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    September 9th, 2016 · 2:00 pm @   -  No Comments

    We’re excited for the upcoming sunny September weekend, but first, our favorite post of week! Every Friday, we post a list of some of our favorite art-related news and articles from around the internet.

    Roots & Culture is hosting an exhibition “Ali Aschman & Emma Robbins with Liz McCarthy” in the Yr It! Gallery and it opens tonight! Ali Aschman is a visual artist and animator from Cape Town, South Africa. Aschman constructs poetic narratives and psychological self-portraits through intuitive association of images and objects. Emma Robbins is an artist, activist, and environmentalist originally from the Navajo Nation in Arizona. In her new body of work, Robbins combines imagery and objects found on the Navajo Reservation with materials that are commonly associated with Native Americans.


    Opening tonight! The Jane Addams Hull-House Museum‘s exhibition of artist Aram Han Sifuentes’ project “Official Unofficial Voting Station: Voting for All Who Legally Can’t” opens today with a reception beginning at 6:00pm. “As a legal alien of the United States who is barred from voting, Aram Han Sifuentes’ Official Unofficial Voting Stations inserts an unsanctioned voting process into this year’s election season. This project is an objection to the exclusion of herself and others from central democratic processes.”

    During a polarized and bewildering election season, Jane Addams Hull-House Museum will facilitate Aram Han Sifuentes’ collaboration with artists, radical thinkers, and organizations to create her insurgent project Official Unofficial Voting Station: Voting for all who legally can’t. From September 8 through election day on November 8, the discontented and disenfranchised can cast unsanctioned ballots at JAHHM and other Official Unofficial Voting Stations across the country and in Mexico.


    Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library has allowed a small Spanish publishing company to make 898 exact replicas of their “Voynich Manuscript”, a mysterious book that still remains undeciphered.

    By making exact duplicates (which reflect every stain, hole, or tear), they hope to allow better access to experts in an attempt to code-break the text.

    The Voynich Manuscript, a mysterious book that has frustrated code breakers and linguists for a century, will be “cloned” in 898 copies to help experts decipher it.

    A small Spanish publishing company has secured the rights to make exact replicas of the manuscript, which is currently locked away in a vault at Yale University’s Beinecke Library.

    The copies will faithfully reflect every stain, hole and sewn-up tear in the parchment.


    What a beautiful installation and photographs! Israeli artist Sigalit Landau’s newest work “Salt Bride”, documents the crystallization of a 19th century dress with salt. Inspired by the play “The Dybbuk” by S. Ansky, the work references “a young bride possessed by an evil spirit and subsequently exorcised.” To document this process, Landau collaborated with photographer Yotam From.

    Israeli artist Sigalit Landau‘s love affair with the Dead Sea stretches back decades, having grown up on a hill that overlooks both the Judean desert and the northern part of this hypersaline lake that is among the saltiest on Earth. In her artistic practice she utilizes the lake both as a backdrop—one of her most iconic artworks involves a video portrait of herself floating in the lake with an unraveling string of 500 watermelons—as well as a means to produce sculptural objects encrusted with thick layers of salt. Sigalit has created salt sculptures of violins, bicycles, boots, and fishing nets covered in carnallite crystals.


    In sad (albeit belated) news, fashion designer Sonia Rykiel has passed away. Rykiel was known as the “Queen of Knitwear” and was one of the first to embrace wearing knitwear against bare skin. She was a cultural icon and will be sorely missed.

    If fashion is art, Sonia Rykiel is considered a master. Women’s Wear Daily dubbed her the “queen of knitwear” — though she was the first to admit she didn’t know how to knit — and her designs have been shown in museums. Rykiel, who had Parkinson’s disease, died Thursday morning at her home in Paris. She was 86.


    What a fun video of Pablo Picasso for your Sunday Funday!

    Poor Lucille Ball! Her hometown erected a sculpture of her in 2009 by sculptor Dave Poulin. Unfortunately, it was not a good resemblance and was widely mocked after an image went viral last year. Even the artist Poulin wanted it taken down. However, in honor of her 105th birthday, another sculptor Carolyn Palmer replaced it with the sculpture below. All’s well that ends well in Celoron, NY.

    It was the Lucy that nobody loved.

    A statue of Lucille Ball in her western New York hometown, which was widely mocked last year after it was called Scary Lucy by unhappy fans who said it bore little resemblance to the comedy icon, was replaced over the weekend.

    The replacement statue, referred to as New Lucy by its creator, Carolyn Palmer, was unveiled at a ceremony in Celoron, N.Y., on Saturday, on what would have been the comedian’s 105th birthday.


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