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Friday, 23 March


John Lennon: James Joyces Illegitimate Son? "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Desktop5On the 23rd of March 1964, In His Own Write by John Lennon was first published. The book was the first solo Beatle project in any form that turned out to be an instant success. Printed initially by Jonathan Cape of Great Britain, it sold only in England 50,000 copies on the first day. In America, printed by Simon & Schuster, the book sold 90,000 copies. The original cover photo of John Lennon was taken by Robert Freeman. In 1968, In His Own Write was adapted into a one-act play, co-authored and directed by Victor Spinetti, and staged at the Old Vic Theatre on Waterloo Road in London. Its premiere on the 18th of June 1968 drew public attention mostly for the fact that Lennon and Yoko Ono appeared for the first time publicly as a couple. Photographers shouted out, Where is your wife? as the two entered the theatre, but...


Marion Cotillard and Charlotte Gainsbourg Spar in a Haunting Love Triangle "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Marion Cotillard (left) and Charlotte Gainsbourg (right) in a scene from <em>Ismaels Ghosts </em> (all images courtesy Magnolia Pictures)Marion Cotillard (left) and Charlotte Gainsbourg (right) in a scene from Ismaels Ghosts (all images courtesy Magnolia Pictures)

Its been 20 years, dear. Dont be jealous of a ghost. So says filmmaker Ismael (Mathieu Amalric) to his lover, Sylvia (Charlotte Gainsbourg), in the new film Ismaels Ghosts (Les Fantmes dIsmal) when asked if he still thinks of his late wife, Carlotta, who vanished without a trace two decades prior.

As it turns out, his brooding belle should have been jealous we soon discover that (spoiler alert!), after being pronounced dead, said ghost (played by Marion Cotillard) was merely Caspering around another continent, coming back from the grave looking more Lady Dior than Annabel Lee. At first, Carlottas mirage-like appearance on a beach suggests she is but a figment of Sylvias fearful imagination. But given that Ismaels Ghosts is an Arnaud Desplechin film, its worth remembering that anything is possible and what often seems the least plausible is in fact what were going to get.

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Thursday, 22 March


How New York Women, from Village Bohemians to Suffragettes, Won the Right to Vote "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Installation view of Hotbed (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic, unless otherwise noted)

In the 1914 short film, A Busy Day, Charlie Chaplin, dressed in drag, plays a suffragette, wreaking havoc and getting into fistfights all over town for no real reason, sans dialogue and accompanied by a ragtime score. A year after Chaplins film, the women of New York City would take to the streets by the tens of thousands, marching down Fifth Avenue for the right to vote. (A suffrage parade in Washington, DC had already taken place in 1913.) Although a number of US states had granted womens suffrage by this time, New York was lagging behind, and it wasnt until 1917 that female New Yorkers were finally invited to the polling booths. As Hotbedan exhibition at the New-York Historical Society, argues, this victory was largely due to the local activism of the bohemians of Greenwich Village.

Radical publications on view at Hotbed

Hotbed begins with a map of the Village in the early 1900s, introducing the neighborhood as a breeding ground of revolutionary ideas. A Venn diagram of sorts presents the main characters in the feminist story of the neighborhood people like nurse Margaret Sanger, anarchist Emma Goldman, and playwright Susan Glaspell, who co-founded the Provincetown Players, a theater company that sought to provide New Yorkers with a more serious alternative to the commercial ambitions of Broadway. (It was one of the first companies to put on a Eugene ONeill play.) Along with members and friends of the Provincetown Players, the feminist group Heterodoxy and the socialist publication The Masses completed the trio of Greenwich Villages most influential and revolutionary organizations at the time.



A Young Designers Pulpy and Surprisingly Personal Furniture "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Installation view of Thomas Barger's <em>Growing Up</em> at Salon 94 Design (all images courtesy the artist and Salon 94 Design)Installation view of Thomas Bargers Growing Up at Salon 94 Design (all images courtesy the artist and Salon 94 Design)

Something is happening in American furniture design and its happening mainly below the age of 40. Its a little too early to declare an actual youthquake, but suddenly, after decades of European dominance (Studio Alchymia and Memphis in Italy, Creative Salvage in Britain, the Droog collective and subsequent Dutch design), the most vibrant energy in the field seems to be right here in the USA.

The grand old man of the movement is Chris Schanck, born in 1975, whose sculptural foil and resin furniture, built collaboratively in Detroit, is the subject of a current show at Friedman Benda Gallery. Just slightly younger is Vivian Beer (born 1977), who moves metal with seeming effortlessness; she brings a welcome feminist voice to the proceedings. The bricolage furniture of Jessi Reaves (born 1986) was one of the true revelations of the 2017 Whitney Biennial. Katie Stout (born 1989) applies a winsome, faux naf idiom and a gently humorous touch to a wide range of materials. And Misha Kahn (also born 1989) is like a one-man design movement in his own right, feverishly prolific and magnetically inventive.



Miamis Prez Art Museum Has Made Admission Free for Public School Students "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Students at the Prez Art Museum Miami's (PAMM) press conference on the new PAMM Student Pass (all photos courtesy of the Prez Art Museum Miami)Students at the Prez Art Museum Miamis (PAMM) press conference on the new PAMM Student Pass (all photos courtesy of the Prez Art Museum Miami)

MIAMI The Prez Art Museum Miami wants to make it as easy as possible for local children to spend time surrounded by art. With the help of grant funding from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundations Knight Schools Program, the museum has just launched the PAMM Student Pass. Effective immediately, this pass will allow Miami-Dade County Public School students, from kindergarten through 12th grade, and one accompanying adult (a parent or guardian, like another relative or babysitter), to visit the museum for free anytime they feel like it.

The pass is only available for public and charter school students; private school students can continue taking advantage of free admission at the museum every first Thursday and second Saturday of the month (otherwise, student admission is $12). To enroll, students can find the PAMM Student Pass link at the log-in portal for all Dade County students, fill out a form, and bring it to the PAMM. They can also enroll using applications at the museums front desk.

The new Prez Art Museum Miami student pass...


At the University of Indianapolis, the Social Practice Art Program Builds a Community Network "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Linnea Gartin, The Carol Jean Project

Social Practice Art graduate students at the University of Indianapolis are connecting with the past and present through creative community engagement projects.

Lauren Ditchley 18 recently partnered with an Indianapolis-based pretzel bakery and the Indianapolis Public Library to create Pretzel/Pencil/Picture, a self-guided tour of her own Midtown neighborhood. The project incorporated concepts related to walkability and documentation. Local families were thrilled to participate and Ditchley provided them with an instant photo for posterity.

I designed the tour to provide a sense of play within an everyday setting. The intention was to spark joy and creativity in the participants and leave them with a physical image to recall the experience, Ditchley explained.

Ditchleys project emphasizes the immersive experience of the University of Indianapolis Social Practice Art graduate program. Students participate in a year-long, cohort-based program with significant time spent on and off campus, including the flexibility to complete the thesis outside of Indianapolis.

Linnea Gartin 18 is based in Cincinnati, Ohio, where she works as a program manager for ArtWorks, an arts-related non-profit organization. Gartin, who uses fiber art to engage the public, realized she wasnt meant to stay inside the studio.I was drawn to the Social Practice Art program at UIndy because I wanted to be better at the community engagement that was involved in the work I was doing for ArtWorks, Gartin said. As I continue through the progr...


Delicate Inked Lines Form Fluffy Black Cats in Illustrations by Kamwei Fong "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Using only black ink, Malaysian illustrator Kamwei Fong has created a menagerie of playful black cats. Despite their contextual isolation and uniform style, each of Fongs cats display unique personalities: some are fluffed and puffed into self-contained balls; others look with curiosity or wariness at fish that dangle or waves that crash from the animals own tails. The artist builds each feline form using innumerable short thin lines, varying the density of the marks to create volume as well as a palpable sense of furriness.

Fong has been working as an illustrator since 2010, under the moniker Bo & Friends, and in addition to his cat character, which he calls The Furry Thing, he dreams up similarly charming monkeys, goldfish, puppies, and other animals in his line-driven black ink drawings. Fong sells signed print editions of his animal illustrations in his Etsy shop, and also partners with Galerie Club Sensible in Paris. You can see more of his work on Instagram and Facebook.



Ancient Egypt - Stephen Mehler - or rather Ancient Khemit, Land of Osiris "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Ancient Egyptology has been annihiliated and re-purposed by decades of political manipulation.

Ancient Egypt, though you didn't know this, was a Matriarchal Society -- there were NO ANCIENT EGYPTIAN KINGS. The 'Temples' or High House we hear so much of are the PerAa or Mother's House, of the five types of Per -- PerAa doesn't mean Pharaoh. Skip to 00:24:00 if you're eager for that radical re-assessment.

Otherwise, watch Stephen Mehler explain it all to you, so that you'll (finally) understand how wrong Champoleon, and the Greek translators before him, was.


10 Easy Tips to Learn How to Negotiate Like a Pro "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Tips for Improving Negotiation Skills


For many creatives, talking about money can be uncomfortable. Yet, the more skilled you are at knowing your value and fighting for it, the more you'll see your business grow. And while there are some who think that negotiating should never be a factor when buying art, the reality is that it's commonplace. Buyers like to feel like they are getting a deal, and so it's up to the individual freelancer to come prepared with a good set of negotiation skills whether you are selling individual artworks or trying to close a deal for a job with a client.

Gone are the days when good negotiators conjured up images of large egos battling over who could stiff the other. Once you've created a good basis for your pricing and you know your market, you can begin to think about what leeway you have to negotiate. And it doesn't have to be combative, in reality, respect and a willingness to work with the other party will often breed better resultsand long-term relationships.

10 Tips to Improve Your Negotiation Skills


Let's look at 10 tips for improving your negotiating skills, whether you are selling a piece of art or negotiating a commission with a large corporation.

