Sunday, September 30, 2007

for many reasons, this has been one of the greatest weekends of my life.

one has to remain a secret for a while
two is how I got Hannah Montana tickets for the Hamilton girls
three is Phillies NL east champions

Friday, September 28, 2007

Don't Miss: Steve Powers: The Magic Word

Steve Powers: The Magic Word

October 20, 2007, to January 27, 2008

Morris Gallery, Historic Landmark Building

"Powers, who was born and raised in Philadelphia’s Overbrook section and has resided in New York since 1995, is an internationally known graffiti artist who has recently been embraced by the contemporary art world. Using the idiom of the billboard and the storefront, Powers, using his graffiti moniker ESPO, has created many illicit outdoor murals which riff off the capitalist marketing experience. Beginning in 2004 and ongoing, Powers participated in and co-curated Dreamland Artist Club an ambitious project on the Coney Island amusement boardwalk, in which he and several other artists worked with low-income business owners to improve commercial signage. Recently, Powers has been making narrative painting installations, still very much informed by signage, in which he recounts through a clever balance of verbiage and imagery, graffiti tall tales, autobiographical missives, and various urban legends."
-from PAFA website

Thursday, September 27, 2007

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Wednesday, September 26, 2007




Monday, September 24, 2007


Saturday, September 22, 2007

Memory Drawing, circa 1981
David Wojnarowicz

Tongues of Flame
pp 52

"I saw this in a park on 2nd Avenue one night. I wish my eyes were movie cameras so I could record scenes like this in movement."

Since I first saw this drawing, about 15, 16 years ago, I've thought of it often.

Zoe Strauss Fall Schedule

Slideshow dates TBA: I should have the date nailed down by next week, but it will be a little later than usual
(expect the first or second week in Nov)


OCTOBER 12, 2007
12:00 – 1:45 pm

Philadelphia Marriott Downtown
1201 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19107

Philadelphia Marriott Room 403.

Contemporary Public Art in Philadelphia: An Artist's Talk with Zoe Strauss and Julia Bryan-Wilson.
This conversation reflecting the program committee's special interest in the arts and activism will be held at the Philadelphia Marriott Room 403. No tickets are required.

As part of the Annual American Studies Conference.



OCTOBER 24, 2007
Reception at 6pm

Zoe Strauss: Images Works in Progress

At Tyler and Penrose Galleries
on Tyler School of Art campus

7725 Penrose Avenue
Elkins Park, PA 19027



OCTOBER 25, 2007
Reception from 6 to 8 pm

Women to Watch: Photography in Philadelphia

Reception: Thursday, October 25, from 6 - 8 pm

Levy Gallery at Moore College of Art
20th St. & The Parkway
October 26, 2007 - December 9, 2007



NOVEMBER 7, 2007
7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

If You Break The Skin, You Must Come In Screening

At the 2007 First Person Festival

First Person Stage
2111 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA

Wed November 7th, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM

The documentary If You Break the Skin, You Must Come In does more than just scratch the surface of the lives it examines. When a group of adolescents in foster care were chosen to make a film about maverick photographer Zoe Strauss, the process turned inside out by having them turn the camera on themselves. The result is a sobering, but ultimately uplifting, look at using art to find joy and magic in the world that surrounds us. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Strauss, the director David Kessler and the young filmmakers; one of whom, Charday Laverty, also curated a show of her photographs that will be on exhibit throughout the festival.

PLUS, a the panel discussion following the film will be awesome.

$10 (It's totally worth it)

Friday, September 21, 2007

Gerda Taro exhibit at ICP

September 26, 2007 – January 6, 2008

Gerda Taro (1910-1937) was a pioneering photojournalist whose brief career consisted almost exclusively of dramatic photographs from the front lines of the Spanish Civil War. Her photographs were widely reproduced in the French leftist press, and incorporated the dynamic camera angles of New Vision photography as well as a physical and emotional closeness to her subject. Taro worked alongside Robert Capa, who was her photographic as well as romantic partner, and the two collaborated closely. While covering the crucial battle of Brunete in July 1937, Taro was struck by a tank and killed.

