dorothy miller

16 Americans

Pioneering MoMA curator Dorothy Miller was renowned for her ability to scope out and promote innovative artistic talent, but even by her standards it was clear she had organized something extraordinary with 16 Americans. The 1959 exhibition was the fifth in the Americans series, which introduced exceptional contemporary American artists. In the accompanying catalogue, Miller mused that the show had an “unusually fresh, richly varied, vigorous, and youthful character.” The work on display was groundbreaking, even to the point of vexing some conservative critics, who dismissed as folly works such as Robert Rauschenberg’s Combine paintings, Jasper Johns’s flags and targets, and especially four nearly monochromatic black paintings by a 23-year-old Frank Stella. The chances Miller took paid rich dividends: while initially controversial, the work in this exhibition would set the stage for the eclecticism and experimentation of the decade to come and soon be established as iconic American art. Check out the catalogue, exhibition views, and more at mo.ma/52exhibitions.

In early 1944, Dorothy Dandridge appeared in the all black musical revue Sweet ‘n’ Hot. This revue opened at the Mayan Theatre in Los Angeles. This provided young Dottie an opportunity to work with Mabel Scott, Marie Bryant, comics Miller and Lee, dancer Freddie Gordon, and emcee Leonard Reed.

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All For One | Episode 17 | “The Good Guys” or “Stop blowing holes in my ship”

Sometimes standing up for ourselves comes with great cost but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth it. Great character development and a turning point for Portia. Who keeps being the Boss.

Also, Dan Mousseau doing a great job because lately I just feel like punching Miller in the face. With a chair.

A bunch of Dorlex headcanons you never even asked for

  • Alex doesn’t like malls, so she online shops a lot
  • When they live together, Dorothy alway opens the packages and pops any bubble wrap she finds
  • Unfortunately, she also finds her birthday presents, which are always perfect and she gets so excited and how is she going to keep the fact that she knows about the perfect present a secret for the next two months?!
  • She doesn’t keep it a secret for more than three days
  • Alex always goes to the mall to buy one extra present Dorothy hasn’t seen yet
  • Alex loves flowers. All the flowers everywhere. Dorothy sometimes forgets to buy toothpaste, but she always gets flowers for Alex
  • they go out for ice cream a lot and at the beginning they try to share, but of course eating ice cream turns into spoon wrestling and ice cream in their hair
  • Alex shamelessly steals Dorothy’s sweatpants and tanktops 
  • neither one of them can dance. They make up for it in enthusiasm
  • Dorothy is an equally enthusiastic singer (she’s not too good at it though)
  • Alex is a great singer (don’t you dare tell anyone)
  • Dorothy hogs all the covers and basically sleeps on top of Alex, one hand on top of Alex’s hand
  • they double date with Portiana, duh
  • after Miller and Dorothy break up, because he is shady af, Dorothy accidentally calls Alex instead of him and goes on an angry rant for about 20 minutes before taking a solid breath. After Alex whispers “Dorothy, I’m sorry”, Dorothy hangs up. They never speak of it again.
  • Dorothy is ticklish and Alex shows no mercy
  • before finals, they spend a lot of time studying in the library. One night, Dorothy falls asleep on one of Alex’s books, pen in hand and hair sticking out of her bun, snoring slightly. It’s the most adorable thing Alex has seen in a while 
  • when Dorothy finally gets into MST she screams and hugs everyone too tight and then they go to celebrate with junk food and Dorothy grabs Alex’s hand and excitedly drags her out of the apartment. That’s the moment Alex starts to realize she is fucking screwed.
MoMA | Original Stretcher for Picasso’s Guernica Rediscovered in MoMA Storage

The original stretcher for Picasso’s Guernica, which was on extended loan to the museum for 42 years, has been rediscovered in MoMA storage. Read the incredible story behind the authentication on our blog.

