Joanna Leroy, Co-manager of the cultural department at the Museum of Contemporary Arts of Wallonia-Brussels, provides commentary on LaToya Ruby Frazier’s exhibition titled Et des terrils, un arbre s’élèvera [And From the Coal Tips a Tree Will Rise] on view from 19 February to 21 May 2017.
Hosted by Rebecca Carroll
WNYC producer for special projects on race
Friday, December 09, 2016
For all the pain, anxiety and devastation caused by the widely circulated video footage of black lives being literally extinguished, we are also bearing witness to a pronounced moment of black cultural ascension.
Photographers LaToya Ruby Frazier and Carrie Mae Weems, with Harvard University art history professor Sarah Lewis, engage in a discussion on celebrating and advancing visual literacy around race, and what it feels like to be American and black during this dichotomous time of triumph and tragedy.
Courtesy of: The Green Space at WNYC
PBS News Hour’s Jeffrey Brown talks with LaToya Ruby Frazier about her art and activism.
“Braddock, Pennsylvania, was once a thriving steel town before the town’s industry collapsed. It’s where LaToya Ruby Frazier grew up, like her mother and grandmother before her, and it’s where the visual artist and 2015 MacArthur fellow has returned to document the change her community has endured.”
Courtesy of PBS News Hour
LaToya Ruby Frazier on The Artist Project, a 2015 video series produced by The Met (The Metropolitan Museum of Art) in which artists are given an opportunity to respond to their encyclopedic collection. LaToya comments on Red Jackson, 1948 by Gordon Parks (American, 1912–2006).
“There’s tremendous beauty in people’s pain and their suffering.” – LaToya Ruby Frazier
Courtesy of The Met – September 15, 2015
In mini-docu style, editor and producer, Tim McLaughlin, connects his video footage with LaToya’s photographs by filming on location in Braddock, Pennsylvania. LaToya’s photographs are rooted in a sense of place, and McLaughlin felt the town was as much of a character in her work as her family.
LaToya Ruby Frazier ’s body of work “The Notion Of Family” examines the impact of the steel industry and health care system on the community of Braddock, PA. See the project at http://mediastorm.com/clients/2015-icp-infinity-awards-publication-latoya-ruby-frazier