated to creating, producing and supporting multi-disciplinary contemporary art by Latinx and Bronx-based artists. Now in its 35th year, we have PLENTY to celebrate ! http://www.pepatian.org

What We Need & What You Get

Your $ helps with:

~ production costs for 2018 Dance Your Future: Artist & Mentor Collaborative Residency project;

~ supplementing teaching artists fees for upcoming workshops in Pepatian’s Hip-Hop Academy & Empowerment Collective projects;

~ production costs for Out of La Negrura/Out of Blackness in the Bronx: A Choreographic Collaboration Across Diaspora documentary film with artists Sita Frederick, Ana “Rokafella” Garcia, & Marion Ramirez.

Your support is invaluable, thank you!

What you get:

Perks include shout outs on Facebook, credit in program,  listing as benefactor on Pepatian’s website, free tickets to upcoming dance shows, DVD of new documentary film, Out of La Negrura/Out of Blackness in the Bronx: A Choreographic Collaboration Across Diaspora, including bonus videos AND Pepatian t-shirt.

Support here: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/pepatian-s-35th-anniversary-2018-projects-adventure#/

Basquiat at The Broad

I have always appreciated the work of Jean-Michel Basquiat. In fact, I wrote my undergrad art history thesis about the public perception of his racial identity to his work. At The Broad, it was inspiring to see Basquiat’s work in a dedicated section. Must-see section of their permanent collection gallery!

Jasper Johns: ‘something resembling truth’

‘something resembling truth’ surveys the work of Jasper Johns over six decades of artwork. His work is a signature to American art history and is considered one of America’s greatest artists. A collaboration with the Royal Academy in London, Jasper Johns: ‘Something Resembling Truth’ will be at The Broad through May 13.

Between The World and Me

 

Between The World and Me is a phenomenal book that was transformed into a production by the same name for two nights in NYC and one night at the Kennedy Center in DC. This breathtaking performance was a moment in history I will not forget. With actors and performances reading Coates’ words, you were inspired and disgusted with the reason why he had to write this book to his son. I felt so much awe at the brilliance of the production and feel an incredible duty as an Educator to continue the work of equity and justice.