Eyeliner, Rose Hips And Lip Gloss, Such Fun: Vaginal Davis And Louise Nevelson’s “Chimera”
Art

Eyeliner, Rose Hips And Lip Gloss, Such Fun: Vaginal Davis And Louise Nevelson’s “Chimera”

“Then comes pancake factor number one Eyeliner, rose hips and lip gloss, such fun You’re a slick little girl, you’re a slick little girl Rouge and coloring, incense and ice Perfume and kisses, oh it’s all so nice You’re a slick little girl, you’re a slick little girl Now we’re coming out, out of our … Continue reading

Every Saint Has A Past And Every Sinner Has A Future: Worshiping At McDermott & McGough’s The Oscar Wilde Temple
Art

Every Saint Has A Past And Every Sinner Has A Future: Worshiping At McDermott & McGough’s The Oscar Wilde Temple

Asked by prosecutor Charles Gills to define the “love that dare not speak its name” during his infamous trial for sodomy and gross indecency, Oscar Wilde responded, “It is beautiful, it is fine, it is the noblest form of affection. There is nothing unnatural about it. It is intellectual, and it repeatedly exists between an … Continue reading

Reclaiming Abstraction From The Dude-Bros: Louise Fishman At Cheim & Read
Art

Reclaiming Abstraction From The Dude-Bros: Louise Fishman At Cheim & Read

“I feel kind of bad for AbEx…It’s vulgar, it’s the phallocracy, it’s nothing but an empty trophy, it celebrates bourgeois subjectivity, it’s a cold-war CIA front, and well, basically expression’s really embarrassing. A dandy wouldn’t be caught dead doing something as earnest as struggling, or channeling jazz with his arms. An old-style dandy, at least,” … Continue reading

And If I Call You From First Avenue: Dialing Up Utopian Failure With St. Vincent And Alex Da Corte’s “New York”
Art / Music

And If I Call You From First Avenue: Dialing Up Utopian Failure With St. Vincent And Alex Da Corte’s “New York”

“Utopia can never be prescriptive and is always destined to fail,” writes José Esteban Muñoz in his chapter “After Jack: Queer Failure, Queer Virtuosity” in Cruising Utopia. The chapter traces the queer utopian legacy of filmmaker Jack Smith through the work of contemporary artists and performers like Dynasty Handbag, Kalup Linzy and My Barbarian. This … Continue reading

State Of The Institutions: “20/20: The Studio Museum In Harlem And Carnegie Museum Of Art”
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State Of The Institutions: “20/20: The Studio Museum In Harlem And Carnegie Museum Of Art”

Immediately after walking out of the Carnegie Museum of Art’s 20/20: The Studio Museum in Harlem and Carnegie Museum of Art, I glanced down at my phone to read the news that a homicidal alt-right-er mowed down a group of counter-protesters in Charlottesville, killing Heather Heyer. Not only a terrifying, sobering moment, it also brought … Continue reading

The Golden Age Of Gossip: “Nicole Richie’s 2007 Memorial Day BBQ” At The THNK1994 Museum
Art / Trash

The Golden Age Of Gossip: “Nicole Richie’s 2007 Memorial Day BBQ” At The THNK1994 Museum

“My fellow Americans it’s that time of year to celebrate our country by drinking massive amounts of beer. Let’s stand together as one, live the American dream. Take shots, pass out & wake up with our pants ripped open at the seams,” declared starlet Nicole Richie in a Memorial Day BBQ invite that rivals the … Continue reading

The Line It Curves: Dana Powell’s Dark Impressions In “Smoke Screen”
Art

The Line It Curves: Dana Powell’s Dark Impressions In “Smoke Screen”

“I watch the moon hang in the sky/I feel the traffic rushing by/Freight train engine in the night/I’m still here waiting for you/I feel the cold breeze in the air/My eyes blind by headlight’s glare,” sings Chromatics’s Ruth Radelet in their song “Headlight’s Glare.” Mimicking the wistful lyrics, the music is dreamlike, imbued with both … Continue reading