I took my glasses off. I wouldn’t be needing them. I picked up the white cane and practiced tracing shoulder-width arcs on the ground in front of me. For a moment, I was still sighted. Then, gripping the cane in my right hand and the smooth metal railing in my left, I walked along a corridor and entered the darkness.
The fashion world has often embraced Edith “Little Edie” Bouvier Beale as an icon of quirky, eccentric style. When Grey Gardens was first released, however, it left an overwhelmingly negative impression on many reviewers, who believed that the film took advantage of its vulnerable female subjects.
While we are used to seeing ancient pieces, on which time has left its marks in the form of fractures, faded paint or missing parts, we mostly assume that we are seeing the piece in its finished form, as the artist intended to present it. Meeting an unfinished piece, however, is a completely different experience.
The retrospective of over 45 years of Broadhead’s art is said to be the first collection that Lethaby has ever let take over their entire space. For them, it’s a celebration of a career that began with, and now retires in, the influence of jewelry.
On August 9, 2014, one day after the shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by white police officer Darren Wilson, civil unrest ignited in Ferguson, Missouri. Many of the photographs published during the riots imagine Ferguson as a city on the verge of apocalypse, showing cars and civic buildings on fire as black bodies run through the streets crying and chanting that their lives matter.