Gerda Taro
[Republican militiawoman training on the beach, outside Barcelona]
August 1936
Gelatin silver print

Erev Yom Kippur: September 21st, 2007

1. At approximately 9:30am I saw Selma Epp at the corner of Juniper and Sansom. Selma Epp was my 6th grade "current events" teacher and is probably best described as "a little dim"...she once spelled misspelled "government" as "goverment" and the whole class was like "what the hell?" I've seen her around town a few times in the last 25 years. Of course, I took a photo of her with my cell phone and emailed it to 3 friends from grade school as soon as I got home.

Selma Epp
Sept. 21, 2007
Sansom and Juniper

2. After emailing the photo of Selma Epp, I immediately began working on tightening the mission statement for my book, which requires me to talk to myself and read the same text aloud several hundred times. Usually, just the screen door is shut and the door is open because who gives a shit what my neighbors think if they hear me reading the same five sentences over and over; they know me. But I had to shut the actual door because Trading Spaces is redoing a room 2 doors away and all the workers were right outside and I can only be so crazy. So I worked on the book, the text and trip planning, and reviewed the recent photos from Harlem.

2A. The Trading Spaces shoot has been pretty great... neighbors standing outside the house that's being worked on and brazenly staring right in. It's second only to the Rocky filming! Except for when one of the Trading Spaces trucks took out a tree branch across the street...the owner of the home, and one of my #1 neighbors of all time, brought the branch across the street and politely asked one of the crew members if they could take it because trash has been picked up for the week. When the crew person turned away abruptly with, "Lady, that's not what we do," my neighbor replied with, "OK, I'll give you 2 choices. Either you take the branch or I'll shove it up your ass." I say that's a 100% correct and 100% appropriate response. This statement prompted a woman working in the Trading Spaces home to run out saying, "We'll take it ma'am, no problem." I'm glad that lady knew it wasn't an idle threat.

3. 1:30PM: I headed to my studio and met up with my absolutely AMAZING intern, Julia Staples, who came over and did a lot of work.
(Aside: I am a little scared I'm going to run her off by saying something too nuts.)

My absolute highlight of Ms. Staples work day was hearing this joke that her grandfather told her...
"A nun announced at the weekly convent meeting, "It's been brought to my attention that there's a case of gonorrhea going around the convent" and one of the other nuns remarked aloud, 'Thank God, I just ran out of my case of Merlot.'"

4. Compiled a schedule of events and work for the coming weeks and sent the first of a planned 3 emails explaining email bankruptcy.

5. Came home and saw the #1 lady of all time. We walked to the Pub for dinner and on the way I found 40 dollars on the sidewalk. Our bill, with tip, came to 41 dollars.

6. Walked to the Padre Pio festival, a church festival which is a block of food stands and one stand of Italian themed items. This will be discussed in depth in a subsequent post because there's much to tell about it. On the way home we heard one very happy old lady say to another old lady "It's like New York City" about how many people were at Padre Pio.

7. Now I'm fasting and planning my trip to the Trinity site.

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Harlem Postcards

I am proud to be a participating artist in the ongoing "Harlem Postcards" project. Selected contemporary artists are invited to "investigate Harlem as a site in any number of ways: geographical, conceptual, historic, cultural, racial, architectural, perceptual, and the like." The images then become postcards that are distributed free to visitors to the museum during the run of the exhibition season. Thanks so much to Lauren Haynes for asking me to participate.


"Represented, revered and recognized by people around the world, Harlem is a continually expanding nexus of
black culture, history and iconography. Venerable landmarks such as the Abyssinian Baptist Church, Apollo
Theater, Hotel Theresa, Audubon Ballroom and 125th Street remain popular emblems of important historic
moments and moods. The Studio Museum’s ongoing series, Harlem Postcards, invites contemporary artists of
diverse backgrounds to reflect on Harlem as a site for artistic contemplation and production. Installed in the
Museum lobby and available to visitors, Harlem Postcards presents intimate views and fresh perspectives on this
famous neighborhood."

-from the Studio Museum of Harlem website


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Harlem Postcards (Furniture Store on 125th St.)

Wednesday, September 19, 2007

In Loving Memory of Rose B. Gross

"Kegon Waterfall in Nikko Japan," photo by Marvin Bailey, presented in honor of the "Rainbow's End" sign Aunt Rose had above her door for as long as I can remember.
Love you, Aunt Rose.

