In the film Ross’ character, Fontayne has just been released from jail for drug violations and is reunited with her old friend and newly appointed parole officer, Bernice ( Hamilton ). When Bernice’s son goes missing on the Mexican border she enlists the street savvy skills of Fontayne to help find her son. Against the backdrop of an ensuing cat-and-mouse game the film explores the universal human condition which made the script even more appealing to Hamilton .
“John is interested in the common man and he wants to explore stories with people of color because there does come an extra burden with that existence. Some may say something about him being a white male writing for two black women. But any human being with empathy and compassion for another human being is qualified to me,” says Hamilton .
At the event, Wiley reflected on how he narrowly avoided a day job as a cook to become one of the most successful visual artists of the modern era. “It is humbling to stand back as an artist around ten years after graduating from Yale and thinking I was gonna study cooking to support this art habit. It means this type of existence making beautiful things and meeting interesting people is indeed a possibility.”
AFA Director Pauline Willis is focused on exploring the possibilities of a partnership with China. Later this month Willis and her team will embark on a three-week research oriented five-city tour of the country to explore opportunities for collaboration. Willis acknowledges that one of the challenges to solidifying a deal will be navigating China ’s censorship of contemporary art. Still she refuses to let that hold her back. “We want to respect the culture and find ways to collaborate that respects both cultures,” she says. “We will gather information to see what kinds of exhibitions they want. Simultaneously, we want to expand diversity and our mission of increasing awareness of art.”
One of the areas where greater exposure for the arts is needed is Hunts Point located in Bronx , NY . The House of Spoof Collective continues to strive to develop this artistic community with their latest exhibition, Dia de los Muertos. The title’s translation, Day of the Dead is a holiday celebrated throughout Latin America . For the exhibition the collective presented works to honor the memory of loved ones through photography, mixed media and a participatory site installation which invited viewers to create an altar for the deceased. The show’s theme held special meaning for the collective since they were formed to carry forth the legacy of the late emerging artist and community leader, Glenn “Spoof” Wright.
From “Go For Sisters” to The House of Spoof Collective the possibilities to find value and meaning in all forms of art are infinite.