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Saturday, 20 January


An Artist Repatriates the Body of Julia Pastrana, an Indigenous Mexican Woman Exhibited as a Freak Hyperallergic

Advertisement for Julia Pastrana, the Nondescript (via Wellcome Collection)

Advertisements declared her the Ape Woman or the Nondescript, a creature that could not be described. Doctors declared her a human and orangutan hybrid, and her talent at dance and song were displayed as a contrast to her seemingly unfeminine appearance. Julia Pastrana was an indigenous Mexican woman treated as a spectacle in life, and death. When she died in 1860 following a difficult childbirth, both she and her infant son were embalmed. Up until the 1970s, there are records of them exhibited as carnival curiosities in the United States and Europe. She then became part of the Schreiner Collection in the University of Oslos anatomy department.

Cover of The Eye of the Beholder: Julia Pastranas Long Journey Home (courtesy Lucia|Marquand)

Upon hearing her story, I felt that my duty as a Mexican female artist, and as a human being, was to do everything possible to have Pastrana removed from the anatomy collection and returned to Mexico, her place of birth where she was at the time practically unknown to receive a proper burial, artist Laura Anderson Barbata told Hyperallergic.

Barbata was pivotal in leading the 2013 repatriation and burial in Mexico of Pastrana. The Eye of the Beholder: Julia Pastranas Long Journey Homeout now from...

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Friday, 19 January


Recommended: Taylor Haskins & Green Empire The Point Bird is the Worm

  The first impression delivered by a Taylor Haskins recording is that an entirely new plateau has been achieved.  Everything is different would be a pretty normal reaction.  And that reaction wouldnt necessarily be wrong.  But then the first impression leads to more considered assessments.  Patterns emerge, and the poetry of the trumpeters evolution reveals []


10,000 Classic Movie Posters Getting Digitized & Put Online by the Harry Ransom Center at UT-Austin: Free to Browse & Download Open Culture

Who hasnt pinned one of Saul Basss elegant film posters on their wallwith either thumbtacks above the dormroom bed or in frame and glass in grown-up environs? Or maybe its 70s kitsch you preferthe art of the grindhouse and sensationalist drive-in exploitation film? Or 20s silent avant-garde, the cool noir of the 30s and 40s, 50s B-grade sci-fi, 60s psychedelia and French new wave, or 80s popcorn flicks? Whatever kind of cinema grabs your attention probably first grabbed your attention through the design of the movie poster, a genre that gets its due in novelty shops and specialist exhibitions, but often goes unheralded in popular conceptions of art.

Despite its utilitarian and unabashedly commercial function, the movie poster can just as well be a work of art as any other form. Failing that, movie posters are at least always essential archival artifacts, snapshots of the weird collective unconscious of mass culture: from Saul and Elaine Basss minimalist poster for West Side Story (1961), with its bright orange-red background over the title with a silhouette of a fire escape with dancers to more complex tableaux, like the baldly neo-imperialist Africa Texas Style! (1967), "which features a realistic image of the protagonist on a horse, lassoing a zebra in front of a stampede of wildebeest, elephants, and giraffes.

These two descriptions only hint at the range of posters archived at the University of Texas Harry Ransom Centerupwards of 10,000 in all, from when the film industry was just beginning to compete with vaudeville acts in the 1920s to the rise of the modern megaplex and drive-in theaters in the 1970s. So writes Erin Willard in the Ransom Centers announcement of the digitization of its massive collection, expected to reach completion in 2019. So far, around 4,000 posters have been photographed and are becoming available online, downloadable in Large, Extra Large, and High-Quality resolutions.



Art Movements Hyperallergic

E. L. Trouvelot, Mare Humorum (1881), color lithograph, 25 3/4 x 32 3/4 inches, Jay T. Last collection, The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens ( The Huntington)

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A complete set of tienne Lopold Trouvelots (18271895) chromolithographs will be exhibited at the the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens in April. According to the museums press release, only a handful of complete portfolios survive. Trouvelot produced some 7,000 astronomical illustrations during his lifetime.

Four more women shared allegations of sexual misconduct by artist Chuck Close, following other allegations published in the Huffington Post and the New York Times.

The Tate and National Galleries Scotland have reportedly suspended contact with Anthony dOffay after the art dealer and donor was accused of inappropriate behavior and harassment. The allegations, which are being investigated by the Metropolitan police, date from between 1997 and 2004.

Jerry Chun Shing Lee, the former CIA officer who was arrested for allegedly assisting China in infiltrating US covert operations, has been working as the head of security for Christies Hong Kong, according to reports by the...


Volksentscheid fr ein Werbeverbot im ffentlichen Raum von Berlin URBANSHIT

Man muss schon mit geschlossenen Augen durch die Stadt gegen, um nicht zu sehen, dass groe Teil belebter und gut frequentierter ffentlicher Rume in Grostdten mit Plakaten und Werbebotschaften zugepflastert sind. Die Initiative Berlin Werbefrei plant nun gegen groformatige Werbung im ffentlichen Raum vorzugehen und mchte ein neues Gesetz zur Regulierung von Werbung in ffentlichen Einrichtungen und im ffentlichen Raum (AntiKommG) auf den Weg bringen. Wir stellen der stetigen Kommerzialisierung des ffentlichen Raumes eine neue Regelung zum Umgang mit Aussenwerbung entgegen. Mit unserem Gesetzentwurf sollen zuknftig Plakate fr Kultur, Sport und Gemeinntziges im Vordergrund stehen. Produktwerbung bleibt weiterhin an der Sttte der Leistung erlaubt, zum Beispiel an Lden, Gaststtten und Betrieben. Der Vorschlag der Initiative Berlin Werbefrei ist es dabei nicht, Werbung im ffentlichen Raum in Gnze zu verbieten, sondern Billboards und Groplakate aus dem Stadtraum zu verbannen. Werbung von Geschften und Gaststdten, sowie fr Kultur- und Sportangebote sollen weiterhin erlaubt sein. Zudem soll nach Meinung der Initiative Werbung aus Universitten und Schulen ganz verschwinden. Titelbild: Berlin Werbefrei Sollte es am Ende zum Beschluss des Gesetztes kommen, wrde sich Berlin optisch ziemlich sicher an vielen Stellen stark verndern. Der Hauptstadt und anderen Grostdten wrde es ganz sicher gut tun. Andere Stdte, wie Sao ...

Der Beitrag Volksentscheid fr ein Werbeverbot im ffentlichen Raum von Berlin erschien zuerst auf URBANSHIT.


Ian McKellen Chokes Up While Reading a Poignant Coming-Out Letter Open Culture

"In 1977, Armistead Maupin wrote a letter to his parents that he had been composing for half his life," writes the Guardian's Tim Adams. "He addressed it directly to his mother, but rather than send it to her, he published it in the San Francisco Chronicle, the paper in which he had made his name with his loosely fictionalised Tales of the City, the daily serial written from the alternative, gay world in which he lived." The late 1970s saw a final flowering of newspaper-serialized novels, the same form in which Charles Dickens had grown famous nearly a century and a half before. But of all the zeitgeisty stories then told a day at a time in urban centers across America, none has had anything like the lasting impact of San Francisco as envisioned by Maupin.

Much of Tales of the City's now-acknowledged importance comes from the manner in which Maupin populated that San Francisco with a sexually diverse cast of characters gay, straight, and everything in between and presented their lives without moral judgment.

He saved his condemnation for the likes of Anita Bryant, the singer and Florida Citrus Commission spokeswoman who inspired Maupin to write that veiled letter to his own parents when she headed up the anti-homosexual "Save Our Children" political campaign. When Michael Tolliver, one of the series' main gay characters, discovers that his folks back in Florida have thrown in their lot with Bryant, he responds with an eloquent and long-delayed coming-out that begins thus:

Dear Mama,

I'm sorry it's taken me so long to write. Every time I try to write you and Papa I realize I'm not saying the things that are in my heart. That would be OK, if I loved you any less than I do, but you are still my parents and I am still your child.

I have friends who think I'm foolish to write this letter. I hope they're wrong. I hope their doubts are based on parents who love and trust them less than mine do. I hope especially that you'll see this as an act of love on my part, a sign of my...


Closing Party: The Like of Us Curated by Maya Hayuk & Alethia Weingarten 01/20/18 Brooklyn, NYC StreetArtNews

THE LIKES OF US, curated by Maya Hayuk and Alethia Weingarten, showcases the work of ten Williamsburg artists shaped by a history of activating creative shared space. The exhibition features painting, sculpture, printmaking, photography, video and musical programming.  This multifaceted show will be closing on January 20th and The Center for Advancement of Contemporary Art would like to invite you for one last chance to check out the exhibition!

A wise man once told me if you want to see something, curate something. In 1998, I did just that. Culling from the vibrant, immediate community of San Francisco, I didnt have to reach far to create an exhibition in the contemporary gallery where I made a new friend, Alethia Weingarten, who was then the director. Now, almost 20 years and many iterations of lives, likes, loves and evolving everythings later, Alethia and I have co-curated a show thats been a long-time coming. We hope you join the likes of us this winter.

