Post image for Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe Straddle NYC’s Past, Present and Future in ‘Paranoia Man In A Rat Fink Room’

New Yorkers are prone to nostalgia. It’s a byproduct of the city’s rapid changes and frequently traumatic displacements, which is why art addressing these constant evolutions is almost always relevant.

The latest project confronting New York’s transformations is Jonah Freeman and Justin Lowe’s Paranoia Man In A Rat Fink Room at Storefront for Art and Architecture. While gentrification is well-trod artistic territory, the show takes a fresh angle on the subject by representing, at once, the city’s seedy past, transitional present and sleek future. Beyond the city, the installation also indirectly but successfully points out the alternative space’s anachronistic placement within the open-air mall of contemporary SoHo.

Post image for Getting Organized: Financial Resolutions for Artists in 2017

As we enter a the new year, let’s take time to think about the priorities in our arts practices, and in our personal lives. You may roll your eyes at the idea of New Year’s resolutions, but there is evidence that writing down your goals actually helps you achieve them. So grab a pen, and let’s put some intention into 2017.

In my interview with artist Susan Crile about her eight year ordeal defending herself in US Tax Court, there was a lot of discussion about keeping records to prove the profit motive in one’s art practice. It brings up a good question for most of us: how are we doing on our own record keeping? If the IRS sent an audit letter tomorrow, would you feel good about the shape that your records are in? If the answer is not good, don’t panic. Here is a list of what you will need, and some thoughts on how to improve your record keeping going forward.

Post image for Applications Now Open for Open Space’s 8th Publications & Multiples Fair

There are few art events that are as fun as Open Space’s Publications & Multiples Fair. The annual PMF brings screenprinters, DIY press, and artists working in a variety of 2D and 3D media to the Baltimore Design School for a weekend-long affair that feels more like your favorite neighbors’ garage sale than an art fair.

Post image for Cate Blanchett Is Possessed By 20th Century Artists In Julian Rosefeldt’s ‘Manifesto’

Manifestos don’t age well. This became clear as Cate Blanchett, playing twelve different characters, channeled some of the most notorious artist manifestos of the 20th century in Julian Rosefeldt’s Manifesto at the Park Avenue Armory.

And yet, the installation succeeded not in spite of the manifestos’ irrelevancy, but because of it. The show compellingly reveals the universal drive to replace previous generations’ achievements with the fiery ideals of younger artists. There’s something reassuring about this continual cycle of rejection and innovation, as well as the inspiration viewers can still find within past manifestos.

Post image for Who is “Fuck Theory”? Find Out, Sundays This Month

We’re not sure exactly what to expect from Postmasters Gallery’s Lectures for the End of the World. The series features presentations from porn star/writer Stoya, artist/nightlife personality Juliana Huxtable, outspoken punk illustrator Molly Crabapple, and more. But none of these identity-centric artist/activist/writers will be speaking as themselves. They “will serve as live stand-ins” for “the pseudonymous philosopher FuckTheory.”