Saturday, October 31, 2015

Saturday Short

. . . Spirituality takes note of place, the spaces
that connect the mystery of beauty around you
with the magic of being alive. . . .
~ John Paul Lederach

Today's short is a reflection and meditation from The Art and Soul of Compassion, a digital storytelling project that brings together voices from the disciplines of art, contemplative practice, peace building, social science, and neuroscience. The 10-minute film is narrated by John Paul Lederach

Lederach, an expert in conflict transformation, is the professor of International Peacebuilding at the University of Notre Dame in Indiana; he also is an Eastern Mennonite University Distinguished Scholar and a senior fellow at Humanity United (Omidyar Foundation). Lederach has published more than 20 books, including Reconcile: Conflict Transformation for Ordinary Christians (Herald Press, 2014) and The Moral Imagination: The Art and Soul of Building Peace (Oxford University Press, 2010).

My thanks to On Being on Tumblr, where I first saw the film.

John Paul Lederach on "The Art of Peace", On Being, January 12, 2012

Art and Soul of Compassion on Vimeo and Squarespace

Friday, October 30, 2015

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✦ This is the season for open studio tours and fall art festivals. Coming up: Western North Carolina Pottery Festival (November 7), Dillsboro, North Carolina; Artists of Rappahannock Studio & Gallery Tour (November 7-8, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.), Washington, Virginia; 2015 Dixon Studio Tour (November 7-8), Embudo Valley, Northern New Mexico; 8th Annual Newton Open Studios Fall Juried Art Fest (November 7-8, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.), Newton, Massachusetts; Vallejo Open Studios 2015 (November 7-8, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.), Vallejo, California; Oregon Glass Guild Fall Studio Tour and Sale (November 14-15); Tucson Pima Arts Council Open Studio Tour (November 14-15, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.), Tucson, Arizona; 11th Annual Tri-City Artists Open Studio Tour (November 14-15, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.); Shoreline ArtsTrail15  and Open Studios Weekend (November 21-22), Branford, Guilford, and Madison, Connecticut; and Toe River Art Studio Tour (December 4-6, 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Friday; 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Saturday and Sunday), Burnsville and Spruce Pine, North Carolina.

✦ "Failure is really, really important, but failures have to hurt. . . ." ~ Andy Goldsworthy. Listen to the artist's interview at KQED Arts or NPR.

✦ The work of Montana ceramic sculptor Adrian Arleo will wow you. See her portfolio of ceramics, which she imbues with the feel of classical art.

Here's a short video showing her work at a 2012 exhibition at the now-closed Jane Sauer Gallery in Santa Fe, New Mexico:

✦ The weekly series Colores! at New Mexico PBS features local and national stories about the visual and performing arts, from painting and sculpture, to film and photography, to dance and theatre, to literature and more. The 30-minute episodes, which are broadcast on Saturdays, are archived and may be viewed online.

New Mexico PBS on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

Smith College Museum of Art and Artstor Digital Library have added more than 5,000 additional images from the museum's permanent collection to its Digital Library. The number of images that may now be viewed online totals more than 13,000. A post about the images is at The Artstor Blog.

Exhibitions Here and There

✭ In "The Journey North", ongoing through December 20 at the Wellin Museum of Art at Hamilton College, Clinton, New York, contemporary textile artist Karen Hampton draws on eight generations of her own family's stories as people of African, Caribbean, and American descent to examine broadly our struggle with identity today. Hampton, who calls herself a "griot",  meaning a keeper and transmitter of a people's genealogies, uses embroidered, woven, stitched, and digitally printed imagery (image transfers) on cloth to address displacement, transience, and heritage. Of the 45 works in the solo exhibition, 19 are new.

Here's a brief video introduction to the exhibition:

Wellin Museum of Art on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

✭ Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art is presenting a huge and comprehensive exhibition about the history and cultural and artistic legacy of the famous Black Mountain College, Asheville, North Carolina. Continuing through January 24, 2016, "Leap Before You Look: Black Mountain College 1933-1957" features some 260 works by more than 90 artists, including Robert Rauschenberg, Anni Albers, Ruth Asawa, Jacob Lawrence, and Willem de Kooning; student work, a soundscape, archival materials, and performance and educational programs of and about the dances of Merce Cunningham and music by composer John Cage. 

