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  • Still from Normani featuring Cardi B’s 2021 video Wild Side, directed by Tanu Muino.

    PRINT September 2021

    Moses Sumney

    Moses Sumney is a singer, writer, and multidisciplinary storyteller. His debut album, Aromanticism (2017), topped end-of-year lists for media outlets such as Bandcamp Daily, the New York Times, NPR, and Pitchfork. In 2019, the artist received an SXSW award for his music-video work and completed a MacDowell Fellowship residency. Sumney’s 2020 sophomore double album, græ, has received top marks from Entertainment Weekly, The Guardian, and the New Yorker, among other publications. Sumney’s first solo exhibition in New York, “technoechophenomena,” will be presented by Pioneer Works and staged at

  • Rubén Gámez, Tequila, 1992, 35 mm, color, sound, 85 minutes.

    PRINT Summer 2021

    Bárbara Sánchez-Kane

    Bárbara Sánchez-Kane is a fashion designer and artist based in Mexico City. Her work—in haute couture, painting, performance, writing, and installation—has been featured in several group exhibitions, including “Prince·sse·s des villes” at the Palais de Tokyo in Paris (2019); “Señora!” at Galerie Meyer Kainer in Vienna (2020); “Otrxs mundxs” (Other Worlds) at Mexico City’s Museo Tamayo Arte Contemporáneo (2020–21); “Prêt-à-Patria” at Kurimanzutto in Mexico City (2021); and “De por vida” (Forever) at New York’s Company Gallery (2021).

  • Cover of Gavin Bryars’s Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet (Point Music, 1993).

    PRINT May 2021

    Elias Bender Rønnenfelt

    Copenhagen-based Elias Bender Rønnenfelt is a musician and poet. He is the lead singer and lyricist of Iceage, whose most recent album, Seek Shelter, was released this month by Mexican Summer.

  • South Park, 1997–, still from a TV show on Comedy Central. Season 11, episode 10, “Imaginationland.”

    PRINT April 2021

    Adam Curtis

    Adam Curtis is a British documentary filmmaker and a journalist at the BBC. His most recent film, the six-part Can’t Get You Out of My Head: An Emotional History of the Modern World, was released on the BBC iPlayer in February.

    I AM PUZZLED that so much of our mainstream social and cultural imagination seems frozen. A considerable amount of the film and TV drama produced today is about re-creating a reality that has already existed—consider how The Crown is judged by how perfectly it manages to simulate the British royal family and its many palaces. Even superhero movies are facsimiles of fantasies

  • Stan Burnside, Visionary Princess with Matissian Hands: You Gotta See What it is Yer Lookin’ At, 2019, acrylic on canvas, 60 × 40".

    PRINT March 2021

    Tavares Strachan

    Tavares Strachan is a multimedia artist who works in New York and in his hometown of Nassau in the Bahamas. His art explores subjects such as aeronautics, astronomy, deep-sea exploration, and extreme climatology, and has been featured in the Biennale de Lyon (2013), the Carnegie International in Pittsburgh (2018), and the Venice Biennale (2013 and 2019). He is represented by Marian Goodman Gallery, New York, where he will have a solo show in May 2022.

  • Cover of Sarah Schulman’s After Delores (E. P. Dutton, 1988).

    PRINT January/February 2021

    Torrey Peters

    Torrey Peters is a writer who splits her time between Brooklyn, New York, and rural Vermont. Her first novel, Detransition, Baby, was published by One World in January. Peters is also the author of the novellas The Masker and Infect Your Friends and Loved Ones (both 2016).

    I DEDICATED MY FIRST NOVEL, Detransition, Baby, to divorced cis women. While working on the book, I found a model for how to live as a trans woman in the writings of divorced cis women. Think about it: Divorced cis women must start over at a point in adulthood when they’re supposed to be established; they must give up on the

  • Ari Up performing with the Slits at the Coliseum, London, March 11, 1977. Photo: Ian Dickson/Shutterstock.

    PRINT October/November 2020

    Akeem Smith

    Akeem Smith is a New York–based artist and the founder of underground clothing label Section 8. He grew up in Brooklyn, New York, and Kingston, Jamaica. His first major solo presentation, “Akeem Smith: No Gyal Can Test,” is currently on view at New York’s Red Bull Arts.

  • PRINT September 2020

    Katherine McKittrick

    Katherine McKittrick is a professor of gender studies at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. She is the author of Demonic Grounds: Black Women and the Cartographies of Struggle (2006) and Dear Science and Other Stories (forthcoming).

  • *Suzanne Treister, SURVIVOR (F)/One Million Years Before and After The Internet, 2016–19, oil on canvas, 83 7⁄8 × 59 7⁄8".

    PRINT July/August 2020

    Samuel R. Delany

    Samuel R. Delany is a novelist and critic. His most recent books include Through the Valley of the Nest of Spiders (2012, Magnus Books) and The Atheist in the Attic (2018, PM Press). He lives in Philadelphia.

     

    YEARS AGO, I remember encountering the idea that there is no problem we have in the world that could not be solved by the proper education; you’d think, then, that education would be one of the most important things there is, and I think it is, but it is such a broad category that there is no way to define, really, what it is. Some people are educating themselves when they walk down an old

  • Cover of Grace Jones’s Nightclubbing (Island Records, 1981).

    PRINT May/June 2020

    DURO OLOWU

    Duro Olowu is a Nigerian-born, London-based fashion designer and curator. The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago is currently hosting “Duro Olowu: Seeing Chicago,” which was guest curated by Olowu and features more than 360 contemporary artworks from the MCA's collection and those of institutions throughout the city.

  • Ilhan Omar, Washington, DC, June 24, 2019. Photo: Jim Lo Scalzo/Epa-Efe/Shutterstock.

    PRINT April 2020

    Stephen Malkmus

    Portland, Oregon–based Stephen Malkmus is a songwriter, singer, and guitarist best known for his work with Pavement. His third solo album, Traditional Techniques, was released last month by Matador Records.

  • Miss Piggy and Alice Cooper on the set of Jim Henson’s The Muppet Show, 1978. Photo: David Dagley/Shutterstock.

    PRINT March 2020

    Jaimie Warren

    Jaimie Warren is a Brooklyn-based multidisciplinary artist and a cocreator of the community arts project Whoop Dee Doo. “The Miracle,” her first institutional solo show in New York, is currently on view at Pioneer Works and will culminate in a large-scale Exorcist-themed musical on April 4 and 11.