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It’s hard not to picture an indulgent Insta #THOTTIE when you hear the phrase “selfie queen.” But in Japan, a hilarious (and sometimes hilariously morbid) 90-year-old photographer named Kimiko Nishimoto is gaining a social media following any millennial would envy. Her most popular self-portraits on Instagram (@kimiko_nishimoto) are also her most maudlin: crushed by a wayward vehicle; levitating while making alms to dead relatives; bagged on the street with the week’s recycling. Nishimoto’s satirical take on death and old age sweetly contrasts with the experimental nature...
Fanny Eaton was an amazing woman. She moved from Jamaica to London, where she became a model for the pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood (them famous dandy painting types). But before we get to that bit, let’s give you some background. IN THE BEGINNINGFanny was born in 1835. Her mother, Matilda Foster, was an ex-slave, but no father is mentioned on Fanny's birth certificate. There’s a theory that her father was a slave owner—sadly, this was not an uncommon occurrence.  There’s also suggestion that Fanny’s dad was a soldier named James...
On a Guadalajara street corner in Jalisco, Mexico, a woman wearing sunglasses, jeans, and Adidas crouches on the sidewalk, affixing a small black-and-white image of Dolores Huerta to a wall, colorful strings of yarn trailing from the labor activist’s sweater. The woman is Victoria Villasana, who has given her eye-popping embroidered treatment to everyone from pop culture legends like Grace Jones and Prince, to political figures including Donald Trump (vomiting bright green yarn) and Kim Jong-un (neon pink threads spilling from where his eyes should...
The third annual New Latin Wave festival is happening Sunday, September 30th at the Brooklyn Bazaar with amazing art, music, books and food! New Latin Wave is a celebration of Latinx artists and their integral contributions to the greater culture of the United States. The festival, now in its third year, aims to unite contemporary Latinx artists across multiple disciplines from a diversity of sources. This year’s New Latin Wave promises an extraordinary roster, including: -Drawing Under The Influence with designer Juan Miguel Marín -Photography by Catalina Kulczar...
For their 45th anniversary year, A.I.R. Gallery in New York has been hosting The Unforgettables Program. This program was designed to recreate past A.I.R. shows that utilize themes “that defy passage of time and remain urgent to feminist discourse.” The third and final installment of this program, launching August 2nd, is Dialectics of Entanglement: do we exist together? Dialectics of Entanglement was originally displayed in 1980 by gallery members Ana Medieta and Kazuko Miyamoto with the artist Zarina. The exhibit was created to show how women of...
When Yamilee Toussaint noticed she was one of only two black girls in her mechanical engineering program at MIT, it became clear to her that young girls of color need more encouragement to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math. A few years later, she created STEM From Dance, a nonprofit dance program in NYC designed to expose Black and Latina middle school girls to jobs in the STEM fields.   Since 2011, Toussaint's program has introduced its participants to coding and technology principles by pairing...
There is a long-standing history of male artists taking credit for women’s work, and the Dada movement was no different—even though Dadaism was an art movement founded in the rejection of logic, reason, and modern capitalist society. Dadaism was considered the “radical left” of the time but they still ignored, rejected, and excluded women from the canon of art history. According to Open Culture, one of the many poignant examples of this is the authorship of the notorious Fountain from 1917. The Fountain, which is considered...
Artist Vivek Shraya’s new Ace Hotel exhibition, Trisha, is a photo series of self portraits in which Shraya recreates photographs of her mother from the 1970s. Shraya's mother immigrated from India to Canada, and Shraya always looked up to her. She wrote in an essay to her mother, “I was right to worship you. You worked full-time, went to school part-time, managed a home, raised two children who complained about frozen food and make fun of your accent, and cared for your family in India....
  Years before Kandinsky and Mondrian, Swedish painter Hilma af Klint created some of the world’s first abstract paintings—then hid them away for decades History is written—and then it is revised to make space for those who have gone underground, been misrepresented, erased, or otherwise marginalized. The past continuously speaks to the present and to the future through the artifacts it leaves behind.  Such is the case with Swedish artist and mystic Hilma af Klint (1862 – 1944), a pioneer in the field of abstraction who kept her...
Lorna Simpson is a photographer and multimedia artist who has been working for more than 30 years. She has had exhibits at Denver Art Museum, the Portland Art Museum, and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and her art is truly stunning. She is currently working and residing in New York City. “The images she puts into the world are consistent proof of art’s ability to deal with loaded questions involving race, gender, identity, sex, and other social and political dilemmas,” writes Dodie...