Here's a video introduction to the exhibition:

An illustrated catalogue (Yale University Press/ICA Boston) accompanies the exhibition:

Catalogue Cover Art

A related publication by Eva Diaz, The Experimenters: Chance and Design at Black Mountain College (University of Chicago Press) also is available. The book focuses on three Black Mountain teachers: Josef Albers, John Cage, and R. Buckminster Fuller.

Performance and Program Guide (pdf)

On its closing at ICA, the exhibition will travel to the Hammer Museum (Los Angeles, February 21 - May 15, 2016) and Wexner Center for the Arts (Columbus, Ohio, September 17, 2016 - January 1, 2017). 

ICA Boston on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ A site-specific installation, Metal Painting (2015), by Brooklyn-based artist Ellen Harvey is on view through January 4, 2016, at The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The installation, comprising 887 paintings in oil on plywood (the images are of ironwork in the Barnes collection; the collection includes almost 900 such historical wrought-iron objects), was commissioned by the foundation and complements the Barnes exhibition "Strength and Splendor: Wrought Iron from the Musee Le Secq des Tournelles, Rouen". A slideshow of "Ellen Harvey: Metal Painting" is online. Watch a video about the Barnes ironwork.

On Sunday, November 8, 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m., the foundation hosts "Ironwork in the Barnes: Judith Dolkart in Conversation with Ellen Harvey". The event is ticketed.

The Barnes Foundation on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

✭ Beautiful handmade paper cuts by Catalina Delgado Trunk are on view through December 6 at the University of Oregon's Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art. The exhibition, "Voces de Mis Antepasados | Voices of My Ancestors", features Delgado Trunk's intricate cut paper ("papel picado") visualizations of her Mexican heritage and indigenous culture.

Delgado was a 2015 winner of an Annual Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts from the New Mexico Arts Commission.

Browse works in Delgado Trunk's portfolio online.

JSMA on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

✭ The Smith College Museum of Art is presenting "Women's Work: Feminist Art from the Collection" through January 3, 2016.  Featuring work from the 1960s through 1980s, made during the so-called "Second Wave" of feminism, the thematically organized exhibition includes such artists as Emma Amos, Judy Chicago, Guerrilla Girls, Jenny Holzer, Ana Mendieta (1948-1985), Howardena Pindell, Faith Ringgold, Miriam Schapiro (1923-2015), Carolee Schneemann, Nancy Spero (1926- 2009), and Martha Wilson. Browse the various virtual resources and view the image highlights

Smith College Museum of Art on FaceBook and YouTube 

✭ New Jersey's Grounds for Sculpture, in Hamilton, continues "Jae Ko: Force of Nature | Shiro" through May 1, 2016. Jae Ko's monumental paper relief is 80 feet long and 14-16 feet high; it is at once both massive and ethereal-seeming—a remarkable rolled-paper sculpture comprising more than 20,000 pounds of varying shades of white recycled Kraft paper. The exhibition page provides additional details.

The video below shows the artist at work on her commissioned installation:

Grounds for Sculpture on FaceBook and Twitter

Thursday, October 29, 2015

Thursday's Three on Poetry

Today, Thursday's Three highlights a trio of new poetry collections.

Reginald Dwayne Betts — Bastards of the Reagan Era (Stahlecker Selections, 2015) ~ Betts's newly published collection elegizes the experience of being a black man in America, what it means to go about "the business of human tragedy" that involves "more than a dead black man in the center" of an "awful tale." When Betts writes, ". . . Prison / has taken the place of / freedom, . . ." he calls out of his own life the insider's knowledge of having been broken.

If you have an opportunity to hear Betts read or lecture, do so; and then go re-read his poems.

Read an excerpt: "What We Know of Horses" (pdf).

Betts also is the author of Shadid Reads His Own Palm (Alice James Books, 2010), his impressive debut collection and 2009 winner of the Alice James Award (formerly, Beatrice Hawley Award); and A Question of Freedom: A Memoir of Learning, Survival, and Coming of Age in Prison (Avery, 2009), recipient of a NAACP Image Award for nonfiction.

Reginald Dwayne Betts on FaceBook

Related Post: "In Prison: Redemption Through Writing", Writing Without Paper, December 8, 2010

Alan Bennett — Six Poets: Hardy to Larkin | An Anthology (Yale University Press, 2015) ~ For this anthology, Bennett, a fiction writer and dramatist, selected more than 70 poems by Thomas Hardy, A.E. Housman, John Betjeman, W.H. Auden, Louis MacNeice, and Philip Larken. The poems are accompanied by Bennett's appraisals. An audio CD of the anthology also is available.

