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I really, really love Yoko Ono-her spirit, her art and her boldness. While in London I was able to visit the Serpentine Gallery located in the beautiful Kensington Gardens. The purpose for my visit to was to view the Yoko Ono exhibit To The Light which featured the Smiles Film.The purpose of this film according to Yoko is to fulfill her ultimate goal in film-making by making a film that includes a smiling face snap of every single human being in the world. At the end of the exhibit gallery visitors are invited to add their picture to the film which I did with my new friend Ariana a fellow traveler from New Zealand. See the picture below:
For thousands of years people of African descent have created wonderful pieces of visual art, most of which was stolen by “archaeologist” and is held in museums throughout the Western world. In spite of the classism and racism that is prevalent in the art world there are many Black artist who are continuing our creative tradition and pushing artistic boundaries. Though many of us know that we dominate music, dancing and singing it should also be noted that from Jean-Michel Basquiat to Kara Walker Black artist have and are currently making valuable contributions to the art world. Most often Black art is not just “art for art’s sake” but a visual call to justice. View these wonderful pieces of of art below:
By Kara Walker
The piece above is a powerful reflection on the destruction of the Black family that occurred during slavery, though uncomplicated it shows the terror of slavery. Instead of featuring the male slave master this piece shows the role white women played in slavery thus challenging the traditional slave narrative.
“Apparitional Visitations” by Suzanne Jackson, 1973
This piece by Suzanne Jackson is a beautiful reflection on the inner spirit of the Black woman.
“Sleep” by Kehinde Wiley Photo by AP Photo/Corcoran Gallery of Art
This piece is a powerful and beautiful representation of the Black man. “Sleep” was featured in the 30 Americans’ exhibit at Washington’s Corcoran Gallery of Art. 30 Americans’ was an exhibition of Black male contemporary artist that focused on sexuality, racism and historical identity.
“No Time for Jivin” by John Outterbridge, 1969
Rugged with a splash of red this piece gets straight to the point.
We’re riding together but sit worlds apart. The stockbroker, the mother, the hobo living in separate realities, yet riding in the same car. The A Train zips from beaches to hoods to ground zero. Our liberal metropolis is a kingdom of progressive “niceties” . The A Train is a silver chariot carrying us through our politely segregated city.