UPCOMING EVENTS // INSTAGRAM LIVE // Artist talk with Dennis Muraguri
Join us on Thursday at 1pm EST for an artist talk with Dennis Muraguri on Instagram Live! You may remember Dennis from the our collaboration to make our Ma3 print, and we're looking forward to talking with him!
Not sure what Instagram Live is? Just sign into Instagram and you'll see a circle at the top where the Stories are that says Live, click on that and you'll be able to watch our live conversation!
PS If you have specific questions you want us to ask Dennis, please email or DM us!
WHAT WE'RE WATCHING // Simone Leigh Artist Talk
Produced by the Guggenheim Museum, this video is a wonderful introduction to Simone Leigh and her artistic process!
WHAT WE'RE LISTENING TO // Recording Artists: Betye Saar Working My Mojo
This podcast was produced by the Getty Museum in LA, and features conversations with and about six artists and their relationships with feminism. We especially recommend this episode on Betye Saar, which features interviews with the artist when she was in her late forties. It's incredible to hear about her evolution as an artist, and how the feminist and vivil rights movements around her impacted her work.
WHAT WE'RE READING // What Do We Want History to Do to Us? : Zadie Smith on Kara Walker
All I can say is read this! Here's an excerpt:
"What might I want history to do to me? I might want history to reduce my historical antagonist—and increase me. I might ask it to urgently remind me why I’m moving forward, away from history. Or speak to me always of our intimate relation, of the ties that bind—and indelibly link—my history and me. I could want history to tell me that my future is tied to my past, whether I want it to be or not. Or ask it to promise me that my future will be revenge upon my past. Or warn me that the past is not erased by this revenge. Or suggest to me that brutal oppression implicates the oppressors, who are in turn brutalized by their own acts of oppression."
WHAT ELSE WE'RE DOING // New Orleans Safety and Freedom Fund
If you're able and looking for organizations that you can contribute to during this pandemic, we encourage you to consider the New Orleans Safety and Freedom Fund, which helps post bail for individuals who are awaiting trial, but can't afford the cost and must otherwise wait in jail. Especially as this virus spreads, we can make a difference in reducing the number of people who will be infected unnecessarily and help make New Orleans a safer, more equitable place for everyone.
If you'd like to learn more about bail reform, we recommend listening to this!