Practitioners of modern hieroglyphics, rejoice! Our collective emoji vocabulary has expanded yet again, with yesterday’s announcement from Emojipedia outlining 117 new little images that we can use to illustrate our increasingly fragmented, misspelled, and abbreviated communications with each other. ::raised hands emoji::
What will we be glyphing about in 2020? Bubble tea and tamales have joined the culinary lexicon, as well as a trio of blueberries, a fondue pot with the Swiss cross on it, and what is listed as “flatbread” but could also read as a stroopwafel if you’re texting with someone from the Netherlands. New vehicles include a retro-style truck and classic quad rollerskates, because someone in emojiland has clearly been auditing my lifestyle. There’s an accordion and a drum-circle-type drum, for those who like to either nerd out or chill out, musically. There’s an industrial-style meat hook, which presages a lot of conversations about … . horror movies, I guess? Or meat processing.
Increased transgender visibility has also joined the emoji oeuvre, with a transgender symbol and flag, Mx. Claus, and gender-fluid wedding figures to complement an ever-expanding vocabulary of nonbinary emojis.
Extinct or threatened animals seem to be on trend, as well, and emojiland welcomes the Dodo Bird, the noble Bison, the wooly mammoth, and a polar bear and baby seal to the fold. If that makes you feel some kind of way, consider the new expression, which is a smiling face crying a single tear. We all been there, emoji-bro. Some of us live here. If you feel the need to go incognito, an emoji face disguised in Groucho Marx glasses and ’stache is also available.
With all the new ways to talk to each other without actually having to talk, it’s hard to pick a favorite, but I’m going to back the plunger emoji, with a shoutout to anatomical heart and lungs, and a Russian nesting doll that makes me think Natasha Leon must have pulled some strings behind the emoji scenes. For most confusing emoji, I’m going with the potted house plant, the labia-and-clitoral design of which indicates to me that 2020 will see pubic hair trending back toward full bush. For emoji most likely to be used to imply a penis, the similarly genitally-evocative “wood” has really blown the competition away this year. I guess you could pair it with the new beaver emoji to paint a more complete picture, but I’m not sure what else we’re supposed to do with wood, really. For questionable cultural tropes, gonna have to go with “pinched fingers” Italian hand and ninja — which will likely not stop me from using either.
I suppose we should take it as an encouraging sign that 2020 has not been heralded with a dumpster fire emoji, although it seems like it might come in handy. I’m personally still waiting for “old man yells at cloud” emoji, which could rightfully accompany 90% of my cultural input. Til’ next time, keep on glyphing!
Goya’s Coded Love Letter to the Duchess of Alba
Goya neatly clothes himself in his own world of fantasy: He will have her in the end. In life, where the climate is much chillier, it was, alas, to be otherwise.
Witches Take Over Westchester
Bowen’s multimedia art is an alchemical mix of the sensuous and arcane, and it is more than a little witchy.
The Public Theater Explores the Hurricane Katrina Diaspora in shadow/land
Written by Erika Dickerson-Despenza and directed by Candis C. Jones, this lyrical meditation on legacy, erotic fugitivity, and self-determination is on view in NYC.
14 Art Books and Catalogues We’re Reading This Month
Anthologies and catalogues on feminist art in Latin America, Native mound building, Armenian photography, and more are on our reading list.
Saudi Arabia Announces $1M “Freedom of Expression” Art Award
Kanye West, Roman Polanski, and Carl Andre are among the shortlisted artists.
The Rubin Museum Presents Death Is Not the End
Tibetan Buddhist and Christian works of art made across 12 centuries explore death, the afterlife, and the desire to continue to exist. On view in NYC.
British Museum Offers Greece “Exclusive NFT” of the Parthenon Marbles
“With the power of blockchain technology, there will be no question who the real owner is,” said a British Museum spokesperson.
MoMA to Co-Curate Exhibition With NYPD
Arrest Me, Daddy hopes to cast a more positive light on the work of law enforcement officers.
When I Am Empty Please Dispose of Me Properly
Ayanna Dozier, Ilana Harris-Babou, Meena Hasan, Lucia Hierro, Catherine Opie, Chuck Ramirez, and Pacifico Silano explore the myths of the American Dream at Brooklyn’s BRIC House.
Repatriation-Inspired Fragrance Line Hopes to Heal Collector Wounds
The exotic scents of the Rapatriement line offer solace and joy to dismayed collectors who were forced to return looted artifacts.
Mediocre Painting Thought AI-Generated Revealed as Work of Real Artist
Visitors who spoke to Hyperallergic said they were “horrified” to learn that a human could come up with such a banal and poorly executed artwork.
Pratt’s 2023 Fine Arts MFA Thesis Exhibition Is On View in Brooklyn
The two-part exhibition features the work of 41 graduating artists across disciplines, including painting, sculpture, printmaking, and integrated practices.
Prince Harry to Star in New Van Gogh Biopic
The estranged prince said he took the role to raise awareness of mental health issues.
Newly Discovered Trove of Vermeer Works Reveals He Painted Mainly Dogs
A cache of 243 paintings found in an English castle, all depicting canine subjects, suggests Vermeer’s true aspiration was to become a dog portraitist.
I am glad to see some thought to wild animal population but you need to visit more FB and YouTube chats associated with Zoos. You’ll find people all around the world have become aware of and care about Giraffes, Hippos African and Asian Elephants, Sumatran Tigers and other species. There are so many more the emotions associated with these endangered animals goes from the awe of newborn cuteness to prayer for the sick,animal and Zoo Keepers, to anger at poachers and take over of lands where the animals live. We also talk about their diet such as Alfalfa. lettuce. carrots and grain, fruits and meat. When you’re sharing thoughts and emotions on these social formats a picture is worth a lot of words that you don’t have room to spell out. So, thank you and keep on building the useful emoji library! Oh, one other thing. As a person grows more mature it’s hard to see what those tiny pics are so it would be most helpful if they would enlarge when the curser hovers over it!
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