Non-Fungible-Outsidery-Objects That I Would Accept as a Gift (If You’re Feeling Generous)
Art

Non-Fungible-Outsidery-Objects That I Would Accept as a Gift (If You’re Feeling Generous)

As one of those annoying and agendaless hangers-on at the Outsider Art Fair these last few years, I couldn’t resist the additional prospect of artist/socialite Takashi Murakami making time between his mass-market endeavors to oversee a large-scale group exhibition of around two hundred sculptural works by approximately 60 visionary and vernacular folk artists from around … Continue reading

“I Like to Watch”: Asexuality in Cinema
Film

“I Like to Watch”: Asexuality in Cinema

The inventor Nikola Tesla had a proclivity to give himself electrotherapeutic shocks. According to biographer Richard Munson, Tesla suffered debilitating depression, and it was not unusual at the time to deploy mild shocks to treat such an ailment. Each morning he would disrobe and stand naked upon his “vitality booster,” gradually administering higher doses. Michael … Continue reading

Throw, Throw, Throw Yer Coats!: 20 Things I Would Steal From “Studio 54: Night Magic”
Art / Fashion / Music / Party Out Of Bounds

Throw, Throw, Throw Yer Coats!: 20 Things I Would Steal From “Studio 54: Night Magic”

The Brooklyn Museum’s latest offering Studio 54: Night Magic, curated and designed by Matthew Yokobosky, Senior Curator of Fashion and Material Culture, could, for some discerning spectators, be alternately called Studio 54: Lite. The curatorial focus is, of course, on fashion and design, so adjust your expectations as such. It’s about meticulous attention to lavish … Continue reading

Iiu Susiraja: “Doing Things, Similar Things…”
Art

Iiu Susiraja: “Doing Things, Similar Things…”

“Doing things, similar things…” These are the vague yet salient words extracted from Trump’s predictably maladroit national emergency address, unwittingly evoking the bracingly confrontational and unnerving self-portraiture of our inadvertent queen of self-quarantine: Finnish artist Iiu Susiraja. As we bunker down in our contaminated cities, fantasizing about remote escapes, and “cancel culture” takes on a … Continue reading