✭ Mike Yarrow and Ruth YarrowVoices from the Appalachian Coalfields (Bottom Dog Press, 2015) ~ This is a collection of "found" poems about miners and mining life. The poems are accompanied by Douglas Yarrow's photographs taken in the Appalachian coalfields.

Mike Yarrow died in 2014; his wife Ruth and their children and his brother Douglas survive him.

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

'Lost in the Bewilderness'

Film director and producer Alexandra Anthony's Lost in the Bewilderness has drawn raves wherever it's been shown. The official selection of at least 10 film festivals, the 97-minute documentary relates the story of the parental kidnapping in Greece of Anthony's cousin Lucas, age 5, who more than 10 years later is found in the United States. 

Anthony began making her documentary (she is the film's sole writer, editor, cinematographer, sound recorder, and narrator) in 1984; she completed it over 25 years. During that time, she filmed her cousin's re-introduction to his Greek family and culture.

The film is the second in a nonfiction trilogy; the first is Yaya (1984), and the third, Three Pomegranate Seeds, is soon to be in post-production. Each of the films uses intergenerational stories to explore family relationships, childhood, and adulthood, and the joys, tragedies, and sorrows that attend loss and discovery.

The trailer, below, gives an idea of the film's lyricism and beauty, and of Anthony's sensitive treatment of her subject.

Anthony's first documentary was Morning Born Blindly (1977).

The next screening of Lost in the Bewilderness is November 5 at Wellesley College, Wellesley, Massachusetts. A discussion with Anthony follows the screening.

Lost in the Bewilderness on FaceBook

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Perfect Dragonfly - A Cento (Poem)

Perfect Dragonfly — A Cento

To stay alive, she swims in blue-green lakes and red wine,
Laying eggs, on a good day, equal to her body weight.
As drifts pile up, foot by foot, you hear
The earth's contours like a harmless snake.
The body was gone, but there was a stain
On the steel polished by those great wheels.
I did not know what to say, my mouth dumb,
Sewn up inside the empty sparrow's nest.



Title: Perfect Dragonfly (Red Dragonfly Press, 2011)

Line 1: Freya Manfred, "One True Thing"
Line 2: Edith Rylander, "Hive Dancer"
Line 3: Christine Stewart-Nunez, "Because You Never Thought It Could Be Beautiful"
Line 4: Nancy Paddock, "Lie Down"
Line 5: Patrick Hicks, "The Kiss That Saved My Life"
Line 6: Dale Jacobson, "At the Site of the Old Round House"
Line 7: Katrina Vandenberg, "On the Bog Road through Connemara"
Line 8: Diane Jaryenpa, "Ancient Wonders, the Modern World"

Monday, October 26, 2015

Monday Muse: Poet and Writer Robin Morgan

. . . this is the final struggle left to win. . . .
~ Robin Morgan, from "The Ghost Light"

Recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts poetry prize and numerous other honors and the former editor-in-chief of Ms. Magazine (1989-1994), Robin Morgan has published poetry, memoir, nonfiction, fiction, and anthologies. Her poetry collections, recently reissued as e-books by Open Road Media, are A Hot January: Poems 1996-1999 (W.W. Norton, 1999; paper, 2000), Depth Perception: Poems and a Masque (Doubleday/Anchor, 1994), Death Benefits: A Chapbook (Copper Canyon Press, 1981), Lady of the Beasts (Random House, 1976), and Monster (Random House/Vintage, 1972). Morgan also is the author of Upstairs in the Garden: Poems Selected and New 1968-1988 (W.W. Norton, 1990).

Among Morgan's anthologies are the well-known Sisterhood Is Forever (Washington Square Press/Simon & Schuster, 2003), Sisterhood Is Global (The Feminist Press/CUNY, 1996 and 1984), and Sisterhood Is Powerful (Random House/Vintage, 1970). Her other writings encompass essays, interviews and profiles, criticism, investigative journalism, and political analyses. An activist since the 1960s, Morgan is writer, producer, and host of the weekly program "Women's Media Center Live with Robin Morgan", offering political commentary and featuring political and literary guests.

Earlier this year, at TEDWomen 2015, Morgan spoke of having Parkinson's disease and of working with the Parkinson's Disease Foundation. She also noted that, being a poet, she "began working with [her] subject matter, finding it tragic, hilarious, sometimes even joyful". Adding that she does "not feel diminished by Parkinson's" but "distilled by it", Morgan read four strong, witty, and profoundly affecting poems about aging and her experience of the disease: "No Signs of Struggle", "On Donating My Brain to Science", "The Ghost Light", and "This Dark Hour". All four poems are from Morgan's new collection Dark Matter, expected to be released in 2016.

