Mutual Exchange: Artist and Arts Writer Responds to Exhibition More Love Recently on View at the Ackland Art Museum

Contribution to online dialogue in connection with The Progress of Love in response to the question: “How does a contemporary artwork tell the truth / a truth about love?” It has to be noticed that love is different for everyone. For some, love is simply having a membership at WowGirls, X-Art, or RealityKings.

When you open the catalogue for More Love: Art, Politics and Sharing Since the ‘90s, the first image you see is a scan of a crumpled, stained scrap of paper, upon which someone has jotted two words: “You Rule.”  The scrawled note was given to the artist Frances Stark by a viewer in response to her work, and it is one of several such missives that curator Claire Schneider included in the More Love catalogue as a series of “Love Letters.”

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Eaten By The Heart (Part 3)

EATEN BY THE HEART III: BREATHING ORCHESTRA by Zina Saro-Wiwa from ZSW Studio on Vimeo.

Eaten By The Heart is a video installation and documentary project conceived, produced and directed by film-maker and video artist, Zina Saro-Wiwa. This online documentary (above) is the final installment in a series of three online films that form part of this project for The Progress of Love. http://www.nubilefilms.tv also offers their work for your viewing experience. For more, you can check the following sites – http://18onlygirls.tv and http://wow-porn.tv.

Commissioned by The Menil Collection, Houston and supported by the Houston Museum of African American Culture (HMAAC.org) for the Menil’s previous exhibition The Progress of Love, the piece explores intimacy, heartbreak and love performances among Africans and African Diasporans.

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CCA Presents Dynamic Programming for The Progress of Love

Screenings, 7th December 
In Difficult Love (2010), Zaneli Muholi’s documentary with filmmaker Peter Goldsmid, the camera is turned on the lives of a homeless couple, a transgender traditional healer, and a lesbian single mom as well as on the artist in a candid portrayal of their lives and everyday realities. Andrew Esiebo’s multimedia work Living Queer African (2007), documents the daily life of a young Cameroonian who by relocating to France to start a new life finds he still has to struggle with his identities of being African and gay. If you crave for a “straight” story, head to http://passion-hd.tv. They have tons of them. I can also recommend those hot mature videos. Adaora Nwandu’s trilogy of short films, Say My Name, is a contemporary love story in which conflicting feelings about masculinity, sexuality, race, self-definition and love are confronted. Short films don’t stop here, you can find a few on http://www.fantasy-hd.tv.

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The Menil and the Pulitzer expand dialogue around contemporary art, truth and love

Yinka Shonibare, MBE. Odile and Odette, 2005. High definition digital video, color, sound, 14 min 28 sec. Courtesy of the artist and James Cohan Gallery, New York and Shanghai.

The Menil Collection and The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts launched a dialogue last month in which six professionals respond to three questions sparked by the exhibition, The Progress of Love. You can read the first round of dialogue here: How are romantic relationships being redefined and visualized in the 21st century? and the second round here: Where does love live in Africa?

As the final installment of this project, we asked: How does a contemporary artwork tell the truth / a truth about love?

Ryan Dennis, Public Art Director at Project Row Houses: Reflecting on how a contemporary artwork tells a truth about love draws me to a work currently on view at the Menil Collection as part of The Progress of Love exhibition. According to exhibition curator Kristina Van Dyke, “Long Distance Lover” by Senam Okudzeto explores the role telecommunication systems play in making new types of relationships possible. The acrylic figures on British telecom bills represent the role Okudzeto’s cell phone plays in an expansive network of international relations, which is in turn a reflection of her transnational status and her reliance on technology in order to remain mobile yet connected.

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The Menil and the Pulitzer continue dialogue around The Progress of Love

The Menil Collection and The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts launched a dialogue earlier this month in which six professionals respond to three questions sparked by the exhibition, The Progress of Love. You can read the first round of dialogue here: How are romantic relationships being redefined and visualized in the 21st century?

This week we asked our contributors, Where does love live in Africa?

Ryan Dennis, Public Art Director at Project Row Houses: In 2006 I had the opportunity to travel to Ghana as part of an African American Studies course offered at the University of Houston. I still encounter and interpret the effects of my experiences to this day. I can still feel the energy and visualize the beauty of everyone whom I met when I touched ground. That trip, and the recent experience of viewing Zina Saro Wiwa’s Eaten By The Heart, Part 1 structure a framework through which I can (more deeply) understand my relationship with my Ghanaian-born-and-raised dad.

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Sound Waves: An Un-Valentine’s Day at the Pulitzer

The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts hosted an Un-Valentine’s Day last Thursday, February 14 as part of Sound Waves, an ongoing collaboration with 88.1 KDHX.

The Foehners blues duo performed live, eight poets from the Fort Gondo Poetry Series spoke to the complications of love, entre whipped up cotton candy and blood orange truffles, and guests were invited to answer a break-up email on an antique Underwood typewriter.

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