For decades in art circles it was either a rumour or a joke, but now it is confirmed as a fact. The Central Intelligence Agency used American modern art - including the works of such artists as Jackson Pollock, Robert Motherwell, Willem de Kooning and Mark Rothko - as a weapon in the Cold War. In the manner of a Renaissance prince - except that it acted secretly - the CIA fostered and promoted American Abstract Expressionist painting around the world for more than 20 years.
Bancroft Library at the University of California BerkeleyDating back about 1,800 years, this letter was written, mainly in Greek, by Aurelius Polion, an Egyp…
just found tumblr messages
just found messages on my tumblr. dunno how long ago they were sent. mostly they’re about black beaches or Bayshore Beach in VA.
President’s Day 2014
Every weekend should be 3 days! Saw myself in a documentary today; finished sketching 2 parts of a triptych that I imagine will be part of my first mature solo-exhibit; and fleshed out the ideas for the entire solo exhibit.I want to thank my friend, the writer Tisa Bryant. I’m titling my solo exhibit after a statement that Tisa said after the AstroBlackness conference at LMU last week.
The documentary I’m in is on my friend Lili Bernard, painter. I appear in it a couple of times. It was really well done and Lili looked and sounded great! This documentary was sandwiched with some really deep and and well made shorts at the LA PanAfrican Film Festival. After the screening, Lili and I talked with Kathie Foley Meier about art and black woman stuff for an hour in the parking lot.What dedication we have against the odds!
Sorry I missed chatting with Charles Bibbs at the Art Festival 2 days in row. I did meet an amazing relief artist at the arts and crafts festival. He made reliefs using tin sheets and they were scintillating and amazing! I also saw cute dishes with nappy haired black girls on them. I’ve been wanting to take a ceramics class forever!
Final note of today. I think I’m allergic to this cat that I adopted. Sinuses throbbing right now. Sigh.
[paraphrase] “In life we get what we negotiate”. This is only half of a powerful quote in a Haitian short film I just saw at the LA Pan African film festival. I’ll have to update this post later.
Q:Dear Zeal, in search for some historical images of African Americans at the beach I was thrilled to stumble upon your blog post about Bay Shore Beach. I am finishing a book on swimming and beaches and I've tried my best to incorporate the experiences of African Americans at beaches around the county (1900-1960s). I would love to talk to you about Bay Shore--if possible--and use a couple of your original photographs--again, if possible. I look forward to hearing from you. Best, Marilyn
I would love to talk to you! How long ago did you send this message? Im just seeing it. Havn’t been on tumblr for months. Zeal.
Q:Hey! How've you been?
Hi there! I haven’t been on tumblr in a while and I’m checking it now and see that I have messages. I’m not sure when you sent this message. I can’t seem to find the time and date of it. Please let me know when you sent the message. I’m good. How are you?
Bay Shore Beach
I have recently come into ownership of several postcards from Bay Shore I will Send you one if you like.
SAW YOUR EARLIER ARTICLE ON BAY SHORE BEACH
Tried to make a post at your other site, but had no luck. I worked at the beach from 1950 to 1958. I started working there the summer when I was 13 years old..and ran the kiddy car rides. I think the concession was part of what was owned by Mrs. Bright. At least she was the one who drove to our house and picked me up and drove to the beach…and gave me the key to start the rides. Later I moved on to working at the hotdog/ice cream stand that was owned by Miss Thelma. It was directly across from Mr. “Rat Man” Terrill’s (SP?) concession. It was a wonderful place to work. I understand the property was eventually sold to real estate developers. I doubt very much if they got the real value of the property.
I noticed that you are a visual artist. I majored in Illustration and minored in Printmaking at RISD at Providence, RI. My first job was working in exhibits production at the Smithsonian. I eventually went on to Exhibits Design. I enjoyed working at Bay Shore a lot more than the Smithsonian.
I told my daughter when I die..I should be cremated..and my ashes should be taken to Bay Shore and sprinkled into the water. She looked at me like she thought this was strange.
"Well if you like the person then there must be somethin in the work you like".
Day 2, Astroblackness at LMU
Adrienne Marie Brown, Rev Rollins (what a combo! afrofuturist theologist activist), Safiya Noble
Does Rev Rollins run an “astroblack church?”
any tentent of “black” should have “survival as it’s central tenent.
