JEFF CHANG on Catherine Opie’s Inauguration
and BRENDAN BOYLE on Michael Fried’s Four Honest Outlaws.Catherine Opie, Untitled #1 (Inauguration 2009)
The Future Belongs To Crowds
Gregory R. Miller & Co, September 2011. 124 pp.
In 2008, Newsweek art critic Peter Plagens asked if the photographer Catherine Opie had become too safe. Opie made her first big splash at the 1995 Whitney Biennial, where she offered “Self-Portrait/Pervert,” in which she appeared in a black leather mask and pants against a glowing rococo-patterned cloth, her arms pierced by 46 eighteen-gauge needles, the title “Pervert” carved into her skin over her breasts. “When a real live publisher, studio or museum delivers unto you readers or viewers you didn’t have before, your palms get a little sweaty,” he wrote. “You feel obligated to give them something a little more accessible, a little more mainstream than the eccentricities that got you noticed in the first place.” What LCD Soundsystem’s James Murphy had called “Losing My Edge,” Plagens was calling stage fright.
Opie’s new book, Inauguration — composed of photos shot on and around January 20, 2009, when Barack Obama became the nation’s first black president — likely will not change his mind. What could be more accessible, more mainstream than covering, as Deborah Willis puts it in her catalog essay, “a ‘day in the life’ of one of the most anticipated [events] in U.S. history”?
This book arrives at a time when the culture wars are flaring up again, questions of identity are resurging, and another struggle over the meaning of America awaits in the agonizing electoral season ahead. Disillusionment with Obama is widespread. His unsteady governing has tested the once hopeful. Obama’s own “eccentricities” seem to have been sanded away. If Plagens is to be believed, Obama and Opie could be mirrors of one another, the one in politics, the other in the arts.
But it’s not quite so simple. The Occupy protesters, whose encampments numbered over 900 at their peak this fall, now embody the desire for change. At Berkeley High — where the first urban slang dictionary was compiled, and whose students joined the militant Occupy Oakland, Occupy Cal, and Occupy Berkeley protestors this past winter — there is a new term of derision: “1%.” Working definition: “Someone whose actions or thoughts are socially unacceptable, usually involving deception and/or theft.” Usage: “I called shotgun but Isaac took the seat anyway. He’s so 1%.”
Not long ago, Obama appeared to be the figure who might bridge divides, end the culture wars, and usher in a “post-racial” era. Instead, the polarization has intensified. Despite his best efforts to appear self-effacing when he could have been proud, pliable when he could have been firm, he still became the image of fear, the specter of all the things that “we Americans” are not. Immigrants, college students and youths, and David Wojnarowicz once again became targets.
Opie’s Inauguration, like William Eggleston’s 1976 Election Eve series, depicts the President and the First Lady only by proxy, as flickering dots on mobile LED video screens. Instead she places her faith in the crowds. Lines gather patiently. People smile. They sell t-shirts and calendars. They mug and hang from the White House fence. They pose beside the building nameplate for the National Council of Negro Women. They greet the anti-war protestors and the people protesting Guantanamo with cameras, not jeers. The tone of Inauguration is one of calm anticipation.
We’re still waiting.
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Yup, this is sexy and smart. Great work Robby Russell.
For the Oh My Zsh users out there, my guess is when you opened Terminal or iTerm2 today you were greeted with a request to update Oh My Zsh.
Call me a noob, but I think this is awesome.
Last login: Fri May 13 07:41:18 on console [Oh My Zsh] Would you like to check for updates? Type Y to update oh-my-zsh: Y Upgrading Oh My Zsh remote: Counting objects: 62, done. remote: Compressing objects: 100% (44/44), done. remote: Total 46 (delta 27), reused 11 (delta 1) Unpacking objects: 100% (46/46), done. From git://github.com/robbyrussell/oh-my-zsh * branch master -> FETCH_HEAD Updating 0365ef0..7c3d12c Fast-forward lib/git.zsh | 2 +- lib/key-bindings.zsh | 5 ++++ .../apache2-macports/apache2-macports.plugin.zsh | 6 +++++ plugins/compleat/compleat.plugin.zsh | 22 ++++++++++++++++++++ themes/jispwoso.zsh-theme | 4 +++ themes/jtriley.zsh-theme | 2 +- 6 files changed, 39 insertions(+), 2 deletions(-) create mode 100644 plugins/apache2-macports/apache2-macports.plugin.zsh create mode 100644 plugins/compleat/compleat.plugin.zsh create mode 100644 themes/jispwoso.zsh-theme __ __ ____ / /_ ____ ___ __ __ ____ _____/ /_ / __ \/ __ \ / __ `__ \/ / / / /_ / / ___/ __ \ / /_/ / / / / / / / / / / /_/ / / /_(__ ) / / / \____/_/ /_/ /_/ /_/ /_/\__, / /___/____/_/ /_/ /____/ Hooray! Oh My Zsh has been updated and/or is at the current version. Any new updates will be reflected when you start your next terminal session. To keep up on the latest, be sure to follow Oh My Zsh on twitter: http://twitter.com/ohmyzsh
My friend and colleague Juan Cole of the University of Michigan and the blogosphere (Informed Comment) has written a sidebar to the recent story about Koch Industries illegally doing business with Iran.
The Koch (pronounced “coke”) brothers, in addition to their support of the arts, are some of the biggest underwriters of the right wing in the United States. Those they finance are some of the leading US hawks, who are lobbying to attack Iran.
Is it hypocritical to be an uber hawk on Iran and at the same time do lucrative business there? Juan reminds us of some even more stunning examples from the not-too-distant past.
Bad sourcing plus poor timing: Adam Jacobi took to Twitter earlier this afternoon to reveal that CBS Sports — which ran with a erroneous story that Joe Paterno had died hours before he actually did, based on a single tweet from a student Web site, originally linked to and otherwise unsourced (then retracted it, naming the source and initially refusing to take full credit for the error) — fired him over the incident. “In the end, CBS had to let me go for the Paterno story going out the way it did,” Jacobi wrote. “and I understand completely. Thanks, everyone, for reading.” The Washington Post’s Erik Wemple calls the move classy on Jacobi’s part, and an important line in the sand for CBS: “Not only does CBSSports.com put on notice its employees that multiple sourcing matters,” Wemple writes,”it puts on notice the entire industry.” While we don’t necessarily think Jacobi should’ve been fired, CBS made a good move, as it initially looked like they would let the sword fall onto Onward State. It would’ve been better if they took credit right away. (photo via Flickr user audreyjm529) source
This series of posts will explain step by step how to add Spring Social to an existing Web application that uses Spring MVC and Spring Security. You will add support for new users to sign in to your application using their Facebook/Twitter accounts. You will add support for current users to associate their Facebook/Twitter accounts with their accounts in your application, so that they too can log in to your application using their Facebook/Twitter accounts. Your application can then also act on a user’s behalf on Facebook/Twitter.
Much of this information is drawn from the Spring Social Core reference documentation. I found myself jumping back and forth between my code and that documentation and feeling like, while the documentation did present most of the necessary information, it did not necessarily present that information in the order in which it became relevant to me during the process of integrating Spring Social into an app. So, I thought I would try to publish a step by step guide to supplement the documentation.
I am going to include information for incorporating both Facebook and Twitter support. If you would like to just include support for one or the other, please note that you will have to edit the example configurations and code appropriately.