New York

“Animals Living in Cities”

Fashion Moda

The attitude toward animals held by the group at Fashion Moda—an authentic alternative space that rejects its description as such—is different from Gianakos’ fetishizing and the Enquirer’s we’re-all-God’s-creatures perspective. “Animals Living in Cities,” a show organized by Christy Rupp for this South Bronx storefront, took as its subject pets and pests, took as its contributors sociologists, zoologists, locals, and visual artists. Fashion Moda has an inclusive view of art, dangerously close to an “everything is everything” permissiveness, but no “space” in Manhattan so acutely characterizes the best and worst aspects of what variously is called “pluralism,” “postmodernism,” or “post-Minimalism.”

Ferociously antihierarchical and anti-judgmental, Fashion Moda firmly believes that art is where you find it, and it is encouraging of everyone’s artistic impulses. There’s no distinction between

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