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Gender Identity: Videos by Michelle Handelman & Kalup Linzy

I made a recent realization: discussing complex gender issues leaves me speechless. I realized that after about the 14th time I tried and failed to begin this article. This new manifestation of my ignorance comes courtesy of the MIT List Visual Arts Center’s exhibition entitled Virtuoso Illusion: Cross-Dressing and the New Media Avant-Garde. The exhibit covered themes of alternative identity, gender roles, and sexuality. I was strongly drawn to two pieces in particular, one of which was Michelle Handelman’s video “Dorian” (2009), the other was Kalup Linzy’s “Conversations wit de Churen III: Da Young & Da Mess” (2005).

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Earth Day Is As Relevant As Ever

On the 40th Anniversary of Earth Day, Fekner revisited one of his classic videos from 1981 titled “Toxic Waste From A to Z,” and has inserted a new soundtrack. While the original work was inspired by the environmental disaster that was Love Canal, this latest remix is part of an effort to stop a potential disaster in the making, Wastebed 13.

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RISD Goes Extra-Curricular: Black Sheep Projects

A recent art show, Black Sheep Projects, coordinated by two RISD masters students, Jason Huff and Derek Paul (DP) Boyle, seeks to help ameliorate the stress of graduation by giving the undergraduate population a chance to get some real world experience in what life is like as a practicing artist. Currently housed in a space on Eddy Street in the arts district of Providence, Black Sheep Projects is a recently formed alternative art exhibition. A 10-minute walk from the RISD campus, it sits nestled among the brick streets, apartment buildings, and trendy store fronts which populate this neighborhood in the mid-way point between Boston and New York.

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Review of Banksy’s “Exit Through the Gift Shop”

As a film, Exit Through the Gift Shop is funny, interesting, and quirky, but you don’t walk away feeling like you experienced a film as much as a really long DIY online video. Some parts are very compelling, and there are some real laughs, but the movie often drags, making you wish you could fast forward to the good parts.

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Happy 6 Month Anniversary!

Today marks the six month anniversary of the official launch of Hyperallergic and we’re in the mood to celebrate! In honor of this fantastic mini-milestone we have finally decided to throw a small informal launch party at Hyperallergic HQ in Williamsburg, Brooklyn.

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Art World Ikeas

A new generation of websites selling prints by contemporary artists are emerging as the Ikeas of the art world — they sell editions, from large to small runs, of different kinds of work, from traditional prints to paintings and drawings. At high volume and low prices, these sites make the most of their populist position: buying art need not be hard!

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Underpaid Labor at the Art Show

My friend was trying to convince me the other day that $20 was not an unreasonable amount for a museum to ask visitors to pay. We were standing in the lobby of the Whitney shortly after the Biennial had opened, and maybe I was having none of it simply because I was feeling snarky while remembering previous years when I occasionally got invited to the press opening or whatever. Or maybe it was because I’m basically a starving student still, while already well-advanced in years, and such amounts really are a significant outlay for me.

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Artists Go Hollywood: The Movie Posters

The impressive performance of Ed Harris in Pollock is the first thing that pops into my head when I think about the intersection of fine art and film. However, there are many more examples of Hollywood getting all creative and artsy … And so I say to Hollywood: Enough. Let’s branch out, diversify, and push our art flicks into some exciting new genres …