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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
  The American Girl doll is a strange cultural icon of ours. They simultaneously encourage self-love and individuality -- as well as the getting-one-because-everyone-has-one mindset of the herd. They're designed to look like a "real" 9-year-old girl, and aren't disproportionate molds of an unreachable beauty ideal like Barbie -- but they also cost hundreds of dollars more with all of their accessories, making them a conspicuous marker of economic status. (Or, they cripple parents financially so that their daughter won't look conspicuous. Read More
The Guerrilla Girls have been raising hell in the art world for 27 years now, but despite their nearly three decades of feminist activism, not much has changed. In a conversation facilitated by Interview Magazine, the activists field questions from 21 female artists, including Yoko Ono, Marina Abramović, and Miranda July. The Guerrillas bring up a famous 1989 statistic from their posters and billboards that states "Less than 5% of the artists in the Modern Art sections [of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York] are women, but 85% of the nudes are female. Read More
I took a paper folding and engineering class when I was in college, and despite the shit-ton of paper cuts I got and all the times I nearly sliced my fingers open with an X-Acto knife, it ranks pretty high on my list of all-time favorite classes. No pain, no gain, right? Most people think of paper as something that you create on (you paint on it, draw on it, write on it, etc.) and don't realize that it's actually something that you can create with. It's an extremely versatile medium in and of itself, without all that other stuff. Read More
Having a place of one's own is quite the challenge, and not only with regard to paying the bills and making sure that the couch isn't consistently covered with cat hair. On top of these basic requirements, there is also the task of making one's house a home, adding those tender touches that can really transform a living space. A perfect way to create visual interest and generate conversations for those grown-up dinner parties you've always wanted to have is by choosing some art to line the hallowed halls of your abode. Read More
It’s no secret that women are generally underrepresented in mainstream literature. But now, thanks to the fantastic site History of Nordic Women’s Literature, 1000 years worth of – you guessed it – Nordic women’s literary history is available at the touch of a button. The site, which was a joint project between the Danish Center for Information on Gender, Equality, and Ethnicity and the Swedish National Resource Library for Gender Studies, has compiled in-depth information about over 800 women writers. Read More
Daena Title, Dirty Fighter, 2010. Oil on canvas, 48” x 48”.   Barbie has inspired art from the likes of Andy Warhol and Karl Lagerfeld, both of whom are lauded for their doll-themed works on the Barbie website. Painter Daena Title probably won’t be added to that list anytime soon. In her latest series, “Drown the Dolls,” Barbie is murdered at the hands of anonymous prepubescent girls.   Title spent three years painting Barbie dolls submerged in bright, prismatic swimming pools, but the toy isn’t going for a swim. Read More
Sometimes my latent teenage angst rears its head unexpectedly. Especially on a day like today, where in New York at least, all signs are pointing to 'you-should've-stayed-in-bed,' it can get intense. So to escape the drizzle outside and embrace my displaced adolescent rage, I'm turning to these fine doodling dames of Tumblr for company. Whether you're happy, horny, hormonal, or (like me) just a tiny bit enraged that you're expected to get out of bed every day, we've got something for you. We've brought you roundups of webcomics a few times before now. Read More