Brooklyn museum

FAILE: wishing on you

Wishing On You leans on craft yet stands as art.  An immediate dialogue begins as if framed with gilding, fine art on a fine wall.

Artistic collaboration FAILE is duly represented in NYC this Summer and early Fall with a large scale interactive piece in Times Square and exhibit Savage/Sacred Young Minds at The Brooklyn Museum.

Spinning a deeply carved wooden totem in the center of the piece, I couldn't help but send a prayer to those on my mind.  Love and Healing to my Color Guru and her recent heartbreak.  Peaceful journey to grandfather uncles in Malaysia.  Hot Sex to wound-up, angry, frustrated people that carry negative force fields and win trophies for harshing mellows.

Ai Wei Wei at Brooklyn Museum

Large iron boxes line the foyer of the museum, just beyond the Rodin sculptures beneath the glass ceiling.  Inside them, meticulous dioramas portray Wei's life while under 24hr surveillance in prison. 

Look up to see a giant snake made of children's backpacks. A reminder of shoddy school architecture that collapsed in the Chinese earthquake of 2008. More than 5000 students died.

Another room holds the contents of a real Chinese family, forced off their land by the government to make way for fast- growing infrastructure.  Items pinned to the walls convey a displaced shame.

A Bowl of Pearls.

Witness: Art and Civil Rights in the Sixties at The Brooklyn Museum

In order of slide show appearance:

close up of Urban Wall Suit by Jae Jarrell, 1969; Negro es Bello II by Elizabeth Catlett, 1969; Big Daddy Paper Doll by May Stevens, 1970; Black Man and Flag by Rupert Garcia, 1967; Watching the Good Trains Go By by Romare Bearden, 1964

Russell Frederick

Russell Frederick shoots in black & white and rarely going digital.

I recently attended a fashion conversation hosted by the Brooklyn Museum where Frederick was on the panel discussing current Brooklyn style. His dynamic point of view draws you into an emotion, creating instant empathy with the subjects.


El Anatsui at Brooklyn Museum

Tim and I walked to the Brooklyn Museum for the El Anatsui exhibit currently showing until August 4th. Anatsui has long been a favorite artist of mine but until now I have not seen his work up close. Nothing prepared me for the colour and emotion the pieces conjured. The bulk of the show consists of his metal "chain mail" sculptures: metal bottle tops and caps hammered or bent then attached together by hand using metal rings. With a team of 30 each piece takes about 3 months to complete. 

Silence=Death at New Museum & Brooklyn Museum First Saturdays

What with the super moon and winning those Pick 5 scratch off tickets my excitement could hardly be contained. Add to the noise a boombastic Brooklyn Museum first Saturdays party with DJ Spooky on the decks and Keith Haring on the walls! A girl could hardly make it into Manhattan for the opening reception of Phyllida Barlow, Tacita Dean, Klara Liden, Nathalie Djurberg, Hans Berg and Ellen Altfest at the New Museum on Bowery.