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

Memory Can Be Thicker Than Blood: Michelle Handelman’s “BloodSisters” 25 Years Later
Art / Film

Memory Can Be Thicker Than Blood: Michelle Handelman’s “BloodSisters” 25 Years Later

Michelle Handelman’s tantalizing and provocative 1995 documentary BloodSisters: Leather, Dykes And Sadomasochism is celebrating its 25th Anniversary this year, which will be celebrated with a digital screening at OUTFEST Los Angeles LGBTQ Film Festival starting on August 26. When I first sat down to watch it on my tiny laptop screen, I was filled with … Continue reading

Filthy Dreams GIF Review: Félix González-Torres “Untitled” (Fortune Cookie Corner)
Art / GIF Reviews

Filthy Dreams GIF Review: Félix González-Torres “Untitled” (Fortune Cookie Corner)

As Minneapolis burns to a crisp after the murder of George Floyd by four homicidal cops (charge and arrest, and then, convict and sentence all of them already!), cities across America see police forces violently spiraling out of control at protesters, including arresting and shooting beanbag rounds at journalists, Trump goes to war with Twitter … Continue reading

A Shrine To Criminals, Cult Icons And Lana Del Rey: Reviewing My Own Devotional Permanent Collection Exhibition
Art

A Shrine To Criminals, Cult Icons And Lana Del Rey: Reviewing My Own Devotional Permanent Collection Exhibition

No. No I don’t want to visit your online viewing room, your digital group exhibition or your virtual gallery. Even more, I don’t want to review your online viewing room, your digital exhibition or your virtual gallery. And Zoom openings? I’d rather go to the opening of my toilet seat. I don’t know about you, … Continue reading

Everything Is Altared: A (Mostly) Video Tribute To Genesis Breyer P-Orridge
Art / Music / Trashy Tributes

Everything Is Altared: A (Mostly) Video Tribute To Genesis Breyer P-Orridge

Your job, Genesis, is to short-circuit control,” once said the preeminent literary gentleman junkie William S. Burroughs to Genesis Breyer P-Orridge who, as much as we obsess about h/er on Filthy Dreams, needs no introduction (or shouldn’t!). And short-circuit control s/he did. I mean, what socially imposed and regulated norm of living didn’t Genesis shatter, … Continue reading

Iiu Susiraja: “Doing Things, Similar Things…”
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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

The Class Divide As A Threshold In The Paintings Of Late Artist Noah Davis
Art

The Class Divide As A Threshold In The Paintings Of Late Artist Noah Davis

I really can’t decide what’s more shocking: that Noah Davis painted the beautifully macabre images adorning the walls of his posthumous retrospective at David Zwirner before the artist was 33 years old, or that these gorgeous works were painted by someone who ever lived at all. So saturated with ghastly resignation and mourning, Davis’s paintings … Continue reading

Filthy Dreams GIF Review: Katherine Bernhardt’s “Done With Xanax” At Canada
Art / GIF Reviews

Filthy Dreams GIF Review: Katherine Bernhardt’s “Done With Xanax” At Canada

How could anyone be done with Xanax? When the nostalgia bug hits and you can’t avoid compulsively revisiting imagery from a media-soaked 1980s childhood, who doesn’t need even just a little smidgen from a bar to quiet down the blaring romanticism? I know I certainly did while visiting Katherine Bernhardt’s Done with Xanax at Canada … Continue reading

Soon All This Will Be Picturesque Products: The Nauseating Fashion Week Commodification Of David Wojnarowicz
Art / Fashion / Rants and Raves

Soon All This Will Be Picturesque Products: The Nauseating Fashion Week Commodification Of David Wojnarowicz

“I feel a vague nausea stroking and tapping the lining of my stomach,” writes David Wojnarowicz in his essay “In the Shadow of the American Dream: Soon All This Will Be Picturesque Ruins.” I don’t think I ever quite understood the feeling of David’s nausea until this past week. It took everything in me not … Continue reading