Posts Tagged Art

Quick hit: Fight racism and sexism in the art world

It’s no secret that the art world has something of a diversity problem.

Courtney has previously written about women in art, questioning the lack of gender equality in the art world and presenting some crucial ideas and resources for female artists.

And she has cited some grim statistics, including the fact that only 8 percent of the work that the Museum of Modern Art exhibits is by women. A similar problem exists for people of color and the art world, with some estimates putting those who frequent art museums at 92% white.

Yet there seems to be no shortage of talented, ambitious artists of all different races and genders who are eager to make it with their art, and an audience ...

It’s no secret that the art world has something of a diversity problem.

Courtney has previously written about women in art, questioning the lack of gender equality in the art world and presenting some crucial ideas and ...

What if dude superheroes posed like lady superheroes

For a movie about dudes with big muscles who punch things, The Avengers treats its few female characters pretty well. Which isn’t a big surprise, since the movie is written and directed by Buffy creator Joss Whedon. But the film’s advertising has featured Black Widow in the standard “look at my ass!” poses we’ve sadly come to expect for our female superheroes.

Artist Kevin Bolk was tired of this sexist cliche and decided to change it up:

Check out Bolk’s booty-themed trilogy of images here.

For a movie about dudes with big muscles who punch things, The Avengers treats its few female characters pretty well. Which isn’t a big surprise, since the movie is written and directed by Buffy creator Joss Whedon. But the film’s ...

The Feministing Five: Natalia García Pasmanick

Natalia García Pasmanick, aka Favi, is a San Francisco-based vocalist, musician, rapper, performance artist, and visual artist. Raised in a musical family, she grew up singing Latin American and Iberian traditional music like guaguanco or tonada carvajal as well as being classically trained at San Francisco Girls’ Chorus.

A mujer descendant of campesinas living in diaspora, she uses art as a way to voice her experience of multiple belonging. Through her art, singing and mixed-race identity, Favi passes between multiple spaces and makes music influenced by these experiences, moving between different genres and elements of music. Although she doesn’t call herself a political artist, she is guided by the belief that all art stems from a political ...

Natalia García Pasmanick, aka Favi, is a San Francisco-based vocalist, musician, rapper, performance artist, and visual artist. Raised in a musical family, she grew up singing Latin American and Iberian traditional music like ...

Sandcastles: Most beautiful thing I’ve seen all year

Because feminism is hard work. Because working for social justice is a slog. Because beautiful and impressive works of art reconnect us with wonder and with our humanity.

For all those reasons, after a hectic news day, we give you this. Sandcastles. They are made by artist Carl Jara, and they are absolutely magical.

Because feminism is hard work. Because working for social justice is a slog. Because beautiful and impressive works of art reconnect us with wonder and with our humanity.

For all those reasons, after a hectic news day, we ...

Two awesome upcoming NYC events

New York readers, mark your calendars! Here are two great events for your entertainment and edification, featuring an all-star cast of amazing feminist thinkers and writers.

First, a reading of Big Big Love with Hanne Blank at Re/Dress, October 13

You might remember Hanne from her Feministing Five interview earlier this year. Hanne is the author of Virgin, the forthcoming Straight and of Big Big Love, the one-of-a-kind book about sex and love for plus-size people. This event is to celebrate the new edition of Big Big Love, which came out September 20 (you can buy it here). Re/Dress is a plus-size vintage closing store in Brooklyn – though they also have some great non-vintage stuff too! I am ...

New York readers, mark your calendars! Here are two great events for your entertainment and edification, featuring an all-star cast of amazing feminist thinkers and writers.

First, a reading of Big Big Love with Hanne Blank at Re/Dress, ...

The Wednesday Weigh-In: Feminist art edition

Earlier this year, Courtney wrote about women in art, questioning the lack of gender equality in the art world and presenting some crucial ideas and resources for female artists.

At that time, she cited some grim statistics, including the fact that only 8 percent of the work that the Museum of Modern Art exhibits is by women.

Her piece underscores the need for more works like these: new feminist art pieces that are currently featured in a MoMa show on interactive design called “Talk to Me”.

To me, the belt that simulates menstruation is sort of ridiculous, but I really like the other stuff. And as Courtney pointed out, design tends to be a male-dominated space, so its great to ...

Earlier this year, Courtney wrote about women in art, questioning the lack of gender equality in the art world and presenting some crucial ideas and resources for female artists.

At that time, she cited some grim statistics, ...

Not Oprah’s Book Club: Pioneers of the Downtown Scene

I’m not going to lie. I am often nostalgic for a time in New York that I never got to experience. Pre-Giuliani, pre-cupcake mania and hipster bars, pre-incredibly-expensive-rents-that-make-creative-collaborations-tough. It just seems like it was easier to make things–art, books, salons, change, community–with good friends, back then.

One might argue that I am romanticizing, and indeed I probably am, but Prestel has just put out a book that does nothing but feed by tendency (as did Patti Smith’s Just Kids, of course). It’s called Laurie Anderson, Trisha Brown, Gordon Matta-Clark: Pioneers of the Downtown Scene New York 1970s. It focuses on how these three friends and collaborators fed one another’s work on performance, the body, the urban environment and found spaces, ...

I’m not going to lie. I am often nostalgic for a time in New York that I never got to experience. Pre-Giuliani, pre-cupcake mania and hipster bars, pre-incredibly-expensive-rents-that-make-creative-collaborations-tough. It just seems like it was easier to make ...

The lack of progress for women in the art world

Only 8 percent of the work that the Museum of Modern Art exhibits is by women. Only about 23 percent of solo gallery shows at top New York sites feature pieces by female artists. Women are consistently only 15% of the names on Artforum‘s, Art + Auction‘s, and ArtReview‘s annual “power lists.”

I was reacquainted with these baffling statistics when I sat on a panel on women in the art world as part of the opening of an incredible new show of women’s work called “A Room of Her Own” at Lu Magnus Gallery (also a part of the New Museum’s Festival of Ideas). I was invited by my friend Natalie Frank, who is a force to be reckoned with ...

Only 8 percent of the work that the Museum of Modern Art exhibits is by women. Only about 23 percent of solo gallery shows at top New York sites feature pieces by female artists. Women are consistently only ...
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