Aim High

Often, in a move to make sure you get the job, it's easy to undersell yourself and put in a bid just to close the deal immediately. But in doing so, you risk being woefully underpaid and set a precedent, if the client returns for future work. It's crucial to get your ideal pricing correct at the beginning and aim high knowing that you may have to come down in price during the negotiations.



8 Essential Colored Pencil Techniques That Every Artist Should Know "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Colored Pencil Techniques

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Colored pencils arent just for kidsthey are powerful tools of creativity for people of all ages. When used correctly, you can produce lifelike drawings done in brilliant hues. But how do you do that, exactly? Like all media, there are basic approaches you need to learn so you handle your tools accordingly. Colored pencil techniques range from basic to advancedfrom simply pressing hard on the page to applying oil over your drawing.

Its important to try a variety of coloring techniques with your colored pencils. Doing so will allow you to fully explore the media and determine what you like the best; you might be surprised with what strikes your fancy. And even if you dont use an approach right away, you can keep it in mind for future projects. You never know when it might come in handy.

Need help selecting your first set of colored pencils? Weve got you covered with our guide to the best colored pencils!



Guy Takes Giant Telescope Around LA and Shows People the Moon Up Close "IndyWatch Feed Arts"


In A New View of the Moon, Wylie Overstreet takes his giant telescopea 12 collapsible Dobsonian reflectoraround the streets of Los Angeles to give strangers an up-close look at a familiar object in the sky. One we might sometimes take for granted..

Filmed by Alex Gorosh, with Claude Debussys famous Clair de Lune pla...


Artists $100 Million Lawsuit Is Completely Baseless, Says Lawyer for Five Top Museums "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Detail of an illustration by Robert Cenedella, Communist Manifesto No. 42 (1968) (all photos courtesy Robert Cenedella)

On Thursday, two lawyers representing five of the nations most influential museums appeared in federal court in Manhattan, where they asked the judge to dismiss an unusual lawsuit by the satirical artist Robert Cenedella. He accuses a corporate museum cartel of an unlawful conspiracy.

Cenedella, who was the subject of the 2016 documentary Art Bastard, alleges that the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the New Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art ignore artists, including himself, who are not represented by a select group of art galleries.

His lawsuit claims that large contemporary art museums violate anti-trust laws, by working with galleries to benefit financially when work by certain artists rise in value. Indeed, a 2015 study by the Art Newspaper found that, over a seven-year period, artists represented by five of the worlds biggest galleries accounted for about a third of solo museum shows in the US.

Cenedellas lawsuit against the museums

William Cavanaugh, a...


When Ira Aldridge Became the First Black Actor to Perform Shakespeare in England (1824) "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

The ways that Othello, Aaron the Moor from Titus Andronicus, and Shylock from The Merchant of VeniceShakespeares explicitly racialized characters, as George Washington Universitys Ayanna Thompson puts ithave been interpreted over the centuries may have less to do with the authors intentions and more with contemporary ideas about race, the actors cast in the roles, and the directorial choices made in a production. To a great degree, these characters have been played as though their identities were like the costumes put on by actors who darkened their faces or wore stereotypical markers of ethnic or religious Judaism (including an obnoxiously large nose).

Such portrayals risk turning complex characters into caricatures, validating much of what we might see as overt and implicit racism in the text. But there are those, Thompson says, who think such roles are actually about racial impersonation. Othello, for example, is a role written by a white man, intended for a white actor in black makeup.

For centuries, that is what most audiences fully expected to see. The tradition continued in Britain until the 19th century, when the Shakespearean color line, so to speak, was first crossed by Ira Aldridge, an American actor born in New York City in 1807.

"Educated at the African Free School, notes the Folger Shakespeare Library, Aldridge "was able to see Shakespeare plays at the Park Theatre and the African Grove Theatre. He took on roles like Romeo with the African Company, but New York was generally...


Single Woman Surprises Her Ailing Grandfather by Fulfilling a Special Wedding Wish "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Wedding Photoshoot Tribute to Grandfather From Granddaughter

Grandparents hold a special place in our lives; and for some people, they are not only their grandparents, but they double as the parents who guide them from childhood into adulthood. At the age of 10, entrepreneur Fu Xuewei was raised by her grandparents and formed a special bond with them. Now at 25, she is the one who is looking out for themparticularly her 87-year-old grandfather. She recently helped him realize a long-standing dream hes had for her. In a heartwarming tribute to her grandfather, Xuewei planned a special wedding photo shoot with just the two of them.

There is no groom in any of Xueweis photos, and thats because there is no groom at all; Xuewei is single (with no current plans to wed), but its always been her grandfathers wish to see her become a bride. When he became seriously ill, Xuewei wasnt sure that her grandfather would live long enough to see her tie the knot.

Her grandfathers critical condition changed how Xuewei lives her life. Knowing that he could pass away at any time, she decided to cherish every moment she has left with him. Its why she arranged the photo shoot in secret; Xuewei only told him during a check-up at the hospital. She chose the suits and, after his appointment, they headed to a church to have their pictures taken. The resulting portraits are a beautiful depiction of love and familial bondsomething that Xuewei will be able to cherish long after her grandfather is gone.

Fu Xuewei is a 25-year-old entrepreneur who was raised by her grandparents from the time she was 10 years old.

Wedding Photoshoot Tribute to Grandfather From Granddaughter

Shes very close to them, particularl...


Streaks of Light Illuminate Hungarian Forests During a Full Moon by David Lados "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

For his 2014 series New Moon, photographer David Lados captured varying streaks of light slicing through remote areas of Hungarian forests, many specifically staged throughout the Mtra mountain range. To capture the contrast needed for his light trails Lados strictly obeyed lunar cycles, only photographing the illuminated targets during the height of the new moon.

Using this technique Lados was able to create an uncompromised glow from the artificial light source, tracing pathways that extend a few feet to the entire length of a pond. You can purchase select prints from Ladoss series on his Saatchi Art shop, and view day-to-day dispatches from his life and other projects on Instagram. (via Cross Connect)



Kid Makes Epic Weather Report for School With Help from VFX Dad "IndyWatch Feed Arts"


Carden Corts here with your daily weather forecast.




Winners of the 2018 National Geographic Traveller UK Photography Competition "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

2018 National Geographic Traveler Photography Competition Winners Travel Photography Nat Geo

Grand Prize Winner
King penguins in South Georgia' by Renato Granieri

Every year, the National Geographic Traveller (UK)s prestigious Photography Competition showcases incredible travel photography from around the world. Featuring animals, landscapes, and everything in between, the recently revealed winners of this year's contest are nothing short of spectacular.

Renato Granieri took home the grand prize for his stunning shot of embracing king penguins. Set against a striking snowy backdrop, the piece pairs an eye-catching aesthetic with intimate subject matter. This entry stood out from the first moment we saw it, probably because of the stark white background that forms the environment in which these penguins live, Chris Hudson, the competition's head judge, explains. There is, however, an element of tenderness about it all to contrast this, and in the composition Renato has managed to capture a touching moment with the highest technical and compositional standards.

In addition to the grand prize, winning categories include Portfolio, Urban, People, Action, and Video. Shot in over 5 countries and featuring sites ranging from manicured gardens and busy cafes to icy tundras and sand dunes, these selections illustrate the diverse beauty found across the globe.

You can learn more about the awe-inspiring winning photographs of the National Geographic Traveller Photography Competition below.




Iron & Wine & Geometry: Musician Sam Beam Reads Edna St. Vincent Millays Sonnet Celebrating Euclid "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Euclid alone has looked on Beauty bare.

Iron & Wine & Geometry: Musician Sam Beam Reads Edna St. Vincent Millays Sonnet Celebrating Euclid

Euclids system, mathematician Lillian Lieber, of whom Einstein was an admirer, wrote in her brilliant free-verse primer on mathematics and social justice, has served for many centuries as a model for clear thinking, and has been and still is of the greatest value to the human race. But more than a beacon of truth, Euclid was also a torchbearer of beauty. In fathering geometry with Euclids Elements, one of the most influential scientific texts of all time, he grounded mathematics in the real world a groundbreaking cross-pollination of truth and beauty that shaped art through science and science through art. By giving rise to the development of perspective, Euclidean geometry invited architecture and the figurative arts into the three-dimensional world for the first time, then through them gave back to science Galileos Moon drawings were so revolutionary in large part because his training in perspective allowed him to depict the topography of its mountains and craters, refuting the old notion that our satellite is a perfectly smooth orb of ethereal matter and revealing it instead to be as solid and rugged as the Earth.

Ralph Waldo Emerson grasped Euclids significance when he wrote in his journal:

The problem of the poet is to do the impossible to unite the wildest freedom with the hardest precision Dante was free imagination, all wings, yet he wrote like Euclid.

But it was another gre...


How German Artists Rebuilt an Art Scene After World War II "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Installation view InventurArt in Germany, 194355 at the Harvard Art Museums (all installation images courtesy of the Harvard Art Museums)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. Inventur Art in Germany, 194355 is a remarkable exhibition, but not because any of the work itself is particularly groundbreaking. It isnt. Whats notable is that during this specific time, the decade or so after the end of World War II, any art was made at all. Indeed, historians still refer to this period as a gap in the study of German art history. This is understandable, given the restrictions placed on artists by the Nazi government before and during the war and the collapse of Germany afterwards. The thread is only picked up again in 1955 during the first iteration of Documenta in Kassel where German reengagement with the international art world began to take place.

Installation view InventurArt in Germany, 194355 at the Harvard Art Museums

Inventur situates itself between the utter depravity of the war and the beginning of moral and economic recovery. It offers insight into both the cultural fanaticism present during the 30s and 40s and how Germany produced an indoctrinated population both mostly unfamiliar with modern art and highly antagonis...


A Free Oxford Course on Deep Learning: Cutting Edge Lessons in Artificial Intelligence "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Nando de Freitas is a "machine learning professor at Oxford University, a lead research scientist at Google DeepMind, and a Fellow of the Canadian Institute For Advanced Research (CIFAR) in the Neural Computation and Adaptive Perception program."

