Afro pick art protect pops up in Queens

QUEENS, N.Y. (PIX11) — At community gardens, public parks, and at colleges in Queens you’ll find works of art in the shape of afro picks, those long combs used to style tightly curled hair. The artist behind the work is Yvonne Shortt, who said she’s creating a space for people to talk about issues and share their stories.

“I wanted to do it using afro picks because they have been around for centuries and they’ve been used to tell the narrative of many people in many cultures in Africa,” said Shortt.

They are part of a public art project she’s spearheading to bring positive images and strong stories of people of color to Queens.

“I have a project called the Elevation Project. What that’s about is bringing public art and doing it in ways that elevates the narratives of those who are at the colleges. I just didn’t see art

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Eskenazi Museum of Art to organize curator-led tour of Stuart Davis exhibition for March 6

The Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art will lead a curator-guided tour of “Swing Landscape”: Stuart Davis and the Modernist Mural exhibition at 3 p.m. on March 6 on the museum’s first floor. 

Though this tour has reached its maximum capacity of 10 people, the exhibition’s curator Jenny McComas said she will lead two more guided tours on April 8 and April 22. Guests must register on the Eskenazi museum’s website

McComas said she will be organizing a Zoom symposium about the exhibition from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on March 24. During the event, art historians Greta Berman, Emma S. Warner, Jody Patterson and Harry Cooper will each speak on different aspects of Davis’ work. IU art history faculty members Jeffery Saletnik and Melody Deusner will conclude the symposium with a panel discussion. 

Davis was a modernist painter, who McComas said tried to Americanize popular European art

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Alabama TV anchor Art Franklin makes entry into fashion world

“Bold and powerful” could be adjectives to describe ties from Art Franklin’s debut men’s clothing line, the Art Franklin Collection. Those words also could be used to describe the man himself.

Franklin, an anchor with Birmingham’s WIAT-TV CBS 42 since 2016, launched his collection in November 2021 through Treś’ Fine Clothing, owned by Treś Washington in the Cottons Building at 400 19th St. Ensley.

Given his love of music and sense of style, Franklin had guitarist Eric Essix and saxophonist Marion Meadows perform during his Purple Carpet launch event. Franklin has long had a reputation in Birmingham for his fashion-forward ties, dating back to his days as an anchor at WBRC-TV Fox 6 in the 1990s.

“People would always compliment me for my ties, and I even have given them away sometimes,” Franklin said. “When people say, ‘I really like that,’ that means I’ve got to take it

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Out & About: Weekend kicks off with Westmoreland Museum’s Art After Hours

The Westmoreland Museum of American Art stayed open late on Friday for Art After Hours, a happy hour-style event that offered a little something for a variety of tastes and interests.

Pittsburgh fiber artist Tina Williams Brewer was on hand to talk with guests about her artistic process and the story quilts featured in her exhibition, “Cultivation: Journey of the Work,” a career retrospective running through April 24.

Art lovers with a bent for sleuthing could take part in an art scavenger hunt, finding a series of tiny vignettes contained in artworks displayed throughout the Greensburg museum.

Music lovers could groove to the easy listening song repertoire of Greensburg musical duo, Laurie Fox and Eric Schaus.


Shirley McMarlin | Tribune-Review

Eric Schaus and Laurie Fox, both of Greensburg, provided music for the Feb. 25 Art After Hours event at The Westmoreland Museum of American Art in Greensburg.

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