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Kenojuak Ashevak once told an interviewer that she aimed to make viewers happy with her colorful prints and drawings, a modest aspiration for an artist who has been referred to as a “national treasure” in Canada. Kenojuak rose to prominence in the late 1950s with her experimental printmaking, which seemed to white audiences in Southern Canada to be emblematic of the Inuit artistic aesthetic.… read more.
The Black Harvest Film Festival runs through November 16th at the Gene Siskel Film Center in Chicago. While there, I viewed Betye Saar: Ready to Be a Warrior. Angela Robinson Witherspoon’s candid documentary peels back many layers of the iconic artist, activist, and teacher, Betye Saar. Betye has been in the art industry for over six decades.… read more.
Today FF2 is ecstatic to celebrate artist Deb Stoner on the seventh anniversary of her exhibition “A Year in the Willamette Valley,” which showcased Deb’s photographs not at a museum or studio, but at the Portland International Airport. The exhibition aimed to bring art to those not currently seeking it out, but who perhaps needed most to be reminded of the beauty of the natural world during a long day of traveling.… read more.
You can’t necessarily change what’s going on, no, but I can say what I think about it. I’m free to do that. And I will.
As a Black woman living in the USA, learning about my history is something that has been heavily contested. The narrative that I have learned about my ancestors is often seen as whitewashed and trauma-filled, focusing on the handful of accomplishments we have made or the trauma we have endured (and the trauma we still going through) through the remnants of slavery.… read more.
On this day in 2019, Molly Hashimoto released Birds of the West: An Artist’s Guide.
This book contains more than 80 sketches and prints of western birds crafted by Molly. It includes background information as well as her personal experiences finding each type of bird. Molly also teaches skills in drawing, painting and printmaking throughout the book.… read more.