Monday, October 31, 2016

Monday Muse: Bloodlust (Halloween Acrostic)

Today, Monday Muse marks Halloween with a new poem, an acrostic.


Hasten, headless horsemen three;
Alight the bridge, you omens be!
Look to graves beyond gnarled tree;
Lie low there hanged men guilty-free.
Owl's but a portent, all ghosts can see
When witches whelp, ghouls gruesome flee.
Entreaties end, swords fall, and he
Exclaims he's dead — alas, like me!
No better bite might I give thee.

2016 © Maureen E. Doallas

Other Halloween-themed poems at Writing Without Paper:

"Witches' Wine" (2012)

And don't miss the Halloween fun facts at  "Monday Muse Asks, Did You Know?" and "Facts, New or Not: Halloween Edition".

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Thought for the Day

. . . love is not antithetical to being outraged. . .
And love is not antithetical to anger. There are
two kinds of anger. There's redemptive anger,
and there's non-redemptive anger. And. . . redemptive
anger is the anger that. . . moves you to transformation
and human up-building. . . .
~ Ruby Sales

Quoted from Transcript of OnBeing Podcast* "Ruby Sales — Where Does It Hurt?", September 15, 2016 

Ruby Sales, Founder and Director, Spirit House Project; African-American Civil Rights Activist

Ruby Sales on FaceBook

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Saturday Short

Movie Poster

Today's short is the trailer for Chronic (Monument Releasing), a film by Michel Franco that premiered at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival and was released September 23, 2016, in theaters in the United States. Critically appraised, it has won awards and has been screened at numerous film festivals.

The 92-minute movie stars Tim Roth as a dedicated home-care nurse who cares for terminally ill patients and who suffers from chronic depression and guilt about his past. The film explores the deep relationships that develop between the patients and their caregiver, who is as dependent on them as they are on him.

Schedule of Screenings

Chronic on FaceBook

Friday, October 28, 2016

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✦ Find an hour in your day for this talk by Charles Froelick about the late Rick Bartow's life, artistic career, and legacy. The discussion took place at the Froelick Gallery in Portland, Oregon. The Native American (Wiyot, Northern California) was a sculptor, painter, and printmaker whose work can be found in museum collections throughout the United States. Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts, Pendleton, Oregon, has established The Rick Bartow Memorial Endowment Fund in Bartow's honor.

✦ Jewelry collector Lois Boardman donated 300 pieces of her wearable contemporary studio jewelry to Los Angeles County Museum of Art. A selection of 50 pieces from the collection—distinguished by the wide range of materials and methods it represents—is now on view at LACMA in "Beyond Bling: Jewelry from the Lois Boardman Collection". The exhibition continues through February 5, 2017. A scholarly catalogue, offering a comprehensive look at the collection and essays by co-curators Rose Chambers Mills and Bobbye Tigerman, as well as Helen W. Drutt English, Blake Gopnik, and Benjamin Lignel, is available.  

Catalogue Cover Art

LACMA on FaceBook, Twitter, and Instagram

✦ The Artists & Makers Studios regularly features artists and their work in its "Beyond Our Doors" series. The articles are a great introduction to artists whose work you might not know.

Artists & Makers Studios on FaceBook, Twitter, and Instagram

✦ There's no excuse for missing an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York City. Now, you can see a show virtually; the museum has digitized every exhibition from 1929 to today. The offerings are updated constantly. See Exhibition History.

✦ Have you read the Americans for the Arts 2016 Congressional Report Card? Vote, and vote smart this November! The arts matter.

✦ West Australia's Marianne Penberthy describes herself as "a textile artist who searches for an organic expression for my natural surroundings. This quest includes ideas about place, time, memory, isolation, feelings and belonging." In the video below, "Flour on the Ground: Temporary Textile Installations", a 2014 project, Penberthy talks about her beautiful work and the materials she uses.

Flour on the Ground:  Temporary Textile Installations by Marianne Penberthy from Marianne Penberthy on Vimeo.

Read about "Flour on the Ground" (pdf).

Marianne Penberthy on FaceBook

(My thanks to Judith HeartSong for the video link.)

Exhibitions Here and There

★ The Missoula Art Museum, Missoula, Montana, is presenting through December 10 "Not Vanishing: Contemporary Expressions in Indigenous Art, 1977-2015", featuring significant work by contemporary Native American artists from the Pacific Northwest, including James Lavadour, Gail Tremblay, Joe Feddersen, James Schoppert, Conrad House, Rick Bartow, Corwin Clairmont, and Juane Quick-to-See Smith. A wide range of materials, techniques, and media (ceramics, weavings, carvings, drawings, paintings, prints, photography, sculpture) is on view.

