Happy Second Birthday to Live Culture!
This month we start the show with two guests to discuss their politically charged art exhibits in CT, and the role that gallery exhibits play in resistance. Lucy Q. McClure, one of the three main organizers of hugely popular Nasty Women New Haven, and Joe Bun Keo, curator of “Alternative Facts”, a smaller exhibition within a bigger event entitled “In Grace We Trust”. The Nasty Women's art exhibits have taken off nationally and globally in reaction to the current administration's misogynist and violent comments, and their curtailing of women's rights. New Haven is one of over 50 cities to join the movement to organize a Nasty Women exhibition. Over 300 artists have participated and the opening night drew a record breaking number of over a thousand into the exhibition space. This grass-roots project is raising money in support of Planned Parenthood and features a variety of events and activities including a reading room and a performance evening.
“Alternative Facts,” a part of “In Grace We Trust” is up now at the newly established Ely Center of Contemporary Art in New Haven. Curator Joe Bun Keo writes: “'Alternative Facts' are falsehoods. Critical media is now being called fake news. Lies are now accepted as truths. Think about the Rene Magritte painting, “The Treachery of Images (This is Not a Pipe)...” There is much uncertainty in a time when stability is needed. The works in this exhibition are physically presented, but how they settle in the viewer is up for conceptual debate.”
The two artist/organizers will discuss how the visual art world is manifesting itself locally in this critical moment in time.
During the second half, we speak with MILCK the singer-songwriter of the hit “Quiet” which became the unofficial anthem of the Women's March in DC. and since has been the subject of many flash mob choral performances globally. Originally MILCK organized a group of 26 singers including members of the GW Sirens and the Capital Blend and sang a series of guerrilla performances around D.C. during Saturday's Women's March. Calling themselves the “#ICantKeepQuiet Choir,” they partnered with the Pussy Hat Project for the event. Once the videos of the song went viral online, they sang live on Samantha Bee’s, Full Frontal.
Since then MILCK has launched a website and major social media campaign and website for “#ICantKeepQuiet” as a place to collect and share personal stories of inspiration. The campaign aims to raise awareness against abuse of women and minorities, and encourage empathy, tolerance, and understanding towards one another. Proceeds from the project will benefit STEP UP, a nonprofit that provides after-school and mentorship programs for underprivileged teen girls. On April 8th, choirs and individuals will activate at 1 PM in their respective time zones to sing out, speak up, and express themselves. One may participate both online and offline- more at: https://www.icantkeepquiet.org/
Additionally, MILCK’s debut single, “Devil Devil” has served as the soundtrack to the season finale of The Royals, Netflix’s Marco Polo trailer, and Fox’s Lucifer, as well as an upcoming episode of Pretty Little Liars. “Devil Devil” peaked as the number 1 popular tune on Tunefind.com twice in 2016, as well as having garnered over 520K streams on Spotify, and over 1 million YouTube views. MILCK's impressive list of press includes BBC News,NPR, The Huffington Post, and Rolling Stone, to name a few.
In this Episode we have a soundtrack that includes bits from Childbirth's song "Nasty Grrls," "Quiet" from MILCK, and of course, Janet Jackson, with "Nasty." Come join us for an empowering discussion about the power of Art to transform and activate...
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