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- Between 2007-2014, 80% of MoMA's solo exhibitors were male
- In 2000, the Guggenheim had zero female solo exhibitions
- In the September 2014 issue of Artforum, out of 73 ads associated with NY galleries, only 15% promoted solo shows by women.
- Female art museum directors still earn "substantially less" than their male counterparts and tend to manage smaller museums with much less funding.
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Good work, nerds -- toy company Bif Bang Pow! has announced a limited run of Weekend Update action figures depicting everyone's favorite comedians ready to mock the news. They are available for pre-order for $29.99, including a Weekend Update desk for your play-acting of the heady days of the Bush administration -- though they will also reportedly be sold first at Comic-Con, where they will almost certainly run out. The bigger question is -- why SNL? Why isn't this a complete set? Why aren't there Baby Mama action figures? Where are the Golden Globes action figures, complete with awards for only Amy Poehler and Tina Fey? Sometimes, the universe is a cruel place.
In my career as a writer, I've worked for a lot of publications (yes, printed matter) that eventually fell by the wayside, either because I've been around for a long, long time or because I'm some kind of horrible bad luck omen who curses the pages I grace. In any case, read this quickly before I drive this publication to extinction.
AFTER DARK MAGAZINE
Launched in 1968, this beautiful, glossy magazine full of luscious color spreads managed to appeal to an affluent, 30-something gay market without being expressly gay. But the sensibility certainly was. Covers through the years included Bette Midler, Barbra Streisand, Dolly Parton, and Ann-Margret. I did a cover story on teen idols, as well as interviews and ultimately a gossip column about theater and nightlife. The magazine folded in 1983 as AIDS was hitting and the closet was no longer useful.
This was a glossy weekly listings magazine, which also included some great features about Broadway, movies, and other areas of entertainment. I did a cover story for them on the Tommy Tune show A Day in Hollywood/A Night in the Ukraine and loved reaching a literate, plugged-in market with it. In 1980, Cue was folded into New York magazine, which found its listings invaluable.
Marc Berkley and Matthew Bank founded this weekly bar mag (full name Homo Xtra), and I was regularly featured in it, and once even wrote some kind of wacky, autobiographical poem for them. Berkley wanted to bring sex and fun back to the community, so the mag included celeb interviews, gogo boy pictorials, theater and restaurant reviews, bar gossip, and lots of listings. In 2009, HX was sold to its rival, Next, which then folded it.
Founded in 1911 and most popular in the 1920s and '30s, this monthly glossy wasn't sleazy in the late '70s, when I started interviewing TV and movie stars and doing music reviews for them. It was all straightforward and kind of appreciative, for real fans. In 1980, the mag folded and we were moved over to Us magazine (later to become Us Weekly), where I wrote the music column for years.
TV DAWN TO DUSK and TV STAR PARADE
In the late 1970s, I got a job as managing editor of these two monthlies, both put out by Ideal Publishing. The first one was a gushy fan mag for lovers of daytime soap operas, and the latter was a sleazy TV/movie mag, with purposely misleading titles that made you have to buy the magazine to find out the answers. ("Cher Leaves Sonny!" turned out, many pages later, to signify that she left him to go shopping for a few hours!) As people got savvier, the whole thing was doomed and went el foldo while I worked there, but I learned a lot -- about what not to do in journalism.
SOHO WEEKLY NEWS
This frisky alternative weekly thrived in the 1970s, when it bristled with downtown cultural coverage and sociopolitical commentary. I interviewed everyone from Bruce Dern to Peter Ustinov for them, but I also did fashion pieces (with PAPER's own Kim Hastreiter as one of my editors) and breathless nightlife reports. I even wrote an exposé of the aforementioned fan mags, sardonically titled "I Made Farrah 'Pregnant'!"
I know it still exists, but before it was a Condé Nast men's glossy, Details was an essential guide in the 1980s to NYC fashion, nightlife, and music, edited by Annie Flanders and anchored by a witty Stephen Saban first-person column around town. I wrote quippy, two-sentence movie blurbs, as well as cover stories about Hollywood hair and Susan Tyrrell. It was magical.
