This recent show at the Museum of Modern Art captured the highlights from three of their exhibitions from the 1940s and 1950s. Some of my favorites were these pieces from several of the mid-century modern masters.
Detroit was home to famed architect Minoru Yamasaki for many years and can boast of some of his finest work. His elegant structures hint at the range of his prolific talent. I love the delicacy and grace that he marries to strength and purity of form.
Here are a few of my local favorites.
I have long been fascinated with the Japanese concept of ‘wabi-sabi’ which celebrates the beauty in objects that have become imperfect and time-worn. Their patina from use and aging is more interesting to me than a sterile and pristine perfection.
Prolific Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama’s blockbuster Infinity Mirror show at the High Museum in Atlanta has just closed. In this stunning exhibition she fearlessly explores life and death, obliteration and preservation, singularity and multiplicity. Here are a few shots that capture a bit of the power of the show.
Since 1909 the Zulu Club has exuberantly turned Mardi Gras tradition upside down. Today their parade is a highlight of the carnival season. Their elaborate regalia are beautifully crafted and visually stunning. But the interpretation of their attire and use of blackface has become more fraught in 2019. Here are the official Zulu statement and two thoughtful articles that take a nuanced look at Zulu traditions:
Zulu press release February 13, 2019
Times-Picayune op ed February 16, 2019
New York Times article February 14, 2019
I shot most of these photos February 2, 2019 at the annual Flag Raising ceremony for the incoming Zulu King held this year in Algiers. The four dukes in the bottom row are from Mardi Gras day 2018. Their costumes show a strong linkage to the fabulous finery of the Mardi Gras Indians.
Mike Kelly envisioned ‘Mobile Homestead’ as an exact replica of his childhood home in Westland, Michigan. He described it as ‘every man’s home’ and a ‘typical house of the suburbs.’ Its final resting place at the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit is hugely ironic - Midtown is nothing like the Detroit suburbs.
Doug Aitken created the ‘Mirage Detroit’ installation out of faceted mirror panels and placed it inside the historic State Savings Bank in downtown Detroit. Aitken deliberately replicated the simple form of the iconic American ranch house but with infinite reflections dissolving the boundaries of space and shape. Andi Watson collaborated with Aitken on the haunting lighting effects.
African-born, Philadelphia-raised artist Odili Donald Odita created a series of flags for an installation that was part of Prospect.4 The Lotus in Spite of the Swamp. Emblazoned with his signature geometric design and saturated colors these flags proudly flew over sites of significance for enslaved Africans and, later, civil rights struggles.
There were a couple of sites that did not have flags displayed when I tried to photograph them. Below are Dooky Chase and Sportsman's Corner. The other site was Dillard University.