Maya Hayuk,



Mary Heilmann Disrupts the Rigid Systems of Abstraction Hyperallergic

The Dan Flavin Art Institute in Bridgehampton, NY (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic)

BRIDGEHAMPTON, NY The Dan Flavin Art Institute is located in a small, wood-shingled two-story building, a repurposed firehouse built in 1908 that was used as a church until the 1970s. Flavins works are upstairs, and are as expected: monumental, cool, a little bit religious looking. Flavin oversaw the design of the upper space, and the subtle gradations of light from work to work are finely calibrated. Like everything in Bridgehampton, its creepily pristine. There is not a hair out of place.

This all changes, however, when you step downstairs into the temporary exhibition space. A row of domestic ceiling lights half illuminate a few smallish paintings and ceramics. The show, Mary Heilmann: Painting Pictures, immediately feels jarring. Like Flavins neon constructions, the works are brightly colored and ostensibly geometric. But something is off. Colors bleed between planes, pinks and reds clash, paint extends over the edges of the stretchers. The objects are unwieldy, physical, and decidedly messy.

Installation view of Dan Flavin at the Dan Flavin Institute ...


If Things Were Going Well, We Wouldnt Be Here: Artists Protest NYCs Loft Board Hyperallergic

Protesters at a public meeting of New York City's Loft Board on January 18, 2018 unfurled a banner after the meeting concluded. (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic)Protesters at a public meeting of New York Citys Loft Board on January 18, 2018 unfurled a banner after the meeting concluded. (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic)

In late October 2017, less than two weeks before New York Citys mayoral election, Mayor Bill de Blasio held a press conference at 475 Kent Avenue in Williamsburg, a former manufacturing building that is home to dozens of artists and other live-work tenants. Theres gotta be a place in this city for people who are creative even if it doesnt make them wealthy, and this is what we defend today, he said optimistically.

Three months later, with no evidence of the citys plan for defending them, tenants of 475 Kent Avenue, 58 Grand Street, 79 Lorimer Street, and other loft buildings came to the meeting of the New York City Loft Board to signal their frustration. Packed into a small hearing room in a nondescript building near City Hall this afternoon, some 40 protesters sat and stood, mostly in silence, brandishing signs accusing the Loft Board and the Department of Buildings of favoring real estate developers and landlords over tenants.

The law itself was written to protect tenants rights, and thats not always what you see happening, Stephen Levin, the New York City Council Member who represents the section of Williamsburg where 475 Kent Avenue is located, told Hyperallergic after todays meeting. There needs to be greater transparency in the way the Loft Law rules are made and we need to have more active engagement from the Loft Board.



Ginsbergs Visionary Illuminations under Czanne A R T LR K

Today we celebrate the 175th anniversary of Paul Czannes birthday. The famous Post-Impressionist was born on the 19th of January 1839 in Aix-en-Provence, France. His life-long adventure with painting resulted in a breakthrough theory on the modes of perception of reality. His phenomenological approach towards nature, and its impact on the creative process, has inspired many artists, art theorists, but also writers and poets. Probably, one of the most interesting and thought-provoking cases of inspiration drawn from Czanne is that of Allen Ginsberg.

41A7M2XT4PLDuring his Columbia University days, sometime around 1948, Ginsberg claimed to have experienced several visionary illuminations under the spiritual guidance of what he perceived as the poet William Blakes raised-from-the-dead, spectre voice. (Paul Portugs, Allen Ginsbergs Paul Czanne and the Pater Omnipotens Aeterna Deus; [in:] Lewis Hyde, On the Poetry of Allen Ginsberg). His visionary illuminations were most likely caused by the use of psychedelic drugs, and soon they attracted the attention...


Bros and Beer Snobs Sociological Images

The rise of craft beer in the United States gives us more options than ever at happy hour. Choices in beer are closely tied to social class, and the market often veers into the world of pointlessly gendered products. Classic work in sociology has long studied how people use different cultural tastes to signal social status, but where once very particular tastes showed membership in the upper classlike a preference for fine wine and classical musica world with more options offers status to people who consume a little bit of everything.

Photo Credit: Brian Gonzalez (Flickr CC)

But who gets to be an omnivore in the beer world? New research published in Social Currents by Helana Darwin shows how the new culture of craft beer still leans on old assumptions about gender and social status. In 2014, Darwin collected posts using gendered language from fifty beer blogs. She then visited four craft beer bars around New York City, surveying 93 patrons about the kinds of beer they would expect men and women to consume. Together, the results confirmed that customers tend to define feminine beer as light and fruity and masculine beer as strong, heavy, and darker.

Two interesting findings about what people do with these assumptions stand out. First, patrons admired women who drank masculine beer, but looked down on those who stuck to the feminine choices. Men, however, could have it both ways. Patrons described their choice to drink feminine beer as open-mindednessthe mark of a beer geek who could enjoy everything. Gender determined who got credit for having a broad range of taste.

Second, just like other exclusive markers of social status, the India Pale Ale held a hallowed place in craft brew culture to signify a select group of drinkers. Just like fancy wine, Darwin writes,

IPA constitutes an elite preference precisely because it is an acquired tasteinaccessible to those who lack the time, money, and desire to cultivate an appreciation for the taste.

Sociology can get a bad rap for being a buzzkill, and, if youre going to partak...


How Photography Developed Argentinas Modern Identity Hyperallergic

Gustavo di Mario, Vilmar de la serie Carnaval / Vilmar from the series Carnaval (2005, print 2015), chromogenic print, 19 11/16 x 24 13/16 in. (the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, purchased with funds provided by the Photographs Council, Gustavo di Mario)

LOS ANGELES The invention of photography played a major role in the development of modern societies, as well as in the cultivation of national identity. This is well known in the Western canon of art, but the role of photography in the modernization of countries in Latin America has been largely understudied by North American institutions. As part of the Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA initiative focusing on Latin American and Latino art at the Getty, Photography in Argentina, 18502010: Contradiction and Continuity seeks to examine this neglected history, focusing on how photography created and perpetuated a national imaginary in Argentina. The exhibition begins 40 years after the country gained independence in 1810, and critically examines Argentinas heterogeneity and postcolonial identity, focusing on its large population of European immigrants and erasure of indigenous peoples and culture.

Curators Idurre Alonso and Judith Keller have brought together some 300 photographs by 60 artists in this illuminating and rich display that covers 150 years of photography in Argentina from the beginnings of the medium to the current moment. While a sprawling exhibition, there is one major thread that runs throughout: the use of staged, artificially composed photographs to both create and undo national narratives. The show also reconsiders images commonly accepted as documentary photographs, revealing how they extend personal or institutional ideologies and often political propaganda.

Interestingly, early photography is presented alongside contemporary images. When speaking with Idurre Alonso, she commented on this curatorial choice, We really...


Black Mirrors Black Museum Episode Is a Revenge Fantasy That Comes Up Short Hyperallergic

A scene from the Black Museum episode (Season 4) of the popular dystopian tv serial Black Mirror (images courtesy Black Mirror)

Getting revenge, or its close second cousin, the revenge fantasy, for most everyone whose ever been wronged (but especially for those who continue to be wronged) is delectable. The wish can even be restorative affirming the notion that the universe somehow cares about balancing the scales of justice for human beings, or that a supreme being cares for us and intervenes on our small-bore causes.

The logo of the Black Museum

The majority of opinions given there range around the state of awe. For example, many are variations of the comment given by Rachael Brandon @theycallmecarmn: Damn, #BlackMuseum @blackmirror was savage AF! Other...


How the Pioneers of Pointillism Continue to Influence Artists Today My Modern Met

The Pioneers of Pointillism

Neo-Impressionists Georges Seurat and Paul Signac pioneered a painting technique, dubbed Pointillism, that was revolutionary for its time. Bored of traditional paintings, artists of the era were searching for new ways to make impressions of landscapes and day-to-day life. Seurat and Signac looked to science for inspiration, and discovered how to trick the eye into seeing more in a painting than the sum of its parts: an arrangement of colored dots.

Informally known stippling art or dot art, since its inception, Pointillism has influenced many artists working across a diverse range of mediums, and today we see traces of it in modern art, fashion, and tattoos.

What is Pointillism?

Part of the Post-Impressionist movement, Pointillism is the technique of painting with distinct dots of color, which are meticulously applied in patterns to compose a cohesive image.

While Impressionists, such as Claude Monet and Vincent van Gogh, often used small dabs and strokes of paint as part of their technique, Pointillism artists took this idea a step further, by painting tightly packed, individual dots of pure color. When viewed from afar, the viewers mind and eye blur the dots together to create detailed images, comprising a fuller range of tones than the dots provide alone. The term Pointillism was in fact coined by art critics in the late 1880s to ridicule the works of these artists. Little did they know that the term would be used today as a positive association for some of the worlds most renowned master painters.

Influential Pioneer Artists of Pointillism

Georges Seurat

The Pioneers of Pointillism

A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte (1884-1886) by Georges Seurat {{PD-US}} via...


Nintendo Debuts New Way to Play Video Games with Cardboard Accessories My Modern Met

Video Game Cardboard Displays DIY kit

Nintendo is known for their offbeat approach to game consoles. While Playstation and Xbox are competing to be the best PC-style console, Nintendo subverted that trend by creating the Switch, a gaming device you can play either at home or while youre on-the-go. When launched in 2017, it turned out to be a huge hitone of its titles, The Legend of Zelda: Breath of the Wild was even voted game of the year. The company continues to think of ways to differentiate themselves from the rest of the competition; they recently announced Nintendo Labo, a line of accessories for the Switch that are made of cardboard.

