Mickalene Thomas, Shinique: Now I Know

It’s easy to love the rhinestone-encrusted work of New York artist Mickalene Thomas and the temerity of an artist who would dare to bedazzle paintings that otherwise quote from the canon of the male gaze. Her large-scale mixed media…

That Rashaad Newsome should choose to take on Les Demoiselles d’Avignon is so perfect. In Look Back at It (2016), all of the figures from Picasso’s painting are replicated, but in collages made up of black bodies, fireballs, and…

A small envelope on the table contained several notecards, each one with a discussion prompt related to the Black Lives Matter movement. Our table began with the question, “How have you contributed to #blacklivesmatter?” Only one of the seven people…

The power of the song “Summertime,” delivered as a lullaby at the opening of the 1934 opera Porgy and Bess, is its irony. The livin’ couldn’t have been easy for people of color in Charleston in 1934, and this…

In a heated public hearing on the scale of a Greek drama, the New Orleans City Council voted on December 17 to remove four confederate monuments: Robert E. Lee, whose statue stands atop a victory column at the center…