From 1983 to 2007, this was a sexy magazine (mentioned in Cyndi Lauper's song "She Bop"), but with coverage of arts and politics to balance out the lustings. It was sort of After Dark Jr., and in the 1990s, it became more porny and less cultural, to make it stand out from the pack. I did a perfectly innocent feature story for them once -- no, I swear. Also: Christopher Street magazine, which I wrote a cover story about obsessive nightcrawling for, among other features. The mag gradually became obsolete and died in 1995.
This monthly rock magazine (1966-2006) also highlighted topics like TV and comedy -- basically anything that would appeal to the young, male audience. I wrote for them in the late '70s, interviewing married comedy team Stiller and Meara, among many other celebs.
Let me include one publication I didn't write for, but picked up, whenever it was convenient. A small '70s-era weekly, with guides to cabarets, theater, baths, porn theaters, and other recreations around town, Michael's Thing covered campy entertainment, but there was a heavy emphasis on sex that gave it a certain underground insouciance. It was a real kitsch rag, but very of its time.
New Album MR.GUWOP coming this FALL pic.twitter.com/DcA2mGZcSR-- Gucci Mane (@gucci1017) May 31, 2013
Paper favorite Ladyfag is bringing back her excellent, intimidatingly comprehensive Pop Souk Bazaar, which aims to bring a bit of nightlife culture and fashion to a daytime pop-up market.
Tuesday night a mix of media and fashion folks came together in support of a good cause -- relief efforts in Nepal -- at Acme. The fundraiser was in support of CITTA, an organization that promotes health, education and economic growth in developing nations, and proceeds went to support the charity's work providing assistance in the wake of the country's devastating earthquake. DJ Mad Marj was on deck and guests like model and PAPER Beautiful person Molly Bair, photographer Petra Collins and our own Mr. Mickey were mingling to the beat.
Special thanks to our friends at Svedka for providing the cocktails!
If there is one thing theater-lovers never get tired of it's the one and only Miss Judy Garland. This Monday a parade of theater bigwigs will hit the stage at the Merkin Concert Hall for the annual fundraiser Night of a Thousand Judys, featuring Garland's best songs and skits. Proceeds go to the Ali Forney Center, the nation's largest organization that aids homeless LGBT youth.
The bill includes Broadway veterans Michael Feinstein, Melissa Errico and Rachel York and is hosted by Justin Sayre as part of his monthly "The Meeting' series. We're particularly jazzed about the Judy artwork that will be auctioned off at the event and are previewing some of our favorite images below.
Night of a Thousand Judys. Monday, June 1st at 8 pm. The Merkin Concert Hall 129 West 67th St. Tickets are $30, $60, $100, $250. Tickets here.
image by Michael Wertz
Image by Maria Corte Maidagan Image by Mark Summers
The tradeoffs of being Aubrey Graham, enormously successful rapper and walking meme, are myriad -- when one moves from being an actor to a rapper to a social media phenomenon to a global star, one ceases to be simply a human being, and instead must rely on the skills of a philosopher to survive and make sense of the world. Sometimes being Drake makes romantic connection difficult, forcing him to communicate primarily via voicemail. While he can provide for his family and represent his city (while providing its perspective on a global stage), he is estranged from those things by his levels of wealth and power. And, while he may occasionally be able to joyously skip through the 6 with his woes, he may not quite be able to attain on a consistent basis the level of emotionally fulfilling friendship envisioned by Aristotle in the Nicomachean Ethics. Such is the concern expressed in a new, possibly freestyled verse Drake performed in Detroit last night.
At first, "Local Bug Report" was a place for fellow WELL users to trade remedies and stories about how to kick the flu that was going around the country at the time. But when Mandel eventually went to see a doctor, who discovered lung cancer that was quickly spreading, the thread turned into a riveting glimpse into a man grappling with illness, dying and death.
Paper co-founder and editor-in-chief Kim Hastreiter was one of the many WELL users drawn into the narrative, hanging onto Mandel's every update. When he passed away, she printed out the entire transcript of the months-long 'Local Bug Report,' which, nearly twenty years later, has been turned into the new book @heaven, for which she writes the foreword.
It's a fascinating, heartbreaking glimpse into how we deal with what happens to us next, as well as an inspiring early account about the possibilities and tightly-knit communities that have been birthed by the internet.
Below, we talk with Kim about her experiences following Mandel on the WELL and @heaven.
Do you remember the first time you went on the WELL?
