Check This Out

By Joseph Songco

Sports has always been an important part of my life. I recall making my first friends after emigrating to the U.S from the Philippines through sports. There was a mutual respect just by playing hard and being a good teammate. It was a part of my life where I could be as good as the next person, no matter what race or ethnicity I was.

Photo Credit: (retrieved from the Wikimedia Commons)

Photo Credit: (retrieved from the Wikimedia Commons)

Jeremy Lin’s story broke out last year and like most Asian Americans, I rooted for him. I still do to this day. Just recently, 60 Minutes aired their interview with him and it talked about racism and stereotypes that he’s had to deal with since his early playing career and up to this day.

To check out the interview with Lin, visit the following link:

About the Author: Seattle photographer, Joseph Songco, has worked in the photo industry for the past 12 years. His work encompasses both fine art and commercial photography and he has exhibited in museums and galleries in both New York City and Seattle.

"Contemplation," Ronald Hall

“Contemplation,” Ronald Hall

What’s going on in this painting? Look closely at the image above, then tell us what you see. Later this month, the artist, Ronald Hall, will answer questions and reveal more about his thoughts behind the piece.

After looking closely at the painting, think about the following three questions:

  • What’s going on in this painting?
  • What do you see that makes you say that?
  • What more can you find?

Then, join — or start — the conversation by posting comments below. Check out what others are saying and respond or contribute your own ideas.

About the Artist: Ronald Hall was featured in the 2004 exhibition “Beyond Talk: Redrawing Race” and will also be featured in the upcoming exhibition “Under My Skin: Exploring Race in the 21st Century.”

It’s time to get looking at and talking about art!

Beginning next week, we’ll be posting images to the blog and inviting discussion in the mode of the New York Times column “What’s Going On in This Picture,” which is modeled on Visual Thinking Strategies.

This idea is that you look at a work of art, develop your own ideas about what is happening in the art, and then share those ideas with others.

If you’d like to share your own image or artwork for viewing and discussion on the blog, let us know! After several people have discussed the work, you’ll have an opportunity to add your perspective.

As always, thanks for reading — and keep your eye out for art!


Editor’s Note: Every now and then we’ll share links to posts and articles relevant to the issues of race and art. Keep an eye out for these posts in the category “Check This Out.” Let us know if you’d like to share or promote an article on the site.

Have you heard about the RACE: Are We So Different? exhibit at OMSI right now? Even if you can’t make it to Portland to see the exhibit, the website is well worth a visit. (Plus, the exhibit will be coming to Seattle next fall.)

We’ll be posting a few visitor responses to the exhibit soon, but for now, check out the first of a two-part post about the exhibit here on The Incluseum’s website.

UPDATE: Part 2 of the “Can Exhibits Be Allies” post is now up on The Incluseum. Check it out!