Artist a Day Challenge (14): Dawoud Bey

  As an eleven year old growing up in Queens, Dawoud Bey came upon a copy of a book published by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee called “The Movement”.  With text by Lorraine Hansberry accompanied by photographs from numerous artists, the book captured the pain, political vitriol, emotion and hatred that swirled around Civil Rights workers in the early … Continue reading Artist a Day Challenge (14): Dawoud Bey

Truth Sellers: My Thoughts on Loss, 2016 & Lucrative Appropriation

We’re finally closing out 2016 and I know am not alone in saying this: I’m tired. Last month I saw this Sam Durant looming over one of the LACMA galleries as diners were eating al fresco in the courtyard enjoying wine at Ray’s and Stark Bar. Around the same time my Instagram feed was flooded with Basel pictures, including Durant’s popular “End … Continue reading Truth Sellers: My Thoughts on Loss, 2016 & Lucrative Appropriation

Today’s Google Doodle: February 1, 2015

Today is Langston Hughes’ 113 birthday, and Google has posted a beautiful doodle in tribute to the writer.  I am smitten with the animation by doodler Katy Wu and how the illustration captures the vibrancy of the jazz age and the beautiful message in his poetry.  Hughes deftly recognized our stark, painful realities while artistically transcending the pain … Continue reading Today’s Google Doodle: February 1, 2015

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: Reflections on Service, Sacrifice and Self

For the past 10+ years my office has been a supporter of our local YMCA in Downtown Los Angeles, and every year we sponsor the annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Brotherhood breakfast.  I have been asked to attend this event no less than 6 times and each year I curiously look at my fellow attendees invited to the breakfast.  The … Continue reading Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.: Reflections on Service, Sacrifice and Self