The Allied Media Conference cultivates strategies for a more just and creative world. We come together to share tools and tactics for transforming our communities through media-based organizing.
Vision of the Allied Media Conference
Participatory Media to Transform Our Selves and Our World The Allied Media Conference advances our visions for a just and creative world. It is a laboratory for media-based solutions to the matrix of life-threatening problems we face. Since our founding in 1999, we have evolved our definition of media, and the role it can play in our lives – from zines to video-blogging to breakdancing, to communicating solidarity and creating justice. Each conference builds off the previous one and plants the seeds for the next. Ideas and relationships evolve year-round, incorporating new networks of media-makers, technologists and social justice organizers. We draw strength from our converging movements to face the challenges and opportunities of our current moment. We are ready to create, connect and transform.
I found an interesting albeit simplistic timeline showing key events that launched the Feminist art movement’. In 1969, the Whitney Annual (now a biennial) included 8 women out of 143 artists. How much as changed? I’ve heard the quote that 1 out of every 10 solo exhibitions in Chelsea is by a female artist.
Sounds about the same as 40 years ago.
As the Guerrilla Girls famously asked in 1989, “Do women have to be naked to get into the Met. Museum?”. At that time, the Guerilla Girls observed that ‘less than 5% of the artists in the Modern Art sections are women, but 85% of the nudes are female’. Based on their updated poster for 2005 and the stats from 2008, I am remiss to conclude that not much has changed. Nicholas Forrest writes on the subject in in more depth in his piece on sexism in the art world and links to the Top 30 Offenders of 2008, let’s make one for 2010.
I just got put on to Josh Liner’s Sound Advice. There are so many tracks that I used to play on my radio show as a hip-hop dj in college. WOZQ ya’ll! Remember when hip-hop used to be good? I know I’m dating myself but Mobb Deep, DITC, Group home, (old) NaS, Gang Starr, Organized Konfusion….
Sound Advice featuring Josh Liner. Josh owns an art gallery in New York.
Sound Advice 40 - Josh Liner
Drop A Gem On Em - Mobb Deep Thick - DITC No Idea’s Original - NaS Robin Hood Theory - Gang Starr Supa Star - Group Home American Dream - Children of the Corn Da Mystery of Chessboxin’ - Wu-Tang Clan Rainy Dayz - Raekwon Cold World - GZA Brooklyn Zoo - Ol’ Dirty Bastard N.Y.C. Everything - RZA Downtown Swinga ‘96 - M.O.P. Invetro - Organized Konfusion When It Pours It Rains - Diamond D Stanley Kubrick - R.A. the Rugged Man Commission - Shyne I Got A Story To Tell - The Notorious B.I.G.
“Our debt to Haiti stems from four main sources: slavery, the US occupation, dictatorship and climate change. These claims are not fantastical, nor are they merely rhetorical. They rest on multiple violations of legal norms and agreements.”—Naomi Klein, in The Nation (via abbyjean)
February 19 - May 22, 2010 Leslie/Lohman 26 Wooster St (between Grand & Canal) New York, NY
When Girls Were Boys and Boys Were Girls is an exhibition of paintings and drawings by Grace Moon and Jen P. Harris. Focusing on portraiture, the artists use the lens to explore themes of romance, gender and androgyny in queer pop culture. Curated by Cora Lambert.
Referencing cinematic stills, Harris creates closely cropped ink drawings of couples embracing. By slightly altering her characters, she releases herself of heterosexual stereotypes, obscuring their faces and leaving the viewer with a vaguely familiar scene.
With a background in traditional oil painting, Moon shows Western imagery in the way of lineage tradition. Her colorful paintings of gay subjects can be seen in the context of queer identity in a way that is reminiscent of Mapplethorpe and Opie.
This exhibition is presented in the windows of the Leslie/Lohman Gallery and is on view 24/7 from the sidewalk and street only. Best viewing time is after sundown.