— some movie
— some movie
LOVE STRUCK | 1954
Dorothy Dandridge and Harry Belafonte in Carmen Jones, 1954. Produced and directed by Otto Preminger
Chiwetel Ejiofor, Adepero Oduye and Lupita Nyong’o for W Magazine
yeeeeees, she reviewed the shit out of the goofy movie!
the best thing I’ve seen all day
Portrait of Elizabeth Murray
England (c. 1650)
Oil on canvas, 124 x 119 cm
I think I have seen pictures of this before, in high school maybe, but I don’t remember there being a second person before. I seem to remember this image being cropped differently too, which is very disturbing because now that I see the entire painting, the way I remember it being cropped was very clearly and deliberately intended to remove the person holding the tray of flowers.
Since we’re throwing haymakers at the kyriarchy today, I think this is something that we should really be talking about too, because it happens
ALL. THE. TIME.
Level 1: People of Color from Medieval, Renaissance, and other Early Modern European works were often literally painted over in later decades or centuries.
Level 2: It was very fashionable in a lot of 17th and 18th century paintings to have a Black servant featured in portraits of very important historical figures from European History.
Honestly? They’re practically ubiquitous. A lot of the very famous paintings you’ve seen of European and American historical figures have a Black servant in them that have been cropped out or painted over.
Those silly stock photos from your American History Professor’s Powerpoint?
Your Professor’s PowerPoint for “George Washington”:
The actual painting:
Your professor’s Powerpoint on Jean Chardin:
The actual painting:
PowerPoint on Maria Henriette Stuart (with some commentary about the Habsburg jaw):
But, because of whitewashed history curricula, teachers and professors continue to use the cropped images because they don’t want their lecture to get “derailed” by a discussion about race.
These images are also more commonly seen on stock photo sites, including ones for academic use.
I honestly can’t find anyone really writing about this, or even any analysis on how often the cropped photos are used.
The reason they are so easy to crop out is because of the the artistic conventions which reflect the power hierarchy:
Oil paintings of aristocratic families from this period make the point clearly. Artists routinely positioned black people on the edges or at the rear of their canvasses, from where they gaze wonderingly at their masters and mistresses. In order to reveal a ‘hierarchy of power relationships’, they were often placed next to dogs and other domestic animals, with whom they shared, according to the art critic and novelist David Dabydeen, ‘more or less the same status’. Their humanity effaced, they exist in these pictures as solitary mutes, aesthetic foils to their owners’ economic fortunes.
This is drastically oversimplified, but at least it addresses it directly.
If anyone knows more on any studies or statistical evidence on this tendency, feel free to add it.
Check out the history of Emanuel Leutz’s Washington Crossing the Delaware, see how often Prince Whimple gets edited out. He’s not even in a place that’s easy for him to be edited out (he’s in front of Washington, rowing the boat), and he’s still taken out!
Another great example, and honestly something that often gets ignored or overlooked.
Damn. I don’t do politics. However, I have had enough.I am absolutely sick and tired of the out right, ignorant, blatant disrespect and yes, many of them racially motivated remarks,made for this man and his wife I might add. Women fight everyday to be heard. Why are women in the White House expected to just sit back and have tea parties and smile? Like his politics or not, respect him and THE OFFICE he holds. The ridiculous jokes and comments just today alone have been intolerable and are inexcusable,in my opinion. To be where he is took more courage and faith,among other things, than most of us have in the tip of our pinky finger nail. Better yet, mustard seed. I was always taught if you have nothing nice to say, say nothing. END OF DISCUSSION. SERIOUSLY.
You don’t know what your prospective employer,employer or colleges are looking at and what they think. Think before you print. May God bless this country.
NOW I’M DONE.