Tag: visual arts

In afterlife, Fela Kuti is having a moment

Boston Globe, June 6, 2010 NEW YORK – A performance of “Fela!,” the acclaimed Broadway show on the life of Nigerian superstar Fela Anikulapo Kuti, makes for the kind of culture clash rarely seen on the Great White Way. And that’s just in the audience. During intermission at one performance this spring, two women asked […]

Made in Newark: The local art scene

WNYC News, May 14, 2009 In Newark, New Jersey, a local arts scene is thriving away from the Manhattan spotlight. This evening, Newark’s Aljira Gallery celebrates its 25th anniversary. For the last decade Aljira has hosted a program for emerging artists. WNYC’s Siddhartha Mitter spoke with some of them.

The making of an icon

Studio 360, WNYC, January 16, 2009 Art played a bigger role in this presidential election than ever before. Especially that heroic red-white-and-blue image of Barack Obama. You know the one. It’s by a street artist named Shepard Fairey. WNYC’s Siddhartha Mitter talked to him and some other Obama image makers, who confessed that victory puts them in a […]

Standing on the shoulders of giants

WNYC News, January 5, 2009 For the last fourteen years, Russell Goings has been writing about big and small characters in African American history. Now, he’s created a long epic poem meant to match the Iliad, or the tale of Gilgamesh. WNYC’s Siddhartha Mitter reports.

That neo-hoodoo that you do

WNYC News, November 15, 2008 “Neo-Hoodoo: Art for a Forgotten Faith” is the title of an exhibition that’s running at PS 1 in Queens until January 26th. Poet Quincy Troupe is reading at the museum Saturday. Troupe says what was once forgotten is now remembered. WNYC’s Siddhartha Mitter spoke with him.

Armory show explores “Democracy in America”

WNYC News, September 24, 2008 “Democracy in America” — it’s a big agenda and it’s also the title of a show up this week at the Park Avenue Armory. There’s work from more than 40 artists — taking on the political issues of our time. WNYC’s Siddhartha Mitter checked it out and has this report.

Art and satire in Iran

WNYC News, May 24, 2008 “Ardeshir Mohassess: Art and Satire in Iran” is the first major U.S. retrospective of Mohassess’s work. The self-taught artist presents 70 monochromatic ink drawings that comment on Iran’s social, political and cultural life before and after the 1979 revolution.

International artists trek to East Williamsburg

WNYC News, May 9, 2008 The East Williamsburg industrial area is one of the remaining manufacturing districts in the city. But, it’s also the latest refuge for arts organizations and artists fleeing high rents in Manhattan. WNYC’s Siddhartha Mitter reports on a group of international artists who are making the neighborhood their base.

Corona Plaza, center of everywhere

WNYC News, September 14, 2007 There’s been a multi-media art project going on all summer in Corona Plaza, off Roosevelt Avenue in Queens. But walking by, you might not even know it was there. Siddhartha Mitter caught up with some artists working to connect their art with their communities.