Miz Cracker

  • Jennifer Packer, The Body Has Memory, 2018, oil on canvas, 60 × 48".
    June 23, 2021

    “Jennifer Packer: Every Shut Eye Ain’t Sleep”

    Curated by Bennett Simpson

    Jennifer Packer’s forthcoming solo exhibition, “Every Shut Eye Ain’t Sleep,” straddles two of the artist’s defining bodies of work. It offers a survey of the enigmatic portraits and still lifes that have fueled her rising acclaim (she was featured prominently in the Whitney Biennial two years ago). But it also presents a substantial and arresting collection of never-before-seen paintings—some monumental in scale—that hint at a subtle shift in direction for the artist. In recent years, Packer’s images have often been tinged with a sense of the elegiac; her almost

  • video December 04, 2019

    Miz Cracker Visits: John Giorno

    On September 17, Miz Cracker visited the celebrated poet and artist John Giorno (1936–2019) in his storied home on the Bowery to discuss Buddhism, inspiration, and his exhibition at Sperone Westwater Gallery.

  • Jordan Casteel, Charles, 2016, oil on canvas, 78 x 60".

    “JORDAN CASTEEL: RETURNING THE GAZE”

    Curated by Rebecca R. Hart

    “The intent of the paintings from my early works is to expose my vision of black men as a sister, daughter, friend, and lover,” says Jordan Casteel. “I want audiences to engage with them as fathers, sons, brothers, cousins.” “Returning the Gaze,” Casteel’s first major museum exhibition, embodies this long-held ethos. Comprising nearly thirty works, it showcases the New York–based artist’s large-scale oil-on-canvas portraits of friends, family, and neighbors. Often translated from photographs taken by Casteel, these portraits evoke a sense of casual, familial intimacy.