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Colour by Significance

Monday, March 2nd, 2015

Laurie says: As someone who has been a black and white photographer for most of her photographic life, I’ve always considered color both easy and difficult. Easy because it reflects the way we think we see the world. (Although photography is always a particular vision or/an interpretation.) Black and white for me is simultaneously abstract […]

No, Mr. Congressman, It Doesn’t Go There

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Laurie and Debbie say: By now, you have probably heard about Idaho Congressman Vito Barbieri, who (apparently seriously) asked during a committee hearing on (yes, still more!) abortion restrictions  if a woman could swallow a small camera to conduct a pregnancy exam. Dr. Julie Madsen, the physician witness politely told him that swallowed pills “don’t […]

Swimsuit Issue Makes the News … Twice

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

Debbie says: Sports Illustrated is in financial trouble, and the magazine’s famous swimsuit issue is apparently what’s keeping it afloat. This is almost certainly why they put (no! I know you’re shocked!) a controversial photograph on the cover. Tracy Moore at Jezebel reports on the controversy over whether or not model Hannah Davis is “showing […]

Alberta Who? Where, Oklahoma? Erased Black History

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Debbie says: Unlike Aurin Squire, who wrote “MLK’s Mother Was Assassinated, Too: The Forgotten Women Of Black History Month” for Talking Points Memo, I am not of African descent. However, Squire and I are alike in having thought we were “fairly well-versed in African-American history.” What’s more, I was (and Squire perhaps was not) alive […]

Featured Artist: Women’s Caucus of the Arts

Monday, February 9th, 2015

Laurie says: It was a surprise to be chosen as one of the twelve Women’s Caucus of the Arts members to be featured for a month on the front page of the WCA website. The “Featured Artist” section of the website includes 3 rotating images. It was hard to choose 3 images to represent my […]

You Don’t Have to Settle: Fat Sex on Your Own Terms

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

Debbie says: I don’t actually think Sarah Hollowell at The Butter (“This Is an Essay About a Fat Woman Being Loved and Getting Laid”) and Philippe Leonard Fradet at The Body Is Not an Apology (“Sex at Every Size!” were conspiring to get me to write about this topic. They probably don’t even know each […]

Cid Pearlman: “Economies of Effort” Show Premiere

Saturday, January 31st, 2015

Laurie says: I wrote about my daughter Cid’s new work on Body Impolitic a couple of weeks ago.  Here’s part of what I said: “My daughter Cid Pearlman has a major work opening in San Francisco in February. I’ve been watching her work for over 25 years and the combination of beautiful complex dance and […]

Zanele Muholi : LGBT Faces from South Africa

Thursday, January 29th, 2015

Laurie says: Muholi’s powerful portraits of LGBT people in her community is stunning art and makes the invisible visible to us.  Her work gives us a sense of the reality of who the people in her portraits are, as they look at us. She is referred to as a visual activist and that certainly expresses […]

The Art and Science of Sushi

Sunday, January 25th, 2015

Laurie and Debbie say: We’ve all had the experience of looking at a beautiful display of sushi, in a window or in a photograph or on a tray at our table, and feeling like we’re in the presence of art. And, in a sense, we often are: Japanese sushi chefs pride themselves on the beauty […]

Links Begin a New Year

Thursday, January 22nd, 2015

Fix YouTube video,  use closing references, add tags Debbie says: I started seriously harvesting links right around the turn of the year, and now I have a bumper crop! (And look, it’s not even a mixed metaphor.) Kristina Bravo at TakePart calls our attention to “This Girl Can,” a United Kingdom public service announcement that’s […]


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