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The artist known as Sun Ra would have turned 100 years old today. In death, as in life, the man born Herman Poole Blount on May 22, 1914 is a forceful enigma, an influence on more than a generation of musicians, thinkers, and artists. Just this year in New York, two museum exhibitions have made reference to his work and legacy: The Shadows Took Shape, at the Studio Museum in Harlem, and Report on the Construction of a Spaceship Module, at the New Museum. But Le Sony’r Ra, as he was legally named, was also a major influence on music, with his contributions to the field of experimental jazz recently surveyed by National Public Radio, which also aired an hour-long show devoted to his music last Sunday.
Much of Sun Ra’s output is now easily accessible, with his best-known film, Space is the Place (1974), available in full on YouTube (embedded below), and large portions of his extensive discography have been digitized: earlier this week, the Sun Ra Music Archive announced the release of 21 remastered albums on iTunes. Recordings of some of his lectures and recitations related to his writings are included in the 700-tape Sun Ra/El Saturn Collection at the Experimental Sound Studio in Chicago.
To showcase this work exactly 500 years after Magellan’s conquest of the Philippines in a space that, 134 years ago, was a “human zoo” of Indigenous people from the Philippines, is certainly poignant.
Since 2014, Alison has been visually dissecting Monique Wittig’s novel The Lesbian Body, which theorizes the split subjectivity women experience in language, an inherently patriarchal structure.
This exhibition in Great Falls, Montana addresses the concept of intention in contemporary fiber art and its complex relationship with the history of women’s art as craft.
N.I.H., short for No Humans Involved, was an acronym used by the LAPD to refer to “young Black males who belong to the jobless category of the inner-city ghettos.”
Cha, who was murdered at 31 years old, explored the nuances of forced migration and language.
Explore new avenues in artistic practice and scholarship amongst a diverse cohort of peers while gaining leadership skills both academically and professionally.
Taping a banana wasn’t enough, so the art world had to do something even more stupid with food.
Stoner jokes, unexpected pop culture references, and an unlikely love story jangle against each other like charms on a bracelet.
In this exhibition, curated by Patrick Flores and presented by Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Paiwan artist Sakuliu reflects on interspecies co-sharing and coexistence.
The plans for Munger Hall may just be the most ruthlessly efficient way to house 4500 students.
The Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara (MHA) Nation says tribal leaders were not consulted regarding the relocation of the statue.
The autumn holiday of Sukkot continues to offer solace and community for new generations.