Be aware of thinking that promotes cultural genocide. Be on guard against re-colonization
Henry Kissinger - countries with populations with key resources should be reduced. US policy under President Ford
Monster of Big Data
geo-political system and worldview
collects and analyzes google search data on black girls and women
hotblackpussy.com non paid advertising search 2 years later was sugarypussy.com
because first site went out of business
science fiction of the past the reality of today
myths of “neutral” tools, technology, math
writes for “Bitch” magazine
old media narratives
default identity of the web is white and male
racism codified on the level of algorithm
John Perry Barlow - declaration of…cyberspace? internet?
raceless genderless people equal on the internet not true
mythology of what future and technology might hold for us
Time Magazine issue bought just today…on Infinity Machine
quantum computing, amassing big data…all about artifial intelligence
the new scramble of industry based on extraction of resources and not paying fair wages
Material reality of the virtual
technologies survelliance, technologies weak ties, face to face strong ties
Adrienne Marie Brown
Uses Octavia Butler to teach social justice and create change
I Practice capitalism daily
How to excise racism from self
The Allied Media Conference, Octavia Butler symposium
strategy of change based on creativity and futurism versus reactionism
generate energy and create compelling futures has become radical work
waleda imareesha collection of original scifi Octavia’s Brood,
co-writers making compilation of people who write and do social justice
All Social Justice is Speculative Fiction
Tananarive Due is her writing mentor
emergent strategy - a plan of action towards a goal
Change is non-linear.
Talk to her about Juan Atkins
doing a series of zines about detroit, sci-fi, and survial
queen priestess prophet
wire mesh networks to not depend on regular internet connection
What are our own search engines
fantasy is cultural and sci-fi is political?
how are you creating more possibilities for more world views to develop or come into view
Octavio butler and emergent strategy
Online conversations happening
facebook page for something happening at Spelmen for Octavia Butler
chareles sanders sci-fi writer
Nalo Hopkinson & Ayize Jama Everett
categories are for marketing and not necessarily relevant when writer/artist creates
the work is what futhers the work
electronic dumpsites in africa
can you imagine if a future was imagined by a 15 year old pregrant african girl instead of a middled aged man in san marin (i.e. george lucas)
what if privilege as being best? instead of lowest?
idea of the future has been colonized or raped
"going away" travelling in the future involves massive amounts of resources
matrix…joe silver…sophia stewart
Astroblackness and Music Panel
Dr Scot Brown funk music historian
Gabriel Solis musicologist
Afrofuturism book by Ytasha L Womack
black science fiction society
soundtrack of sonic space where the future takes place
talk box quote by Roger I can sound computerized and I can sound funky
Lil Roger and His Fabulous Vel’s - Nite Time
stories about conventional themes versus the types of narratives that sun ra, funkadelic and parliament, based their stuff on
Amiri Baraka The changing same r&B and the new black music
how much of the futuristic sound of black popular music on purpose versus
an adaptation to socio-economic changes and changes in the value
of music and arts education in public schools?
afro-futurism folding time and layering it?
Jazz notion of progress Duke Ellington, trains
space is place movie
future focusedness as an fundamental and inseparable part of the black experiences in america
manifesting in every form of music since our beginnings?
getting different things out of egypt
music represention transcendence, time travel, music can heal, telepathy,
functioning as something that learningo or doing the music could heal
music as time travel
repetition process drumming and hip hop sampling
indigenous music for the purpose of transcendence
shaman go into trance by way of dance
music formed to allow the body to perform as instrument
music as seduction
distopian not super happy vision of the future
repetition with a signal difference that allows for freedom
grids of represent polar opposite of funk
music portal of freedom
songs about transcendence that help one transcend
mysticism in the music Alice Coltrane
black 60s thinkers, musicians, leaders, etc turning away from west to east
across different genres are there are observations about patterns (similarities and differences)
in black “female” versus “male” vision of the future?
women might be present behind the scenes participating and creating things
that are male dominated and or put the man “ahead” as “symbolic leader”
Tiffany Barber and Grace Gipson
Mercedes Misty Night in Ironman character, 1975-ish
social justice work fighting crime, claiming an arm that isnt hers (Tony Stark Ironman makes her an arm)
Afro-future females how it operates across discipline
critical making = critical thinking plus active production said John Jennings
creating something to be unpacked
david banner walking with gods african prince that keeps getting killed by a white force
henry dumas, samuel delaney, MF Dune,
narciss sister barbie masks hypersexualized black female body
the space traders derrick bell short story sci fi classic
black science fiction conference at howard in 2003
deciding what is astroblackness and afrofuturism
we have a past and we’re going to be in the future
indigogo campaign to raise $20,000 to finish her film
Trying to have it finished by the end of the year for festivals
dr frances gatewood
source of monstrosity differs in white and black popular cultural histories
Dr. William H Foster
Brother man,90s explosion of black comics
scream blackula 1973
Justice and her brothers
150 years of black stories
framing narratives resistence independence and liberation
documents peformances, conferences, events
Shared dessert with Artis Lane Today! Wow!
What a day! Driving Miss Artist Lane - portrait artist and sculptor for many decades of some of the most famous people in the world!
Here’s gorgeous pic of her looking like a 1950s Hollywood actress:
We shared chocolate cream pie and coconut cream pie at Marie Callendars after Lili Bernard’s surprise party. It was enchanting and magical to spend time with a black woman artist who was born in the 1920s and who has had intimate time with people like the Obamas, John Kennedy, Oprah, Aretha Franklin, Ronald Reagan, and the Bin Laden family. How amazing a life. And she is so elegant and and classy. I’m adding her to my idols list.