Visual Arts

Flag Exhibit Closes With Dignified Burn

by David Sepulveda | Aug 20, 2017 1:45 pm

DAVID SEPULVEDA PHOTO Standing before a painting of menacing helicopters superimposed on diagonally fragmented red and white bars of a reimagined American flag, Devil’s Gear Bike Shop owner Matt Feiner pointed to a painting by New Haven artist Dooley-O (“American revolution un-televised, 2017”), as an example of a work with an explicit message about the flag and the state of America.

“This is one of the most patriotic shows ever; true patriotism is to stand up to tyranny,” said Feiner.

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At Artspace, Apprentices Teach The Master

by Colin Lodewick | Aug 10, 2017 7:47 am | Comments (1)

Nona Faustine Nude except for a pair of white pumps, Nona Faustine climbs the steps of the Tweed Courthouse in her 2013 photograph “Over My Dead Body.” The courthouse was built over the site of the African Burial Ground in Lower Manhattan, and as Faustine ascends its mountainous stairs, she holds a pair of shackles. The courthouse’s columns and three shut doors at the top wait for her. From her stance, though, it seems that the hostility of the architecture is not going to prevent her from accomplishing what she needs to accomplish.

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Call It The “Summer Of Loving”

by Allan Appel | Jul 28, 2017 7:55 am

Allan Appel Photo On May 15, 1967, the Black Panther Defense Minister Huey Newton wrote, “Politics is war without bloodshed. War is politics with bloodshed.” On July 29 of the same year, Illinois Gov. Otto Kerner, appointed to head President Johnson’s national commission on civil disorders, after the Detroit riots, called the “the war on poverty and discrimination” a continuation of the American Revolution.

In between, on June 12, a landmark unanimous Supreme Court decision declared “marriage is one of the basic civil rights of man” and thereby ended all race-based legal restrictions on marriage. That decision, Loving v. Virginia, is the title and trigger for “1967: The Summer of Loving,” a small but illuminating exhibition of books, photographs, and paper ephemera.

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