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Join us in celebrating the closing of our second annual benefit auction, powered by Artsy, with an evening of music and performance at the Top of the Standard. Thanks to Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Angela Dimaguya, and Ashley Santoro, guests can enjoy our signature cocktail called “the 30%” drawing attention to the fact that only 30% of artists with gallery representation are women or gnc.

Lonely Boys are Daphne Ahlers and Rosa Rendl – an artist collective which has performed together since 2010. The duo has stated “Lonely Boys hopes to explore new ways of creating music which is embedded in contemporary culture and resists trite modes of representations.” The artpop-duo is known for their soft synthetic sound concoctions; Lonely Boys‘ new E.P. “Shadow of the World” is out now on Itunes.


 

Listen to Flourish & Thrive, the newest mix from Hitashya, the audiovisual alter ego of artist Kari (Kai) Altmann. Dive into the refreshing waters of a summer mix as we delve deeper into a season of planetary retrogrades.

 


Lyndsy Welgos and Whitney Mallett of Topical Cream and friend.

 

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We were recently covered in Broadly. The feature by UK editor Zing Tsjeng touched on our origins, particularly in response to the hegemonic narrative that women and gender non-conforming artists do not sell as well, or make art worthy enough of being seen. She also noted our contribution to the #NOTSURPRISED open letter which called for a no tolerance policy in response to Knight Landesman’s sexual misconduct; Tsjeng honed in on how we are venturing to reclaim and redefine the rigid art historical canon to propel us forward into a more inclusive future.

 

Tsjeng writes: “Topical Cream is a ‘concerted effort to change the narrative,’ [Editor Whitney] Mallett explains, adding, “I hope it gives people a space—whether that’s a space to write, a space to perform, a space to be acknowledged, or a space to just read ideas.”

 


A photo from our Edible Arrangements editorial.

 

“It is true that reading Topical Cream is a soothing journey into a slice of the art world that does not, for example, routinely underpay and undervalue women and gender non-conforming people.” -Zing Tsjeng for Broadly


Sophia Young Park performs “Pirene” at AFTERCARE on the roof of the Eyebeam HQ.

On Monday, May 14th, Topical Cream presented AFTERCARE with ICP and Eyebeam at Eyebeam’s new flagship location, 199 Cook Street in Brooklyn. The art party celebrated the conclusion of ICP and Eyebeam’s symposium “VISION AND TECHNOLOGY: toward a more just future.”

The event featured performances by Sophia Young Park and RAFiA SANTANA, a multimedia installation by Molly Soda, videos by FlucT x Minnie Bennett and Jacolby Satterwhite, and DJ sets by HD, Marie Karlberg, and SANTANA. The function was co-hosted by RAGGA NYC and featured lots to eat and drink including a White Label yerba maté situation.


The crowd watching Sophia Young Park’s hydro-performance.


RAFiA SANTANA performing with the artist’s own visuals.


Artists Patia Borja and Whitney Claflin at AFTERCARE.

Wide Rainbow is non-profit contemporary art after school program. They connect artists with the community of underserved neighborhoods throughout New York, focusing on hands-on workshops led by the artists, as well as artist and curator-led exhibition walkthroughs of galleries and museums.

Next Monday, May 14th, Wide Rainbow will be celebrating its third year and honoring the 85+ artists who have been part of the program. This fundraiser gala will be their first ever, along with a host of friends and family, at 99 Scott Ave. in Brooklyn.

Tickets for the event start at $250 a seat which includes a menu by Chef Dria Atencio along with a mixology menu by the one and only Arley Marks. Dev Hynes of Blood Orange is slated to give a private performance for gala attendees as well. The gala is hosted by Maia Ruth Lee, Lola Kramer, Elizabeth Jaeger, Diamond Stingily, Eliza Ryan, Morgan Connellee, Ashley Gail Harris, Bevin Butler.

Artist Dawn Kasper during a workshop with students from Girls Prep Middle School of LES?

Wide Rainbow Fundraiser Gala
Monday, May 14th
99 Scott Ave Brooklyn, Ny 11237
7pm Cocktails, 8pm Seated dinner
http://widerainbow.org/wide-rainbow-gala-2018/
rsvp@widerainbow.org


Please join Topical Cream, ICP, and Eyebeam on Monday, May 14th in celebration of ICP and Eyebeam’s “VISION AND TECHNOLOGY: toward a more just future.”

This post-event function titled “AFTERCARE” features an installation by Molly Soda as well as a hydro performance on the roof at sunset by Sophia Young Park. Vibes provided by power player DJs HD, Marie Karlberg, and RAFiA Santana. This Topical function is free and open to the public with open bar, lite fare, and healing vibes all being served.

We hope to see you there!

