The Magic Issue

On the cover:
Grimanesa Amorós
photo by Kate Edwards for A Womenʼs Thing,
Hair & Makeup by Lyndsey Ariel Caudilla.

 

 

Dear Readers,

What does it mean to be an adult and still believe in magic? For us, magic stands for something that has the ability to remove us from our everyday lives. This could be waking up to a silent snow, the world unexpectedly caked in white. Or it could be more utilitarian, like lucking out on your morning commute, each train, each transfer, arriving just seconds after you step onto the platform. Most importantly, it’s about rising above the forces that tell us to stay in our place, not to stand out, lest we be hunted down and burned on the stake of our differences. In this issue we celebrate those differences: black girl magic, older woman magic, and just plain witchy magic.

 

For cover artist Grimanesa Amorós, magic comes from working with the miracle of technology: Her large-scale installations using LED lighting inspire wonder in anyone who sees them, in the gallery or on the street. Read our discussion with her on page 03. Yayoi Kusama’s ever-Instagrammable work delves into the magic, light and dark, that can occur within our own minds. Get a peek inside hers on page 70.

 

In the face of adversity, we’re always stunned by the magic that can happen when women come together to make something new: a business, a movement, a magazine. We invite you to get together with the inspiring women in your life and join our conversation. Visit our shop to get an AWT Magic Issue Share Pack, and use it as a way to voice your frustrations and fears, wishes and goals. From the fascinating desktops of the women who study and predict trends (page 86), to the perilous work of female deminers in Nagorno-Karabakh (page 29), to the strange account of the hysteric girls of LeRoy, New York (page 08), we think you’ll find many stories to inspire discussion. Rants, tangents, and incantations welcomed and encouraged.

 

Friends, it’s time to come up with our own magical thinking: one that lets us recreate ourselves at any moment, at any age, according to any vision, big or small. Let’s own our powers.

 

Your AWT Team


For more info, please visit: https://awomensthing.org/blog/the-magic-issue/

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Grimanesa Amorós
OCUPANTE Exhibition and Lecture / Artist Talk
El Ministerio de Educación, Cultura y Deporte

se complace en invitarle a la inauguración de la exposición,
que tendrá lugar el jueves, 15 de febrero a las 19:30 horas
en Estudios de Tabacalera. Calle Embajadores, 53
Exhibition Opening: Thrusday, Feburary 15th, 2018 at 7:30 PM at Estudios, Tabacalera
Lecture / Artist Talk: Monday, Feburary 19th, 2018 6:00 PM at la Sala Ideas, Tabacalera
For more info, please visit:
https://www.promociondelarte.com/tabacalera/noticia-301-ocupante-grimanesa-amoros

 

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Museo Nacional de Bellas Artes de Cuba
Theater of the Cuban Art Headquarters
San Rafael between Zulueta and Monserrate, Havana, Cuba

 
Grimanesa Amorós Video Exhibition and Lecture / Artist Talk

 

Exhibition Opening and Lecture / Artist Talk: Wednesday, January 24th, 2018 at 4:00 PM
Curated by Caridad Blanco de la Cruz
For more info, please visit:
http://www.bellasartes.co.cu/evento/presentacion-de-la-artista-multidisciplinar-grimanesa-amoros

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Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Event

Grimanesa Amorós Portrait, Photo Credit: Gigi Stoll

VISITING ARTIST | GRIMANESA AMORÓS
Reception: Tuesday November 14, 6 pm at Chace Center Lobby
Artist Talk: November 14, 7-9 pm at Metcalf Auditorium, Chace Center
RISD Museum, 20 North Main St. Providence, RI 02903

Grimanesa Amorós is an interdisciplinary artist with diverse interests in the fields of social history, scientific research and critical theory. Through her art she conveys an ephemeral wonder, entrancing viewers from all different backgrounds and communities to become agents of empowerment. She makes use of sculpture, video and lighting to create works that illuminate our notions of personal identity and community. She was a guest speaker at TEDGlobal 2014, earned an NEA Visual Artist Fellowship and an NEA Artist Travel Grant, and participated in the Art In Embassies Program. Her work has been exhibited in the US, Europe, Asia and Latin America.
For more info, please visit the link below:

The Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)

 

The Rhode Island School of Design, or, as it’s colloquially known, RISD, is a university dedicated to the fine arts and design. RISD has been ranked among the best art and design universities in the US.

(https://vimeo.com/247539978)
(https://events.risd.edu/event/grimanesa_amoros_site_specific_light_installations#.WjgVwraZNUM)
(http://academicaffairs.risd.edu/tag/grimanesa-amoros/)

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Le festival a-part flirte avec les paradis perdus

Sur la route des Alpilles, la 7e édition du festival d’art contemporain a-part trouve son point de chute du 24 au 27 aout à Marseille.
L’occasion pour de nombreux artistes internationaux d’exposer leurs œuvres empreintes de la thématique fil rouge “Les paradis perdus”.

