A magazine editor who commissioned me to do a piece of art once told me “you’re an artist, not an illustrator. You don’t follow directions.” He bought the work anyway. Same thing happening with my mask, which became a mindfulness exercise and one with four pieces of paper towel as a filter. Upcycled fabric. Used… Continue reading mask making
Imani Perry’s Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry is on the menu for my next “Gender, Race and Urban Space” class. While reading the book for a second time, I decided to charge a pair of cordless ear phones first seen on an undergrad in my “Antebellum America Swagger”… Continue reading unexpected pairing: miles and lorraine
This arrived in the mail last week. It’s a booklet for a retrospective show featuring the work of Phoebe Beasley. The Ohio-born artist was a guest of the University of Alabama three years ago. As the note accompanying the booklet explains, the cover and back cover art represents her stepmother’s graduating class. It is entitled… Continue reading on phoebe and beyond
Another great evening. My heart is full. It was an honor to hear Imani Perry speak on campus today. What most stayed with me was her sharing how it is okay to be committed to academic rigor while also being open to sharing the “full human being” in yourself and the historical actors on which… Continue reading another great evening
Loving my final playlist for my Gender, Race and (Urban) Space Spring 2019 course.
I look forward to today’s conversation with graduate students in my “Gender, Race and Urban Space” course. We will take up excerpts from W.E.B. DuBois’ 1899 study on African American life in Philadelphia, excerpts from St. Clair Drake and Horace R. Cayton’s 1945 study on Chicago and Gilbert Osofsky’s 1968 essay on the… Continue reading mapping compexity in & outside classrooms