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Art Fix Friday: August 14, 2020

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A black-and-white photograph of a light-skinned adult woman holding a newspaper with news about World War II. She wears a coat and her short, curly hair is caught in the wind.

The New York Times Style Magazine profiles “15 Creative Women for Our Time,” including photographer Amber Pinkerton, artist and filmmaker Ja’Tovia Gary, and artists Aiko Hachisuka, Juliana Huxtable, and Sonya Clark.

A dark-skinned woman stands facing the right next to a worktable in an art studio. She looks directly at the camera; her hands hold a piece of material in front of her. On the wall behind her is a over-sized comb hung above four distinctly different tapestries comprised of strands of black hair.
Sonya Clark in her studio in Massachusetts; Clark works frequently with organic materials, including hair; Photo by Nicholas Calcott for the New York Times

Clark, who is scheduled to have a solo exhibition next spring at NMWA, “offers poignant, clear-sighted reminders of this country’s legacy of racial violence.”

Front-Page Femmes

Hyperallergic and Artnet recap NMWA’s recent Wikipedia Edit-a-Thon, which enhanced 85 articles on Black women artists.  

Paper interviews Trap Bob, who recently created a mural for NMWA: “Being out in the city engaging with people while doing what I love helped me deal with everything going on…”

Helen Jones Woods, groundbreaking female trombonist, has died at age 96. The artist was part of an all-female, interracial band that toured the country during World War II.

SFJAZZ interviews 2020 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Jazz Master Dorthaan Kirk about her life, career, and advocacy.

The Jordan Schnitzer Family Foundation has acquired more than 300 prints and works on paper by Judy Chicago.

The New York Times reviews Men to Avoid in Art and Life, a new book by Nicole Tersigni that pairs classical fine art with witty captions to comment on sexism.

An old painting of two women and a man in a drawing room, all wealthy, is captioned, “You might have a PhD in the subject, but according to this Wikepedia article I briefly perused…” Another painting of a noblewoman gesturing to a man holding a scale has a similar witty caption.
Two pages from Men to Avoid in Art and Life, 2020; Courtesy of the New York Times and Chronicle Books; © Nicole Tersigni

Phase two of the Park Avenue Armory’s 100 Years|100 Women initiative will debut online on August 18, unveiling works by Carrie Mae Weems, Cleo Wade, and Deborah Willis.

Fay Chew Matsuda, a curator who “preserved the heritage of overlooked generations of Chinese immigrants,” has died at age 71.

The NEA has released Creativity and Persistence: Art that Fueled the Fight for Women’s Suffrage, available for free download.

Billboard interviews country singer and songwriter Reyna Roberts: “Women in country aren’t played much on country radio, Black women even less.”

Criterion has assembled the oeuvre of filmmaker Agnès Varda into one comprehensive collection.

The Atlantic profiles Kunito Tsurita, the late manga artist whose comics broke barriers of both genre and gender.

Morocco World News profiles Zineb Bouchra, who recreates canonized artworks in the rich style of Morocco’s Amazigh people.

StyleBlueprint interviews artist and designer Cymone Wilder, whose mural is part of Tennessee’s suffrage-honoring Walls for Women project.

Hyperallergic reviews Where the Wild Ladies Are, a collection of short stories by Aoko Matsuda that retell the woeful fates of women in traditional Japanese folklore.

Shows We Want to See

The Field Museum presents Apsáalooke Women and Warriors, which challenges the role that arts institutions play in relegating Indigenous communities to relics of the past. The Chicago Sun Times writes about the show; the Chicago Tribune and Chicago Magazine feature the exhibition’s curator, Nina Sanders.

Four women stand with confidence in front of a grand marble museum façade. They each wear a long red dress with gold dot patterns and hold various bags, blankets, and belts with distinctive geometric patterns. Each woman’s long brown hair is braided in two low pigtails.
Phenocia Bauerle, Charmaine Hill, Nina Sanders, and JoRee LaFrance; Apsáalooke cultural teachers who contributed to the exhibition Apsáalooke Women and Warriors; Courtesy of the Field Museum; Photo by Adam Sings In The Timber

In Apsáalooke: Children of the Large-Beaked Bird on view at MASS MoCA’s Kidspace, Wendy Red Star reinterprets historical representations of Indigenous nations in order to reclaim identities for future generations. The website features a digital exhibition guide; Hyperallergic interviews the artist.

CAM Raleigh presents Flexing/New Realm, a series of photographs by Kennedi Carter that “explore ideas of Blackness related to wealth, power, respect, and belonging.” The photographs are available on CAM’s website; Hyperallergic also features the series.

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