Link About It: This Week’s Picks

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1. Frieze Week’s Brooklyn Art Fairs As with all super-powered art fairs, NYC’s Frieze stirs such excitement in the city that a range of other fairs have cropped up at the same time (including three in Brooklyn) ultimately yielding what is referred to as “Frieze Week.” Hyperallergic ventured to Red Hook’s 1-54 Contemporary African Art Fair and Greenpoint’s Moniker and Other Art Fair. Their findings—visible …

If We Were All Elephants

In describing elephants by their almost mystical elements (like sensing the weather both near and far, using their femurs to listen) “Being a Beast” author Charles Foster builds a profile of profound beauty. Placing this profile in conjunction with one of contemporary urban living, Foster illuminates all that makes the animals gentle, loving and unique. From reciprocal altruism to the depths of consciousness, the giant …

Sweden’s Mansplaining Hotline

Whether it’s a stunt or a much-needed service, a Swedish trade union (called Unionen) which represents over half a million workers has set up a hotline for women to call when male co-workers mansplain things to them. Women can apparently call the number to report men condescending to them and seek assistance. What that assistance is, and what happens to the men who are reported, …

The Weirdest, Funniest and Most Controversial Art of the 2016 Presidential Election

After 18 months of campaigning, Election Day is finally here. No matter which candidate you voted for, whether you abstained from voting or aren’t allowed to, it’s been grueling. Luckily artists all over the world have been making their stances known, and entertaining us in the meantime, by creating some of the most hilarious, weird, gross, and controversial political artworks seen in recent years. See …

Most Americans Want Laws to Protect Transgender People

Despite the current political atmosphere in the United States, some very good news has been discovered. A poll conducted by the Public Religion Research Institute has suggested that the majority of Americans want special federal laws to protect transgender people. Some “72% of Americans now favor passing laws to protect lesbian, gay and transgender people from discrimination” and that isn’t just left-wing individuals, rather “three-quarters …