Category Archives: Hammer Museum

Paint it Blue – Published

Paint it Blue, the long-anticipated collection of stories about painters, has been published and is now available. Introduction – We wonder what they’re thinking, so we ask Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. And you, Picasso, what are you really like? Vincent van Gogh, please tell us more about your agony and inspiration. We must also […]

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Syrian Composer Speaks

This story is from the collection “Obama on Edge”

Also posted in Barack Obama, Bashar al-Assad, Computers, Hafez al-Assad, Los Angeles, Malek Jandali, Middle East, Mona Simpson, Music, Steve Jobs, Syria, Writers

Amiri Baraka Clears Mind

decades ago when poet amiri baraka’s surname jones rebuked for obscenity by langston hughes in essay “that boy leroi” boy now almost eighty on stage with fiftyish daughter at hammer museum and can’t remember abstract impressionist painter who dripped jackson pollock she said and the mexican muralist my man diego rivera she said baraka generally […]

Also posted in Amiri Baraka, Art, Charles White, Diego Rivera, Duke Ellington, Economics, Jackson Pollock, Music, Painters, Poetry, Poetry - GTC, Poverty

Charles White Endures

This story is part of the collection “Paint it Blue”

Also posted in Alabama, Art, Charles White, Chicago, Civil War - American, Elizabeth Catlett, Harriet Taubman, John Brown, Los Angeles, Marriage, Mexico, Murals, Nat Turner, New York City, Newspapers, Painters, Pasadena, Poetry - GTC, Racism, Slavery, Tobacco, Tuberculosis

Tokyo Life and Architecture

Men with technical minds made in Japan, England, and America were talking about my city, and me, at the A/cute Tokyo symposium, and I wanted to stand and shout shut up.  You architects aren’t so bright.  You’re human computers hired to build the problems you condemn.  I already knew life in my city of thirty […]

Also posted in Architecture, Japan, Tokyo