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Post #470 • February 4, 2005, 8:15 AM • 21 Comments

Jacob Goldstein for the Miami Herald: Artist's wait for kidney shared by many blacks.

Alfredo Triff for the Miami New Times: Please Be Seated: When artists design chairs, comfort isn't always a high priority.

Miami New Times: Current Art Shows.

Michael Mills for the Broward/Palm Beach New Times: Artbeat.

Somehow I missed this last week - Michael Mills for the Broward/Palm Beach New Times: Coral Springs Potpourri: A modern cubist, a furniture embellisher, and two chicks named Grace -- lassoed together.

Gary Schwan for the Palm Beach Post: A colorful character: A Palm Beach gallery revives memories of painter Orville Bulman and the days when artists were part of the island's swells-and-society scene.

See you there: well, Chris Meesey says that they're closing Space on Saturday evening, but that's all I know about. I have to say that I used to rely on Mary Sutter's calendar work at Street for this information. Alas.

I want to exclaim a hearty yaup of appreciation to Tigertail, who just awarded me a grant do a weekend-long calligraphy workshop with Kazuaki Tanahashi at Upaya.




February 4, 2005, 9:58 PM

That chair show was amazing. I went with my boyfriend and we spent half an hour deciding which chair we would bring home, if we had the chance.



February 6, 2005, 4:45 AM

Perhaps the lack of posts today stems from everyone trying to figure out what "Artist's wait for kidney shared by many blacks" means.

They must have to pass that organ around pretty quickly for it to do any good. No wonder the artist has to wait.

or perhaps they spent the day trying to get into the %#X&@ Herald site to find out what it was all about. I couldn't.



February 6, 2005, 7:36 AM

Here's the subtitle if you still can't get in: "For the 62nd birthday of Overtown artist Purvis Young, community leaders are gathering to call attention to Young's need for a new kidney, and to the disparities faced by blacks with kidney failure." A near-disaster headline for a very sad and serious problem.

Personally, I've been busy with this.



February 6, 2005, 8:13 AM

If the Herald people had more sense, they'd realize that since they don't have that much to offer the public, the last thing they should do is make the public jump through any kind of hoop to get what they're offering. It's not just dumb; it's insulting.



February 6, 2005, 8:46 AM

Not just jump through hoops but go around in circles and never get there. It was ridiculous.

IFranklin your guy must be a big thinker if he has the nerve to ask $80 for a couple DVDs


that guy in the second to last row

February 6, 2005, 9:56 AM

Im still waiting for my new kidney which will have been shared by many a black folk before it gets to me.



February 6, 2005, 3:31 PM

Let me put it this way - Genpo's DVDs are more likely to be worth $80 than the Herald's content is likely to be worth registration.



February 6, 2005, 8:10 PM

What's it going to take to get me to go cold turkey on my Artblog habit? I think the racism and near-racism that's been tolerated around here lately might do the trick.

and above



February 6, 2005, 8:27 PM

I assume you are just trying to start something, Alesh, but what racism?



February 7, 2005, 2:46 AM

It does not matter if one spends $80 or $80,000. It does not matter if one gets DVDs or listening to someone.

Money does not make one "surrender the personal Ego to Big Mind." Only consisitant effort in daily life can do it. If one is so selfless, s/he should give the money to someone who is in need or buy something to help others. $80 is a lot of money for those who are in poverty.

Another silly religious business...



February 7, 2005, 3:10 AM

As for the artis' kidney, it is another strange Herald article to me.

I do not believe that the fact that blacks wait longer than other races. Someone I knew just died a few month ago from kidney failure. He and his wife moved from Connecticut only because Jackson Memorial Hospital had a shorter waiting list of kidney transplant. After they moved to Miami, he was removed from the waiting list for the reason of his poor heart condition. He died in October 2004.

He was a WHITE and wealthy man who owned a successful company before he became ill. I do know that blacks have much higher tendencies of high blood pressure and other cadiovascular diseases. The idea is that if any kidney is availabe, it has to be given to someone who can survive and live. It is sad, but that is the way it is. A transplanted kedney on someone with heart problems is very harsh on human bodies, and since the kidney is a gift of life, someone with better chance of living longer gets it instead of giving it to someone who will die soon. You can read any clinical book or even human physiology book and find the how blacks are prone to cadiovascular problems.

The article wirtes about the suspicion of biased selection of receivers, but it was based on NO FACT whatsoever as far as the bias is concerned. I have a very low opinion on Herald, so I am not surprised at anything any more. If they want to continue putting stupid articles, let them be. I try very hard not to read anything from Herald, but sometimes I read something by mistake.



February 7, 2005, 4:37 AM

I understand what you are saying, Momoko, but my problem is that in the particlar instance of "racism" Alesh is pointing to (presumably my #2 above) I was never able to read the article in the first place so I really had no idea what it was all about, as I clearly indicated.

