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The Underground Readers

BY Intern Ginny in Arts

  Have you checked out a book from The Underground New York Public Library? We haven't either, which is probably because it’s not an actual library, but rather a beautiful blog created by Ourit Ben-Haïm. It's got a straightforward concept: take and post photos of fellow subway riders who are reading books. For such a simple premise, the blog is surprisingly engaging and thoughtful. According to the website:  "The Underground New York Public Library is a visual library featuring the Reading-Riders of the NYC subways. Read More
My feelings for my mother fall somewhere between "Thanks for everything you've done, I'm pretty sure I'd be dead without you," to "YOU'RE THE BEST, MOM FOR PRESIDENT! MOM FOR QUEEN! MOM FOR RULER OF THE UNIVERSE!"  While neither of those sentiments are as well-articulated as I'd like, I'm sure that she'd love to hear them both. And luckily, Mother's Day is coming up, so I'll have the chance to say them to her. The big day falls on May 13th this year, which luckily means that you still have enough time to find the perfect way to express your gratitude. Read More
                           We're not all cat videos and vintage sitcoms over here at BUST--we appreciate the classier things in life as well (said while holding a cup of tea and straining to push our pinkies outward). Modern-dance lovers will be thrilled by Co(te)lette, an award-winning, emotionally charged dance film all about the feminine experience. Mike Figgis (Leaving Las Vegas) adapted choreographer Ann Van den Broek's work for the movie, which was recently released on iTunes. Read More
As a child of the nineties, I have such a soft spot for the toys of my youth. Furbies were somehow cute and creepy at the same time, Skip-Its were practically the only way my mom could get me to exercise, and I'm pretty sure I thought my Lite Brite drawings had one up on Van Gogh's Starry Night.  I've gotten over most of my obsessions because, you know, I grew up or something. But every now and then, those old standbys get an update and my pigtails-sporting, Lisa Frank-toting inner nineties child will get to geek out. Read More
Polish artist Katarzyna Majak explores female wisdom in her upcoming solo photography exhibit Women of Power at Porter Contemporary in New York. Fascinated by stereotypical witch imagery, Majak's images show women clutching their objects of power and emanating confidence and strength. The artist claims "A witch is a woman of knowledge who takes a broom and sweeps to cleanse the world," and her subjects seem to be cleansing the viewer with their piercing stares and mysterious objects. Read More
Busty Girl Comics, drawn by Paige Halsey Warren, outline the perks and problems that come along with an ample bosom. Read More
What is the true source of artistic inspiration? Is it divine or mystical? Does creativity come from nature, or from your subconscious? It seems the God of Unbearable Boredom breathed inspiration upon artist Nina Katchadourian on a flight two years ago. After spontaneously snapping a shot of herself with a toilet seat cover on her head in the airplane bathroom and noticing its uncanny resemblance to 15th-century Flemish portraiture, Katchadourian decided to create a whole series of these portraits. Read More
The "Speakeasy Dollhouse," a Prohibition-era interactive play by Cynthia von Buhler, is puzzling. It’s a participatory work of theater, a whodunit and an unsolved mystery. Audience members are encouraged to study evidence before experiencing the play, which is set in a speakeasy (based on a previously constructed dollhouse set). Most importantly, it’s based on a true story: Von Buhler created "Speakeasy Dollhouse" to try and solve the mystery of her grandfather's unexplained murder, almost a century ago. Read More
The world of pop art is a boy's club. Think Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein, those 1960s superstars that catapulted the pop genre into the realm of fine art. Well look out, boys, there's a new girl in town. Robin Antar, a Brooklyn-based sculptor, is not actually new on the scene; she's been active and exhibiting her work for over  20 years. This spring, Antar will become the first female artist to exhibit at New York's POP International Galleries. A staple of the downtown gallery scene, POP is a fun, focused experience that can now add increasingly female-friendly to its resume. Read More
    I visited Giverny a few years ago, and "punk rock" was not the first, or second, or fiftieth thing that came to my mind while I was there. Clearly I'm just not inspired enough. When E.V. Day, feminist installation artist, sculptor, and photographer, was awarded the Munn Artists Residency by the Versailles Foundation to live on Monet's estate in Giverny in 2010, she proceeded to invite performance artist Kembra Pfahler there to collaborate on a photographic project--one that would add some edge to the classic lily pads and bridges we're all so familiar with. Read More