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How to Make the Most of #MuseumWeek

(Photo courtesy of Rose M. Singer Center, Rikers Island Correctional Center)

It’s time to stop putting off checking out the city’s great cultural institutions, because this week is #MuseumWeek. UNESCO is focusing on a different theme each day, with the entire week dedicated to celebrating gender equality and women around the world.

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Feminist Punk Panel Talks Zines, Radical Politics, And Race

Anyone who bemoans feminist discussions for being stuffy, crunchy, woolen affairs is not only looking for a swift punch to the nethers, they’re also dead wrong. A panel held last Thursday at the Brooklyn Museum challenged the Portlandia image of feminism and witnessed several women being their badass selves, see: Lydia Lunch’s impassioned spoken word about race riots and abuse, Narcissister’s short film in which she plays a topless Little Red Riding Hood who “rides” the Hunter, and Johanna Fateman’ trademark Valley Girl diction. Unlike that introductory Women’s Studies course you took as an undergrad, “I Will Resist With Every Inch And Every Breath: Punk Rock And Feminist Art” (named for the Bikini Kill song above) was pretty freaking rad.

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Brooklyn Artists Take Over the Brooklyn Museum

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(Photo: Nicole Disser)

There’s stuff to blow your mind for days on end at Crossing Brooklyn: Art From Bushwick, Bed-Stuy, and Beyondwhich opens to the public at the Brooklyn Museum on Friday, October 3, and will be open and accompanied by tons of related programs and performances until January 3.
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The Brooklyn Artists Ball Had It All: Crocheted Skulls, Foam Butts, and Padma

Olek's table (All photos by Liz Ligon unless noted)

Olek's table (All photos by Liz Ligon unless noted)

Chuck Close and Jenny Holzer

Chuck Close and Jenny Holzer

Olek's table

Olek's table

Marc Schiller and Sarah Schiller

Marc Schiller and Sarah Schiller

Nina Katchadourian's table

Nina Katchadourian's table

Dean Winters and Padma Lakshmi (Photo: Elena Olivo)

Dean Winters and Padma Lakshmi (Photo: Elena Olivo)

Oliver Clegg's table

Oliver Clegg's table

Steven Harrington and Olek

Steven Harrington and Olek

Adam Parker Smith's table

Adam Parker Smith's table

LE1f performs

LE1f performs

Amirah Kassem of  Flour Shop (Photo: Elena Olivo)

Amirah Kassem of Flour Shop (Photo: Elena Olivo)

Ghost of a Dream's table (Photo: Elena Olivo)

Ghost of a Dream's table (Photo: Elena Olivo)

Ghost of a Dream's table

Ghost of a Dream's table

Adam Eckstrom of Ghost of a Dream with Paul Outlaw Jen Catron of Catron and Outlaw

Adam Eckstrom of Ghost of a Dream with Paul Outlaw Jen Catron of Catron and Outlaw

Orly Genger's table

Orly Genger's table

Sweatshoppe (Photo: Elena Olivo)

Sweatshoppe (Photo: Elena Olivo)

Brooklyn Museum (Photo: Elena Olivo)

Brooklyn Museum (Photo: Elena Olivo)

“Doesn’t every day celebrate Brooklyn artists?” joked Manhattan-based artist John Gordon Gould at yesterday evening’s Brooklyn Artist Ball. Be that as it may, the decadent event truly put Brooklyn artists front and center (those that were invited, anyway), showcasing their works as table displays and decorations at the Brooklyn Museum.
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This Week, So Much Power Pop

We’ve already outlined a couple of worthwhile shows in our weekend events round-up (reminder: Death by Audio. Tonight. Speedy Ortiz, Roomrunner, and California X. You won’t spend a better $8 all year), but this being New York City, there are, of course, several more shows worth attending over the next week, a few of which are highlighted below. For more complete listings, see the B+B calendar.
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