My "bias" was obviously directed entirely against the Herald, its web site and its headline writer, all of whom deserve it.

One needs to be right before getting righteous.



February 7, 2005, 6:11 AM


oldpro! I was referring to #6, not your comment. Frankly, i don't know what the problems is; you have cookies turned on, you log on to the herald web site, you give them phony name and e-mail information, and they let you log into their articles now and forever. Is it insulting? Yes . . . but not as bad as if they required you to submit a REAL e-mail address by sending an e-mail to it that had to be opened before you were granted access (which some sites do). I usually type and get in just fine (same works for and most other newspaper sites).

As you would say: Good Grief!

Figure it out once, and you won't have to do it again. The article is worth reading, and tragic, and without easy answers, and NOT something that should be joked about.

Momoko has a very personal response to the situation, which actually gets to the heart of the debate. The US has committed great injustices all throughout its history: (among many others . . .) against Africans in the 19th century, against South Americans in the 20th century, and against Arabs in the 21st century. Once you've fucked up someone's history, it's pretty difficult to try to set things right, and you stand a good chance of getting yourself into even more ethical trouble. But that's where we are, folks, and we have to deal with it.

We can have a month-long debate about who should get available kidneys, but the results will be insignificant compared to a few people becoming registered organ donors.



February 7, 2005, 7:14 AM


Sorry. But it might be better of you were more specific.

As far as screwing up everyone's history, one nation or people has been screwing up other nations and people as long as we have had the species. Go read a little history. This country is by no means, by NO means, the worst offender in this regard, and we seem to have a capacity for self-correcting which is "ethically" way ahead of most of the historical offenders.

I make no apology or excuse for things which have gone wrong, but I have very little patience with the great numbers of people who point and blame and lay on guilt trips about how bad we are and do nothing at all about it but whine and complain on a soapbox.

As for joking, I will make up my own mind about what can be joked about, thanks.



February 7, 2005, 7:42 AM

A month-long debate, Alesh? The debate will take another 300 years. Get realistic.

Blacks have more cardiovascular problems because of the econosocial conditions that were created by hundreds of years of discrimination against them. They may have less access to healthier food, medical care, and education on how to take care of themselves. They may be exposed to more stress than other races, and that contributes to their illnesses. As a result they have a longer waiting time for kidney.

Oldpro, I was not really responding to the comment of Alesh; I was responding to the Herald article.

I did not like the way article was written, but I do not like anything from Herald anyway. I will have an easy time finding members if I were to start my “Anti-Miami-Herald Club.” I can make Jack a president of the club.


Chad Harris

February 7, 2005, 8:36 PM

I was in Orlando this weekend and noticed that the fence surrounding the insidious "House of Blues" is all horse and riders done by Young. Yikes. Does that bother anybody other than me?



February 7, 2005, 8:47 PM

#6 is particularly bothersome.

Assuming Young was properly
compensated for his work, why
should anyone be bothered?


Chad Harris

February 7, 2005, 9:05 PM

Well, I guess because the House of Blues is so monsterously fake and Young is so legitimate. The patrons of this place are all upper-middle class whites who believe they have "soul" or something. However, instead of going to downtown Orlando, to a real blues bar, they go hang out in some fake-o "idea" of such a place. This safe disconnection with history and reality is very dangerous, I think. Young's work serves as folksy decoration for the bourgeois, as a means to an end, it's gross. For a real lesson in Postmodernism you need not go any further than Orlando, Fl.


Chad Harris

February 7, 2005, 9:10 PM

.. or maybe I'm being a reactionary white liberal and there is no problem. I doubt it. Regardless, I hope Purvis gets his kidney.



February 8, 2005, 4:14 AM

Chad, I agree - bottom line, I hope Purvis gets his kidney too. And I hope that whoever needs one can get one without their skin color influencing someone's decision about that.

On a separate track, I also hope that the Herald will one day figure out how to write about serious stuff without providing opportunities for merriment like they did in the above headline. Yeah, we shouldn't be joking, but... I'm sorry, that's one funny headline.


doing more

February 8, 2005, 5:40 AM

my father-in-law has been suffering from kidney problems for years, as it is a congenital disease his mother also battled. he's white and affluent, and has been undergoing dyalisis for about 5 months. in nov. he was scheduled to have his oversized kidney extraction the last week of january '05, 3 days after the extraction they flew a kidney from seattle and it was immediately transplanted into my father-in-law's body. tomorrow he goes home with a young and extremely efficient kidney that seems to be needing less, and less steroids to assimilate itself. fortunately he's in good health, he never even looked ill -especially when compared to other kidney-failed individuals. i assume he was pretty lucky but one can wonder if his socio-economic-racial character had anything to do with his good fortune...i hope young can survive the wait, however long it is.



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