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Art This Week: Rebellious Black Girls and Creations Beyond the 9-to-5

Nichole Washington, “The Keepers” (image via The Untitled Space)

Rebellious Black Girl
Opening Tuesday, February 18 at The Untitled Space, 6 pm to 9 pm. On view through February 28.

Though the cultural landscape is certainly more diverse than it used to be, it can still fall into the trap of expecting people of certain identities to look and behave a certain way, lest they be cast off and deemed unacceptable. Artist Nichole Washington pushes against all that with her solo show Rebellious Black Girl, on view at The Untitled Space in Tribeca for the rest of the month—which, of course, is also Black History Month. Washington’s work is centered around photography, but with a playful, mixed media twist, mixing vivid pinks, purples, and teals with bold imagery of powerful Black people expressing themselves however they please.

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An Artist Who Defies Patriarchy Launches a Biennial That Takes On Immigration

Katya Grokhovsky in “Immigrant Ball,” 2018. (Photo: Walter Wlodarczyk)

Not many people understand immigration like Katya Grokhovsky. Inspired by her globetrotting and a desire to celebrate immigrant artists in America, Grokhovsky founded The Immigrant Artist Biennial (TIAB), an event series that showcases artwork by over 40 interdisciplinary artists who were born outside the U.S. but currently live in the country. More →

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Exhibit Lifts the Curtain On Legendary Rock Promoter Bill Graham

Costume worn by Bill Graham at the Grateful Dead’s New Year’s Eve 1988 show at the Oakland Coliseum. (Photos: Frank Mastropolo)

Concert promoter Bill Graham brought rock royalty to the East Village in 1968 when he opened Fillmore East. Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, the Who, Elton John, the Allman Brothers and Eric Clapton all performed at the former movie theater at 105 Second Avenue. Bill Graham and the Rock & Roll Revolution explores the impresario’s life and career in an exhibition that opens today at the New-York Historical Society. More →

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Art This Week: Unconventional Perspectives and Mao in America

Kristen Schiele, “Kites,” 2019, 29″x 32”, Acrylic, oil on canvas (image courtesy of Equity Gallery)

The Center Cannot Hold
Opening Wednesday, February 12 at Equity Gallery, 6 pm to 8 pm. On view through March 7.

So many variations in culture can be traced back to perspective, be it metaphorical or literal. The latest group show at Equity Gallery, The Center Cannot Hold, assembles 17 artists and six curators to grapple with the topic from all angles, and the variety will ensure there’s plenty of different perspectives to explore perspective from. How meta! More specifically, these artists are interested in what happens when perspective and spatial reasoning becomes skewed and illogical, resulting in landscapes and creations that break with most known conventions of what things should look like. As some say, they only way to progress is to discard the rules and norms and start anew.

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This Baker Makes Dog Portraits That Your Pup Can Wolf Down

Instagram-famous chiweenie, Tuna, celebrates his birthday with Anna Scala’s portrait dog cake in 2018. (Photo via @tunameltsmyheart)

Baking cakes for dogs was not Anna Scala’s initial call into the world of niche desserts. She started with erotic cookies. Her artistic passion drove her to create things that other people would not normally do and Pornolicious Cookies, the short-lived business that preceded Dog Cakes for Dogs, was the creative outlet she had been searching for. More →

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New Zine Offers Food Carts For Thought

(Photo: Maxwell Schiano)

Maxwell Schiano was leaving the Apple store on Fifth Avenue and 59th St. when he was struck by the glow of a food cart at 3am, with barely anyone around. “My train of thought just stopped and I had to photograph it,” he said. That moment inspired Schiano to launch his NYC Food Cart Zine project on Kickstarter. More →

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The Strokes Covered Talking Heads, Revealed New Album Date at Bernie Sanders Rally

(Photo: Daniel Maurer)

Bernie Sanders may or may not end up getting us free health care, but he did bring a free Strokes concert to Dunham, New Hampshire on Monday. And that counts for something, considering how much it cost to see them at Barclays Center on New Year’s Eve. At the Brooklyn show, they played some new songs and announced their first album since 2013; this time around, they kicked things off with a Bernie-appropriate cover of “Burning Down the House” and revealed that the album, The New Abnormal, will be out April 10. More →

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Project Parlor Reopens With Art Shows, Concerts, and Pinball

Guests in the front booth (left) alongside DJ TEK. (Photos: Nick McManus)

Bed-Stuy “boozerie” Project Parlor had its grand re-opening Friday after closing up for a month of renovations. The bar originally opened in 2009 under the ownership of Megan Florence and was bought from her in June of 2018 by former employee Rob Morrero, the bar’s music booker TJ Olsen, and law student Roy Berman, who was a regular there. The three co-owners all felt a strong connection to Project Parlor and that feeling was shared by the large crowd of friends that celebrated with them into the wee hours. More →