Above, you can watch him teach an Oxford course on Deep Learning, a hot subfield of machine learning and artificial intelligence which creates neural networks--essentially complex algorithms modeled loosely after the human brain--that can recognize patterns and learn to perform tasks.

To complement the 16 lectures you can also find lecture slides, practicals, and problems sets on this Oxford web site. If you'd like to learn about Deep Learning in a MOOC format, be sure to check out the new series of courses created by Andrew Ng on Coursera.

Oxford's Deep Learning course will be added to our list of Free Online Computer Science Courses, part of our meta collection, 1,300 Free Online Courses from Top Universities.

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160 Years Before the Frida Kahlo Barbie, a Rosa Bonheur Doll Celebrated a Queer Woman Painter "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

A rare example of a Rosa Bonheur doll (courtesy Worthington Historical Society Doll Museum)

Earlier this month, the toymaker Mattel released a Frida Kahlo Barbie that raised eyebrows and ruffled feathers. Kahlos grandniece, Mara Romeo Pinedo, and her daughter, Mara de Anda Romeo, accused Barbie of tweezing the artists iconic unibrow, lightening her eye color, and neglecting to include her wheelchair among her accessories. They consider her Mexican dress a caricature, and theres also the irony that Frida Kahlo, as a communist, probably wouldnt have liked corporate merchandizing. The family has called for a redesign of the doll that more closely resembles the real Frida, or at least the image of herself she so carefully crafted over a lifetime as an avid self-portraitist.

This recent controversy calls to mind another doll modeled after a queer female artist. Long before the release of Mattels Frida Kahlo Barbie, young 19th century girls were playing with the Rosa Bonheur doll, which by all accounts seems truer to its subject. The Rosa Bonheur doll was similarly created in a popular, pre-existing doll format the bisque doll but she was given more freedom, perhaps, than the Frida Kahlo Barbie to resemble her inspiration.

The new Inspiring Women series of Barbies includes Amelia Earhart, Frida Kahlo, and Katherine Johnson (image courtesy Mattel)



Watch a Marathon Streaming of All 856 Episodes of Mister Rogers Neighborhood, and the Moving Trailer for the New Documentary, Wont You Be My Neighbor? "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

The bombast, arrogance and bloviation--maybe you need a break from it all. You may need exactly the opposite--a little Fred Rogers. If so, we've got two things for you. First, head over to Twitch.TV where they're currently livestreaming all 856 episodes of Mister Rogers Neighborhood (for a limited time). It's a grand way of celebrating what would have been Fred's 90th birthday this week. And then, above, watch the brand new trailer for Won't You Be My Neighbor?, the upcoming documentary by Oscar-winning director Morgan Neville (20 Feet from Stardom). Due out in June, the film "takes us beyond the zip-up cardigans and the land of make-believe, and into the heart of a creative genius who inspired generations of children with compassion and limitless imagination." As you watch the trailer, you'll be reminded that Rogers worked his magic during other periods of chaos and discontent, and how sorely his calming presence is missing today.

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Gigantic Crocheted Doilies Take Over Gallery Walls Like Beautiful Spider Webs "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Crochet Doilies Installation Art by Ashley V Blalock

Since 2011, Californian artist Ashley V. Blalock has been creating site-specific installations filled with gigantic, hand-crocheted doilies. Back in 2014, Blalocks ongoing Keeping Up Appearances installation series was sprawling across gallery walls, stairwells, ceilings, and floors. Today, the red cotton crochet doilies continue to grow in size, as they spread across indoor and outdoor locations.

Resembling giant spider webs, Blalocks textile installations sometimes reach as high as 15 feet. Their large scale and intense color transforms the non-threatening, domestic doily into a structure that aims to create a sense of unease for the viewer. Blalock explains, The doilies themselves represent a certain desire to keep up the appearance of gentility to the outside world expressed through the arrangement of objects in the domestic setting.The red color gives away the futility of such an act and hints at the unease that lurks below the surface of an obsessive need to control and arrange.

You can see more of Blalocks Keeping Up Appearances installation, and other works via her website.

Californian artist Ashley V. Blalock fills indoor and outdoor spaces with gigantic, crochet doilies.

Crochet Doilies Installation Art by Ashley V Blalock

The ongoing installation art series, titled Keeping Up Appearances, sprawls across gallery walls, stairwells, ceilings, and even trees.



Just a 1920s Steam Engine Doing a Casual 55 MPH on the Highway "IndyWatch Feed Arts"


Built in 1927, the Santa Fe 3751 steam locomotive is seen here doing a casual 55 MPH on the highway between Los Angeles and San Bernardino on April 12, 2014. The sight and sound of a steam-powered locomotive is awesome, especially in contrast to the other vehicles on the highway!

The video was captured by YouTuber TrainTrackTrav who was kind enough to answer a few...


The Metropolis in Latin America, 18301930, On View at Americas Society "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Francisco Mujica, The City of the Future: Hundred Story City in Neo-American Style (1929) from Francisco Mujica, History of the Skyscraper (Paris, 1929), pl. 134. The Getty Research Institute, 88-B34645

Americas Society presents The Metropolis in Latin America, 1830-1930, an exhibition that explores how a century of accelerated urbanization as well as political and social change, transformed the architectural landscapes of Buenos Aires, Havana, Lima, Mexico City, Rio de Janeiro, and Santiago de Chile. Curated by Idurre Alonso and Maristella Casciato, Metropolis will be on view at Americas Society from March 22-June 30.

This exhibition has been organized by The Getty Research Institute, Los Angeles, and was previously on view as part of Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA at the Getty Center (September 16, 2017-January 7, 2018).

Metropolis documents how, over the course of one century, Latin American cities experienced rapid growth and sociopolitical turmoil that resulted in crucial modifications to city scale and architectural landscapes, creating the prime conditions for the emergence of the metropolis. It features rare maps, engravings, drawings, photographs, books, and videos that range from Hernn Corts map of Tenochtitln (1524) to Le Corbusiers sketches made during his visit to Buenos Aires (1929).

Associated public programs include book launches on April 3 and April 13 and panel discussions on April 11 and May 10. Find out more about Americas Societys public programs.

Hours: Wednesday-Saturday, 12-6pm. Free admission.

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Arf!: The video variety show made for dogs "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

I wish I could take my dog everywhere with me. Recently, I ran into a man on the street protesting our local 7-Eleven. He claimed that the popular convenience store wasnt pet friendly enough; that they wouldnt allow his dog Snowball inside with him while he shopped. I dont believe...


The Father of Iranian Surrealism Gets a Major Retrospective in His Homeland "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Installation view of Ali Akbar Sadeghi: A Retrospective (all images courtesy the artist and the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art)

TEHRAN On January 28 (coincidentally on the same day as the first heavy snow in Tehran in years) Ali Akbar Sadeghi, who is commonly referred to as the father of Iranian Surrealism, attended the opening of the well-deserved retrospective exhibition of his extensive artistic career, granted by the Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art. He had previously participated in over fifty exhibitions nationally and internationally.

Visitors are given the opportunity to enter the labyrinthine world of Sadeghi within nine galleries that cover the entire museum space and divide his multi-disciplinary creations thematically. His practice includes paintings, illustrations, poems, sculptures, stained glass, installations, and animation.

Installation view of Ali Akbar Sadeghi: A Retrospective

As one would expect from a man whose art phenomenally unifies humor and social commentary with references to Persian epic poetry and illustrious sixteenth-century Iranian Coffeehouse painting, he is delightful, cultivated, witty, and incredibly meticulous. In a January 30 conversation in the museums auditorium with one of the exhibition advisors, Faryar Javaherian, Sadeghi answered a question regarding the difficulties of thriving as an artist through two wildly different political eras of Iran referring to pre- and post-Islamic revo...


All of the Songs Played on WKRP in Cincinnati in One Spotify Playlist: Stream 202 Classic Tracks "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

I dont know how many people still watch WKRP in Cincinnati (apparently it is streaming on Hulu), or how well the jokes have aged, but there is a small but dedicated fan base out there. Part of it might be nostalgia not just for the sitcom itself, but for a time when radio stations were idiosyncratic things, not just part of vast media conglomerates that have a song playlist you could fit onto a thumb drive. Ask any boomer and theyll recall their own favorite real-life versions of rock DJ Johnny Fever (Howard Hesseman) and funk/soul DJ Venus Flytrap (Tim Reid).

Recently, one dedicated fan went through the first season and identified every song played on the shows, and produced this spreadsheet first mentioned on BoingBoing. That then led to somebody wishing for a Spotify playlist and of course the Internet has provided. Find the playlist and stream all 202 tracks below.

What to make of the choices? DJ Johnny Fever starts off with Ted Nugents Queen of the Forest to announce the stations switch from muzak to a rock/Top 40 format in the first episode. A majority of the songs are major label selections, with the Rolling Stones the favorite choice through the season with five songs total. Other bands are still staples of classic rock format stations to this day: Bob Seger, Boston, Styx, Van Morrison, Foreigner, The Grateful Dead, Blondie, The Doors. Venus Flytraps selections arent as common, but they are also a familiar cross-section of the disco era: Chic, A Taste of Honey, Evelyn Champagne King, and Marvin Gaye.



3 Easy Steps to Brighten Your Home With a DIY Terrarium "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

DIY Terrarium

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Are you looking to brighten up your home? Terrariums are an easyand funway to bring nature indoors. Theyre endlessly customizable and can be made to complement a variety of decor. For years, terrariums have been the DIY of choice for many peopleparticularly those who arent ready to be full-on plant parents, because once youve got them assembled, they are relatively low maintenance.

What is a terrarium?

A terrarium is a small, enclosed environment thats suitable for many plants. Its essentially a greenhouse on a much smaller scale; the plants, rocks, and other elements are kept in a transparent container (typically glass, but plastic also works). They are either sealed or unsealed. But regardless, they work the same waythe plants and the soil release water vapor which then collects on the walls of the vessel and drips down the sides and back into the soil. In this way, they are self-sufficient and dont need to be watered often (or at all).

