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Sunday, July 1, 2012

Welcome to the first post at BlackPast.org’s new Blog.

The Blog is a new feature to BlackPast.org.  The primary blogger is me, Hazel. The topics in blog posts may cover current affairs, art exhibits, book reviews, science, farming, any topic that brings into focus contributions to our community by African Americans and Africans in the Diaspora.  Guest contributors to the blog will visit and comment on a variety of topics.

I expect that the Blog will evolve and change over time, but the focus will always be to highlight new ideas and information that both refer back to BlackPast.org's content and bring in new voices, information, and sources. The BlackPast.org website contains a fabulous collection of photos, some of which come with minimal information. From time to time, I will post some of those photos and ask your help with any identifying information you may have. I plan to cover art, music, literature, history. This Blog is meant to be informative, not combative. Readers have the option to email information, comments, suggestions to me, but remember to be respectful of other readers and opinions.

Frederick C. Flemister, Self-portrait
Several years ago, I heard a story on NPR about the international art extravaganza in Miami, Art Basel. The year was 2008 and the reporter was commenting on the number of African Americans purchasing art by African Americans and what a new, big trend this was. One of the artists featured prominently was Frederick C. Flemister: I was captivated by the self-portrait shown left and went hunting for more information about him. There is very little available. Two website entries have minimal information. I have also been able to only come across one other painting by him: Man with a Brush (below right). 

If anyone has any more information, please let me know! For more information on the Harlem Renaissance, check out BlackPast.org’s information links here. 

Frederick C. Flemister, Man with a Brush
The Bellevue Arts Museum, Bellevue, WA has an exhibit of African American Quilts  from the collection of Corrine Riley:  any visitors to the Seattle area between now and October 2012 should be sure to plan a visit. Over the last several years, the Greg Kucera Gallery in Seattle has displayed the famous quilts of Gees Bend, Alabama: these women have created stunning works, both abstract in design and traditional. At the link above, be to scroll down passed the quilts to read the copy about this community. As you look at these quilts, also check out the website of The Textile Museum in Washington, D.C. They had a recent exhibit on Kuba Textiles and the Woven Art of Central Africa. There are many interesting ideas to explore in looking at similarities in design concepts between the quilts and the various woven textiles. The catalogue that accompanied the exhibit is well worth purchasing.

Kuba Cloth


2 comments:

  1. June 10-11 1949 should be marked on all our calendars but has long been forgotten even in South Bend, Indiana. For on these dates Clarence Cameron White's opera Ouanga had its world premiere in the South Bend Central High auditorium. The production was staged by South Bend's Harry Thacker Burleigh Music Association. Even the Haitian Ambassador to the US attended one of the performances. Now you may ask why should a white boy be so interested in this event, I was a student at Central at the time and I don't remember the event. Obviously, few people remember. I do remember many of the the white racial attitudes at the time which at best were condescending and at the worst exclusionary and highly bigoted. I would really like to see a program of that production and just receive more information. As you can tell I am not much of a writer and I would be happy to share any and all information with someone who plans to write a book or dissertation.
    Thank you,
    Walt Schillinger
    wschillinger@comcast.net or wschillinger@gmail.com

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    1. Thanks for this comment. I will pass on this information to see someone out there is interested. You also may wish to put this comment on BlackPast.org's Facebook page as that site reaches many people who may have knowledge or need more information.

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