Victoria Lembert on Simone Leigh @ The New Museum

Classmate Victoria Lembert wrote the following about her trip to The New Museum:

“The past week I visited The New Museum for the Simone Leigh: The Waiting Room exhibition. Her introductory statement on the wall spoke about awareness and home health remedies and even the sexualized role of women and men. Yet, I was very surprised with what I saw. Leigh had taken various clips of television media and presented them in a small space in a crisscross order. The positioning of her TV clips were very interesting to me. It forced the viewer to move around in a particular direction and a particular order. A clip spoke of a health center she had help set up, “free people’s medical clinic” and the ways in which they provided assistance to the community. Another clip was of a drama in the mid 60’s where an African American nurse was being phoned for a position and told the doctor that she was black which he didn’t seem to mind at all. The final clip and perhaps most moving was about sexually transmitted diseases namely gonorrhea and chlamydia. The men in the film were all African American army men who were being told that the best way to avoid these diseases was to avoid women as they were the carriers of the diseases.

I came to this exhibition because you had mentioned it in class. I had more to take from the exhibition about the black lives matter movement and about social medication. When people come together in love to protect mankind spread medical awareness and assist those who require medical attention we become not of better health but better people as a community. That a woman or man should not have to identify themselves by their race and only by their credentials because that has been a sort of illness created and adapted by our society. And finally, that sexualization, and sending a message of separation amongst the community, is a plague in its own right produced in this particular case to weaken the strength of the African American community and shame women for their sexuality.”

Carmen Herrera At the Whitney

A show, long overdue, surveys this female, Cuban-born painter (now 101 years old).

Read about it here:

‘Being an Artist in the ’40s Was Like Suicide’: On the Long Career of Carmen Herrera