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

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

No More Shall We Part: Finding Everyday Utopia With Perfume Genius and Félix González-Torres
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No More Shall We Part: Finding Everyday Utopia With Perfume Genius and Félix González-Torres

“It’s almost embarrassing to acknowledge how good things are…There’s something abnormal about it,” reflects Perfume Genius’s Mike Hadreas in an interview with FADER. With the release of his new album this week No Shape, a transcendent ode to romanticism, love and domesticity as redemption, Perfume Genius raises the question: What does utopia sound like? Continue reading

Of Discoballs and Baseball Bats: Anna Campbell’s Queer Objects in ‘Etiquette Kit’
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Of Discoballs and Baseball Bats: Anna Campbell’s Queer Objects in ‘Etiquette Kit’

In José Esteban Muñoz’s now probably over-quoted introduction to Cruising Utopia: The Then and There of Queer Futurity, Muñoz describes, “Both the ornamental and the quotidian can contain a map of the utopia that is queerness” (1). Similar to Muñoz’s assertion, artist Anna Campbell works almost exclusively with “the ornamental and the quotidian” as a site for … Continue reading