Putting the can and can't in cantankerous
In what might be the most significant attempt by a major museum to tackle the subject of gender fluidity in contemporary art, Trigger: Gender as a Tool and a Weapon opened last month on September 27th at the New Museum. The exhibition gives voice to over 40 intergenerational and multi-disciplinary artists investigating “gender’s place in contemporary art and culture at a moment of political upheaval and renewed culture wars.” The collective work explores “gender beyond the binary to usher in more fluid and inclusive expressions of identity.”
A sea of viewers sits quietly enthralled, while a company of actors, established in their world of illusion, make believe they’re not there at all. An imaginary barrier that exists between actors and audiences in theatrical performance, the fourth wall carves out space for realism in a fictional world. But not only is the fourth wall being broken, but theater is on the move, traveling between spaces and city blocks, taking audiences along for the ride. This is immersive theater, and then some.
As Hurricane Harvey wreaks mayhem in the Gulf, and Irma surges over the Atlantic coast, the idea of marketing your business to hundreds of thousands of consumers in affected areas may seem appealing. It’s entrepreneurship 101: Problems create opportunities, right? Wrong.
Saks Fifth Avenue and ex-cons. An uncomfortable partnership? Maybe. But then again ...Ex-con Coss Marte is CEO and founder of ConBody, a prison-like boot camp that is now part of the recently launched Saks Wellery, a 16,600-square-foot health and fitness brand experience popup. At the heart of the Saks Wellery is the concept of wellness as the new luxury.