Post image for Finding Light (And An Ode To The Ass) In The 2017 Whitney Houston Biennial

Seven small spray bottles labeled “Trigger Spray” and a packet of tissues emblazoned with “Your Feelings Are Valid” sit on a pedestal in a back corner of the Whitney Houston Biennial at Chashama. In a silly sendup of trigger warnings and safe spaces, the corresponding label for the work by Elana Langer lists humor along with the other materials. As it turns out, this isn’t just an ingredient in Langer’s piece. Humor is key to many of the all-women group show’s inclusions, which felt like a breath of fresh air with the doom and gloom of both the Whitney Biennial and the daily outrage of the Trump administration.

Post image for On Dana Schutz’s Open Casket: A Masterful Yet Imperfect Painting

Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, the blogz—if you can type on the platform and you’re in the art world, you’ve probably weighed in on the debate over Dana Schutz’s painting of Emmett Till. The painting is based on a photograph of African American Emmett Till, laid in a coffin. The 14 year old young man was brutally murdered in 1955 for flirting with white woman, his face horrifically disfigured in process. Earlier this year, it came out that the story was made up.

Post image for Some Real Numbers for Artists on the ACA Repeal

When I went back to school for accounting, I never thought I’d get an education in healthcare. But the Affordable Care Act (ACA, aka Obamacare) forced tax preparers like me into learning about our healthcare system, because most of the credits and penalties are reconciled on the tax return.

Given this background, I have some insights on what the new Republican proposal, the “American Health Care Act” (ACHA, aka Trumpcare) would do to you, me, and our federal budget. It’s not good.

Post image for Announcing the Art F City Goth Opera with Joseph Keckler! A Benefit You’ll Never Forget!

When: April 18, 2017, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Where: Collapsable Hole, 55 Bethune Street, New York, NY
Tickets: $75-$2000
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We are a people in mourning. A dark shadow has been cast from Gotham’s blackest tower, stretching across the land. We lament at its doorstep.

We, the nation’s bloggers, journalists, artists, and critics were some of the first to cry. But our cries went unheeded. Now we must paint our lips in the darkest of hues and adorn our bodies with the garments of bereavement. It is time for our sadness to be made visible.

It is time for a Goth Opera.

In an era when independent journalism couldn’t be more critical, Art F City will throw its first goth opera to benefit this essential work, featuring the rich, versatile 3+ octave voice of Joseph Keckler.  Like a black velvet hood, our event will instill an element of mystery opulence—all in support of independent journalism and the arts in 2017.