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Eating Together: Judy Chicago’s ‘Herstory’ at New Museum in NYC

Art heals. I spend a great deal of time reading and writing about that healing as critically as possible: How well and how much does art heal? When is it too late, when is it insufficient and when has it left out those who need it most? 

But in this immediate cultural moment, after news of an ongoing humanitarian crisis remains on our feeds, and New York City continues its own social struggles, I approached the New Museum’s Herstory, a first retrospective of American artist Judy Chicago, with nothing but the urgency to seek out art as a salve for this aching feeling.read more.

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Opening Night of Chicago’s 29th Black Harvest Film Festival

Friday, November 3rd, kicked off Gene Siskel Film Center’s 29th Annual Black Harvest Film Festival. The host for opening night was LeeAnn Trotter from NBC 5. Black Harvest will run through November 16th. The festival includes 10 short film programs and 20 feature-length films. This year’s theme is “Revolutionary Visions.”read more.

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Spandita Malik: Meshes of Resistance, Threads of Hope

Photographer Spandita Malik has produced at least three portraits of Parween Devi. In each instance, the latter has been a partner in the creative process, contributing her expert needlework. In a portrait in Spandita’s Vadhu: The Embroidered Bride series, Parween sits for her bridal portrait in a plastic chair in front of a cabinet which holds an older-model television.read more.

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Spanish-Born Artist Remedios Varo Creates New Worlds

Spanish-born painter Remedios Varo would have appreciated the synchronicity of it all.

Earlier this year, I read Claire McMillan’s wonderful new novel Alchemy of a Blackbird (about Remedios Varo’s relationship with her fellow artist Leonora Carrington). Tarot cards feature strongly in Claire’s text as Remedios learns how to read them, so it had to be the perfect alignment of stars and planets when, during my subsequent interview with Claire for FF2 Media, she told me that the Art Institute of Chicago – my hometown art museum – would be opening an exhibition on Remedios Varo the very next month.… read more.

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Kenzie Sitterud: How the West was Anything but One

What better place to challenge doggedly heteronormative and white narratives of the American West than in Denver (CO), a city that instantaneously conjures romantic images of the free-wheeling, lawless, and emphatically heroic, white, and male Wild West?  

Denver-based, queer artist Kenzie Sitterud’s exhibition From, Dawn at Denver’s Leon Art Gallery was that proverbial burr under the saddle of conventional Wild West mythology.read more.

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Lesley Dill on the Wilderness of the American Soul

Brooklyn artist Lesley Dill was intrigued by the experiences of early settlers who attempted to traverse and put down roots in the American wilderness. As she began researching, she uncovered dramatic stories of European immigrants who, she explains, “were afraid of the wilderness out there surrounding them and the wilderness inside them.” read more.

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