Edmonia Lewis Grave Marker

A new article about Lewis, some of my research, and the grave marker installed by Bobbi Reno.




Art + History Consultants

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New Alain Locke Bio is Here!

My copy arrived today. Monumental, important, and beautifully written. Bravo! to Jeffrey Stewart.


The Heavy Lifting

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Slavery’s Voice


My dear friend, teacher and scholar Roberta Logan, posted an excerpt from the testimony of a former slave gathered by the WPA. I remembered that my uncle Marty (Martin Daniel Richardson) had been a part of the group of writers and journalists who collected those stories in the 1930s — in Florida, in his case. I’ve read a few he gathered and some transcribed by others. Many voices, and nothing simple about the choices and decisions enslaved men and women made for themselves and their loved ones.

So, short version, it turns out many of the typescripts were digitized by the Library of Congress. Here’s one; some of you will recognize the location thanks to Zora Neale Hurston and Alice Walker.


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Judith, Holofernes, and T-rump

I realize I can be an art nerd, and I certainly get the horrendous Daesh reality, but my first reaction to Kathy Griffin’s shtick was that it was a riff on Judith and Holofernes, a famous scene depicted by hundreds of artists from the middle ages to Donatello to Klimt, to name just a few.

Given all the depictions of assault on effigies of Obama, and our long American political tradition of all sorts of violent images, I find the rush to turn Griffin into a pariah both ignorant and excessive.

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New Edmonia Lewis Video



It was a real pleasure to be a part of this project by the brilliant cinematographer

Roberto Mighty.