While cardboard might seem counterintuitive for a digital device, Nintendo Labo is essentially a DIY kit that allows you to transform the Switch and its Joy-Con controllers into customized creations like fishing rods, an RC car, and a piano; you can then play games using what youve built. It's a great way for video game fanatics to think outside of the box (literally), and it proves that if you're creative enough, a piece of cardboard can have infinite possibilitieseven with electronics.

Nintendo Labo will debut on April 20, 2018 with two different sets available for purchase. One is the Variety Kit ($69.99) featuring two Toy-Con RC Cars, a Toy-Con Fishing Rod, a Toy-Con House, a Toy-Con Motorbike and a Toy-Con Piano. The other set is the Robot Kit ($79.99). Build an interactive robot suit with a visor, backpack, and straps for your hands and feet, the company describes, which you can then wear to assume control of a giant in-game robot. Both kits come with everything you need, and for an additional $10, you can have a Customization Set that includes stencils, stickers, and colored tape. Although marketed towards kids, we imagine that adults will want to build these things, too.

If youre local to New York City or San Francisco, Nintendo is hosting a three-hour Labo event for kids age six to 12. You can learn more on their website.

Nintendo recently announced Nintendo Labo, a DIY kit that allows you transform the Switch console into cardboard creations.



A Relaxing Video Demonstrates the Detailed Steps of Making Paper by Hand Colossal

Chinese vlogger Li Ziqi films her videos in the serene countryside of China, demonstrating step-by-step instructions for making traditional recipes such as fresh pomelo honey and Lanzhou beef noodles. In one of her most recent videos Li presents the days long process of traditional Chinese paper making, a process which can be traced back to the early years of the Han Dynasty sometime within the 2nd century BC.

The soothing video weaves together the necessary steps for making paper from scratch. During the video Li strictly adheres to the ancient process, using only basic tools such as fire and a mortar and pestle to transform the raw bark. After cutting down a few trees for the paper, Li then cuts and mashes the trunks into pulp, solidifying the consistency of the solution through several rounds of soaking and drying. You can watch the entirety of the demonstration above (along with a surprising twist ending), and view more of Lis relaxing instructionals on her Youtube channel. (via Laughing Squid)



Street Artist Tom Bob Adds Color to Mundane Objects Around Town TwistedSifter


New York-based street artist Tom Bob (featured previously) adds life to the mundane through color and imagination.

Last time we checked on Tom Bob was last July and since then he has painted garbage bins, storm pipes, hydrants and even cracked sidewalks. For the latest, follow him on Instagram.


@TomBobNYC on Instagram





Watch David Byrne Lead a Massive Choir in Singing David Bowies Heroes Open Culture

Throughout the years, we've featured performances of Choir!Choir!Choir!--a large amateur choir from Toronto that meets weekly and sings their hearts out. You've seen them sing Prince's "When Doves Cry," Soundgarden's "Black Hole Sun" (to honor Chris Cornell) and Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah."

If you dig through their Youtube archive, you can als...


Is Art Museum Attendance Declining Across the US? Hyperallergic

(graphic by Hrag Vartanian/Hyperallergic)

Art and culture museums may be in trouble. Statistical evidence coming out of the scene in Baltimore, which seems to be finding corroboration nationwide, conveys a narrative of museum visiting being on the downtrend. Mary Carole McCauley, a reporter for the Baltimore Sun has recently written about precipitous declines in attendance, citing drops in annual attendance at the Baltimore Museum of Art of 12.7% in the last 15 years, at the Walters Art Museum of 24.1% from a peak of 195,000 visitors in 2008, and at the Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African American History & Culture, which has seen attendance sink 53% from the opening-year high of 104,500 visitors.

These are sobering numbers; however, this report does arrive with a few caveats. The Baltimore Museum is actually recovering from a sharp fall in visits after closing 60% of its galleries for a renovation project which began in 2011. The full museum only reopened about three years ago evincing a 36% decrease in attendance since 2002. But the end of the 2017 fiscal year, attendance had climbed to 246,100, commensurate with the levels for 2005, though still not as robust as earlier years.

The front desk at the Cooper Hewitt Museum 2017 (photo by t...


Photographer Documents Dazzling Designs of Cubas Mosaic and Tile Floors My Modern Met

For years, travel-loving photographer Sebastian Erras has creatively captured the artistic flair of cities around the world. While his portfolio includes everything from symmetrical shots of Lisbon's decorated storefronts to polychromatic pictures of a pop-up basketball court in Paris, he is most well-known for Parisian Floors, an ongoing series inspired by his love of mosaic art. Though usually set in European locations like...


Dennis Oppenheim Sculpture Is Destroyed After City Officials Claim It Has No Artistic Value Hyperallergic

Dennis Oppenheims Chamber in Busan, photographed on the final day of installation with its installation team (photo courtesy Dennis Oppenheim Estate)

Officials in the South Korean city of Busan have destroyed a public sculpture by Dennis Oppenheim, claiming that the artwork had fallen into disrepair, was an eyesore, and had no artistic value. Workers tore it down last month, unbeknownst to the artists estate, which found out about it just last night.

The sculpture, Chamber, was installed as a permanent artwork on Busans Haeundae Beach as part of the 2010 Busan Biennale. It comprises curved and organic forms, the highest of which rise over 13 feet; as with other large-scale works by the late artist, beachgoers were encouraged to interact with the piece by walking between the colorful walls. However, made of steel and plastic, the work had rusted from brine, as a district official told AFP, and it was further damaged when Typhoon Chaba reached the shores in 2016.

We also received a lot of phone calls from pedestrians and residents in the area demanding its withdrawal as the art work was turning into an eyesore, official Shi Yun-Seok told AFP. She added that the district office had failed to notify Oppenheims estate of the pieces removal.



apexart Invites Exhibition Proposals for Anywhere in the World, Except NYC Hyperallergic

Illegal Kosmonavtika (Installation view), an apexart Open Call Exhibition organized by Magda Guruli and Mariam Natroshvili in Tbilisi, Georgia.

apexart has been making people think for more than 20 years with innovative and democratic approaches to programming.

apexart Open Call exhibitions are selected from hundreds of anonymous proposals by an international jury of more than 200 people. Professional connections and experience do not matter, only the quality of the idea does. When an exhibition proposal is selected for apexarts program season, it means that its ideas are uniquely compelling, and that over 200 people want to see it transform from a proposal into an exhibition.

apexart Open Call exhibitions feature works about everything, from anywhere, by anyone, and they take place all around the world. In March 2018, apexart travels to Bali, Indonesia for Dipping in the Kool Aid, which showcases the creative collaborations between artists and prisoners in Indonesian jails. Last year, apexart presented exhibitions in Tbilisi, Georgia, where it probed the legacy of Soviet Cosmonautics in Illegal Kosmonavtika, and Fordlndia, Brazil, where Transmisso Fordlndia  presented sound installations and radio workshops that mined the sounds and histories of the Amazon.

Currently in New York City, Rendered Cities considers the impact of digital architectural renderings on urban landscapes and the human psyche. Last year, Fellow Travelers explored the intersections of science fiction and migration narratives, and Promises to Keep presented performance art by women Pakistani artists.

The three highest-ranked proposals of each Open Call receive individual exhibition and programming budgets of $10,000, and organizers each receive a $2,000 honorarium for coordinating the project and writing the exhibition essay.

Proposals for exhibitions happe...


Sexist Vintage Ads Completely Reimagined Just by Reversing Gender Roles My Modern Met

Sexist Vintage Ads Reimagined by Eli Rezkallah

You dont have to look far to find sexist vintage ads. In the middle of the 20th century, these advertisements were considered completely normal and even amusing. Nowadays, they're not just dated but appalling for the misogynistic treatment of women they display. (Of course, these types of gendered stereotypes in advertising still exist today, though in less potent forms.) To help expose its toxicity, photographer Eli Rezkallah is reimagining some of the worst old sexist ads by swapping gender roles.

Rezkallah calls his series In A Parallel Universe, and its a redo of the advertising of yesteryearwith men taking on the tasks commonly reserved for women. In his retelling, the women are the ones who have careers and demand dinner be on the table when they come home each day; the men, however, are so inept that they can hardly open a ketchup bottle.

The photographer had the idea for In a Parallel Universe after Thanksgiving with his relatives. I overheard my uncles talk about how women are better off cooking, taking care of the kitchen, and fulfilling their womanly duties. he explained. Although I know that not all men like my uncles think that way I was surprised to learn that some still do, so I went on to imagine a parallel universe, where roles are inverted and men are given a taste of their own sexist poison.

Rezkallahs images are a satisfying rebuttal to the advertising of long ago, but its not a solution to their harmful point of view. Instead, he intends for this series to help illuminate the problematic aspects of the print ads. I hope that people who are stuck in stereotypical gender roles imposed by patriarchal societies will be able to visually see the cracks in the limitation that those roles carry through this project.

In his series In a Parallel Universe, photographer Eli Rezkallah reimagines gender stereotypes in advertising.


Filmmaker Michel Gondry Brings Classic Album Covers to Life in a Visually-Packed Commercial: Purple Rain, Beggars Banquet, Nevermind & More Open Culture

File this under why didnt I see this earlier?

