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How a Businesswoman Became a Voice for Art’s Black Models - The New York Times
By Melissa Smith
Dec. 26, 2018

Curator Denise Murrell focused on the works of 19th century [ ] Édouard Manet....
Revealing that maid’s identity became the foundation of Ms. Murrell’s doctoral dissertation, and the driving force behind her exhibition “Posing Modernity: The Black Model From Manet and Matisse to Today,” currently on view at the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Art Gallery at Columbia University.....“A person of color who is standing right there before you, and being ignored, is something that is part of the condition of being” part of the African diaspora to begin with. Art historians play a significant role in shaping our understanding of the past. It bothered her that their narratives would rewrite, subjugate or exclude the history of black people.......Ms. Murrell went on to reconsider Matisse’s use of black models in light of his trips to New York during the Harlem Renaissance, and circled back to the question that triggered her entanglement with art to begin with: How have contemporary black and nonblack artists reflected on these black figures in their work? “You can’t really understand African-American art and visual culture and artistic production without understanding a lot of what it is reacting to,”......Scholarship around black representation is growing, though gaps remain. And museums are increasingly addressing the full range of their communities, and the needs of a public more attuned to issues of race — approving exhibitions, like Ms. Murrell’s, that probe what blackness really means in the context of art history.....When Ms. Murrell ran into roadblocks, she found funders and strong-armed institutions for loans. Ms. Murrell said that while curators, art historians, gallery owners and others in the art community are sincere when they talk about diversity, they are also reluctant to dismantle established norms, including those that work against people of color. Larger institutions want to play it safe, and often refrain from funding unconventional scholarship. “There’s the concern that if you talk about race or any other kind of marginalized subject, how broad is the interest going to be?” Ms. Murrell said. Leaning on a mentorship model borrowed from her time in the corporate world, Ms. Murrell said she wants to create an incubator for minorities with new ideas.
African-Americans  art  art_history  blackness  curators  exclusion  exhibitions  marginalization  PhDs  artists  playing_it_safe  visual_culture  race  women 
december 2018 by jerryking
A More Honest History Lesson
July 31, 1989 | TIME | Edward M. Gomez.

the little museum has become one of the most innovative and carefully watched institutions of its kind in the U.S. Embracing the city's past in the belief that no part of it should be overlooked, the Valentine relates the "story of a real city,instead of some abstraction." notes the monthly Richmond Review. Through an intelligent and careful study of the Jim Crow era. it helps audiences understand the thinking of those who practiced the unacceptable.
history  Richmond  African-Americans  segregation  Jim_Crow  the_South  Reconstruction  museums  exhibitions 
september 2012 by jerryking
He's Helping Germany Resurrect Private Funding of the Arts - WSJ.com
APRIL 6, 2004 | WSJ | By JABEEN BHATTI

He's Helping Germany Resurrect Private Funding of the Arts
MoMA  lawyers  philanthropy  Germany  exhibitions  Berlin 
november 2011 by jerryking
The Archimedes Palimpsest | Walters Art Museum | Reading Beneath the Lines | By William Triplett - WSJ.com
OCTOBER 12, 2011 | WSJ | By WILLIAM TRIPLETT.

Palimpsests—recycled handwritten books from the Middle Ages—aren't a particularly big deal. "They're around," says Will Noel, curator of manuscripts and rare books at the Walters Art Museum here. "What's rare is finding one that's interesting."

The interesting part is always the original text that the recycler (or palimpsester) tried to erase in order to write a new, different book...."Lost and Found: The Secrets of Archimedes" is a palimpsest that mostly contains recovered writings of the great Greek mathematician, but it also includes two other recovered texts that have caught the attention of a variety of scholars. A good chunk of these writings exist nowhere else, any other copies having been lost or destroyed long ago.

"It really is a small ancient library of unique texts," Mr. Noel says.
Middle_Ages  books  museums  exhibitions  libraries  Archimedes  Greek 
october 2011 by jerryking
The Perfume Project - NYTimes.com
The Perfume Project
By CATHERINE SAINT LOUIS
Sensorium, a nerdy, interactive exhibit devoted to perfume, has arrived in the meatpacking district. Open till Nov. 27, it’s sponsored by both Firmenich, a fragrance house, and Sephora (the $15 entry fee can be redeemed for a Sephora gift certificate). Explaining the project, Allison Slater, the vice president for retail marketing at Sephora, said: “People aren’t as interested in fragrance, and sales are down. Our sales aren’t as bad as others, but still.”
Beauty Spots

Backstage beauty coverage.

In one darkened room, a light guides visitors to art works emitting scent, with screens showing scenes that evoke them (example: “Weekend Splendor,” by Harry Frémont, is illustrated by a lawnmower cutting grass.)
quirky  entrepreneur  retailers  exhibitions  interactivity  fragrances 
october 2011 by jerryking
'Treasures' Without Maps: African Art Purely as Art - WSJ.com
MARCH 3, 2005| WSJ | By MATTHEW GUREWITSCH . "Treasures" is
announced as the first in a series of bi- or triennial exhibitions given
in honour of the silver anniversary of the National Museum of African
Art as a constituent of the Smithsonian Institution. It will focus on
traditional sub-Saharan African art not as ethnological material but
frankly, unapologetically, as art. To drive home the point, labels have
been kept minimal. They offer no interpretive assistance, and are
frequently vague or silent even as to the date of a work's creation.
There is no map.

"What does a map tell you?" asks Sharon F. Patton, the curator of the
show, two years into her tenure as the fourth director in the history of
the museum. "What does the place it came from have to do with an
appreciation of the work?" How true. Ivory Coast, Mali, Burkina Faso,
Democratic Republic of the Congo, Cameroon, Nigeria, Angola...the
mystique of the names is powerful. But mystique, for most of us, is all
it is.
African  art  exhibitions  museums  curators  mapping  sub-Saharan_Africa  Africa  provenance  Smithsonian  mystique  interpretative 
august 2011 by jerryking
Beauty and the face of change
Feb. 11, 2010 | The Globe & Mail | by Sarah Milroy. Posing
Beauty in African-American Culture continues at the Art Gallery of
Hamilton until May 9, then travels to Williams College Museum of Art in
Williamstown, Mass., the Newark Museum in New Jersey and USC Fisher
Museum of Art in Los Angeles. Deborah Willis will speaking about the
show at the Art Gallery of Hamilton at 7 tonight.
African-Americans  photography  art  exhibitions 
february 2010 by jerryking

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