How to make your own terrarium:

You can always buy a terrarium, but making your own is way more fun. You can create a DIY terrarium in just three steps.

1. Choose your container.

This initial step is where you get to showcase your sense of style. Choose a clear vessel based on what you likeit can be something as simple as a large jar or more elaborate like a...


William S. Burroughs on the cut-up technique and meeting Samuel Beckett & Bob Dylan "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Its the stink of death, citizens! (Photo by Peter Hujar)

This hour-long BBC Radio special opens with Old Lady Sloan, the Mortal Micronotz interpretation of a Burroughs lyric about a happy pedophage, a record...


Dilemma by David de la Mano in Montevideo, Uruguay "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Monochrome style master and a good friend of ours, David de la Mano, has just finished a mural called Dilemma on the streets of Montevideo. The artwork was done for Festival de Arte Urbano de Montevideo II, and most of the walls painted during the festival were of the womens prison in the neighbourhood of La Comercial, which is now closed.

Check out more detailed images of the mural below and stay tuned on StreetartNews for more updates from David de la Mano!



Enchanting and Unsettling Art that Imitates the Natural World "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Natalie Conn, Canyon (2018), pigment print (courtesy Prospect Range gallery)

Louis Daguerre, the inventor of the daguerrotype, also coined the term diorama. It comes from the Greek for seeing through, which is a thoughtful way of describing what happens when we look at well-crafted images. Photographs and dioramas, at their best, act as windows into faraway places. They trick us into thinking that were peering into the actual Grand Canyon, or a real-life Himalayan ridge, instead of a dusty museum display or the tiny screen of a smart phone.

The Nature of Things, a two-woman exhibition at Prospect Range in Brooklyn, takes advantage of the way we look at nature. Natalie Conn, a Brooklyn-based documentary photographer, presents a series of carefully-staged photographs of dioramas at the American Museum of Natural History. Rebecca Bird, a Brooklyn-based painter, has created intricate but unsettling watercolors of plants and animals, especially dead birds.



Adventure Photographer Captures Majestic Scenes of the Natural World "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Karl Shakur Travel Photos Nature Photography Adventure Photography

Pairing a penchant for photography with a love of travel, visual artist Karl Shakur captures sublime snapshots of the natural world. Though based in Kansas, the self-described adventure enthusiast shoots in locations all around the world, culminating in a portfolio that is both all-embracing and awe-inspiring.

In his mesmerizing photographs, Shakur presents the beauty of the scenery he encounters on his travels. These diverse sites range from winding roads and secluded footpaths to towering mountains and never-ending valleys. While, at first glance, many of Shakur's vast depictions appear devoid of humans, they often feature a single, solitary figure. Hardly discernible against their majestic surroundings, these human subjects emphasize the overwhelming scale and power of nature.

To Shakur, documenting his amazing escapades is as intrinsic as his desire to travel, noting that he enjoy[s] photographing and sharing cool experiences as much as [he enjoys] experiencing them. By coupling his photographic practice with an innate passion for adventure, he has created a captivating body of work that artistically celebrates the majesty of Mother Nature.

You can find more of Shakur's stunning shots on Instagram.

Specializing in adventure photography, visual artist Karl Shakur captures the sublime beauty of nature in his travel photos.

Karl Shakur Travel Photos Nature Photography Adventure Photography...


Hip Conspiracy covered Kenny Garretts Sing a Song of Song and its yours free "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

  The Hip Conspiracy performed a cover of one of my favorite songs:  Kenny Garretts Sing a Song of Song, from his 1997 release Songbook.  The sextet do a fine job with the tune, giving it their own voice while respecting the original.  For the life of me, I cant understand why this composition isnt []


Stanley Kubrick auction includes a rare cut of The Shining & other covetable Kubrick collectibles "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

A military-style jacket worn by Stanley Kubrick on the set of Full Metal Jacket up for auction
An upcoming auction run by Italian house Aste Bolaffi will be offering up an extensive collection of cinematic artifacts which have been held privately by Stanley...


Infographics Show How the Different Fields of Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics & Computer Science Fit Together "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Ask anyone who's pursued a career in the sciences what first piqued their interest in what would become their field, and they'll almost certainly have a story. Gazing at the stars on a camping trip, raising a pet frog, fooling around with computers and their components: an experience sparks a desire for knowledge and understanding, and the pursuit of that desire eventually delivers one to their specific area of specialization.

Or, as they say in science, at least it works that way in theory; the reality usually unrolls less smoothly. On such a journey, just like any other, it might help to have a map.

Enter the work of science writer and physicist Dominic Walliman, whose animated work on the Youtube channel Domain of Science we've previously featured here on Open Culture. (See the "Related Content" section below for the links.)

Walliman's videos astutely explain how the subfields of biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, and computer science relate to each other, but now he's turned that same material into infographics readable at a glance: maps, essentially, of the intellectual territory. He's made these maps, of biology, chemistry, mathematics, physics, and computer science, freely available on his Flickr account: you can view them all on a single page here along with a few more of his infographics..

As much use as W...


Brinkman and The International Style in Architecture "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

71WiEnsWGsL._SL1360_On the 22nd of March 1902, Dutch architect and exponent of Nieuwe Bouwen, (modern architecture in the Netherlands), Johannes Andreas Brinkman was born in Rotterdam. He is perhaps best known for the design of the former Van Nelle Factory, a prime example of the International Style, which his architectural office, Brinkman & Van der Vlugt, drafted for the site on the Schie river in Rotterdam.

Whilst the Van Nelle Factory shows the influence of Russian constructivism, it also bears all the fundamental characteristics of the International Style, a major architectural style that emerged in the 1920s and 1930s, the formative decades of modern architecture. The term originated from the title of a 1932 book by Henry-Russell Hitchcock and Philip Johnson that identified, categorized and expanded upon characteristics common to Modernism across the world and its stylistic aspects. At the request of Alfred Barr, the then director of the MoMA, Hitchcock collaborated with Philip Johnson (and Lewis Mumfor...

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A Data Dive into Competitive A Cappella "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Source Photo: Ted Eytan, Flickr CC

Its that time of year again! Fans across the nation are coming together to cheer on their colleges and universities in cutthroat competition. The drama is high and full of surprises as underdogs take on the established greatssome could even call it madness.

Im talking, of course, about The International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella.

In case you missed the Pitch Perfect phenomenon, college a cappella has come a long way from the dulcet tones of Whiffenpoofs in the West Wing. Today, bands of eager singers are turning pop hits on their heads. Heres a sampler, best enjoyed with headphones:

And competitive a cappella has gotten serious. Since its founding in 1996, the ICCA has turned into a massive national competition spawning a separate high school league and an open-entry, international competition for any signing group.

As a sociologist, watching niche hobbies turn into subcultures and subcultures turn into established institutions is fascinating. We even have data! Varsity Vocals publishes the results of each ICCA competition, including the scores and university affiliations of each group placing in the top-three of every quarterfinal, regional semifinal, and national final going back to 2006. I scraped the results from over 1300 placements to see what we can learn when a cappella meets analytics.

Watching a Conference Emerge

Organizational sociologists study how groups develop into functioning formal organizations by turning habits into routines and copying other established institutions. Over time, they watch how behaviors  become more bureaucratic and standardized.

We can watch this happen with the ICCAs. Over the years, Varsity Vocals has established formal scoring guidelines, judging sheets, and practices for standardizing extreme scores. By graphing out the distribution of groups scores over the years, you can see the competition get more consistent in its scoring over time. The distributions narrow in range, and they take a more normal shape around about 350 points rather than skewing high or low.



An Exuberant Exhibition Embodies the History of American Modernist Ballet "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Nick Mauss, Images in Mind, enamel paint on mirrored glass (2018, all photos by the author for Hyperallergic)

Ballet is usually associated with rigidity, discipline, and purity. The Ballets blancs, which refer to the all-white tutus in performances like Swan Lake, Giselle, and The Nutcracker, are probably to blame for that.

But according to the curator and artist Nick Mauss, ballet has never been a static or self-contained art form. Mauss curated Transmissions, his first US solo show, at the Whitney Museum of American Art to try and identify the unifying philosophy and aesthetic of American Modernist Ballet between the 1930s and 1950s. In that period, dancers and designers depended on each other: even while dancers were regarded as celebrity-level artists, ballets designers were seen as artistic equals, rather than subordinates.

The exhibition includes a collection of photographs, original costume drawings, set designs, and paintings sourced from various archives, including the Whitney, the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, and the Kinsey Institute of Indiana University. Homoerotic imagery, with male bodies taking (for lack of a better term) center stage, serves as a common thread, a proto-queer imagery in the pre-Stonewall era.

Quentin Stuckey (left), Maggie Cloud, Brandon Collwes, and Alex Jacob (right) performing choreography created in collaboration with Nick Mauss at the Whitney Museum of American Art

Modernist ballet, Mauss suggests, drew...


The Bo Bartlett Center Opens with a Vision for Community Service Through the Arts "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Installing Bo Bartletts Civil War, (1994) at the Bo Bartlett Center (all photos courtesy of the artist and the Bo Bartlett Center)

When asked What was it like to attend the opening of the center that bears your name? artist Bo Bartlett had to take moment to think about it. Honestly, he recounted after a pause, It was pretty surreal. I guess I felt like George Bailey in Its a Wonderful Life, what, with my mom standing there cutting the ribbon next to my sons and their children. In total, some 500 people showed up to celebrate their hometown hero, serving up a very sweet moment for Bartlett whose career has more than recovered from some early drubbings by New York critics. Bartletts mythically infused Realism which once looked out-of-step to certain New York critics suddenly looks prescient.

