Inspired by Twitter mention of Langston Hughes’ hand-drawn Christmas card in Yale’s Beinecke Library, I went looking for the Christmas cards. I recalled seeing in the Zora Neale Hurston Papers in Smathers Libraries at the University of Florida during two visits. The one above is a 1954 card from Mitchell Burroughs, her editor at… Continue reading zora and christmas
I am so glad I got up to the Birmingham Art Museum in Birmingham, Alabama, to see “Black Out,” an exhibit hailing the wonders and contradictions in silhouettes. Featuring the work of Kara Walker, Auguste Edouart and Kumi Yamashita, the viewer is invited to think about how what began as a claim to hierarchy can… Continue reading inclusive heaven?
I can’t watch anymore football after seeing Tua, Alabama’s starting quarterback, hurt like that. I know there are more serious issues in this world right now. Still, it bothers me. What a young man. He just keeps on giving and giving. As I wait for papers to grade, I turn to the box of found… Continue reading pause
I don’t get to paint as often as I’d like. But I sure do get to enjoy great art in Tuscaloosa. Some of the best moments to see such art occur during our annual Kentuck Art Festival. While there, I purchase and enjoy looking at art. I also enjoy speaking to local and national artists.… Continue reading another great kentuck
I am so geeked today. My “Antebellum America” students and I will travel to the W.S. Hoole Special Collections Library and to the Paul Jones Collection. Both are housed in our university’s Mary Harmon Bryant Hall. We have two goals. They will be invited to, first, think about how old letters and art are wonderful… Continue reading taking it to the archive
My visit today to the Baltimore Museum of Art had me up in my feels again. So much of what I saw today (and what I saw far too quickly) brought to mind some key ideas I grapple with in my present book manuscript. Those ideas concern how the seemingly lowliest soul is fierce and… Continue reading daily masks in baltimore and beyond
As printed elsewhere, I recently learned that I will be able to travel to Cuba as part of my university’s Cuba initiative. It will be a wonderful chance to push my thinking on my spatial politics research, which was initially conducted during an artist residency in Blonduos, Icelandin 2017. There, I made art with other artists while… Continue reading cuba-bound