Over the course of nearly 20 centuries, millions of East Africans crossed the Indian Ocean and its several seas and adjoining bodies of water in their journey to distant lands, from Arabia and Iraq to India and Sri Lanka.
Called Kaffir, Siddi, Habshi, or Zanji, these men, women and children from Sudan in the north to Mozambique in the south Africanized the Indian Ocean world and helped shape the societies they entered and made their own.
Free or enslaved, soldiers, servants, sailors, merchants, mystics, musicians, commanders, nurses, or founders of dynasties, they contributed their cultures, talents, skills and labor to their new world, as millions of their descendants continue to do. Yet, their heroic odyssey remains little known.
The African Diaspora in the Indian Ocean World traces a truly unique and fascinating story of struggles and achievements across a variety of societies, cultures, religions, languages and times.
posted by infini
on Feb 6, 2014 -
So you’re at a gallery—now what?
The fact is, nobody knows what art is or why people make it. This is blatantly disturbing. Some say the function of art is to generate conversation—an unpleasant thought. I’m not sure we want to put art in the same category as skin disease and Carl Winslow: things to talk about on the internet.
posted by the man of twists and turns
on May 22, 2013 -
This is why so many of us have a bad time at galleries: we try to make art Interesting when we should just let it be weird. Art should never be Interesting.
One hundred years ago today in 1913, an art exhibition opened in New York City that shocked the country, changed our perception of beauty and had a profound effect on artists and collectors.
The International Exhibition of Modern Art — which came to be known, simply, as the Armory Show
— marked the dawn of Modernism in America.
posted by flapjax at midnite
on Feb 19, 2013 -
The Royal Air Force Museum London
will be launching in Summer 2013 a signature exhibition commemorating and celebrating
the national institution
that is Airfix
. This will chart the history
of this Great British Institution
by displaying original Box Art
as well as
Airfix’s most popular models
from the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s in the Museum’s Art Gallery
, this post will
focus upon the history
* of the company
, its founding in the late 1940s by a Hungarian immigrant
, through its boom years in the 1960s, the later years of decline
and under investment, and finally its current resurgence
in the market place. Look at the ways
in which Airfix products are developed, including
research and the cutting edge
technology used to design and manufacture modern kits
. (text inspired by numerous sources
) [more inside]
posted by infini
on Dec 26, 2012 -
is an exhibition at New Haven (Connecticut) libraries that contemplates our personal, intellectual and physical relationship to the library as this venerable institution—and the information it contains—is being radically transformed by the digital era. Some examples: Untitled (Suburban Homes)
by Erica Baum, Hurricanes
by Chris Coffin, and Chinese Library No. 46
by Xiaoze Xie.
posted by carter
on Nov 15, 2011 -
The Burns Archive
is a collection of over 700,000 historical photographs that document disturbing
subject matter: obsolete medical practices and experiments, death, disease, disasters, crime, revolutions, riots and war. Newsweek posted a select gallery
this past October, as well as a video interview and walk-through
with curator and collector Dr. Stanley B. Burns, a New York opthalmologist. (Via) (Content at links may be disturbing to some.) [more inside]
posted by zarq
on Apr 26, 2011 -
Cut & Paste
- International exhibition of contemporary collage and assemblage is showing in Stockholm, Sweden (and also, on the interwebs). See it in person now through October 10.
posted by grapefruitmoon
on Sep 29, 2009 -
Explore painter Vincent Van Gogh
's "nocturnal interiors and landscapes, which often combine with other longstanding themes of his art -- peasant life, sowers, wheatfields, and the encroachment of modernity on the rural scene." View "paintings, drawings, and letters from all periods of his career, as well as examples of the rich literary sources that influenced his work." Also includes audio commentary.flash. via [more inside]
posted by hortense
on Nov 13, 2008 -
Do Your Strip:
A hopeful book and exhibition where 70 artists and illustrators invent a character, provide instructions on how to draw it, then create the first comic adventure. Exhibit-goers would then create additional stories with their favorite characters. All the characters, instructions, and first strips can be seen here
[pdf]. [more inside]
posted by artifarce
on Jun 4, 2008 -
A Virtual Cartography of European Migration Policies
MigMap conveys a picture of how and where the production of knowledge is currently taking place in the field of migration – and of who is participating in and has access to it. It investigates precisely how the new forms of supranational governance that can be observed in the European migration regime function. It looks, for example, at how European standards in politics and civil society are implemented, and at the authorities, persons and institutions taking part in this process. It examines how the various key players in the public and private spheres are interrelated and funded, as well as at the ways in which these spheres overlap or differ in terms of focus, location or personnel. Finally, it analyzes how responsibilities are allocated and legitimized – and explores the theories, data and discourses upon which current paradigms in migration are based. [more inside]
posted by psmealey
on Oct 9, 2007 -
The Aphrodite Project
: both an homage to Aphrodite and her prostitute-priestesses as well as a practical tool for the contemporary sex worker. Or, GPS platform shoes for street hos. Check the demo.
posted by Burhanistan
on Aug 18, 2007 -
The sketchbooks of Edward Burne-Jones
, Benjamin Champney
, Henri-Edmond Cross
, Jacques-Louis David
, Paul Feeley
, Jean-Honoré Fragonard
, Sanford Gifford
, George Grosz
, Frederic Leighton
, and John Singer Sargent
. UnderCover, Artists' Sketchbooks
exhibition by the Harvard Art museums [via woolgathering]
posted by bigmusic
on Aug 14, 2006 -
The next Turner Prize winners? Art Craziest Nation
is a mini-gallery of (in)famous pieces by modern artists, accurately reproduced with Lego by a duo called The Little Artists (John Cake and Darren Neave). The exhibition is at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool
until next January. See the Lego version of Damien Hirst's Shark Tank
, Tracey Emin's Bed
, Jeff Koons' Balls
, Andy Warhol's Money
, Salvador Dali's Lobster Telephone
, and many others
. It's all in one single piece, with some of the artists themselves in Lego version - and others whose work is not exhibited, like Matthew Barney
and Gilbert & George
- hanging around sipping their Lego wine (ok, air) from Lego cups (or even throwing it
at the Lego person standing next to them). Liverpool Football Club star Gerrard
also featured in a tribute to the team's victory of this year's European Cup.
posted by funambulist
on Sep 13, 2005 -
Black ships and samurai
In 1853 four ships under Commodore Perry anchored off the coast of Japan against the wishes of the Japanese. According to historian John Dower, "This initial encounter between the United States and Japan was eye-opening for all concerned, involving a dramatic confrontation between peoples of different racial, cultural, and historical backgrounds. We can literally see this encounter of "East" and "West" unfold through the splendid, yet little known, artwork produced by each side at the time." This beautiful exhibition includes many examples of this artwork, juxtaposing scenes of the encounter from Japanese and American artists' points of view. (Part of MIT's open courseware initiative.)
posted by carter
on Mar 14, 2004 -