Heres a too short but visually packed Michel Gondry-directed commercial for the Pandora app. Here, he indulges in all the things that make Gondry so beloved: large sets, in-camera effects, huge props, and a visual wit.

For the Sounds Like You campaign, Gondry has a short-haired young woman running through various rooms and landscapes, all of which reveal themselves to be album covers from the famous (Metallicas Master of Puppets) to the more recent (Big Seans Moves). We even get a Bowie shout-out and its not what youd expect. Wed say more, but hey its so short, why spoil the surprise. It does however feel like Gondry has been hired to do something hes already done--somewhere before he got the call you can hear an ad exec saying hey, whos available, who can do a Gondry-like thing with this campaign?

Indeed, it is very reminiscent of his reality-bending video for the Chemical Brothers Let Forever Be (including the running woman):

And choreographing a series of tableaux is also similar to Gondry's Lucas with the Lid Off from 1994:

So, yes, in a world where a third of all music videos are biting from Gondrys career, its good to see the best imitator of Gondry is the man himself.

(But if bringing album covers to life is your jam, have you watched "Dave" yet?)

Album covers referenced in the video include:



Cowboys, Pop Stars, Droogs, and Artists sporting the hat that won the west Dangerous Minds

Paul McCartney.
John Wayne got all those cowboys wrong. So did Clint Eastwood, come to that. Most cowboys didnt wear Stetsons or ten-gallon hats on two-pint heads but generally anything that came to hand. What came to hand for most cowboys...


Rainbow Tunnel Made of 120,000 Paper Numbers Visualizes the Passage of Time My Modern Met

Color of Time Rainbow Installation by Emmanuelle Moureaux

Tokyo-based architect and designer Emmanuelle Moureaux is known for creating multi-sensory installation art using bright colors as three-dimensional elements. For her latest project, as part of an ongoing 100 Colors series, Moureaux created her largest rainbow-hued art installation to date. Most recently on show at the Toyama Prefectural Museum of Art and Design in Toyama, Japan, the Color of Time installation comprises 120,000 number-shaped paper cut-outs that fill the entire room, and float in a three-dimensional, grid-like structure composed of 100 layers.

Visitors are able to walk through the rows of floor-to-ceiling colored paper numbers that range from 0 to 9. Each row of numbers denotes a time of day, from sunrise at 6:30 a.m. to sunset at 7:49 p.m. As the viewer advances, the cut-outs gradually change in color from vibrant rainbow hues to darker shades, and eventually black, visualizing the passing of time from day into night. Through the tunnel, the sky is tinted with a beautiful gradation changing from pale to deep colors, flowing from time to time, the museum explains. The sensory exhibition makes one feel the subtle changes in [the] atmosphere through the whole body by traveling the colorful flow of time.

The installation closed on January 8, 2018 in Toyama; however, Moureaux is planning to exhibit 100 Colors in different cities around the world. Keep an eye on her Facebook and Instagram pages for announcements, as well as a behind-the-scenes look into the artists colorful world.

The Color of Time installation by Tokyo-based artist Emmanuelle Moureaux comprises 120,000 rainbow-colored paper number cut-outs.



Miniature Paintings on Tea Bags by Ruby Silvious Colossal

Some of us may give our used tea bags a second life by squeezing an extra steep out of them, but Ruby Silvious takes things a step further by using the thin paper as a canvas for miniature paintings. Silvious mirrors the simple ritual of tea drinking in quiet paintings that show slices of everyday life, like laundry drying and cats looking out the window.

The artist began her initial year-long series of paintings in January 2015. Since then, Silvious has compiled that year into a book, and traveled to Japan and southern France for month-long sessions of tea drinking and painting. Her work is included in a group show Deemed a Canvas at Paradigm Gallery in Philadelphia, which opens on January 26th. You can see more of Silvious work on her website and Instagram.



The Life of Kathleen White as Told Through Her Art and Nan Goldins Photographs Hyperallergic

<em>Spirits of Manhattan: Kathleen White</em>, Pioneer Works, New York, December 10, 2017February 11, 2018 (photo Dan Bradica)Spirits of Manhattan: Kathleen White, Pioneer Works, New York, December 10, 2017February 11, 2018 (all photos Dan Bradica)

In the Victorian era, deceased loved ones were mourned and remembered with hair jewelry, their strands lovingly woven into necklaces, bracelets, even walking sticks. A century later, as artist Kathleen Whites close friends began contracting a mysterious, debilitating virus, she started saving locks of hair and accessories, using them to create mourning jewelry for the age of AIDS. The resulting sculptures are featured in Kathleen White: Spirits of Manhattan, currently on view at Pioneer Works in Red Hook.

<em>Spirits of Manhattan: Kathleen White</em>, Pioneer Works, New York, December 10, 2017February 11, 2018 (photo Dan Bradica)Spirits of Manhattan: Kathleen White, Pioneer Works, New York, December 10, 2017February 11, 2018

Hair of all colors, textures, and shapes line the spaces second-floor gallery, including a nest of braids, buns, and other tangles salvaged from hairbrushes. White collected blonde curls and strands of straight a...


When Youre Nowhere Near a Terrain Park but Freestyle is Life TwistedSifter


Swedish freestyle skier Freddie Grann found a creative way to bring together his two passions: skiing and art. In this short clip, Grann spray paints his own terrain park, using forced perspective to give the illusion of depth.

Keep up with the latest from Grann on Instagram.




Reading the Odyssey to My Four-Month-Old Hyperallergic

This piece is collaged from the artwork of Steven Weinberg and an engraving series by Theodoor van Thulden (16321633), which were themselves made after a series of paintings by Francesco Primaticcio in the 1530s. Special thanks to the Rijksmuseum for help sourcing all of these images.

The post Reading the <em>Odyssey</em> to My Four-Month-Old appeared first on Hyperallergic.


T.S. Eliot on Writing: His Warm and Wry Letter of Advice to a Sixteen-Year-Old Girl Aspiring to Become a Writer Brain Pickings

Dont write at first for anyone but yourself.

T.S. Eliot on Writing: His Warm and Wry Letter of Advice to a Sixteen-Year-Old Girl Aspiring to Become a Writer

If you write what you yourself sincerely think and feel and are interested in, the great marine biologist and author Rachel Carson advised a blind girl aspiring to be a writer, you will interest other people. Six years earlier, around Valentines Day of 1952, a sixteen-year-old self-described aspiring Young Writer by the name of Alice Quinn reached out to T.S. Eliot (September 26, 1888January 4, 1965) by that point one of the most famous writers in the world hoping he might answer several questions about the creative process, what it takes to be a writer, and how he himself developed his creative faculties.

T.S. Eliot

Unlike Carson and unlike Albert Ein...


Meet Carol Doda: Pioneering topless dancer & friend of The Monkees (NSFW) Dangerous Minds

Exotic dancer Carol Doda held up by Peter Tork of The Monkees, and surrounded by the rest of the band (Davy Jones, far left, Michael Nesmith, left back, and Micky Dolenz, right) in 1968.
If you were coming of age in San Francisco in the 60s, you were probably swept up in a...


Four songs from Yo La Tengos new LP Theres A Riot Going On Dangerous Minds

Since their emergence as college radio and critical faves in the late 80s, Yo La Tengo have been among the most revered and influential standard-bearers of American independent rock music. Though theyve theyve been regularly releasing music of consistently high quality since 1989s President Yo...


Coursera and Google Launch an Online Certificate Program to Help Students Become IT Professionals & Get Attractive Jobs Open Culture

If you've so much as set foot in the realm of massive online open courses (MOOCs) a list of which we offer right here on Open Culture you've no doubt heard of Coursera, which, since it started up in 2012, has become one of the biggest MOOC providers around. Like most growing Silicon Valley companies, Coursera has branched out in several different directions, bringing in courses from universities from all over the world as well as offering certificate and Master's programs. Now, in partnership with Google, it has launched a program to train information-technology professionals for jobs in the industry.

Techcrunch's Ingrid Lunden describes Coursera's Google IT Support Professional Certificate program as "a course written by Googlers for the Coursera platform to teach and then test across six fundamental areas of customer support: troubleshooting and customer service, networking, operating systems, system administration, automation, and security. No prior IT experience is necessary." The global, English-language program "has 64 hours of coursework in all, and students are expected to complete it in eight to 12 months, at a cost of $49/month." This means "the typical cost of the course for full-paying students will be between $392 and $588 depending on how long it takes," which Lunden calls "a pretty good deal" compared to other IT training programs.

Amid talk of vanishing jobs across so many sectors of the economy, Coursera and Google are marketing the IT Support Professional Certificate as a promising path to gainfu...


Photographer Seamlessly Creates What Star Wars in Real Life Would Look Like My Modern Met

Star Wars Photography by Laurent Pons

Photography has the power to make our wildest fantasies a reality. With the fandom that surrounds Star Wars, it should come as no surprise that people like to imagine what itd be like if R2-D2 was bleep-blooping down the sidewalk alongside everyday people. Photographer Laurent Pons creates a world in which a galaxy far, far away is seamlessly integrated with Earth.

Heavily based in Paris, Pons places the iconic figures from the film franchise next to some of the citys most treasured monuments like the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower. Pons ensures that vessels such as TIE fighters and characters like Storm Troopers match the color and saturation of the landscapes they are in, which is integral in making these photographs feel like snapshots of real life.

