I’m with Her

“Activism is my rent for living on the planet.”

― Alice Walker

Went to the Women’s March on Washington where I was humbled and inspired. So many people. They were fierce and friendly and clearly and vocally committed to justice and equity. People marched on every continent (humbling) and people all over the country marched (inspiring).

There were so many great signs, many of them handmade. Lots of rumbling about how science matters, black lives matter, and women’s rights are human rights. I can get behind all of that (and more)!

Here are a few of the many images I took to remember this historic day. And here are 10 actions we can all take in the next 100 days to keep the energy focussed on momentum. Please do not go quietly into this dark night. Rise, rise, rise. We are the people.

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Important Takeaways From Popular Christmas Songs

My friend Bird Cox got this fun/ny list posted on McSweeny’s! I have such cool friends.

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“BABY, IT’S COLD OUTSIDE”

Freezing temperatures are optimal circumstances for holding the object of your desire captive in your home.

“FROSTY THE SNOWMAN”

No amount of magic can prevent your dearly beloved friends from dying.

“O CHRISTMAS TREE”

Coniferous trees retain their green color throughout the year.

“RUDOLPH THE RED-NOSED REINDEER”

Physical incongruities can only be reconciled by making yourself indispensable to your superiors.

“I’LL BE HOME FOR CHRISTMAS”

The hallucinatory experience of family and friends is a valid replacement for actual family and friends.

“SANTA BABY”

Refraining from social and romantic enjoyment throughout the year entitles you to material compensation equivalent to approximately $1.6 billion.

“THE TWELVE DAYS OF CHRISTMAS”

Human and animal trafficking are recommended for gift purposes during a twelve-day period of each year.

“I SAW MOMMY KISSING SANTA CLAUS”

Children should not report witnessing acts of adultery.

Her Left is My Right

The MapMarie Howe

The failure of love might account for most of the suffering in the world.

The girl was going over her global studies homework

in the air where she drew the map with her finger

touching the Gobi desert,

the Plateau of Tiber in front of her,

and looking through her transparent map backwards

I did suddenly see,

how her left is my right, and for a moment I understood.

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A Contentious Beauty – The Work of Henry Taylor

Very excited to learn that Henry Taylor’s work has been chosen for the Whitney Biennial  which opens on March 17, the first in the museum’s new downtown building. Chosen as one of 63 participants, Taylor’s work grounds a gestural black body politic in the Biennial,  a sprawling survey of what’s happening now in contemporary art — the new, the influential and the potentially provocative.

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See Alice Jump

Taylor, who lives in Los Angeles, paints subjects found in his every day in a fast and loose expression. The paintings read like a dirtier more interesting version of Larry Rivers with their text, sketching, and rough brushwork. Portraiture is his work’s center of gravity.

The tumultuous and contentious discourse pre and post election in the studios and on the streets is concerned with fundamental questions of who we are as a nation. What is a personal identity post identity politics? Is social struggle more class than race? How do we connect to place through our socioeconomic lens? How does heritage look on the outside?

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Untitled Finger

Taylor invites friends, relatives, heroes from the worlds of sports and acquaintances from off the street to depict this tension between what was and still is, what could have been and why it’s not in moody and gooey downbeat environments that are more filled with expressive beauty and wisdom than hope.

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That Was Then

images from Saatchi Gallery