Steven’s Universe – Change Your Mind

I watch Steven Universe regularly. It is one of my favorite cartoons on Cartoon Network.  It would take some time for me to explain the cartoon if you haven't watched it, so I'll rather give you links and you can watch it for yourself. What I like most about the cartoon, beyond some of the lessons it teaches and the adventures the characters take are the songs. Amazing songs that are fun, catchy, but the one from the current episode resonated with me so much. It's entitled "Change Your Mind."

Sometimes I think we make decisions about people without really knowing who they are. We put them in certain categories and treat them a particular way assuming we know them – but in most cases we do not. I experience people doing that to me and I am sure that I have done it to others. The world moves so fast or more like, we allow the world to pick us up in it's tornado winds and we do not slow down enough to really see and know people. We miss out becuase of it. Some say that you really can't "know" anyone – but I think it makes life better and more pleasurable when we truly try.  


01 What I Learned from Google Alerts

Have you ever used Google Alerts? No? Well, If you haven't, you should take a moment to get acquainted with it.  It is a Google service (obviously) where you can pick topics or subjects, and Google will compile articles, blogs and other research on your subjects and sent the list and links directly to your email. The internet is vast, and this has made it a little easier to navigate and learn things. I enjoy the alerts so much; I thought it would be interesting to share some of the things I learn from my Google alerts every week here on my blog. Below are a few from January 11 – 18, 2019.


Camille Morineau, a curator of the prestigious Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, put together an all-women exhibition of artists from the museum's collection in 2009. Guess what she learned? That it was almost impossible for her to find information on these artists, even though they were part of the Centre's collection. She couldn't believe this, being a student of 20th-century art how was this possible? Why could she not find more documented information on these women artists? The same reason we have challenges researching women artist today –  women's place in the arts was underestimated then and now and because of that less was written and archived about them in a way that is accessible.  That realization put Morineau into action along with others to create a fantastic tool —AWARE.

Talking about researching artists, here is an artist that I am loving. Shilpa Gupta created a piece called "For, In Your Tounge, I cannot Fit, 100 Poets". Yes, the title is a mouth full, but the artwork is emotion on top of activism on top of visual and audio stimulation at the highest level of stimulation. This multi-media installation includes 100 poems written by artist imprisoned for their political views. The poems are written on strips of paper stuck on the tips of bars that similar to those used in prisons along with 100 microphones hanging from the ceiling where the same poems are repeated in different languages.


My library background would not let me pass this one up.  A collection of African American books will be on display at the Center for Community Arts in Cape May, New Jersey. This collection came from those who live in the community, a community that almost lost archives of the history of Cape May's African Americans during a renovation of a building that used to be a segregated school.


Art brings us a quality of life, through culture, beauty and opening us up to different ways of life. But recently what many artists know has been true, that art investment is the best financial investment.


Corset-inspired artwork and in my hometown? You've caught my interest. Artist Annica Cuppelellis new works at K.Oss Contemporary Art Gallery.


Politics today go us all a little nutty and some of us angry and mad.  We are all affected, including artists. Many exhibitions, even my own, focus on politics, so the question is political art the only art that matters? I'm gonna say no, but you can read this article and tell me what you think.


10 Black visual artists who broke barriers. Jean Michel Basquiat is, of course on this list (and is actually in the title of the article) but there are probably a few more names you haven't heard that you must know.

Karice Mitchel created a photography installation focusing on black women and how they are sexualized in our society. This one hit home, especially at the moment when we are hearing the stories of R Kelly and the abuse accusations against him as and this being the week that millions of women are marching in their cities for women's rights. Mitchell's work focused on how black women are "essentialized for their bodies." We see it in movies, in music, everywhere. Her installation covers the history of this phenomenon that exists today and helps viewers experience it through a different lens.