Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Must See Exhibition - Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic

Must See Exhibition at the Brooklyn Museum

I will be discussing the important artwork of Kehinde Wiley at TRAC 2015 (The Representational Art Conference) in Ventura, California in November 2015

From the museum's website:

The works presented in Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic raise questions about race, gender, and the politics of representation by portraying contemporary African American men and women using the conventions of traditional European portraiture. The exhibition includes an overview of the artist’s prolific fourteen-year career and features sixty paintings and sculptures.

Wiley's signature portraits of everyday men and women riff on specific paintings by Old Masters, replacing the European aristocrats depicted in those paintings with contemporary black subjects, drawing attention to the absence of African Americans from historical and cultural narratives.

The subjects in Wiley's paintings often wear sneakers, hoodies, and baseball caps, gear associated with hip-hop culture, and are set against contrasting ornate decorative backgrounds that evoke earlier eras and a range of cultures.

Through the process of "street casting," Wiley invites individuals, often strangers he encounters on the street, to sit for portraits. In this collaborative process, the model chooses a reproduction of a painting from a book and reenacts the pose of the painting’s figure. By inviting the subjects to select a work of art, Wiley gives them a measure of control over the way they're portrayed.

The exhibition includes a selection of Wiley's World Stage paintings, begun in 2006, in which he takes his street casting process to other countries, widening the scope of his collaboration.

Kehinde Wiley: A New Republic
February 20–May 24, 2015

Monday, March 30, 2015

Visual Talismans from the Past

Fascinating Trove - Yale’s Beinecke Library Buys Vast Collection of Lincoln Photos

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Happy Birthday Vincent!

Happy Birthday to Vincent Van Gogh! - born on this day in 1853. "Self-Portrait," 1889

Self–Portrait with a Straw Hat (obverse: The Potato Peeler), 1887
Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853–1890)
Oil on canvas; 16 x 12 1/2 in. (40.6 x 31.8 cm)
Bequest of Miss Adelaide Milton de Groot (1876–1967), 1967 (67.187.70a)
Courtesy Metropolitan Museum of Art

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Thursday, March 26, 2015

Free Screening of Rebel: Loreta Velazquez, American Civil War soldier and spy at UCLA on April 2, 2015

Screening: REBEL
Thursday, April 2 at 5:00pm
UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center in Los Angeles, California

Shrouded in mystery and long the subject of debate, the amazing story of Loreta Velazquez, Confederate soldier turned Union spy, is one of the Civil War’s most gripping forgotten narratives. A Cuban immigrant from New Orleans, Velazquez was one of the estimated 1000 women who secretly served as soldiers during the American Civil War. Who was she? Why did she fight? And what made her so dangerous that she has been virtually erased from history? Please join us at the CSRC for the UCLA premiere screening of this award-winning documentary about a woman, a myth, and the politics of national memory.

Followed by Q&A with writer-director-producer María Agui Carter and Maylei Blackwell, associate professor of Chicana/o Studies and Gender Studies at UCLA.

This event starts at 5 p.m. A reception will follow the screening and Q&A.

“REBEL explores... how history censors and denies inconvenient truths."
- Loren King, Boston Globe

“The film is a beauty.” - Linda Wheeler, Washington Post

Organized by the CSRC and cosponsored by the UCLA César E. Chávez Department of Chicana/o Studies, the UCLA Division of Humanities, the UCLA Latin American Institute, the UCLA Department of Gender Studies, and Melnitz Movies.

This event is FREE. No RSVP required. However, seating is limited.

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Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Velázquez at the Grand Palais in Paris from March 15 to July 13, 2015

For me, exhibitions devoted to the paintings of the Spanish artist Diego Velázquez always evoke a sense of wonder and possibility. Velázquez' paintings hold me spellbound. I will be in Verona, Italy in May and will find my way to Paris for sure. Perhaps a rendezvous with the esteemed restorer from the Van Gogh Museum - René Boitelle?

An exhibition produced jointly by the RMN-Grand Palais and the Musée du Louvre, in collaboration with the Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna.
Curator : Guillaume Kientz, curator in the Department of paintings, Musée du Louvre
Exhibition design : Maciej Fiszer

Diego Velázquez
Portrait of Pope Innocent X56"x47" oil on canvas c1650
Galleria Doria Pamphilj, Rome

25 March 2015 to 13 July 2015
Open : Sundays and Mondays from 10 am to 8 pm,
Wednesdays to Saturdays from 9 am to 10 pm
Closed on Tuesdays
Closed 1st May
Closed at 6pm on 25th and 26th March
Access : metro line 1 and 13 « Champs-Elysées-Clemenceau » or line 9 « Franklin D. Roosevelt »

Attributed to Diego Velázquez
Man With a Wine Glass
Toledo Museum of Art


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