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The Black Model from Manet and Matisse to Today

"Posing Modernity: The Black Model from Manet and Matisse to Today in New York and Le Modèle noir, de Géricault à Matisse in Paris.


The exhibition will be on view at the Wallach from October 24, 2018 to February 10, 2019, and will then be expanded at the Musée d'Orsay from March 26 to July 14, 2019

The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery

Lenfest Center for the Arts, Columbia University
615 West 129th Street
New York, NY 10027

Frédéric Bazille’s “Young Woman With Peonies"
Frédéric Bazille’s “Young Woman With Peonies,” 1870. It is among the works in “Posing Modernity: The Black Model From Manet and Matisse to Today,” at the Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University.CreditCreditNational Gallery of Art, Washington

 

This is such a great show! A must see! 

“La négresse (Pourquoi! Naître esclave!), or “The black woman (“Why Born a Slave!”) from the workshop of Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, and Charles-Henri-Joseph Cordier’s “African Venus,”
From left, “La négresse (Pourquoi! Naître esclave!), or “The black woman (“Why Born a Slave!”) from the workshop of Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, and Charles-Henri-Joseph Cordier’s “African Venus,” from 1851.CreditAnnie Tritt for The New York Times
Romare Bearden’s “Patchwork Quilt,”
Romare Bearden’s “Patchwork Quilt,” 1970.Credit2018 Romare Bearden Foundation/Licensed by VAGA at Artist's Rights Society (ARS), New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York
Matisse’s “Martiniquaise, Study for ‘Fleurs du Mal,’” 1946; “Face of a Haitian Woman,” 1945; and “Martiniquaise, Study for ‘Fleurs du Mal,’”
From left, Matisse’s “Martiniquaise, Study for ‘Fleurs du Mal,’” 1946; “Face of a Haitian Woman,” 1945; and “Martiniquaise, Study for ‘Fleurs du Mal,’” 1946.CreditAnnie Tritt for The New York Times

"“Posing Modernity: The Black Model From Manet and Matisse to Today” sows disruption on another more nuanced front. This taut, riveting exhibition — currently on view at the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery in the new Lenfest Center for the Arts at Columbia University — revisits mid-19th-century Paris to examine the significande of black female models in paintings from the earliest years of European modernism. It then peripatetically traces such figures through successive generations of artists."

"At every point, black models pose, or raise, the question of modernity: what is it, who makes it, who is it for? They starkly silhouette the role of the artist’s model as collaborator, as incisive measures of modernity, mirroring the racial attitudes of both artists and their times." - exceprt from NYTimes arcticle.  

Read full NYTimes article here 

Review

"-a historically significant and aesthetically illuminating show that centers on the black female form as she appears and reappears in the work, lives, and imaginations of a number of painters, photographers, and filmmakers."

Hilton Als, The New Yorker

 

February 07, 2019

She Persists

"She Persists: A Century of Women Artists in New York" curated by Jessica Bell Brown at Gracie Mansion beginning on Jan. 22.  A collection of more than 60 artworks created by 44 female and women-identified artists whom have significant connections to New York City.   Invited by First Lady, Chirlane McCray.

Jessica Bell Brown
Jessica Bell Brown, an art historian and Ph.D. candidate at Princeton.
Photo Credit: Tawni Bannister for The New York Times

 

Among the pieces are several dolls made by Katharine Clarissa Eileen McCray, the first lady’s mother.

Ms. McCray holds her mother Katharine Clarissa Eileen McCray’s “Quashie Hand Crafted Dolls” from around 1980. Her mother named them in tribute to her own mother, whose maiden name, Quashie, was West African. Photo Credit: Tawni Bannister for The New York Times

 

Some of my favorite artists in the exhibtion includes Kara Walker,  Consuelo Kanaga, Cindy Sherman, & Faith Ringgold.  Take a look at the exhibition brouchure to learn more about each artist!

 

Faith RinggoldTAR BEACH II, 1990, Faith Ringgold (1930-) Silkscreen on Silk

 

Read NYTimes Article 

More Information about the "She Persists" Exhibition here

Read more about the artists and the pieces in the show here

 

January 23, 2019

Christmas Pudding Cupcakes!!

Love Jemma!!  I've been watching her youtube channel for a long time! Very inspired by her success and creativity!!  Check out this video for Chocolate Christmas Pudding Cupcakes!!  Perfect dessert for the holidays!!

 

 

 

December 05, 2018

Erykah Badu at Tiny Desk

I was so inspired by Erykah Badu. She was part of my inspiration for transitioning to natural hair in 1998.  I just loved her style and vibe!!  The song "Green Eyes" continues to be one of my favorite songs!!  Enjoy this set from Erykah Badu's visit to NPR's "Tiny Desk".

 Aug. 15, 2018

Set List "Rimshot" "Green Eyes" Musicians Erykah Badu (lead vocals), RC Williams (Keys), Braylon Lacy (bass), Cleon Edwards (Drums), Frank Moka (Percussion), Kenneth Whalum (Sax), Keyon Harrold (Trumpet), Dwayne Kerr (Flute) Credits Producers: Abby O'Neill, Morgan Noelle Smith; Creative Director: Bob Boilen; Audio Engineer: Josh Rogosin; Videographers: Morgan Noelle Smith, Maia Stern, Kara Frame, Khun Minn Ohn, CJ Riculan; Production Assistants: Catherine Zhang, Téa Mottolese; Photo: Morgan Noelle Smith/NPR.

 

 

 

 

 

December 03, 2018

Michelle Obama's Style

Michelle Obama Stylist Meredith Koop
Photo Credit: Vincent Tullo for The New York Times

Meredith Koop,  The woman behind Michelle Obama's Stylish wardrobe, starting  from Mrs. Obamas second year in the White House to present.  Meredith also styled Michelle for the Elle Shoot. 

Michelle Obama 2018 Cover of Elle Magazine Michelle Obama 2018 Elle Magazine Wardrobe by Meredith Koop

Great article in The New York Times about their working relationship!  

For more info on Meredith Koop, you can visit her website: chic disruption or her Instagram feed:  Meredith Koop (@meredithkoop)

 

 

 

 

November 20, 2018

Inspire No. 1

This organization caught our attention this week, headed by Christina Lewis. She saw a need and started a nonprofit to fill it! 

 

Christina Lewis

"I created this program to help the next generation of youth catch the next wave of opportunity. I envision All Star Code to be a program that can give young, intelligent, driven men of color access to this exciting and dynamic field."

Allstarcode.org

 

 

November 02, 2018