Taking and Making: February 5

Today, I took in: 

one chapter of A People’s History of the United States

the rest of Over Sea, Under Stone

May Erlewine’s albums Mother Lion and Golden

 

I made:

a short post on some visual artists for Black History Month

a silly pose that went over very well with the kids at the after-school center

an effort at singing Italian for the first time for a new piece we’re doing in choir

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Black History Month: Visual Artists from the 1960s and ’70s

Today was so packed that I’m afraid I haven’t had time to write up anything new for this post, so let me point you back to another post on black artists that I really enjoyed writing and even more enjoyed researching: the Soul of a Nation exhibition at the Tate Modern from the autumn. It was one of the most challenging, upsetting, and thrilling art exhibitions I’ve been to in years. It highlighted artists from across the United States during the period of Black Power — Malcolm X, the Panthers, explicit resistance, self-protection, declarations of self-worth and ability, communal action. Black American visual artists from this time covered the spectrum from paintings to sculptures, abstract to meticulously detailed realist, purposely political to more personal explorations. Many of the issues of representation and artistic responsibility or freedom which were explored then resonate today. Take a look at the artists mentioned in that post and I’m sure you’ll find someone whose work speaks to you.