June/July 2019

Posthuman Design: Creatures: When Species Meet at the Contemporary Arts Center

June 30th, 2019  |  by  |  published in *, June/July 2019

Posthuman Design: Creatures: When Species Meet at the Contemporary Arts Center

Creatures: When Species Meet locates creative processes less in the imagination of singular artists than in the encounter between living things, their negotiation of each other’s habits and desires through media both traditional and emergent. As the show catalogs those processes, it disrupts humanist views of nonhuman animals, defending against their reduction to symbols within […]

Hilna Af Klint at The Guggenheim: Metaphysics as it Patrols Mortality’s Borders

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Hilna Af Klint at The Guggenheim: Metaphysics as it Patrols Mortality’s Borders

The Guggenheim’s spring retrospective of the seminal Swedish painter, Hilma Af Klint, has, naturally, evoked a multitude of art critics and visual culture scholars who laud her radical abstraction which, at the beginning of the 20th century, preceded Kandinsky, Malevich, Mondrian. Yet, where much attention has been given to the symbology and motifs riddling Klint’s […]

The Laughter of the Unconscious

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The Laughter of the Unconscious

It was 1957 when “nudity for nudity’s sake” in cinema became a point for deliberation: the court case, Excelsior Pictures v. New York Board of Regents, hinged whether the display of onscreen nudity in Garden of Eden (dir. Max Nosseck), a “ludicrous nudist colony picture,” was legally obscene. Garden of Eden was distributed by Excelsior […]

Yvonne van Eijden at Askew Gallery

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Yvonne van Eijden at Askew Gallery

Yvonne van Eijden Yvonne van Eijden was born June 6,1956 in Oisterwijk, the Netherlands. She received her art education at the Free Academy, The Hague, The Netherlands, and at Three Schools of Art, Toronto, Canada. She came to the USA in 2000 and developed a very strong connection with the land and its people.  Yvonne […]

Off Ludlow Gallery: A Pop Up on Ormond Street in Clifton

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Off Ludlow Gallery:  A Pop Up on Ormond Street in Clifton

On the corner of Ludlow Ave. and Ormond Street is Gaslight Bar and Grill and down the street, there used to be the Clifton Post Office. Now, the Post Office has turned into Off Ludlow Gallery, a pop-up gallery and small space of 592-square- feet for artists to display their work as well as host […]

Isabella Hammad’s “The Parisian”

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Isabella Hammad’s “The Parisian”, is yet another debut novel this year of astonishing power and grace.  Set partly in France and mostly in Palestine before the implementation of The Balfour Declaration, which created The State of Israel and presumably a Palestinian state, Hammad’s created, in her narrator Midhat Kamal, a truly memorable partly Baudelaireian Parisian […]

Ocean Vuong’s “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous”

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Ocean Vuong is a young Vietnamese-American, whose first collection of poetry was widely acclaimed, and whose first novel, “On Earth We’re Briefly Gorgeous”, deserves the same praise for this debut novel, which is often painfully moving, poignant, and often even raw.  Written as a letter to his mother, whom he calls “Ma”, who also doesn’t […]

Nell Freudenberger’s “Lost and Wanted”

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I wish I could figure out who the intended audience for Nell Freudenberger’s very bad novel “Lost and Wanted” is supposed to be, but am unable to do so.  Perhaps it’s some kind of millennial fairy tale, quasi-feminist academic parable or diversity handbook or some such.  Freudenberger has written several first rate novels to date, […]