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July 24, 2007

What I've Been Up To 2.0 [working, editing, and more editing]

Literacy on Its Feet
Critical Arts Literacy Lab
project of Cynthia Lewis, Sonja Kuftinec and Jan Mandell

Event Photo Slideshow:
Photo Slideshow
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Video: Highlight Reel of Workshop with Jan Mandell from Event1:
Jan Workshop 1
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Video: Workshop with Jan Mandell from Event2:
Jan Workshop 2
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Video: Workshop with Pat and Brian from Event2:
Pat and Brian
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What I've Been Up To [working, editing, and more editing]

If I Could Hear My Mother Pray
Performance AutoEthnography
Written and Performed by Dr. Evette Hornsby-Minor

If I Could Hear My Mother Pray

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July 19, 2007

Photo Retouching creates cultural plastic

In many of my courses (both Feminist Film Studies and Intro, specifically) we spend a lot of time analyzing the images of women. Here's the latest edited/retouched photo in the news:


One of my students this summer pointed out these great sites:

* G!rlpower - Retouch
* Greg Apodaca's Digital Portfolio
* The Art of DeTouch

Oh Foxy... [our work must go on]

Inside / Outside / In Between


Download pdf of the article here

B-Girl Be Press - Vita*MN


July 11, 2007

Panel on Hip Hop + Photography

Last night I sat next to 2 lovely local photographers - Michele Spaise (assistant curator of B-Girl Be art gallery) and photographer BFresh. We spoke on the relevance of photography in hip-hop, specifically to document the many faces (literally) of the movement.

I shared a powerpoint presentation (viewable here as a small movie file). My presentation includes my influences (Martha Cooper, Jamel Shabazz, Avedon, Gordon Parks, and Annie Leibowitz), some of my work (primarily hip hop events), clips from magazines (like URB), and at the end there's a clip of what i hate (LaChapelle's depiction of women and p.o.c.) and what i love & want to see more of (Cooper's We B*Girlz).

View the powerpoint:


July 10, 2007

Have You Heard?

In honor of the recent B-Girl Be, the panel I'm speaking on tonight, and the constant questions of who are you listening to, here's some suggestions:




July 9, 2007

Appearance: 7/10 at MN Center for Photography

+ Second Tuesday Lecture + Photography's Relevance in Hip Hop

Tuesday, July 10, 7 p.m.
Minnesota Center for Photography
165 13th Ave NE
directions HERE

This Second Tuesday lecture will be devoted to the role of photography in hip hop, its relevance, its practice and its purpose. Hip-Hop photographer Rebecca McDonald will moderate a discussion between Michelle Spaise, photographer and Assistant Curator of the B-Girl Be Visual Art Exhibition, and scholar Rachel Raimist addressing the aesthetics of hop-hop, and how it is seen and interpreted through the camera lens.

You can VIEW some of my photos HERE, like these:

Only two weeks before Musicapolis, the Minnesota Center for Photography’s summer music festival taking place July 21, this Second Tuesday lecture will bring to the spotlight lecturers who embody and combine both hip-hop and photography in their work. Audience participation will be encouraged-- come join the community!

Rebecca McDonald is B Fresh- a young, socially minded photographer who has closely documented the Twin Cities hip-hop scene for the last year. B Fresh’s involvement is not relegated to behind the lens; she seeks to capture the powerful message of the talent she documents– empowerment of all people. Check her out at www.myspace.com/bfreshphotography

Michele Spaise has been the Assistant Curator for B-Girl Be's Visual Art Exhibition for two years and involved artistically for three, is a photo documentarian and community youth educator. Currently working on series photographing women who perpetuate and cultivate hip hop, entitled Wisdom.In addition, she is working on an ongoing project photographing the Members of Whittier Cooperative in South Minneapolis, where she has lived with her two son's for fourteen years.

Rachel Raimist defines herself as a mother, filmmaker, scholar, educator, hop-hop feminist, activist, community organizer, and blogger. Her film, Nobody Knows my Name addresses the topic of women in hip-hop, and her upcoming documentary explores the lives poets
inside the Stillwater Correctional Facility in Minnesota. Her book, Home Girls Make Some Noise!: A Hip-Hop Feminist Anthology will be published in 2007. Check out her web site at: www.rachelraimist.com

Admission Fees: Free for MCP members and students with a current ID,
$5 non-members


MCP’s third annual Musicapolis in collaboration with Juxtaposition
Arts will feature FREE daytime activities and a live concert ($10
admission charge starting at 5 p.m.) featuring acts: I Self Devine of
Rhymesayers Entertainment, Digitata, Kanser, Omaur Bliss, Sarah
White, and more!

Saturday, July 21, 1-10 p.m.
1-5 p.m. Daytime demonstrations and hand's on activities
1:30 p.m. Hip hop dance instruction with Mr. Worm
2:30 p.m. Hip hop dance instruction with Mr. Worm
Fee: Free and open to the public

5-10 p.m. Concert
Fee: $10

MCP's third annual Musicapolis in collaboration with Juxtaposition
Arts will feature FREE daytime activities and a live concert. ($10
admission charge starting at 5 p.m.)

