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Tuesday, September 5th
NSFW: Female Gaze – $17.50 M-F before 1/$19.50 M-F after 1/$20.50 Sat and Sunday
Museum of Sex
233 Fifth Avenue (@ 27th Street)
New York, NY 10016
The exhibition co-created by the Museum of Sex and VICE Media’s Creators is a look into the power of the female gaze, and a reclamation of the narrative about women’s bodies. The title is a play on the typical association made between nude bodies and overt sexuality, and the problematic nature of it. Twenty-five emerging female artists present their work that sits at the crossroads of identification, personal narrative, style, genre, and theme. Mediums include textiles, photography, painting, GIFs, and social media posts.
Wednesday, September 6th
Art and Activism – Free
6:30 pm – 8:30 pm
333 West 23rd Street
New York, NY 10011
Art and activism go hand-in-hand, and in our current sociopolitical climate, there’s nothing more important than supporting the arts. Billed as “an archive of our times and a projection of possible futures,” SVA’s Art and Activism is offering a night of interdisciplinary, cross-medium work made in the shadow of a surge in nationalism, racism, and xenophobia. Presenters include Nancy Giles, comedian, news commentator, and member of the CBS News Sunday Morning show, Steve Brodner, satirical illustrator featured in high-profile print since the 1970s, and Ed Woodham, an artist, educator, and civic interventionist that works in a variety of mediums and focuses intently on involving his community in his art. It’s free, it’s relevant, and it’ll expand upon the close relationship between art and activism—maybe you’ll even be inspired to take some artistic action yourself.
Friday, September 8th
Sanctuary and synonyms at SOHO20 – Free
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
56 Bogart Street
Brooklyn, NY 11206
Head to SOHO20 for a dual opening reception for two fantastic female artists that also marks the reopening of the gallery, as it was closed for the summer. Darla Bjork’s Sanctuary is a lesson in anxiety and the soothing of it (bright, harsh dashes of paint invoke post-election anxieties, but through the eyes of Bjork, who is psychiatrist) while Camila Cañeque’s synonyms is a non-human representation of inaction—a concrete pool filled with water. Both exhibitions promise to help viewers engage with complex emotions and work through some intense feelings—because that’s why art exists, isn’t it?
The History of the Future – Steampunk, Spacesuits, and Beyond – $10
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
702 Union Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Nothing says artsy Brooklyn hipster like an affinity for steampunk, so if you’re curious as to why the guy at your coffee shop is wearing a monocle, and what draws us to the science fiction of the Victorian age, check out this speaker series. You’ll learn about the scientific advances made in the style of steampunk, how futurists imagined utopias both here and on Mars, and how a Brooklyn costume maker is helping to design the next advancement in space gloves for NASA. Steampunk–where fashion, science, and the slight absurd converge.
Saturday, September 9th
Michael Alan Residency at Avant Garde LES – Free
319 Grand Street
New York, NY 10002
Michael Alan is an iconic NYC-based figurative fine art abstractionist whose work transcends time and space through colorful pieces of organized chaos. Much of his work consist of neon body painting, trippy visual installations, and chaotic, crammed line drawings of figures. Avant Garde LES is a concept shop where Michael will be residing for the entire month of September and creating pieces of art in various styles and mediums. Head there to view some incredibly detailed psychedelic art, as well as purchase his work produced on miniature baseball cards, shirts, and more.
Sunday, September 10th
RuPaul’s Drag Con – Single Day Tickets Start at $40
10:00 am – 4:00 pm
655 W 34th St
New York, NY 10001
Glitter! Death drops! Tongue pops! Dance music! Drag queens! All this and more can be found at the Javits Center this weekend, when RuPaul’s hugely popular Drag Con makes its way to NYC after several years of only being on the West Coast. You’ll be able to meet a bevy of famous and fabulous queens, as well as buy event-specific merch, which are quite the visual treats, if you ask me (check out some examples of dope merch here). Both the entertainers and the attendees will be dressed to impress and their faces will be beat for the GAWDS honey! It’s a gayer, glitterier, edgier, MORE INCLUSIVE Comic Con!