Bo Bartlett (center) with his sons and grandchildren at the Bo Bartlett Center

Among the many friends and angels in the crowd were Bartletts sister Sandy and her husband Otis who have been scooping up major paintings during the lean years for family prices, i.e. pennies on the dollar. Now their trove of 14 epic canvases many unseen for decades has been unrolled and stretched to grace the walls of the centers exhibition space. And a soaring space it is: an 18,000-square-foot converted textile mill that has 23-foot ceilings and a massive central skylight. Complimenting the installation of Bartletts work in the Visiting Artist Gallery is the smaller exhibition Peers and Influences, which features realist works that carry on a conversation with Bartletts aesthetic. The 30 artists in the show include Vincent Desiderio,...


Designer Tiles Recreate the Faades of Soviet-Style Apartment Blocks "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

A bathroom wall at Galeria Urbana in Kaunas, Lithuania (all images courtesy Gyva Grafika)

In recent years, Soviet nostalgia has brought about some interesting and unusual trends to the former USSR, from the benign to the potentially tyrannical. A couple of years ago, Lithuanian design studio Gyva Grafika was tasked with redecorating the bathroom of a local restaurant in the city of Kaunas, about 62 miles west of Vilnius. They came up with a uniquely nostalgic idea: bathroom tiles that make the stalls take on the appearance of the panel buildings that came to represent the whole of the Eastern Bloc (and spread to other Communist countries, like Cuba).

A sample tile design by Gyva Grafika (complete with Soviet-style doily in the background)

In an email to Hyperallergic, Gyva Grafikas Tadas imkus said the restaurant was looking for something unique and unusual for its bathroom, but the owners didnt want to remove the existing tiles. And those old brown tiles, they just resembled those faades that I grew up with, imkus said. The idea just happened. Have you noticed, that a lot of great ideas just happen when sitting on the toilet?

The transformation was fairly simple. Using photographs of apartment block windows in imkuss childhood neighborhood, Gyva Grafika created stickers to put on top of the tiles. Each tile became a concrete panel with a window, or depicting laundry hanging to dry; lined up and stacked, the tiles make the wall look just like a panel building. Every once in a while, youll see faces (and cats) looking out the windows, accidentally shot with a camera, imkus said, [but] they are an inseparable part of the faade.

The restaurant is very happy with the stickers, as is...


New York State Senator Calls on Developer to Keep Banksys 14th Street Rat on Public View "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Banksys rat stencil at 14th Street and Sixth Avenue before it was removed (photo by Luna Park, and used with permission)Banksys rat stencil at 14th Street and Sixth Avenue before it was removed (photo by Luna Park, and used with permission)

Yesterday, just hours after workers removed a large clock face featuring Banksys stencil of a rat from a building at Fifth Avenue and 14th Street in Manhattan, the State Senator for that area began petitioning the buildings owner to put it back on view.

Instead of selling the Banksy on the open market, I would urge you to celebrate your good fortune by finding a suitable location for the Banksy to be permanently displayed to the public, New York State Senator Brad Hoylman, whose 27th district includes the building in question, wrote in a letter (included in full below) addressed to its owner, Gemini Rosemont Realty. You might consider incorporating it into the faade of the new building or lending it to a local gallery or institution, for example.

Hyperallergic has reached out to Gemini Rosemont but received no reply.

Developers like Gemini Rosemont have a responsibility to keep New York special, Senator Hoylman, reached by phone in Albany, told Hyperallergic. I think street art is part of that uniqueness in the city, which is part of why I think Banksy is here in the first place.



A 100-Day Advent Calendar for Design Devotees, in Honor of Herb Lubalins 100th Birthday "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Portrait of Herb Lubalin, courtesy of the Lubalin family (all images courtesy The Cooper Union)

In 1977, when the pioneering graphic designer Herb Lubalin turned 59, his firm announced his birthday in a very public, endearing, and totally nerdy way that could only be for a devotee of type. It bought ad space on the front page of the New York Times and printed one short line: This article wasnt set in Avant Garde Gothic. Happy Birthday Herb Loobalin from LSC&P. The Avant Garde Gothic typeface, then just a few years old, represents just one of Lubalins lasting and most famous contributions to design; its been been used for innumerable texts, from Twin Peakss opening credits to Wienerschnitzels logo.

You dont have to be Irish to love Ireland, late 70s advertisement Lubalin designed for the Tourist Board for the Republic of Ireland

This year, Lubalin is receiving another apt and design-savvy tribute. He would have turned 100 on March 17th, and to commemorate the centenary of his birth, his alma mater Cooper Union has launched an online project that reexamines his career. Adopting the form of an advent calendar, Lubalin 100 will highlight various objects over 100 days, through June 24, and provide context for each. The posters, magazines, and other material are all drawn from the institutions Herb Lubalin Study Center of Design and Typography, which has housed the designers entire archive since 1985. Lubalin died in 1981 at the age of 63.

The driving force of this pr...


The Rich History of Video Art from 1973 to Today "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Broadcasting: EAI at ICA, installation view, Institute of Contemporary Art, University of Pennsylvania (photo by Constance Mensh)

PHILADELPHIA With each new technological innovation, artists have taken the opportunity to manipulate and speak back to modes of mass communication. Broadcasting: EAI at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) highlights this tradition by focusing on the legacy of the nonprofit Electronic Arts Intermix (EAI). Since its founding in 1971, EAI has promoted video art and other moving image work while also providing resources for production and distribution. The works included in the exhibition all come from EAIs archive and range from broadcast television to software-based website projects, emphasizing the ways in which artists exploit the act of broadcasting as a subject, as a means of intervention, and as a form of participation. The works on view range from 1973 to today, and include many videos produced with EAI.

The nonprofit was founded by Howard Wise, who had run a gallery on 57th street in Manhattan that presented kinetic and multimedia artworks; in 1969 he mounted an exhibition, TV as a Creative Medium, devoted to what would eventually become known as video art. Two years later, he closed the gallery to focus on helping artists to distribute and produce their moving image work. The ICA, in turn, also has a history of mounting exhibitions of media-based art; as early as 1975 the institution held the exhibition Video Art, one of the earliest museum surveys of moving image art.



Mesmerizing Laser-Cut Wood Sculptures Feature Layers of Intricate Patterns "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Laser-Cut Wood Wall Art by Gabriel Schama


Oakland-based artist Gabriel Schama creates mesmerizing, laser-cut wood relief sculptures that feature layers of intricate swirls and abstract patterns. A myriad of geometric lines and ancient symbols take the shape of human silhouettes and mandala-like designs. Some pieces look like the pulsing inner cogs of a mechanical clock, while others resemble ornate, cathedral ceilings. Schamas most recent Spring 2018 collection continues to impress, and includes one of his largest creations to date, titled Pachamama (40 x 40).

When Schama first started creating art he worked exclusively in paper, using an X-Acto knife to meticulously carve his intricate designs. However, after a successful Kickstarter campaign, Schama was able to buy his own laser-cutting machinethat he lovingly calls Elsieand hes never looked back. Schama explains, Together we try to pursue the outer limits of abstract kaleidoscopic weirdness.

Each piece begins as layers of vector illustrations that are then laser-cut into wood and glued together by hand. While most of the limited edition pieces are finished with a clear stain to bring out the natural wooden tones, Schama also experiments by painting some pieces white, resulting in wooden forms that resemble works of elaborate paper quilling art.

If you love these laser-cut wood sculptures, Schamas latest collection is currently on sale via his website. But hurryonce theyve sold out they wont be remade.

Oakland-based artist Gabriel Schama creates mesmerizing, laser-cut wood relief sculptures that feature layers of intricate swirls and abstract patterns.



Queen Marys Dollhouse and the Lost Vita Sackville-West Childrens Story That May Have Inspired Virginia Woolfs Orlando "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Everybody knows that children see a great deal which is hidden from grownups.

Queen Marys Dollhouse and the Lost Vita Sackville-West Childrens Story That May Have Inspired Virginia Woolfs Orlando

In 1921, Princess Marie Louise, granddaughter of Queen Victoria, conceived of a most unusual and imaginative present for her cousin, Queen Mary an elaborate dollhouse populated with miniature replicas of artifacts in Windsor Castle, equipped with running water and electricity, and adorned with original works by prominent artists. Completed in 1924 and intended as a present from the people of England for their monarch, Queen Marys Dollhouse became part homage, part masterwork of craftsmanship, part time-capsule and singular historical document.

A lover and patron of the arts, Princess Marie Louise envisioned the project as a showcase for some of the eras greatest artists and craftspersons, who created an astonishing array of items from miniature monogramed linens to tiny paintings to a working elevator. But the crowning achievement was a library containing one hundred and seventy-one books by the most celebrated authors of the time original stories by titans like Joseph Conrad, A.A. Milne, Arthur Conan Doyle, Rudyard Kipling, Somerset Maugham, Thomas Hardy, and J.M. Barrie, inscribed by hand into miniature tomes.



Oversized Crocheted Doilies by Ashley V Blalock Climb Up Trees and Gallery Walls "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Artist Ashley V Blalock crochets enormous red doilies that she then installs in site-specific configurations ranging from galleries to stairwells to trees outside. Her ongoing project, Keeping Up Appearances, began in 2011 and has been installed at museums, galleries, and gardens across the United States.

The artist describes the meaning behind Keeping Up Appearances: Although non-threatening in a domestic setting, in the gallery and at this scale the [doilies] overtake the viewer and cover the walls Inherent is a compulsion to arrange and place and decorate in order to control or influence a perceived outward appearance. The red color gives away the futility of such an act and hints at the unease that lurks below the surface of an obsessive need to control and arrange.

Blalock is based in Southern California. She received a bachelors and two masters degrees in sculpture and art history. You can see more of her installation work on her website.



Das Christliche in der AfD Verlag verffentlicht komplett leeres Buch "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

So einen subversiven Moove und politisches Statement erwartet man nicht unbedingt von der Kirche. Der katholische Echter Verlag hat ein Buch ber Christliches in der AfD verffentlicht mit 32 Seiten ohne Inhalt. Lektre frs Wochenende vom #echterverlag #Wrzburg Achim Winkelmann (@florakunis) 16. Mrz 2018 Bild: Screenshot

Der Beitrag Das Christliche in der AfD Verlag verffentlicht komplett leeres Buch erschien zuerst auf URBANSHIT.


