Before photography, people didn’t exist.
Blow it up, I’m in the doctored details
In this picture, and this one, I’m in
Each photo, in the cool blur, in the
Brown cloud, my tiny head redrawn,
My splayed limbs cropped. I hammed.
I’m telling you, I’ve slept many times
With near celebrities. True, I’m lying
Face down, here, in the mud, my pants
Stained with too much clarity. My bones
May dissolve in a toxic tub, but long
As this photo shall last, I won’t fade.
The Business of Art is the Business of PeopleBy Lise K. Ragbir and Julia V Hendrickson
JUNE 2023 | Critics Page
People of the global majority are being invited into predominantly white art spaces like never before. And, at rates like never before, were seeing the ways in which many of these institutions are under-supporting employees. Efforts have been made, but diversity hires and DEI fatigue shed light on the ways in which stop-gap measures alone cant upend a system that wasnt built for everybody. Even if, in our capitalist society, were all seen as human resources.
Faith Ringgold: American PeopleBy Ann C. Collins
MARCH 2022 | ArtSeen
Organized by The New Museums artistic director Massimiliano Gioni with curator Gary Carrion-Murayari and curatorial assistant Madeline Weisburg, American People is jam-packed with more than forty years of Faith Ringgolds most prominent work.
What Are White People So Afraid Of? Claudia Rankine’s HelpBy Alexis Clements
MARCH 2022 | Theater
Alexis Clements reflects on a trio of works by Claudia Rankinean essay, a book, and a new play starting March 15 at The Sheddissecting how they circle a question that has caught Rankines, and the zeitgeists, attention: why is it so hard for white people to confront their whiteness?
Fotoclubismo: Brazilian Modernist Photography, 1946–1964By Benjamin Clifford
SEPT 2021 | ArtSeen
Although the people that populate the FCCBs photographs may at times exist in Romantic solitude, the built environment and mass-produced goods around them proliferate relentlesslythese are unmistakably images of urbanism at mid-century.