Art Crawl: A note from the Voiceless

This is a time for courage.  We cannot stand back. “Art is really about that moment. I just couldn’t take it any longer,” said artist Phillip Hyman about his hooded angel.  (Click the image for the full story at CNN.) We have to stand together against hate. The art of protest can have an impact. First they came for the Socialists, and I did not … Continue reading Art Crawl: A note from the Voiceless

Art Crawl: the unexpected

(Above: Artist Denise Duong takes a break from her mural) 1) If you say, “Degas,” most people think “ballet paintings,” but the Houston Museum of Fine Arts exhibit exposes a different, unexpected body of work. I never anticipated his full range of styles and visions. Samples are included in the video below but I recommend the show itself. It’s one of those things you can only … Continue reading Art Crawl: the unexpected

What Resonates

(Image by Dennis Hodges.  More on his work below) Climbing up the Gloss Mountains, I considered the plight of the Cherokee to whom the US allocated this land in 1835. We began taking it from them again within a generation. How did that feel? How did they actually stand up and face their children—by culture, the next seven generations? In 1893, thousands of settlers lined … Continue reading What Resonates

Silence would be a lie

Know much about the Maldives?  Me neither. The #FreeLucas hashtag got me curious this morning so I read up on the growing repression there and the missing journalists.  It’s an old story: * demagogue in office, any voices of opposition disappear; * Journalists looking for the missing disappear too; And back home in the United States, the Republican Party just elected a demagogue to be … Continue reading Silence would be a lie

To Rolihlahla, “the rebel”

Originally posted on Reverse Perspective:
Mandela, still the people’s lawyer, burning his passbook, a document used by the government to control the movements of black South Africans Yes, he was profoundly great. But no matter how great his words–and his deeds–one cannot see Mandela without looking in reverse perspective. You have to look at his impact on the people around him … and around the… Continue reading To Rolihlahla, “the rebel”