Earlier this year, I was walking down San Pablo around where Berkeley and Oakland rub elbows, and I saw this flyer inviting anyone, no matter whether you identified as an artist or not, to submit Instagram photos to an art collective called Femme Cartel for a show in Oakland. I was arrested by the casualness of this call for art, and the democracy, and the challenge: hey guys, you think you’re so artistic with your tilt shift and your Valencia filter? Submit and find out.
Their flyer encouraged women, people of color, young folks, and LGBT folks in particular to press send. It was a very East Bay outsider moment [...]
New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art has just made 400,000 pieces of its collection available for high-res download online. I don't really know where to begin, but the search genres can get you around pretty well. Here's a Walker Evans photograph of three ladies riding the Lexington Avenue Express in 1938 to get us started. You can peruse the 399,999 (or so) other works here. [via]
Via NPR, a project by photographer Qozop, who had Asian grandparents swap outfits with their grandchildren for a series called Spring-Autumn: "As an Asian society, our cultural beliefs are often reflected in our dressing. Fashion (other than wrinkles) is one of the best tell tales of how old a person is, or what generation they hail from." I'd be stuck in a lot of fake gold, and I have no issues with that. More photos here. [NPR]
Via Slate, here's "You Are What You Eat," a project that photographer Mark Menjivar describes as portraiture, in which he captures the refrigerator contents of strangers across America. The terse write-ups for each subject ("Delicatessen Attendant | Daphne, AL | 4-Person Household | Disowned by parents for marrying a black man") make for a startling, fascinating juxtaposition with the food they lean on, and in the Slate piece, Menjivar revisits some of his subjects four years later to find many of their refrigerators drastically changed. [Mark Menjivar]