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This Artist Spent An Entire Year Capturing The Beauty and Essence Of Powerful Women

Unlike most of us, illustrator Lisa Congdon kept her 2013 resolution, for the entire year. We—and the internet—are better for it.  In late 2012, Congdon, who lives and draws in Oakland, Calif., decided with writer Maria Popova (a Bulgarian living in Brooklyn, N.Y) to celebrate an influential woman each week in 2013. They titled the resulting collaboration, The Reconstructionists, and set up a Tumblr page to house their work: a new portrait and short essay on each of their subjects went live every Monday.  "We didn't intend for this to be inclusive of all noteworthy women or even the top 52," Congdon said. "That would have been impossible. We didn't come close to featuring all the women we wanted to, but we are hoping we exposed people to women they might not have known about... Read More →

Must-See: Carrie Mae Weems At Cleveland Museum Of Art

"Mother with Children," from Boardwalk, Santa Monica, 1980–82 Photographer and artist Carrie Mae Weems paused in front of more than 600 rapt listeners in late August to take a question from a young woman about her series called “Ain’t Jokin,” excerpted in the current retrospective of her work at the Cleveland Museum of Art. Weems had shown her Cleveland audience a slide of a black woman looking into a mirror asking who is the fairest of them all. The cutting retort in all capital letters: “Snow White, you black bitch, and don’t you forget it!”  Weems then repeated aloud another question posed in the 1988 “Ain’t Jokin” series: “What are the three things you can’t give a black person? Answer: a black eye, a fat lip and a job.” Some in the audience gasped.... Read More →
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