Art of the self, but not just

first_img Related Hutchins Center honors 8 medalists who have made a difference At a recent reception, an eager crowd followed MacArthur “genius” and 2015 W.E.B. Du Bois Medalist Carrie Mae Weems as she wound her way through the Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art, stopping frequently to explain the thinking or inspiration behind her work. Many posed for pictures with the artist standing next to her images.Taken from her “Roaming” and “Museums” portfolios, the black-and-white prints show Weems, in a long black dress, standing with her back to the camera before a number of Roman landmarks and grand European museums. In the pictures she uses her body “as a vehicle for pointing at structures of power,” she told her listeners, and “to understand something about space, something about the power of architecture, how it rules over us … seduces us.”She also uses her body as a stand-in for the masses, she said, and as a way to guide viewers through history.“There’s something for you — to move past me into that space and begin to imagine what that space might contain. What it is. What it means.”Layers of meaning have always been central to Weems’ work, which addresses critical issues within the African-American experience and interlinked themes of family, gender, cultural identity, class, sexism, racism, and history. Within those concerns viewers can always find a common humanity “as a linchpin of engagement,” said gallery director Vera Grant, who curated the new show “Carrie Mae Weems: I once knew a girl …”Weems’ work transcends the “siloed conversations” that can limit art to certain groups or individuals, opening up a type of universal dialogue, Grant said.“She brings out this sense that everyone can participate in this art; to see it, to enjoy it, to listen to it, to reflect upon it.”Through the years Weems has branched out from her early black-and-white photographs to embrace video, staged productions, the spoken word, and painting. The new exhibition, the first solo-artist show at the Cooper Gallery, captures that range. New pieces and older works are among the 52 prints, video installations, and paintings organized around the themes of beauty, legacy, and landscapes.Nikki Greene (left), assistant professor of art at Wellesley College, and Carrie Mae Weems are pictured during the opening event. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerThe show opener is a wall covered with the recent “Sites of Production,” a color print of the artist again facing away from the lens. Clad in her black dress, she is gazing out over a virtual balcony on the set of the hit TV show “Empire.” It’s a striking introduction, and a clever counterpoint to one of the last works in the exhibition. “When and Where I Enter — Mussolini’s Rome” shows Weems again in front of a balcony, once more with her back to the camera. The work was created in the Italian capitol’s Cinecittà, the famous film studio constructed during the Fascist era to help revive the country’s film industry.Blurry images of African-American artists such as Lena Horne and Josephine Baker from the artist’s “Slow Fade to Black” series, along with intimate black-and-white shots of Weems alone and undressed in her bedroom from the series “Not Manet’s Type,” line the walls along the gallery’s opening ramp. The works explore the tensions, said Weems, “between the way women have often been imagined and/or used in cinema or in photography or in painting.” They also reveal Weems’ biting humor, her refusal to be overlooked, and her self-described fascination with the space between “seriousness and play.”“It was clear I was not Manet’s type — Picasso who had a way with women — only used me & Duchamp never even considered me/But it could have been worse/Imagine my fate had De Kooning gotten hold of me,” reads the text accompanying the selection of images from “Not Manet’s Type.” Videos in the show include “The Obama Project,” on the racism endured by the nation’s first African-American president, and “History Repeating,” Weems’ take on “the killing of black men that has been devastating the country.”Since her earliest days with a camera she has grappled with how to make images in which “the vastness and the complexity and the richness of our lives will be understood, not typecast, not passed over,” Weems said. Her art is focused on putting a “carefully constructed humanity on display,” she added, in the hope that her viewers will “see something about themselves reflected in the work.”Weems is again center stage in the show’s final installation. Three evocative videos, in which she makes several appearances, are an “inventive celebration and insightful commentary on black beauty, fashion shows, and sexuality,” the exhibition text notes, and are an example of the joy Weems finds in shifting power relations, said Grant.“No matter how solemn, no matter how it’s head-on addressing the trauma found within these intimate kinds of personal spaces, her work carries this very strong, powerful, joyful presence,” the curator said. “And that just really changes the conversation.”“Carrie Mae Weems: I once knew a girl …” is on view at the Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art through Jan. 7, 2017.SaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSave Black lives, in focuslast_img read more

