Art Beat With Lauren Landau, August 8 | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

WAMU 88.5 : Art Beat

Filed Under:

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, August 8

Play associated audio

Artist Mary Coble poses next to hospital curtains emblazoned with outlines of superheroes and blood donation campaign slogans such as "Be a hero" and "Don't be a wuss; donate blood."
Photo by Lauren Landau
Artist Mary Coble poses next to hospital curtains emblazoned with outlines of superheroes and blood donation campaign slogans such as "Be a hero" and "Don't be a wuss; donate blood."

Aug. 9: Stooges Brass Band
The Stooges Brass Band plays at Artisphere in Arlington tomorrow night at 8:30. The musicians blend traditional New Orleans brass with hip-hop and funk for a contemporary sound that is all their own. Local funk band The Good Thing will also perform.

Aug. 8-10: Deferral
If you can’t make a blood donation, make art. At least, that’s the idea in Deferral, a performance piece created by Mary Coble in response to what she calls a “discriminatory” and “outdated” policy. She says, “The FDA’s policy states that men who have sex with other men are not allowed to donate blood.” You can see the protest art through Saturday at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, where several gay men will use red thread to stitch the outlines of superheroes on to hospital curtains, while Coble uses her own blood to paint messages in Morse code. “To get a full view of the performance you’ll have to go to the second floor and peer over the balcony,” Coble says. The artist says she hopes the bird’s-eye view will make visitors consider a position of privilege.

Music: “B1 Written in Blood (Instrumental)” by She Wants Revenge

NPR

Searching For Buried Treasure In China, A Writer Discovers Himself

During the Sino-Japanese War, Huan Hsu's great-great-grandfather buried his vast porcelain collection to keep it safe. Hsu went to find it 70 years later, on a trip about more than missing china.
NPR

Cheez Whiz Helped Spread Processed Foods. Will It Be Squeezed Out?

Turns out, the history of Kraft's dull-orange cheese spread says a lot about the processed food industry — and where it might be headed as Kraft and Heinz merge.
NPR

Proposed Payday Industry Regulations Must Strike Delicate Balance

The federal government is moving to reign in the payday loan industry, which critics say traps consumers in a damaging cycle of debt. A look at the possible effects of proposed regulations.
NPR

App That Aims To Make Books 'Squeaky Clean' Draws Ire From Edited Writers

Clean Reader — an app designed to find, block and replace profanity in books — has drawn considerable criticism from authors. This week, makers of the app announced they would no longer sell e-books.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.