Wild Arctic Fox Photos Capture the Tenacity and Strength of These Small Animals "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Sergey Gorshkov Arctic Fox Photography

Russian wildlife photographer Sergey Gorshkov has been fascinated by nature since he was a child growing up in Siberia. This has translated into a fruitful career as a wildlife photographer, with Gorshkov specializing in long-term projects about Russian wildlife. Especially fond of traveling to remote areas previously uncaptured, the insightful, raw nature of his imagery shows a sensitivity in working with untamed nature and its inhabitants.

His work photographing the Arctic fox, which gained him a finalist slot at the 2017 Wildlife Photographer of the Year contest, is a stunning look at the life and behavior of this rugged animal. Surviving, on average, for just three to four years in the wild, these well-adapted animals use their thick fur to brave extreme temperatures, its pure white coloration also acting as camouflage.

Gorshkov's fascinating set of Arctic fox photographs comes from his long-term project on Wrangel Island. A remote island in the Arctic Sea, Wrangel Island has rarely been captured on film, which is part of what made it an attractive subject for the adventure-seeking photographer. Just think: no one has managed to adequately capture the wild nature of Wrangel Island! The thought that I can become the first one to do this incredibly excites me, he tells My Modern Met. But I understood very well that the island would not open to me at the first meeting, and I did not set myself this goal.



Artist Mixes Embroidery with Watercolor on Fabric "IndyWatch Feed Arts"


In an ongoing series of works, Dutch artist Floor Giebels combines embroidery with watercolor on fabric, creating beautiful minimalist artworks that she is selling through her Etsy store.

The embroidery artist with a graphic design background shared her most recent work on reddit where it briefly held the top spot on the popular subreddit /r/pics. To see more beautiful embroidery check out her work at the links below.




Bertrand Russells Advice to People Living 1,000 Years in the Future: Love is Wise, Hatred is Foolish "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

In these times of high anxiety, battles over free speechon college campuses, in corporate offices, on airwaves and the internetcan seem extremely myopic from a certain perspective. The perspective I mean is one in which a disturbing number of messages broadcast perpetually to millions of people bear little relationship to scientific, historical, or social facts, so that it becomes increasingly difficult for many people to tell fact from fiction. Debating whether or not such speech is free outside of any consideration for what purpose it serves, who it harms, and why it should drown out other speech because it appeals to widespread prejudices or powerful, monied interests seems grossly irresponsible at best.

Most philosophers who have considered these matters have stressed the important relationship between reason and ethics. In the classical formula, persuasive speech was considered to have three dimensions: logosthe use of facts and logical arguments; ethosthe appeal to common standards of value; and pathosa consideration for the emotional resonance of language. While the forceful dialectical reasoning of Plato and his contemporaries valued parrhesiawhich Michel Foucault translates as free speech, but which can also means bold or candid speechclassical thinkers also valued social harmony and did not intend that philosophical debate be a scorched-earth war with the intention to win at all costs.



Oldest Known Portraits of an African American Couple, Found Under a Bed, Star in New Documentary "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Franklin R. Street, Portrait of Hiram Charles Montier and Portrait of Elizabeth Brown Montier (1841), oil on canvas, on loan from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. William Pickens, III (courtesy Philadelphia Museum of Art)

In 2009, Bill and Patricia Pickens, an elderly African American couple living on Long Island, watched Barack Obamas inauguration as the first black President of the United States. Now is the moment, they decided: it was time to make public two historic family portraits, discovered a decade earlier under the bed of their nonagenarian great-uncle Joe.

The elegant pendant portraits, from 1841, depict Bills great-great grandparents, Hiram Charles and Elizabeth Brown Montier, as young newlyweds in Philadelphia. They are the only known paintings by artist Franklin R. Street, and most strikingly, they are now recognized as the earliest known portraits of an African American couple.

Bill Pickens decided to loan the paintings to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. In The Montiers: An American Story, a new documentary about the portraits from the public television station WHYY, Pickens said he wanted young people to understand that, even in 1840, black folks were doing their thing. The film premiered at the Philadelphia Museum of Art on March 14.

Increasing the visibility of 19th-century African American was important to the family, especially because depictions of the ordinary lives of early black Americans are so scarce. For at least forty years there have been exhibitions and publications on the image of the Black in American art, so scholars have been looking for such portraits, Kathleen Foster, senior curator of American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, told Hyperallergic. These are the earliest pair yet to be discovered.



Wearing Camouflage as an Allegory for Otherness and Belonging "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Close-up installation view of Historical Amnesia Joiri Minayas Containers (2017) (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic)

One of the most profound dilemmas that comes into play when one is an immigrant to a place where one is relentlessly, reflexively made the other, hinges on the question of visibility. One on hand, to be rendered invisible is to be made into that abstracted percentage of the minority and thereby not counted, not countenanced, not considered, made inconsequential. On the other hand to be configured in the gaze of the dominant class/gender/race as glaringly and unforgivably different, exceptional, exotic is to also have ones agency (that is, the ability to enact ones will on the world) corralled in other ways. Though I have lived in the United States for about 34 years, I have never come close to solving this mess, and the question of what to do, how to remake myself every day to escape being swallowed up by this quandary is a question that clearly plagues other immigrants to this country.

Joiri Minaya, Containers (2017) photo still from the performance at Wave Hill, Bronx, NY; archival pigment prints, variable dimensions (courtesy of the artist)

Joiri Minaya, who describes herself as a Dominican-American artist, has developed performance work that sometimes starkly, sometimes playfully, and always discerningly teases out strategies for maintaining equilibrium in the midst of this qua...


You Cant Unsee Unsane, Steven Soderberghs Thriller About Mental Illness "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Claire Foy (center) stars as Sawyer Valentini in Steven Soderberghs Unsane (image courtesy Fingerprint Releasing / Bleecker Street)

The relationship between people, groups, and the supposed social contract is a subject director Steven Soderbergh frequently returns to, in films as varied as Erin Brockovich, Traffic, The Informant!, Contagion, and even last years lighthearted heist flick Logan Lucky. With Unsane, he and screenwriters Jonathan Bernstein and James Geer interrogate Americas treatment of mental health through the lens of a psychological thriller. While protagonist Sawyer Valentini (Claire Foy) undergoes a heightened, Hitchockian journey after shes involuntarily committed to a psychiatric hospital, many facets of her experience are based in reality. For every c...


Anamorphic Drawings Transform Ordinary Pieces of Paper into Mind-Bending Illusions "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Illusion Art by Ramon Bruin

Artist Ramon Bruin creates striking anamorphic illusions on paper. When viewed from just the right vantage point, buildings, creatures, and surreal images come alive and seemingly pop off the page.

We have long been fans of Bruins work, and he continues to experiment with the format of his illusion art. His most impressive creations still use a multiple-paper approach, in which he gathers a few or several sheets of paper and patches them together to create a cohesive, three-dimensional image. In recent months, however, he has challenged himself by only using a single page (sometimes just a Post-It note), unconventional surfaces, and confining the illusion to a spread in his sketchbook. Despite this limited space, he still produces incredible depth and weight in his drawings that allow them to transcend artwork and enter the realms of the real.

In a recent post on Instagram, Bruin perfectly sums up the allure of his work, as well as illusion art in general: Each time your pencil touches the paper a new world will appear. By doing so, he invites us to see something we havent before.

Artist Ramon Bruin creates anamorphic illusions on otherwise ordinary pieces of paper.

Illusion Art by Ramon Bruin

When viewed from just the right vantage point, the images look as though they are...


A Free Online Course Helps Us Identify Hoaxes, Rumors & Misinformation in the News "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

In early February, we highlighted for you A Field Guide to Fake News and Other Information Disorders, a free manual published by First Draft, a non-profit based at Harvard's Shorenstein Center that supports truth and trust in news.

This month, First Draft has followed up with Verification Training, a free online course designed to help "teachers, journalists and the general public [learn] how to verify online media, so that they don't fall for hoaxes, rumors and misinformation." The handy and timely course was developed by Claire Wardle, First Draft's executive director. You can sign up here.

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US Soldiers in Vietnam Hearing a Radio Report That Theyre Going Home "IndyWatch Feed Arts"


In this emotional scene from the documentary film, Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam, a group of US soldiers find out via radio report that they are going home.

Released in 1987, the award-winning documentary combines readings of real letters written by American soldiers and archive footage, creating a highly personal experience of the Vietnam War.




Life-Size Embroidered Sculptures That Imitate Everyday Domestic Scenes by Gao Rong "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Gao Rong, Call No. 1, 2012, sponge, cloth, thread, wooden board. Courtesy Eli Klein and the artist Gao Rong.

Beijing-based artist Gao Rong sews life-size replicas of everyday objects from Chinese urban and domestic infrastructure. The embroidered sculptures imitate the routine items our eyes often skip overgraffiti-covered bus signs, broken pay phones, and stacks of dirty dishes. Although her works look commonplace, many directly reference scenes or time periods from her life. Level 1/2, Unit 8, Building 5, Hua Jiadi, North Village (2010) is Gaos imitation of the entrance to a basement apartment she rented while a student in Beijing, and 2012 her installation, The Static Eternity, is a recreation of her grandparents tiny rural home.

To create her sewn sculptures Gao first stitches the details of rust and other detritus onto fabric. She then wraps the material around sponges or wooden board, and stiffens the work with metal frames. Adding embroidery to her work is a way for Gao to preserve the traditional skills taught to her as a child, while taking them in a more contemporary direction. My mother and grandmother made beautiful embroidery, she explains. It was their hobby. Unfortunately this skill is no longer valued, so it is being lost.