Missoula Art Museum on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

★ The marvelous paper-cutting artist Beatrice Coron is showcased in "Worldwide Wanderings: Beatrice Coron" at the museum at Mesa Arts Center, Mesa, Arizona. Included in the exhibition are Coron's works inspired by literature, including a 9-yard-long scroll based on Italo Calvino's novel Invisible Cities. Also being shown is the 3-D video Daily Battles. A selection of images is available at the exhibition link. The exhibition continues through November 27.

Read "Wednesday Wonder: Beatric Coron's Papercuts" as well as my two-part interview with Coron and producer-director James Stewart, who discuss Daily Battles: Part 1 and Part 2.

Mesa Arts Center on FaceBook, Twitter, and Instagram

★ Northern Michigan University's DeVos Art Museum, Marquette, is presenting through November 6 "Correlation Matrix: Contemporary Letterpress Art by Vida Sacic + David Wolske". The exhibition features posters from Hatch Show Print, Nashville, Tennessee; and Hamilton Wood Type & Printing, Two Rivers, Wisconsin, both of which preserve and promote letterpress printing.

Here's a video profile of Vida Sacic:

Vida Sacic Website

David Wolske Website

View the Catalogue (pdf)

DeVos Art Museum on FaceBook, Twitter, and Instagram

★ Visit Old London by visiting Taft Museum of Art, Cincinnati, Ohio, and see "London at Large: A Wall Sized Map", on view through November 6. The highly detailed map, which is 7 feet x 13 feet, illustrates the 18th Century city of painters Thomas Gainsborough, Joshua Reynolds, and others whose works are in Taft's collection.

Jean Rocque and John Pine
Plan of the Cities of London and Westminster, 
and Borough of Southwark, 1737-1746

Taft Museum of Art on FaceBook and Twitter

★ The Springville Museum of Art, Springville, Utah, is celebrating the art of Georgia in "Lost + Found: In Search of Georgian Art". The work on view is drawn from the collections of Ellie Sonntag, Roy and Anne Jespersen, and Jeff and Helen Cardon.

Springville Museum on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

Thursday, October 27, 2016

Thursday's Three on Art

Today, Thursday's Three brings you a trio of short films about artists Ed Ruscha, Wifredo Lam, and Eleanor Antin, respectively.

Ed Ruscha: Buildings and Words ~ Commissioned by the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, this film about Ed Ruscha's work was written and directed by Felipe Lima. It is narrated by Owen Wilson.

Ruscha's solo exhibition at the de Young Museum in San Francisco, "Ed Ruscha and the Great American West", concluded October 9. A catalogue is available.

Wifredo Lam ~ In this TateShorts film about Wifredo Lam (1902-1982), a Cuban-born artist closely associated with Pablo Picasso and members of the surrealist movement, Lam's son shares memories of his father and artistic achievements.

Wifredo Lam is the subject of "The EY Exhibition: Wifredo Lam", at Tate Modern, which continues through January 8, 2017.

Eleanor Antin: Politics & Paper Dolls ~ For this Art21 short, prolific multidisciplinary artist Eleanor Antin talks about her use of paper dolls to create politically imbued sculpture and videos. Anin's work encompasses film and video, photography, installation, and performance art.

Eleanor Antin at Art21

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Wednesday Wonder: The Fermentophone

According to its creator, Joshua Pablo Rosenstock, the Fermentophone "is a multi-sensory installation in which an algorithmically generated music composition is performed by living cultures of bacteria and yeast." It's made up of various vessels containing actively fermenting foodstuffs and beverages that have been wired with electronic sensors. The particular electronic "music" each ferment produces depends on the activity of the microbes in the vessel.

Rosentock presented his installation in 2013 at MIT Media Lab's inaugural "Hacking Arts Festival", now an annual event celebrating innovations in the creative arts. In September 2016, Rosenstock operated the Fermentophone — he was joined by Eric Rosenbaum on an Echolaliator, an interactive computer improvision tool — at the Lilypad Inman, a performance space and art gallery in Inman Square in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Audience members who brought their own instruments were invited to join in. ("Alec Spiegelman Presents. . . Music& ~ September 14/ 10 pm")

(My thanks to Bill Marx for the introduction to this wonder.)

Watch a live performance with the Echolaliator.

