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.
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 →
In the past it could take 30 minutes to get a table on weekends, the queue snaking outside or crowding the entrance on winter nights. Both floors of Hall of Fame Billiards, a cavernous pool hall in Bay Ridge, would be packed. More →
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
Revolutionexplores the impresario’s life and career in an exhibition
that opens today at the New-York Historical Society. More →
The first thing you notice about South Brooklyn Weightlifting Club is the quiet. The half-dozen squatters and deadlifters work in near-silence, save only for their deep, intentional inhales and exhales. More →
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.
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 →
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 →
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 →
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 →