Posts Tagged ‘political art’

Art for Orlando exhibition, First Covenant Church, Seattle

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October 2, 2016

On Capitol Hill, the acknowledged center of queer culture in Seattle, the Pulse Nightclub murders in Orlando on June 12 exacted a special toll. Most of Seattle’s gay clubs are located here, and rainbow flags and crosswalks dot the landscape, visually knitting together disparate businesses and corners of the neighborhood. Seattle’s generally liberal vibe may […]

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“Deeds Not Words”

January 11, 2016

I love this Google Doodle today, which celebrates the 131st birthday of Alice Paul, feminist and suffragette. Great activist, great graphic design, and all-around words to live by!

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365 Days of Art: December 18 – Leonardo Draws Fire Set by Swiss

December 19, 2014

December 18, 1511 Leonardo draws a fire set by Swiss invaders within a landscape drawing of Milan.

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Artists Ann Arien and Lucy Lippard protest outside the Whitney Museum, 1970

365 Days of Art: December 12 – Artists Protest Whitney to Demand More Female Inclusion, Cornell Hosts a Party

December 12, 2014

December 12, 1970 Artists with police whistles protest at the opening of the Whitney Annual because of the few women the Whitney historically exhibits. Faith Ringgold recalls: In the fall of 1970 Poppy Johnson, Lucy Lippard and I, formed an ad hock [sic] women’s group to protest the small percentage of women in all past […]

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December 1 - AIDS ribbon-Day Without Art

365 Days of Art: December 1 – Day Without Art

December 1, 2014

December 1 has been acknowledged since 1989 as a Day Without Art, in order to remember artists who have died from AIDS. Many museums and galleries have closed, held vigils, hung walls with black, sent staff to volunteer at AIDS organizations, held special AIDS-related exhibitions, or otherwise used this as a day for mourning and […]

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365 Days of Art: November 30 – National Portrait Gallery Censors AIDS Film

November 30, 2014

November 30, 2010 The National Portrait Gallery removes a film from the first-ever gay portraiture exhibition, Hide/Seek, after receiving complaints from a Catholic organization and members of Congress. The video, created by David Wojnarowicz, features footage of ants crawling on a crucifix, and is made in the heyday of the AIDS epidemic. It is a […]

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365 Days of Art: November 22 – Benton Writes About His Work; Bernstein Continues to Protest NEA

November 22, 2014

November 22, 1967 Thomas Hart Benton writes a letter to Matthew Baigell: …The better part of our history, cultural history, certainly was the outcome of rural pressures on the centers of cultivation and policy-making. This lasted until the turn of the century and beyond (note effects of rural members in state legislatures). Of course this […]

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The scene outside Artists Space gallery, including protesters, at the opening of Witnesses: Against Our Vanishing, November 16, 1989.

365 Days of Art: November 16 – Frida Writes a Letter from US, AIDS Exhibition Opens (Under Duress) After Grant Partially Restored

November 16, 2014

November 16, 1933 Frida writes a letter to her friend Isabel Campos that she is “dreaming about my return to Mexico”: New York is very pretty and I feel better here than in Detroit, but in spite of this I am longing for Mexico…Yesterday we had snow for the first time…there will be nothing to […]

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Cy Twombly, Three Dialogues (Phaedrus), 1977. The vandalized panel was the white one.

365 Days of Art: November 15 – Homer is Published, O’Keeffe is Born, Bernstein Protests NEA, Vandal is Sentenced

November 15, 2014

November 15, 1862 Winslow Homer’s The Army of the Potomac-A Sharp-Shooter on Picket Duty a wood engraving based on a painting, is published in Harper’s Weekly. November 15, 1887 Georgia O’Keeffe is born. November 15, 1989 The composer Leonard Bernstein declines a National Medal of Arts, awarded to him by the White House, in protest […]

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Protest on June 30, 1989 in DC, against the NEA's cancellation of the grant for Mapplethorpe's exhibition.

365 Days of Art: November 6 – NEA Withdraws Grant for AIDS Exhibition

November 13, 2014

November 6, 1989 The New York Times reports that the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) has cancelled a grant for a show about AIDS, called Witnesses: Against Our Vanishing. The withdrawal of funds reportedly stems from an essay in the catalogue that criticizes two members of Congress and a cardinal of the Catholic church, […]

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Elizabeth Peyton, Michelle and Sasha Obama Listening to Barack Obama at the Democaratic National Convention August 2008, 2008

365 Days of Art: November 5 – Pollock Moves to Long Island, Obama Portrait Joins NYC Exhibition After Presidential Election

November 13, 2014

November 5, 1945 Jackson Pollock moves from New York City to Long Island, to a farmhouse in Springs. This is a shocking move at the time, since NYC is the center of the art world. The yard and barn where he keeps his studio become the backdrops for some of the most iconic Pollock moments: […]

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Barnett Newman, Lace Curtain for Mayor Daley, mixed media sculpture with barbed wire, 1968

365 Days of Art: October 23 – Gauguin Moves in with Vincent; Art Exhibition Takes on Chicago Mayor’s Brutality

October 23, 2014

October 23, 1888 Paul Gauguin arrives in Arles to live with Vincent van Gogh in the Yellow House. This is something Vincent has wanted for some time, but his dreams of an art community dissipate as he and Gauguin repeatedly clash. By the end of the fall, Gauguin moves out and Vincent infamously cuts off […]

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The NAMES Project AIDS Memorial Quilt, 1987-present

365 Days of Art: October 11 – AIDS Quilt is Displayed for First Time

October 11, 2014

October 11, 1987 The AIDS Quilt is displayed for the first time on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. I saw a piece of it for the first time on the UC Berkeley campus in the late 80s or early 90s, and it remains one of the most moving sights I’ve ever seen.

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Lascaux cave painting, circa 15,000 BC

365 Days of Art: September 12 – Dog and Teens Discover Lascaux Cave Paintings; Nan Goldin is Born

October 6, 2014

September 12, 1940 A group of French teenagers chase their dog down a hole and accidentally discover the most awesome cave paintings of all time at Lascaux. The prehistoric paintings are at least 15,000 years old, cover the walls and ceiling, and mainly depict animals. The degree of delicacy in these 600+ paintings is stunning. […]

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365 Days of Art: September 10 – Picasso’s Guernica Returns to Spain After 42-year Exile

October 6, 2014

September 10, 1981 Picasso’s anti-war mural, which he insists must never rest on Spanish soil until democracy is restored there, returns to Spain after 42 years. Although Picasso doesn’t live to see this happen (he dies in 1973), it seems like his posthumous salute to Spain’s democracy after decades of dictatorship. The painting is inspired […]

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