Estamos contra el muro- A project by Sita Kuratomi Bhaumik opening 9.9.2016

A border is, at its core, a mechanism to produce and enforce difference–national, ethnic, racial, and social:

We Against the Wall — exhibition Southern Exposure gallery (San Francisco)

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Bhaumik’s work is social practice that embraces the political. Its institutional critique intersects with critical race art history’s concerns.

All Power to the People: Black Panthers @50: Exhibition, Anniversary Commemoration, and Symposium (Fall 2016) at the Oakland Museum of California

The Panthers, in more ways than one, sought to visualize racial identity. Their model continues to inform new movements across the globe.

Revolutionary Art (circa 1969) by Emory Douglas, Black Panther Minister of Culture, Oakland, CA.

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See: Black Panther exhibition and programs at OMCA

CFP: Smack Mellon Call for emerging curators. Deadline: Sept. 1, 2016 — The Curator Ship

Proposals are accepted annually from Emerging Curators for the Emerging Artists Summer Exhibition. The Emerging Artists Summer Exhibition will be curated by a selected Emerging Curator and will be made up of Emerging Artists. An Emerging Curator is defined as an independent curator who is beginning their career as a curator. Proposal must show history […]

via Smack Mellon Call for emerging curators. Deadline: Sept. 1, 2016 — The Curator Ship

Call for Emerging Artists–Deadline Aug. 1, 2016

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Tim Roseborough (and Cheryl Patrice Derricotte)  were the 2015 Emerging Artists at the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD), San Francisco.

 

For more information on the 2016 Emerging Artist Program at MoAD, click below:

The Emerging Artists program at the Museum of the African Diaspora, San Francisco

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Cheryl Patrice Derricotte (and Tim Roseborough)  were the 2015 Emerging Artists at the Museum of the African Diaspora (MoAD), San Francisco.

 

Click here to apply to the 2016 Museum of the African Diaspora Emerging Artist Program.

Summertime — Genealogy Time

Art historian and visual cultural studies scholar Judith Wilson has brought our attention to the exhibition of a black woman’s portrait at the Middlesex County Historical Society in Connecticut.

This unattributed pastel on paper image (circa 1904) depicts Anna M. Warmsley (circa 1870s/1880s-1944). Warmsley (née Steadman [sp?]) lived in Middletown, Conn.

Judith saw Carla Halloway’s Facebook posting about this portrait last week. Ms. Halloway of East Hartford, Connecticut wrote that the portrait had been “rescued from the trash” and given to the historical society.

Ms. Halloway’s post generated a lively FB discussion, including comments from a descendant of Anna Warmsley and her husband Herbert Elmer Warmsley (1878/1881-1954). The historical society also has a portrait of Herbert Warmsley.

In  online public records (US Federal Census, etc.) and others on ancestry.com, the Warmsley’s family name sometimes appears as “Warmesley.” In early records, Anna is termed a “Negro” and Herbert, whose listed profession was a “galvanizer” in a foundry, a “mulatto.” Anna was a housekeeper for “a private family. She married Herbert when she was about 21. (No marriage certificate appears online. But the US Federal Census of 1910 states that they had been married for five years.)

Who might have painted the Warmsley couple around 1904? They were people of some means and were respected in their community. Did they commission their portraits? White or other non-black artists may have taken up this job. And what about the possibility that the portraits were done by one of the several East Coast artists of color whose names and works we know today?

John G. (Gwynne) Chaplin (1828-1907) worked in Pennsylvania and Ohio, and painted representational mythological and Biblical themes, and portraits. A man of mixed ethnicity–European-American and African-American–Chaplin traveled to Germany and had a studio in Dusseldorf before returning to the US to settle in Youngstown, Pennsylvania. (The actor Charlie Chaplin [1889-1977] was once told that he was related to the artist Chaplin.)

Black Hartford native Nelson E. Primus (1842-1916) made his reputation as a portraitist. But he moved to San Francisco in 1895, so it seems unlikely that he painted the Warmsleys.

Charles Ethan Porter (1847-1923) was a black artist from Hartford. Porter’s still lifes and realist landscapes were admired in the late 19th and early 20th century, and they’re sought after now by collectors of African-American artists’ production. His brushy style seems quite different from the linear approach of the Warmsley portrait. Sounds like a good time to return to the monograph exhibition catalogues on Porter by Helen Krieble et al. (1987) and the New Britain Museum of American Art (2008).

Annie E.A. Walker (1855-1929) was born in Brooklyn, and appears to have spent her younger years in Alabama and in Dallas, Texas. She studied at the Corcoran School of Art in Washington, DC, and graduated from the Cooper Union School for the Advancement of Science and Art in 1895. (See this account of her Cooper Union years.) Afterward, she traveled to France and studied at the Academie Julian in Paris for several years. Her best known work is the Salon-exhibited pastel on paper called  La Parisienne (Howard University Art Gallery). She returned the US in the first decade of the 20th century and worked in Washington, DC. Her career and activities were researched by James V. Herring (1942), James A. Porter (1967), Lowery Sims (1978), Andrew Cosentino and Henry H. Glassie (1983), Tritobia Hayes Benjamin (1993), and others. Yet Walker is an artist about whom we don’t know enough. Works are attributed to her here and there, including in some files I haven’t looked at in years. Time to blow the dust off those. More to come…

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What does diversity look like?