Although the threat of the Darkside does loom, Pons makes the co-mingling of Earth and Star Wars feel more mundane than that. Darth Vader isnt here to threaten us; he just wants to take in the sights like everyone else. If they're going to stay in a major metropolis like Paris, however, they should also learn to park; were almost positive that the Millennium Falcon is facing a ticket based on the less-than-stellar landing jobs.

Photographer Laurent Pons imagines Star Wars in real life.



Richard Pryor, Timothy Leary, Beach Boys and more talk psychedelia on Canadian TV, 1968 Dangerous Minds

Canadian DJs Fred Latremouille and Red Robinson on the Lets Go set, 1964 (via Tom Hawthorn)

The CBC television series Lets Go, which grew out of a segment<...


Couple Defies Gravity by Getting Married 400 Feet Suspended in Mid-Air My Modern Met

Extreme Wedding Pictures in Moab Utah

Photo The Hearnes

There are many ways to say I do but few are as daring as Ryan Jenks and Kimberly Weglin. After getting engaged on a space net in Moab canyon, the adventurous couple decided to have their wedding in the same placesuspended net and all. When the big day finally came, Jenks and Weglin said their vows four hundred feet above the desert floor. The photographers, Abbi and Callen Hearnes, captured the extreme wedding pictures, which are as stunning as they are breathtaking.

As if the ceremony site wasnt unconventional enough, the couple customized their nuptials with other playful (if not terrifying) elements. While Jenks and Weglin exchanged their vows, their friends were performing aerial moves on silks below and walking on high lines. And in a creative take on flower girls, they had the roles fulfilled by BASE jumpers who plunged off the cliffs with 5,000 petals in their packs.

The gorgeous wedding photos convey the incredible energy of all who participated in the special day. It was unreal, Abbi recalls, I am so beyond in love with this amazing community and stoked to see everyones creativity come together for Kim and Ryan. Weglin echoes this in an Instagram post: It was so fun to be able to take the traditional ceremony of marriage and turn it into something so completely us, down to every last detail.

Looking for extreme wedding ideas? Ryan Jenks and Kimberly Weglin made it happen when they got married suspended 400 feet in the air.


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The Round-up: The end to obstacles Bird is the Worm

  Here is some very good new music.   Nicole Mitchell & Haki R. Madhubuti Liberation Narratives (Third World Press) This commission from the Jazz Institute of Chicago reunites flautist Nicole Mitchell with her mentor, poet Haki Madhubuti.  With Madhubutis poetry as the centerpiece, the music possesses a directness that does nothing to blunt the []


Western Music Moves in Three and Even Four (!) Dimensional Spaces: How the Pioneering Research of Princeton Theorist Dmitri Tymoczko Helps Us Visualize Music in Radical, New Ways Open Culture

Every musician has some basic sense of how math and music relate conceptually through geometry, in the circular and triadic shapes formed by clusters of notes when grouped together in chords and scales. The connections date back to the work of Pythagoras, and composers who explore and exploit those connections happen upon profound, sometimes mystical, insights. For example, the two-dimensional geometry of music finds near-religious expression in the compositional strategies of John Coltrane, who left behind diagrams of his chromatic modulation that theorists still puzzle over and find inspiring. It will be interesting to see what imaginative composers do with a theory that extends the geometry of music into threeand even four (!)dimensions.

Pioneering Princeton University music theorist and composer Dmitri Tymoczko has made discoveries that allow us to visualize music in entirely new ways. He began with the insight that two-note chords on the piano could form a Mbius strip, as Princeton Alumni Weekly reported in 2011, a two-dimensional surface extended into three-dimensional space. (See one such Mbius strip diagram above.) Music is not just something that can be heard, he realized. It has a shape.

He soon saw that he could transform more complex chords the same way. Three-note chords occupy a twisted three-dimensional space, and four-note chords live in a corresponding but impossible-to-visualize four-dimensional space. In fact, it worked for any number of notes each chord inhabited a multidimensional space that twisted back on itself in unusual ways a non-Euclidean space that does not adhere to the classical rules of geometry. 

Tymoczko discovered that musical geometry (as Coltraneand...


Walls Create Strangers Rocco und seine Brder mit Statement zur Refugee Mauer in Mnchen Neuperlach URBANSHIT

Im Mnchner Stadtteil Neuperlach wurde eine 4 Meter hohe und rund 100 Meter lange Mauer errichtet, um ein angrenzendes Wohngebiet von einer neu gebauten Flchtlingsunterkunft abzuschirmen gegen mglichen Lrm, so lautet zumindest die offizielle Erklrung fr den Bau der Mauer von der Stadt. Tatschlich separiert die Mauer auf brutale Art und Weise rumlich und symbolisch alte und neue Einwohner von Neuperlach voneinander. Das Knstlerkollektiv Rocco und seine Brder hat die Mauer von Neuperlach zum Anlass genommen, um nach Mnchen zu reisen und eine neue Intervention zu realisieren. Seit dem regt tagtglich das Statement Walls Create Strangers die Mnchner zum Nachdenken an, was Mauern mit Menschen und Beziehungen zwischen Menschen anrichten. Ps. Die Flchtlingsunterkunft, die hinter der dicken Mauer entstanden ist, steht im brigen seit der Fertigstellung leer. Absurder knnte das ganze gar nicht sein. ber die Knstler: Rocco und seine Brder ist ein Knstlerkollektiv aus Berlin. Rocco und seine Brder schaffen es immer wieder mit pointierten und kritischen Interventionen im ffentlichen Raum, auf ein bestimmtes gesellschaftliches Problem oder einen Misstand hinzuweisen und die Menschen so zum Nachdenken anzuregen. Fr mehr von Rocco und seine Brder besucht die Website des Knstlerkollektivs oder folgt auf facebook und Instagram.

Der Beitrag Walls Create Strangers Rocco und seine Brder mit Statement zur Refugee Mauer in Mnchen Neuperlach erschien zuerst auf URBANSHIT.


Barbara Hammer Refuses the Male Gaze in 1970s Photographs Hyperallergic

Barbara Hammer, Bowspirit, Hornby Island, British Columbia (1972) (photo courtesy the artist and COMPANY, New York)

Barbara Hammer is on a roll. She has a retrospective exhibition titled Evidentiary Bodies at the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art through January 28, she had multiple film screenings in the fall at Electronic Arts Intermix, the Japan Society, and the Museum of the Moving Image, and her films were the subject of a program called Lesbian Hands at the Anthology Film Archives in December.

Hammer is known primarily as an experimental filmmaker. At her screening at Electronic Arts Intermix, she revealed she had an archive of approximately 1,000 negatives, many of which had never been printed. Her book, Truant: Photographs, 19701979, is culled from that archive, and for an exhibition of the same name, Company Gallery recently displayed 28 modestly scaled black-and-white photographs from the collection.

The peopled images are exclusively of women. These images, dated as they are from the 70s, may remind us of the tail end of hippiedom a comfort with nudity combined with rebellious self-representation but in fact they offer us something more important. Hammer came out in 1970 and her work feels tied to her declaration of independence from dictatorial social norms, as well as her need to be an active agent in her own work of self-definition. If true personal freedom stems from genuinely not caring about what other people think, then there is real freedom from patriarchy in not caring about what men think.



Grete Schtte-Lihotzky: House Maker, Not Homemaker A R T LR K

51yOYzPiJvLOn the 18th of January 2000, Austrias first female architect, Nazi resistance, as well as Marxist activist Margarete Schtte-Lihotzky died in Vienna five days before her 103rd birthday. Lihotzky became the first female student at the Kunstgewerbeschule, Vienna, where important modern artists such as Hoffmann, Hanak and Kokoschka were teaching. She obtained her place with difficulty, following a recommendation letter from Klimt requested by her mother. Celebrating her 100th birthday in 1997, Lihotzky recalled that it would have been inconceivable in 1916 for a woman to be commissioned to build a house. Lihotzky toiled passionately at becoming useful as well as successful. She lived, worked, or taught in various corners of the world, including the Soviet Union, Turkey, Bulgaria, Japan, China, UK, France, USA, Cuba and Germany. In 1943 she was arrested and spent 2 years out of a 15-year sentence in prison for her anti-nazi activism, being freed only at the end of the war by US troops. In Vienna, she became the leader of the Federation of Democratic Women and eventually received the Architecture Award of the City. Her work ranged from socialist-style citys hous...


The Surreal Objects of Nancy Fouts Colossal

Everyday objects take an unusual turn in Nancy Fouts bizarre sculptures. Playing with unexpected combinations of violence and peace, the natural and manmade, interiors and exteriors, Fouts challenges viewers to rethink the categories we habitually place different objects in. The American-born, London-based artist studied at the Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College of Art. Prints of some works are available on Artsy and you can meet Fouts in the video below by Black Rat Projects.



Whitney Museum Launches Emoji Designed by Laura Owens Hyperallergic

Emojis designed by Laura Owens (image by the author for Hyperallergic via Apple Store)

Owens made this little-known series of sculptures in 2015, and they were included in her solo exhibition at Sadie Coles the following year. You cant really tell from the emoji set, but each real-world piece is about the size of a ping pong ball. In digital form, they still cast shadows and retain the reflective gleams from the real world, making for some really unique emoji ones that revel in objecthood and materiality. I like that they convey a sense of weight; using one seems to send a much more emphatic message than what gets across by deploying a smaller, flat emoji.