As you listen to Morgan reading her poetry, you'll understand, I think, why she has been described as a person who "uses words as ammunition"*.

The texts of the poems are included in a transcript of Morgan's reading.

Robin Morgan on FaceBook and Twitter

* Reena Bernards, "Robin Morgan", Profile at Jewish Women's Archive

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Thought for the Day

Autobiography is an exercise in self-forgiveness. . . .
~ Janet Malcolm

Quoted from Janet Malcolm, "Thoughts on Autobiography from an Abandoned Autobiography", The New York Review of Books, March 25, 2010 

Janet Malcolm, Journalist, Writer, Critic,  Collagist

See selections of Janet Malcolm's collages at Lori Bookstein Fine Art

Malcolm's most recent book is Forty-one False Starts: Essays on Artists and Writers (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, Reprint 2014)

Saturday, October 24, 2015

Saturday Short

Today's short, from Poets & Writers, features Sandra Cisneros on creative expression. Cisneros's most recent work is the memoir A House of My Own: Stories from My Life (Knopf, October 6, 2015). The novelist, short story writer, poet, and essayist is the recipient of numerous awards, including a MacArthur Fellowship.

Friday, October 23, 2015

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

 ✦ Washington, D.C.'s National Museum for Women in the Arts has launched an important new initiative, "Women, Arts, and Social Change", not only to promote its long advocacy for women in the arts but also  to champion ways that museums can become effective forums for addressing social causes. As part of its initiative, NMWA is sponsoring a program titled "Fresh Talk"; its kick-off on October 18 brought together art professionals and activists for gender equality in the arts. On November 18, "Fresh Talk" hosts Carrie Mae Weems, who will discuss artists' social responsibility. Following that, designer Gabriel Ann Maher and design critic Alice Rawsthorn meet January 27 to lead "Change by Design". One needn't live in the D.C. metropolitan area to take advantage of the programs: NMWA plans to live-stream each discussion and upload recorded talks on its Website.

 ✦ Effective October 6, 2015, George Eastman House, Rochester, New York, became George Eastman Museum. Read "George Eastman Museum Announces New Name". The Website also is new.

 ✦ Canada-based Meryl McMaster, featured in the Fall 2015 issue of American Indian magazine, a quarterly publication of the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian, has received accolades for her portrait collection Second Self, on show through December 11 at NMAI's New York location. The exhibition is a fascinating and perceptive examination of how we conceal and reveal our identity. (Read the digital issue with the feature on McMaster.)

✦ Yale University has opened to the public an archive of  170,000 Depression-era (1935-1945) photos. The images, made by the U.S. Farm Security Administration and Office of War Information, are viewable, searchable, and sortable online at Photogrammar. An interactive map plots some 90,000 images bearing geographical information.

✦ A don't miss for locals! See exhibitions, meet artists where they work, and buy local and homemade from Artists & Makers Studios in Rockville, Maryland, which launches Open Studio Saturdays, tomorrow, October 24. The next two Open Studio Saturdays are scheduled for November 14 and December 12. All three are from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

 ✦ Scrap yards and construction sites are favorite haunts of Wendy Klemperer of Brooklyn, who scavenges for steel and other materials to use in her representational animal sculptures. In the video below, Klemperer talks about why animals so inspire her.  Browse Klemperer's portfolio of large and small sculptures in bronze, steel, and wax and her paintings and drawings.

 Exhibitions Here and There

✭ Work by more than 25 artists is featured in "The Big Hope Show" at Baltimore's American Visionary Art Museum through September 4, 2016. A celebration of the museum's 20th anniversary, the exhibition includes paintings, photographs, sculptures, drawings, stained glass, videos, and assemblages. Among highlights are a video tribute to California trooper Kevin Bridges, the art of psychedelic rocker Wayne Coyne (read "'Flaming Lips' Wayne Coyne Plots Art Exhibit Debut" in Rolling Stone), Jackie Sumell's installation Herman's House, depicting the experience in solitary confinement of the late Herman Wallace, and Chris Roberts-Antieau's embroidered story-telling textiles. As described by curator Rebecca Alban Hoffberger, "The Big Hope Show" seeks "to inspire a clearer, more hopeful, communal roadmap forward by shining a big . . . spotlight on just what ignites and sustains human hope while, at the same time, artfully identifying and combating those ancient forces hell-bent on hope's destruction: cynicism, fear and despair."  