It was around 1992. I had gotten a modem in my house, which was kind of a big deal for me, and in those days you used to go on the web through AOL. That's how you signed on. There were no web browsers. The web was a series of bulletin boards, sort of, and used complicated 'dos' codes to look at anything. That's how you got to the WELL.
And what was there when you signed on?
It was just a page of type. They had groups, conferences and topics and they were moderated by different WELL users who made sure the conversation stayed on topic. If people started fighting, they'd close down the topic. So this guy, Tom Mandel -- he just went by "Mandel" on the WELL -- had a health conference called "Local Bug Report" about the flu. I had the flu at the time and was looking at it and various people were weighing in with Mandel describing his symptoms. There was a doctor, whose screen name was "Flash," and he was telling him it was his sinuses. So Mandel went on a trip to Boston, and was feeling better and posted about feeling like he had kicked whatever it was. Then two days later, he was sick again. You could tell something was going on. He went to the doctor and the doctor said in passing that he had something on his lungs. And then people started really getting concerned. And it turned out it was cancer.
How did the community respond?
A lot of people from the WELL heard about it and there were just so many people following and offering to help and offering to connect him with various doctors and encouraging him. But then he found out it wasn't operable. He got really angry, and would tell people to fuck off who tried to lecture him about smoking -- he had smoked. And then he got really practical, and then sort of manic and then very zen. You were watching him go through these stages of acceptance.
Did you ever comment?
No. I was just lurking, but I was checking it 4 or 5 times a day. And it went on for months. It was just this riveting thing that totally drew you in. He was really smart -- a really special guy. His posts were gripping.
And a true community is building the whole time based off of this thread. Mandel ended up getting married to one of the Well users, right?
Yeah, this woman who went by 'Nana.' She was really there in the conference and posting a million times a day. Nana, a day before he died, went to the hospital and got married to him at his bedside. I didn't understand the possibilities of the web and the bonds you could form with people until I experienced this.
The day he died, I copied the whole conversation and put it on a document and vowed to never throw it away. I felt it was historical -- I had just witnessed life and death in real time. I knew it was just this moment and it was really important to preserve that. It was a diary, it was a community, and it was the web as an example of something that brought people together. I was scared I would lose it, so I printed it out and just made tons of copies and just updated and transferred the files every time I got a new computer. I was obsessed with keeping it..
And, since the book has come out, have any WELL users been in touch?
No, none. Colin Robinson, the publisher, had to get permission from everyone to publish this. So he was in touch with them, because these people own their words. And some didn't want to participate and aren't included in the book.
Do you remember what the final post in the thread said?
It was done by someone else. It said something like, "Tom passed away this morning. Nana was at his side and music was playing. This topic is now frozen. And if you want to get in touch with Tom you can reach him at Mandel@heaven.org."
@heaven is available at orbooks.com
Shock-rap collective Odd Future doesn't really exist anymore in any form but name -- its most successful member, Frank Ocean, hasn't collaborated with anyone in the group for a while, nor have Earl Sweatshirt or leader Tyler, the Creator. But, confirming the inevitable for fans hoping for another group mixtape, Tyler seemed to indicate on Twitter last night that OF was "no more."
The seven letters would seem to be "OFWGKTA," short for "Odd Future Wolf Gang Kill Them All." And it's a good thing that they're no more -- it's the motto of teenagers, not mature artists. (No offense intended to all Odd Future fans who are still raging teens.) Of course, Tyler claims he was just looking through old photos, and that his previous tweet didn't really mean anything definitive.
although its no more, those 7 letters are forever.-- Tyler, The Creator (@fucktyler) May 28, 2015
ALL I WAS DOING WAS LOOKING AT OLD PHOTOS WITH FRIENDS AND THINKING ABOUT HOW TIME FLIES, CRAZY HOW ONE TWEET CAN STIR SO MUCH-- Tyler, The Creator (@fucktyler) May 28, 2015
Combining rappers with adorable art is a tried and true way to make a good product (especially if Bun B's Rap Coloring Book has anything to say about it), but never before have art and rappers been added to one of the internet's favorite subjects: cats. Now there's a Kickstarter for a zine depicting the relationships of rappers and their cats (mostly because of how often rappers refer to their love of pussy). We'll let founder Alexander Duke explain:
In the history of western civilization no other genre of music has created such a magnitude of lyrical content about cats. From Kanye West stating "I put the pussy in the sarcophagus" on his "My Beautiful Dark Twisted" album. A reference to how he shares a love and respect for cats much like ancient Egyptians who would mummify their cats to be buried with them. To the more simplistic lyrics such as Eazy E proclaiming "I love pussy and pussy loves me." This zine is a celebration of rappers and their love of cats.
