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There's only one "cultural hip-storian" in all of Brooklyn, and if you find yourself at the right underground warehouse, rave, or music venue on a Friday night, chances are that you may run into her. In fact, Oriana Leckert has spent years in Brooklyn's creative underbelly, seeking out the coolest DIY-spaces, passion projects, and eclectic venues that made this borough scrappy and edgy before it became (unironically) its own brand. Leckert's recently published book, Brooklyn...
After centuries of being virtually invisible in the public eye, transgender and genderqueer people are finally being represented in mainstream media. Caitlyn Jenner's and Orange is the New Black's Laverne Cox's recent magazine cover shoots mark a pivotal shift towards visibility and greater acceptance of the trans community. Because this kind of change has taken so long, though, representation of transgender and gender-fluid bodies of centuries past is almost entirely missing from the art historical canon. In Z, a timely new exhibit at...
Ian Trask has the quiet demeanor of a research scientist—he's soft spoken, his words are carefully chosen and precise, his tone even and calm. When I met up with him at the Invisible Dog, he seemed like he'd be much more comfortable sitting in a lab, preferably alone rather than discussing his work in a gallery. You'd have to be unusually perceptive to guess right away that Trask is actually an artist, and one...
The first three episodes of High Maintenance, the highly-acclaimed web series about a pot dealer that you should definitely be watching, were uploaded to Vimeo almost exactly two years ago. To create them, a skeleton crew worked for free, and in multiple roles: actors doubled as PAs, friends directed episodes, strangers held cords and lights. The show's creators, the married couple Ben Sinclair and Katja Blichfeld, had no expectations that anyone beyond their friends and...

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