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If you’re looking to make an erotic overture to a special jigsaw hobbyist, we’ve got exciting news! Naked Bits is gearing up to debut a line of “adult puzzles” that celebrate a diverse range of body types, sexualities, and forms of nudity — while also offering a chance to explore notable photographers, publications, and moments in the history of nudity, sure to appeal to art history buffs.
The first two issues in the curated series, titled “Slave for a Queen” and “The Forest Swan” feature images by controversial photographer Bob Mizer. Issue 3 is “Tangled Bodies” by self-described “fat, queer, Floridian freak” Shoog McDaniel, and issue four, “Sisterhood Freedom” by Anne Barlinckhoff, offers a celebratory view for cheeky bum-lookers. In addition to providing hours of puzzling pleasure and sizzling visuals, this quartet of images touches on mature themes — from censored nudity in the 1940s, to capturing the sensuality between women and their bodies and celebrating different body types with fat, trans, and queer subjects in contemporary art. Co-founders Nicole Robinson and Delta Murphy call the project the product of friendship, curiosity, and passion for creativity and self-expression.
“What started out as a funny shower idea, quickly turned into a shared research project,” reads their shared statement on the Naked Bits website. “We loved the idea of creating something that could help liberate the taboo and encourage everyone to loosen up, laugh a little, and accept one another for who they are.”
This week, Naked Bits launched a Kickstarter campaign, hoping to raise $16,800 to cover the production of the first four puzzles, all of which are fully licensed, specced out, and ready to get under the jigsaw (I have no idea if jigsaws are still involved in the making of jigsaw puzzles).
As fans of fan-dancers know, there’s nothing so sexy as building anticipation, and nothing is a slower reveal than a jigsaw puzzle. So whether you’re into knob or holes, tabs or slots, keys or locks, or other terminology, this seems to be the perfect thing to get through what will hopefully be our final spring in lockdown.
“Black infants in America are now more than twice as likely to die as white infants—11.3 per 1,000 black babies, compared with 4.9 per 1,000 white babies, according to the most recent government data—a racial disparity that is actually wider than in 1850, 15 years before the end of slavery, when most black women were…
In 1850, when Dr. Robert W. Gibbes commissioned J. T. Zealy to make daguerreotypes of persons held in slavery in and around Columbia, South Carolina, for Harvard Professor Louis Agassiz to use in support of his theory that African people were a separate species, daguerreotypes were at the height of fashion.
Works by Rodolfo Abularach, Mario Bencomo, Denise Carvalho, Pérez Celis, Entes, and Agustín Fernandéz are on view at the NYC gallery through January 7, 2022.
he ownership of images has a long and nuanced legal history, which has evolved dramatically in recent years as cultural standards and photographic technologies have rapidly advanced
Renty and his daughter Delia. Renty was an enslaved African, kidnapped from the Congo, sold and forced into slave labor on the South Carolina plantation of B.F. Taylor
“Ecosystem X,” an art-based reimagining of life on planet Earth, is the theme of this open call. 10 artists will win $5,000 and one student will receive $5,000 as a scholarship/stipend.
The show, which honors the 50th anniversary of an exhibition history once ignored, continues a series of projects documenting Wilmington’s contemporary art scene.
As a scholar of African American history and photography whose work has focused on the status of violent images in museums and archives, I fully support the validity of Ms. Tamara Lanier’s claim and the amicus brief.
The daguerreotypes of Renty Taylor, Delia, Drana, Alfred, Jack, George Fassena, and Jem remained in an unused storage cabinet until 1975, when it was discovered by an employee of the Peabody Museum.
I am writing in support of the amicus curiae brief submitted by Professor Ariella Aïsha Azoulay of Brown University for the full restitution of the daguerreotypes of Renty Taylor and his daughter Delia, currently held by Harvard University, to their familial descendant, Tamara Lanier.