Rose B. Gross (nee. Baker)

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Lee Miller

Lee Miller
Eggceptional Achievement
London England

Lee Miller
Woman Hand on Head
Paris France

I'm a fan of Lee Miller. She was romantically involved with another favorite of mine, South Philly born Man Ray, and it's very interesting to check out the solarization prints they made around the same time. Lee Miller has a number of accolades I could point out, but just go to the link in the title. I will add that Lee Miller was the first woman ever to appear in a Kotex ad. That's worth noting as I've been enjoying the use of Kotex brand pads today, and will probably enjoy their use for at least another 2 days.

Don't sleep on Ms. Miller.

Monday, September 17, 2007

Women to Watch: Photography in Philadelphia

Women to Watch: Photography in Philadelphia

Reception: Thursday, October 25, from 6 - 8 pm.

October 26, 2007 - December 9, 2007

Women to Watch: Photography in Philadelphia features new or recent work by five Philadelphia-based photographers. The photographers, selected by Susan Fisher Sterling, Deputy Director and Chief Curator of the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) in Washington, D.C., include established Philadelphia artists: Alida Fish, Eileen Neff, Ruth Thorne-Thomsen, Clarissa Sligh, and Deborah Willis as well as emerging talents: Genevieve Coutroubis, Sarah Stolfa, and Zoe Strauss. The exhibition is organized by the Pennsylvania State Committee of the National Museum of Women in the Arts (NMWA) in cooperation with The Galleries at Moore. The exhibition has been developed in conjunction with NMWA's Women to Watch biennial exhibition, a new state and international committee program which will open at the Museum in Washington, D.C. in March 2008.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

If You Break the Skin, You Must Come In Screening: November 7th, 2007


If You Break The Skin, You Must Come In

2007 First Person Festival

Wed November 7th, 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM


First Person Stage
2111 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA

The documentary If You Break the Skin, You Must Come In does more than just scratch the surface of the lives it examines. When a group of adolescents in foster care were chosen to make a film about maverick photographer Zoe Strauss, the process turned inside out by having them turn the camera on themselves. The result is a sobering, but ultimately uplifting, look at using art to find joy and magic in the world that surrounds us. The screening will be followed by a discussion with Strauss, the director David Kessler and the young filmmakers, one of whom also curated a show of her photographs that will be on exhibit throughout the festival.

PLUS, a the panel discussion following the film will be awesome.

PLUS, a show of my photos in the lobby curated by Charday Laverty: Youth Filmmaker, Protege, Lady Killer, Smartass and Genius.


Here's Charday's first cut and I'll might add 2 or 3 and take out 1 or 2.

1. If You Reading This Fuck You
2. Beth
3. Lurch Pecker Out
4. Me in Bathrobe (I'm keeping this in at Ms. Laverty's request)
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5. Bloody Lip 17_3
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6. Ken and Don Kissing
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7. Attention (Women in Pants)
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8. Tiny Asshole Gang 1
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9. Oasis Strip 7
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10. Star at Night
11. Parked Escalades (red and pink)
12. Couple in Peep Show booth (I'm nixing this one, despite the safe sex talk that went with the choice of why it was chosen)
13. Camden Home 5
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14. Fireworks Over Row Home
15. If You Break the Skin
16. Atlantic Ocean at Night 3
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Perhaps you have noticed that my posting has been at a minimum as of late. Let me address the reasons, my friends.

#1. My 2006 taxes. For 2006 I managed to spend about 3000 dollars more than I made. Dead serious.
#2. I have been working on many projects.
#3. I am stressed about my need to decide if I want to have a child right now... that's a timely issue that's killing me with fear of regret.
#4. I am stressed about money
#5. My email issue, which I will remedy by having a new start and sending an email out to all with great apologies for my incompetence. And I really mean that. As I have said before, I have a very difficult time takes me 10 to 20 times longer to write an email than it takes my lady to write an email and I'm not exaggerating. She is my only reference for basic email writing stats and I know she's stellar, but I think that the time differential is more a reflection on my skills.

Obviously, some of these are much more pressing in my mind than others. Number three, for example, is quite an issue...I'm 37 and it's literally now or never to make a decision on becoming pregnant. I am filled with a deep fear of regret if I don't have a child, I want to very much, but I am also committed to my work and realistically it's one or the other. I don't say that lightly. I've thought about it endlessly and to commit to raising a child means an end to my work for several years. I had a job as a nanny for about 15 years and there's no question in my mind that I couldn't do both. Yes, if we had a child there would be two parents, but I would stay at home to raise the child. I would want to. Of course, it would be absolutely worth it to have a child...but would I regret the loss of my work? I don't know.

