- Lennard Davis on the truth of photography and Dorothea Lange’s famous Migrant Mother image:
In a later interview with the Los Angeles Times (November 18, 1978), Thompson stated clearly, “I didn’t get anything out of it. I wished she hadn’t of taken my picture.” She added, “She didn’t ask my name. […] She said she wouldn’t sell the pictures. She said she’d send me a copy. She never did.” In another interview (cited in Marie-Monique Robin’s 1999 book The Photos of the Century), Thompson complained, “I’m tired of symbolizing human poverty when my living conditions have improved.”
Because the photographic object talked back, and because U.S. Camera magazine did forward Thompson’s letter to Lange, we have learned indirectly from an interview with another photographer (cited in Linda Gordon’s 2009 biography Dorothea Lange: A Life Beyond Limits) that Lange felt “shaken — frightened and miserable that her photograph had caused grief.”
- Jeremy Gerard thinks it’s time for critics to step in and help things along in the theater community:
Most of Boston’s major media showered the revival with enthusiastic features. But no one reviewed it. The critics and their editors were not invited to come until the second-to-last performance, I was told by one of the city’s most prominent critics. Apparently not wanting to appear impolite, they all agreed.
“No reviews” is a trend, spanning from Boston to a recent out-of-town tryout in Los Angeles and even to Broadway. I’m all for producers and the sometimes preposterous lengths they will go to in order to promote and protect their shows. That’s their job. But I’ve often wondered why we, the critics, so willingly go along with their manipulations. Especially when they interfere with the, well let’s call it the journalism part of our job — reporting to our readers and giving context to the cultural news of the day.
- Thirty Thousand Hertz does a solid episode about the evolution of sounds for children’s toys:
- Wonder why many diseases appear to originate in China? Vox attempts to explain and “wet markets” are a focus:
- A documentary about the looting of European fine art during the Nazi regime:
- The latest anti-China symbol is the ‘claw’ symbol based off the movie Red Dawn. It’s the new Yellow Peril dog whistle, and this report is from Australia:
A secret code has started appearing on office windows around Parliament House. It’s a small sticker — four wolf claw marks on a clear background.
Strewth has spied it stuck outside the suites of Liberal lower house members Andrew Hastie, Tim Wilson and Phillip Thompson, Liberal senator James Paterson and Labor senator Kimberley Kitching. The group jokingly calls itself “The Wolverines”, a reference to the 1984 flick Red Dawn where high school football stars Patrick Swayze and Charlie Sheen stop a Soviet invasion of the US. Formed last year, the bipartisan Canberra Wolverines communicate (with many a wolf emoji) via encrypted WhatsApp messages. Their aim? To speak out against China’s expanding power.
For a few hours Wednesday, residents of the northern Italian town of Castelvetro realized they could have their Lambrusco not just from bottles — but also from their faucets and shower heads.
- With these nine passports you can travel visa-free anywhere in the world:
- Uganda or Sudan or Ethiopia
- India or Bangladesh or the Maldives
- Road rage, LA style:
That LA road rage… nothing like it anywhere else ???? pic.twitter.com/rIhvAaD5I0
— BEN BALLER™ ? (@BENBALLER) March 4, 2020
For the love of god UNMUTE THIS pic.twitter.com/MA48mit8MX
— Nerd Girl Says (@Rachael_Conrad) February 23, 2020
Required Reading is published every Saturday, and it is comprised of a short list of art-related links to long-form articles, videos, blog posts, or photo essays worth a second look.
MTV’s The Exhibit Is Back With an Inflatable Dolphin
Episode four, in which artists tackled themes of justice and injustice, was the most lifeless of the reality TV show so far.
Florida Principal Ousted Over “Pornographic” Michelangelo Sculpture
Parents complained that the famous sculpture was shown to their sixth graders.
The Milton Resnick and Pat Passlof Foundation Presents The Feminine in Abstract Painting
Curated by Jennifer Samet and Andrea Belag, this group exhibition in NYC explores the feminine through aesthetics, as opposed to identity or gender.
Tickets to Sold-Out Vermeer Show Are Going for Hundreds
The online resale market for the Rijksmuseum’s smash exhibition is booming, with tickets selling on eBay for over $2K.
NYU Steinhardt Opens 2023 MFA Thesis Exhibitions
Taking place at 80WSE Gallery in New York’s Greenwich Village, Part I is on view from late March through April while Part II opens in May.
Miniature Worlds: Joseph Cornell, Ray Johnson, Yayoi Kusama
Through small-scale works, this exhibition at the Katonah Museum of Art in New York examines Cornell’s prominent role in the lives and careers of Johnson and Kusama.
Three Looted Antiquities at the Met Repatriated to Turkey
Nine other repatriated works were seized from Met Trustee Shelby White, whose collection was subject to a criminal investigation.
This week, the world’s lightest paint, Pakistan’s feminist movement, World Puppy Day, and were some of Vermeer’s paintings created by his daughter?
The Wider World and Scrimshaw
On March 28, join the New Bedford Whaling Museum online and in-person for a symposium on global carving traditions from across the Pacific Rim.
Who Will Decide on the Future of a Miami Native Burial Ground?
Native activists say sacred remains and objects dug up from a Brickell construction site should remain there, but mega-developer Jorge Pérez is pushing back.
How Can a Curator Approach South Asian Futurisms?
How do I acknowledge my shortcomings while reckoning with obscured histories and the exclusion of subaltern narratives in the fine art landscape? A working checklist for curators.
MCA Chicago Presents On Stage: Frictions
Will Rawls, Shamel Pitts | TRIBE, and Barak adé Soleil explore Blackness, queerness, movement, and dance in performances at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.
The Complicated Legacy of Camilo Egas
The Ecuadorian painter, a leading figure of Latin America’s Indigenismo art movement, has been both praised and scorned for his representation of Indigenous peoples.
Tom Jones Zeroes in on Ho-Chunk Visibility
“I think about the young kids, the teenagers, and I think being able to see yourself represented in art is so powerful,” says the artist.
Why say “nine passports you can travel visa-free anywhere in the world” when it’s really passports from 13 sovereign countries?
Japan, UAE, Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia, Turkey, Mali, India, Bangladesh, the Maldives, China, Georgia, and Afghanistan.
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