Finally, a Hijab-Wearing Barbie

While Mattel’s Barbie doll isn’t generally known for being progressive (from her unrealistic body to the fact that the first black Barbies still had caucasian features), the doll has recently made a positive step forward. Inspired by Ibtihaj Muhammad—a Bronze medal-winning Olympic fencer—a new Barbie doll now wears a hijab. Not only that, but the “Sheroes” collection of dolls are modeled in the image of …

Satellite Miami Beach 2015: Jennifer Avery’s Beast Boutique

A room filled with grotesque, bewitching dolls in a repurposed beachfront hotel

Providence-based multidisciplinary performance artist Jennifer Avery has a fascination with dolls. This is clear in her installation, “Beast Boutique,” which makes its USA debut this week in Miami as a part of the inaugural Satellite exhibition, made up of several different shows in venues like a pharmacy and a bandshell. The Ocean Terrace Hotel is curated by Tiger Strikes Asteroid as an artist-driven intervention space, …

Doubleparlour Sculptures

The husband and wife duo creates curiously creepy, macabre sculptures that make for unusual toys

Say hello to Cassandra and Ernie Velasco of Doubleparlour—and all of their little friends. The husband and wife duo is based in Lower Haight, San Francisco and started showing their work in 2007. Over the years, they’ve shown artwork at group and solo exhibitions mostly in the Bay Area. Although they work with a variety of mediums, their main focus is sculpture, hand-formed from an …