Make an art date
We’re all at the end of our rope. I had to intervene when a prof started bullying a woman student in the cafeteria. He told me to mind my business. I told him that bothering someone before my very eyes was my business. He ended up apologizing to everyone involved. That’s the nice thing about being a middle-aged madame now. People take a second look at my burgeoning wrinkles and stop assuming things—that they can indulge in unacceptable behavior, for one. I wish I could get all women to this place with the wave of a wand. My favorite saying: “A wise woman once said, Fuck this shit, and she lived happily ever after.” Punk rock forever.
Anyway, for this month, this blog isn’t supposed to be about me, but about my brand. But that’s the beauty of it: my mission is my brand, and my mission is to help and encourage women and artists and their advocates. And so, back to the thesis. Everyone wants a more just and inclusive world. You’d think that’s easily done in the arts. After 3 months in Montreal buried in books and furiously tapping papers out on my laptop, I made an art date. In one day, I saw the Kent Monkman exhibit at the McCord, I met the director of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and I encountered Brendan Fernandes’s art, which combines ballet with contemporary African art. Does it get any more relevant to equitable representation in dance?
I’d love to talk to you about the quality of each experience. But that’s not what I’m supposed to do, which melts my mind. I have to talk to you about the messages and promotions that lead me to these events. I get it. The Promotions class isn’t about the beauty or importance of the art, but about how we make people aware of its existence. So I asked my aunt, how did she hear of the Kent Monkman exhibit? It somehow sneaked through her filters. We have strong filters, which means that we take in just 7 to 12 messages a day, out of 1200! What percolated through your filters this week? What about it struck you?
Remember The Artist’s Way? Yeah, I know, I haven’t written my pages in two decades either. I didn’t mean to stir that up. But make an art date sometime this year. [Gratuitous plug:] Get down to the Quartier des Spectacles for the light show or a lecture about art and urban renewal.
3/27/2019 11:29:21 am
I’m planning on seeing the Red Cedar chamber music ensemble in Solon IA on Friday. I recognized two of the performers whose son is on the same basketball team as my son. I haven’t actually met these folks, just see them from afar at the games. They’re playing some Bach and Dvorak. I’m hoping to go with a letterpress artist I know. What she does has nothing to do with this except that I’m wildly impressed with her work. There is so much art in and around Iowa City. Something I wasn’t expecting when I moved here.
3/27/2019 12:19:39 pm
You ask about my filters..... having someone so aware of the arts - not just art, but music, dance, theatre in my life has reminded me to open my filters - to disregard them completely. Art is everywhere in this city of Montreal and just watching the light come into my loft awakes a relationship to life brings joy and an almost childlike excitement. I spent time last night wandering through the ArtsMontrealTournee.org website. How can one live in this city and keep the filters and blinkers closed!!
4/12/2019 09:46:11 am
Branding is a necessity in these times. As an artist it feels like a big chore but ultimately pays off. I make art and by sharing it means the lights stay on. That wonderful feeling when people respond is priceless. On a recent quickie trip up to San Francisco, I was blown away by the collection at MOMA. All the heavy hitter famous artists in the collection. I felt inspired and wondered at each artist’s story of how they made it. Who decided the work had merit? Was it Talent? Personality? Individual Philosophy? Luck meets opportunity? Probably all those factors-now here they are in this fabulous collection. I felt inspired and hopeful like I haven’t in a long time. Like it could happen for me with the right exposure.
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