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Art Is Political: My Personal Tribute to Faith Ringgold

Faith Ringgold, whose quilts brought new life to the Black American experience, passed away on April 12th, 2024, at age 93. 

She was born Faith Willi Jones in 1930 in Harlem, New York—her identity as a New Yorker seeps through in her work. As a child of the Harlem Renaissance, she was exposed to the legendary arts and music creatives, such as jazz singer Dinah Washington and Duke Ellington.read more.

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Homelessness Through the Lens of Photographer Leah den Bok

Visitors to the Mütter Museum in Philadelphia expect to feel uncomfortable at the very least. A museum of science and medical history, the Mütter displays only a fragment of the over-37,000 objects in its collection: specimens, antique medical equipment, and wax models. Among other infamous specimens, the museum retains a cancerous tumor that was excised from President Grover Cleveland’s hard palate, thoracic tissue from the assassin of President Abraham Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth, and a shared liver from the American conjoined twins, Chang and Eng Bunker. read more.

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Through the Window: Meet ‘Big Eyes’ Photographer Leah Gallo

Leah Gallo is a talented stills photographer and photojournalist, with a career spanning many notable feature films. She has fostered a close working relationship with director Tim Burton, shooting stills and authoring photo books for many of his feature films. Her creative and expositive eye for photography compliments the wild, fantastic worlds of the films she works on, often giving new perspectives on the characters and sets.… read more.

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Margaret Keane: Her Agency & Our FF2 Retribution

Walter Keane was a narcissistic, con artist who stole the identity of a real artist. Margaret Keane was a victim of a charming narcissist and pathological liar. In the 50s, with very few female artists represented by art galleries or the press, this is not a surprising tale. Today, Walter Keane could not manipulate society or the art world.read more.

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Mounira Al Solh at Artes Mundi 10: “We Had Hope in Change”

Lebanese artist, Mounira Al Solh grew up in the midst of intense conflict. A child of Beirut, born in the context of a protracted Lebanese Civil War (1975-90), daily struggles and quotidian joys alike were set constantly against a backdrop of violence and destruction with intermittent, tense, and all-too-rare periods of ceasefire making space for everyday life. read more.

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From Analog to Digital: Barbara Kruger in the 21st-Century

Has any artwork so succinctly encapsulated the discourse concerning the objectification of women in art (through the ages) as Barbara Kruger’s Untitled (Your gaze hits the side of my face)? In this 1981 photo and text montage, arguably one of the seminal images encapsulating key concerns of second-wave feminism, the marble visage of a female classical sculpture turns to the side to absorb contact – to take the impending “hit.”read more.

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