erykah badu and performance art

April 9, 2010 § Leave a comment

Erykah Badu’s new video for Window Seat melds pop culture and performance art. It’s not too often that performance art gets such a big audience so this really drew me in. Also, given all the discussion around the Internet, I think that point got lost somewhere with everyone focusing on the nudity. For a fresh perspective, check out this post where a 5 year old shares her comments on the video and its possible meaning.

Check out the video, and Badu discussing her work, the video, and performance art with Wanda Sykes. On her website now, the video is remixed to play backwards.

Arts for Learning, Free Breakfast (Miami)

January 29, 2009 § Leave a comment

Arts for Learning/Miami, Inc.

Join us for the FREE inaugural Breakfast for Brilliance fundraiser.

Have you ever wanted to learn more about our programs, see our children perform, or hear personal accounts of how we make a difference? This is your chance! Your support will help Arts for Learning use the arts and learning to spread brilliance throughout schools and communities in Miami! RSVP to felipe@a4lmiami.org to attend.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009 Legion Memorial Park 6447 NE 7th Avenue Miami, FL 33138

Registration 8:00am. Program 8:30am-9:30am. One hour of your time can change a life! Your Support Can Make A Difference!

SpeakOut with Staceyann Chin in Miami

January 9, 2009 § Leave a comment


PERFORMANCE, WORKSHOPS & SLAM
FOR GAY, LESBIAN, BISEXUAL & TRANSGENDER YOUTH

JOIN us for a weeklong residency with nationally recognized Jamaican lesbian spoken word poet STACEYANN CHIN that includes workshops and an open mic for GLBT youth. Chin’s poetry is a bracing, no-holds-barred yet tender examination of her own life and the world around her that locates itself at the complex intersection of sexual, gender and racial identities. She co-wrote and performed in the Tony Award-nominated Russell Simmons Def Poetry Jam and presented her own one-woman shows Off-Broadway.

SCHEDULE:
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a whole new Wynwood

August 1, 2008 § Leave a comment

This image appeared in the Biscayne Times, in the Community News section, in reference to the plans for the future Wynwood Arts District. What is particularly shady about this project is that apparently the “community” didn’t know about it. When they asked gallery owners, such as Brooke Dorsch, they said they were unaware of the redevelopment plan. So, who did know about the Wynwood Arts District Proposal? And, what will it mean for the future of the area? One of the goals, according to Tony Goldman, a real estate developer is to keep the “artistic aspect” of the community. But, the only mention of how that will be maintained is through the opening of bars and clubs.

The Biscayne Times also featured this nifty map which shows what they consider to be the Wynwood Arts District. Dorsch’s gallery, by the way, isn’t even included in this zone.

what makes an “artist”?

July 25, 2008 § 7 Comments

Today, Roberta Smith published a harsh review of the show up at the Bronx Museum entitled, ‘How Soon is Now?’ I won’t copy the review here, but I will post some of the harsh highlights (ouch!). Here is one work, by Jeanne Verdoux called “Living Room” that she did actually think was worthy of being called “art.” I haven’t seen the show in person so I can’t really give you my own take on it.

Anyhow, on with the harsh highlights:

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women’s work: art, race, and family

July 17, 2008 § 2 Comments

Deborah Willis, Mothers Wit, 2008

Deborah Willis, Mother's Wit, 2008

From the press release of the current exhibition, Four Women, at Jackson Fine Art in Atlanta:

FOUR WOMEN
JULY 18TH, 2008 – AUGUST 30TH, 2008

In light of the recent Jackson Fine Art show celebrating the Civil Rights Movement with photographer Bruce Davidson and paying honor to the critically acclaimed exhibitions at The High Museum – Road to Freedom and After 1968 – Jackson Fine Art continues to consider race and relationships in the upcoming show Four Women curated by Charles Guice, owner and curator of Charles Guice Contemporary in Oakland, California. Asking the question – how has the dialogue about ethnicity, family, class, gender and sexuality changed in the last 50 years, Four Women showcases the work of Kianga Ford, Jessica Ingram, Carrie Mae Weems and Deborah Willis as it investigates their perspectives on the complex relationship between family and race – specifically its ongoing evolution in the South.

flow and heart in miami next weekend: rha goddess

May 3, 2008 § Leave a comment

this is where i would be if i were in town next weekend….

Miami Light Project and The Arsht Center presents

Low: Meditations Trilogy, Part One

Friday, May 9 to Saturday, May 10

Low is a one-woman tour-de-force by Rha Goddess, a regular at the Nu Yorican Poets Café, that cuts to the core of the harrowing world of mental illness. In her contagious and rhythmic style of “floetry, ” The Goddess delivers breathtakingly savage monologues that take you right inside the mind of a creative young girl who is spiraling into madness, as live-feed video and film projection draw you in further with an almost unbearable intimacy. Serious issues are tackled with the authenticity of an activist. More than just an artistic performance, Low is a seismic wake-up call that is long overdue.

at the Arsht Center (the old Carnival Center), and brought to Miami by the Miami Light Project

oh, and she is represented by same group as late and great Sekou Sundiata, the MultiArts Projects and Productions.

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