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Jessica Lynne

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In Conversation with Photographer Nakeya Brown - ARTS.BLACK

woman over black black over woman woman over black each night, I twist my two-strands - Nakeya Brown   Nakeya Brown is a photographer on the rise. Currently pursuing an MFA at George Washington University, her work addresses the complexities of Black female identity with a specific focus on hair politics. Her photography - both still life and portraiture - is deliberately rooted in a feminist praxis, blending soft color palettes with distinct markers of Black hair care . On the... [more]
Posted by Jessica Lynne on 4/18/15

Painter Titus Kaphar rejects the myths of American benevolence

Titus Kaphar is perhaps, the most important artist to have exhibited work in New York City this winter. Is that a lofty claim? Probably. Does that bother me? No. Here’s why: The more I learn about the field of contemporary art, the more I learn that it can be a realm far removed from the minutiae of daily life of most people. No city encapsulates this troubling energy more than New York City. The gap between the city’s art world elite and us “regular” folks is wide, my friends. In his... [more]
Posted by Jessica Lynne on 2/26/15

Review: Devin Troy Strother's Space Jam - ARTS.BLACK

With , Strother continues his humorous observations on race, pop culture and the art world through the lens of basketball. The show draws its name from the 1996 film of the same title but you will find no trace of Bugs Bunny on Strother’s intergalactic courts.       His signature oversized, free standing aluminum sculptures are the first works one sees upon entering the gallery’s lobby. Strother has described these sculptures as an ode to classical Roman and Greek statues and much like their... [more]
Posted by Jessica Lynne on 2/16/15

HiiPower: Styling Black Resistance - ARTS.BLACK

I. On December 3rd, 2014, I returned to New York having spent a week abroad in Copenhagen and London. Tired, hungry but full of what I can only describe as a whimsical European sense of euphoria, I made my way through customs at JFK airport, past baggage claim and onto the Airtran platform.  In typical New York transit fashion, the airtran wasn’t fully operational so I found myself in the middle of a crowd of angsty tourists unsure of how to reach their midtown hotel destinations. Hello,... [more]
Posted by Jessica Lynne on 2/16/15