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You don't know her name, but I bet you know her work. Mary Blair, pictured above, was responsible for dreaming up the concepts behind famous Disney films, including Cinderella, Peter Pan, and Alice in Wonderland. Blair originated the character concepts, color schemes, and the modernist style expressed in the films and determined the aesthetic depiction of famous Disney scenes. Her imaginative and unique designs greatly influenced the now historic look of these classics. Read More
Usually music festival season comes with a roller coaster of emotions: first, excitement to finally see who made the line-up, then hope that maybe I’ll actually make it this year, then the crushing, heartbreaking reality when I realize I can’t afford it (unless I don’t do anything else for the next three months).   Luckily for those of you in LA, a super-affordable festival is headed your way. Read More
The Simpsons are a staple of American life. They’ve taught us about the value of satire and the horrors of normativity in traditional family values. Marge, a beacon of light within the Simpson family, is a multi-faceted queen who deserves heaps of respect. She has been a bra-burning feminist, a handyman, a police officer, breadwinner and homemaker. Now it is someone’s turn to turn the tables and become Marge. Watch below as model Kate Moukhina gets a chance to become Madame Simpson thanks to photographer Alexander Khoklov, makeup artist Veronica Ershova and stylist Mikhail Kravchenko. Read More
The take-no-prisoners comedy queen Margaret Cho is raising the bar on badass again, by getting a portrait of herself...wait for it...painted in her own blood. We girls know blood preeeetty well, and although it can sometimes make us want to gag, it's nothing to be afraid of, and it's inside us all! This whole thing might freak some people out, as seen in the video below, wherein you can watch one weirdo experience the exact moment when he's bitten off more than he can chew.  Apparently, blood contains the same component as many paints: iron oxide. Read More
The next time someone asks who you're knitting that sweater for, say your brain.  It's long been assumed that creative types like Sylvia Plath are somehow more susceptible to depression, when in fact the opposite might be true; writing poems may have been her brain's way of fighting depression.  "When we are involved in (creativity), we feel that we are living more fully than during the rest of life," says Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. "You know that what you need to do is possible to do, even though difficult, and sense of time disappears. You forget yourself. Read More
Poetry and feminism go hand in hand, as illustrated by the feminist poet warriors of the past and present, including Adrienne Rich, Ann Sexton, Maya Angelou and Margaret Atwood to name a few. In her famous essay "Poetry is Not a Luxury," Audre Lorde expertly expresses the linkage of feminism and poetic verse: "For women, then, poetry is not a luxury. It is a vital necessity of our existence. It forms the quality of the light within which we predicate our hopes and dreams toward survival and change, first made into language, then into idea, then into more tangible action. Read More
Trigger Warning: slightly graphic imagery For the artist Eliza Bennett, her flesh is her medium; in embroidering her palm with thick threads, she hopes to explore the ways in which we view gender roles. Her hand, swollen and bruised by her own careful work, is titled “A Woman’s Work Is Never Done,” and her gruesomely precise handiwork serves to remind the viewer of the strife of women laborers, many of whom are paid far less than their male counterparts. Read More
Has it been your lifelong dream to be completely starkers in front of 299 other equally naked strangers whilst you paint one another’s bodies in the name of art and body acceptance? If so, prepare yourself to be extremely psyched. There's a naked painting party happening in NYC, and no, it’s not in the grungy basement of an art student’s walk-up. No, my friends, this naked painting party is hosted by Social Exposure, it’s aided by professional artists, and they’ve got a strict no-creepiness-allowed policy. See below. Read More
Trigger Warning: This post discusses sexual assault In the past year, courageous artists and activists of all genders have addressed rape culture and the topic of sexual assault, coming forward about their own experiences and giving voice to those who have been silenced. Lindsay Bottos, the artist responsible for last week’s viral series Anonymous, is one of those voices; in her powerful series Get Over It, she addresses her own assault and the suffering caused by victim-blaming. Read More
  Even though it’s a site that now features the incredible number of over 3.5 million articles written in the English language, Wikipedia’s female writers only make up just 13% of the overall contributors. But this past weekend, the international Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon went down across the globe where around 600 participants in 31 venues collectively confronted the persistent issue of Wikipedia’s gendered bias. The inclusion of women as contributors and subjects of the ever influential online encyclopedia is a total necessity. Read More