Available for free download in the Apple App St...


Everything You Need to Know About Hokusai, the Painter of The Great Wave My Modern Met

Katsushika Hokusai the Creator of The Great Wave off Kanagawa

The Great Wave off Kanagawa by Katsushika Hokusai via Wikimedia Commons

While most people instantly recognize The Great Wave off Kanagawa, some may not know anything about its eccentric creator, Katsushika Hokusai. Having produced a colossal volume of around 30,000 works during his lifetime, The Great Wave woodblock print wasnt produced until 60 years after he first started creating art. The illustration of a crashing wave, three boats, and the peak of Mount Fuji was part of the 36 piece series Thirty-Six Views of Mount Fuji, and lead to the master artist shaping the course of the Impressionist movement in Europe.

During Hokusais career, strict Japanese government policies prevented any import or export of goods, and also forbade free movement of its people and foreigners wanting to exit or gain entry to the country. When Japan finally opened its borders in the 1850s, Europe rapidly embraced Japanese art, especially the work of Hokusai, whose artwork fell into the hands of some of most renowned western artists in history, including Claude Monet, who collected 23 of the Japanese artists prints.

Who was Katsushika Hokusai?

Believed to have been born on October 30, 1760 (even he wasnt completely sure), Japanese artist, ukiyo-e painter, and printmaker Katsushika Hokusai went by more than 30 names throughout his career. Although changing names was common practice among Japanese artists at the time, Hokusai took the tradition even further by giving himself a new pseudonym every few years. His adopted names included Shunro, Sori, Kako, Taito, Gakyojin, Manji, and of course (as hes most well-known), Katsushika Hokusaia name he kept for half a century. Katsushika refers to the part of Edo (the former name of Tokyo until 1868) where he was born, while Hokusai means north studio.

Other than changing his name, Hokusai never liked to stay in one place for too long, and by the end of his life he had relocated a total of 93 times. W...


How a Blind Professor Is Helping Other Sight-Impaired Museum Visitors Experience Art Hyperallergic

Georgina Kleege stands in front of artist Elisabeth Higgins OConnors large-scale sculpture lullaby/lament (2017) with her right hand immersed inside of its mouth. The sculpture is made out of lumber, Styrofoam, paint, bedsheets, lace curtains, lace tablecloths, domestic textiles, paper, cardboard, quilting pins, string, twine. (photo by Gary Sexton Photography)

SAN FRANCISCO Over the past decade Georgina Kleege has offered consultations to art museums, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Tate Modern, on how to make their art accessible for blind people. An English professor at the University of California, Berkeley, Kleege recently published More than Meets the Eye: What Blindness Brings to Art, a book about how blindness is represented in art and how it affects the lives of visual artists. Kleege, who is blind and has been on many touch tours of museums, has long seen the potential for institutions to do more. The daughter of a painter and a sculptor, she grew up going to artists studios, galleries, and museums, and has advocated for such spaces to go beyond ramps and ADA compliance.  

Her most recent project, which she called Haptic Encounters, took place at the Contemporary Jewish Museum in San Francisco, and was realized in collaboration with the museums Access and Community Engagement Manager Cecile Puretz. For the exhibit Jewish Folktales Retold: The Artist as Maggid, Kleege developed six audio recordings where she relates the folklore that the pieces were based on, as well as describing how the artworks feel, from rough and sandpaper-like, to wooden and splintery. In addition, she invited featured artists to share models and materials of their art for people to handle. According to Kleege, this emp...


Former Painter Captures Stunning Photos of Magical Landscapes Around the World My Modern Met

Surreal Landscape Photography

Turkish photographer Cuma Cevik organizes adventurous trips to a wide range of countries after being inspired to shoot incredible landscape photography around the world. Bringing along curious travelers, they set out on photo safaris to capture the magical landscapes of each setting. Interestingly, it was an early love of fine art that brought Cevik toward his current profession.

Initially interested in oil painting, he instead studied to become a social studies teacher when the art academy proved too costly. It was during university that he took up photography as a creative outlet. Upon graduation, he began traveling the world to shoot stunning outdoor photography. He was initially drawn to landscape photography thanks to the rich nature he was surrounded by in the Turkish city of Bolu, and the pull toward landscape photography has only grown stronger as he has continued to voyage around the world.

Pulling out the vibrant verdant greens of hills and valleys, his landscapes appear to be straight from a dream. Whether positioning the sun perfectly to capture the dust kicked up by wild horses or framing wildflowers to provide a pop of color, the self-taught photographer has clearly used his love of the arts to help compose dramatic and reflective scenes.

Now, he organizes trips around the world where small groups of photo enthusiasts will have the opportunity to shoot imagery in spectacular settings. Jordan, the Faroe Islands, Vietnam, and Italy are just some of the trips Cevik is organizing for 2018.

Cevik Cuma transitioned into landscape photography after an early love of oil painting.

wild horses photograph



Christies Employee and Former CIA Officer Is Accused of Betraying Informants in China [UPDATED] Hyperallergic

A 2014 sale at Christie's Hong Kong auction house, where former CIA officer Jerry Chun Shing Lee was head of security. (photo by manhhai/Flickr)A 2014 sale at Christies Hong Kong auction house, where former CIA officer Jerry Chun Shing Lee was head of security. (photo by manhhai/Flickr)

Jerry Chun Shing Lee, the former CIA officer who was arrested on Monday for allegedly helping China pick apart the USs spy operations there, has been working as the head of security for Christies Hong Kong auction house. According to reports in the South China Morning Post and the Wall Street Journal, it is unclear when Lee started working at the auction houses main Asian salesroom. An unnamed source cited by the WSJ confirmed that he had been suspended by Christies in light of the ongoing criminal investigation.

Lee, who appeared in federal court in Brooklyn yesterday, is suspected of sharing the identities of CIA informants with Chinese authorities and helping them to neutralize the US spy network in China, the New York Times reported. The information he provided would have been instrumental in the collapse, beginning in 2010, of the CIA...


No Dialogue, Just a Beautifully Shot Video of a Woman Making Kimchi from Scratch TwistedSifter


A Chinese YouTuber that goes by Plum has an interesting channel full of beautifully shot farm to table cooking vids.

In this video we see her make Kimchi from scratch.




Developer Bulldozes Frank Lloyd Wright Building as Preservationists Rushed to Save It Hyperallergic

The Lockridge Medical Clinic in Montana (photo by Brenda Ahearn, all courtesy the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy)

The owner of a historic Frank Lloyd Wright building in Whitefish, Montana razed the structure last week, immediately after last-minute negotiations with preservationists attempting to buy it fell through. Designed in 1958 one year before Wrights death as a medical clinic, the 5,000-square-foot building is the first Wright-designed one to be demolished in over 40 years. Its owner, the developer Mick Ruis, has plans to replace it with a three-story development for residences, retail space, and offices.

Detail of the Lockridge Medical Clinic

The demolition, which occurred overnight on January 10, came as a shock to members of the Frank Lloyd Wright Building Conservancy (FLWBC), a Chicago-based nonprofit, and the Montana Preservation Society, who have been working together for over a year to save the building. Although unintended for private...


Wooden Cat Stacking Game is Like Playing Jenga, But With a Pile of Kitties My Modern Met

Wooden Cat Pile by Comma

Cats are often viewed as loners who relish their alone time, so youd hardly expect them to be in cahoots with other felines. But when you pick up a set of the wooden Cat Pile game, youll see that it turns the notion on its heador back, or tail. Created by the Taiwan brand Comma, the felinesposed in a variety of waysare meant to be stacked in seemingly endless combinations, with the ultimate goal that they form a pyramid-like shape.

Cat Pile is often associated with the classic game Jenga, although Commas creation is played in reverse. Jenga is started with the tower fully assembled and challenges you to disassemble (and reassemble) it brick-by-brick without toppling over. Cat Pile, in contrast, instructs you to start at the base and juggle the wooden teak pieces atop one another. No matter how precarious they may seem, the last person to successfully stack a kitty without it falling will be crowned the winner. When youre done with the game, the cats double as modern home decor and make a fun accessory for your desk.

One set of Cat Pile includes six kittens that measure approximately two inches tall by three inches wide by a half-inch thick. Each set has its own colorful sticker on the packaging. There are two colorspink and bluenow available in My Modern Met Store. We also have a verision of Cat Pile which has smaller pieces for sale as well.

Taiwan brand Comma has created a fun cat stacking game akin to Jenga.



For the First Time in 940 Years, the Bayeux Tapestry Will Leave France Hyperallergic

Detail of the Bayeux Tapestry, showing the coronation of King Harold (all images in the Public Domain)

The Bayeux Tapestry is set to go on display in the United Kingdom, in a major loan from France that marks the first time the historic record has left the country in 940 years. The 70-meter-long artifact, which depicts the events surrounding the 1066 Norman conquest of England, will likely be loaned in 2022, as The Times first reported yesterday. What remains a mystery is where exactly it will go on display: its temporary home has yet to be confirmed, although the British Museum is reportedly the top candidate.

