Another day, another crisis: what’s an artist to do? MacKenzie Fegan is back in the studio, and she is talking to artists and cultural creators about how their work is part of the resistance. Their conversations will take us on a journey, and our own curiosity will take us on some unexpected detours. Drop out, tune in and listen to new episodes every Thursday.
Ep. 19: Celebrate With Me (feat. Brooklyn Hi-Art! Machine)
It's season three of Glitter & Doom, and this time around, we're tackling the theme of reinvention. With the concert series Celebrate Brooklyn! moved online this year, the programmers at BRIC had a decision to make: what would they do with the concert venue?
They tapped artists Oasa DuVerney and Mildred Beltré, together known as the Brooklyn Hi-Art Machine, to reinvent the Prospect Park bandshell as a public art space. Using neon ribbon, they created an installation featuring the woven words "come celebrate with me that everyday something has tried to kill me and has failed," from a poem by Lucille Clifton. MacKenzie talks to Oasa, Mildred, and Clifton scholar Rachel Harding about Black sisterhood, resilience, and community.
Ep. 18: A Warrior’s Account (feat. Native American Prisoners of War)
After the Red River War in 1874, drawing was one of the few sanctioned ways that the prisoners of Fort Marion were able to keep their cultural traditions alive. Back home on the Plains, they would have commemorated a successful battle by depicting it on a buffalo hide, but in Florida, where they had been shipped off and stripped of their communities, these men drew what they knew on what they had – and for some, it was lined ledger paper. Emil Her Many Horses (curator, Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian) speaks about the history, the practice and the people at Fort Marion.
Ep. 17: Friday, I'm in Love (feat. Robinson Crusoe)
In all of literature, Robinson Crusoe is certainly among the most isolated of characters. Dude was stranded on an island for 28 years. For most of that time he is entirely alone except for his pets and God, who is a notoriously bad conversationalist. But was Crusoe *lonely*? MacKenzie speaks to scholars about Daniel Defoe's Robinson Crusoe, and how his loneliness speaks loudly in times of pandemics and major social movements.
Ep 16: Solitary (feat. Ojore Lutalo)
Black revolutionary Ojore Lutalo was placed in solitary confinement for 22 years because of his political beliefs. While there, he began creating graphic collages using the only materials he had—newspapers, Elmer's glue, and his thoughts. Ojore speaks to MacKenzie about political propaganda, remaining unbroken by psychological torture, and the killing of unarmed black people by the police.
Ep. 15: Watercolor Friends (feat. Nelly Toll)
Nelly Toll was eight or nine when she painted, “A Trip With Father: A Present for Good Behavior," in 1943. At the time she painted it, Nelly hadn’t been outside in probably a year. She was Jewish, and she and her mother were in hiding in Lwów, Poland. Today, Dr. Toll is self-isolating like the rest of us, and speaks to MacKenzie about her childhood in hiding and her watercolor box.
Ep. 14: Never Fear, Write King Lear (feat. William Shakespeare)
We’re back! Welcome to the second season of Glitter & Doom, where we’ll be exploring artists in isolation.
If you’re on Twitter, you might remember a meme-storm in early March after Roseanne Cash tweeted: “Just a reminder that when Shakespeare was quarantined because of the plague, he wrote King Lear.” With the help of Andrew Dickson, author of The Globe Guide to Shakespeare, we try and figure out if Shakespeare actually *did* write King Lear while under quarantine, and which one of Lear’s daughters was the actual, literal worst.
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I live near BRIC and am on their email list for events so I started listening to this due to that. But it really grew on me - good, thoughtful stuff. Contrary to what many seem to believe online, it's very calm, even-keeled talk.