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Art contemporain : l’été en pente douce à Marseille

Plusieurs rendez-vous animent la fin des vacances à Marseille sur le front de l’art contemporain. Tour d’horizon des événements récurrents ou exceptionnels.

Il y a d’abord les nouveautés de cet fin d’été 2017. L’épicentre des événements et expositions d’art contemporain se trouve rue de la République côté Vieux-Port. Avec d’abord le festival international d’art contemporain « a-part ». Cette manifestation qui se déroule depuis huit ans dans les Alpilles fait une incursion exceptionnelle à Marseille en clin d’oeil à la capitale européenne. « A -part avait été créé dans la perspective de Marseille 2013 » nous rappelle Leïla Voight, la fondatrice, rencontrée en pleine installation au 19 rue de la République aux côtés de l’artiste péruvienne vivant à New York Grimanesa Amóros.

a-part festival 

 

The a-part festival is a modern arts festival which takes place every year, located in the Alpilles, between Arles, Avignon and Aix-en-Provence. The contemporary art festival invites multiple international artists to meet the public and showcase their artwork. A key event for contemporary art that promotes diversity of disciplines, and emphasizes the interaction between artists and visitors.

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7 Peruvian Artists the World Needs to Know About

Brandon Dupre

Peru’s artists are as diverse as their landscape, representing the different corners of the country from the Amazon jungle to the Andes to the sprawling metropolis of Lima. Our guide takes you on a journey through the eyes and paintings of Peru’s most polished and well-known artists. Here are those that everyone should know.

Grimanesa Amorós

Grimanesa Amorós, born in Lima, Peru, is an artist well-known for large scale light sculpture installations. Her work incorporates elements from sculpture, video, lighting, and technology to create eye-catching and progressive art forms.

The Culture Trip - Grimanesa Amoros' Fortuna light sculpture installation

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GRIMANESA AMORÓS

“It is time for all of us to present to the world a new image, a contemporary image of progress and culture beyond a domitory of angst.”

E-Squared Magazine Grimanesa Amoros light artist


Grimanesa Amorós is an interdisciplinary artist with diverse interests in the fields of social history, scientific research, and critical theory. She makes use of sculpture, video, and lighting to create works that illuminate notions of personal identity and community.

 

Leading us through a complex network, Grimanesa Amorós conveys a sense of ephemeral wonder, entrancing and empowering viewers from diverse backgrounds and communities. In PINK LOTUS, a light installation at the entrance of The Peninsula Hotel In New York, she creates a dialogue between historical architecture (the hotel) and rebirth (the lotus). Using the existing architecture of the hotel, she represents the power of women worldwide with the lotus flower’s symbolic association of creation, enlightenment, and rebirth. In OCUPANTE, Amorós was inspired by the conflicting attitudes regarding immigration. She selected to install the work at the Ludwig Museum Koblenz, a location for which three parts of the Berlin Wall are dedicated to “victims of the division.” Focusing mainly on borders, she takes the viewer on a personal journey where they become an OCUPANTE of their own dreams and physical realities.

 

Captivating us with her light installations, Grimanesa Amorós express a diverse array of topics ranging from social inequality and disequilibrium in political power to thoughts on surveillance and privacy. Amorós exhibits her work nationally and internationally, and is part of the Art in Embassies Program (AIE), which sets out to stimulate cross-cultural dialogue and understanding through the visual arts. She was a TED Global speaker, and a recipient of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Visual Artist Fellowship, and she has been published in Wall Street International Art, The New York Times, among others.

 

E-Squared Magazine

“E-Squared is an international, quarterly print magazine that draws from both art + science and is the embodiment of this synergy.

Operated by both artists and scientists Emily Dustman and Edison Ilan, E-Squared sets out to present new and ground-breaking ideas developed by artists, scientists, engineers, and all thinkers alike. By blending art and science, we seek to generate questions, creative thought, experimentation, collaboration, and innovation with the hope of sparking real social and cultural change.”

(http://www.esquaredmagazine.com/about/)

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YabYum Seven: Grimanesa Amoros

Grimanesa Amoros 01
Grimanesa Amoros, photo by Gigi Stoll
To read the full interview please visit the link below:

https://www.yabyumwest.com/2017/07/yabyum-seven-grimanesa-amoros.html


YabYum

 

YabYum has been covering music and arts since 2009. Based out of Arizona, they offer daily coverage of new music and artists, as well as local dining and culture. They believe artists should support one another and believe in Living Local. And, of course, they believe in Art as Means to Enlightenment. (https://www.yabyumwest.com/wtf)

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a-part festival

 

The a-part festival is a modern arts festival which takes place every year, located in the Alpilles, between Arles, Avignon and Aix-en-Provence. The contemporary art festival invites multiple international artists to meet the public and showcase their artwork. A key event for contemporary art that promotes diversity of disciplines, and emphasizes the interaction between artists and visitors.

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