I made this photo earlier in the summer... it addressed what I had been thinking all day. And it's a throwaway photo, but I didn't delete it. I kept in my folder with the others I made that day, "Thin Woman with Cherry Water Ice" and "Camden Salt Pile."
This photo shouldn't have even made it to be uploaded to the computer, I would never consider showing it in the body of my work, but I still saved it.

It's an incomplete question for me. To get to the root of my ambivalence I need to also be asked "How can I give up what I could live for?"

Friday, September 14, 2007

From Cosmo Baker Night at the Guggenheim

Photos by "Friends of CB"

check out more photos here...

Cosmo down the Guggenheim

Thursday, September 13, 2007


Declare Email Bankruptcy

"Lawrence Lessig hit upon a novel tactic after spending 80 hours trying to clear out his backlogged inbox: surrender. "Bankruptcy is now my only option," he wrote in a mass message to his correspondence creditors. Here's how Lessig erased his debts and turned over a new leaf.

1) Collect the email addresses of everyone you haven't replied to. Paste them into the BCC field of a new message you'll send to yourself.

2) Write a polite note explaining your predicament. Apologize profusely - Lessig managed five mea culpas in as many paragraphs - and promise to keep up with your email in the future. Try to sound credible.

3) Ask for a resend of anything particularly pressing, and offer to give such messages special attention."


"I realize this kind of thing really irritates people with either excellent email skills, high expectations, or low net email volume, but — as in “real” bankruptcy — this looks like a terrific way to get a fresh start," wrote whoever reposted this world's most brilliant solution. The thing that's really sad is that this is for people who recieve 100's of emails a day, not the 5 emails a day that I should respond to... the key is "excellent email skills" vs. my "biting a high hard one email skills." I am going to do this within the next week, and then I'm going start from that moment on.


With much love and thanks to Josh.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007


9/11 souvenirs for sale at ground zero
I still haven't answered any emails and I seem to be having some kind of breakdown surrounding it. I have many things to put up here on my blog, but that seems inappropriate when I have am completely unable to respond to any emails that don't have to be answered immediately. Unfortunately, I'm also unable to respond to some that do need to be answered immediately and it causes people to have to write to me more than once when needing a response right away. It's a serious problem. My lady is trying to help me out with it. I don't know what the fuck. I'm working on a big project right now, but there's no reason for me to be more than 4 months behind on email. I don't know, I don't know.

Also, thought I was done with taxes. Oh, my mistake. My big, big mistake.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Behind the Lens: Inside the Stage Door Deli

Photo: Ruth Fremson/The New York Times

"I was in Flushing, Queens, taking photographs at polling places for the primary election that day. When I was paged I drove behind a caravan of at least 10 emergency vehicles to the vicinity of the World Trade Center, where the police indicated that I should park a couple of blocks away. I did, on Church Street.

I walked to the corner of Vesey and Church Streets and photographed some of the wounded.

Across the street, police and emergency workers were evacuating a building. The towers were burning, the smoke billowing. Suddenly, I heard a loud noise and thought another plane was going to hit the towers. I looked up, trying to photograph the building, and realized it was imploding.

People were running and screaming, and when I saw emergency personnel also running I ran with them. I heard a loud rumbling and followed a man who rolled under a Police Department truck.

All of a sudden, we were engulfed by a tidal wave of black dust and chunks of rocklike particles. I held onto the arm of a man under there with me, not realizing he was a police officer. I opened my eyes but couldn’t see anything. Everything was completely black. My eyes were burning. I couldn’t breathe, and I wondered for a second if this was what death was like.

The officer asked if I was O.K. I said yes. We heard glass breaking nearby and heard someone yelling “hello.” He was calling us to come into the Stage Door Deli maybe 10 feet away from where we were. The officer, Dan Mullin, grabbed my hand and pulled me in there. Inside were some firefighters completely covered in white ash, an elderly man with an accent and a cap and a man in a business suit, who stumbled in with a younger woman. They were O.K. A young woman was very frightened and near tears. One woman, an emergency worker, was just standing, stunned. Some of the firefighters passed out water, and it was first a man, then a woman calling for Pete, the owner.

But there was no one who worked in the store, only us, helping ourselves to his water and napkins to wipe ourselves off, spitting water on the floor. We used the phone, too, taking turns.

