Pioneering Artist Sam Gilliam Has Died at 88

Sam Gilliam, the prolific painter best known for his monumental draped paintings, has died at the age of 88. The news was announced today by Pace Gallery and David Kordansky Gallery, who had represented the artist previously. The cause of death was identified as related to kidney failure. 

The Unwritten Laws of Physics for Black Women

AT THE ENTRANCE to my lab’s clean room, I catch a glimpse of myself in the mirror: I look like a clown. I’m drowning in a disposable coverall that hangs off of me in droopy folds, and my size 7½ feet are swallowed up by the smallest rubber boots the lab had on hand—a men’s size 12. The thick mass of curls framing my face only accentuates the caricature.