President Emmanuel Macron is expected to announce the loan at the 35th UK-France summit tomorrow. While he and Prime Minister Theresa May are expected to hail the agreement, some have found it difficult to ignore the symbolism in the sending of an artwork, post-Brexit, to the UK that depicts a comprehensive defeat of the English. Macrons generous offer, in other words, comes off to many as a smooth mockery of Brexiters. Others have characterized it as a bribe, as a charm offensive to nudge May on various issues set to be discussed.



Why Googles Art Selfie App Doesnt Work in Texas and Illinois Hyperallergic

(graphic Hrag Vartanian/Hyperallergic)

Since last week, thousands of users in the US have posted images of their selfies alongside their more-or-less matching art historical doppelgngers, as identified by the Google Arts & Culture app. However, some users are missing out on the fun because of their states strict laws governing biometrics, which includes things like the facial scanning technology upon which Googles app relies. (The feature is not available at all outside the US, though there are workarounds.)

Google has not publicly commented on the selfie features absence from the app for users in Illinois and Texas, nor has the tech giant replied to Hyperallergics inquiries about the issue. However, the Chicago Tribune reports that the reason is likely that both states have very strict laws governing biometric identifiers which include a retina or iris scan, fingerprint, voiceprint, or scan of hand or face geometry, under the terms of the Illinois legislation.

Illinoiss Biometric Information Privacy Act and Texass Business and Commerce Code law covering biometric identifiers, passed in 2008 and 2009, respectively, require specific consent from users for their biometric data to be used for commercial purposes and stipulate that biometric identifiers can only be kept for a year. In...


Artist Recreates Gritty Details of Abandoned Buildings as a Rundown Dollhouse My Modern Met

dollhouse by street artist alice pasquini

Street artist Alice Pasquini transports us into a transitional world with her new installation The Unchanging World. An almost 4-foot-tall dollhouse is the stage for her work, which has been brought down to a miniature scale in order to visually represent our transition from childhood to adulthood.

At first glance, the 1:10 scale model appears abandoned by time. Yet, a closer look reveals the careful intention with which Pasquini has dressed the dollhouse. Viewers are invited to peer through the broken and cracked windows into the cavernous rooms, seemingly left to decay over time. From the dripping colors of the exterior walls, which also contain miniature murals, to the vintage peeling wallpaper that lines each room, the detailed work makes us ponder just what happened to this surreal spaceand who inhabited it.

The dollhouse is the centerpiece of the Italian artist's solo exhibition, also titled The Unchanging World, at Philobiblon Gallery in Rome. According to the gallery, The work explores the thin line between objective and subjective realitiesand the overlap between these dual realities where illusion, creativity, and gameplay meet. As children, we often play with objects that then get left behind as we move toward adulthood, the fantasy only to remain abandoned in our minds. In the same way, the dollhouse is crystallized in time, cluttered with the memories of what was.

abandoned dollhouse interior alice pasquini

The theme of the installation takes inspiration from the mid-20th century British psychoanalyst Donald Winnicott, whose book Play and Realitytheorizes that play is essential to our well-being as chi...


One Man Log Cabin Timelapse TwistedSifter


Built by one man, alone in the Canadian wilderness, from the first tree cut to the last floor board laid. You can learn much more about each individual element of the built along with in-depth explanation on the YouTube channel, My Self Reliance.




Cats Can Have Sweet Dreams in This Bed Shaped Like a Giant Fruit Tart My Modern Met

Tart Cat Bed by Felissimo

From minimalist cat trees, to cardboard cat castles, its clear that feline-focused design is in high demand. The latest design to pique our interest is the super-sweet, novelty cat bed from Japanese pet product manufacturer Felissimo, that looks just like a giant fruit tart.

Sleepy cats can enjoy curling up in the soft, 40cm (~16) crust-shaped bed, while snuggling next to handmade pillows in the shape of various fruit, including a jumbo kiwi slice and berries. Pets love sweet things and we love it when they look cute, say Japan Trend Shop, who encourage you to get ready to fill up your social media feeds with all the cute pictures you will take of your cat enjoying this bed.

If youre in Japan, you can purchase Fruit Tart Cat Bed through Felissimo directly. Otherwise it can also be ordered through the Japan Trend Shop.

Find more purrfect cat-related products on the Felissimo website.

Japanese pet product manufacturer Felissimo designed a novelty cat bed that looks like a giant fruit tart.

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How Atlantas High Museum Attracted a 45% Non-White Audience Hyperallergic

Visitors enjoy the reading corner in Painter and Poet: The Wonderful World of Ashley Bryan during the Highs Second Sunday program (photo by Alphonso Whitfield, courtesy the High Museum of Art, Atlanta)

For several years now institutional professionals, critics, visitors and stakeholders in the museum field in the US have been talking about how to diversify museum audiences so that these audiences break with the historical trend of being white and middle class. Its an entrenched issue. One of the most influential and frequently referenced scholars, French sociologist Pierre Bourdieu, with Alain Darbel, conducted a study of the museum-going public in Europe in the 1960s, published in 1966 in the book The Love of Art which sought to explain why the majority of visitors to the museum are middle class, while those who are poor and working class tend to avoid museums. This is still the case. In fact, the president of the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums has described the process of making more diverse audiences welcome as trying to shift an aircraft carrier.

However, one museum, the High Museum of Art in Atlanta, has recently found some success in doing so. In an article for NPR, Lulu Garcia Navarro, having interviewed the museums director Rand Suffolk, reports that the High Museum has recently had its proportion of nonwhite visitors triple to 45% for context, Atlanta is roughly 59% non-white. Their experience may provide a useful blueprint for other museums looking to accomplish the same.



BRIC Presents Reenactment, Where Artists of Color Examine Historical Reenactment in Contemporary Art Hyperallergic

Alicia Grullon, Battle of Brooklyn (3 Re-enactors and Visitor) (2016)

BRIC is pleased to present Reenactment, on view January 18 through February 25 at BRIC House, Downtown Brooklyns largest contemporary art gallery. An Opening Reception will take place on January 17 from 7-9pm that is free and open to the public.

This group exhibition curated by Jenny Gerow, Assistant Curator at BRIC will examine the aesthetics and politics of historical reenactment in contemporary art. In traditional reenactments, events like the American Revolution and Civil War are embodied by amateur performers using storytelling and props, all too often approaching history as unchangeable and absolute. Through work in performance, video, and photography, this exhibition looks at six artists of color who are unsettling cultural mythologies and origin stories, and who approach history as fluid. The histories represented range from the Battle of Brooklyn to the refugee crisis in Syria, exploring race, identity, and representation, and asserting the lived experiences of people left out of history.

The exhibition features work by Crystal Z. Campbell, Ken Gonzales-Day, Maria Hupfield, Alicia Grulln, Farideh Sakhaeifar, and Marisa Williamson.

Associated public programs include Coffee & Conversation, a Saturday tour and gallery talk on February 3 at 12pm; and a Performance & Discussion by some of the artists on February 7 & 9 at 7pm.

BRIC is located at 647 Fulton Street in Downtown Brooklyn. Gallery hours are Monday Saturday, 10am-6pm; Sunday, 12-6pm; closed Mondays. Admission is FREE.

To learn more, visit

Special thanks to DKLB BKLN for support of this exhibition.

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New Charming Mosaic and Tile Floors Captured by Photographer Sebastian Erras Colossal

Photographer Sebastian Erras (previously here and here) captures diverse and fanciful mosaic floors throughout Europe and Cuba, placing all of his downward-facing finds on his Instagram @parisianfloors. Erras began his project focused on tiled patterns throughout Paris, but began expanding outward as he noticed equally breathtaking floors in cities such as Barcelona and London. Included here are two perspectives of the sea-themed floor of the restaurant Le Bon Pecheur in Paris, a shot of a friendly looking crab and a fantastically rendered conical shell.

You can see a wider range of Errass interior photography and other mosaic-covered floors on his portfolio site.



The Vampire Happening: Probably the weirdest blood-sucking fest youll see all day Dangerous Minds

During these cold dark winter nights, Ive been catching up on some those still-to-be-read literary classics like Biggles Flies Undone, Wheres Dildo? and improving my vocabulary by watching reruns of Deadwood....



Record Low Temperatures Break Thermometer in Worlds Coldest Village My Modern Met

Living in the coldest village in the world, residents of Oymyakon, Russia, are familiar with freezing temperatures. However, this year, the cold has been exceptionally bitter, causing the tiny towns digital thermometer to break at a bone-chilling -62 Celsius (-80 Fahrenheit).

Each winter, the villagers in this rural Russian village (which has a population of around 500) can expect to face an average minimum temperature of about 50 Celsius (58 Fahrenheit) as well as up to 21 hours of darkness per day. While one may expect such extreme conditions to interfere with everyday life, inhabitants of Oymyakon bravely carry on with their work, school, and shopping (at the towns only store, no doubt)even if it turns their eyelashes into icicles!

Nestled in the northeast corner of Siberia along the Oymyakon Riverwhose name translates to unfrozen patch of water or place where fish spend the winterOymyakon is 6 timezones away from Russias bustling capital city, Moscow. Though the village itself is relatively remote, it is located near Yakutsk, a vibrant city with a population of about 300,000.

To learn more about life in chilly Oymyakon and neighboring Yakutsk, check out our eye-opening interview with photographer Amos Chapple.

