♫ Sum Bulala
Nelson Mandela by David Turnley
Nelson Mandela, Mike Tyson, Don King by David Turnley
Remember the Life of Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela has left the planet. It is, at the time of writing, slightly more raw than the long-rehearsed curtains-down on 95 years ought to be. To South Africans like me, he has long been the man who held up the sky. Who will hold it up now?
Over the next few days, weeks, there will be a torrent of equally long-rehearsed, finely-pitched, predictably excellent journalism to commemorate him. This is not that. It is not “the Mandela I knew.” It is not “the Jesus of Soweto.” It is not meant to add to the coming scree of well-meaning hagiography.
Instead, it’s a bit of an antidote. A life story chopped into a few interesting lesser-known facts, the odder revealing moments, personal things, designed to give a flavor of the real man above the Morgan Free-man he’d become. To penetrate if possible through the reek of incense that is about to envelop our secular saint, towards something more measured, but perhaps all the more human for that.
Please join us at the Museum Store as we launch our Trunk Show Season during November. The Museum Store will showcase the wares of nine artists and designers just in time for the holidays.
This week we’ll be featuring Ife Felix a fiber artist and writer. Her work reflects urban surroundings, incorporating a mosaic of bright colors and movements to depict the many rich cultures, traditions and ethnic groups that inspire her. Using textiles and embellishments from Africa and the Caribbean, Ife’s samplings and stimuli are as great and diverse as the montage of individuals who live in New York. Ife says, “I use the medium of quilting to express the stories that I have yet to pen. Quilting for me serves as the bridge between all visual media.”
WES GORDON SS 2014