I saw firefighters walking through the ash and dust that clouded the air and then saw some police officers with shotguns. As the cloud slowly cleared we could see one tower standing. A chilling sight. A bit later we heard the rumbling again. And then it began to get dark outside again.

We all ran to the back of the deli and down some steps into the basement, where we waited.

When smoke started coming up from the basement, we decided to leave. One of the emergency personnel gave us wet rags to breathe through.

Just south of City Hall everything was covered with ash. Black smoke was billowing behind a church, and it looked as if only emergency personnel and journalists were there. The sun was shining through the dust over the Brooklyn Bridge, which carried an exodus of people across it toward the sunshine. Some looked back; others were crying, and others were stunned.

I saw two fashionable women, wearing matching blue towels draped over their heads, walking their matching dogs over the bridge."

By Ruth Fremson
Originally published Sunday, Sept. 16, 2001.

Sunday, September 09, 2007

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Friday, September 07, 2007

It was a dark and stormy night

RIP Madeleine L’Engle.

Upcoming Leeway Applicant Support Session on September 24

Do you have have questions about the Leeway grants or need help with your application?

If so, please stop by the Leeway Applicant Support Session:
September 24, 2007
from 2pm to 7pm
@ Attic Youth Center
255 S. 16th Street

Call Leeway at 215.545.4078 with any questions about the support session.


The Leeway Foundation is committed to art making as an integral part of social change, to movement building, and anti-oppression work where Leeway is accountable, accessible, part of and governed by, the communities Leeway's programs support.

Leeway is guided by the values of fearlessness in action, speech, and self-examination and commits to breaking down boundaries and barriers with creativity, respect, and openness to the process.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

2006 Taxes

I am working on my 2006 taxes now and will have to work today and tomorrow on them and I'm not-so-secretly praying for someone to declare me "incompetent" and force me to abandon them. I'd be satisfied with anyone taking over this job. Ah, not so long ago I was thrilled with the idea of taxes, that in my mid 30s I finally was making enough money to be asked to pay them. How the tide has changed!

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Julia Staples: PAP New Cultural Worker Intern

The Philadelphia Public Art Project is proud to announce the new PAP Cultural Worker Internship Award has gone to Julia Staples. 2007 is the inaugural year for the PAP Culture Worker internship, which will be awarded annually henceforth. The 2007 candidates for the PAP internship were nominated through a closed process. Unlike the current undergraduate intership program, going strong in it's 5th year, the nominees for the Cultural Worker Internship must not be currently enrolled in a 4 year college. The exception is the "School of Hard Knocks," which nominees can continue to attend concurrent to the internship. Any level of education is copacetic for this internship, you can have a PHD or a 6th grade education. The internship is awarded based on merit and the nominee's genuine interest in PAP's mission to bring the highest quality conceptual art to South Philadelphia.

The PAP Cultural Worker Internship Award will be granted for the 2007 academic fall semester. The intern will work on-site a minimum of 10 hours per week to complete a total of at least 80 hours.

Julia Staples is a perfect fit with PAP; she is smart, driven, self-sufficient and able to whip the PAP studio into shape. Ms. Staples is a photographer and is currently working on developing a process to document the entirety of Germantown Ave. in Philadelphia.

Julia Staples was nominated by Jim Ramer, Associate Chair/Director of Graduate Studies of the Department of Photography at Parsons the New School for Design.



Julia Staples
2004 University of Iceland, Cultural and Language Studies
2002 Parsons School of Design, BFA Photography 2002
2001 Royale Melbourne Institute of Technology, Study Abroad 2001

2007 PAP Cultural Worker Internship Award
2003 Fulbright Fellow, Photography, Iceland. 2003-04
2002 Adobe Design Achievement Award, First place in Photography, showing
at Guggenheim Museum, NY.

Suzanne Hudson Art Forum Review of If You Reading This

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Image intended to be run with piece above

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

I'm looking to trade prints for a website revamping; it hasn't been updated in almost 4 years. I am still a month behind in responding to my email, but I will be FOR REAL answering email this week so if you're interested in trading web services for prints, hit me up at info (at) zoestrauss (dot) com...I've been having a block of some kind on getting it done; not to worry, it's getting done by Friday.

Culture Corner

This book is absolutely amazing.

