the power of threads
Julia Bryan-Wilson’s Fray: Art and Textile Politics (University of Chicago Press, 2017) is a series of highly selective essays focused on what the author regards as personally and politically significant in the world of textiles. From the Cockettes to the Arpilleras, Bryan-Wilson unpicks the curious aspects of what makes us so enamored and personally connected to textiles.
united by a thread
The examination of the body and the body politic, resistance, repression, the maternal, the erotic… There are many corridors one could stroll along to think about two major exhibitions that took place in Los Angeles in 2017 – Anna Maria Maiolino, Museum of Contemporary Art, and Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985, Hammer Museum – whose themes, without doubt, go beyond the frame of the exhibitions themselves.
arthur jafa's love is the message
In his new single-channel video installation Love is the Message, the Message is Death at MoCA Geffen in LA, Arthur Jafa uses the Black gestural sign as a way to demonstrate his project of “black visual intonation.” Within the layered narrative of the piece, he juxtaposes older visuals with the new.