“The fence has always been a tool in the vocabulary of political landscaping and evokes associations with words like ‘border,’ ‘security,’ and ‘neighbor,’ which are connected to the current global political environment,”
“But what’s important to remember is that while barriers have been used to divide us, as humans we are all the same. Some are more privileged than others, but with that privilege comes a responsibility to do more,”
New York Public Art Fund 40th Anniversary Celebrations.
Good Fences Make Good Neighbors will be on view October 12, 2017 – February 11, 2018 at sites throughout New York City.
Description: Lithograph of Afro-Brazilians performing capoeira dance*. From the Schomburg Photographs and Prints Division (Print Collection - South America - Brazil).
Reference: SCPR 07.23.067
Source: Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The New York Public Library
Note: danse de la guerre literally translates (from French) as “war dance”.
* This is incorrect. Capoeira is not a dance. It is a martial art that was carefully developed and designed specifically to look like a dance because it was illegal for slaves to learn how to fight.
In true embodiment of the Brazilian spirit, slaves (as I’ve explained before) crafted a fighting style that uses music and in which students do not make contact with each other (except for advanced acrobatic moves that require using another person as a springboard or something of the sort) in order to learn how to fight without getting in trouble.
Art and fashion come together to celebrate visionary artists of our time and what the word “free” means to them. Originally distributed to the public at art installations in New York, Los Angeles and Miami, Marc Jacobs x @visionaireworld have created one deluxe set of 36 posters in one custom hand-numbered bag. Please join us at Bookmarc NY tonight, June 7th, from 6-8PM to view our collaboration in-person and meet Cecilia Dean and James Kaliardos. Hope to see you there!
Actor, Rough Night producer Paul W. Downs and July cover star, comedian, actress Kate McKinnon attend as ELLE hosts Women In Comedy event with July Cover Star Kate McKinnon at Public Arts on June 13, 2017 in New York City.