Artists in Their Studios: Selma Hortense Burke to Mickalene Thomas 

Selma Hortense Burke. Source: Smithsonian American Art Museum The portrait of the artist in the studio is a meaningful image. In The New Yorker, Lilly Lampe articulates its power. "The studios of famous artists are fascinating for the double insight they provide us: on the one hand, a view of the creative process; on the… Continue reading Artists in Their Studios: Selma Hortense Burke to Mickalene Thomas 

Junot Diaz on Toni Morrison 

Junot Diaz and Toni Morrison. Source: NYPL "Besides the fact that you can out-write any motherfucker on the planet sentence by sentence…. that little fact always puts me to bed comfortable, no matter what the hell is going on in the world. I always lay in bed and I’m like, the best writer in the… Continue reading Junot Diaz on Toni Morrison 

Carol Abraczinskas. Source: Chicago Tribune  “Pencil. Always pencil. I really prefer how a scientific specimen looks when drawn with a great range of tone.”  Scientific illustrator Carol Abraczinskas discusses her favorite medium, the process of creating scientific illustrations for publication, and her definition of the word ‘artist’. Never met a scientific illustrator? Meet Carol #CarolAbraczinskas… Continue reading

Legendary Encounter 

This photograph is fascinating. Does it document Frida and Josephine's first meeting? What did they talk about? There is speculation of an affair between them, but neither claimed the other as a lover.  Frida Kahlo and Josephine Baker were uniquely 20th century creations. They were artists and libertines, masters at captivating public interest and subverting… Continue reading Legendary Encounter 

The late Gwen Ifill on doing your best work and the fight to be seen and heard

"You work hard. It’s not how you get in the door. It’s what you do once you are through the door. And you make sure that you make friends and learn lessons from the people who are willing to help and ignore the haters." "And imagine watching a convention when Barbara Jordan gets up and… Continue reading The late Gwen Ifill on doing your best work and the fight to be seen and heard