from the informational placard:
The Kwoma are a group of people living in the Washkuk Hills north of the Sepik River in northeastern New Guinea. Most Kwoma villages have, or had, one or two ceremonial houses, consisting of a rook reaching nearly to the ground and supported by posts and beams. These structures have no walls, and the sides are left open except when rituals are taking place inside. A finial (yaba), carved with images of supernatural beings, projects from each gable. The decoration of Kwoma ceremonial houses was formerly less extensive that it is today, but since the 1970s, the amount of ornamentation has increased. The supporting wood architectural elements are now carved and painted, and paintings typically cover about half the roof’s interior.
Went to see a film called Instant Dreams about people chasing the dream of Polaroid Instant film in the years since its demise. Very strange film with lots of gratuitous and superfluous stock footage filling it out. Highlighted Edwin Land’s prescience about a world in which people could engage socially with images they could shoot all day long with a pocket camera no larger than a wallet – but with no sense of irony that today’s smartphones have achieved exactly that. As if to prove the point, here’s my shot of someone photographing the final frames of the credits with their iPhone.
I’m not sure whether this was in the Tower or Windsor, but found it among the Kodachromes left by my father, the resurrection of which is recorded here.
An abandoned restaurant hosting the work of a local artist.
The James Baldwin exhibit was in Zwirner’s 19th Street gallery. At the 20th Street building, stairwell shown here, we saw an interesting Josef Albers exhibit. Many of his green and grey square paintings reminded me of the work of friend of the family, Gert Berliner.
We saw the incredible work of Charles White upstairs, four monumentally scaled ink and charcoal drawings made by the artist as studies for the figures in his mural Mary McLeod Bethune, completed in 1978 for the Dr. Mary McLeod Bethune Regional Library in Exposition Park, Los Angeles… more
Another installation that left me cold, although I couldn’t resist the opportunity of this illusive self portrait.