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Diné Artist Melanie Yazzie’s Fruitful Artist-Farmer Collaboration

Diné (Navajo) artist Melanie Yazzie’s multimedia collages in the group exhibition, agriCULTURE: Art Inspired by the Land, at the Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art (BMoCA), evoke an imaginary world whose story has been told via an ancient-seeming pictographic language.

The backgrounds of Yazzie’s panels are mostly dark and gestural, providing a dynamic setting for the combined objects, textures, and materials.read more.

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Janelle Monáe Shares Liberation in ‘The Age of Pleasure’

Janelle Monáe released their fourth studio album entitled The Age of Pleasure this year at the beginning of June. Just in time for summer, the 14-track album embodies what it means to enjoy the fullness of life. The Age of Pleasure seems to mark a new era for Janelle as they embrace what it means to be a self-titled “free-ass motherfucker.”… read more.

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Ann Veronica Janssens’ Emulation of Biological Structural Color

Ann Veronica Janssens, a Belgian artist born in the UK, has been experimenting with installations of light and sound since the 1970s. Science and minimalism collide in immersive installations influenced by her early exposure to architecture. Using materials both tangible and intangible, Ann Veronica composes with light, transparency, and refraction.read more.

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Nan Goldin Demands Accountability from World’s Top Museums

All the Beauty and the Bloodshed (2022) is a powerful look at the life and work of activist Nan Goldin and her fights for personal and collective justice. Director Laura Poitras crafts an inspiring documentary that uses the past to trace lines through loss, grief, companionship, and the hope of redemption.

Nan Goldin was the first artist I fell in love with when I began studying photography.… read more.

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Celine Song’s Quietly Profound Debut in ‘Past Lives’

A nondescript white man lies in a bed in New York City with his Korean-American wife. “Childhood sweethearts reconnect twenty years later and realize they were meant for each other,” he murmurs, mulling over archetypes in his mind. A pause. “In the story, I would be the evil white American husband standing in the way of destiny.”read more.

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Doom and Hope Coexist in Sam Cohen’s ‘Sarahland’

If you’ve been feeling as hopeless as I have lately, you need to read Sarahland, Sam Cohen’s super queer, super sparkly debut collection of short stories. I borrowed it on audiobook from Libby because the algorithms put it in a list of similar titles to Violent Bent Backwards Over the Grass (previously my favorite audiobook, readers may recall).… read more.

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