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Beyoncé's Formation reclaims black America's narrative from the margins | Syreeta McFadden | Opinion. On Saturday night, I sent a group text to several friends as we were on our way to meet for drinks. It consisted solely of a screen capture from Beyoncé’s new video for Formation and the words: “We must discuss this shit.” Everyone knew exactly what I was talking about. My best friend’s answer: “Did Beyoncé just make a statement about the black feminine body defeating the police state?” Formation is both provocation and pleasure; inherently political and a deeply personal look at the black and queer bodies who have most often borne the brunt of our politics.

All shapes and shades of black bodies are signaled here and move – dare we say “forward”? – in formation. Even the song’s title is subversive, winking at how we have constructed our identities from that which we were even allowed to call our own. Formation is a protest and celebration, concerned with and in love with the very particular paradox of the black American identity and experience. Art History. Art History Web Sites The Metropolitan Museum of Art There is much quality material for art students, educators, and enthusiasts at the The Metropolitan Museum of Art web site.

Start with the Metropolitan Museum of Art Timeline of Art History, a chronological, geographical, and thematic exploration of the history of art from around the world. Each timeline page includes representative art from the Museum’s collection, a chart of time periods, a map of the region, an overview, and a list of key events. The timelines – accompanied by world, regional, and sub-regional maps – provide a linear outline of art history, and allow visitors to compare and contrast art from around the globe at any time in history.

Art History Resources on the Web Professor Chris Witcombe of the Art department at Sweet Briar College has perhaps the best organized gateway to art history sites on the Web. The Getty Museum The J. AskArt offers extensive information on over 52,000 American artists. Taste of Cinema. Short films. Art Words List and Critique Terms Bank. Color Words Think about your overall impression of the colors used in the painting, how they look and feel, how the colors work together (or not), how they fit with the subject of the painting, how the artist has mixed these (or not). Are there any specific colors you can identify? — Natural, clear, compatible, distinctive, interesting, lively, stimulating, subtle, sympathetic.— Artificial, clashing, depressing, discordant, garish, gaudy, jarring, unfriendly, violent.— Bright, brilliant, deep, earthy, harmonious, intense, rich, saturated, strong, vibrant, vivid.— Dull, flat, insipid, pale, mellow, muted, subdued, quiet, weak.— Cool, cold.

Warm, hot. Light, dark.— Blended, broken, mixed, muddled, muddied, pure.— Complementary, contrasting, harmonious. More » Web Gallery of Art, searchable fine arts image database. Theories of Art. Arts Intergration for wellbeing. Holi 2014: The Festival of Colors.

This week Hindus around the world celebrate Holi, the Festival of Colors. Holi is a popular springtime celebration observed on the last full moon of the lunar month. Participants traditionally throw bright, vibrant powders at friends and strangers alike as they celebrate the arrival of spring, commemorate Krishna's pranks, and allow each other a momentary freedom -- a chance to drop their inhibitions and simply play and dance. Gathered here are images of this year's Holi festival from across India. See also India's 'High' Holiday. [24 photos] Use j/k keys or ←/→ to navigate Choose: Young Indians adorned with colored powder take part in celebrations for the spring festival of Holi in Bhubaneswar on March 16, 2014.

A man throws colored powder on a woman during Holi in Mumbai, India, on March 17, 2014. Hindu devotees raise their hands to receive colored holy water from a priest (unseen) outside a temple during Holi celebrations in Ahmedabad, on March 17, 2014. How Did Bob Dylan Get So Weird? -- Vulture. Bob Dylan, 1964 Photo: © Daniel Kramer. In August, a Bob Dylan album may well arrive in stores concrete and virtual.

It may be called Shadows in the Night. It may have a song called “Full Moon & Empty Arms” on it; a stream of the tune was released without comment on his website a couple of months ago. Why Dylan chose to record a cover of an old Sinatra track isn’t clear; it may, or may not, be a clue that the purported album will consist of covers. Dylan has just finished shows in Japan, Eastern Europe, and Scandinavia; will head next to Australia and New Zealand; and may or may not be preparing for a swing through the U.S. in the fall.

We think of Dylan in a pantheon of great rock stars, at or near the top of a select list that includes the Stones, Springsteen, maybe U2, but not too many other active artists. And remember that some of his narratives are fractured. And, finally, a key component often overlooked: Dylan’s artistic process. Bob Dylan in Bratislava, Slovakia, 2010.


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