Kittens, before we dim the lights and lock up the liquor for the weekend (we would NEVER), we’ll leave you all with our weekly list of pop culture points of interest. Here are all the articles and posts that passed in front of our eyes and tickled our fancies this week.
Schapiro called her paintings “femmages,” meaning that she incorporated feminine-themed collage material into her canvases. Much of her source material looks as if it could have been pulled from your grandmother’s sewing basket — think of buttons, swatches of fabric, glitter, a handkerchief sweetly embroidered with the message “Greetings from England.” I know of no other artist who so brilliantly infused the geometric grid of Minimalism with the nostalgic charm of hand-crocheted doilies and other homespun crafts.
The Decorative After Miriam Schapiro by Deborah Solomon at WNYC
I spent most of my teenage years believing that love between two black men wasn’t even possible. To my queer white peers, an entire world of change was unfolding: Public support for same-gender marriage eventually led to its legalization nationwide, and queer people were appearing as the leads in more TV shows than I could ever watch. People even won Oscars for directing movies about gay white cowboys.
Queer Love in Color by Jamal Jordon at the New York Times
The original necklace was designed in 1931 for the Maharaja of Nawanagar by Jacques Cartier. Described as “the finest cascade of colored diamonds in the world,” it was, according to Jacques Cartier, “a superb realization of a connoisseur’s dream.”
The Diamond Necklace Stolen in Ocean’s 8 Was Originally Designed for a Very Rich Man by Emilia Petrarca at The Cut
The flag’s origin story, however, is quite complex. In 1978, Harvey Milk—San Francisco city supervisor and the first openly gay man elected to public office in California—tasked artist and activist Gilbert Baker with creating an emblem of the queer community. Specifically, Milk wanted to replace the previously used pink triangle, which took on a different meaning after Nazis used it to identify homosexuals.
Each Stripe of the Rainbow Flag Has a Coded Meaning—Here’s What They Are by Jonathan Borge at InStyle
ABC stressed in its announcement Thursday that former star Barr will have no financial or creative involvement in the new series. Werner and Barr reached an agreement that will allow Werner Entertainment to produce the spinoff for ABC without Barr’s further creative or financial participation. Sources tell The Hollywood Reporter that Barr will retain all rights to her Roseanne Conner character and any future spinoffs beyond The Conners or any future reboots of the original.
ABC’s ‘Roseanne’ Spinoff Officially a Go — Without Roseanne Barr by Lesley Goldberg at The Hollywood Reporter
The musical will draw its score from Jackson’s extensive catalog, which ranges from his Motown hits as a child in the Jackson 5 through era-defining solo albums that sold millions and changed the course of pop and R&B history, chief among them Off the Wall, Thriller and Bad.
Michael Jackson Musical in the Works for Broadway by David Rooney at The Hollywood Reporter
“What makes a wine lighter or heavier has to do with how the wine maker actually procures the wine. Oak influence can make the wine heavier; if it’s coming from stainless steel you know it’s going to be a lighter style. The oak makes it much more difficult to pair with,” Angelina says. “Almost always on the back of the label you’ll see ‘oak-ed’ or ‘stainless steel.'”
How to Choose a Wine You’ll Love—Every Time by Rachel Epstein at Marie Claire
Plus-size fashion is having a luxe, “feminine minimalist” moment, as Waldman puts it, full of the ethically produced, high-quality, easy-looking but rigorously tailored silhouettes she’d dreamt of all along. For a demographic whose curves have so often been “created” and “concealed” with fit-and-flare skirts or peplums, regardless of taste, the change couldn’t have come soon enough.
“Coco” is also a definitive movie for this moment: an image of all the things that we aren’t, an exploration of values that feel increasingly difficult to practice in the actual world. It’s a story of a multigenerational matriarchy, rooted in the past—whereas real life, these days, feels like an atemporal, structureless nightmare ruled by men. It’s about lineage and continuity at a time when each morning makes me feel like my brain is being wiped and battered by new flashes of cruelty, as though history is being forgotten and only the worst parts rewritten. It feels like myth or science fiction to imagine that our great-great-grandchildren will remember us. If we continue to treat our resources the way we are treating them currently, those kids—if they exist at all—will live in a world that is ravaged, punishing, artificial, and hard.
“Coco,” a Story About Borders and Love, is the Definitive Movie for This Moment, by Jia Tolentino at the New Yorker
When it came time to submit my first article, I adopted the persona of an entitled, rich, white girl and wrote the most tone-deaf piece I could imagine: “Sorry Not Sorry, My Parents Paid For My Coachella Trip.” Therein, “Kaycie” wrote about not wanting to apologize for the fact that her parents spoil her with gifts, including an Escalade for her 16th birthday — which she crashed — and a trained dolphin in Turks and Caicos. On any other website, this would have been taken as fiction, or satire — but to Odyssey staff, editors, and readers…it didn’t. It fit right in.
I Infiltrated a Clickbait Factory, Went Viral, and Pissed Off a Lot of People by Chris Spies at Medium
There’s an almost-disregard for the art, or a bored, perfunctory acknowledgment of it at best, in favor of these audacious and unrelenting displays of Black love and brilliance. It’s Bey, Jay, and their gorgeous cast that command attention and get affectionately treated as the invaluable art within a building that houses the largest collection of art in the world, but not nearly enough by Black artists.
In Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s ‘Apeshit’ Video, Blackness Is an Art Form by Sarah Huny Young at Elle
I poured myself a vodka in the morning and started writing until the tears filled my eyes and I couldn’t see the page anymore,” he says. He wipes his eyes with the sleeves of his white shirt and continues his monologue. “I kept trying to figure out what I’d done to deserve this. I’d tried being kind to everyone, helping everyone, being truthful to everyone.” He pauses for a moment. “The truth is most important to me. And all this still happened.”
The Trouble With Johnny Depp by Stephen Rodrick at Rolling Stone
For years, I have wanted to apologize for what I now understand, with some shame, was the article’s implicit anti-trans framing. Without spelling it out, the article cast Brandon as a lesbian who hated “her” body because of prior experiences of childhood sexual abuse and rape. (One of Brandon’s acquaintances had told me he’d said he was “disgusted by lesbians,” and several friends said Brandon had said, “I can’t be with a woman as a woman. That’s gross.”) I saw this youngster’s decision to lead a life as a straight man as incredibly bold — but also assumed it was a choice made in fear, motivated by internalized homophobia.
How I Broke, and Botched, the Brandon Teena Story by Donna Minkowicz at The Village Voice
[Photo Credit: madmuseum.org]