Don’t miss a special segment on Robin Rhode: Animating the Everyday this week on NYC-ARTS. The segment will air on Thirteen Thursday, July 31 at 8 pm, and again Sunday, August 3 at noon.

Robin Rhode: Animating the Everyday is on view through August 10th at the Neuberger Museum of Art.


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Ange-Jacques Gabriel

Mascaron, Place de la Bourse

Bordeaux, France (1730-1775)

The Place de la Bourse was constructed in the 18th century as Bordeaux’s open city square (contrasting the Medieval walls elsewhere in the city) — a local center of commerce adjacent to the river.

I visited Bordeaux last summer and snapped this picture. According to the tour guide, this ornamental sculpture was a tribute to the slave trade that helped build the city (make of that what you will). Other mascarons of African slaves (which also displayed individualized features) were interspersed among prominent contemporary and mythological European figures lining the Place de la Bourse.


NY TIMES: Testimony of a Clear-Eyed Witness - Carrie Mae Weems Charts the Black Experience in Photographs at the Studio Museum in Harlem and the Guggenheim Museum. Read Review

Photo: Carrie Mae Weems


Terracotta mug in the form of a black African boy’s head

Period: Late Classical

Date: late 4th century B.C.

Culture: Etruscan

Medium: Terracotta

Dimensions: H. 6 in. (15.2 cm)

Located at the Metropolitan Museum

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Historic Marker ~ Kristopher Monroe

The Weeping Time: A forgotten history of the largest slave auction ever on American soil

Two miles west of downtown Savannah, Georgia, sits a historical marker in the center of a small plot of a fenced in city park. The triangular park measures not more than a fifth of an acre. The surrounding neighborhood is one of the most distressed and depressed sections of the city.

The marker was dedicated on March 3, 2008, 149 years after the slave auction occurred, and at the commemoration ceremony then-mayor Otis Johnson—only the second African-American to hold that office—offered up a short speech honoring the enslaved men and women whose labor helped build the oldest city in the state of Georgia. At the ceremony a local man handed out dirt from Nigeria to be sprinkled around the marker and Mayor Johnson poured water over the dirt to consecrate the ground.

And that’s it for the city’s commemoration of the event known as the Weeping Time. Contrast that with the towering monument to the Confederate dead that has stood for over a century smack in the center of one of the city’s largest public parks.

The Weeping Time acquired its name colloquially, by the slaves and their descendants, because of reports that the sky opened up and poured down rain for the full two days of the auction. It was said that the heavens were weeping for the inhumanity that was being committed.

The event wasn’t just notable because of the size of the auction. In 1859 the country was on the verge of a national bloodbath, and the historic threads that weave through the story of the Weeping Time are so far-reaching and remarkable, it’s perplexing that more hasn’t been written or remembered about this time.

Read more here.

Archaeological dig finds massive slave quarters in Crownsville



When archaeologists began digging around Rockbridge Academy in May, they expected to find the place where the Comte de Rochambeau camped in September 1781 on the way to Yorktown and the final major battle of the Revolutionary War.

Instead, they stumbled upon something very different.



La Paz (AFP) - Bolivia on Wednesday renounced a visa exemption agreement with Israel in protest over its offensive in Gaza, and declared it a terrorist state.

President Evo Morales announced the move during a talk with a group of educators in the city of Cochabamba.

It “means, in other words, we are declaring (Israel) a terrorist state,” he said.

The treaty has allowed Israelis to travel freely to Bolivia without a visa since 1972.

Morales said the Gaza offensive shows “that Israel is not a guarantor of the principles of respect for life and the elementary precepts of rights that govern the peaceful and harmonious coexistence of our international community.”

More than two weeks of fighting in Gaza have left 1,300 dead and 6,000 wounded amid an intense Israeli air and ground campaign in response to missile attacks by the Islamist militant group Hamas.

In the latest development, 20 people were killed after two Israeli shells slammed into a United Nations school, drawing international protests.

Bolivia broke off diplomatic relations with Israel in 2009 over a previous military operation in Gaza.

In mid-July, Morales filed a request with the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to prosecute Israel for “crimes against humanity.”

Photos: Bolivian ambassador to the UN Sacha Llorenti wears keffiyeh in solidarity with Palestinians, July 2014.