There's a ridiculously low goal, and unbelievably amazing rewards (including the zine and possible stickers) for yourself, your loved ones, and any Kanye lovers in your life. Do the right thing, donate today.
Remember when you couldn't leave the house without a well-meaning friend telling you to listen to Serial? "It's soooo good," they'd say. "You just have to listen to it. I mean, what a crazy investigation!" There was a time when everyone you knew was asking your opinion on whether a man neither of you knew had a committed you crime you only knew about because of NPR. Heady days, especially if you've already seen The Jinx.
In our new column, "The Coolest Person In the Room," we're asking our favorite nightlife pros (hosts, DJs, door people, promoters, bar/club owners, club kids, bartenders, socialites) to tell us about who they think is the one party person whose look is always on point, whose energy is contagious, and whose scene is worth checking out -- basically, that person at the club who they've got their eye on and think we all should know. In each installment, the previous "coolest person in the room" will pass the baton and nominate someone else.
Last week we featured Ryan Burke and he's been kind enough to nominate our next 'Coolest Person in the Room,' Queen Sateen.
Tell us about Queen Sateen.
Queen Sateen is new to the New York nightlife scene and is a performer/host and personality who has her own sorta entourage of other newcomers. She occasionally hosts for Ladyfag and Susanne Bartsch and is available to be booked for performances with her husband/partner in crime "Exquisite."
Each year there are fresh faces who enter nightlife for various reasons. Some only last one season while others are more committed. Sateen is on her second summer here and is already getting pretty well-known for her gutter glam style and having a partner who is a straight drag queen. The two do matching looks and bring great energy together.
When did you two first meet?
I technically first met Sateen in a club but I actually remember first meeting her on the street in my neighborhood. She approached me, which took me by surprise because I was out of face and really sick that day. She was like "you probably don't recognize me because I usually cover my eyebrows" and I was like "I don't remember most people I meet out in general..." After that I would see her all the time at Lovegun and 11:11 with her crew.
What makes Sateen stand out in the scene?
Both Sateen and Exquisite are unique as drag queens because she is a female and he is straight. I like their duo dynamic and the quirky looks they bring. It's always something fun with a lot of personality.
What's your favorite memory of her?
I asked her to be a face model for me at IMATS [International Makeup Artist Trade Show]. I was representing the brands Cozzette and Il Makiage. We had the opportunity to spend hours together in a sober environment, which gave us a chance to really bond. She's got a lot of depth and a lot of character. I think she's great and I'm excited that she's here.
The big event this week is the third edition of New Museum's IDEAS CITY Festival, running from May 28th to the 30th in downtown New York City. This year's theme, "The invisible City," honors the 1972 book by the Italian writer Italo Calvino and "explores the future of cities with culture as a driving force." Hundreds of cultural and community groups will fill the area surrounding the museum on the Bowery with exhibitions, workshops, performances and panels. Some highlights: a 100-foot-long conversation table running down Rivington Street, a Mayan ball game tournament, a mini food festival by Hester Street Fair, hot-air balloon performances and a talk with architect Bjarke Ingels, whose incredible pyramid-shaped building on West 57th Street is nearing completion. The massive list of events is HERE.
There are tons of IDEAS CITY-related events produced by other downtown organizations including Storefront for Art & Architecture, The Architectural League, The Drawing Center, Bowery Poetry Club and NYU Wagner. On Saturday from noon to 6 p.m., you can chill in a comfy room called "Plush" by Maria Lynch and Daniel Perlin or check out the pop-up "Foamspace" by SecondMedia, both at the Storefront for Art & Architecture.
"Mmuseumm Season 4" and its next door annex, "Mmuseumm No. 2," at 4 Cortlandt Alley, aka a freight elevator in Tribeca, open on Thursday evening at 7 p.m. They've got a full-scale re-creation of Maira Kalman's "Sara Berman's Closet,""Pharmaceutical Promo Objects" by Ryder Ripps, "The Cornflake Index" by Anne Griffiths, "Styrofoam Rocks" by Maia Ruth Lee and more.
