John Brendan Guinan is a Washington, D.C based contemporary artist. His paintings are deeply personal & raw, most notably the solo exhibition at the Artery Gallery in New York ‘The Art of Mourning’, chronicling the decline in health and eventual passing of his father, social justice activist John Edward.
John recently opened the Guinean Contemporary Fine Art Gallery in D.C, his work can be viewed at http://www.johnbrendanguinan.com, on Facebook and Instagram.
Daphne Zuniga is an actress primarily known for her work on Melrose Place & One Tree Hill. She also appeared in the feminist documentary Miss Representation, which tells the story of female struggle in a male-dominated society.
Robin Wright is an actress and director who is currently starring in the Netflix series House of Cards. Wright has been vocal about the pay gap in America and recently spoke about the pay inequality within House of Cards between herself and co-star Kevin Spacey.
Joss Whedon is a screenwriter, film & television director, comic book author and composer. He is most well known as the creator of Buffy The Vampire Slayer, which has built a legacy as an important feminist cultural phenomenon.
Sam Waterson is an actor, producer and director who is recognizable as the face of the original Law & Order series. He appeared alongside ERA coalition members Lily Tomlin and Jane Fonda in the feminist-centric Netflix series Grace & Frankie, about two men who leave their wives for each other and the subsequent friendship the women forge with each other.
Marlo Thomas is an actress and social activist who is known for her role on sitcom That Girl during the late 1960’s and her project Free to Be… You and Me, a feminist children’s franchise which included an illustrated book, an ABC special and an album which featured stars such as Michael Jackson and Diana Ross.
Edy Blu was born and raised in Virginia on a farm in Shenandoah Valley. She sings reggae, jazz, rock and folk. She recorded her debut EP, Heart Opener, in Fall 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. Watch footage of her performance at 2640 Space in Baltimore HERE
Diane Arbus (1923-1971)was one of the most famous and active photographers of her time, with work spanning from the 1950s up until her death in 1971. Arbus shot in black and white film, and took pictures of people who were considered social outcasts, such as transgender people, circus performers, and nudists.
Arbus is widely know for her influence on Sally Mann’s photography, among other artists, and her younger daughter, Amy is an accomplished photographer like her mother. A year after her death, she was the first artist to be featured in the Venice Biennale.
While critics often tried to focus on her suicide, her images projected a sense of surrealism like no other that still hold true today. A 2004 Smithsonian Magazine describes her work as the following:
“Today Arbus, who once said her pictures sought to capture “the space between who someone is and who they think they are,” has become one of America’s best-known photographers and one of its most controversial. But her achievements as an artist have been somewhat overshadowed by her suicide and by the disturbing strangeness that wells up out of her pictures. Famous as a “photographer of freaks,” she has been regarded as something of a freak herself.”
20 of Arbus’ photographs are permanently on display today at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
To me, she remains one of the great and adventurous heroines of photography, lightyears beyond her time. A feminist in action.
See the article here written by Holland Cotter about the newly unearthed collection of images never seen before!
Valencia Mohammed is a community activist, chief strategist for the Leo Alexander for Mayor Campaign, and a writer for the Afro American Magazine. She has been writing for the magazine since 2010, covering a spectrum of stories from gentrification to the issue of marijuana. Valencia IS speaking at http://www.busboysandpoets.com on 07/22/16 with us during the http://www.marchforera.com . WE are looking forward to the dialog.
Have a look at Valencia here!