"Marilyn Minter
is the first book published about the work of the highly respected and influential contemporary artist Marilyn Minter. This retrospective publication features work from every period of Minter's career spanning nearly forty years. Minter is considered one of today's most important artists. Her perennially expanding reputation was widely established during the 1980s, when her work engaged formal aspects of painting as well as subject matter that remain central to her practice today. This comprehensive book reproduces in full color nearly every painting Minter has made along with a wide selection of her painterly photographs of the last several years. The book also includes the seminal and haunting Coral Ridge Towers series of black-and-white photos Minter took of her mother in 1969."
from the pubilsher's website


Looking forward to...

Slam: Nick Hornby's first young adult novel.


Looking forward to...

Eileen Neff: Between Us
September 7 - December 16, 2007

Opening Reception:
Thursday, September 6, 6-8pm

Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA)
36th and Sansom Streets
Philadelphia, PA


Looking forward to...

Magic: the new Bruce Springsteen album

And the coming tour...


Looking forward to...

You Can't Take It With You: the new Marah album

And the coming tour...


Here's a random list of 10 books that I love-

Slaughterhouse 5
Kurt Vonnegut

Dorothy Allison

Art on My Mind
Visual Politics
bell hooks

Anarchism & Other Essays
Emma Goldman

Cunt Coloring Book
Tee Corinne

Our Bodies, Ourselves

Songs of Innocence and Experience
William Blake

100 Suns
Michael Light

Parable of the Sower
Octavia E. Butler

The Photomontages of Hannah Höch
Peter Boswell, Maria Makela, Carolyn Lanchner, and Hannah Höch


I would also like to encourage pirate radio stations all across the land.

Monday, September 03, 2007

Moore Strike Update

At approximately 7 pm this evening the MFT tentatively agreed to a contract offer from the administration. If approved by the MFT Executive Council, a membership vote for ratification will be held on Thursday.

The Tee A. Corinne Prize

Tee Corinne (1943-2006) was one of the most influential lesbian photographers of the 1970's and 80's. She was a co-founder of The Blatant Image, A Magazine of Feminist Photography (1981-1983) and author and illustrator of the Cunt Coloring Book. Personally, her work has had a big influence on me.

A new prize has been created to honor Tee Corinne, an artist with bold vision and a fierce dedication to encouraging and preserving lesbian art. The Tee A. Corinne Prize for Lesbian Media Artists, established by Moonforce Media, will award unrestricted grants of up to $1,000 annually to lesbian artists. JEB (Joan E. Biren) will choose the inaugural prize winner

You are eligible if
1. your medium is photography, film, video, digital media, new media, or any fusion of these forms.
2. you are a lesbian

Application is due by November 3, 2007, Tee's birthday. Visit JEB Media to check out the application.


Tee A Corinne, Sinister Wisdom, 1977

Tee A Corinne, Woman in a Wheel Chair with an Able Bodied Lover, 1979

Tee A Corinne, The Three Graces, 1980


More about Tee Corinne here and here and here.

Nick Hornby Blog

click above for Nick Hornby's new blog. you know I love Nick Hornby.

Yani at the Wynn employee pickup.

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I'm good with these 3 but leaning toward the bottom 2.

Sunday, September 02, 2007

An Urgent Call to all Artists, Designers and Liberal Arts Faculty in the Philadelphia Community


I received this email today:

Dear Artist, Designer or Arts and Culture Professional,

Currently your fellow designers and artists who are working as full-time and adjunct teachers at Moore College of Art and Design are nearing the end of a long contract negotiation. No strike has been called yet but the faculty is acting PROACTIVELY and need your help to get the word out that, in the event of a strike, no responsible artist or teacher should "fill-in" or "take a temporary position" or scab the faculty at Moore.

The theme of the negotiations has been fair salary and benefits for the full-time faculty and appropriate fair consideration of the salaries, rights and working conditions for adjuncts who are 70% of the total faculty. The adjuncts are working without health care, chance for advancement or any consideration for the number of years that they have served the college. They are vulnerable to an administration that is using scare tactics to keep them in line.

Moore has been advertising on Craig's List, trying to recruit alumnae and former adjuncts to cross any picket lines. If you have been "lined up" to "fill in" we ask you to "get out of line" and join your fellow artists in the community. Please honor our request and encourage all fellow artists and designers to do the same.

Please forward this message to all artists, designers, arts and culture professionals, and liberal arts faculty in the greater Philadelphia area.

Friends of the Faculty at Moore College of Art and Design