Katherine and I went to the The New Museum on Sunday to see the “Here and Elsewhere, a major exhibition of contemporary art from and about the Arab world.”
It is an extraordinary exhibit especially for anyone who believes that there is anything resembling a monolithic view in the culture of the Arab world in the 21st Century. On first view I particularly appreciated the work of Hashem El Madani; Fouad Elkoury; Tanya Habjouqa; and Ziad Antar but it is a massive exhibit and I intend to return before it closes on September 28th.
That has nothing to do with dichotomy. The exterior of the New Museum on the other hand…
What brought this all to my mind however is something that happened last night. As many of you know I am a big supporter of Andra Watkins, the bad ass Accidental Cootchie Mama and her first book, To Live Forever An Afterlife Journey of Meriwether Lewis.
Andra did a reading last night at The New England Mobile Book Fair. If you know Andra at all, you know she is a quintessential, if twisted, SG (Southern Girl). Who showed up but my parents, who while not being Northern WASPS, exemplify the Yankee spirit.
As nearly as I can tell, a wonderful time was had by all. My parents tell me Andra is a born performer and gives great book tour. They bought a book, they posed for pictures and then all went home for a good night sleep.
If Andra comes to your town, my parents say: “Two thumbs up! Check her out!”