SUBCULTURAL NEW YORK: FROM GRAFFITTI ROCK TO THE DOWNTOWN ART SCENE
In 2016, the Jerome Robbins Collection at the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts acquired its first hip-hop archive, the private collection of iconic filmmaker, writer, and cultural theorist Michael Holman. From downtown collaborations with Jean-Michel Basquiat to the creation of the very first hip hop television show, Holman recounted his personal history of the New York Art world, capturing the cultural explosion of art intersecting with life and his influence on hip-hop culture. NYPL Assistant Curator Tanisha Jones led Holman in a conversation focused on the role of cultural archives and libraries as stewards of world culture exhibiting revolutionary voice, vision and style to inspire future generations.
Presented at the Providence Athenæum and at the Dean Hotel for THE FOLD | PVD
REPAIR AND THE WEDDING CAKE HOUSE
In conjunction with the 2018-19 RISD Museum's Costume and Textiles Repair and Design Futures exhibition, featuring textiles that “tell stories on a human scale,” ranging from techniques on repairing textiles to how the act of repair can mend communities. Highlighting the notion that repair transcends objects and communities, we extended the conversation investigating the language of textiles and the cultural aesthetics of mending and repair throughout the centuries. Writer and wallpaper enthusiast Taylor Polites, and Xander Marro and Pippi Zornoza of the Dirt Palace Arts Collective discussed the renovation of Providence’s iconic Wedding Cake House in an effort to transform the 1867 property into an artist residency space for the future. Presented at the RISD Museum of Art for THE FOLD | PVD
FEMALE FORCES: WOMEN IN RI ART
Although women have reached unprecedented positions of influence within the art world, gender inequality is still a contemporary issue. Interestingly some of these artists choose to create work that is not easily categorized as male or female, while some create work that addresses gender as its primary subject or catalyst. In a world full of contradictions, what does it mean geographically within Rhode Island to be a woman or feminist in the art world? Featured artists from the film Female Forces | Women In Rhode Island Art spoke about their approach to art using narrative, autobiography, decoration, ritual, and performance.
Image by Lisa Z. Morgan