Gao was born in 1986 in Hang Jin Hou Qi, Inner Mongolia. She received her BA from the Central Academy of Fine Arts in Beijing, China. You can see more of her work, including these new woven hoop frames, on Klein Sun Gallerys website. (via Lustik)



Worlds Best Single Images Revealed by the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Sony World Photography Awards 2018 - Open Award Winner

Emile' Nick Dolding, United Kingdom, Winner, Open Portraiture and Winner, United Kingdom National Award, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards. The stylish Emile shot for Paypal looking suitably aloof and hoity in a set with just a little nod towards Wes Anderson.

In the lead-up to its April awards ceremony in London, the Sony World Photography Awards has announced the 10 winners of the Open Competition categories, as well as National Award winners. Selected by an expert panel, the winners of the Open Competition represent the best single images in categories like Portraiture, Street Photography, Architecture, Wildlife, and Travel.

Pulling from the 2018 shortlist, judges had the formidable task of narrowing down the field from a pool of talented amateur photographers. The results show an incredible diversity in the style and talent that makes photography a unique artistic format. In choosing the winners, the images all had to have something specialwhether it be composition, impact, skill, a portrayal of a unique event or informing in a new way, shared Zelda Cheatle, chair of the Open Competition jury. Above all else, each winner had to be an exceptional photograph.

For Nick Dolding, a UK-based advertising photographer who won the Open Portraiture category for his cinematic portrait of a man named Emile, the competition has given him an added boost. I've shot for lots of major brands in the studio and on location but I'm still hungry and have never lost the bug, he...


Yep. Naked Pendulum Dance just about sums this one up. Must-see. "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Some guy in Japan has uploaded two videos that offered up a clever way to combine nudity and pendulums to create something utterly delightful.

I dont know about you, but as soon as I saw the description Naked pendulum dance, I knew I had to see what it was all...


Dead Babies: The Island of the Dolls "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

There are many stories about the Island of the Dolls. There is the story of the man who lived on the island who hung hundreds of dolls from the trees. Some said he hung the dolls because he thought they were alive. Others said he did it to appease the spirit...


Picture discs are awesome: Exploring a fun audio format "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Prince picture disc

Ive always had a thing for picture discs. Even when I was a little girl, my favorite Disney albums were the ones that had cartoon depictions of the stories that I was listening to embedded in the vinyl..

One of my very good friends in college had...


EFA Presents #callresponse, a Dialogue-Driven Exhibition Led by Indigenous Women "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

#callresponse is an artistic and curatorial collaboration led by Indigenous women, structured as a connective support system that moves between specificity of Indigenous nations, site, online space and the gallery.

This exhibition features commissioned artworks by five Indigenous North American women artists and their invited guest respondents. The pairings include Christi Belcourt and Isaac Murdoch of the Onaman CollectiveMaria HupfieldIV Castellanos and Esther NeffUrsula Johnson and Cheryl LHirondelleTania Willard and Marcia Crosby; and Laakkuluk Williamson-Bathory and Tanya Tagaq, as well as local respondents Jennifer Kreisberg and Laura Ortman. A touring exhibition opened at Vancouvers grunt gallery in 2016, and continues to engage each geographic location with specific programming.

To support the work of Indigenous women through art that drives dialogue and mobilizes action on the topic of reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples. To stand together across sovereign territories as accomplices in awakened solidarity with all our relations both human and non

To ground art in accountability, value lived experience and build upon systems of support. To enact strategies of resurgence, resilience and refusal against the ongoing multiple articulations of power and structural colonial violence of nation states.

Organized by Tarah Hogue, Maria Hupfield, and Tania Willard.

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EFA Project Space is a program of The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts (323 West 39th Street, Midtown, Manhattan). Gallery hours: Wednesday Saturday, 12-6pm.

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An Artist Visits Stonehenge in 1573 and Paints a Charming Watercolor Painting of the Ancient Ruins "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

The purpose of the monumental druidical structure known as Stonehenge has been lost to us, but many theories abound, from the rational to the irrational to the magical. On the magical end of the scale, we have the giant stones associated with King Arthur and the wizard Merlin. On the more rational side, speculation that the structure functioned as a calendar for religious ceremonies or agricultural seasons.

While the search for answers may be irresistible, we may never know exactly what the builders of Stonehenge intended. But we learn much by studying how others have approached the ancient monument in the past. Existent studies of Stonehenge with illustrations date back to the 14th century. These Medieval representations tried to situate the stones in a Christian view of world history, as Art History professor Sam Smiles writes at the British Library.

A century later, drawings of the stones show more of an interest in its architectural features. One manuscript includes a tiny illustration of four trilithons (two vertical stones supporting a lintel). Remarkably, writes Smiles, the artist has understood how the lintels were fixed to the uprights by a mortise and tenon joint. The drawing may represent the earliest surviving representation of Stonehenge based on direct observation.

The practice of drawing Stonehenge from life continued, and in the watercolor above by Flemish painter Lucas de Heere, dating from circa 1573, we see a more topographical approach. Related to other similar images created around the same time, the painting shows us an early example of what came to be called chorography, which...


London Installs City Benches That Each Absorb as Much Pollution as 275 Trees "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

CityTree - Air Pollution Filter London

There are many companies that speak about making a difference in the world, but only a select few actually take action. Green City Solutions is making its mark on the planet by continuing to roll out their innovative CityTree, a functional solution for solving urban pollution. This compact bench and pollution filter has the air cleaning capabilities of 275 trees, all while taking up just 1% of the space real trees would need to do the same job.

The German startup has continued to place CityTrees in cities around the world, and now they've landed in London. Thanks to The Crown Estate, the first CityTree has been set up on Glasshouse Street, close to the buzz of Picadilly Circus. The installation couldn't come soon enough, with London's air pollution consistently going over legal annual levels within the first few weeks of each year.

So how does CityTree work? More than just a bench, its combination of mosses and plants organically removes dust, nitrogen dioxide, and ozone gases from the air. It also has a built-in monitoring system that checks pollution levels, air temperature, and water quality, among other things, and is fitted with solar panels for complete self-sufficiency.

Though CityTree can't solve London's pollution problem on its own, it's a step in the right direct...


Details of the Madness: Members of seminal NYC noise rock band Live Skull reunited "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

The New York noise scene that emerged with and after No-Wave can feel like the story of Sonic Youth and its near-orbit, due to that bands massive influence. But Downtown artnoise can as easily be understood by viewing Martin Bisi as a nexus. Far from a household name, Bisi is a producer...


Im a Queer Feminist Artist. Why Are My Paintings Censored on Social Media? "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Clarity Haynes, Janie (2014), oil on linen, 62 x 58 (image courtesy the artist)

Im a queer feminist artist, and my work is regularly censored online. Until recently, this had been something I accepted and learned to live with. It felt embarrassing when it happened   an Instagram or Facebook message appearing out of the blue saying that something was wrong with my work but it wasnt something I wanted to draw attention to.

But this was the straw that broke the camels back: A few months ago, Hyperallergic published a review by Heather Kapplow of my solo show at Brandeis Universitys Kniznick Gallery. The next day, a friend texted me to say that Facebook had deleted the article from her wall. I tried to go on Facebook and found that Id been banned for three days, as punishment for posting a link to my exhibition catalogue on Issuu. I was warned that if I violated community guidelines again, I would be banned permanently.

(screenshot by the author for Hyperallergic)

Now, instead of embarrassment, I felt anger. Was I supposed to refrain from sharing anything about my work or career on Facebook? When I logged in after my suspension, there were multiple posts from friends letting me know that their shares of the Hyperallergic article had been removed. It was clear that, at least in my circles, the circulation of this review of my work had been halted and erased, either by Facebooks algorithm or by its administrators.



The Round-up: The path to you "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

  Here is some very good new music.   Indigo Kid III: Moment Gone In the Clouds (Babel Label) Dan Messores Indigo Kid unit keeps switching things up, and every damn time the changes kick up all kinds of interesting developments.  For the third installment, much of the quirky, angular expressionism is swapped out []


The Disappearance of Books Threatens to Erode Fine Arts Libraries "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Posters outside the Doty Fine Arts Building at the University of Texas at Austin (photo by and courtesy Abigail Sharp)Posters outside the Doty Fine Arts Building at the University of Texas at Austin (photo by and courtesy Abigail Sharp)

Public libraries are experiencing a surge in use that few could have predicted even a decade ago. This renaissance has renewed interest in the library as a space for access to books, to technology, and to art. But libraries are no longer solely filled with books. Many are shifting to become multi-use and more digitally driven spaces. Yet as libraries create access to a digital future, the books that have traditionally inhabited them are being displaced at an alarming rate. This leaves many asking: Does acceptance of digital resources mean that the books must go? And what is at stake when artists, art historians, students, and the public can no longer engage in the act of browsing the stacks as part of the process of creating and researching art?

While the philosophical debate over what a library should be rages across the country and beyond, some institutions are shifting from philosophy to action, removing books to make way for other initiatives. At the University of Texas at Austin, around 75,000 fine arts books, journals, and other materials have already been moved by the College of Fine Arts and the University of Texas Libraries, as Hyperallergic reported in December. Many of the removed materials now reside in an off-site location near UTs J.J. Pickle Research Campus or the Texas A&M joint library storage facility.

At many libraries, the prime real estate occupied by books is being requisitioned to make way for new digital humanities initiatives like virtual reality experiences or Makerspaces cordoned off for 3D printing. In the case of UT-Austins Fine Arts Library, bo...


The Story of How David Jones Became David Bowie Gets Told in a New Graphic Novel "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

What, exactly, turned David Jones into David Bowie? Observers have been asking that question ever since the artistically inclined rock star who, we might say, made rock stardom into a viable art form in the first place began his high-profile experimentation with his own image in the early 1970s. Having put out his first big hit "Space Oddity" a few years before that, in 1969, he spent the period in between living, with his then-wife Angie, at a Victorian villa in South London called Haddon Hall. "The couple rented a ground-floor flat for 7 a week the Spiders from Mars were, I think, sequestered around an upstairs landing and in one of its cavernous rooms, their ceilings painted silver, Angie cut Davids hair and stitched the first Ziggy outfit."