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Maya Angelou Documentary

Below is the recently released trailer for the American Masters Pictures documentary Maya Angelou: And Still I Rise, directed by Rita Coburn Whack and Bob Hercules. Including interviews with those who knew Angelou, the first feature-length documentary about the poet and writer of 36 books opened in theaters on October 14. 

To date, the film, which took four years to make and premiered at Sundance Film Festival, has been screened at Chicago's Black Harvest Film Festival, Authors Film Series at Maine Writers & Publishers, Sarasota Film Festival, RiverRun, and MV Film Festival, among many others. It will be shown on the American Masters series on PBS this winter.

The documentary is titled after Angelou's poem "And Still I Rise".

Maya Angelou Website

Maya Angelou Documentary on FaceBookTwitter, and Instagram

2015 Kickstarter Campaign

American Masters Page for Maya Angelou Documentary

Monday, October 24, 2016

Monday Muse: Shakespeare Essays on Film

An international program to celebrate in 2016 the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare, Living Shakespeare produces cultural and educational events and activities, including seminars, exhibitions, and stage and film shows, centered on Shakespeare. Activities are designed for a wide range of age groups, including teens and young learners. The program's organizing partners are the British Council and the GREAT Britain campaign (an international marketing initiative), which work with artists, theatres, museums, and educators to introduce the work of Shakespeare to as wide an audience as possible. (See the animation explaining the program).

In partnership with Open University and the BBC World Service, Living Shakespeare created a collection of Shakespeare-related essays, some of which have been reimagined in video format for broadcast.

All of the Living Shakespeare essays are online. Some of the essayists are Algerian writer Ahlem Mosteghanemi ("When Shakespeare Thought I Was Cleopatra"), Nigerian playwright and poet Wole Soyinka ("In the Name of Shakespeare"), diplomat John Kerry ("'As You Like It': The Inspiration of Comedy"), solo percussionist Evelyn Glennie ("Listening to 'The Tempest': A Tale to Cure Deafness"), and Lebanese choreographer Alissar Caracalla ("'Midsummer Night's Djinn: Lord, What Fools These Mortals Be!").

See the five films at the BBC page World's Voices Put the Bard Centre Stage.

Open University's "400 Years of Shakespeare"

British Council on FaceBook, Twitter, YouTube, Vimeo, and Instagram

Sunday, October 23, 2016

Thought for the Day

What is love? Answer the question through the story of your life.
~ Krista Tippett

Quoted from Krista Tippett, Becoming Wise: An Inquiry Into the Mystery and Art of Living (Penguin Press, 2016), page 105

Krista Tippett, Journalist; Host of National Public Radio Program On Being; Author; Recipient, National Humanities Medal

Krista Tippett, "Reconnecting With Compassion", TEDTalk, 2010

Michel Martin, "'Becoming Wise' Is a Meditation on Meaning", NPR, May 1, 2016 

On Being on FaceBook

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Saturday Short

Film Poster

Today, Saturday Short shares the trailer for Kandahar Journals (Summit Road Films, 2015), a 76-minute documentary, in English, that relates first-hand how photojournalist Louie Palu underwent a psychological transformation while covering the frontlines of combat in Kandahar, Afghanistan, from 2006 to 2010. The co-directors are Palu and Deven Gallaher; the writer is Murray Brewster.

Caution: Some scenes are graphic.

KANDAHAR JOURNALS - OFFICIAL TRAILER 3 from Kandahar Journals on Vimeo.

Read the film's interesting project history.

Screening Schedule

View Louie Palu's series Afghanistan: The Fighting Season and Afghanistan: Kandahar to Helmand, and Kandahar: The Void of War. He has posted many other photographs at his Website.

Palu, a 2016 Simon Guggenheim Foundation Fellow, is also the 2016-2017 Research Fellow in the Humanities at the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin. He has received numerous awards for his extraordinary work. 

Louie Pau on FaceBook

Kandahar Journals on FaceBook

Friday, October 21, 2016

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✦ The 17th Annual Chestertown RiverArts Studio Tour, featuring 50 artists on Maryland's Eastern Shore, is two weekends: October 22-23 and October 29-30. I've made the tour in the past and recommend it. Go online for a map, brochure, and list of participating artists.

✦ Yuki Hayama is a Japanese ceramist who decorates his thrown pots by painting on them (etsuke), continuing a tradition that is 5,000 years old. The film immediately below shows Hayama at work (he works from memory some 128 patterns). His painted porcelains, whose glazes are fired a dozen times, are exquisite.