Eyebeam Assembly: AFTERCARE
Topical Cream X ICP
Monday, May 14th
6-9:30pm
EYEBEAM HQ
199 Cook Street
Brooklyn, NY

On April 8th Swiss Institute’s OFFSITE program will stage the fifth event of their Lunar Intervals series, Sahra Motalebi’s Lunar Interval V: Waning Gibbous. The program will present Flesh, Format 2 (from Directory of Portrayals), Motalebi’s open-form opera based on the exclusively digital relationship between her and her sister in Iran who has never met. The 45-minute vocal-only performance will continue her exploration of both operatic structures and the complex cultural and geographical narratives produced from a long-distance familial relationship.

As a part of the Lunar Intervals series, Swiss Institute will release an accompanying 7-inch record, and additionally, in 2019, the entirety of Directory of Portrayals’ libretto will be published as an experimental piece of auto-fiction.

Sahra Motalebi
Lunar Interval V: Waning Gibbous

Sunday, April 8, 7pm
Swiss Institute OFFSITE
Einstein Auditorium
Barney Building #105
34 Stuyvesant Street, New York, NY 10003
Co-presented with 80WSE
RSVP to rsvp@swissinstitute.net essential as capacity is limited.

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Listen to the newest single from New York native XHOSA. Both performed and produced by the underground pop experimentalist, “Honey on a Dark Day” is a smooth and sultry slow jam that shows off the artist’s acuity as a songwriter. “I took your word, I took it all in / My only armor in a fight I couldn’t win,” she croons, her warm moody vocals spelling out a tale of wistful yearning sweetened by the track’s soothing steady beat and glittering astral melodies.



Photography by Lula Hyers
“Honey on a Dark Day” produced by XHOSA
Co-production, additional vocals, and mixing by @5thplanet

Precession of the Simulacra by Sara Hornbacher

Precession of the Simulacra (1988-1992) by Sara Hornbacher. Photo by Walter Wlodarczyk.

Anti Bodies took place at MoMA PS1 on January 28, the first edition in 2018 of the museum’s VW Sunday Sessions series. Organized with Topical Cream, the program brought together performances, installations, video projections, and readings with recurring themes of self-preservation, soft labor, surveillance anxieties, community care-taking, virtual surrogacy, and emotional narrativity. Participating artists comprised Analisa Teachworth with Jonas Wendelin, Deli Girls, Julia Scher, Maya Martinez with Jasmine Cindy, Michelle Young Lee, Natasha Stagg, Redeem Pettaway, Rindon Johnson, Sara Hornbacher, Sarah Zapata, Sophia Le Fraga with Jameson Fitzpatrick, and Zsela.

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Sarah Zapata reading foot erotica in a textile installation of her own design. Photo by Walter Wlodarczyk.

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Projections of feet by Sarah Zapata. The artist’s foot-themed writing is available on cassette. Photo by Walter Wlodarczyk.

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Live reading of a play by Maya Martinez performed with and costumes by Jasmine Cindy. Photo by Walter Wlodarczyk.

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Jasmine Cindy in a lamb costume of her own design. Photo by Walter Wlodarczyk.

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Sophia Le Fraga’s TH3 B4LD 50PR4N0; or, English Made Easy performed with Jameson Fitzpatrick. Photo by Walter Wlodarczyk.

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Natasha Stagg reading “Am Consulting” forthcoming in Intersubjectivity Vol 2 (Sternberg Press). Photo by Walter Wlodarczyk.

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“The Care Room” is performance by Michelle Young Lee highlighting the nature of unpaid feminized labor. Images courtesy of the artist.

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We Have a Void by Rindon Johnson. Image courtesy MoMA PS1. Photo by Derek Schultz.

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OVA, Analisa Teachworth in collaboration with Jonas Wendelin

OVA by Analisa Teachworth and Jonas Wendelin performed with Cara Diaz Certosimo and Kellian Delice. Images courtesy the artist and Walter Wlodarcyk.

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Jacksonville-based Redeem Pettaway introducing Transatlantic Adam: “Black existence is restraint.” Photo by Walter Wlodarczyk.

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From Transatlantic Adam: “dial 1 for emoticon/dial 2 to release/dial 3 for eye secretion/cautious carry.” Image courtesy MoMA PS1. Photo by Derek Schultz.

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Julia Scher’s Consent Clinic interrogates surveillance, control, and architectures of permission. Photo by Walter Wlodarczyk.

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Scher: “These images of the body, taken and absorbed, we’re so used to it, but what do we consent?” Photo by Walter Wlodarczyk.

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Danny Orlowski of Deli Girls, whose music summons ambient societal violence to exorcise it. Photo by Walter Wlodarczyk.

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Tommi Kelly of Deli Girls playing the band’s jagged synths and blown-out drum machines. Photo by Walter Wlodarczyk.

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Soul singer Zsela, accompanied by Carr Chadwick and wearing a couture bra by Candice Williams. Photo by Walter Wlodarczyk.