Same Ol’ MOCA

In 2009 MOCA had miraculously survived a financial crisis that left them vulnerable to bankruptcy and acquisition. After receiving an infusion of capital that required them to tighten their belts, the museum was anxious to move forward when they announced their new attitude under the guise of a turnaround campaign called “MOCA New”. When that … Continue reading Same Ol’ MOCA

Kerry James Marshall’s Mastry Examines the Power of the Image

In 2008, artist Kerry James Marshall was the subject of an oral history interview with the Smithsonian Institute where he recalled his childhood memory of the Watts riots of 1965. He remembered hearing sirens and seeing smoke, miles away coming from where he used to live in Nickerson Gardens. Over the course of the afternoon … Continue reading Kerry James Marshall’s Mastry Examines the Power of the Image

Extreme Times Call for Extreme Heroines: Betye Saar at the Craft & Folk Art Museum

Wall color plays a specific role in Betye Saar’s latest exhibit at the Craft and Folk Museum in Los Angeles. The second floor gallery is painted in a soft shade of stone blue and in the world of laundry products, blue is a color reflector that makes whites appear whiter. The color has been a … Continue reading Extreme Times Call for Extreme Heroines: Betye Saar at the Craft & Folk Art Museum

Holding a Mirror to Ourselves: Genevieve Gaignard in The Powder Room

“We have to confront ourselves. Do we like what we see in the mirror? And, according to our light, according to our understanding, according to our courage, we will have to say yea or nay – and rise!” ~Dr. Maya Angelou   We are arguably our most vulnerable when we are alone with a mirror.  It’s … Continue reading Holding a Mirror to Ourselves: Genevieve Gaignard in The Powder Room