Arts

  As a function-over-fashion type, I walk into clothing stores with the evils of capitalism in mind—“impulse purchase” is not in my lexicon. But one day in the back corner of an L.A. vintage shop, I spotted a pair of black Chelsea boots with fire-truck-red lining. I didn’t even have to check the size. I knew they were mine and I bought them on the spot. Since then, these boots have been a talisman, offering protection from anyone who aims to destroy my confidence. Every time...
American filmmaker and photographer Alex Prager has found her place in the contemporary canon. Her images are unmistakable: elaborate tableaux invoking eerie, stylized women, technicolor crowds, and ambiguous emotions. References span from classic Hollywood to modern pop culture to ’60s art-house cinema. Prager’s art is Emmy-award winning, featured in museums such as the MoMA and publications including The New York Times Magazine, Vogue, and W. Now, Prager’s distinctive vision can be appreciated in the first career retrospective, Silver Lake Drive. The upcoming title offers a comprehensive...
Seattle-based artist Natalie Krick’s latest message? Sexuality has no age. The Nude Grandmothers project, a series of nude portraits of older women, began as a collaboration between Krick and photo editor Amanda Gorence. “The impetus was to create a celebratory and liberating piece that explores female sensuality later in life, and how it evolves,” Gorence says of the series. “Women are often ‘aged out’ of conversations around sexuality at a certain point. We wanted to demystify that idea.” Krick’s art often challenges perceptions of beauty, femininity, and...
Swedish-American conceptual artist Michele Pred is no stranger to art performance activism. Since 2016, she has been a member of For Freedoms, an artist-run platform inviting creative expressions of civic engagment. You may know her from her amazing neon purses with sayings like Pro Choice, #METOO, Times up etc. Last December, she curated the Parade Against Patriarchy in Miami during Miami Art Week. It's a career defined by a singular mission: using art–and inspiring artists–to provoke a more radical tomorrow. Now, she’s taking the fight for America's midterm elections to New...
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...