AVAM on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

✭ Tomorrow, October 24, Mother and daughter artists Janet Ruttenberg and Kathy Ruttenberg open in "Janet Ruttenberg: Figure in the Landscape | Kathy Ruttenberg: Landscape in the Figure" at Iowa's Dubuque Museum of Art. The special exhibition, which will continue through March 20, 2016, is the first time the artists have shown  together. Included are four large paintings by Janet Ruttenberg and 10 ceramic sculptures and a tapestry by Kathy Ruttenberg. Also on view are five of Janet Ruttenberg's early works and works by two of her teachers, artists Dorothy Bechtel Rossiter and Sr. Mary James Ann Walsh BVM. The show centers on the artists' observations of the human figure and the natural world. For images, see the exhibition link above. A catalogue is available. Read Charles Stuckey's "Every Day in the Park with Janet".

This 2013 video, Where Beasts Dwell, is about Kathy Ruttenberg's art and the animals that inform her work.

Dubuque Museum on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ "Archipenko: A Modern Legacy" continues through December 13 at The Palmer Museum at Penn State University. Drawn from museum and private collections, the approximately 50 sculptures, mixed-media reliefs, and works on paper span Archipenko's artistic career and reflect his interest in the abstracted figurative form. An innovator, Archipenko's creative techniques and practices encompassed lead casting, electroplating, and  use of materials including Plexiglas and Bakelite. Presented for the first time are annotated photographs, patent drawings, and lecture transcripts from Archipenko's archives.

The Palmer Museum on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ New Jersey's Princeton University Art Museum opened "Ursula von Rydingsvard and Others: Materials and Manipulations" October 17. The exhibition, which runs through January 3, 2016, features nine new works by von Rydingsvard, a sculptor who uses circular saws and other nonconventional tools to create her monumental pieces. A highlight is a university commission—the artist's first work in copper. 

Read the ArtNews post, "Habitat: Ursula von Rydingsvard".

Ursula von Rydingsvard on FaceBook

Princeton University Art Museum on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ Continuing through February 22, 2016, at Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, is "Nightfall: Prints of the Dark Hours". Here's a short video introduction to the exhibition of European and American prints (mezzotints, etchings, engravings, woodcuts, lithographs) that explore the evocations of night. View the exhibition checklist. Some of the artists whose work is included in the exhibition are Edward Hopper, Rembrandt, Gene Gloss, and Rockwell Kent. 

VMFA on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

✭ The work of sculptor Robert Kinmont goes on view October 31 at di Rosa Art Preserve in California's Napa Valley. The exhibition, "Robert Kinmont: Trying to Understand Where I Grew Up", is the conceptual artist's first solo show in the Bay Area in more than 45 years. A selection of early works from the late 1960s and 1970s will be presented with work made since 2005. (Kinmont, who lives in Sonoma, interrupted his art practice to study Zen Buddhism and work as a carpenter.) A reception is scheduled for November 7, 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. 

Robert Kinmont at Alexander & Bonin Gallery

di Rosa on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

Thursday, October 22, 2015

Ursula von Rydingsvard in Venice

The film below, Ursula von Rydingsvard: Giardino della Marinaressa (Itinerant Pictures), traces the journey of six of the sculptor's monumental works to an exhibition site in Venice, an event sponsored by Yorkshire Sculpture Park for the 56th Venice Biennale, which continues through November 22. The opening of the exhibition of von Rydingsvard's magnificent sculptures in Giardino della Marinaressa is October 28; the conclusion is November 22.

Yorkshire Sculpture Park mounted a major retrospective of von Rydingsvard's work, more than 40 drawings and sculptures, in April 2014. Watch a video about that exhibition, and view images.

Ursula von Rydingsvard Website

Ursula von Rydingsvard on FaceBook

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

'The Walk' Recounts Philippe Petit on High-Wire

Faith is what replaces doubt in my dictionary.
~ Philippe Petit*

Film Poster

Based on the book To Reach the Clouds* (North Point Press, 2002; Faber & Faber Tie-In Ed., 2015), the Robert Zemeckis film The Walk (Sony Pictures) relates the true story of Philippe Petit's August 7, 1974, walk — without a net — between the Twin Towers at the World Trade Center in New York City. The wire was 120 feet long; it stretched some 1,350 feet above ground. 