My thanks to Ceramics Monthly and Ippodo Gallery in New York for the video. "Beauty of Life", the debut exhibition of Hayama's ceramics, took place September 9-29 at the gallery, which also offers for sale a range of Hayama's work, including bowls and vases. A catalogue is available.

Exhibition Catalogue Cover Art

✦ London's Serpentine Galleries hosted this summer the first solo exhibition in a public institution in the United Kingdom of the work of Lebanese multidisciplinary artist, poet, and essayist Etal Adnan. The show, which concluded on September 11, featured Adnan's paintings, drawings, poetry, film, and tapestry and was accompanied by a catalogue (see image below), Etel Adnan: The Weight of the World (Serpentine and Koenig Books, 20166), available in three covers, each depicting a different painting from Adnan's most recent series The Weight of the World, which she painted for the exhibition.

Trade Edition Cover

The catalogue may be ordered through the Serpentine Shop, ArtBook (a Koenig distribuor), Amazon, and other booksellers. The three covers may be seen at the Serpentine Shop link.

Adnan and curator Rebecca Lewin talk about the exhibition:

Serpentine Galleries on FaceBook and Instagram

✦ The Institute of Fine Arts at New York University kicked off its 2016-2017 lecture series, "Artists at the Institute", with Leslie Hewitt of New York City on September 20. Earlier this year, Hewitt had a solo exhibition, "Leslie Hewitt: Collective Stance", at the Sculpture Center, Long Island City; the exhibition premiered in Toronto.

Institute of Fine Arts on FaceBook

✦ Read about the Royal Society of Portrait Painters' top portrait painters.

Royal Society of Portrait Painters on FaceBook

✦ Following is a video portrait of Moscow-born painter, printmaker, and portrait artist Andrey Remnev. For his paintings, he uses natural pigments bound with egg yolk. The film was directed by Almira Safi and produced by SyncUp. See the Gallery on Remnev's Website.

Andrey Remnev. Portrait of the artist. from SyncUp on Vimeo.

Andrey Remnev on FaceBook

(My thanks to The Academy of Art, Creativity & Consciousness for the link.)

Exhibitions Here and There

★ Irish painter Brian Whelan's Holy City, a series of nine paintings representing Christianity, Islam, and Judaism, are on view at the Washington National Cathedral, Washington, D.C., through January 2017. Displayed together, the paintings comprise a 9-foot by 12-foot artwork. Of his work, Whelan says, "[T]hese paintings do not depict any holy city that exists in today's world. This is my aspirational vision of what a holy city looks like. Each of the canvases contains churches, mosques and synagogues painted in bright, playful and colorful forms. An abstracted, disarming vision of cultural unity; living together in peace, acceptance and in harmony; a haven for the soul." (Press Release) The exhibition is Whelan's second at the Cathedral.

View a short video with Whelan produced by the Cathedral.

Washington National Cathedral on FaceBook

★ The Holter Museum, Helena, Montana, has mounted work by the late Idaho painter and sculptor Sara Joyce (1923-2011), a visionary artist. The traveling exhibition, "Sara Joyce: Myth, Dream, and Dramatic Episodes", continues through December 30. On view are small drawings and paintings, large oil paintings, and sculptures of fabric and clay. Also on exhibit is the work of Jennifer Combe, who explores identities and motherhood in "Shift, Shift: Jennifer Combe", continuing through the end of the year.

Sara Joyce on FaceBook

Holter Museum on FaceBook and Vimeo 

★ In New Hampshire, Dartmouth University's Hood Museum of Art has opened its Hood Downtown space in Hanover with the inaugural solo exhibition "Laetitia Soulier: The Fractal Architectures". Soulier, a contemporary French photographer, sculptor, and installation artist, employs the concept of fractal geometry (i.e., each area has a direct scale relationship to the other) to denote through her images and sculpture the idea that understanding a fraction of a narrative she creates implies comprehension of the whole. (See the exhibition link and the video below for information about her artistic process.)

The exhibition, which includes selections from Soulier's series of photographs, sculpture, and installations, among them The Matryoshka Dolls and The Fractal Architectures, concludes December 11. Images are available at the exhibition link.

Laetitia Soulier, Self-Portrait*, 2016
C-print, 40" x 80"
Courtesy of Artist and Claire Oliver Gallery
© Laetitia Soulier

* From the series The Fractal Architectures

In the video below, Soulier discusses how she crafts her labor-intensive work: 

Hood Museum of Art on FaceBook, YouTube, and Instagram

Laetitia Soulier at Claire Oliver Gallery (New York)

Laetitia Soulier on FaceBook

★ On view at Washington, D.C.'s Kreeger Museum is "Smith | Paley", the first exhibition featuring a collaboration between Clarice Smith and Albert Paley. The show's inspiration was Triptych (2016) (see image below). Included are a selection of Smith's paintings, including the five-panel screen Gallop, and a selection of Paley's sculptures, including maquettes for the project documented in Albert Paley on Park Avenue. Curated by Lenore D. Miller, chief curator and director, University Art Galleries, The George Washington University, the show runs through December 30.

