the biennial


Race, Finance, And The Afterlife Of Slavery

Justin Leroy presents on the overlapping histories of race and financial innovation, from slave insurance to social entrepreneurship, in conjunction with Cameron Rowland’s project for the 2017 Whitney Biennial. Leroy teaches nineteenth-century U.S. history at the University of California, Davis; his book Freedom’s Limit: Racial Capitalism and the Afterlives of Slavery, is forthcoming from Columbia University Press.  

This morning, we’re getting a first look at the 2017 Biennial. Here’s Raúl de Nieves’s site-specific work on the fifth floor. The artist covered six floor-to-ceiling windows with eighteen “stained-glass” panels he made using paper, wood, glue, tape, beads, and acetate sheets. They create a vivid backdrop for the beaded sculptures, especially in the morning sun!

Made with Instagram

Janine Antoni
Gnaw, 1992
600 lbs. of lard on marble pedestal gnawed on by the artist, also displayed in the Whitney Biennial with 130 artist-made lipsticks with pigment, beeswax, and chewed lard removed from lard cube
24 x 24 x 24 inches


my outfit at the whitney biennial reception was made out of random stuff i threw together that day:

-a tiara given in tribute by a loyal supporter in the eastern provinces
-cassie let me wear her dress
-foil streamers that fell on the floor during the party

all magically cohering into goblin prom queen


Plant of the Day

Monday 19 June 2017

Eryngium giganteum ‘Silver Ghost’ (tall eryngo, sea holly) produces erect branching growth with cone-like heads of blue flowers surrounded by spiny, silvery-white bracts. The plant is a biennial but self-seeds and the old plant structure provides good winter interest for the garden. It grows well in full sun with a dry, well-drained soil. Bees are attracted to the flowers as you can see!

Jill Raggett


Paper art by Gunjan Aylawadi

Aylawadi is a self-taught visual artist and a qualified computer science engineer and industrial designer. Born in New Delhi, India, she now lives and works in Sydney. Since 2013, her works have been installed at prestigious art events, been part of several art prize exhibitions and acquired by private and corporate collections. In 2015, she exhibited in the International Biennial of paper at The CODA Museum (Netherlands).

Disney's D23 Expo to Feature 'Last Jedi,' 'Black Panther,' 'Thor: Ragnarok,' and More

Disney is getting the jump on Comic-Con this year with its D23 Expo, which will offer attendees exclusive behind-the-scenes looks at upcoming releases like Star Wars: The Last Jedi, Black Panther, and Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2. The studio has just released its schedule for the biennial event, which this year will take place July 14-16 across the street from Disneyland. That’s the weekend before San Diego Comic-Con (July 20-23) — and though Comic-Con is still the nation’s premiere pop-culture convention, Disney’s impressive slate of upcoming movies will likely lure many a film fan from San Diego to Anaheim.

While the specific offerings are a surprise, the D23 press release promises plenty of big announcements, star appearances, advance footage, and behind-the-scenes sneak peeks tied to Disney films in the pipeline for the next few years. Among those name-checked in the release are Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Last Jedi; Marvel’s Black Panther,Thor: Ragnarok, and Avengers: Infinity War; Pixar’s Coco; Disney’s A Wrinkle in Time, and Mary Poppins Returns; and Walt Disney Animation Studios’ Ralph Breaks the Internet: Wreck-It Ralph 2.



Plant of the Day

Friday 14 July 2017

At the National Trust’s Melford Hall, Long Melford, Sudbury, the Salvia sclarea var. turkestanica (sweaty betty, biennial clary) was producing tall stems bearing many pink to white bracts and soft blue and white tiny flowers. This hardy short-lived perennial or biennial will seed freely and grow in any reasonable soil in full sun. The plant does have a very distinctive scent!

Jill Raggett