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Contemplating Contemporaneity with #BlackLivesMatter

Attending a few of the previous talks from the “What Is Contemporary?” series at MOCA Los Angeles, I was particularly interested in the last iteration: What is Contemporary? Black Lives Matter: Patrisse Cullors and Tanya Lucia Bernard in Conversation on Thursday, July 7. Given the last week’s police shootings and killings of Alton Sterling and…

Susan Cahan’s Mounting Frustration: The Art Museum in the Age of Black Power

Susan Cahan’s Mounting Frustration: The Art Museum in the Age of Black Power presents a straightforward argument: US Museums (specifically in her book, NYC museums) were and remain segregated. Museums have been “resistant to racial integration” and hostile to the Black power and civil rights movements. Cahan argues that the resistance against social movements in the museum space was active, as the museum boards were and are made of the very politicians that sat and sit in on policy changes regarding race, oversaw the passing of desegregation laws, and witness(ed) the impact of these new policies. She traces their pathways:…

Nuttaphol Ma, "Born by the River". photo courtesy of artist

The “Fuck you!” Poetics of Nuttaphol Ma

I place my body in spaces where I find myself delicately balancing between the confines of the clocking in and the clocking out, the dreams of leaving and dreams of roots, the longing and not BE longing. Words overflow from these experiences. Like laughters and tears, they flow uncontrollably. I collect these tearful, at times,…

Camilo Ontiveros, “Refugees Welcome. Signs” installed as part of "Customizing Language" at Los Angeles Contemporary Exhibitions. photo courtesy of the artist

Ruminations on “Refugees. Welcome Signs”

Last January and February LACE hosted the exhibition Customizing Language as part of the Emerging Curator’s Program. The exhibition included many great pieces by some of the artists I respect the most. Raquel Gutiérrez wrote a beautiful piece on the exhibition on Hyperallergic. Here, though I am going to retrospectively reflect on one particular piece in the…

FEMelanin, Performance Stills from Bedtime Stories of White Supremacy, November 15, 2015 at Mana Contemporary, Chicago

The Freedom to Oppress

“The art world is a place that says it wants people to be free.” —Jerry Saltz   “You know and I know that the country is celebrating one hundred years of freedom one hundred years too early. We cannot be free until they are free.” — “A Letter to My Nephew” James Baldwin   First, we…

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E-Jane: #cindygate, NOPE (a manifesto), #MoodExercises

We want to obsessively discuss the artists we love, support: who we think should fill up everything and everyone. E. Jane is one such artist for us. E. Jane is a multidisciplinary artist residing in Philadelphia. We first heard about their work because of  #cindygate–a badass, performative twitter teach-in that is now web archived. Did…

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What If We Got Free

What if we got free?   What if we could walk around, holding our heads high, unafraid? I’m sure many of us, trans women of color, do despite being the number one target of murder among LGBTQ people in the US. Despite the fact that many of our murders go unseen, with no investigation and no…