thenearsightedmonkey:

Dear Students,

Here is a good series of pictures to draw. Spend about 15 minutes on each drawing. Start with non-photo blue and then pick any pony you like to take you the rest of the way.

Sincerely

Professor Lynda B.

darksilenceinsuburbia:

Wayne Lawrence

Orchard Beach: The Bronx Riviera

Although New York’s Bronx is considered one of the most diverse communities in America out of which many subcultures originated, such as Hip Hop and Salsa, it’s still viewed as a no man’s land by many of the city’s inhabitants. Perhaps it is a matter of simple geography that many refuse to venture to the northernmost of the city’s five boroughs or, quite possibly, it may be the Borough’s malevolent reputation lingering from its tumultuous past.

From its earliest years, the Bronx has been a hotbed of immigrant working class families, but its image has largely been defined by the urban blight of the late 1960’s through to the 1980’s when arson, drug addiction and social neglect decimated many of its neighborhoods. For the families who have called this scarred landscape home, Orchard Beach, the only beach in the borough, was and remains a treasured respite from the sweltering confines of the concrete jungle. Built in the 1930s by urban planner Robert Moses, the beach carries the stigma as being one of the worst in New York and is commonly known as Horseshit Beach or Chocha Beach.

I began shooting portraits of Orchard Beach’s summertime regulars in 2005 shortly after moving to New York, realizing that the stigma attached to this oasis was largely unjustified - I felt compelled to engage with this community of working class families and colorful characters. The photographs in ‘Orchard Beach – The Bronx Riviera’ celebrate the pride and dignity of the beach’s visitors, working-class people.

Immediately catching the viewer’s eye is the extravagant style of many of the photographs’ subjects – a quest for identity and sense of belonging. Some individuals carry scars and markings that hint to their own personal histories, which often reflect the complex history of the borough itself. Within the gaze of those portrayed we see a community standing in defiance of popular opinion.

The six years I spent photographing Orchard Beach have not only given me the time and space to reflect on the importance of family and community, but also a sense of belonging and purpose. After having experienced the most profound grief when my older brother was brutally murdered, photography has not only offered me an opportunity to give a voice to a community often misunderstood but also a means of healing from the loss experienced.

— Wayne Lawrence / INSTITUTE

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amandapalmer:

it’s true.

amandapalmer:

it’s true.

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brittany-crowther:

thoughttornado:

cheetosanddildos:

ruinedchildhood:

has this been done yet

Thank you.

FINALLY!

YES.

brittany-crowther:

darcyoday:

wanna-buy-some-crack:

Forever Smashing.

Lmao

Lolz

arcmagazine:

ARC Magazine turned 2 today! Thank you for being a part of this journey with the team!

arcmagazine:

ARC Magazine turned 2 today! Thank you for being a part of this journey with the team!

thousands of flower petals covering a town, blasted from a neighboring volcano, in Costa Rica.

photographer: Nick Meek, commercial shot for Sony.

(Source: justgo-up, via arcmagazine)

blackcontemporaryart:

Ackee & Saltifsh (Short Film Trailer) - Cecile Emeke, 2014

On a unusually sunny Sunday in East London, two best friends, Olivia and Rachel, go to pick up takeaway food after Rachel forgets to soak the saltfish.

contemporaryartworld:

Faig Ahmed

thehammermuseum:

When is an object art and when is it artifact?

How can a permanent collection be both comprehensive and flexible?

How does the cultural territory around a museum impact its mission and purpose?

How can museums be both culturally specific and expansive at the same time? 

5 things our academic programs coordinator Zoe learned at thejewishmuseum's Tent: Museums seminar: http://bit.ly/1xU0oQH

Nava Lubelski, working with the idea of destruction and restoration, tearing and cutting stained areas of a painted canvas then carefully repairing them with embroidery. The web-like structures over the larger holes are beautiful and embellish the repair work in such a precious way, the contrasting colours on the final image really stand out for me too.

Zeina

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