How Ighalo equalled 95-year-old Man Utd record with FA Cup goal

first_img Promoted ContentInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A VeganWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?A Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Super Recognizable Outfits That Actors Wore In The Famous Movies6 Best Natural History Museums In The World On his third start for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, against LASK Linz in the Europa League, he scored and contributed an assist in a 5-0 victory, before opening the scoring against Norwich on Saturday. Ighalo’s opener was cancelled out by a Todd Cantwell effort from range, although Harry Maguire bagged in extra time to send the northern giants through at the expense of Daniel Farke’s strugglers. Despite his immense scoring record in matches in which he’s started for United – all of which have been in cup competitions – the striker is yet to score in the Premier League for the Red Devils. He has made six appearances – all from the bench – amassing 83 minutes of action back in the top flight. “It is great to have the option to rotate,” Solskjaer told BBC Sport after the match. “Anthony Martial came on and did brilliant, but Odion gives me a chance to rotate. read also:Ighalo is a proven goalscorer – Solskjaer “He’s a proven goalscorer and played his part in both goals,” the Norwegian coach continued. “He is a great person to have around the dressing room too. “Odion knows how much we value him in and around the dressing room; he’s a goalscorer, a poacher, he’s strong, we can play the ball into him, he showed for the second and Paul [Pogba] found him.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Odion Ighalo’s goal for Manchester United against Norwich City in the FA Cup on Saturday means that the ex-Nigeria striker has equalled a club record that has stood for 95 years. In netting against the Canaries, Ighalo became only the second player in the club’s history to have scored in each of his first four competitive starts for the Red Devils. According to Opta, the previous player to do this was Jimmy Hanson, who achieved the feat in 1925 when he scored in consecutive starts against Hull City, Blackpool, Derby County and Aston Villa. The Manchester-born Hanson signed for United in 1924, but suffered a serious injury five years later, and was forced to retire. Back in 2016, Zlatan Ibrahimovic was on the brink of equalling Hanson’s record when he scored in three consecutive competitive outings for United. However, while the then-34-year-old made a strong start to life with the Red Devils after signing on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain, he drew a blank in his fourth competitive start – against Hull – and missed out on Hanson’s record. Ighalo, however, has emulated Hanson’s achievement during a remarkable run early in his United career. The former Watford man began his scoring run with a goal in United’s 5-0 victory over Club Brugge in late February, before scoring twice against Derby County in the FA Cup in early March. Loading… last_img read more

Women of Troy set to travel up north

first_imgThe No. 12 ranked women’s swimming and diving team will head northbound to duel No. 1 California and No. 3 Stanford on Friday and Saturday, respectively.USC is ranked No. 12 (4-1, 3-1) in the latest College Swimming Coaches Association of America while Cal (5-1, 4-0) is tied with Georgia at No. 1 and Stanford  (5-1, 4-0) is ranked No. 3.U.S. Olympic gold medalist and Cal sophomore Missy Franklin is just one of the Bears’ swimmers boasting a top-10 time.Juniors Elizabeth Pelton and Rachel Bootsma as well as freshman Cierra Runge are also in the top 10.Franklin holds the NCAA’s best time in the 200-yard free and is second in the 200-yard back and 200-yard IM. Pelton is first in the 200-yard back and 200-yard IM and third in the 100-yard back. Bootsma is second in the 100-yard back. Runge is second in the 500-yard free.After facing the NCAA’s best team, the Trojans will face another top-five opponent in the Cardinal.Stanford is led by freshman Simone Manuel, who has the nation’s top times in the 50-yard and 100-yard free and is second in the 200-yard free. Senior Maddy Schaefer is fourth in the 50-yard free and 11th in the    100-yard free, sophomore Lia Neal is third in the 100-yard free and seventh in the 200-yard free, while freshman Janet Hu has top times in a variety of events.The Trojans have top-25 swimmers of their own, including sophomore Chelsea Chenault’s time of 1:45.31 in the 200-yard free (14th) and 4:42.44 in the 500-yard free (21st).Freshman Hannah Weiss posted  52.23 in the 100-yard back (13th). Junior Kendyl Stewart’s time of 51.99 in the 100-yard fly is the NCAA’s sixth best, and her time of 1:54.20 in the 200-yard back ranks her at 21st.Senior Andrea Kropp’s 1:00.01 in the 100-yard breast is 13th, her time of 2:09.32 in the 200-yard breast is No. 10, and her time of 1:56.99 in the 200-yard IM is ninth best.Rounding out USC’s top-25 swimmers is junior Jasmine Tosky’s 10th place time of 1:55.59 in the 200-yard fly, 22nd best time of 2:11.08 in the 200-yard breast, and her 21st ranked time of 4:12.05 in the 400-yard IM.Aside from coaching his       No. 12 ranked Trojans, head coach Dave Salo was named USA Swimming’s national women’s head coach for the 2015 FINA World Championships. Salo, now in his ninth year as the Trojans men’s and women’s coach, will join U.S. men’s coach Dave Durden, who coaches the men’s team at Cal. The 2015 FINA World Championships will be held from Jul. 24 to   Aug. 9 in Kazan, Russia. Salo will be serving as the U.S. women’s head coach at the Worlds for the second time, as he coached the team in 2013 at the games in Barcelona.In other national news, junior Kendyl Stewart was among five swimmers who were nominated for USA Swimming’s Breakout Performer of the Year at the 2014 Golden Goggles in November.  She earned the nomination after winning a bronze in the 100-meter fly and a silver in the 400-meter medley relay at the 2014 Pan Pacs.She also won her first career U.S. titles with victories in the 50-meter and 100-meter fly at the 2014 U.S. Summer Nationals.The swimming and diving meet against the Bears will be televised live on Pac-12 Networks beginning at 2 p.m. The diving portion of the meet will begin with 1-meter at 11:45 a.m. followed by 3-meter at 1 p.m. The meet against the Cardinal begins at noon.last_img read more