Posts Tagged Arts

The Breast Portrait Project

Work in Progress, posted with permission from the artist, Clarity Haynes

Clarity Haynes emailed us to share her project, The Sunset Park Breast Portrait Project: a feminist portraiture project. It focuses on the torsos those who’ve had mastectomies as a result of cancer treatments.

As a figurative artist interested in paint and in portraiture, I appreciate the stories the body tells that, unlike those on the face, are usually not made public. Although the composition is the same, every torso portrait is different, and it is the process of discovering that difference, that unique beauty, that I find engaging.
The Breast Portrait Project began in 1998, when I began doing commissioned torso portraits in pastel, often at ...

Work in Progress, posted with permission from the artist, Clarity Haynes

Clarity Haynes emailed us to share her project, The Sunset Park Breast Portrait Project: a feminist portraiture project. It focuses on the torsos ...

In memory of Carolyn Rodgers, feminist and poet


A New York Times obituary published today yesterday highlights the death of an important poet, Carolyn Rodgers.

Carolyn Rodgers, a leading poet of the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and 1970s whose work wove strands of feminism, black power, spirituality and writerly self-consciousness into a sometimes raging, sometimes ruminative search for identity, died on April 2 in Chicago. She was 69.

I found a poem of hers from 1992 that I wanted to share in honor of her passing:
Poem for Some Black Women
©1992 Carolyn M. Rodgers
i am lonely,
all the people i know
i know too well
there was comfort in that
at first but now
we know each others miseries
too well.


A New York Times obituary published today yesterday highlights the death of an important poet, Carolyn Rodgers.

Carolyn Rodgers, a leading poet of the Black Arts Movement of the 1960s and 1970s whose work ...

Awesomeness Alert: Guerrilla Girls On Tour!

If you are not familiar with the Guerrilla Girls on tour, get familiar, there work is amazing, you know, if you are into that radical art, street theatre, anti-sexism thing! Check them out in action:

You can check out more of their video here. If you want to bring them to your town, you can contact them through their website.
They have an upcoming tour where they are going to Eastern Europe to perform at the City of Women festival in Slovenia in October and 2010-11 they will hit Iowa, Oregon, New Hampshire, Tennessee, Florida, New York and California. Also for those in the NYC area, they are hosting their annual networking event and the 3rd annual ...

If you are not familiar with the Guerrilla Girls on tour, get familiar, there work is amazing, you know, if you are into that radical art, street theatre, anti-sexism thing! Check them out in action:

You can ...

The Feministing Five: Malory Graham

Malory Graham is the founder and Executive Director of Reel Grrls, a Seattle-based nonprofit that teaches young women and girls how to make films. Graham, who grew up in New York City, caught the filmmaking bug as an undergraduate at Hampshire College, where she studied under the feminist researcher and author Susan Douglas. “They gave me a camera on day one and said ‘create your own major,’ so for four years, I made films.” Once she graduated, she worked in the film industry, but found that teaching filmmaking was her real passion. She founded Reel Grrls in 2001 with the goal of teaching young women how to work behind the camera as well as in front ...

Malory Graham is the founder and Executive Director of Reel Grrls, a Seattle-based nonprofit that teaches young women and girls how to make films. Graham, who grew up in New York City, caught the ...

Self-Immolation in Afghanistan

Trigger warning.

A young burn patient named Zahara sits with gauze over her face to keep the flies off. Zahara never admitted to setting herself on fire.
The Whitney Biennial has an unprecedented gender balance this year, an exciting new development. It comes as no surprise, then, that subject matter like this is part of this year’s show. American photojournalist Stephanie Sinclair has a devastating documentary photography series titled “Self-Immolation in Afghanistan: A Cry for Help.” Since 2005, over 700 women have set themselves on fire in Afghanistan. According to Planet, most incidents were caused by repeated abuse, fear of their husbands and petty household disputes. Echoing intersectionality, Sinclair explains:

You know, it was one thing to ...

Trigger warning.

A young burn patient named Zahara sits with gauze over her face to keep the flies off. Zahara never admitted to setting herself on fire.
The Whitney Biennial has an unprecedented gender balance this ...

Interview with Christine Smith, creator of Eve’s Apple and The Princess


Christine Smith is a San Francisco Bay Area cartoonist, freelance illustrator, and activist. Her webcomics Eve’s Apple and The Princess tell the stories of a trans woman and a young trans girl. I think the comics are funny and human while also engaging with some very real issues facing trans folks.
I interviewed Christine Smith about writing comics about trans characters, her art style, and place in the world of webcomics.
Jos Truitt: What inspired you to tell the stories of a trans woman and now a young trans girl in web comics form?
Christine Smith: At the risk of sounding glib, ‘These are the stories of my people’.
Okay, that may be overstating the case, but ...


Christine Smith is a San Francisco Bay Area cartoonist, freelance illustrator, and activist. Her webcomics Eve’s Apple and The Princess tell the stories of a trans woman and a young trans girl. I think ...

Guest post: Girls Write Now pair sings the blues

by Andrea Simon

GWN mentor Vani Kannan (left) and her mentee Cherish Smith.
Photo credit: Meghan Hickey
It began with a text message. While in school, 15-year-old Girls Write Now mentee, Cherish Smith, wrote to her mentor, Vani Kannan, “I hate Mondays.” The response: “Me 2.” This was, as the famous movie line goes, “the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”
In its first major get-together of the season, the New York City nonprofit organization, Girls Write Now (GWN), which matches professional writers with underserved high-school girls, holds an orientation for all its mentors and mentees, this year numbering 55 pairs. At last year’s orientation, Cherish, then a sophomore from Far Rockaway, Queens, and Vani Kannan, an associate managing ...

by Andrea Simon

GWN mentor Vani Kannan (left) and her mentee Cherish Smith.
Photo credit: Meghan Hickey
It began with a text message. While in school, 15-year-old Girls Write Now mentee, Cherish Smith, wrote to her ...

Classic paintings in drag

via Mother Jones, this is a cute concept for a music video: the mostly-male Swedish French band Hold Your Horses re-enact major works of art.

70 Million by Hold Your Horses ! from L’Ogre on Vimeo.

Seeing these men adopting the roles of both men and women in classical paintings really serves to highlight the Guerrilla Girls’ points about how women frequently appear in art: naked. Another lesson in why drag can be so powerful. It really makes you see gender norms in a new way.

Oh, and fun music for a Friday afternoon!

via Mother Jones, this is a cute concept for a music video: the mostly-male Swedish French band Hold Your Horses re-enact major works of art.

70 Million by Hold Your Horses ! from L’Ogre ...

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