“Apollo Could Be A Bitch: Jennifer Homans’s Coffee Table Ballet,” www.counterpunch.org (07-09, 2011)
"“When Kabuki is not Kabuki,” www.counterpunch.org (0/07/10)
"A new New Deal for the Arts" SF Chronicle (02/06/09)
"El olvido del papel espanol en la fundacion de Estados Unidos" El Pais (10/09/07)
"Elvis Presley: King or Apprentice?"
"America, the Beautiful." www.counterpunch.org/blank05022007.html (06/27/07).
"Worst U.S. Massacre?" San Francisco Chronicle Op-Ed,(05/02/07). Reprinted on websites including Counterpunch and FAIR.
"Whose Abstract Art: If you trove the catacombs of history, what will you find?" "The Green Magazine," (08/09/06).
"For All We Know" (c.2007, Ishmael Reed Publishing Co)
The Ishmael Reed Quintet plays 9 standard jazz and pop tunes and 3 original works.
With Roger Glenn (flute), David Murray (tenor sax, baritone clarinet, piano), Chris Planas (guitar),Ishmael Reed (piano), and Carla Blank (violin).
(Order through cdbaby.com/cd/ishmaelreedquintet, amazon.com, and itunes)
THE SPACE IN BACK OF YOU, Richard Rutkowski's 65" documentary on Suzushi Hanayagi
2012 premiere: Dance on Camera at Lincoln Center
Sunday, January 29, 8:45 pm
Monday, January 30, 4:00 pm
SUZUSHI HANAYAGI: A MOVING LIFE, filmmaker Richard Rutkowski's 26" poetic homage
2010: TV premieres on French ARTE and Sundance Channel
KOOL - DANCING IN MY MIND
Apr 17 & 18
Works & Process
Peter B. Lewis Theater, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Aug 8 & 9
Guild Hall, East Hampton, NY
Sept: Akademie der Künste, Berlin
Dec 9: Baryshnikov Arts Center, NYC
Robert Wilson and Carla Blank collaborate with filmmaker Richard Rutkowski on a performance portrait inspired by Suzushi Hanayagi, legendary Japanese choreographer who was a long time collaborator and dear friend of both artists.
Six dancers, featurning Jonah Bokaer and Illenk Gentille, and including CC Chang, Sally Gross, Meg Harper, and Yuki Kawahisa, perform reconstructions of dances from Hanayagi's collaborations with Wilson and Blank, in addition to original solos performed by Bokaer and Gentille. Both archival footage and current images of Suzushi Hanayagi, now living in Osaka in a profound stage of Alzheimer's, are simultaneously projected throughout the performance.
"For those who believe in dance, KOOL is indeed a cool experience.
Linda Yablonsky, artforum.com/diary
"a fascinating tribute"
Susan Yung, Thirteen:SundayArts
"The story behind KOOL (Suzushi means "cool" in Japanese) is both sad and inspiring...I can see ...why that long relationship needed to be remembered and acknowledged."
Deborah Jowitt, Village Voice
"One of the most moving aspects of 'KOOL' is to catch a glimpse into the vision and emotions that bond artists, how they overcome cultural differences, the passage of time and the hardships of sickness. The piece is also about how arts can see beyond what is there, to gethers to see beyond what is there. Itr iis about how life, artistic productivity and our time with our loved ones must end - and about how they never really end."
Yuri Kageyama, Tokyo based AP correspondent
"...the work is sublime."
Regina Weinreich, The Huffington Post
written and edited by
Three Rivers Press (an imprint of Random House)
Publication date: September 30, 2003
Price: $18.00 (paper, 479 pages)
About the Author and Contributors
CARLA BLANK is a writer, editor, and teacher who has lectured at the University of California–Berkeley, Dartmouth College, and the University of Washington, among other places.
