Jessica Lynne

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Ruins and Rituals and Marilyn Minter’s Pretty/Dirty.   How might we understand a spatial and architectural discourse that marks a black subjectivity? This is the question that lingers in my thoughts as I reflect on Ruins and Rituals, a retrospective exhibition presenting the work of the late Beverly Buchanan, now on view at the Brooklyn Museum’s Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art. Sackler Family Curator Catherine Morris considers Buchanan a game changer, which is not untrue; I... [more]
–Alice Walker I am not asking who I am. I’m a Black woman and expansive in my Blackness and my queerness as Blackness and queerness are always already expansive. –E. Jane I first encountered Alice Walker’s womanist theory as a sophomore in college. I was wide eyed and enrolled in a bunch of Africana Studies courses trying to “find” myself as they say. It was a glorious journey which, in hindsight, was capstoned by my introduction to Walker and womanism. I was introduced to the concept at a... [more]
  Naima Green is a Brooklyn-based photographer and educator whose work addresses the intersections of blackness, urban design, and the environment. I first met Naima as a participant in her series, Jewels from the Hinterland, last June. While I awkwardly posed for her camera in Prospect Park, it became immediately evident to me that Naima's scholarship and practice offered new opportunities for thinking about my own connection to nature and green spaces. As many black, brown, and... [more]
Viewers as Shoppers: What Should We Make of Big Retail Space?   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Heather Phillipson at A+E Studios November 3rd, 2015 - November 22nd, 2015
Posted 11/16/15
When I was younger, my parents spent an exorbitant amount of time shopping at the department store Sears. It was one of the kid-in-tow errands I most detested. As a child, I considered this habitat overwhelming and exhausting: the overzealous salespeople, the crowds, the smells of new products and open boxes, the corny advertisements, the endless special offers. From entrance to exit, accompanying my parents on their routine department store escapade was a first-hand lesson in what I now know... [more]
Black Womanhood and the Language of the Hand   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Martine Syms at Bridget Donahue September 17th, 2015 - November 1st, 2015
Posted 9/28/15
Martine Syms is a funny woman. This is what I thought as I stood in Bridget Donahue Gallery watching Syms' , the short video that anchors the artist's first solo show, Vertical Elevated Oblique. Syms talks to us, her viewers. Or maybe, more specifically, her viewers that are not black women. It's all in the hands. Martine Syms, Installation view of Vertical Elevated Oblique, 2015. © Martine Syms, Courtesy of Bridget Donahue, New York. Photo: Marc Brems Tatti   Set to continuous loop, Notes... [more]
“You’re going to get me started on a rant,” Kameelah Janan Rasheed says in between laughs as I begin to ask her about America’s obsession with neat and tidy histories. “America loves a linear history and a linear history wants us to think about things as discrete events. We should instead be thinking about history as sets of logic and systems that preserve power.” It is a week before the opening of Rasheed’s latest solo exhibition, at The Weeksville Heritage Center in Brooklyn and it is... [more]
  Shortlist for the Georgia Fee Artist | Writer ResidencySummer Term 2015 We are pleased to announce our shortlist for the Summer 2015 residency. The candidates will be interviewed this coming week and the selected resident will be announced at the beginning of June. Thank you to everyone who applied, this was an exceptionally competitive round. All applications were considered and discussed at length amongst our panel and even if you did not make it this time, we encourage you to... [more]
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