We all know nothing lasts forever. Life is full of change and loss from the very moment we are born. And yet it can be difficult to let go our grasp on things or people that feel permanent no matter how prepared we think we are for their passage. The loss of a loved one, whether sudden or long expected, opens up channels of mourning and remembrance that can be simultaneously crushing and cathartic. Absence itself becomes a presence when we are mired in the stages of grief. Change, no matter how carefully planned, can shake us to the core. Give yourself time and space to approach loss and change slowly. Know that life will be necessarily different now but that in change and even in loss there can be new horizons never before dreamed possible.
Colette Gaiter examines the graphic history of movements. She has done extensive work focused on former Black Panther artist Emory Douglas. Gaiter has also spent time in Cuba where, she notes, postering is still widely used because limited access to internet removes the social media option commonly employed in movements around the world today. Her work looks at the iconic imagery from movements through history. She speculates about what will become the future of iconic imagery stemming from the present political resistance in the United States saying she strongly suspects “a sea of pink hats” will one day represent the current anti-Trump movement.
George H. Waterman, III is the director of the Visual Art Library which he describes as “an effort to cover the art of the twentieth century and the contemporary period.” Waterman studied Art History at Harvard and has served on art committees and boards at such venerable institutions as Whitney Museum, Dia Art Foundation, MoMA, and others. In his current work for Visual Art Library he curates books about art from around the globe. The library is located in New London, Connecticut and includes approximately 3,000 square feet of book stacks and a reading room.
Books to Read
Reading can be a source of great solace. Add your titles to our reading list here. User Heidrun Holzfeind offers us The Beautiful Struggle by Ta-Nehisi Coates while David Travis turns to the works of Rebecca Solnit such as Hope in the Dark.
Opportunities / Open Calls
National Sculpture Society is accepting applications for Participation Scholarships to the National Sculpture Society’s Sculpture Celebration Conference. Sculptors between the ages of 21-35 are eligible to apply. Up to ten recipients will receive a two night stay in New York City, a $150 stipend, and paid registration to the conference. Travel must be paid by participants. There is no fee to apply and the deadline is April 10.
A Few Words to Keep in your Pocket
Writer and journalist Anne Rophie wrote, “Grief is in two parts. The first is loss. The second is the remaking of life.” The same can be said for change of any kind. Take time to acknowledge the loss. Go with courage toward the remaking of life.
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