Aida Mahmudova opens her first solo show in the US, "Passing By...," on May 28th, 6 to 8 p.m., at Leila Heller Gallery, (568 West 25th Street). The artist lives in Baku, Azerbaijan, and uses that country's natural surroundings as a backdrop, combining them with places "remembered and imagined." On view until July 3rd.
Pavel Zoubok Gallery (531 West 26th Street) opens solo exhibitions by Lisa Hoke and Laurie Frick on Thursday, May 28th, 6 to 8 p.m. Hoke's show, "Attention Shoppers," incorporates product packaging in a "telegraphic ode to indulgence;" while Frick uses assemblages of paper, wood and leather to "visualize personal data."
Jack Shainman Gallery (513 West 20th Street and 524 West 24th Street) opens a show by the Cuban sculptor Yoan Capote called "Collective Unconscious" at both Chelsea spaces on May 28th, 6 to 8 p.m. The works explore history and "the distinctive ways in which shared social experiences influences the individual." One of the works on view, "Immanencia." is a gigantic bust of Fidel Castro made from thousands of door hinges. Up until July 10. Also, be sure to check out the gallery's incredible El Anatsui show up in their Kinderhook, New York, space through September.
Kent Fine Art (210 Eleventh Avenue, 2nd floor) has three big installations opening this week on May 28th from 6 to 9 p.m. The first, by Heide Fasnacht, "deals with the demise and demolition of Las Vegas' Frontier Casino" that was blown-apart in 2007. Another work by Russian-born artist Yulia Pinkusevich uses "salvaged everyday materials" to make the viewer "see time as a construct, reminding us of the fragile, intimate relationship we hold with the Earth." And for the third, Dannielle Tegeder constructs a site-specific wall drawing. All are up until July 24th.
On Friday, May 29th, 6 to 8 p.m., The Eighth Floor (17 West 17th Street) hosts an artist talk with Alberto Borea and Lan Tuazon -- plus Sara Reisman from the Rubin Foundation -- on the topic: "The Construction of Social Space." It's a part of the gallery's ongoing exhibition, "Mobility and Its Discontents." Please rsvp to the8thfloor.org/#events, as space is limited.
Bitforms Gallery (131 Allen Street) hosts an "artist talk" with Daniel Rozin on Saturday afternoon, May 30th, 4 p.m. Rozin's new show, "Descent With Modification," is currently on view in the gallery through July 1st.
Summer's here, so head outside and check out the humongous work called "Fata Morgana" by Teresita Fernandez in Madison Square Park. The Brooklyn artist constructed a 500-foot-long work in six sections suspended over the parks walkways. Also, there's a work by Urs Fischer, "Big Clay #4," outside the Seagram Building (375 Park Avenue) that's 42 feet tall and derived from a piece of clay; and an installation of giant spools of rope, "Desire Lines," by Tatiana Trouve in Central Park.
And finally, don't forget that MoMA's annual "Party in the Garden" is on Tuesday, June 2nd, with cocktails at 7 p.m. and dinner at 8. This year's honorees are Richard Serra and Kara Walker. Tickets, if available, are HERE. You can also get tickets to the afterparty from 9 to midnight for $225 which includes a performance by The Weeknd -- who currently has a big hit with "Earned It" -- and a DJ set from Chromeo.
Your humanity is conditional, and if that makes you uncomfortable, you're doing it wrong. Maybe you didn't hear, but God is dead. And good. fucking. riddance. Except, for some reason, people won't let him go and it's going to destroy humanity. Everything you've ever thought was right or wrong, you thought because someone told you. And they only told you because someone told them. But how the hell could they possibly know better than you? Who the fuck put them in charge? The Great Big Dead Guy in the sky? Fuck that. Let them waste their lives trying to please others who exist and Others who don't.
Pretty good, right? Just give him a shot. Best case scenario, you develop a lifelong love of philosophy that leads to introspective, powerful, inquisitive thoughts that allow you to shape your understanding of the world, your place in it, and guide your attempts to be a good and fulfilled human being. Worst case scenario, you'll at least know what's going on in that Monty Python sketch.