Community Action Day: I Am Present

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Community Action Day: I am Present

May 21, 2017 (3-5pm)

It will be a day to reflect, heal and act in support of our community. This day of action will bring together an amazing group of women artists that, with you, and other community members will bring action and attention to the many cases of missing black and brown girls in the Bronx and adjacent cities. We will use creativity to heal, express ourselves and be present with each other. We will have tables filled with art materials for artists and community members to work together. We will also have a table for children to create.

The Action Day will be videotaped to have an online resource for spreading the message and awareness in regards to our missing girls. Come be part of a collective wall of words and be part of this wonderful thoughtful day.

ABOUT THE EXHIBIT: “Hombres de Arcilla” (Men of Clay) showcases Alberto Villalobos’ collection of 43 hand-made clay masks. These masks honor the memory of the 43 disappeared students from Ayotzinapa, Guerrero, Mexico. About his work, Villalobos says “for me, clay represents the fragility of life, yet the resilience of the human spirit. I hope that by giving faces to the disappeared, their memory may live on.”

Photo Credit: Barbara Reeley Graphic design: Meagan Van Ahn

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Mark Bradford: Receive Calls on Your Cell Phone from Jail

The work of Mark Bradford has had a personal and professional impact on my life as an art lover and arts administrator. His work has been a pivotal reminder of the importance of art as a tool for social justice and societal reflection. I have often looked to his artwork for inspiration and reflection. Visiting Receive Calls on Your Cell Phone From Jail (2003) was a breathtaking experience, and I have tried to include photos with a variety of details so that you may view the skill, process and genius in his work. The work is a grid of thirty-eight paintings comprising posters that convey the challenges surrounding receiving collect calls from prison on one’s cell phone. For more information on the work you may click here.

The Period Projects (U by Kotex): The Period Shop

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The Period Shop by U by Kotex. Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2016.

On Friday, May 13th I got to attend The Period Shop on Fifth Avenue. It was so amazing I did not want to leave! There was free ice cream, manis, a photo booth, product giveaways and merchandise for sale from women-owned businesses doing amazing things in the world. The shop was comforting and exciting!

The Period Shop was generated from a blog post by Sarah M.:

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The Period Shop by U by Kotex. Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2016.

This led to a connection with U by Kotex who are doing The Period Projects. According to U by Kotex: Women have a lot of ideas about how to make things better when it comes to periods. Introducing The Period Projects, a groundbreaking series of projects inspired and led by real women like you who share our passion for change.

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The Period Shop by U by Kotex. Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2016.

All proceeds from The Period Shop went to Susan’s Place, a local transitional residence dedicated to serving homeless women: www.careforthehomeless.org.

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The Period Shop by U by Kotex. Photo by Erin K. Hylton 2016.

A place for women to talk about periods, so liberating!

Dartmouth Murals

The Epic of American Civilization by José Clemente Orozco is one of the greatest examples of murals in the United States of America. It is a treasure located in the library of Dartmouth College. Painted between 1932 and 1934, the mural features stimulating themes and unforgettable imagery that are important for audiences to view, even today.

Caption: José Clemente Orozco “Man Released from the Mechanistic into the Creative Life” 1932 Fresco [Commissioned by the Trustees of Dartmouth College]

Mural images from José Clemente Orozco’s The Epic of American Civilization, 1932–34, fresco, reserve reading room, Baker Library, Dartmouth College. Commissioned by the Trustees of Dartmouth College (14. Hispano-American)

Mural images from José Clemente Orozco’s The Epic of American Civilization, 1932–34, fresco, reserve reading room, Baker Library, Dartmouth College. Commissioned by the Trustees of Dartmouth College (14. Detail from “Hispano-American”)

Mural images from José Clemente Orozco’s The Epic of American Civilization, 1932–34, fresco, reserve reading room, Baker Library, Dartmouth College. Commissioned by the Trustees of Dartmouth College (20. “Modern Industrial Man II”)

Mural images from José Clemente Orozco’s The Epic of American Civilization, 1932–34, fresco, reserve reading room, Baker Library, Dartmouth College. Commissioned by the Trustees of Dartmouth College (7. Detail from “Departure of Quetzalcoatl”)