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  Ah, the internet. I can barely remember a time without it. One of my fondest memories from childhood is when I won ten thousand Neopoints from a magical cyber-fountain when I was in fourth or fifth grade. I was wearing a green Abercrombie T-shirt and my username was—and still is, I hope my Neopets aren’t dead—lizzieflower2003. I scrambled up my basement stairs and, gasping, told my mom what had just happened. She rolled her eyes. New York-based playwright Joeley Pulver’s newest production, A.I.M. To Please, doesn’t...
Welsh artist Gwen John was a pioneer of the intimism style of painting that grew out of French impressionism in the early 20th century. While recognition for her formidable talent has grown since her death in 1939, she was woefully underappreciated in her own time and largely defined by the public in relation to the two key male figures in her life, whose fame and popularity as artists far eclipsed her own: her brother, Augustus John, and her lover, Auguste Rodin. Gwen John makes a...
For over twenty years, Ghada Amer has challenged the oppression of female agency through sexually explicit paintings. With a global perspective, whether resisting oppression in the East’s Muslim-majority countries where she was born, or in the West’s Christian-majority countries where she has since made her home, Amer’s oeuvre has continually expanded into bodies of work committed to freeing women, an idea that often takes the form of parted legs, open lips, loose threads, and dripping strands of unveiled hair. While most known for her embroidered...
  Anti-establishment figureheads Chelsea Manning and Pussy Riot's Nadya Tolokonnikova came together recently for a Talkhouse Podcast conversation to share their stories of prison culture, censorship, living in a data-driven society, and ultimately, the power of people to change the world. Chelsea Manning was arrested in 2010 for leaking war logs, videos, and diplomatic cables to Wikileaks that exposed the United States involvement in previously unknown practices and behaviors relating to war and to torture. Nadya Tolokonnikova was arrested, along with other members of Pussy Riot, in Moscow...
Photographer Aline Smithson has been creating beautiful and bizarre works of art for more than 20 years. I chatted via email with the founder of the influential online photo magazine Lenscratch, and I’m excited to present a window into her work and process in the newest installment of our interview series Lady Shooters. Smithson once described her work this way: “As an artist, I try to look for or create moments that are at once familiar, yet unexpected. The odd juxtapositions that we find in...
We all know that the female body is a political object — but we seldom acknowledge the women of color who first grappled with that idea. To bring these marginalized voices to the forefront, the Brooklyn Museum’s Elizabeth F. Sackler Center For Feminist Art presents Radical Women: Latin American Art, 1960-1985. This exhibition will honor and explore the contributions of Latin American and Latina women during those 25 years, a period of political and cultural turmoil in many South, Central, and North American nations. By presenting...
Anatomy of Autonomy is a touring art showcase curated by writer, activist, and public speaker Shannon Edwards. Through a variety of mediums, non-binary, women, and transgender artists explore the intersections of sexuality, gender, race, disabilities, and class. By confronting these themes, the artists address the ways that they have been systematically oppressed. The show hopes to destigmatize identities while also creating a space where misunderstood and disenfranchised people can find empowerment and healing. Each tour date will have a different assembly of intersectional artists to create...

Women's History Month is drawing to a close. However, there is still time to celebrate women in the arts throughout the year. Many  pioneers have brought attention to feminist issues through their artwork. Read on to learn more about some of the most celebrated and controversial artists. Emma Sulkowitz Emma Sulkowicz, Mattress Performance, 19 May 2015, by Adam Sherman via Wikimedia Commons Emma Sulkowitz says she was in her fourth year at Columbia University in New York when she was raped by Paul Nungesser in her dorm room....
In case we didn’t already knew, New Yorkers stay inventive. And Viviana Olen and Matt Harkins have created a pop-culture utopia called THNK1994 — an apartment sized museum focusing on our modern pop culture faves. Their newest series, “The Moon Is A Planet, Darling,” is based off a Isaac Mizrahi QVC clip that went viral — I mean really, who hasn’t debated astrophysics while shopping? Some of their most popular exhibits are focused on the Tonya Harding controversy, Housewives of somewhere pointing at something, and...
Sheida Soleimani’s understanding of the world has always been shaped by art and injustice. Both of the Iranian-American artist’s parents opposed the totalitarian Iranian government in the early '80s, and they instilled political consciousness in their daughter. As a child in Cincinnati, Soleimani’s mother would draw pictures depicting her experiences of imprisonment and torture under Ayatollah Khomeini’s regime, according to Fader. Iranian voices have been the basis of her work ever since, and her creations have been defined by her life experience and identity as...