Rise and Resist. Because of people like Therese Patricia Okoumou, this is why I love this country. Here’s the story and video at the New York Post. “The unidentified daredevil took Lady Liberty at around 3:33 p.m. and then toyed with police for the next three hours before she was corralled under the statue’s giant right foot. Helicopter footage showed her lounging around, waving her protest shirt — which also said ‘Trump Care Makes Us Sick’ — and at one point, laying on her side on the ledge about 20-30 feet above the base.”
Check out the big Adrian Piper exhibition currently at MoMA. Her work goes back to the 1970s. Piper worked at the intersection of art, philosophy, and politics. I am going to write more about her later, but for now I’m posting these these two series of photographic mock-ups. In both, she dressed up to be “The Mythic Being,” an often addled man with an afro and mustache. The first one above is The Mythic Being: A 108 (Kant) #1-6, 1975. These are oil crayon drawings on a black and white photograph. The second one below is the The Mythic Being: I am the Locus #1-5, also oil and crayon on a black and white photograph from 1975. They are very cheeky. When I took these digital shots, I forgot to angle out the reflection in from the monitor playing across the gallery. The philosophical oomph runs counter to Kant, who is simultaneous at the base of Piper’s career as an artist. In both series, the Mythic Being gets increasingly agitated.
(Adrian Piper, Everything # 6, 2004) On an incredibly sad day thinking about the new Trump Supreme Court, the six digital prints on wallpaper by Adrian Piper were particularly apropos. “Everything will be taken away.”
For gastronomes and Food and Foodway Studies people:
Speechless, I wandered aisle after aisle, struck by the vastness of varieties and options –produce, meat and fish, noodles, kimchi, mushrooms, desserts and snacks, and also cookware and kitchenware. When I have the time, I’ll go back and look more closely at everything. Catering, one can only surmise, to the large Asian and Asian American student bodies at Columbia, the phenomenal and super bright H Mart just opened shop at the corner of Broadway and 110th Street.
Here at Wikipedia, I found out that, The chain, with locations throughout the United States and Canada, specializes in providing Asian foods. The chain also operates several Super H Mart stores. H Mart is the largest Asian American grocery store with 61 locations nationwide. The “H” in “H Mart” stands for Han Ah Reum, a Korean phrase meaning “one arm full of groceries.”
I was going to make a joke about there being no kosher aisle but decided not to. An American institution, H Mart opens out an intense, alternative culinary universe, a total food environment.