Entries by tag: familiar men

Off in the Morning
Leaving in the morning. As always, bless my cat sitter.

I have 3 photos in the art show 2 of Bernadette Bosky from Women En Large (she's one of the guests of honor), and one of Samuel R. Delany from Familiar Men. His is the photo that was in the National Queer Arts Festival exhibition that closed recently.

I'm moderating the panel "Fat, Feminism and Fandom Revisited." How have things changed since fannish feminists and fat activists first started this panel series? What did it accomplish, within fandom and outside of it? Panelists are Rachael Acks, Arthur D. Hlavaty, Eva Whitley and Bernadette Bosky. It's pretty close to the 30th anniversary of the first panel that Debbie Notkin and I did in 1984 in Los Angeles.

Conversation will be about the history both in fandom and the larger world, and also very much about now.

I think I've mentioned that I'm going to be able to go to the Sojourner Truth Museum on Tuesday in Battle Creek and see the archive of her photographs. This started with this blog on Body Impolitic "Sojourner Truth: I Sell the Shadow to Support the Substance" Geri Sullivan wrote that she might be able to have me see the archives and that's what happened!!

"Sojourner Truth, according to the Willis/Krauthamer book Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans And the End of Slavery, understood the power of photography, and actively distributed photographs of herself:

“Those pictures were meant to affirm her status as a sophisticated and respectable “free woman and as a woman in control of her image.” The public’s fascination with small and collectible card-mounted photographs, allowed her to advance her abolitionist cause to a huge audience and earn a living through their sale. “I Sell the Shadow to Support the Substance,” proclaimed the famous slogan for these pictures."

I'll write about seeing the archive when I get back.

Still have boxes to rope and tape. Really looking forward to seeing folks in Detroit.

The Allure of the Collection
I'm back from Norwescon.  I saw lots of people I don't see enough of, and I had a lovely visit to Seattle spring. There were many  amazing cherry trees.

I'm posting now because as I write, the Allure of the Collection is opening at the National Museum in Osaka. Its the celebratory 35th anniversary exhibition of the National Museum of Art in Osaka.  I'm thrilled that I have six photographs in the exhibition (two from Women En Large and four from Familiar Men). And I very much appreciate the care they took with the accompanying text.

The exhibition is in two parts and presents some 350 works by approximately 150 artists from the museum's collection of over 6,300 items. The first part will introduce a wide range of contemporary art from the 20th and 21st century by artists such as Pablo Picasso, Marcel Duchamp, Giorgio Morandi, Andy Warhol, Gerhard Richter, Yayoi Kusama, and Yoshitomo Nara.

The second part, the photography exhibition that includes my work, is contemporary photographs chosen from works that the museum has acquired since the mid-'90s. It consists of a diverse selection of works from both Japan and abroad.
The exhibition catalogue includes my photograph Bob Guter.

I received my invitation to the opening a couple of weeks ago and I wish I could be there.  I was talking to my friend Rebecca Jennison today in Kyoto on Skype.  She will be taking a group of her students from Kyoto Seika University to the exhibition today and hopefully I'll get pictures. (if they're good enough I'll post them.)

Having my work in the museum twice in the last few months is wonderful.

Nudes for the Holidays
I should have posted this sooner but not feeling well and wax obsession meant I didn't.

As we said on Body Impolitic.: We had a such wonderful response to last year’s holiday sale of Laurie’s books of photography (Women en Large: Images of Fat Nudes and Familiar Men: A Book of Nude) with Debbie’s text, that we thought we’d offer the same price again this year ,
(usually $25 plus mailing and the sale is $15 including US Mailing.) . It means a lot to us that Nudes for the Holidays pleased so many people. Check it out.

Thanks again for all the kind words about the nova.

The exploding flowers have turned into a real pop art piece and will include the word "POW" in the design. Yes there will be a photo.


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