Brooklyn Museum - Disguise: Masks and Global African Art | IRAAA+

Contemporary Artists Animate Masquerade Traditions

Words by Diana McClure

Zina Saro-Wiwa

Zina Saro-Wiwa

"These various forms —  classical masks, the contemporary art on view, masquerade in a larger context, and the expression of writers like Dubois and Dunbar — all raise questions of individual and communal agency.  Who has a choice (literally and figuratively) about when, where and how to perform masquerade? 

In this exhibition several artists disrupt and subvert the power dynamics of traditional masquerade. For example, artists Zina Saro-Wiwa, Wura-Natasha Ogunji, and Alejandro Guzman all perform traditionally male masquerades from a female point of view."

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Diana M. Writing: Abstract Painter Erika Ranee | IRAAA+


Words by Diana McClure

Erika Ranee,  Must Be Nice  (detail), 72"x72" (overall), 2014

Erika Ranee, Must Be Nice (detail), 72"x72" (overall), 2014

Painter Erika Ranee is on the cusp of a second coming of sorts. After earning an MFA and a promising start to her career in the mid-1990s, she settled into a self-imposed hiatus for nearly a decade. During that period, she refrained from showing and re-emerged having replaced her figurative painting style with a new passion for abstraction.  READ MORE