some street art for ya
With “Obey” popping up on so many shirts and hats, everyone wants to wear their favorite artist on their person.
"Untitled from Subway Art" by Martha Cooper. See more New York street photography here.
Ludovik (Body Painted by Keith Haring), Haring and Jon Sex. See more wild ’80s nightlife here.
On November 1, 1948, Life magazine published the photo essay “Harlem Gang Leader,” introducing their readers to the photography of Gordon Parks and to his subject, the seventeen-year-old Leonard (Red) Jackson, leader of the Harlem gang the Midtowners. Take a look at photos from the recently released book, “Gordon Parks: The Making of an Argument,” which is a critical examination of this assignment: http://nyr.kr/17W5ayA
Untitled, Harlem, New York, 1948
The Williamsburg Bridge is quite interesting and a nice place to reflect and share stories.
"The New York Subway Sign Experiment"
Gave me such a giggle and I really needed it today.
Damn! Real American entertainment.
This song has roots in American minstrelsy which featured “blackface” and the ridiculing of black people. (Although this is a few decades after minstrelsy’s popularity died out.) This one’s from late in the Jazz Age.
*Note the call & response with the audience getting increasingly complex. This was a Calloway trademark at the famous Cotton Club (a whites only club) in Harlem. Ironically, you can see his name on the sign, haha.
Here’s another performance of the same song.
This one has a little more detail about the story. He explores the symbolism more and references drugs. (Smoky was kokie = cokehead; Kick the gong around = use opium).
It takes a little part from the 1927 song Willie the Weeper (a bit hard to hear).
Harlem Renaissance 1920’s. DNY