A discussion at the museum with Smith and Paley, moderated by Susan Stamberg, is scheduled for Wednesday, November 9, 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. The event is ticketed.

Clarice Smith & Albert Paley, Triptych, 2016
Oil on Canvas, Forged Steel, 38" x 48"
Image Courtesy Kreeger Museum and Artist

Kreeger Museum on FaceBook and Twitter

★ A selection of late 19th Century to 21st Century kimono and obi are on display for the first time at Maryland's Baltimore Museum of Art. Featured in the Textile Gallery are seven kimono and an array of obi, including an early 20th Century long-sleeved kimono (furisode) that is hand-embellished with gold and silver leaf, metallic pigments, and embroidery, and lined in red silk decorated with gold and silver leaf. (A curator's post about this garment is noted below.) The exhibition, "Kimono & Obi: Romantic Echoes from Japan's Golden Age", continues through January 15, 2017. Stunning and lavish!

Kimono Furisode (1912-1989), Taisho (1912-1926), or Showa (1926-1989).
20th Century Japanese Textile
Gift of Mrs. D.M. Cheston, Baltimore 1990.113
Image Courtesy BMA

Read Anita Jones's post "BMA Voices: A kimono six months in the making" on the BMA blog.

BMA on FaceBook, Twitter, and Instagram

Thursday, October 20, 2016

New Artist Watch Feature at Escape Into Life

. . . The viewer is taken on a magical mystery tour filled with
 brightly hued forms and unique reflections presented 
in handsome compositions, which are compelling
 and often mesmerizing.
~ Bruce Helander, Artist, Art Writer, and Critic

Kit Kittle, Linger, 2016
© Kit Kittle
Used With Permission


Today's new Artist Watch column at the online arts magazine Escape Into Life takes you into the world of Kit Kittle, an award-winning photographer and film director who constantly pushes the boundaries of image-making and meaning.

Kit's work has been featured in numerous national and international publications and has been exhibited in both solo and group shows in Connecticut, Florida, and New York. He also has published three books. A resident of Greenwich, Connecticut, Kit has traveled the world for his clients.

My Artist Watch feature includes five images of Kit's most recent photographic work, his Artist Statement, and a brief biography.

Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Wednesday Artist: Invention in Design

The film below, part of the British Council on ArtsNew British Inventors program, introduces pioneers in British design who are exploring how to use design principles and techniques imaginatively to shape the future globally. Staff of the firm Hugh Broughton Architects are interviewed.

British Arts Council on FaceBook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram

See "Inside Heatherwick Studio", a major international touring exhibition of the New British Inventors program.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Letters on a Japanese Moth (Poem)

Letters on a Japanese Moth

I am sick of the brown-sugar
sky, of vast shadows performing
like slow cotillions in the fields.

If beauty is this
moment, where you are,
then I am,

and I think of houses
hidden in the Milky Way,
of wind tightened and

traveling under a silk tent
as I half-finger the braille
letters on a Japanese moth

I am dropping in a plastic bag.

Maureen E. Doallas © 2016

This inspiration for this found poem is "Top 10 Dip Into Poetry Lines" at Tweetspeak Poetry.

The poem was published September 30 in Every Day Poems.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Monday Muse: Art and Poetry Exhibitions

Four noteworthy exhibitions that join art to poetry are on view this fall.

★ "Pegasus & Mermaids", through December 16 at the Poetry Foundation, Chicago, Illinois. The group exhibition features depictions of mythical creatures by 16 Poetry magazine cover artists. The artists are Lise Haller Baggesen, Ana Benaroya, Lilli Carre, Alexander Cohen, Stephen Eichhorn, Carson Ellis, Clay Hickson, Tony Fitzpatrick, Krista Franklin, Julia Goodman, Jenny Kendler, Kate McQuillen, Jessie Mott, Julie Murphy, Diana Sudyka, and Shoshanna Weinberger. Visit the exhibition Monday through Friday, 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Poetry Foundation on FaceBook and Twitter

★ "Real American Places: Edward Weston and Leaves of Grass", October 22, 2016 - March 20, 2017, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, San Marino California. In addition to 25 photographs that the renowned photographer made for a 1942 Limited Editions Book Club edition of Walt Whitman's Leaves of Grass, the exhibition includes a number of original Whitman items from The Huntington's holdings, including a sampling of Whitman's draft pages and handwritten corrections on printed proofs. (Read the press release for more information about the exhibition.)

