Weekly Culture Report: Four short tidbits
Happy Thanksgiving week!
Some good goodies for this short week...
1. I was excited to hear that a bunch of big time, big time, artists (Yoko Ono, Kara Walker, Mark Dion, and Cauleen Smith, to name a few) got together for this year's Prospect New Orleans. Over 20 venues house installations and exhibitions of work that speak to the city's dynamic culture. Follow Prospect_Nola to see all the coolness.
2. I liked learning about how Richard Avedon pushed for equality in the fashion industry and beyond.
Avedon and James Baldwin were friends in high school and even edited a periodical together called "The Magpie" at DeWitt Clinton High School in NYC. There's a new show of his work in Chelsea and the NYTimes says he's more relevant than ever.
3. Speaking of, I think it's awesome that the NYTimes published another "NYTimes for Kids" this Sunday (the first was in May). They announced that they will launch a monthly edition starting in January. I liked "How I became a basketball player" by LeBron James and "12 Movies to see before you turn 13" (Bummer! These aren't available online!)
And more on kid stuff...
4. I loved reading about one of my favorite childhood author/illustrators, Barbara Cooney, and what a radical life she led! This piece in the Atlantic, father Nathan Perl-Rosenthal writes about her unconventional life and approach to children's literature.
Her books tell stories of people leading extraordinary, often lonely, lives, but changing the world by following their dreams... Miss Rumphius (1982) is single and lives alone until her death (unusual for a female main character in a children's book). She brings joy to the world by planting flowers wherever she goes. Eleanor tells the story of the sad, solitary, childhood of Eleanor Roosevelt, how she used her pain to become an advocate and ally for the those without a voice.
I have a newfound appreciation for Cooney's work and the motivations behind it. Thanks for speaking your truth, Barbara!
Mom! Hope your week is short and sweet!
Soak in all that family love!
Cover photo of Zazi, the street performer, by Richard Avedon