The Before Columbus Foundation was founded in 1976 to promote and disseminate contemporary American multicultural literature. Its mandate is driven by the idea that America’s diversity necessitates interaction and sharing in place of appropriation and antagonism. Besides giving their imprimatur to this project, members of the Before Columbus Foundation’s board of directors contributed chapter introductions to each decade.
In addition, over thirty other major artists and top scholars contributed mini-essays and timelines-within-the-timeline, and served as consultants to the project.
Editorial Reviews and Feature Articles
From "Publishers Weekly":
Blank, who lectures on multiculturalism at the University of California, Berkeley, presents "an overview of twentieth-century America that is both interdisciplinary and multicultural, and therefore more truly comprehensive than other sources." Covering innovations in science and the arts, and featuring contributions by women, gays and lesbians, Native Americans and Latinos (among others), the decade-by-decade timeline of the last century represents virtually all groups and disciplines. Blank enhances the timeline with essays by noted scholars and artists, such as Gerald Vizenor's piece on Wounded Knee (in a quick look at the 19th century), and sidebars, such as one by Meredith Monk on her musical explorations in the 1960s. The word "multicultural" in the title is somewhat misleading-Blank's range is wider than that, including the major historical markers (e.g., elections of presidents, etc.). And it's debatable whether Duncan's and Loie Fuller's contributions to dance fall into the "multicultural" category. Still, students of American history will find this a useful and thorough guide to major events of the last 100 years.
Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information,Inc.
It is often stated that history is written by the winners. History is also written by people who view events through their own prism; inevitably, that leads them to include and exclude particular events, groups, and individuals in their accounts. The stated purpose of this chronology of the twentieth century is to give proper attention to groups and individuals whose accomplishments have been neglected by mainstream historians. Blank is a writer and artist who lectures at the University of California, Berkeley. The Before Columbus Foundation has promoted multicultural education for more than 20 years. It has provided an informative and useful survey of many important contributions of women, racial and ethnic minorities, and political dissidents over the past 100 years. The narrative is presented as a time line, which is enhanced by short essays and more than 100 photographs (unseen by this reviewer). Although the tone of these essays is often strident and far from objective, they do provide interesting and often surprising details, which provide a richer, fuller view of our history.
Copyright © American Library Association.
From "Publishers Weekly"(8/11/03):
“This is not another story about the greatest generation," says [Crown] senior editor Chris Jackson about Rediscovering America." [The timeline]....links cultural advancements with the political ones usually covered in traditional history books. "So something that seems like it’s an isolated, discrete, historical event actually is something that has all kinds of massive implications....In fact, everything about the book is done in a way that breaks down the normal hierarchy of historical publishing,” Jackson says. "It puts a seat at the table for the arts in way that I would say no other reference work to the 20th century does.”
Short fiction anthology
Powwow, Charting the Fault Lines in the American Experience--Short Fiction from Then to Now
Edited with Ishmael Reed, this survey of American fiction (Da Capo Press, 2009) is a companion volume to "From Totems to Hip-Hop:A Multicultural Anthology of Poetry across the Americas, 1900-2002 (Thunder's Mouth Books, 2003)
20th Century History/Reference
Rediscovering America: The Making of Multicultural America, 1900-2000
NY: Three Rivers Press, 2003
Timeline format, paper, 479 pages, over 100 black & white photographs, index (ISBN#: 0-609-80784-6)
Anthology of Performing Arts Techniques and Styles. Grades 4 and up.
Live On Stage!Dale Seymour Publications, a Pearson education imprint, 1997, 2000.
Coauthored with Jody Roberts, "Live On Stage!" is available in teacher resource and student editions. The Teacher Resource Book is an anthology of methods for incorporating the performing arts into any classroom or community setting. Scripts, background information, and photos of kids "in action" are included. (253 pages: Pearson Learning Group Order #: DS31500; ISBN#: 1-57232-209-8)The Student Edition provides activities and projects for researching performance genres--from fifteenth-century comedy to modern film, dance, and more. (260 pages. Pearson Learning Group Order#: DS31414; ISBN#: 1-57232-374-4)