Cultural Fluency: Intersections of Art and... →
Went to the BRIC Rotunda Gallery a couple weeks ago to see the current exhibition Cultural Fluency: Intersections of Art and Urbanism. I highly recommend it - see my review here for Urban Omnibus. Very well curated to make for a real examination of the interaction between artists and their environment and how that affects their work/work affects place. It’s open till the 27th - get at it....
APT.en Gallery Presents:
Alexander Stephens: A Life in Pictures March 13 – April 21 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: The rise in social media over the last 10 years has created an unprecedented stock of archival material – photographs, prose, and histories of self-curation – that are too often confined to the interwebs. In the rare instances that this material is animated beyond the digital sphere, audiences are privy to a...
Community in Williamsburg, Brooklyn: 1970s and... →
Take a look at my most recent article for Urban Omnibus, a review of the film Metropolitan Avenue by Christine Nochese which documents the working class, diverse women of 1970s Williamsburg who organized to save their neighborhood through the lens of the community present in the Williamsburg of today.
Perhaps there's a Superfond Manufactured Gas Plant... →
In the context of new activity in the quest for the creation of the LowLine, which by design invokes the legacy of its higher, existent cousin, I’ve seen a few new and come back across critiques of the High Line as a misplacement of public funds, a gentrifying tool, and just one more addition to a luxuriated and Disneyfied Manhattan. While I can sympathize with some aspects of these...
The Ethics of Trespassing...and some tips on how... →
N.D. Austin and Ida Benedetto, the fine folks behind Wanderlust Projects, gave a lecture on the “how to” of trespassing and the ethics behind their work as transgressive placemakers at the Observatory Room a few weeks ago - take a look at my short recap for Urban Omnibus. Arguments for the benefits of trespassing do not make it an ethical practice. Indeed, adopting a...
Occupy Muppet Theater
A note from writer/actor Jason Segel There comes a time in all great puppet franchise productions that a writer must decide whether to capture the zeitgeist of the times or accept as adequate the already boundary-breaking assumption that puppets of varying zoological persuasions are respected as equal members of a society otherwise much akin to our own. I admit: I opted for the...