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Cotton Candy Machine is having their opening event for their new show featuring artists Jessicka Addams, Lindsey Way, and Lori Nelson on May 9th through June 8th. Cotton Candy Machine is an art boutique based in Brooklyn that sells original art, apparel, housewares, etc. from today’s trendiest contemporary artists. It was founded by artist Tara McPherson and Sean Leonard so they could share contemporary art with the public. So, do you love Goth culture and ... Read More
Tomorrow is your last chance to take part in the interactive art show "RESONANCE" before a wrecking ball knocks down the whole damn warehouse.There is a secret movie theater downstairs, a mud cave, a mirrored ceiling dwelling, a big-ass slide, massive fabric alter, a giant birdcage set up for a ritual and so many other breathtaking pieces.  Featured artists include:Jade BrandtBen BurkeMonica CanilaoMv CarbonNathan CorbinRobin Aurora FrohardtJ McDonaldOrien ... Read More
One of the most beloved holidays on the planet, Holi is a festival in the Hindu tradition that celebrates the transition from the darkness of winter to the brightness of spring with a huge dance party! Revelers get down to bangin’ Bhangra beats, nosh on savory Indian snacks, and most amazing of all, decorate each other with brightly colored powders that represent the virtues of happiness, love, and vitality. Here in New York City, NYC Bhangra and India.com ... Read More
Ahh, New York City: the original, glorious melting pot. Yet unless you make a conscious habit of touring the cobblestoned side streets of the Lower East Side or popping into the Tenement Museum every now and then, it can be easy to forget that the whole of this island was once a grimy, industrial, cluttered port. Well... okay, so it's still all those things. But it sure looked a lot cooler in the 1900s, no?*  Thanks to a collection of high-res images at Shorpy ... Read More
Visual artist Kara Walker – an epic, epic person, for those of you who don't already know – is currently at work on a new piece in Brooklyn. In a departure from her typically 2D projects, Walker has taken over the ground floor of the abandoned Domino sugar factory in Williamsburg. All to build this:   This 75 foot tall sphinx – coated in a thick layer of donated Domino's sugar – is titled (in true Walker fashion): “A Subtlety: ... Read More
Warning: This post may not be safe for work. “Scars, rolls, bones, big or small breasts, wrinkles all tell a story,” says the photographer Jade Beall. Last summer, we featured Ashlee Wells Jackson’s remarkable and powerful series of photographs celebrating the post-pregnancy bodies of a diverse group of women; Beall does something similar in her new book A Beautiful Body Project: The Bodies of Mothers.    Like Jackson, Beall struggled ... Read More
Warning: This post may not be safe for work.  The artist Sarah Best creates astounding replicas of the female body, using it as a symbol that tracks the human desire for connection and intimacy; severed from the rest of the body, her sculpted hands and a cut-out collaged breasts take on a life of their own, worming their way up walls and pages and sometimes tracking blood in the process. The work, though sometimes gruesome, maintains a pulsating beauty; as if ... Read More
The pin-up girl occupies a unique space in feminist history; influenced in no small part by aesthetics of Burlesque, the cheesecake images have been labeled everything from “subversive” to “wholesome.” In some ways, the pin-up was the first mass-produced female icon celebrated for her sexuality, taking the place of the more demure, pious upper-middle class ideal of Victorian womanhood.    But the pin-up, like all commercial images ... Read More
Spoken word is an incredible art, combining poetic verse and performance in a gutsy display of intelligence and emotion. It takes a true artist to stand behind a microphone and move an entire room with imaginative word choice and a punch-you-in-the-gut-powerful delivery.  From the article "Spoken Word Poetry: Hold Onto that History" from the Black Youth Project website:  "Visceral, in your face, in your ears, in your snapping fingers, and tapping feet, ... Read More
When someone says, "I have a special gift for making people feel comfortable in front of my camera," you're inclined to disbelieve them. We've all taken awkward school photos and family portraits. But when Sarah Deragon says it, it's 100% true. Sarah Deragon is the mastermind behind The Identity Project, her black-and-white photo series documenting the LGBTQ community. "Since we are constantly bombarded with online images these days, I'm so happy that the ... Read More
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