Over the years, some of you have probably heard me talk about the website I was allegedly working on for @mirandajuly. I started working on it in 2009, when my buddy @javanmakhmali asked if I might be interested in taking on some labor-of-love web work. I had been tinkering around with websites for years, but was just starting to think about making it my job. This seemed like a great opportunity to try something a little more ambitious than theme-ing my blog, and I was a big fan of Miranda's work up till that point.
In the years since then the project has stopped and started, I took night classes and got better at web stuff, and really did make it my job. Miranda made all kinds of writing/art/film/performance things that I loved, all of it, I felt, united by a desire to connect with other humans.
That spirit is very much alive in Joanie 4 Jackie, a thoroughly DIY project devoted to encouraging women to share stories via film. In this dark time in American history, the spirit of connection and listening that this project manifests — celebrating difference, and finding commonality — is inspiring and important. And listening to women, specifically, is crucial.
It's been such a nice thing to have this special project to return to over the years, connecting me to an earlier version of myself via earlier versions of so many other selves, and my appreciation for Miranda’s art and the goals of this project has only continued to grow. I feel super lucky to have stumbled into this thing seven-ish years ago, and will kind of miss having it be my secret little never-ending hobby. But the time feels right for it to exist in the world, for everyone to see.
As of today, joanie4jackie.com (link in bio!) is officially live. The Getty has announced their acquisition of the project, and will be continuing to add to it over time. It’s been an honor to be a small part of advancing this work, and I look forward to continuing to help out however I can. ...which is a super long way of saying you should totally check out this awesome website I helped make! 👏👍👋#joanie4jackie
Randomly encountering books you've been wanting to read with beautiful covers out in the world is a super nice thing. Just found this at @vacationsf.
I got to see Danny Lyon's "Message to the Future" career survey show at the Whitney in New York a couple months ago and loved it. Little did I realize our very own Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco organized the show, and now it's opening tomorrow at the de Young. Tonight I got to see an interview and film screening with Mr. Lyon himself (who is a totally wild, free-wheeling and funny dude — I lol'd! — and super interesting to listen to) and check out the show briefly. It's much bigger than the photo shows usually are there, thankfully, incorporating the full spectrum of personal, political, beautiful work I saw in NY. I especially like his use of collage and writing, as seen here. So yeah, highly recommended, you should totally go see it if you live here. 👍❤️👍