Yep, it’s literally the cover of the Centre Pompidou’s guide.
Yep, it’s literally the cover of the Centre Pompidou’s guide.
The work of Pierre Huyghe a major figure in the contemporary art scene both in France and internationally. Pierre Huyghe’s mysterious biotope Untilled, 2011-12, was a major highlight of Documenta XIII last year. Rich with poisonous plants and guarded by a ghostly gardener and his dog, the work drew crowds to Kassel’s Karlsaue Park, where it was built around a compost heap. The seemingly haphazard installation was meticulously designed, right down to the types of ants and bees. But it is the unpredictable nature of such environments that is really at the heart of the work and, indeed, his art in general.
Guess I should go see the exhibit on this dude.
The Shot Glass Heard Around The World
In 1969, the Stonewall riots — precipitated when the NYPD burst into the famed gay bar and started being their usually abusive selves — defined the modern gay movement.
Among the first to physically resist the police was Marsha P. Johnson, the now infamous transgender rights activist who co-founded S.T.A.R. (Street Transgender Action Revolutionaries) with Sylvia Rivera in the ’70s.
At 1:20 in the morning on Saturday, June 28, 1969, four plainclothes police officers entered Stonewall Inn and announced “Police! We’re taking the place!"
Officers forced the customers to form into two lines divided by perceived gender and show them their genitals to confirm if it matched the gender on their identification card.
At some point during the raid, Marsha Johnson proclaimed, ‘I got my civil rights!' and then threw a shot glass into a mirror, adding on to the tension and creating an atmosphere of resistance. Some witnesses and historians believe her action is what instigated the riot.
Patrons began to refuse to produce their I.D. and police decided to arrest everyone still at the bar. Those who were not arrested gathered outside the bar and quickly drew a crowd of over 1,000 queers. As rumors spread through the crowd that those inside were being beaten by cops, they began throwing pennies, beer bottles and other items at police.
A drag queen who was shoved by an officer in front of the crowd responded by hitting him on the head with her purse as the crowd began to boo.
Soon after, an unidentified lesbian was hit on the head with a billy club after complaining that her handcuffs were too tight. She faced the bystanders and shouted, “Why don’t you guys do something?”
Police threw her into the back of a patrol wagons, at that point the crowd became a mob and collectively resisted the police.
Along with Sylvia Rivera, the two transgender revolutionaries created S.T.A.R. and STAR House in which they housed, fed and clothed homeless drag queens and trans* youth by hustling in the streets of NYC so that their children didn’t have to.
Marsha P. Johnson is often credited for inciting the Stonewall Riots, yet she receives close to no recognition by mainstream Gay Organizations and the queer community. I have no doubt that the erasure of Marsha’s participation in the riots and the Gay Liberation Movement is due to her being a black, transgender radical. Had she’d been a white gay cis-male, her name would be permanently embedded in every queer’s mind.
I know Marsha as a courageous queer revolutionary, a queen of Queens, a Stonewall Veteran, a dedicated activist, a mother of S.T.A.R. and a personal idol. She deserves more than anyone I know, to be recognized by the queer community.
In July 6, 1992, Johnson’s body was found floating in the Hudson River off the West Village Piers shortly after the 1992 Pride March. Friends of Johnson claims she was harassed near the spot where her body was found. The police disregarded this and ruled her death a suicide without any evidence. However, in November 2012, the NYPD re-opened the case.
Click here to watch “Pay It No Mind”, a documentary on Marsha P. Johnson.
I will keep on reblogging this each time it props up in my dash because it’s both important, heartwarming, and tragic.
Oh ah gah geez shit.
I don’t know nearly enough about the Stonewall riots, but this post makes me think now we need a differentiation between passive and active erasure. Active erasure would be covering up someone’s accomplishments because they are queer or covering up that someone is queer because their accomplished and that would mar their status. Passive erasure would be not properly recognizing the work of an individual out of more societally caused blinders to their work or contributions, but not necessarily the active decision to cut them out of the story. It’s more about never asking the question or caring enough to make note of it because the person isn’t classically what makes the news or what makes changes.
Again, I don’t know anything about Stonewall, but I can imagine that history left out Ms. Johnson because a riot is harder to document accurately and totally than a bill being passed. Along the way someone should’ve revised the research and updated the logs, but I don’t think from the get go this was active or passive erasure of her.
Then again, this is the world we’re talking about and it very well might be.
(P.S. Also it sounds like this unidentified lesbian should be getting a lot more credit too, just saying.)
So this is what trust looks like.
Funny, my first thought was “So this is what the patriarchy looks like.”
damn hank green droppin’ truth bombs all up in here
That’s not a fucking truth bomb you imbeciles. Hopefully it’s just a unserious funny interpretation of this piece, but if that is in fact what Hank really thinks of it I’ll let his contemporary art curator sister-in-law explain what the fucks actually going on here. But Hanks pretty smart, I have faith in him to make an informed joke. The rest of you though, god if you even know how to cross the street alone I don’t know how.
I know it’s trendy to fight the system and cry that we are all becoming slaves of technology, but this attitude overlooks that computers and phones are tools for communicating. When someone thinks I’m an idiot smiling at a machine, I’m actually smiling at my girlfriend who is 10000 miles away and whom I would have never met if not for these newfangled electronics. As they say: when the wise man points to the moon, the fool looks at the finger.
This is a topic that I’ve been wanting to tackle for a while now; much credit to this excellent post for bringing it to the front of my brain.
Slather this debate up in barbecue sauce and call it done.
I’m over debating whether or not technology is bad. It isn’t - now let’s debate how to use to best.
Makeup is FUN, creative, colorful, and an artistic form of expression.
Women and men can wear it for whatever reason they want…and most of the time, it’s NOT because of the social demands for beauty or to simply “impress” people. And even if those were the reasons, LAY OFF.
I am all right with this ad campaign. It uses simple text that emphasizes that individual women have their own individual reasons for wearing makeup as opposed to just putting some airbrushed celebrity at the forefront and making people feel ugly.
This ad campaign does get to the point as to why I wear and love makeup: because I want to. I wear makeup because I think it’s pretty, interesting, versatile, dynamic, and it makes me feel like I want to feel. I don’t need to wear makeup. I do not wear makeup for anyone other than myself. Makeup is about joy and becoming whomever you are!
A New York Times exposé on the realities of homeless children in NYC featured a story of an 11-year-old girl living in the Auburn Family Residence homeless shelter. They describe the city-run shelter:
It is a place where mold creeps up walls and roaches swarm, where feces and vomit plug communal toilets, where sexual predators have roamed and small children stand guard for their single mothers outside filthy showers.
How did the NY Post heartlessly respond? By claiming that the family featured in the story "aren’t really homeless at all," because they live in a 540 square ft. shelter, and that NYC has been “too generous” for providing a place to live, even if the shelter has “mice and reports of sexual assaults and other crimes.”
The New York Post’s mentality is a perfect example of how the mainstream media contributes to the cycle of poverty, hunger and homelessness in our country. In fact there is a record high of over 1.1 million homeless school-aged children in the U.S., according to data released by the U.S. Department of Education. But if media continue to downplay this reality, it will take even longer for our country to rise above the massive income inequality that plagues the nation. How can we expect over a million children to be able to obtain a decent education —leading to decent jobs— when they are living in conditions like this?
Photo Credit: New York Times
That response by the NY Post is delightfully, terrifyingly typic.