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Nina Chanel Abney

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A recent article in the Huffington Post asks 21 contemporary artists what it will be like to be practicing during the Trump presidency. Nina Chanel Abney, whose work already boldly addresses issues concerning human rights, police brutality, and Black Lives Matter, sees the upcoming era as demanding more. Much more. In the interview, Abney asserts:

“Artists should not be safe. We are in the unique positions, through our respective mediums, to elicit a response without using violence or direct action. Why not push the boundaries?”

Abney is know for her courageous confrontations of social injustice. She was refered to as one of the “Next Irascibles” by Paper Magazine. Abney’s first solo show, Royal Flush, opens on Feb. 16, 2017, at the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University.

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NYC Recast as a City of Women

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From The New Yorker magazine: What if the New York City subway map paid homage to some of the city’s great women? 

 

I love this map from Rebecca Solnit’s new book, Nonstop Metropolis: A New York City Atlas (University of California Press, 2016) which was co-edited by Joshua Jelly-Schapiro. Like so many of life’s most wonderful things, I was made aware of this map by Maria Popova in her blog, Brainpickings. Having read several of Solnit’s books in the past, I’m really looking forward to reading this one, especially since I’ve lived in New York and love it. And of course there’s my love of trains!

If I were still a college professor, I can imagine creating a whole course around this one map. I think it would be the best class ever.

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MAYDAY Magazine’s LGBTQ Issue

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The most recent issue of MAYDAY Magazine features LGBTQ poets, writers, and artists. Heartfelt thanks to the guest editors, Chad Dimock and Amy King, for including my poem “The Heights” in this issue.

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Entering the Kusama Universe

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This is the last week for Houstonians to go spelunking in the Yayoi Kusama exhibit at the MFAH. The show features two of her famous Infinity Rooms, Aftermath of Obliteration of Eternity and Love Is Calling. If there’s any doubt about Kusama’s rock star status in the art world, take note of the myriad postings of her social media hashtag, as well as the 24 hour visitation on Saturday. O brave new world!  For more on the Houston exhibit, check out Houston Arts & Culture and the MFAH website.

 

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Watership Down

Intrude Installation by Amanda Parer

The rabbits have landed in Houston. These gigantic bunnies are art by Amanda Parer, and they will be up for only one week at 1600 Smith Street, downtown.(Photos by Arie via flickr)

Intrude Installation by Amanda Parer

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National Poetry Month 2016

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I’m way behind, but here’s my annual list of daily prompts for National Poetry Month:

Inlandia Institute

NaPoWriMo

Poetic Asides

Found Poetry Review

 

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Punk Trumpet (revised)

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magenta-colored plastic

this song
limps with an instep

muscling in the brass
sound with its punk mind-set

I’d say it’s like murder
with an ostentatious backstory

or it’s smashed music
sizzling like an old concept

mashing
to pulp the whittled judicious

biscuits and iconic
red eye gravy.

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Prompts to Fight the Blank Page Freeze Burn

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Here’s a list of sites with prompts to help with NaPoWriMo 2015:

NaPoWriMo

http://www.napowrimo.net/

Found Poetry Review

http://www.foundpoetryreview.com/blog/pomosco-celebrating-national-poetry-month-2015/

Poetic Asides

http://www.writersdigest.com/whats-new/2015-april-pad-challenge-guidelines

30 Day Poetry Challenge

https://www.facebook.com/30dpc

Vince Gotera

http://vincegotera.blogspot.com/

This is a list in progress so please suggest other sites, and I will add them.

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Mr. Freeze as he appears in The New Batman Adventures. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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Who Will Write a Poem a Day for NaPoWriMo 2015?

napowrimoIt’s almost April – once again. And time to face the cruelty known as NaPoWriMo. Who wants to try writing a poem a day starting tomorrow? I’m trying to gather some muster myself. Leave me a link if you’re planning to blog your poems.

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Where Gaming Meets Poetry

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A new video game called “Elegy for a Dead World” takes the gamer on a journey and the result is poetry. The game, developed by Dejobaan Games and Popcannibal Games uses classic poems by Keats and Shelley. Read more about the poetics of gaming on Harriet.

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Shocking Polaroids by Phillip Stearns

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Artist Phillip Stearns experiments by applying electric shock to Polaroid film. The results are wild.

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Stearns has exploded the moment and an exhibit of this work is on display at the Transfer Gallery in NYC. For more information, check out this story in the Huffington Post.

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Re-envisioning Cash

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I love this Huffington Post story about graphic designer Travis Purrington, who wondered: what would our money look like if we dropped the dead white guy theme? Here’s a summary of the project:

As part of a master’s thesis design project at the Basel School of Design in Switzerland, Purrington developed new versions of U.S. currency. He based his designs on his study of other world currencies and America’s currency history.

The resulting bills use imagery from the arts, nature, and science. Specifically Purrington samples the DNA helix, farmland, circuit boards, and the art of Alexander Calder. Beautiful!

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Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space

There are so many ways to learn about our world. Take, for instance, Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space, an awesome children’s book about the galaxy.

With writing by quantum computer scientist Dominic Walliman and designed and illustrations by Ben Newman, this is a wonderful way to make discoveries. Science should be a revelation of wonders, and this book delivers.

Just to give credit where credit is due, I found this book via Brain Pickings, a blog by Maria Popova that shares super wonderful content on a daily basis.

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Beautiful Maps

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For the map geeks among us, the Beautiful Maps tumblr blog by Neonite is an absolute MUST. This is just a sample of the map wonderland that awaits you. Enjoy the journey.

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Chino Otsuko, Then and Now, All at Once

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Memory plays tricks on us, confounding us with the passage of time. Photographer Chino Otsuko demonstrates this phenomenon through her exhibit Finding Me. In My Modern Met, The artist photoshops herself into travel photos from the past to create a double moment in time. Otsuko explains her project:

“The digital process becomes a tool, almost like a time machine as I’m embarking on the journey to where I once belonged and at the same time becoming a tourist in my own history.”

For more on the project, visit My Modern Met.

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