The Huntington on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ "Three-Mile Radius", through October 22, 2016, Springville Museum of Art ~ The inspirations for this exhibition, which features the art of Jacqui Larsen and the poetry of her husband, Utah Poet Laureate Lance Larsen, are the people, places, and things of Springville, all found within a three-mile radius of Jacqui Larsen's studio.

Jacqui Larsen, Neighborhood Watch: Dog, 2015
Oil, Acrylic, and Collage on Panel
19" x 19"

Three-Mile Radius at Jaqui Larsen Website

Jacqui Larsen on FaceBook and Instagram

Springville Museum of Art on FaceBook and Twitter

★ "American Stanzas: 2006-2016", October 28, 2016 - February 18, 2017, at Poets House, New York City. Free and open to the public, the exhibition features selections of photography and mixed-media works by poet, photographer, and visual artist Rachel Eliza Griffiths. For a related event on November 3, at 7:00 p.m., Griffiths is host to poets Mahogany Browne, Aracelis Girmay, Rickey Laurentiis, Angel Nafis, Morgan Parker, and Iain Haley Pollock, who will read from their work.

Additional Information About "American Stanzas"

Poets House on FaceBook

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Thought for the Day

The crack in the middle where people on both sides
absolutely refuse to see the other as evil—this is
where I want to live and what I want to widen.
~ Krista Tippett

Quoted from Krista Tippett, Becoming Wise: An Inquiry Into the Mystery and Art of Living (Penguin Press, 2016), page 35

Krista Tippett, Journalist; Host of National Public Radio Program On Being; Author; Recipient, National Humanities Medal

Krista Tippett, "Reconnecting With Compassion", TEDTalk, 2010

Michel Martin, "'Becoming Wise' Is a Meditation on Meaning", NPR, May 1, 2016 

On Being on FaceBook

Saturday, October 15, 2016

Saturday Short

Seed is not just the source of life. It is
the very foundation of our being.
~ Vandana Shiva

Film Poster

Today's short is the trailer for SEED: The Untold Story (Collective Eye Films, 2016). Directed and produced by Taggart Siegel and Jon Betz, the film examines how and why we have lost in the last century 94 percent of our seed varieties, and what is being done by scientists, farmers, and indigenous seed-keepers to revive a culture connected to seeds.

The feature-length documentary, which has won awards at numerous film festivals where it has been screened, features primatologist and anthropologist Dr. Jane Goodall, Andrew Kimbrell of the Center for Food Safety, and American activist, environmentalist, economist, and writer Winona LaDuke, who is the program director of Honor the Earth.

See the screening schedule at the film's Website ("See the Film") for upcoming showings. The documentary is in theaters throughout the United States and Canada. Its world premiere was at the Environmental Film Festival in Washington, D.C., this past March.

SEED: The Untold Story on FaceBook

Friday, October 14, 2016

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✦ Tomorrow, from 5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., the nonprofit Baltimore Clayworks hosts its "Autumn Blaze Fire Festival" in and around its studio/classroom building in Mt. Washington. In addition to food and live music, the festival will mark the first firing of a newly rebuilt wood kiln and include demonstrations of Raku firing and a Clay Olympics.

Information About the Ticketed Event 

Baltimore Clayworks on FaceBook

✦ Take a tour of Marilyn Henrion's new Patchwork City series of collages created with paper or fabric images from her digitally manipulated photographs.

✦ If you're an artist interested in placing your work in healthcare organizations, see Renee Phillips's comprehensive 58-page Art in Healthcare for Artists: A Comprehensive e-Guide. For details, see Phillips's post, "Art in Healthcare for Artists e-Guide".

Cover Art

✦ Architect Frank Gehry talks about his life and career in Los Angeles for the four-part Art + Ideas podcast series at The Getty. Listen to Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, and Part 4 at the Getty blog the iris.

✦ The Art21 Deep Focus feature offers interviews with composer Joel Pickard andd designer Matt Eller, both of whom are the subject of an Art21 Season 8 film.

✦ Below is a short about the knitted textiles of artist Janie Withers of Welbeck, Nottinghamshire, United Kingdom. In addition to fabrics, Withers and her partner Michael create a range of products, including lamp shades and other decor for the home, as well as fashion items such a purses.