Petit crossed the wire in less than 60 minutes. 

The film, shot with photorealistic techniques and in IMAX 3D, has already been released in the United States. Below is the official trailer.

Petit also is the author of Creativity: The Perfect Crime (Riverhead Books, August 2015), the e-book (Kindle) Cheating the Impossible: Ideas and Recipes from a Rebellious Artist (TED Conferences, 2012), and Man on Wire (Skyhorse Publishing, 2008). Petit released The Walk (Skyhorse Publishing), a retitled edition of To Reach the Clouds, this past September.

* Petit gave a TED Talk about his walk, "The Journey Across the High Wire", in 2012.

James Marsh's documentary about Petit, Man on Wire, received a 2009 Academy Award and other honors.

The Walk on Tumblr

The Walk on FaceBook

Philippe Petit on FaceBook

American Experience Biography of Philippe Petit

Read "'The Walk'—A Death-Defying Journey to Remember", a critical review of Zemeckis's film at The Arts Fuse, October 13, 2015; and "The Real Story Behind Philippe Petit's High-Wire Act in 'The Walk'", Curbed NY, September 30, 2015.

Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Anniversary — A Cento

Anniversary — A Cento


When he tells you he needs you like he needs air,
everything after aches.

You are the exhale
gathering somewhere     just out of view

and, for a moment,
you are not here.


You let every thing go:
the strife and the fire—

two mourning doves calling the sun out of darkness.


So many times I imagined myself
like that:

immune again, as we would never be,

like two negative numbers multiplied by rain
that does not choose the direction it travels.

Maureen E. Doallas, October 19, 2015


Line 1 ~ Shandel Beers, "Water, Water Everywhere"
Line 2 ~ Patty Paine, "Notes on Mirrors, Already Lost"

Line 3 ~ Donna Vorreyer, "Why I Love You Most When I'm Upset"
Line 4 ~ Jake Adam York, "A Murmuration of Starlings"

Line 5 ~ James Wright, "Jerome in Solitude"
Line 6 ~ Jake Adam York, "Letter Already Broadcast Into Space"

Line 7 ~ Nancy Willard, "The Mirror"
Line 8 ~ Hannah Sanghee Park, "Dear Sir—"

Line 9  ~ Nancy Willard, "Tree House"

Line 10 ~ Claudia Emerson, "The Practice Cage"
Line 11 ~ Jane Hirshfield,"Twelve Pebbles (Still Life)"

Line 12 ~ Claudia Emerson, "Furnace"

Line 13 ~ Jane Hirshfield, "Like Two Negative Numbers Multiplied by Rain"
Line 14 ~ Jane Hirshfield, "Like Two Negative Numbers Multiplied by Rain"

Punctuation and capitalization are my own.

Monday, October 19, 2015

A Patrick Hicks Poem in ASL

Recently, I came across the poem "To My Hands", by poet, novelist, and short story writer Patrick Hicks. The poem has been translated into American Sign Language and can be seen on YouTube.

Among Hicks's poetry collections are Adoptable (Salmon Poetry, 2014), This London (Salmon Poetry, 2010), and Finding the Gossamer (Salmon Poetry, 2008). Selections from each are available at the respective links. 

Hicks also is the editor of the anthology A Harvest of Words: Contemporary South Dakota Poetry (The Center for Western Studies, 2010).

Patrick Hicks Website

Patrick Hicks on FaceBook

Sunday, October 18, 2015

Thought for the Day

. . . history is the dailiness
of weapons prescribed upon our bodies. . . .
~ Mahmoud Darwish

Quoted from Mahmoud Darwish's Poem "Don't Write History as Poetry" in The Butterfly's Burden by Mahmoud Darwish (Copper Canyon Press, 2007), p. 259, trans. Fady Joudah

Saturday, October 17, 2015

Saturday Short

[This post has been corrected, October 21, 2015.]

Today's short is the filmic version of Jehanne Dubrow's poem "The Long Deployment". The poem was adapted by Nicole McDonald for Motionpoems. Directed by Nicole McDonald, the film was an official selection at this year's Minneapolis-St. Paul International Film Festival.

Among Dubrow's collections are The Arranged Marriage (Mary Burritt Christiansen Poetry Series, University of New Mexico Press, 2015), Red Army Red (Triquarterly Books/Northwestern University Press, 2012), and Stateside (Triquarterly Books/Northwestern University Press, 2010).

The Long Deployment from Motionpoems on Vimeo.

