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There is a curious sign outside of the theater where Suzan-Lori Parks’s play Venus is playing that says the production contains “simulated nudity,” and this is explained right away when Zainab Jah makes her entrance and dons a body suit that gives her the curves of the historical personage she is playing, Saartjie Baartman, a South African girl who was exhibited as “The Venus Hottentot” in the early nineteenth century. Venus is a mid-period work...
Photographs of Ni’Ja Whitson seem to capture a flash of hair, a bit of cheek, an outstretched arm: Ni’Ja’s a dancer and choreographer, so that makes sense, but the images also show an intense focus on the work—not on the camera. Ni’Ja explains, “I am furiously, fiercely committed to a creative practice that is unabashed and uncompromising, that is a contribution to liberation, that is an unapologetic offering of all of the Black Queer...
Clara and Jennifer are in charge of The Chimney, a gallery in Bushwick lined with bricks and shaped like a big box with one major door, one minor door, and a chimney (the chimney). It can feel dark and foreboding compared to a classic bright, white gallery, and while that doesn’t limit the work, it certainly influences it: shows are curated to dramatize and fill the space. Multidisciplinary and international artists are of particular...
When Bed-Stuy resident Dusty St. Amand was growing up in an industrial town of Florida, his exposure to gay media was limited. In fact, as a gay teenager in the 1990s, it boiled down to one type of gay media for him: pornography. “At the time I was hiding, looking at these images, trying to find other people like me,” St. Amand told Brooklyn Magazine in a phone interview. “I was printing out porn...

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