[Clockwise from top left: Reinstalling Guernica in 1964. From left: Dorothy Miller, conservation assistant, Tosca Zagni, Jean Volkmer, and Alfred H. Barr, Jr. Conservation files, The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Painting conservator Jean Volkmer restretching Picasso’s Guernica to its new stretcher, The Museum of Modern Art, 1964. Conservation files, The Museum of Modern Art, New York; Conservators and art handlers preparing to attach Picasso’s Guernica to its new stretcher, The Museum of Modern Art, 1964. Conservation files, The Museum of Modern Art, New York. All photos: Nancy Astor]

(via MoMA | Original Stretcher for Picasso’s Guernica Rediscovered in MoMA Storage)

anonymous asked:

First things first: I love yor show! The existence of Dorothy Castlemore, a proud, self-identified bi woman, is so important to me and really is something that I've never seen in media before. I'm a little bit worried, though - I was so excited (1/?)

when Dorothy started dating Miller because far too often bi women in relationships with men face prejudice and erasure of their sexuality. I appreciate that you didn’t do this, but having Dorothy’s relationship with a man end as badly as it seems (2/?)

it will seems uncomfortable to me in that it sort of reinforces the “good bi women end up with women” concept (unintentionally, I’m sure). Please tell me you’re not going to throw Dorothy’s attraction to men under the bus. Sincerely, a bi fan (3/3)

Hi there, thank you for coming to us with this very important topic. It’s very true that bisexuals have a tough time both in real life and in fictional stories having their identities validated no matter who they’re dating. Even some of the comments we received about Miller (before the narrative started hinting at his suspiciousness), were indicative of the prejudice bi women face in wlw spaces (and the opposite is true in heteronormative spaces). And we don’t want to speak over your feelings as a bi-person watching the show. Whatever our intentions were, it doesn’t negate your reactions.

We did strive to build a narrative that treated Dorothy’s bisexuality as an indisputable fact of her identity. That presented her feelings for men and women as equally strong and valid and that whether she is dating a guy or a girl, she’s still a bisexual woman. After all, it is because of how hard she falls for Miller, that makes his reveal hurt her so much. When Dorothy loves, she loves hard. And just because her relationship with Miller ended badly doesn’t mean she is no longer attracted to men.

That being said, we can’t say that Miller is going to turn out to be a good person, or that Dorothy and the group trusting him won’t have consequences. He is definitely a manipulative person and we can see his influence on everyone in his life - Dorothy, Alex, Rochefort, etc. We hope that the show doesn’t shame Dorothy for dating a man or makes it seem that she is redeemed if she dates a woman. Miller brings out some of Dorothy’s more destructive traits because those are the ones they have in common. They can both be vengeful, prone to dramatics, and revel in winning. Even if he weren’t some sort of triple agent wildcard, he would still not be the best match for Dorothy. He is also emotionally abusive - not because he is a man, but because he is Miller. And Dorothy was not wrong for trusting or dating him - but she is still responsible for the actions she did while with him.

Does that mean that All For One reinforces the “good bi women end up with women” trope? Especially with a limited cast of (particularly male) on-screen characters (no matter how mitigated by the chat)? We don’t have a good answer for that at this moment, and you might only be able to make your own call once you see more episodes (if you decide to keep watching). We appreciate the discourse though, as it’s only through analysis that our media can improve. Any thoughts you have on this topic either now or in the future, please don’t be afraid to share them.

With a wedding now imminent the media’s pursuit of the couple-already relentless- became overwhelming. Upon Miller’s return to New York City the morning after his testimony the couple was forced to give a press conference. Monroe’s personal publicist, Arthur Jacobs, suggested that with the weather so warm, the apartment so small and the press entourage so big they answer questions on the Sutton Place sidewalk outside her building. Clearly Marilyn Monroe was a changed person. One journalist, Dorothy Manning, a reporter for a fan magazine, wrote, 

 ’Gone was the shy, tense little girl voice, the slow groping for just the right word, the hesitation in answering a question… In its place was a poised woman… Gay, relaxed, less self-conscious, she came up in a few minutes with sprightlier conversation than most stars can manage in hours.

Not everyone was so charmed. One reported, irritated after having been kept waiting for over an hour, asked, “Miss Monroe, do you plan to be on time for your wedding?” Marilyn peered at the woman for a moment then whispered, “Well, I guarantee that I’ll be there.” She got laughs with that and sympathy for her good nature. Then she asked for a few days of privacy while Arthur promised a full and lengthy press conference later in the week. 

-Arthur Miller: His Life and Work by Martin Gottfried