For this year's image and music festival, there will be free daytime
demonstrations and activities with music beginning at 3 p.m. MCP is
collaborating with Juxtaposition Arts to combine the urban arts of
hip-hop to create a real-time aerosol mural in MCP's parking lot to
celebrate north Minneapolis east and west of the Interstate. With
these two organizations, we will create a vibrant new piece of public
art that is generated by and reflects the community and creates a
visual equivalent to the music being produced on the Musicapolis
stage. The creation of new work alongside the performance of music
will bring an element of spontaneity into the mix.

Free day-time activities will be from 1-5 p.m. Daytime activities
will include hands-on interactive demos from MCP, Northern Clay
Center, Highpoint Center for Printmaking, Textile Center, zine artist
J. Gerlach, Juxtaposition Arts, and hip-hop dance instruction with
Mr. Worm. At 5 p.m., the $10 admission charge will begin for the live

MCP's Parking Lot
165 13th Avenue NE
Minneapolis, MN 55408

1-5 p.m. Daytime demonstrations and hand's on activities
Fee: Free and open to the public

1:30 p.m. Hip hop dance instruction with Mr. Worm
2:30 p.m. Hip hop dance instruction with Mr. Worm
Andrew Worm (Mr. Worm) is the creator and instructor of "Non-Stop
Hip Hop" at the University of Minnesota, Metro Dance Center, and
Lifetime Fitness.

Please note:
An adult must accompany all children.

+ Minnesota Center for Photography
Take a part of Musicapolis home with MCP’s photo booth with an
original backdrop created by artists from Juxtaposition Arts!

+ Northern Clay Center
Watch a clay artist turns wet lumps of clay into beautiful works of
art! Try your hand at the pottery wheel and learn the secrets of
making functional pots.

+ Highpoint Center for Printmaking
Learn about woodcut printmaking and make a print of your own to take
home. Adults and kids can ink and print from a selection of unique
pre-cut wood relief blocks.

+ Textile Center
Add your mark to a fabulous fabric banner. Paint it, dye it, sew on a
button, and be a part of collaborative art!

+ J. Gerlach
View a variety of homemade zines from local artist, J. Gerlach. Zines
can be made by anyone, and are a great way to share your ideas and
artwork with others! Supplies will be on hand to experiment making a
zine of your own.

+ Juxtaposition Arts
Design a backpack or hat using Juxtaposition’s airbrush machine and
fabric markers! (Hats and backpacks available for a small fee.)

5-10 p.m. ConcertFee: $10

Tickets will go on sale in mid-June at:
MCP (in person and online)
The Alt
Fifth Element
Electric Fetus

Please note all set times are approximate and subject to change.\fs24line Hosted by Aquahawk
3 p.m. Ace Bandage
4 p.m. Millions Billions
5 p.m. Digitata
5:45 p.m. Sarah White
6:30 p.m. Bandage and Wordsmith
7:15 p.m. Omaur Bliss
8 p.m. Rotten Ron
8:30 p.m. Kanser
9:15 I Self Devine of Rhymesayers Entertainment

Musicapolis 2007 is sponsored by:
City Pages
The Current
Juxtaposition Arts
The Alt
Green Mill
Town Talk Diner
Big Print

Since 1990, the Minnesota Center for Photography has enriched the
Twin Cities cultural landscape and provided a unique focus for
photographic artists and photography enthusiasts. As the leading
regional photography center, MCP’s mission is to support and promote
the creation and appreciation of photographic arts.

For further information, please contact Kaia Hemming, Development and
Communications Coordinator at 612.824.5500 or kaia@mncp.org

MCP is located at 165 13th Avenue NE, between Marshall and
University, just north of Broadway in the Northeast Minneapolis Arts District. Gallery Hours are 12 - 5 p.m. Tuesday through Sunday, with
extended hours on Thursday from 12 - 8 p.m. Admission to the gallery
is free, though a $3 donation is suggested. Further information and
directions can be found at www.mncp.org


Juxtaposition Arts is a non-profit youth focused visual arts
organization engaging audiences through its community collaborations,
studio arts workshops, public mural programs and special festivals
and art exhibitions.

Two visual artists founded the organization in 1995 as a means to
engage artistically inclined urban youth in high quality creative
experiences in ways that are practical, relevant, and life changing.

Their mission is to empower youth and community to use the arts to
actualize their full potential.

Kaia Hemming
Development and Communications Coordinator

Minnesota Center for Photography
165 13th Ave NE
Minneapolis, MN 55413

To support and promote the creation and appreciation of photographic

Goal for Today: Sit in desk chair & work

TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Desire can have you doing impulsive and not-so-smart things. Get a hold of your inner power. Stand still. Don't chase and don't aim. Become one with the target.

Thanks for the advice, Holiday.