Tuesday, July 29, 2014

post wwII shaming

French women in post-war France accused of sleeping with German soldiers were dragged into town squares, stripped and shaved, their breasts marked with swastikas while mobs of men stood and laughed.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Thursday, July 17, 2014

USA: Confederate Army General Revealed to Be a Woman - Timely satire for Artpace

Newly disclosed information found in the last will of George Pickett’s father, Colonel Robert Pickett, proves without a doubt the confederate war general was a woman.

The discovery was made at an auction in Austin, Texas, this week as american historian Graham Brown got his hands on the precious document. The will proves without a doubt the famous general who participated in the Battle of Gettysburg was in fact Mary Sue Pickett, his older sister. It also appears clearly evident that George Edward Pickett was never part of any military enterprise, but instead, that his sister was in fact the real ‘man’ behind the legend. Mary Sue Pickett, who was George Pickett’s senior by one year, was also known to suffer from a rare genetic disorder known as hypertrichosis, a condition where an excess of androgen creates a hormonal unbalance that results in female beard growth. Full Article here.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Decoration Day research

Flak Jacket with contemporary tin type and embroidered sandbags- Installation detail
Margaret Meehan: Decoration Day
Artpace San Antonio
Summer 2014 International Artist-in-Residence
July 11-September 14, 2014
Research for this project here.

Sex, Religion and War: Meet Artpace’s latest crop of International Artists-in-Residence

The mighty N’Gone Fall, curator for this go-round of Artpace International Artists-in-Residence, is an art critic, consultant, educator and “cultural engineer” based in Dakar, Senegal and Paris, where she graduated from École Spéciale d’Architecture and worked as editorial director of the seminal contemporary African art magazine Revue Noire from 1994 to 2001. In addition to editing the books An Anthology of African Art: The Twentieth Century (2002) and Anthology of African and Indian Ocean Photography: A century of African photographers (1999), Fall co-curated the African Photography Biennale in Bamako, Mali, in 2001, and the 2002 Dakar Biennale in Senegal.
Fall has self-described as a “former architect” and as “a curator without a space” who now involves herself with projects in public and urban environments. In 2004, she helped to orchestrate Gaw-Lab, an ongoing project in which young Senegalese video artists collaborated with idealistic software designers to workshop short web-based animations, which “aired” alongside live Q&A video chats with prominent web-based video artists from Japan, Spain and France, all shown on “squatted” video screens in public spaces—exploding the borders between countries, genres and access to technology.
Fall states her worldview in her essay “Providing a Space for Freedom: Woman Artists in Africa”: “Colonialism brought in its wake a host of other isms: primitivism … racism, imperialism, totalitarianism, traumatism. Moving beyond the isms is the challenge that the new generation of female artists is taking up.”
Three artists, albeit one of them male, go a long way in demonstrating the scars of these isms, in an unmissable nexus of nationalist ideology, melancholy and fascination. I visited the three artists in their Artpace workspaces to check out their progress and talk about their concepts. Article link here.

The charge was obstruction of traffic.

1917, suffragists were arrested while picketing the White House for women’s suffrage. The charge was obstruction of traffic. (Photo: Library of Congress.)

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Color Moves: Art and Fashion by Sonia Delaunay

Article and slideshow via: DWELL

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire

Mourning Dress (detail) (1902–04), black silk crape, black chiffon, black taffeta (courtesy the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Gift of The New York Historical Society, photo by Karin Willis)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute is hosting a fall exhibition for the first time in seven years, and it will be a decidedly somber affair. Announced today, the show focuses on Victorian and Edwardian mourning fashions. Death Becomes Her: A Century of Mourning Attire will mostly use examples from the Met’s own collections to show the dark dress of the 19th and early 20th centuries, and its influence on high fashion. Hyperallergic story here.