Aretha Franklin (1942–2018)

Adrian Piper on Aretha Franklin

Excerpts from an interview with Sasha Wortzel and Tourmaline

Sasha Wortzel and Tourmaline discuss their new film, Happy Birthday Marsha (2018), on trans activist and artist Marsha “Pay It No Mind” Johnson and set on the eve of the Stonewall riots in 1969. The film will have its New York premiere at BAM this Thursday, August 16th.

PRINT May 2003

Weighty Madonna

Rhonda Lieberman

MADONNA GOES THROUGH INCARNATIONS the way the rest of us go through tubes of toothpaste. When last season’s soigné, spiritual Madonna appeared on Larry King Live in October, one marveled at how she constantly evolves: from her breakthrough MTV “Like a Virgin” moment, writhing on the floor in a wedding gown in 1984, to her more recent, mature work, writhing on the floor sporting a cabala tattoo in the “Die Another Day” video. Her latest avatar is now enshrined at Deitch Projects: I saw it as an allegory of forces within the buff megastar, where Darkness and Light battle 24/7, and she literally