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ACT UP Returns to Wall Street With Occupy and Others on April 25

On April 25th, and in honor of its 25th anniversary, AIDS activist group ACT UP (The AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power), joined by organizations ranging from Occupy Wall Street to Visual AIDS to Housingworks as well as other AIDS activist and queer organizations, will be staging a large scale demonstration on Wall Street reminiscent of its original Wall Street protests of the late 1980s.

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The Guerrilla Girls Get Nostalgic

While a crowd of roughly 150 people sat and chatted in the Brooklyn Museum’s auditorium last Thursday night, waiting for the appearance of the Guerrilla Girls, Christina Aguilera played over the sound system. “What a girl wants, what a girl needs,” she sang — lines and a melody that came as something of a surprise throwback. What year was it? Why did I still know the words to this song? And shouldn’t we have been listening to Beyoncé?

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Book Spurning: The People’s Library at OWS

When the NYPD — invasion-clad and riot-tooled — swiftly and forcibly dislodged protestors of the Occupy Wall Street Movement from their stronghold in Zuccotti Park on November 15 last year, they mangled and destroyed, among other things, the so-called “people’s” library, an impressive collection of books generously made available to the public on a barter-basis: take one, leave one. A Gutenbergian species of free trade, if you will.

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Is it Possible to Occupy the Homes of the 1% With Art?

In the Armory Modern section of this year’s Armory Art Fair, a work by Chilean artist Sebastian Errazuriz has taken the typography of wording of Occupy Wall Street signs and printed them as black lettering onto pristine white folding chairs. The effect was immediately disturbing but the artist’s explanation is more complex and intriguing.

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