Photographs are powerful objects that take us back to certain memories and places, even if we do not know anyone in the photo. Lorna Simpson uses the power of images in recalling memories in much of her work. Growing up in Crown Heights, Brooklyn, Simpson attended the High School of Art And Design and the […]Read more "Look at me: Photographs and Identity"
In looking at fiction, we read between the lines and stumble upon threads hinting at another story. If we investigate these hinted stories, we find they are filled with richness, depth, and a life all their own. In looking past the glimpses of working Latina women in fiction and finding the real stories of Latina […]Read more "Between the Lines: Latina Women Working in the United States"
“When they confront race and gender stereotypes, black women are standing in a crooked room, and they have to figure out which way is up…It can be hard to stand up straight in a crooked room.”  To combat the world in the crooked room, Black women have used many outlets to raise self-consciousness and […]Read more "A Fantastic Journey It Is"
Last week we discussed the legacy of Blues women, and contemporary feminists who use music as a vehicle to combat ideas about womanhood. Here, my goal is to provide an example for how I believe the legacy of Blues women is manifested in contemporary music. Last week I asserted: “…I don’t see any parallels between […]Read more "Contemporary Blues Women"
Last spring, one of my students blogged about the groundbreaking exhibition Hide/Seek: Difference and Desire in American Portraiture at the National Portrait Gallery. At the time, I was following with great interest the controversy that surrounded Hide/Seek when Smithsonian Secretary Wayne Clough decided to pull David Wojnarowicz’s video “A Fire in My Belly” from the […]Read more "Hide/Seek at the Brooklyn Museum"
I was raised in the age of “Girl Power.” There was never any doubt in my mind: I could do or be whatever I wanted when I grew up and my gender would not stand in the way. With female role models like Sally Ride and Sabrina the Teenage Witch, every door was open. In […]Read more "Wanted: Allies for the Feminist Cause"
True or false: Domestic violence is not a problem in my hometown. While some might believe this to be a true statement, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that each year, 5.3 million women ages 18 and older are victimized by an intimate partner. One in four women faces physical, emotional, or sexual […]Read more "Living with the Enemy: Bringing Domestic Abuse into Public View"