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coffeshop AU with additional cuteness

Apricot Croissant Lion Lysandre as a Manager and an owner of the Cafe that serves beautiful pastry and sweets, Blueberry Cheesecake Bunny Sycamore is a co-owner he is a team leader for the staff and also a host (server, officiant, garcon I am not sure about correct term). The symbol is a lily and a tree but they both wear apricots on the uniform as a ~*romantic bond*~ (hmm I think that Lysandre should wear a cheesecake then….)

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Represent: Interactive by Li Sumpter

Inside the Represent Catalogue | Outside the Door

In her essay “Outside the Door” in the “Represent: 200 Years of African American Artcatalogue, consulting curator Gwendolyn DuBois Shaw writes:

“Historically, it has been difficult for artists of African descent who are self-taught or who work in unconventional modes to receive recognition for their work from the mainstream art world. Like their white counterparts, these artists have been referred to by a number of descriptive terms that seek to elucidate their personal experiences with art making or the religious beliefs that inspired the subject matter and the creation of their work.”

“Outside the Door” is the second thematic chapter in the “Represent” exhibition catalogue. It includes references to the works of self-taught African American artists, including Horace Pippin, Jacob Lawrence, Purvis Young, William Henry Johnson, Nellie Mae Rowe, Bill Traylor, Minnie Evans, and Sister Gertrude Morgan. Often depicting the common scenes and collective spirit of the times, creations by such artists were typically labeled “popular” or “folk” art. Curators and collectors considered these works “primitive” compared to the “high” or “fine” art of classically trained artists. Outsider artists continually pushed against the doors of elite art institutions influenced by academia and the politics of affluence. While many of these so-called “visionary” artists of the twentieth century have faded into obscurity, others like the painter Henri Rousseau of France and Edward Hicks of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, have broken through those doors and transcended labels to claim a much-deserved place in museums like the Philadelphia Museum of Art and in the dynamic legacy of African American art.

For the complete “Outside the Door” essay, other writings, and additional “Represent” art available only in the catalogue, pick up your copy in the Museum Store or our online store today.


Blind Singer,” c. 1939–40, by William Henry Johnson

Farm Scene with Cow and Man,” c. 1939–42, by Bill Traylor

The End of the War: Starting Home,” 1930–33, by Horace Pippin

Taboo,” 1963, by Jacob Lawrence (© Estate of Gwendolyn Knight Lawrence/Artists Rights Society [ARS], New York)

Episode No. 177 of The Modern Art Notes Podcast features curators Michelle White and Hannah Segrave.

This week, The Menil Collection opens “Barnett Newman: The Late Work.” The exhibition examines work Newman made after "Stations of the Cross," which he completed in 1965, and the end of his life, in 1970. The exhibition includes a presentation of paintings on which Newman was working when he died. The exhibition will be on view at the Menil through August 2. The excellent exhibition catalogue is published by the Menil and is distributed by Yale University Press. Amazon offers it for $44.

The exhibition was curated by Menil conservator Bradford A. Epley and by White, who is the first guest on this week’s program. Her previous exhibitions include recent standout drawings surveys of Richard Serra and Lee Bontecou.

On the second segment, Hannah Segrave discusses her "The Novel and the Bizarre: Salvator Rosa’s Scenes of Witchcraft," which is on view at the Cleveland Museum of Art through June 14. The exhibition features Rosa’s four Scenes of Witchcraft paintings, each of which is in Cleveland’s collection, and explores how they engage with then-contemporary interests in magic, satire, literary traditions and more. Segrave is a PhD candidate at the University of Delaware specializing in Baroque art and in particular on Rosa.

How to listen to this week’s show: Listen to or download this week’s program above, or subscribe to The MAN Podcast (for free) at:

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Ikeda Manabu

A contemporary Japanese artist currently in residence at the Chazen Museum of Art in Madison, WI, Ikeda will work 8 hours a day for 3 years to complete this single 13 by 10 foot drawing.

“[H]e works so slowly that everything that he produces gets snapped up so quickly… There are collectors in Japan just waiting.” — Russell Panczenko, director of the Chazen

read more here and visit the current exhibition