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What is it like for a woman artist to self-expose? A roundtable at New York University’s Performance Studies Department last week gave some insider insight into the bravery and vulnerability that explicit feminist performance art requires.

Moderated by Performance Studies Professor Barbara Browning, Baring It: Self-Exposure In Feminist Performance brought together two performance artists of different generations–outspoken stalwart Karen Finley and mannequin-masked Narcissister. The panel was organized in conjunction with the Grey Art Gallery’s exhibition A Feast of Astonishments: Charlotte Moorman and the Avant-Garde, 1960s-1980s. No stranger to public nudity herself, Moorman acted as a historical foremother for the two performers as they delved into their own use of the body.

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When AFC launched in 2005, the internet was a totally different beast. Blogs were the little guy, out to upset the corporate media and democratize web content. And we succeeded! But fast-forward to 2016, and “user generated content” is what’s doled out to us by Facebook’s algorithms.

As Facebook continually tweaks its content-prioritization metrics, you’ve probably noticed less and less posts from small publishers like us. Instead, you’re likely to see trending stories about the Kardashians, paid content, and family members fighting about the election. Or worse, baby photos.

Thankfully, there’s a simple way to keep abreast of content such as our daily curated links (much better than Facebook’s!), features, weekly events listings, artist opportunities, commissioned projects including our IMG MGMT series and so much more. Simply visit our Facebook page, rollover the “Like” button, and select “See First” in the newsfeed options (see GIF above!).

We promise prioritizing independent art criticism will make your social media experience exponentially more rewarding. And it will make our days more rewarding—we work hard to bring you the best, weirdest, and/or most relevant stories from the art world and internet. We want to make sure you see them!

Post image for This Week’s Must-See Art Events: Manicures for the Post-Apocalypse

Finally, a week in New York City where there’s at least one totally worthwhile, low-key art event every night without too many #FOMO -inducing major scheduling conflicts. We’ve picked out the best of the best, including such different activities as a pop-up opening party at Babycastles with a Kawaii nail art bar on Monday night and an artist talk from painter Keltie Ferris at the New York Studio School on Tuesday.

Wednesday, check out Lauren Marsolier’s suburban surrealestate at Galerie Richard, and Thursday night head to the West SoHo zone for solo shows from Sam McKinniss and Philip Vanderhyden at Team Gallery and Mumbo’s Outfit, respectively. Friday gets a little more hectic, with an exhibition of the late, great Tetsumi Kudo’s work at Andrea Rosen, an architectural “performance” from Gabrielle Mertz at the LES’s former PS160, and a group show about intimacy and craft at 315 Gallery in Brooklyn.

Saturday, two group shows open in a former Pfizer plant on Flushing Ave (where we expect artists to take full advantage of the post-industrial setting) and Sunday Pierogi has a solo show of drawings by John O’Connor. What a good week, and just think—you’ll have bomb nails for all of it.