Exhibitions Here and There

★ A new series of large-scale works on paper by Kara Walker debuted last month at The Cleveland Museum of Art. Influenced by Walker's time in Rome, the drawings in "The Ecstasy of St. Kara: Kara Walker, New Work" explore the concepts of permanence and impermanence, as well as racial injustice and historical fact and fiction. Comprising two dozen drawings as well as two unique works created from collagraphic printmaking, the exhibition, which is part of the museum's Centennial celebration, runs through December 31.

An exhibition catalogue is available. A collaboration between Walker and her partner Ari Marcopoulos, an artist  and filmmaker, the catalogue includes images of Walker at work, text by Walker, an introduction by CMA co-curators Reto Thuring and Beau Rutland, and contributions from medieval scholar John Lansdowne and poet Tracy K. Smith.

Read "Cleveland Museum of Art Unveils New Work, Ecstasy of St. Kara", Cuyahoga Falls News Press, September 8, 2016.

View images from the exhibition at The Plain Dealer (

CMA on FaceBook

CMA Blog The Thinker

★ A collaboration between Tate Modern in London and J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, "London Calling: Bacon, Freud, Kossoff, Andrews, Auerbach, and Kitaj" continues at Getty Center through November 13. The exhibition highlights the work of six artists who reinvigorated figure painting in the late 20th Century.

A 136-page catalogue with 101 color illustrations is available.

Catalogue Cover Art

Explore the Exhibition (Information about the artists is here.)

See calendar for exhibition-related events.

Getty Museum on FaceBook and Instagram

Getty Blog the iris (Read a feature about the exhibition, "Hanging Pictures in the Land of Giants".

★ New York City's Asia Society is featuring an exhibition of postwar abstract work by Chinese-French painter Zao Wou-Ki (19201-2013) in "No Limits: Zao Wou-Ki", on view through January 8, 2017. The exhibiion is the first museum retrospective of Zao's work in the United States. Twenty images are available for viewing at the exhibition link above.

A catalogue with essays by co-curators Melissa Waalt, Ankeney Weitz, and Michelle Yun and 141 color illustrations accompanies the show.

Catalogue Cover Art

Watch a preview.

Read Roberta Smith's coverage of the exhibition, "Zao Wou-Ki, an Abstract Fusion Master" in The New York Times.

Asia Society on FaceBook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram

★ A huge selection of photographic work from the estate of Lester and Betty Guttman is on view in "There Was a Whole Collection Made: Photography From Lester and Betty Guttman" at the Smart Museum at the University of Chicago. The Guttmans donated in 2014 some 830 images by 414 artists. Several hundred of those works, including rare vintage prints and contemporary photographs, are presented in the show, which continues through December 30. The exhibition is organized thematically: Natural and Built World, Photographic Experimentation, Documentary, Living with Art, Portraiture, and Fifteen Minutes of Fame. Among the artists featured are Berenice Abbott, Diane Arbus, Chuck Close, Hannah Hoch, Man Ray, and Carrie Mae Weems.

A 240-page fully illustrated, multi-author catalogue accompanies the exhibition.

Catalogue Cover Art

See the museum's calendar for exhibition-related events.

Smart Museum on FaceBook, Twitter, Vimeo, and Instagram

★ On view through November 13 at RISD Museum, Providence Rhode Island, are two videos by French artist Julien Previeux: What Shall We Do Next (Sequence #2) from 2014 and Patterns of Life from 2015. Both video installations address movement in technology and innovation. The former is a single-channel video with color and sound and features the artist and dancers. The latter also is a single-channel video with color and sound and features the artist and dancers. Galerie Jousse Entreprise produced the videos.

Read A. Will's Brown's "What Shall We Do Next? An Interview with Artist Julien Previeux" (images are here).

View a RISD Museum exhibition guide (pdf).

RISD Museum on FaceBook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Thursday's Three on Art

Today's Thursday's Three spotlights a trio of recently published of forthcoming art-related books.

Reductionism in Art and Brain Science: Bridging the Two Cultures (Columbia University Press, August 30, 2016) ~ Neuroscientist and author Eric R. Kandel, who earlier published the fascinating study The Age of Insight: The Quest to Understand the Unconscious in Art, Mind, and Brain, from Vienna 1900 to the Present (Random House, 2012), examines in his new book how artists such as Jackson Pollock, Willem de Kooning, and Mark Rothko used a reductionist approach, analogous to that used by scientists to resolve complex problems, to "[explore] the nature of visual representation by reducing images to their essential elements of form, line, color, or light", thereby impelling a shift in perspective from modern art to abstract expressionism. Kandel is known for his elegant, absorbable prose.