Those words come from the Guardian's Rachel Cooke, reviewing the biographical graphic novel Haddon Hall: When David Invented Bowie. "Its author, the Tunisian-born French cartoonist Nejib, puts Bowies lost house centre stage, David and Angie having fallen instantly in love with its discreet decrepitude, its towers and mouldings and preposterously long corridors," she writes. "Nejib is wonderfully alive to the influences on Bowie in this crucial period, from the final illness of his father, John, to Stanley Kubricks 1971 film adaptation of A Clockwork Orange (leaving the cinema after seeing it, the still struggling Bowie suddenly sees what he should be: a rock star 'whos all destruction and the future')."


Reka SCARLET "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Australian contemporary artist Reka returns to his hometown of Melbourne to present SCARLET, his first new solo show in 4 years. A brooding mix of Berlin nightlife, Japanese Shibari rope bondage and post-cubist figurative studies, this is one of his most mature exhibitions to date.

Influenced by his graffiti background and techniques, as well as elements of pop-culture, cartoon and illustration, Rekas form has evolved into something greater than the sum of its parts. At times bacchanalian, his figures are playful, yet dark, tortured, but ecstatic.

His canvases offer up the entrancing curvatures of the human body, captured on canvas in the way the ropes ensnare his figures. Echoing the lines and textures of his paintings are a new set of sculptural pieces, with a captivating new exploration of stonework layers of tactile granite and marble set on steel solidify Rekas well-deserved place in the collections of institutions such as the...


What Black Panther Gets Right About the Politics of Museums "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

The Black Panther (2018) (courtesy Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)" class="wp-image-433667 size-medium" height="302" src="" width="720">The Museum of Great Britain scene from Black Panther (2018) (courtesy Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures)


The Beginning of the World According to James Ussher "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

413MOUN09PLOn the 21st of March 1656, the archbishop of Armagh in Ireland, James Ussher, died in Reigate, Surrey, England. He was one of the few scholars who attempted deciphering biblical chronology and placing it within historical context . As strange as it may all sound, he managed to calculate the beginning of the world, using the Hebrew Bible as a reference. He claimed that, The beginning of time according to our chronology, happened at the start of the evening preceding the 23rd day of October (on the Julian calendar), 4004 BC or 710 JP. (James Ussher, Annals of the World). What is more, according to him, Creation started precisely at 10 pm. Although, some of the other sources also men...


A Night of Transmedia Performances and Computerized Music "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

A performance by Angie Eng (photo by Joshua Kristal)A performance by Angie Eng (photo by Joshua Kristal)

Asia Week in New York is typically a market-driven affair with special auctions and gallery shows, but this year theres something different on the program: media artist Angie Eng has curated an eclectic and rich program of musical and multimedia performances at Roulette.

Wednesdays evening-long program kicks off with Eng sharing the stage with composer Hoppy Kamiyama and the Butoh-trained dancer Celeste Hastings in a piece that knowingly parodies the current global crisis around issues of identity through acts of wanton monument-smashing. Eng will also perform alongside Atau Tanaka and Akio Mokuno, with the trio playing computerized instruments known as videobass that cue projections of obscure and familiar film clips.

Also on the bill is a solo performance by Tanaka featuring his latest musical invention, a bio-electrical instrument that responds to muscle tension. The program will conclude with a raucous audio-visual trip featuring video artist and composer Sean Winters and local improv legends Zeena Parkins and Ikue Mori.

When: Wednesday, March 21 at 8pm
Where: Roulette (509 Atlantic Avenue, Downtown Brooklyn)



Connecting the Lives of Colonized People Around the World "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

In Close Proximity, installation view at FATVillage (image courtesy Belaxis Buil)

Curator Belaxis Buil explains that her show, In Close Proximity, takes its title from geographies of conflict. By this, she means the contentious spaces in which a colonizing force renders its victims fragile and flailing, but also powerful, sometimes by virtue of their incapacitation: they have to fight their way out.

This sprawling show is currently at a warehouse space in FATVillage, an art district in Ft. Lauderdale (the FAT stands for Flagler Arts & Technology). An exhibition like this risks getting usurped by its own broad mandates the accompanying statement, that it examines how cultures constitute their identities and attitudes in society, is vague. Geographies of conflict are everywhere Palestinians in Israel are cruelly treated second-class citizens with little access to much of anything, but even without politically mandated rules or harshly imposed borders, struggle and economic disparities are visible (just look at the US).

In Close Proximity, installation view at FATVillage (image courtesy Belaxis Buil)

But its the impetus of In Close Proximity that gives the show some specificity it was initially designed to raise awareness of the political situation in the Western Sahara, where Sahrawi refugees have lived in Moroccan-occupied territories since 1975. The Polisario Front (Frente Popular de L...

Tuesday, 20 March


How Armenians Helped Develop Photography in the Ottoman Empire and Beyond "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

The Dildilian Family (image courtesy the Dildilian Family Archives)

The early 20th century was a period of upheaval and trauma for the Armenian people, encompassing the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, the annexation of Armenia as a Soviet Republic, and most tragically, the Armenian Genocide, resulting in the deaths of 1.5 million Armenians and the deportation of a million more. It can be difficult to understand what day-to-day life was like during this time, but a new exhibition at the Brand Library and Art Center examines these historic events through the experiences of one family living in Ottoman Turkey. Continuity and Rupture: An Armenian Family Odyssey features thousands of photographs and glass negatives taken by members of the Dildilian Family from the 1870s through their exile in 1922 and resettlement in Greece, France, and the US. Accompanied by exhibition texts written by family members and accounts passed down from earlier generations, the exhibition offers a nuanced and detailed portrait of a tumultuous era.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the Brand will be hosting a day-long symposium on Sunday, titled Photography in the Ottoman Middle East & Beyond. Moderated by the exhibitions curator, Dr. Armen T. Marsoobian, it will feature several scholars of historical photography discussing the prominent role that Armenian photographers played in the early development and spread of photography throughout the Ottoman Empire and the Middle East.

When: Sunday, March 25, 10:30am4pm
Where: Brand Library & Art Center (1601 West Mountain Street, Glendale, California)

More info at...


A 25-Day, Cross Section Timelapse of a Bean Plant Set to Classical "IndyWatch Feed Arts"


Kidney bean timelapse with soil cross section. Showing how roots ant upper part of plant grows. Play speed 17280x (one shot every 9 minutes 36 seconds played at 30 FPS). Music: Blue Danube by Strauss

via GPHase on YouTube




20+ Seasonal Gifts to Get You in the Springtime Spirit "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Seasonal Gifts for Spring Start of Spring GIfts

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Finally, the winter blues have melted away and sunny spring is finally here! To celebrate this highly-anticipated shift in seasons, we've put together a colorful collection of products guaranteed to get you into the sun-kissed swing of things.

Each pleasant product in this selection captures the spirit of the season. Some, like the squirrel ring set and ornamental owl scarf, will help you shed your winter coat and adopt a more spring-inspired sense of style. Others, like the hatching chick planters and delicate flower pencils, will help you spruce up your home and office. And a few, like the fragrant, floral bath-bomb and Birdtopia coloring book, will help you to relax so you can stop and smell the roses (or cherry blossoms)!

Get in the sunny swing of things with these cheerful gifts for spring.

Some of these spring gifts will help you achieve a seasonal sense of style.

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Icy Landscapes Tell a Winters Tale of the Snow-Covered Forests of Europe "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Winters Tale Landscape Photography by Kilian Schnberger

As wintry weather lingers on, German photographer Kilian Schnberger captures the final days of the cold season with his landscape photography series, Winters Tale. Shot in the snowy mountain ranges of Germany and central Europe, the images depict the magical quality of the fog-filled, frozen forests. He sets the scene for his enchanting series, describing Winter as the time when tales and legends were told at home, the whole family sitting around the tiled stove. The mystic figures are just waiting in front of the doorstep, snow and frost seem to make trees alive.

Even though hes color blind, Schnberger uses this so-called disadvantage as a strength to develop this own style. While he cant clearly distinguish between woodland hues of green and brown, the talented photographer instead focuses on texture and form. Schnberger describes the winter forest as more like an ink painting, where the trees, branches, and icy rocks draw intriguing patterns in desaturated hues. When describing why he chooses the cold rural landscape as his subject, Schnberger reveals, I like the harsh beauty of those areas and the peculiar melancholy that surrounds them.

You can find more of Schnbergers incredible photos on Instagram.

German photographer Kilian Schnberger captures the magical quality of the fog-filled, frozen forests of Germany and central Europe with his series, Winters Tale.



Felted Fungus Art Growing in Petri Dishes Shows the Unexpectedly Cute Side of Mold "IndyWatch Feed Arts"

Crochet Sculpture Art by Elin Thomas

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Most people balk at mold, like the type that appears as spores on old loaves of bread. But not artist Elin Thomas; she pays homages to fuzzy fungus through her felt fiber art. Using techniques including crochet, needle felting, and embroidery, she creates one-of-a-kind petri dishes that really look like mold. The shallow vessels are filled to the brim with exquisite texturesincluding fuzzy, hair-like spores that invite you to touch, making them unexpectedly cute.

Thomas fiber sculptures are small enough to hold in the palm of your hand. They often occupy an eight-inch glass dish with a stuffed felt base in a light or dark gray color. The neutral ground is where Thomas work comes alive with crocheted molds, knotted stitches, and other delicate objects resembling living organisms. These elements are hand sewn to the felt and the entire thing is held in place with glue.

In addition to her petri dishes, Thomas creates mold-inspired accessories like statement rings. Perfect as gifts for science lovers, both are available in her Etsy shop.

Artist Elin Thomas pays homage to mold with her felt fiber art.

Crochet Sculpture Art by Elin Thomas

Using crochet and embroidery techniques, she recreates fuzzy spores on a needle felted bas...

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