Month: October 2020

Art, music play major role in protest during social movements


A mural reading “Black Lives Matter” is pictured Oct. 11 in People’s Park near the Sample Gates. Artistic expression, in its many forms, has been a primary way for students and citizens to make their voices heard.

Izzy Myszak

The connection between art and social activism can be seen on the streets, walls and windows of Bloomington every day. From the “Black Lives Matter” mural in People’s Park to the music playing in dorm rooms on campus, artistic expression, in its many forms, has been a primary way for students and citizens to make their voices heard.

This year has seen an enormous wave of social and political change including the upcoming election, the COVID-19 pandemic and discussions on racial inequality and policing. But, due to increased social and political changes many protesters are turning to art to express their views.

Protests in the U.S. are is inextricably linked to

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Mysteries: Desert Visions – WSJ

Scott O’Connor resurrects the West Coast art scene of the 1970s in “Zero Zone” (Counterpoint, 310 pages, $26), a complexly structured novel that evokes the aesthetic thrills and apocalyptic impulses of its time and place as viscerally as a hot Santa Ana wind.

Jess Shepard, of Los Angeles, lost her parents to a car crash when she was 13, and turned to art to create a space “that could hold some of her grief and confusion while also pointing the way toward the possibility of something beautiful beyond.” Her early pieces, including a studio installation of nine connected chambers each flooded with a different color, had a profound effect on all sorts of viewers (“I woke up crying . . . I’ve come back every night since,” says one fan). Her latest project is Zero Zone, a 10-foot-high concrete room—with apertures to let the light in—built on an abandoned

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An Insider Look at Lenny Kravitz’s Showstopping Piano

Lenny Kravitz is often thought of as the ultimate guitar guy. From the bombastic riffs of “Are You Gonna Go My Way” to the opening of “American Woman,” guitar arrangements have always anchored Kravitz hits. “But the piano was actually the first instrument I ever played,” 
he notes, reflecting on his long-standing love of the instrument. Some five decades, 11 studio albums, and four Grammys later, Kravitz still has his childhood piano. Now he has parlayed that passion—along with his experience designing both furniture and interiors—into a limited-edition version all his own, collaborating with the venerable piano manufacturer Steinway & Sons.

A visual tour de force, his concept marries elements of the Art Deco and Art Moderne styles with nods to African art, mixing rich woods and metals. Hand-painted geometric carvings run across the piano’s lid and sides, referencing traditional tribal motifs, while cheetah-print upholstery tops the bench.

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Kate Moss Wants to Wear Diamonds “All the Time, in Every Situation”

Photo credit: Chris Colls
Photo credit: Chris Colls


Kate Moss loves jewelry a lot. Like, a lot a lot. Messika by Kate Moss, the British supermodel’s new collaboration with the French jeweler, unveiled today at Paris Fashion Week, features 70 pieces of high jewelry divided into 11 sets. Encompassing everything from Art Deco baguette-cut diamond bracelets and rings to vibrantly colored diamond-and-malachite necklaces and bohemian head jewelry, the pieces are inspired by Moss’s impressive personal collection of antique jewelry, which she has been building ever since her career took off in the ’90s.

Last fall, Moss starred in Messika’s Lucky Move campaign with model Joan Smalls and actress Sylvia Hoeks; this project grew out of that photo shoot. A labor of love, it required Moss and Valérie Messika, the house’s founder and artistic director, to travel back and forth between Moss’s home in London and Messika’s atelier in Paris to work on

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