Currently Browsing: SWAN of the Day
On this day in 2018, the Guerrilla Girls opened their infamous Beyond the Streets LA exhibition.
The Guerrilla Girls formed nearly 40 years ago. Made up of anonymous women artists, they came into prominence with a mission to fight sexism and racism within visual art, film, politics and pop culture. Wearing gorilla masks to conceal their identities, the Guerrilla Girls use engaging headlines, posters, books, billboards and public appearances to expose corruption and injustice.… read more.
Ten years ago today — on May 4, 2012 — the Marvel Cinematic Universe released The Avengers. Therefore, today is also the day that Alexandra Byrne, previously best-known for her excellent work on costume design for period pieces, assumed responsibility for crafting much of what we see the MCU team of superheroes wearing in the subsequent films of this enormously influential franchise.… read more.
Today is the 56th anniversary of Yayoi Kusama’s controversial exhibit, Narcissus Garden! The Japanese contemporary artist was actually barred from participating in the exhibit, which involved 1,500 mirrored plastic orbs placed on the ground that Yayoi sold to passersby. It originally took place at the 33rd Venice Biennale near the Italian Pavilion.… read more.
Today’s SWAN-of-the-Day is filmmaker Pearl Gluck, one of the first Jewish women to give outsiders a peek inside Ashkenazi Orthodoxy. Although we have many opportunities now – especially in streaming series like Shtisel and Unorthodox – Pearl was a courageous trail blazer.
The following is adapted from the review I wrote of her film Divan for the September 2005 issue of the World Jewish Digest:
Pearl Gluck comes from a large Hasidic family based in the Borough Park neighborhood of Brooklyn.… read more.
April 24, 2022: Today is Barbra Streisand’s 80th Birthday and I have something very special to share.
From “Tzivi’s March ’09 Spotlight” in Chicago’s JUF News
Barbra Streisand’s Yentl has just been re-released in a brand new 25th anniversary DVD box set. Although much maligned over the years, Yentl is a great and heartfelt work of cinematic art, and I urge you all to watch it again with fresh eyes in celebration of Women’s History Month.… read more.
On Charlotte by David Foenkinos
(translated from French by Sam Taylor)
Guest Post by Martha Anne Toll
Today’s FF2 SWAN-of-the-Day is Charlotte Salomon who was born in Berlin (Germany) on this day in 1917.
Visual artist Charlotte Salomon was 26 and pregnant when she was murdered at Auschwitz. Her violent death spotlights a short, brilliant artistic life.… read more.