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Photo of Mary Seacole by Maull & Company (c. 1873). Photographer’s name not known. Source: Wikimedia Commons

On top of the Brexit vote, there’s another pitched battle being waged in the UK right now—it’s over a commissioned statue of Mary Seacole (1805-1881), a recognition for her aid and service to the wounded during the Crimean War (1853-1856).

Martin Jennings’s Seacole sculpture is scheduled to be installed at St. Thomas Hospital in London later this month. Opponents say it doesn’t belong at that hallowed site where Florence Nightingale established a nursing school. The opponents double-down when accused of racism by the artist Jennings and other supporters of the monument: Seacole, they claim, wasn’t a nurse nor did she–the child of a free, black Jamaican woman and a white Scottish solider–identify as “black.”

This is a row of great proportions. In the interest of Critical Race Art History, my raised question is “What does diversity look like?”

Amy Fleming, “Sculptor Defends His Mary Seacole Statue–‘If She Was White, Would There Be This Resistance,'” THE GUARDIAN, Jun. 21, 2016

Patrick Vernon, “Rubbishing Mary Seacole Is Another Move to Hide the Contributions of Black People,” THE GUARDIAN, Jun. 21, 2016

Patrick Usborne, “Mary Seacole v. Florence Nightingale: Who Should Have the Taller Statue?” THE GUARDIAN, Jun. 20, 2016

Jonathan Jones, “So Many Causes, So Many Heroes: Why Defame Them with a Statue?” THE GUARDIAN, May 11, 2016

Sandra Gunning’s essay of 2001, “Traveling with Her Mother’s Tastes: The Negotiations of Gender, Race, and Location in WONDERFUL ADVENTURES OF MRS. SEACOLE IN MANY LANDS,” is a serious consideration of Seacole’s life and times.

Disabled artists use their skills to highlight ‘shoddy and cruel’ treatment over benefits | Society | The Guardian

http://www.theguardian.com/society/2016/apr/03/disabled-artists-use-skills-to-highlight-shoddy-treatment-over-benefits

The Met’s New Outpost & What All Artists Want. . .

…pace Kerry James Marshall

 

Randy Kennedy, “Introducing Art’s Past to Its Future”

EXH: Feminist & Feminista Print Exhibition in San Francisco (opening Fri., Mar. 4, 2016)

This is how they rolled. . .

 

FEL: Curatorial Fellowship–Postcolonial, sexuality & race studies

Fellowship Deadline Today (Feb. 15, 2016) for Applications for a Curatorial Fellowship for Postcolonial Perspectives on LBTIQ-Heritages

Within the framework of the ‚International Museum Fellowship’ program run by the German Federal Culture Foundation, the Gay Museum will announce a fellowship on April 1st, 2016.
With its highly regarded exhibitions, archival holdings, numerous contributions to research and more than thirty-five (mostly volunteer) staff, the Schwules Museum* has, since its founding in 1985, grown into one of the world’s largest and most significant institutions for archiving, researching and communicating the history and culture of LGBTIQ communities. Different exhibitions and events have taken diverse approaches to lesbian, gay, trans*, bi- and intersexual and queer biographies, themes and concepts in history, art and culture.
In over 150 special exhibitions shown over the past 30 years, the museum has presented a broad spectrum of perspectives on the history of homosexual cultures. Being over 500m2, the museum has at its disposal one of the largest archives in the world, which includes more than 1000 metres of archive material (files, newspaper cut outs, videos, posters, photographs, paintings, sculptures and so on). Within the framework of the project, specially chosen items from the archives and selected exhibition projects should undergo a critical examination. Using an intersectional perspective, the ways in which European colonialism was interwoven with cultural discourses of homosexual emancipation should be examined. Questions should be posed regarding the ways in which exhibition practices and collection strategies engage in critical self-reflection.
The results will be presented in an exhibition or as an intervention in the new permanent exhibition which is currently being planned. This presentation will be part of a program which places particular value on participative practices. The proposal is directed at academics and curators from outside of Germany with the following profile:
– A completed degree in cultural studies or a related field.
– In-depth knowledge of Gender Studies/ Queer Theory/ Postcolonial Studies/ Critical Whiteness Studies.
– Experience in archive-based research.
– Curatorial experience, particularly in the area of cultural history.
– Knowledge of Microsoft Office, including (archival) data base programs.
– Languages: Written and spoken English, German to C1 level.
The Fellowship involves full-time work (100%) for a duration of 18 months, remuneration is based on TV-L 13/1, and work will be based in Berlin.

Please send your application including all your details as a single document, maximum 5 MB with your name included in the heading (your name.pdf) before February, 15th, 2016 to: jobs@schwulesmuseum.de.Schwules Museum website