Sara Marcus

Jigsaw Youth

Sara Marcus on The Punk Singer: A Film About Kathleen Hanna

November 2013

“THEY WEREN’T JUST THE BEST GIRL BAND; they were the best band.” So says a voice-over near the beginning of Sini Anderson’s The Punk Singer, a documentary about the pioneering feminist musician Kathleen Hanna. The band in question, … READ ON

FILM

Sadie Benning

Callicoon Fine Arts

May 2013

A pair of black-and-white videos of videos constitute the core of this taut and principled exhibition by Sadie Benning. The twenty-eight-minute In Parts, 2012, strings together long takes of motion within narrow parameters: A leopard paces … READ ON

PICKS

Believe It or Not

Gregg Bordowitz’s Testing Some Beliefs

July 2011 NEW YORK

“I’M HERE TO PRESENT some of my beliefs,” Gregg Bordowitz said as he began his performance-talk Testing Some Beliefs at Murray Guy gallery last Thursday evening. “Some of these beliefs will be familiar to you, since they are common … READ ON

DIARY

“Vision is elastic. Thought is elastic.”

May 2011

Some months ago, a New York Times article about interior decorators stocking clients’ libraries proclaimed that “the printed, bound book has been given a stay of execution by an unlikely source: the design community.” The newspaper ran… READ ON

PICKS

Passing the Bar

A Gay Bar Called Everywhere (With Costumes and No Practice)

May 2011 NEW YORK

THIS WEEK’S controversy over the New York magazine profile of trans performer Justin Vivian Bond—with some readers calling the article offensive and others arguing that it simply performed the translation that’s required when writing … READ ON

DIARY

Hanna and Her Sisters

A WAGE panel and K8 Hardy performance

December 2010 NEW YORK

AS THE CROWD drained out of the Knitting Factory in Brooklyn last Saturday night, after a dizzying Kathleen Hanna covers concert, I could have sworn I heard a snip of a Morrissey/Emily Dickinson mash-up: “When our friends become successful,”… READ ON

DIARY

Night at the Museum

The Raincoats at MoMA

November 2010 NEW YORK

THE MOMA LOBBY was mobbed at the stroke of 8:30 PM. Last Saturday night’s event, a PopRally shindig featuring female postpunk pioneers the Raincoats along with a DJ set by Kathleen Hanna, was sold out, and every holder of a coveted … READ ON

DIARY