An Xiao

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Using New Media to Shed Light on Old Art Narratives

by An Xiao on January 27, 2014

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The internet is a visual space, where virality comes most frequently to media rich in images, whether videos, animated GIFs or simple memes. Connecting these new forms of media with all the classic ways that human beings have told visual stories is a powerful way to reanimate them, sometimes literally, for the digital age.

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Flutter, Massachusetts-based writer Jennie Wood’s latest comic series, explores themes of gender and sexuality through science fiction.

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Seeing the Elderly Through Children’s Eyes

by An Xiao on January 24, 2014

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What might children’s drawings look like in an internet age? Photographer Yoni Lefévre’s Grey Power series reimagines children’s drawings as photos.

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Articles

A Community Considers Systemic Support of the Arts

by An Xiao on January 23, 2014

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ALBUQUERQUE — As arts communities across the nation work to develop long-term sustainability in the face of the shifting economy, getting people talking together seems like a good first step.

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Galleries

Sculptures of Light and Illusion

by An Xiao on January 22, 2014

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SAN FRANCISCO — In Stereo, an exhibition of new works by Bay Area-artist Chris Fraser at Highlight Gallery, plays with the ways our eyes perceive space.

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Museums

Import, Export, Art, and Asia

by An Xiao on January 21, 2014

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SAN FRANCISCO — Import/Export, currently on show at the Asia Art Museum, looks at Asia’s impact on our everyday lives.

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Kung Fu Grandmas in Kenya

by An Xiao on January 15, 2014

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Kung Fu Grandma, a new short documentary by London-based director Jeong-One Park, explores a group of elderly Kenyan women who have studied kung fu to protect themselves from rapists.

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Instagram, Art, and Native American Narratives

by An Xiao on January 13, 2014

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On Twitter recently, #NotYourNarrative popped up, a series of hashtag statements largely from persons of color in the United States who wanted to challenge dominant media narratives.

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Walk Like an Octopus

by An Xiao on January 9, 2014

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“Octodad: Dadliest Catch” is a new video game coming out early this year that puts the player in the perspective of an octopus masquerading as a human.

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Earlier this month, Open Culture pointed to a big move from the British Library: the library is putting a million images into the public domain.

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