Gay Shame Is In Fashion At Bjarne Melgaard’s “The Casual Pleasure Of Disappointment”
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Gay Shame Is In Fashion At Bjarne Melgaard’s “The Casual Pleasure Of Disappointment”

You can’t argue with the immediate shock of a video depicting a burning rainbow flag. Or, for that matter, a sign that reads “Never Trust A Gay Man” and “Every Gay Man Is A Disappointment,” which echoes a self-loathing but (at least I read) tongue-in-cheek sentiment aired by Milo Yiannopoulos on Real Time With Bill Maher … Continue reading

(Art) History Beyond The Binaries: “A Third Gender: Beautiful Youths In Japanese Prints” at Japan Society
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(Art) History Beyond The Binaries: “A Third Gender: Beautiful Youths In Japanese Prints” at Japan Society

Is art history–or even just history itself–incompatible with our Western-imposed binary systems and heteronormative thought? Without a doubt, yes, as shown in a groundbreaking and thrilling current exhibition A Third Gender: Beautiful Youths in Japanese Prints at the Japan Society. A Third Gender effectively throws a wrench in historical assumptions of the universality and prevalence of … Continue reading

Jeffrey Deitch’s “The Florine Stettheimer Collapsed Time Salon” And The Performance Of Allyship
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Jeffrey Deitch’s “The Florine Stettheimer Collapsed Time Salon” And The Performance Of Allyship

It was probably the garish pink walls and the gaudy iridescent sea green curtains pushed to the side that drew me into Jeffrey Deitch’s The Florine Stettheimer Collapsed Time Salon at the 2017 incarnation of the Armory Show. I mean, how could I not resist something so irresistibly tacky?! Not to mention, the simply decadent … Continue reading

A Black Swan Song For Ren Hang
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A Black Swan Song For Ren Hang

Ren Hang (任航), one of the most recognizable burgeoning contemporary photographers, passed away this week at just 29 years old. Known for his evocative photographs with simple compositions and singular odd elements — exotic animals, unabashed nudity, repetitious visual slips — Ren made desire and openness the forefront of his photographs. Though highly staged, performed … Continue reading

Why Is It So Hard To Get An Institutional Show On Queer History Right?: A Look At ‘Gay Gotham’
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Why Is It So Hard To Get An Institutional Show On Queer History Right?: A Look At ‘Gay Gotham’

Are all major institutional exhibitions on queer culture doomed to fail? That’s what it unfortunately seems like, especially in the wake of self-asserted “groundbreaking” exhibitions like Art AIDS America (though not identity-based per se, obviously touched on queer culture and activism) and more recently, the Museum of the City of New York’s Gay Gotham. Curated … Continue reading