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Seydou Keita: Exposure


I regret not getting the chance to see this photography exhibit while I was in Paris. Whenever I hopped on the train, I saw a new, stunning black and white photograph by Malian photographer Seydou Keita that stopped me in my tracks. Maybe it was the beauty of his subjects, the simplicity of the genre, the sharpness of the smallest detail. If you’re going to be in Paris this spring and summer, pop into the Grand Palais and see this exhibit.

Seydou Keita

March 31, 2016 – July 11, 2016 | Grand Palais, Galeries nationales

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Artness: This Weekend at Newark Museum

I think Hassan Hajjaj is about to blow up. The Moroccan artist is featured this weekend in a photo/video exhibition featuring musicians of an eclectic range of music.

Combining photography, video, music, fashion and interior design, this exhibition showcases Hajjaj’s personal “rock stars” — an eclectic group of nine musicians from around the world who inspire the artist.



After that, head over to another exhibit at the museum featuring photographer George Osodi:

“The idea behind this project is to travel around this diverse country and go beyond the portraits to explore the subjects’ environments—being the custodians of our cultural heritage and peace makers—exploring their architecture and fashion with the view to showcase and celebrate them and to mirror the country’s great culture through their personalities.”

 GEORGE OSODI | Royals and Regalia: Inside the Palaces of Nigeria’s Monarchs
 Newark Museum
49 Washington Street
Newark, New Jersey 07102

Artness: Lorna Thompson

Corridor, 2003
Lorna Thompson is a Brooklyn-based multimedia artist whose collection of works–spanning over 30 years–will be honored in a retrospective at the Baltic Gallery in Gateshead, UK.
Thompson’s works are a collection of photography, video and multimedia objects that focus on the interpretation of gestures, and often have the feeling of an anthropologic study. The stark images invite the viewer to make their own commentary–horrific or benign—on the imagery, while pulling on her own experience, such as in Momentum, in which she explains how, as a child,  she was horrified by a dance performance in which she took part, but found incredibly boring.

Momentum, 2011
Waterbearer, 1986
You’re Fine, 1988
I’ve really been feeling the works of the women masters as of late. They have been providing compelling pieces that open up dialogue about sex and race, and they all have several solid decades behind them that create a full picture of the evolution of their visions.
View more of Lorna Simpson’s work here.

You Should See: Melo-X: Renaissance Man

The Renaissance Man; Melo-X
Melo-X is a multimedia artist hailing from Brooklyn, NY. Musician, designer, traveler, he blends his worlds into works of art, and his latest group of photographs will be showing at Sean Kelly gallery in NYC. A Movement in Africa is a quick exhibit – it’s on for only 4 days. So catch the opening on Thursday, if you can. 

“City of Gods”
“The Prayer”
What: Melo-X: A Movement in Africa 
When: Opens Thursday, March 20, 2014 
Where: Sean Kelly Gallery, 475 Tenth Avenue, 6-8pm 
 Read more about Melo-X here.

You Should See: Typeface Documentary

Graduating from Parson’s Communication Design program, it’s natural that I would be drawn to perfected typography. I was taught early on to appreciate the art of the letterform, which I see destroyed on a daily basis by non-designers and do-it-your-selfers who truly wouldn’t know their “arm” from their “leg”. 

Movie Synopsis: 
In a time when people can carry computers in their pockets and watch TV while walking down the street, Typeface dares to explore the twilight of an analog craft that is  inspiring artists in a digital age. The Hamilton Wood Type Museum in Two Rivers, WI personifies cultural preservation, rural re-birth and the lineage of American graphic design. 
More details here.
What: Screening of Typeface
When: Wednesday, March 19, 2014 , 6:30pm
Where: The One Club
260 5th Avenue, 2nd Floor
(between 28th & 29th St)
New York, NY 

Artness: The Draftsmen’s’s Congress

A view of Draftmen’s Congress at The New Museum, NYC
Instead of going to an art exhibit, become a part of the exhibit by contributing to Draftmen’s Congress , the creation of Polish artist Pawel Althamer, at the New Museum in NYC. The artist encourages visitors of all ages to paint, draw, color and collage using an array of markers, chalk, and acrylic paints. 
The result is a bombastic display of color, expression, and social engagement that is incredible to behold. The supplies are regularly refilled throughout the day, as museum employees struggle to keep up with demand and use of materials, but it’s all in good fun. 
What: Draftsmen’s Congress
When: Through April 13, 2014
Where: New Museum, NYC
Info here.

Artness: Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video

Carrie Mae Weems, Untitled (Woman playing solitaire) (from Kitchen Table Series), 1990 

 You should definitely see this retrospective of artist and photographer Carrie Mae Weems at the Guugenheim Museum. Her collection features the stark and moving Kitchen Table Series featuring working class Black women and families in urban landscapes, among other pieces challenging status, power, and position.

In the following video, Weems discusses her work, and the relationship of subject matter and power.

What is this relationship of power to you, and what is your relationship to power, and how do you contest it?


What: Carrie Mae Weems: Three Decades of Photography and Video 
When: Jan. 24 – May 14, 2014 
Where: Guggenheim Museum, NYC 
Info here.

You Should: The Art Show

Every year I try to go to the Armory to catch the Art Show and the smaller venues that accompany this massive display of contemporary art. You may not be buying, but its certainly worth a look and a dose of well-needed inspiration after this frigid winter spent mostly indoors. 
Here is some of what I experienced last year:

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What: The Art Show
Where: Park Avenue Armory at 67th St
Time: Noon-8pm
Cost: $10-$15

Lavish Beauty: Drink Up

Michelle Obama with young artists at the New Museum
Last week, First Lady Michelle Obama popped into the New Museum in the Lower East Side of New York City to promote her Drink Up campaign, one that encourages people to drink more water. The exhibit, called, Taking Back Our Streets, is a collection of works by local 8th graders. Mrs. Obama is working with the Partnership for a Healthier America for this initiative, which has several brands on board including including Aquafina, BEVERLY HILLS 9OH2O, DASANI, EVIAN Natural Spring Water, Hint, Voss, WAT-AAH!, among others. 
I personally start the day with a glass of water with a slice of lemon. After 8 hours of sleep, your body is dehydrated and the water helps re-hydrate your organs. To make the water even better, I purchased a quality water filter to take out the lead and other garbage that is in our tap water. In my personal opinion, rain water is the best, because it is untreated and flouride-free. Tap into your local CSA or community garden to see if they collect rainwater. It’s usually free or a nominal fee, but you are getting the purest, most natural water you can get locally. 
 Mrs. Obama is asking you to submit pictures of yourself drinking water to http://www.youarewhatyoudrink.org, or tagging instagram pics with #drinkH20. 
 Read more about the campaign here.

Artness: Kevin Cyr at Jonathan Levine Gallery

Explore the work of Kevin Cyr, in his latest exhibition which artfully documents graffiti street trucks in Berlin, Brussels, and Paris in his oil paintings. I myself have loved documenting graffiti in the countries I visit because most of it has been pretty good. The exception to that would be Milan, Italy, which has, in my opinion, the worst graffiti ever. But I digress. Go see the show. 
 Kevin Cyr 
Right Place, Right Time 
Solo Exhibition

529 West 20th Street, NYC

February 22—March 22, 2014 
Opening Reception: Saturday, February 22, 6—8pm

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