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'Emancipation' Events
THIS SUNDAY, DECEMBER 22, 5 PM, “EMANCIPATED FASHION AND HAIR”–A TALK AND PRESENTATION BY FASHION AND TEXTILE ARTIST JANUWA MOJA...SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29, 5 PM, SPOKEN WORD/MEDITATIONS ON FREEDOM, FEATURING VOCALIST LUCI MURPHY AND AN OPEN MIKE...SUNDAY, JANUARY 5, 4 PM, ARTIST TALK AND CLOSING RECEPTION

Dec 17, 2013, 09:13

Visual Arts
Meditations on Freedom
Emancipation: Meditations on Freedom," on view in Washington, DC until Jan. 5, 2014, is an exhibit born during a tumultuous time in the United States and world. The 150th anniversary of the 1863 Emancipation Proclamation, which laid the basis for freeing four million African Americans from often horrific enslavement, merges with the weight of 21st century realities: more than a decade of U.S. invasions of other countries and post-9/11 assaults on U.S. Constitutional rights. This is the full essay text, along with some images from the exhibit catalog, from Esther Iverem, curator of the show.

Nov 22, 2013, 17:24

Visual Arts
Catlett, Peaston, Neruda
Catlett's female torsos are interpreted as a loving tribute to Black women.
As I am writing this, during the celebration of the 114th birthday of artist and activist Paul Robeson, I am moved to express appreciation for art that inspires and for other artists who have joined the ancestors—Elizabeth Catlett, David Peaston and Pablo Neruda.
By Esther Iverem

Apr 16, 2012, 19:04

Visual Arts
On ‘Rivers and Memories’
For their current exhibit, "Rivers and Memories," artists E.J. Montgomery and Lillian Thomas Burwell allow the ebb and flow of nature to direct the course of their work. They seem to be in touch with the cycles and lessons of the Earth.
By Anne Bouie

Mar 15, 2012, 12:41

Visual Arts
Culture and Protest
Photo by Eric Long courtesy of the Smithsonian's National Air and Space Museum.
The exhibit of military drones at the National Air and Space Museum not only points to the power and size of the military-industrial complex but also to the ways that militarism is infused into our cultural institutions and events. By Esther Iverem

Oct 12, 2011, 13:48

Visual Arts
SB In The News!
The Washington Informer has published an awesome article by Nicole Crawford-Tichawonna on Esther Iverem's quilts, other fiber arts and her debut exhibit at Zimstone Gallery.

May 21, 2010, 13:41

Visual Arts
EVENT--A Visual Arts Debut
Rather than write about art, Esther Iverem is debuting her own art, quilts and other fiber arts, at the Zimstone Gallery, 4814 Rhode Island Ave. in Hyattsville, Md. Show extended to May 22, 2010

Apr 16, 2010, 12:25

Visual Arts
Snap That Tiger
One of the striking features of photographer Anne Leibovitz's work is her ability to bring an historical gaze onto her subjects. What is the story that her new Vanity Fair cover of Tiger Woods trying to tell? (And why might Jack Johnson be smiling?)
By Mark Anthony Neal

Jan 14, 2010, 12:26

Visual Arts
ADVERTISEMENT--LEGACY QUILTS AND ART
Give more than gift; give a handmade legacy and keepsake to your child, sibling, spouse, parent—or to yourself! The fabrics of your life are the stuff that memory quilts are made of. Taking orders now for the holiday season!

Sep 25, 2009, 18:21

Visual Arts
Art Gallery Peek
Rachel D. Crouch, a Chicago native and Howard U. grad now living in the Washington, D.C. area, produces work in varied media using color, texture and movement. Here's peek at her online gallery.

Sep 22, 2009, 12:31

Visual Arts
Graffiti Across the Pond
An aspiring hip-hop artist interviews Kapi, a graffiti artist based in Spain, about the hip-hop scene where he lives.
By Donnie Williams

May 28, 2009, 11:57

Visual Arts
Black Giants Remembered
In Heroes of the Negro Leagues (Abrams), a book in the form of hand-painted baseball cards, storied African-American baseball players get more of the recognition they deserve.
By Sidik Fofana

Oct 29, 2008, 11:27

Visual Arts
Black Panther Artist
The Revolutionary Art of Emory Douglas captures the fervor of the Black Panther Party and the Black Power Movement.
By Sidik Fofana

Oct 29, 2008, 11:09

Visual Arts
Pattern and Rhythm










In a solo show at the D.C. Historical Society, Frank Smith creates bold African-American rhythms, beats and patterns out of abstract strokes and patches of fabric.
By Esther Iverem

Jul 1, 2008, 08:39

Visual Arts
Stereotypes v. Humantypes
“Stereotypes versus Humantypes: Images of Blacks in the 19th and 20th Centuries" focuses on the various ways in which images of Black people, including Black children, were being consumed--from minstrel shows to the marketing of products.
By Astride Charles

Oct 4, 2007, 13:13

Visual Arts
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