Zimra Chickering

Zimra Chickering (24C) was born and raised in Chicago and currently studies art history and nutrition science. Zimra is a Woodruff Scholar Fellow, a representative for Slow Food Emory, a volunteer tour guide at the Michael C. Carlos Museum, and the organizer of Art Circles on campus. Chickering can almost always be found cooking for her friends and family, taking long walks, visiting art museums and drinking tea. She uses writing as an outlet to reflect upon issues with current visual art institutions, imagining the wonderful ways we can transform artistic platforms and address accessibility to both the arts and food. Contact Chickering at [email protected]

Irises looking at irises: Illuminarium’s O’Keeffe One Hundred Flowers experience

The first article I ever wrote for the Emory Wheel’s queer column was about Georgia O’Keeffe, the iconic modernist painter who forever transformed American art with her exploration of color, scale, ambiguity and abstraction. For those unfamiliar with her name, you will likely recognize her famous flower paintings; she created about 200 large, vibrant, carefully [...]

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Queer love in art transcends time and place

There is no doubt that Gustav Klimt’s “The Kiss” and Sandro Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” are iconic portrayals of love, desire and sexuality, but they are far from the only ones. Unfortunately, our current art historical canon prioritizes narratives from white, male, cisgender and straight artists, portraying themes that thus align with the experiences [...]

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Portraits of power and legacy: The Obama Portraits at the High Museum

Michelle and Barack Obama are undeniably two of the most influential figures of the 21st century, shaping American conversations surrounding politics, race and social justice in our national ideology. Their official White House portraits as president and first lady, which perfectly capture that same remarkable impact and trailblazer status, are on tour around the nation. [...]

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Southern Fried Queer Pride’s Variety Show is as sweet as tea

“Deep Fried Liberation” is the first phrase on the “about us” page of Atlanta’s Southern Fried Queer Pride (SFQP) website, and “SWEET TEA: A Queer Variety Show!” lives up to this ideal.  Atlanta’s longest running queer variety show came back Jan. 27 at eyedrum art gallery. Located in West End, a historically Black neighborhood, eyedrum [...]

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