In Memoriam: The Legacy of David Mancuso

In San Francisco in the 1990’s, the club scene fell into one of two camps:  the heavily promoted, large scale parties at Club Townsend and the Sound Factory or the smaller word-of-mouth underground parties like Informal Nation, the Beer Cellar and Sophies, (Raves rested somewhere between the two). My world revolved around the underground.  You wouldn’t hear about … Continue reading In Memoriam: The Legacy of David Mancuso

Artist-Run Super PAC Challenges Power Politics

  For Freedoms, the first artist-run Super PAC, was created earlier this year to offer an alternative perspective on concepts of power, voice and agency.  By offering a platform for artists and scholars to explore the polemics of power,  For Freedoms fuses art and activism through Town Halls, exhibitions and co-sponsored events with museums and local non-profit organizations. The … Continue reading Artist-Run Super PAC Challenges Power Politics

Do I Look Like a Lady? Mickalene Thomas at MOCA

“We wear the mask that grins and lies, It hides our cheeks and shades our eyes, This debt we pay to human guile; With torn and bleeding hearts we smile…” ~Paul Lawrence Dunbar There’s something strangely familiar inside the dimly lit living room installation of Mickalene Thomas’s latest exhibition, “Do I Look Like a Lady?” … Continue reading Do I Look Like a Lady? Mickalene Thomas at MOCA

The Let Down: Netflix’s Ambitious Take on the Birth of Hip Hop Falls Flat

The 2015 Netflix trailer for the Get Down gave us glimpse of 1970’s New York and the birth of hip hop with the fire and drama you would expect from a Baz Luhrmann production.  When the show launched August 12, they managed to deliver on lush cinematography, stunning style and familiar hip hop samples, but well after an hour into … Continue reading The Let Down: Netflix’s Ambitious Take on the Birth of Hip Hop Falls Flat

Camilo Jose Vergara’s “Old New York”

Camilo Jose Vergara’s work takes a historical photographic look at the dramatic evolution and dissolution of New York’s neighborhoods over decades. I really love his early early 1970’s work.  For me, the most captivating series is “Old New York”, a body of photos that exposed the neglected, desolated, apocalyptic cultural landscape existing in the South Bronx. In these pictures you … Continue reading Camilo Jose Vergara’s “Old New York”