A REVIEW OF AMERICAN PROTEST AT THE WHITNEY

  An Incomplete History of Protest looks at how artists from the 1940s to the present have confronted the political and social issues of their day. Whether making art as a form of activism, criticism, instruction, or inspiration, the featured artists see their work as essential to challenging established thought and creating a more equitable culture. [...]

TEXTILES PUSHES BOUNDARIES

Counsel woven into the fabric of real life is wisdom -- Walter Benjamin Today the world of art and design is confronted with a debilitating lack of knowledge concerning textiles. Architects, artists and industrial designers as well as fashion designers no longer know the materials they work with each day of their careers. At a time [...]

NARI WARD’S G.O.A.T., again

          This is the first time in the park's 30-year history that the entire five-acre space has been handed over to a single artist, and Ward makes excellent use of the opportunity. There are six main components to the show, including the title track (if you will) G.O.A.T.S, 2017, for which [...]

SILENT FILMMAKER LOIS WEBER

               Lois Weber was the leading female director-screenwriter in early Hollywood. She began her career alongside her husband, Phillips Smalley, after the two had worked together in the theatre. They began working in motion pictures around 1907, often billed under the collective title “The Smalleys.” In their early years at [...]

THE BEAUTY SURROUNDING RAIL

                In light of the problems with our subway system, State of the Arts NYC thought it would be good to see why New Yorkers care so much about our subways including our elected officials The official start of construction for the City Hall Station took place on [...]

BRILLO BOX & MORE ON ANDY WARHOL

In 1969, Lisanne Skyler’s parents bought an Andy Warhol “Brillo Box (3¢ Off)” sculpture for $1,000. An exact replica of a shipping carton for Brillo soap pads, Warhol’s Brillo Boxes were at first dismissed by the art world. But 40 years later, with Warhol’s reputation as a contemporary-art visionary long secured, the same piece sold for more [...]

WE WANTED A REVOLUTION: BLACK RADICAL WOMEN 1965-85

               Focusing on the work of black women artists, We Wanted a Revolution: Black Radical Women, 1965–85 examines the political, social, cultural, and aesthetic priorities of women of color during the emergence of second-wave feminism. It is the first exhibition to highlight the voices and experiences of women of color—distinct [...]

THE LEGACY OF HELIO OITICICA

               Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium is the first full-scale U.S. retrospective in two decades of the Brazilian artist’s work. One of the most original artists of the twentieth century, Oiticica (1937—1980) made art that awakens us to our bodies, our senses, our feelings about being in the world: [...]

AFRO-LATINO: A DEEPLY ROOTED IDENTITY AMONG U.S. HISPANICS

BY GUSTAVO LÓPEZ AND ANA GONZALEZ-BARRERA Identity for U.S. Hispanics is multidimensional and multifaceted. For example, many Hispanics tie their identity to their ancestral countries of origin – Mexico, Cuba, Peru or the Dominican Republic. They may also look to their indigenous roots. Among the many ways Hispanics see their identity is their racial background. Afro-Latinos are one of these Latino [...]

COLOR ME ALL OVER

             Born in the Dominican Republican, Vicky Steckel and her family moved to New York City in the summer of 1980. As a young woman, Vicky immediately realized the potential New York City had to foster her artistic passions and talent for makeup.  She landed her first job as a freelance [...]