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Times Of Transformation: Art Imitates Life As Gender Is Redefined

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.”

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Theater On The Move: Who Needs A Fourth Wall, Anyway?

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.  

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