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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

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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.

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 “In an art world that all too often overlooks the contributions of women and gender-nonconforming individuals, Topical Cream elevates their voices”—Rachel Hahn for Vogue Magazine

 

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The Vogue profile offers a thorough overview of our mission, acknowledging our online journal; public programming efforts at MoMA PS1, Artists Space, and the Swiss Institute; fundraising auction in collaboration with Artsy; and line of artist-designed sports bras. The photos accompanying the piece are from Life Support, the closing party marking the end of our inaugural fundraising auction in 2017, hosted by comedian Amy Zimmer and featuring a set from DJ Dese Escobar and a live saxophone performance by PAUL.

 

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Photography by Lyndsy Welgos
Featuring (in order of appearance): Lyndsy Welgos, Whitney Mallett, Amy Zimmer, Dese Escobar, and PAUL (Angelina Dreem).

Anti Bodies is an afternoon of performance, readings and installations organized with Topical Cream, a platform for female-identifying and gender non-conforming persons working at the intersection of contemporary art and technology. Focusing on artists whose practices explore methods of self-preservation, the featured work demonstrates how gestures of resistance can be choreographed through performance and communal action.
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Analisa Teachworth and Jonas Wendelin “Dependency Demographics,” 2017, photo courtesy of the artist.

The program, part of VW Sunday Sessions, includes a performance by Analisa Teachworth; video screenings presented by Jacksonville-based artist Redeem Pettaway; an exploration of surveillance, control, and seduction by Julia Scher; and live concerts from Zsela and Deli Girls. The program is complemented by additional programming presented throughout the museum, including an ongoing performance by Michelle Young Lee examining the labor of care, a video installation by Sara Hornbacher, and a recital situated within an environment created by Sarah Zapata with poetry and readings from Zapata, Maya Martinez, Rin Johnson, Sophia Le Fraga, and Natasha Stagg.

Anti Bodies
Sunday, January 28, 2 to 6pm
MoMA PS1
$15
22-25 Jackson Avenue
Long Island City, NY 11101
contact rx@topicalcream.info for guestlist.

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Please join Topical Cream Thursday, October 19th for the closing event for our inaugural auction.
Topical Cream is a platform for women, femmes, and gender-nonconforming individuals in contemporary art. Since 2013, the New York-based not-for-profit has supported a community of artists, writers, designers, and technologists through digital publishing and public programming initiatives. With an advertising-free model, fundraisers like this one are vital to the digital platform’s continued growth.

Life Support Party
Thursday, October 19
9-12
China Chalet
47 Broadway, New York, NY 10006
Supporter Tickets $15
Tickets will be available at the door.
VIP Entry with gift bag, drink $50

Friday, August 25 is the culminating event of the Montez at Mathew 2017 Summer Program titled “The Only Thing That’s New is Us.” Following the exhibition, all work will be translated into an artist book to be released in 2018 in conjunction with next year’s summer program. Whitney Claflin will be presenting new sections of her infamous game Impulse. Montez is the London-based publisher of SALT among other books and magazines. For a full list of participants click here.

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“The Only Thing That’s New is Us”
Whitney Claflin for Montez at Matthew
August 25 7-9pm
Matthew Gallery
47 Canal Street
New York, New York 10002

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Next Tuesday, August 15th, filmmaker Erin Grant will present scenes from her short film The Heart Must Become a Burial Ground. The film is an experimental narrative about the (im)possibility of self-help. It focuses on Echo, a celebrity country-pop singer-songwriter and recent divorcée. Taking the form of an exclusive TV interview, Echo discusses her latest album and comes clean about the highly publicized breakup. During the interview, she experiences a series of hallucinatory dream sequences that explore her emotional reckoning, fetishization of nature, and the psychological function / failure of faith.
Excerpts from the film will be screened, followed by performances by: MHYSA, Lily Saint James, Nar, and Nehemiah. Artist Alicia Novella Vasquez will be creating a unique installation for the event.

“The Heart Must Become a Burial Ground”
Screening Party
Secret Project Robot
1186 Broadway
Brooklyn, NY 11221
Tuesday, August 15, 2017
8pm doors