I’ve Got Loyalty, Got Royalty Inside My DNA: Toyin Ojih Odutola’s “When Legends Die”
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I’ve Got Loyalty, Got Royalty Inside My DNA: Toyin Ojih Odutola’s “When Legends Die”

In the premiere episode of Pose, which focuses on the house and ball scene in 1980s New York, the House of Abundance rushes into a barely disguised Brooklyn Museum to swipe opulent historical clothing to compete as Royalty. Before they hide under podiums to evade security, each character has a private moment with various Egyptian … Continue reading

Eyeliner, Rose Hips And Lip Gloss, Such Fun: Vaginal Davis And Louise Nevelson’s “Chimera”
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Eyeliner, Rose Hips And Lip Gloss, Such Fun: Vaginal Davis And Louise Nevelson’s “Chimera”

“Then comes pancake factor number one Eyeliner, rose hips and lip gloss, such fun You’re a slick little girl, you’re a slick little girl Rouge and coloring, incense and ice Perfume and kisses, oh it’s all so nice You’re a slick little girl, you’re a slick little girl Now we’re coming out, out of our … Continue reading

And If I Call You From First Avenue: Dialing Up Utopian Failure With St. Vincent And Alex Da Corte’s “New York”
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And If I Call You From First Avenue: Dialing Up Utopian Failure With St. Vincent And Alex Da Corte’s “New York”

“Utopia can never be prescriptive and is always destined to fail,” writes José Esteban Muñoz in his chapter “After Jack: Queer Failure, Queer Virtuosity” in Cruising Utopia. The chapter traces the queer utopian legacy of filmmaker Jack Smith through the work of contemporary artists and performers like Dynasty Handbag, Kalup Linzy and My Barbarian. This … Continue reading

No More Shall We Part: Finding Everyday Utopia With Perfume Genius and Félix González-Torres
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No More Shall We Part: Finding Everyday Utopia With Perfume Genius and Félix González-Torres

“It’s almost embarrassing to acknowledge how good things are…There’s something abnormal about it,” reflects Perfume Genius’s Mike Hadreas in an interview with FADER. With the release of his new album this week No Shape, a transcendent ode to romanticism, love and domesticity as redemption, Perfume Genius raises the question: What does utopia sound like? Continue reading