Among the cringe-worthy capitalizing on alternative lifestyles and incessant branding that permeates the fashion industry, it’s difficult to carve out a public forum to discuss the cultural, political and intellectual importance of what we wear. But the director and chief curator of the Museum at FIT, Valerie Steele is doing a good job as one of the few public personas who speak openly about the importance of clothing and adornment and her latest show on style icon Daphne Guinness.
Last week, Benjamin Lotan of Social Printshop stopped by Hyperallergic HQ to chat about his VC-funded art project that explores social media startups. Also, he’s been commissioned by the social media tech site Mashable to create a wallpaper of all their Facebook fans, and there’s still time for you to be part of it!
Laurie Frick has been delving deep into sleep, in fact she uses the data to create art works and installations that incorporate the abstractions that emerge from sleep monitoring and she creates rhythmic abstractions that feel sprawling and musical. The project is called Quantifying-me. Join us and discover a new depth to your sleep.
Join us on Tuesday, September 13 at 7:30pm at Hyperallergic HQ as she discusses her evolving project, the ideas that form the foundation of her art and the work she has created so far.
Former SpongeBob SquarePants lead artist Todd White’s slick website includes a section where you can keep abreast of “what’s going on in Todd’s fast-moving world”; currently, it includes clips about his various media appearances, side projects and celebrity [sic] endorsements. What you won’t find, however, is news about a curious series of back-and-worth lawsuits he’s involved in this month.
This week’s Video Column pick had me at the abstract flatulence. Kyary (aka きゃり or Carrie) started as a Japanese fashion blogger, became a Harajuku fashion mag model, launched a line of fake eyelashes and now (since last month) she’s a Jpop phenom. What’s not to love?
Washington, DC — “Dub poet Mutabaruka found it necessary to argue, in a public contribution on the subject, that the statue [Emancipation Monument], which represents a woman and a man, both nude standing in a pool of water and looking upward as a symbolic representation of the spiritual emancipation from Slavery, was ‘gay’ because the male figure did not respond sexually to the presence of the naked female figure.” explains Veerle Poupeye, Director of the National Gallery of Jamaica.
About a month or two ago, I noticed one particularly hilarious sticker all over Williamsburg that declared DOLPHINS RAPE PEOPLE. Today, our publisher sent me a link and my jaw dropped
At the New York Times Lens blog, James Estrin speaks to curator Alison Nordstrom, who is opening a major retrospective of Lewis Wickes Hine photographs next month at the Henri Cartier-Bresson Foundation in Paris.
The owners of BravinLee aren’t satisfied with simply selling art to hang on the walls. In a new initiative, they’re expanding their inventory to include art to put underneath the coffee table.
A British couple who bought a picture online for £1,500 (roughly US$2,400) may have scored a portrait of the Post-Impressionist master Vincent Van Gogh.
This week, hundreds of artists from all over the world will begin assembling one of the largest and most dazzling group art shows in the United States, or anywhere. Approximately 50,000 people will view the show during its week-long run, making it proportionately even more popular attendance-wise than the recent Alexander McQueen hullabaloo at the Met. So why don’t you know more about it? And why aren’t you there?
I know its naïve to think that anything is safe from advertising and branding these days. In fact, just two weeks ago Hyperallergic’s contributor Alex Cavaluzzo listed the top ten objects with unnecessary designer labels that included everything from the kind of expected (a Missoni bicycle) to the absolutely absurd (Cynthia Rowley diapers). While I shrugged off these items as kitschy designer ephemera, something about Ralph Lauren’s ad campaign for his new “dressed-down” label, Denim & Supply, rubbed me the wrong way.