What’s Here/Queer/Modernist: Weekly Reads #4

What’s here/queer/modernist out in the world [wide web]:

Frido Kahlo gloves by Ishiuchi Miyako

Frido Kahlo’s gloves by Ishiuchi Miyako

Frida by Ishiuchi Miyako (2013) is a photographic record of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo’s wardrobe and belongings,” which includes images of over 300 items that Diego Rivero placed in a bathroom of the Mexico City house the two artists had shared, boarded up, and then instructed should not be opened until 15 years after his death. Miyako’s documentation of Kahlo’s personal effects is an delightful and revealing glimpse into what the artist herself regarded as her “visual armour.” The exhibition is running through July 12, 2015 at London’s Michael Hoppen Gallery.

Along similar lines, “Mirror Mirror … Portraits of Frida Kahlo” is currently on view at Throckmorton Fine Art in New York City, featuring the work of Carl Van Vechten, Gisèle Freund, and others.

An insightful and in-depth interview over at Weird Sister with writer/director Daviel Shy regarding the adaptation of Djuna Barnes’s Ladies Almanack, a project we are avidly following here at QM.

Callum James over at the essential Front Free Endpaper has a lovely new post on British illustrator Albert Wainwright with some new images and hints at what sounds like a new project (I highly recommend browsing through all the site’s posts on Wainwright for a quick and pleasurable crash-course).  Which also reminds me, I’ve had my eye on Albert & Otto: Albert Wainwright’s Visual Diary of Love in the 20’s, which James helped edit, since its publication was first announced; I really must order myself a copy one of these days.

Eslanda Robeson borderline

Eslanda Goode Robeson in “Borderline” (1920)

Over at the SF Bay View Malaika Kambon has a substantial and utterly fascinating overview of the life of Eslanda Goode Robeson (wife of Paul Robson) and her substantial body of photography, which I was previously unaware of. I’m most familiar with her through the late silent film Borderline, a very queerly-produced production staring not only the Robesons, but H.D. and Bryher. More info: Robeson’s page at Columbia University’s Women Pioneer Filmmakers Project.

Existential Ennui on the connection between Patricia Highsmith and Graham Greene.

And yet another reason to wish I was going to be in New York City at some point this summer: Tom of Finland: The Pleasure of Play is currently showing at Artists Space through August 23. (Via Feuilleton.)

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