The Arranged Marriage Page at University of New Mexico Press

Red Army Red Page at Triquarterly Books

Stateside Page at Triquarterly Books

Friday, October 16, 2015

All Art Friday

All Art Friday

All Art Friday Spotlights

✦ Film London and the film section of the British Council announced last month that they have launched Shakespeare's Sister, a project that aims to "develop some of the UK's best emerging female filmmaking talent and help tackle gender disparity within the film industry." For the inaugural initiative, two teams headed by women will receive production funds to create Shakespeare-inspired shorts (up to 15 minutes) that subsequently will become part of 2016 global celebrations commemorating 400 years of Shakespeare; the teams will be mentored by Film4 and receive a year-long membership in Women in Film & TV. Women who are writers, directors, and producers, including transgender women, must apply by November 3, 2015, to be considered for the teams. 

Film London on FaceBook

✦ Yesterday I posted a new Artist Watch feature at Escape Into Life, spotlighting the gorgeous photography of Tal Shpantzer of Brooklyn. See selections from two of Tal's evocative bodies of work, The Petal Series and Limbus Kid at EIL.

Tal's artistic gifts run in her family; her mother Tova Shpantzer, who maintains a studio at Artists & Makers in Rockville, Maryland, is a metal artist who creates beautiful jewelry and vessels. Tova's Website is Tova's Design.

✦ Artist-in-Residence at Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts, abstract painter Michelle Ross ventured into printmaking to create a series of monotypes with translucent layers, stenciled geometric forms, and colorful washes. (Check Crow's Shadow Website for images). Each of the prints she has made are one-of-a-kind. Ross, a 2012 Ford Fellow, is head of the department of drawing and painting at Oregon College of Art and Craft. Listen to an interview with Ross about her most recent exhibition at Elizabeth Leach Gallery, "Trust Falls and Transparent Things".

Crow's Shadow on FaceBook and Twitter

✦ The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., is hosting David Getsy October 25, 2:00 p.m., at which time Getsy will discuss themes from his book Abstract Bodies: Sixties Sculpture in the Expanded Field of Gender and sign copies. Getsy is the Goldabelle McComb Finn Distinguished Professor of Art History and interim dean of graduate studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. His NGA lecture is titled "Abstraction and Its Capacities".

Cover Art

✦ Conservation photographer Mac Stone, who documents wildlife in the Florida Everglades, shares his work in this TED Talk. Stone published Everglades: America's Wetland (University Press of Florida) in 2014; now in its second printing, it was awarded a silver medal in the Florida Book Awards annual competition.

Watch an interview with Stone about his award-winning book.

Mac Stone Photography on FaceBook

✦ You'll want to get acquainted with the work of Chicago-based Victoria Fuller, a sculptor, painter, and natural science illustrator. Fuller's nature-inspired and found-object sculptures and installations are imaginative and, in the case of the former, educational. See a video about Fuller's Global Garden Shovel a large public sculpture for the City of Seattle's Sound Transit. 

Victoria Fuller on FaceBook and Twitter

Exhibitions Here and There

✭ In the Art Gallery of Tufts University's Aidekman Arts Center, Medford, Massachusetts, is "Shahzia Sikander: Parallax", on view through December 6. The exhibition comprises the Pakistan-born artist's first immersive animation, Parallax, which debuted at Sharjah Biennale in 2013, as well as related paintings, drawings, and photographs. Sikander constructed the three-channel, color animation, which is 15 minutes long, from hundreds of drawings and paintings that are abstract, representational, and textual. The gallery is publishing a book, expected to be available in spring 2016, with an interview by Amy Schlegel, a conversation between Sikander and Parallax music-and-sound composer Du Yun, and essays.

Here's a very short excerpt from the animation:

Also continuing through December 6 are "Last Folio", an exhibition, documentary film, and book about photographer Yuri Dojc's journey through the Slovakian Jewish communities destroyed by the Nazis and Dojc's reflections on the Holocaust, part of international commemorations of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II (see catalogue image below); and "In Person—574", a seven-panel mural by Sophia Ainslie that takes up more than 6,000 square feet and rises four stories high. The exhibition includes five of seven original paintings on which Ainslie based her site-specific commission, a slideshow of the mural's creation and installation, and materials relating to the artist's creative process. (Images of the installation are found at Sophia Ainslie's Website in the Commissions/Wall Drawings section.)

Cover Art of Catalogue

Last Folio at Yuri Dojc's Website (See the video section for films about Last Folio.)