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Bleeding hearts and lovesick slashers: Horror-themed Vile Valentines Dangerous Minds

A Valentines Day card designed by Dr. Jose of Camera Viscera based on the 1990 flick, Frankenhooker.
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The Psychological & Neurological Disorders Experienced by Characters in Alice in Wonderland: A Neuroscience Reading of Lewis Carrolls Classic Tale Open Culture

Most reputable doctors tend to refrain from diagnosing people theyve never met or examined. Unfortunately, this circumspection doesn't obtain as often among lay folk. When we lob uninformed diagnoses at other people, we may do those with genuine mental health issues a serious disservice. But what about fictional characters? Can we ascribe mental illnesses to the surreal menagerie, say, in Lewis Carrolls Alices Adventures in Wonderland? Its almost impossible not to, given the overt themes of madness in the story.

Carroll himself, it seems, drew many of his depictions directly from the treatment of mental disorders in 19th century England, many of which were linked to extremely poor working conditions, notes Franziska Kohlt at The Conversation. During the industrial revolution, populations in so-called pauper lunatic asylums for the working class skyrocketed. Carrolls uncle, Robert Wilfred Skeffington Lutwidge, happened to be an officer of the Lunacy Commission, which supervised such institutions, and his work offers stunning insights into the madness in Alice.

Yet we should be careful. Like the supposed drug references in Alice, some of the lay diagnoses now applied to Alices characters may be a little far-fetched. Do we really see diagnosable PTSD or Tourettes? Anxiety Disorder and Narcissistic Personality Disorder? These conditions hadnt been categorized in Carrolls day, though their symptoms are nothing new. And yet, experts have long looked to his nonsense fable for its depictions of abnormal psychology. One British psychiatrist didnt just diagnose Alice, he named a condition after her.

In 1955, Dr. John Todd coi...


Empowering Photo Series Explores Inequality and Discrimination Through Body Art My Modern Met

I'm Tired Body Art Black and White Photography Portrait Series

Today, body art has taken on an empowering role in the realm of activist art. Detailing everything from hidden insecurities to invisible illnesses, this medium has the power to communicate individuals' issues in a deeply personal yet straightforward way. For their series,  I'm Tired, socially conscious students Paula Akpan and Harriet Evans employ this approach to explore the ways in which average people face everyday inequality and discrimination.

Shot in black and white, this project features photographs of individuals who are tired of the comments, criticism, and unfair treatment that they receive in their daily lives. The dissatisfied subjects share their stories through text written on their backs, enabling them to retain their anonymity while still emphasizing their vulnerability through intimate portraits.

Most of the matters detailed deal with racial, sexual, and gender discrimination, though some revolve around mental and physical health, religion, and politics. Since Akpan and Evans created the I'm Tired project in 2015, it has brought ample attention to the problems plaguing modern society. Today, it continues to shed light on the lasting impact of everyday micro-aggressions, assumptions, and stereotypes with every bold and beautiful portrait.

Each portrait featured in I'm Tired, a black and white photography project, presents issues of real-life discrimination through body art.



PITR/Pizza In The Rains Ambitious Good Example Project in Chicago StreetArtNews

PITR x Polly Jimenez Portrait Of Octavio Paz

Some artists find a wall and meticulously plot out a single mural. Some grab some cans, find some walls, and cover them until the sun comes up (or the paint runs out). Chicagos Pizza In The Rain continues to impress with ambitious projects that dazzle visually while also have deeper meanings. PITR spent 9 months in 2017 working on Good Example, collaborating with Polly Jimenez, Roland Santana, Danny Sobor, Matt Wojtan, Crop, Kristen Valentine, & Joe Renda.


Ethereal Portraits of Women Who Look Like Theyre Straight Out of a Fairy Tale My Modern Met

Fairytale Photography by Bella Kotak

Inspired by fantasy and fairytales, photographer Bella Kotak creates ethereal images that combine sumptuous color and bountiful nature. Her portraits of women fuse flowers, gorgeous fashion, and picturesque settings, resulting in moments that seem plucked from the pages of a storybook.

Kotak masterfully composes her fantasy photography to be meticulously constructed. This can be attributed to her training as an architect, which is where she learned about the power of photography in the first place. Whilst in my Architecture course, she told My Modern Met in 2015, I was introduced to Photoshop and also to Flickr where I saw many young artists using the program to realize their visions. She started taking one photo a day for 365 days and became more and more obsessed with the technical parts of photographysuch as the lens, composition, and color toning. Now, one picture might take her months of planning!

Since last featuring Kotaks work, she has started a company with retoucher Pratik Naik. Called Fine Art Actions, it makes available Photoshop actions and color collections that you can apply to your own images.

Bella Kotak creates meticulously composed fantasy photography that looks plucked from a storybook.

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How Fashion Has Constricted Womens Bodies Over 250 Years Hyperallergic

Stays, silk brocade (17501760) (England, museum purchase, photo courtesy the Museum at FIT)

At the entrance of an exhibit at the Museum at the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) is a dress entirely made of plastic tape measures. What might, at first glance, look like a creative exercise is actually a work by artist Kate Chow, who intends to highlight societys obsession with clothing sizes and idealized body shapes. And, in one form or another, this obsession has remained constant throughout the 250 years of fashion history surveyed in the exhibition The Body: Fashion and Physique.

Upon first glance, The Body, which features 60 items from the museums permanent collection, might seem like a condensed timeline of fashions, detailing the ideal silhouettes and trends from the late 1700s to our time. However, as visually striking as the selection of dresses might be from a brick-pink brocade dress from the late 1800s that sports an 18-inch waist offset by a 31-inch bust, to an emerald-green sculptural ballgown by Charles James The Body is more than a chronological display of pretty silks, laces, and sequins. Rather, the exhibit stresses how, throughout the centuries, women in Western culture have been forced, even physically constricted, into molding to bodily ideals.


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Chekhovs The Cherry Orchard: Comedy or Tragedy? A R T LR K

51mFnGZ-AoLOn the 17th of January 1904, The Cherry Orchard by Anton Chekhov had its premiere at the Moscow Art Theatre. The play was staged by the famous actor/director and creator of the eponymous Stanislavski method, known as method acting, Constantin Stanislavski. The original intention of Chekhov was for The Cherry Orchard to be a comedy; yet, Stanislavski turned it into a tragedy. Despite the fact that, as remarked by Jean-Louis Barrault, the play has a relatively simple story line: In Act One, the cherry orchard is in danger of being sold, in Act Two it is on the verge of being sold, in Act Three it is sold, and in Act Four it has been sold...

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Motherly Love in the Holocaust: Edith Frank A R T LR K

Anne_Frank_Diary_at_Anne_Frank_Museum_in_Berlin-pages-92-93On the 16th of January 1900, Edith Frank (ne Hollnder; d. 6 January 1945) was born into a German Jewish family in Aachen. She is known as the mother of honoured Holocaust child diarist Anne Frank. When her survivor husband Otto Frank decided to edit his daughters diary for publication at the end of the war, he took the liberty of cutting some of his daughters more heated comments out of respect for his wife, whom she had a strained relationship with. Annes often resentful portrayal of an unsympathetic and sarcastic mother did however make it into most of the published versions of her diary. Her views were contradicted by the memories of those who had known Edith as a modest, reserved woman who tried to treat her teenage girls as her equals....

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Mathew Brady: The American Civil War Photographer A R T LR K

On the 15th of January 1896, Mathew Brady died in the charity ward of the Presbyterian Hospital in New York City. He was one of the most prolific American photographers at the time, yet he died in poverty and in a state of deep depression brought on him by the project he is nowadays most celebrated for his photographic documentation of the American Civil War. Brady was among the first photographers to fully recognize the cameras potential for creating a permanent record of important historical events. But he is also famous for his portraits, which nowadays serve as an important illustration of the 19th century American society.   

51rh4yeoWqL._SX342_Brady started his adventure with photography in the early 1840s as a student of Samuel Morse an established photographer, who, thanks to a direct acquaintance with Louis Jacques Daguerre, was able to introduce daguerreotypes into America. Encouraged by spreading popularity of...

Sunday, 14 January


Summer of Love A R T LR K

51SH3A7FE9L._On the 14th of January 1967, The Human Be-In, an event in San Franciscos Golden Gate Park signalled the beginning of the Summer of Love, which turned the citys Haight-Ashbury district into the centre point of American counterculture; the world that came to characterise this suburban union was psychedelic. Tens of thousands of people gathered for a spectacle which surprised the national media by sheer public enthusiasm. The festivals organizers, artist Michael Bowen and poet Allen Cohen (also the co-founders of Oracle newspaper), called the event a Be-In, a word-play on the sit-in protests of the civil rights movement, as well as those held at colleges and universities, sometimes referred to as teach-ins.

The Oracle announced on the cover of its 5th issue A Gathering of the Tribes for a Human Be-In, a joyous, all-inclusive occasion: A union of love and activism previously separated by categorical dogma and label mongering will finally occur ecstatically when Berkeley political activists and hip community and San Franciscos spiritual generation and contingents from the emerging revolutionary generation all over California meet for a Gathering of the Tribes for a Human Be-In. Music will be played by all the Bay Area rock bands, including the Grateful Dead, Big Brother...

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