“Modern Life Stories” exhibition extended

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Modern Life Stories exhibition has been extended through March at:

Christina Cultural Center
705 N. Market Street, Wilmington, Delaware

Opening during Art Loop, Friday, March 1. 5:30 pm

https://www.facebook.com/events/297061090396407/

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GAITERParisblogAn older white woman, after she looked at the photo, suggested to me that perhaps the other people in the group separated themselves from us because we were a family with children and it was not about the fact that we were black. Is that supposed to be a more palatable explanation? It is one of those unknowns.

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Full Bird

dad3Commanding a battalion in Vietnam gave my father a huge career boost and got him promoted to Full Colonel, or as they say in the military, “full bird.” I didn’t realize until after he came back how much people questioned the war.

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Flower Power

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This is real flowered stationery I used to write to my friends after I moved from New Orleans to Silver Spring, Maryland. Sometimes I wrote on it in a circle. The light frosted lipstick is so Mod and Twiggy. I had as many miniskirts as I could make because they required less than a yard of fabric.

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Sticks and Stones

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My son had a similar experience in pre-school. I talked to the teachers, they talked to the child’s parents, and I arranged to come in to do a Kwanzaa celebration for the class. I told the teachers (who were appalled) that white children do not learn enough good things about African American culture and will absorb the insidious and pervasive racism instead. My favorite thing was that the children repeated the African words perfectly. I realized they did not yet have biases against “foreign” words. Most words were still new to them and they listened and repeated. They loved it. Anything with candles…

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Close encounter with Communism

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For those who remember the Cold War, this will have special significance. “Communism” was the current equivalent of “terrorism.”

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Covrimg009Modern Life Stories exhibition is on view at:

Christina Cultural Center
705 N. Market Street, Wilmington, Delaware
January 14 – February 28, 2013

Opening Reception, Friday, Feb 1. 6 pm

https://www.facebook.com/events/297061090396407/

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Safety

disturbpeace“It is true that the nature of society is to create, among its citizens, an illusion of safety; but it is also absolutely true that the safety is always necessarily an illusion. Artists are here to disturb the peace.
- James Baldwin, 1992

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Appropriate non sequitur

IMG_0147blublossomsGoodbye to March and my exhibition.

Thank you, everyone who saw it live or virtually. So much great feedback! I am so encouraged and inspired!

Trees will still bloom, despite whatever chaos people are creating.

It’s spring again.

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For the Public Good

literacygirlsmosaicImage from the early 1960s literacy campaign in Cuba, which resulted in a persistent 95+% literacy rate. Much higher than we have here, with all the billions we spend on education.  Ironically, there is little to read.

As the Supreme Court deliberates Obamacare, I think about health care in Cuba. Their life expectancy is about the same as ours. Socialized medicine. You can have free cancer surgery, but aspirin is hard to come by. People are much thinner than we are. Probably because food is relatively scarce. People are, by U.S. standards, “poor.”

Cuba is our mirror image in so many ways. Impossible to judge it. I can only observe.

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Out like a lion…

IMG_0215pantherreunionThe exhibition comes down from the Mezzanine Gallery in two days. So much has happened since then. Many people have seen the work and commented. I see that I need to continue with the found object work. So much wonderful support and feedback! Thanks.

Mad Men is back! Trayvon Martin…

Today I put up a photo from the quilt that was taken at the 40th Black Panther reunion. Emory Douglas, former BP artist, is at the center. As we enter another round of national conversation on race brought on by an ugly event I am reminded of the exuberance and triumph at that gathering. It proved to me once again that it is imperative to stand up for what you believe in. You don’t have to march in the streets but just HAVE that uncomfortable conversation. NEWSFLASH! Black people don’t want to talk about it any more than anyone else. We want to be blithely going about our lives. But it is there and it must be dealt with.

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Before Mad Men

vegasCuba suffers from “severe anachronism” since many things, like store displays, may not have changed for decades. It’s as if they want to preserve certain aspects of pre-revolution Cuba–intact and as they were. Some of it is just practical. There is nothing new to replace the period artifacts, like the cars. Some of it is definitely nostalgia.

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