Yuri Dojc's Last Folio on FaceBook

Tufts University Art Gallery on FaceBook

✭ Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University, Durham, North Carolina is presenting "Reality of My Surroundings: The Contemporary Collection" through July 10, 2016. Focused on artists of African descent, the exhibition includes paintings, sculpture, works on paper, photography, video (including a new acquisition Girls, Tricky by Steve McQueen), and installation. The work spans four decades and highlights a range of cultural perspectives. Among the artists whose work is on show are Marlene Dumas, LaToya Ruby Frazier (2015 MacArthur Fellow), Kerry James Marshall, Wangechi Mutu, Lorna Simpson, Mickalene Thomas, and Carrie Mae Weems.

Nasher Museum on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ Continuing through January 24, 2016, at Figge Art Museum, Davenport, Iowa, is "Ellen Wagener: Horizon Lines", a new series in pastels depicting the seasons and the sun rising, and earlier work found in the museum's collection.

Ellen Wagener, Four Seasons: Summer, 2014
1 of 4 Panels, 60" x 40" Each, Pastel
© Ellen Wagener

Here's a video of an interview with the landscape artist:

Landscape Artist Ellen Wagener from Brian McHugh on Vimeo.

Figge Art Museum on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ Emerging artist Rhea Pappas, a fine art and commercial photographer based in Minneapolis, is receiving a solo exhibition at Minnesota Marine Art Museum, Winona. Her show, on view through January 10, 2016, features images of women underwater. A selection of images is available at Pappas's Website.

Learn more about Pappas from this Minnesota Original episode:

Rhea Pappas on FaceBook

Minnesota Marine Art Museum on FaceBook and Twitter

✭ Vermont's Shelburne Museum continues for the next two weeks "Ahead of the Curve", an exhibition of exceptional contemporary quilts by Judy B. Dales. The show includes work from the last 15 years, including four new quilts; information about Dales's inspiration and process accompanies each piece. Dales, whose work can be found in the White House Collection of American Crafts, is renowned for her use of form, color, texture, and abstract designs. Images are available at the exhibition link above; also see installation shots in the News section at Dales's Website.

Judy B. Dales on FaceBook

Shelburne Museum on FaceBook, Twitter, and YouTube

Shelburne Museum Blog

Thursday, October 15, 2015

New Artist Watch Feature at Escape Into Life

Tal Shpantzer, The Petal Series

You'll find me today at Escape Into Life, where my latest Artist Watch column features the superb work of photographer Tal Shpantzer, who is based in Brooklyn, New York.

Tal's photography is published nationally and internationally, in a wide range of prestigious art, design, and fashion periodicals, including Vogue (Italian and Indian editions) and Harpers Bazaar. Commercial clients include HBO, MTV, and EMI and Capitol Records. 

You'll find images of Tal's beautiful, evocative work, in today's Artist Watch. The images are taken from two substantial bodies of work: The Petals Series and Limbus Kid series. A brief biography and an Artist Statement, as well as Tal's social media links, are provided, too.

Among Tal's other series are Limbus Diary, Limbus/Greenpoint Diary, and Obscure Object Films. A selection of her portraits and of her documentary photographs may be viewed at her Website.

Below are a paired set of images from Tal's The Petals Series:

The following two images are from Tal's Limbus Kid series:


Be sure to see my Artist Watch column for more images from Tal's two series.

Tal Shpantzer Website

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Tracey Derrick's 'One in Nine' Project

By exhibiting this work, I hope to deepen the knowledge
about breast cancer and show that the value of trauma
is a chance to find oneself.
~ Tracey Derrick

Recently, I came across the online site "I Am Woman | Leap of Faith", a South African television series. Among its many interesting stories about women and the redefining moments in their lives is the one told below, about the remarkable documentary photographer Tracey Derrick, who, in 2008, was diagnosed with breast cancer. Derrick's response to her diagnosis was to make herself the object of self-investigation and understanding by creating a visual diary of her own illness, treatment, and survival. She also made portraits of other breast-cancer survivors. Derrick's moving photographic project is titled One in Nine

In the three short videos below, produced for "I Am Woman", Derrick recounts her story and the decisions she had to make at each step of her journey to heal from cancer. 

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Derrick's One in Nine project was first exhibited in the fall of 2010 and, in 2012, was selected for Grahamstown National Arts Festival Think!Fest. 

View a selection of Tracey Derrick's One in Nine photographs at her Website.

I Am Woman Series