On #WorldTourismDay, be a tourist in your own city! Carlo Stanga’s
poster “Underground Gallery” (2009) turns a #NYC train station into an underground art
gallery featuring #MTAArts posters of years past!
The largest graffiti mural in all of Mexico was painted on a canvas of 200 homes this past July. But the “macro mural” has done much more than simply give some color to the hillside district of Las Palmitas, a predominantly rural neighborhood with a certain degree of poverty and crime.
We’re in Alabama now - before we start art hunting in the AL, I wanted to post a final pic from our Atlanta trip. This one has a hometown connection; it’s topsy-turvy world is bought to you by @dirt_worship. #livingwallsatl #carolinecaldwell #mural #publicart #dirtworship #atlantastreetart
“Sakia, Sakia, Sakia, Sakia” is a mural I completed earlier this week in Newark, NJ. #SakiaGunn was a teenage girl who was stabbed by a man after her and her friends refused him on the street. She was 15, black, a girl, and gay. This month marks the dates of her death (May 11) and birth (May 26). It felt really appropriate and important to paint her portrait. However, I was nervous because I had trouble getting in touch with her family to get permission before starting the mural. But a few days into it, through social media, we found each other and there was nothing but love. This mural is a part of a mural of project called #GatewaystoNewark to spans over a mile on McCarter Hwy and features dozens of amazing artists. Because the murals are off of a highway, we had to work over night for only a week. 9PM - 4AM everyday. I’m not from Newark. I didn’t know Sakia personally. But she was a young black queer girl and deserves to be seen and her story heard. While painting, many people drove by a yelled out her name. A few people got out of there cars to tell me they knew her. This is the stuff that public art is good for. #sayhername
“I never go outside unless I look like Joan Crawford the movie star. If you want to see the girl next door, go next door.” - Joan Crawford
#Vintage #1940s flowing #hostess #lounging #gown in a #southwestern #noveltyprint. #1950s #picnic basket #straw purse. Attending a talk on #publicart in the City of #Boston. #EnvironmentalGlam #afro #afropunk #naturalhair (at WeWork South Station)
El Ray - Giant Olmec Head -
Teresa Lozano Long Institute of Latin American Studies, University of Texas, Austin
In November 2008, LLILAS celebrated the arrival of a special work of art on campus. The Universidad Veracruzana, one of Mexico’s most prominent universities, presented the institute with a colossal Olmec head, a replica of the iconic sculpture known as San Lorenzo Monument 1, or El Rey.
The original, now housed in the Museo de Antropología in Xalapa, Veracruz, is considered a signature piece of pre-Columbian Olmec culture and a world-class art object that represents New World civilization as emblematically as the Pyramid of the Sun at Teotihuacán or the ruins of Machu Picchu. One of seventeen colossal heads still in existence, San Lorenzo Monument 1 was found by noted archaeologist Matthew Stirling in the 1940s. His discoveries, and those of other archaeologists in Mexico during this time, unearthed for the world the culture of the Olmec, an ancient civilization that flourished in southern Mexico 1500-400 BCE and significantly influenced later cultures such as the Maya and Aztec.
The replica that now sits at the entry to LLILAS and the Benson Latin American Collection is made of solid stone and weighs 36,000 pounds. It was sculpted by Ignacio Pérez Solano, a Xalapa-based artist, who has spent his career exploring the history of the Gulf Coast and Mesoamerica. Pérez Solano meticulously reproduced San Lorenzo Monument 1 inch by inch, recreating the powerful lines and imposing features of the original work.
Pérez Solano began creating replicas of Olmec heads under the initiative of Miguel Alemán Velasco, who as governor of Veracruz from 1998 to 2004 endeavored to make Olmec culture better known beyond the borders of Mexico. Reproductions of other colossal heads can be found at the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C., and the Field Museum in Chicago, among other locations. Miguel Alemán Velasco was present for the dedication ceremony at LLILAS on November 19, 2008, which also featured remarks by UT President William Powers and his counterpart, Raul Arias Lovillo of the Universidad Veracruzana. Fidel Herrera Beltrán, current Governor of Veracruz, also spoke, as did Olmec scholars from the U.S. and Mexico.
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I took this photo on July 20, 2014 at 08:41AM