Archive | September, 2016
A painting of a young girl sitting at the end of a tunnel.

Exploring the Connection Between Creativity and Mental Illness

From schizophrenia to depression to bipolar disorder, many a great artists were fraught with mental illness. Even the legendary Vincent Van Gogh was no stranger to psychiatric affliction. The troubled artist went as far as chopping off his own ear after a heated verbal altercation with his close friend, Paul Gauguin. In 1888, Van Gogh […]

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Mierle Laderman Ukeles: The Maintenance Workers’ Artist

Mierle Laderman Ukeles has been an artist since the 1960s. Her work has spanned from performance pieces to sculpture installations to writing. She has explored a variety of social justice issues, ranging from the role of women to the cultures of labor to the resilience of local communities. Initially, she went to school for international […]

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‘Vessel’: the 15-Story Staircase that Leads to Nowhere

The concept art for “Vessel” looks like a set piece from a future sci-fi film. “Vessel” is a massive honey-comb shape of openings and staircases. It’s going to be a public art installation in New York City, planned for the Hudson Yards mixed-use development. British Designer Thomas Heatherwick intends the massive piece to serve as […]

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An image of a flock of birds in flight.

Hauser and Wirth Gallery’s New “Fly Away” Exhibition

Rashid Johnson’s new exhibition, Fly Away, is well suited for its spacious home in New York’s Hauser and Wirth Gallery. The centerpiece installation, Within Our Gates, is a towering collection of black cube shelves filled with a profusion of plants, books, sculptures, and Shea butter. In the high, airy space of the gallery, it looks […]

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An image of a gold toilet.

Guggenheim Museum Presents… A Solid Gold Toilet

In 1917, Marcel Duchamp flipped a urinal on its back, signed it with a pseudonym, and called it art. Or perhaps a collaborator of his did, stories differ. The Society of Independent Artists declined to display the piece in their annual exhibition, which may have been Duchamp’s purpose in the first place, and the story […]

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A photo of a naked woman covering her breasts and vagina with her hands.

Exploring the Line Between Art and Pornography

The line between art and pornography is a treacherous one, partly because it’s so hard to decipher. Because both “art” and “pornography” are subjective terms, they evade any attempts to define them. It’s like the old saying goes, “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.” So too is, “Pornography in the groin of the […]

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Gay Gotham: Art and Underground Culture in New York

On October 7, 2016, the Museum of the City of New York will present Gay Gotham: Art and Underground Culture in New York. The exhibit will explore the counter-culture of the early 20th century queer community and the abundance of creativity that it brought. Gay Gotham is a tribute to New York’s most distinguished LGBT […]

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National Museum of the American Indian

Last Friday, the Obama administration ordered an immediate halt on the Dakota Access Pipeline, marking a major (albeit temporary) victory for Native Americans. But if there’s one thing that the Dakota Access Pipeline proves, it’s that Native Americans are still being pushed off their land and brutally attacked. Native American tribes have always sought to […]

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Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905–2016

From October 28, 2016 – February 5, 2017, the Whitney Museum of American Art will be hosting Dreamlands: Immersive Cinema and Art, 1905–2016. The exhibit will explore the evolution of film throughout history, primarily as it relates to changes in technology and technique. The exhibit is quite large, taking over the Museum’s fifth floor gallery […]

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