Feb 5th I attended the opening of Congo/Women at Columbia College. "The exhibit highlights the plight of women in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, whom organizers point out have survived "a litany of atrocities," including oppressive dictatorships, political violence and economic crises. The women and girls have also been denied adequate health care and are often victims of "extreme sexual violence," organizers said. This exhibit will close on Feb 14th here in Chicago, but it will be traveling around the country. Do check out their website for more information. The photo above is by Lynsey Addario. Powerful exhibit. Some of the photos are life-size.
Feb 6th on a lighter note I attended the opening of Gregory Coates: Permission. The show runs February 6 - Apr 3, 2009 at the G.R. N'Namdi gallery. The piece above is called "Juan" and it's constructed of feather and acrylic on wood. The 7th of Feburay was spent having a "Play-Date" with some of my favorite people, Judy Coates Perez, Ericka Graff, Pat Grice, and Alice. we get together to share/explore our art, life and food. I am always learning from these women and I'm grateful that they are.
Come Sunday all I can say is WOW! The afternoon/evening was spent at the "Ascension Loft" of El Kahil Zabar of the Ethnic Heritage Ensemble. The ensemble included Ernest Dawkins, Corey Wilkes and Kahil. Great music, food, and people. Again WOW! This week will be a little bit more on the quite side. Two of my grandchildren are or have celebrated birthdays. Sunday was my grandson Patrick Boyd-Keen and today is Mahogany Boyd-Keen. Nana loves/miss you and she hope/prays that you had/have a great day. Last year we were together and I hope/pray that the next year we will be together again.