Michi Meko: Navigating Contemporary Art

No.88

By Sara Lee Burd

michi-meko-photograph-by-terrell-clark

Michi Meko, Photograph by Terrell Clark

Atlanta-based artist Michi Meko remembers the fear he experienced when he learned that being black meant following certain rules to make other people comfortable. “When you are a black teenage boy there is a moment where your elder will tell you how to survive your daily life. This is how you interact with cops, where to go, how to act. There are instructions for your survival.”

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Barry Doupe: Ponytail

Suspending the Story to Tell the Story

Review

By Matt Christy

Image: Barry Doupe', Still from Ponytail, 92min, computer animation, 2008

Ponytail is the moment laughter turns into tortured dry heaving.

Ponytail is the Toa Te Ching mixed with vodka and spritzer.

Ponytail is an oversized baby that babbles in animal calls and Zen koans.

Ponytail is airport boredom. Flounder flavored toothpaste. Acupuncture tit. Burst bubbles. I could go on trying to find the right disjoinery to help describe this unexplainable film, but I won’t.

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The Beautiful Mysterious: The Extraordinary Gaze of William Eggleston

The exhibition at The University of Mississippi Museum in Oxford will run September 13, 2016 through January 14, 2017.

Review

By Amanda Malloy

Image: Installation view. Photo by Amanda Malloy. Permission and courtesy of the Eggleston Artistic Trust

William Eggleston’s use of deeply saturated color and seemingly mundane subject matter may have caused some controversy at the photographer’s premiere exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art in 1976, but today Eggleston is widely considered one of our greatest living photographers. A collection of thirty-six of the Sumner, Mississippi native and current Memphis resident’s beautiful color prints, as well as several rarely seen black-and-white images, are now on view at The University of Mississippi Museum through January, 2017.

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Duane Paxson: Malelingue

Perspective Gallery, Virginia Tech Blacksburg, Virginia August 26-October 21, 2016

Review

By Dorothy Joiner

Image: Duane Paxson, Malelingue, 2016, steel, fiberglass, and wood, photo by Moseley Photography

In 1898, an open letter printed on the front page of the liberal Parisian newspaper l’Aurore began with the words “J’accuse.”   Emile Zola thus began his denunciation of the President of France and of the government for anti-Semitism in the conviction of Alfred Dreyfus, who was accused of having provided secret military information to the German government. Although he was eventually exonerated and even awarded the légion d’honneur, Dreyfus suffered greatly during his ordeal, undergoing not only public humiliation but also physical hardship, spending time in the penal colony on Devil’s Island off the coast of French Guiana.

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