We are one week past our election, and it is clear that we still don’t know the worst of what our new president will unleash on us. As friends and I have spoken the prevailing sense is that this feels like the mid-eighties, when Reaganism was at it’s height: crooks and brutes at work and a grinning beast at the center of it all. What saved me then was the open hearts of friends and co-conspirators. I hope that we can forge a similar league going forward.
I have often been at loss for words over this week, but I woke up today realizing that I do have a lot of work out in the world, so I thought that I would let you know about some of that:
I’m very glad to have work up in the Black Pulp! show at the International Print Center: http://www.ipcny.org/exhibitions/blackpulp/ The show is a treasure trove of amazing work in print presenting the Black experience and shouldn’t be missed.
I also have more work up in a group show at Matthew Marks Gallery in their space at 524 West 22nd Street through late December.
This Wednesday is the opening for the latest group of Harlem Postcards at The Studio Museum in Harlem. I am honored to be included in the new group.
On Thursday at 5:30, I will be lecturing at NYU http://www.matthewmarks.com/news/nayland-blake-at-new-york-university/ Come by if you want to hear me go on about my work. I’ll try to keep it crisp.
On December 2 I’ll be doing a similar lecture at Rutgers University.
I have a new book out, a compilation of my Inktober cartoons from last year. You can pick up a copy at Printed Matter: https://www.printedmatter.org/catalog/46225/
As for those cartoons, I publish new ones every Friday at Hyperallergic, which is an excellent source for art news and thought. Check out the latest one here: http://hyperallergic.com/337480/here-we-are/
Finally, my “Daddy Against Patriarchy” shirts are back in production at Teespring: https://teespring.com/join-the-d-a-p#pid=369&cid=6527&sid=front Just in time for Patriarchy’s latest pustule-in-chief.
The thing that sticks with me about Wednesday morning in New York was how quiet and respectful people were around each other on the subway. There is something deeply moving about public tenderness, something that we will need to fuel the actions we will take going forward.