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Jim Vockler Whyte's The Big Lemon presents a family with a dream, one that blinds them to the realities of the day. Overconfidence, self-indulgence and blind passion are all here, presented in a familiar cocktail. Have you ever had a great idea that's turned out to be anything but...?
A manifesto by Sable Elyse Smith, Shaun Leonardo, and Melody Crean. Printed on the occasion of their 2019 exhibition at the New Museum, the text from Mirror/Echo/Tilt documents the artists' examination of the language and gestures used to describe experiences of arrest and incarceration, and looks to counter culturally embedded conceptions of criminality.
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Author, critic, journalist and filmmaker Nelson George has been a cultural documentarian for over four decades. In 1978, while working as a young music journalist, he sat down with a "rapping deejay" named Kurtis Blow. Originally published in New York Amsterdam News, "Rappin' with Kurtis Blow" offers a snapshot of two young men at the forefront of the music genre that has come to dominate the twenty-first century.
The title essay from James Baldwin's brilliant first nonfiction collection, Notes of a Native Son, chronicles his father's death, race relations in Jim Crow America, and the 1943 Harlem Riot. The "fixed boundaries" Baldwin writes about in 1955—established by designations of race, gender, religion, and class—still dominate our society.
A Haunted House from Virginia Woolf's 1921 collection Monday or Tuesday tells the story of a ghostly pair searching the house they lived in long ago for their lost treasure, careful not to disturb the living. Woolf's story is beautiful in its ability to invoke life inhabiting space over hundreds of years.
Join us this Sunday for a story about perseverance, growth, and friendship. Actress and director Natasha Lyonne writes about her good friend Jennie Jieun Lee's path to becoming an artist—noting that in the end, our true nature is always there, waiting for self-care and respect to manifest.
The Black Box is by artist, writer and musician John Miller from Servane Mary: 2006–2018. Miller describes Mary's practice of marrying image to object, weaving her use of early twentieth-century women who lived as "charismatic outsiders" with innovations made in plastics and photo sculpture from the 1980s East Village scene.
Maiastra is an experimental novel presented as a series of scholarly articles on the history of Romanian art. The collection was written under the pseudonym Dr. Gyalakuthy. Gyalakuthy is a retired art historian from Romania, writing a final treatise on the plastic art of his homeland before time and the ravages of mental illness take him.