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Columbia University Press Page for Reductionism in Art and Brain Science  (This page includes the book's introduction.)

The Artist's Estate: a Handboook for Artists, Executors and Heirs (Hatje Cantz, September 2016; U.S. Edition, Octoer 25, 2016) ~ Edited by Loretta Wurtenberger, who advises artists and artists' estates through her business Fine Art PartnersThe Artist's Estate covers legal estate concepts, alternatives for maintaining an artist's estate, appropriate financing models, recommendations for handling work, archives, and ephemera after an artist's death, and other topics related to structuring, managing, and preserving an artist's estate.

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Hatje Cantz Page for The Artist's Estate

Hatje Cantz on FaceBook

Read extracts from the handbook at The Art Newspaper.

Barns and Portrait Paintings (University of Arkansas Press/Fay Jones School of Architecture and Design, September 1, 2016) ~ Featured in his most recent book are Fayetteville-based George Dombek's paintings of rustic barns from each of Arkansas's 75 counties. The watercolorist, who trained as an architect and is also a sculptor, includes as well his "portraits" of found objects. Henry Adams, art professor, Case Western Reserve University; Laura M. Terry, architecture professor, Fay Jones School of Architecture, University of Arkansas; and Louis A. Zona, art writer and lecturer, contribute commentary. The 200-page book includes 122 images.

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Kathy Chin Leong, "In the Studio: George Dombek", Western Art & Architecture, December 2013/January 2014

Wednesday, October 12, 2016

Wednesday Artist: Accessible Music Technology

The film below, from Disability Arts International and the British Council on Arts, relates the stories of three artists with disabilities who have found innovative ways to make music using Accessible Music Technology.

The artists are Clarence Adoo, Kris Halpin, and John Kelly.

British Council on Arts on FaceBook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram

Pete Thomas, "Music Technology & Special Needs: Part 1", Sound on Sound

Pete Thomas, "Music Technology & Special Needs: Part 2", Sound on Sound

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Roger Philip Dennis's 'Corkscrew Hill Photo' (Videopoem)

Visual artist and filmmaker James William Norton reimagined as a videopoem (see below) Roger Philip Dennis's "Corkscew Hill Photo". The poem won the first-place award in the 2014 National Poetry Competition of The Poetry Society. Dennis reads in the film.

Dennis, who writes fiction in addition to poetry, is also an artist who offers painting workshops at his studio in Devon, England. (See his portfolio.)

Monday, October 10, 2016

Monday Muse: Worthy Reads Roundup

This is another in an occasional series in which Monday Muse rounds up a half-dozen recent interviews with poets and writers.

✭ "Poetry treasures individual lives and perceptions. It's the exact opposite of going to war." ~ Naomi Shihab Nye

Marissa Kessenich, "Politics, Perception, and Precious Details: Q&A with Poet Naomi Shihab Nye", Cultural Compass Blog, Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin, September 2, 2016

✭ "Poetry is about time, and what I would call the romance of time. The romance of time means we're running out of it, right? ~ Billy Collins

Barbara Chai, "Billy Collins on Being an Only Child and Why Majoring in Poetry Is Like Majoring in Death", The Wall Street Journal Blog, October 3, 2016

✭ "I could never become a Stepford poet, or the kind of poet who is invited to read her poems in suburban settings and is guaranteed to make her listeners feel safe and secure in their skins. That's not my gift." ~ Nin Andrews

"GRACE NOTES: Grace Cavalieri Interviews Nin Andrews", Poets and Artists, September 27, 2016

✭ "The next poem is presently several scraps waiting to find a shape." ~ Terrance Hayes

"Syntax, Sound, and Sensation: Terrance Hayes in Conversation with Alan Michael Parker", The Best American Poetry Blog, September 29, 2016

✭ "[M]y activism begins at the level of the word. But I am also an avowedly activist writer — although that means different things at different times. . . ." ~ Sophie Mayer

"An Interview with Sophie Mayer", The Midnight Mollusc Blog, September 29, 2016

✭ "Poetry privileges feeling. . . Poetry is the one place where your experience and your feelings are privileged and made legitimate and authentic. And all of us share that. We share the ability to feel something about what is happening around us." ~ Claudia Rankine

Jennifer Maloney, "MacArthur 'Genius' Claudia Rankine on the Power of Poetry", The Wall Street Journal Blog, September 22, 2016