artist activism


Today is World AIDS Day/Day With(out) Art. During the 1980s and 1990s, AIDS and complications from it killed nearly half a million people in the U.S., a disproportionate number of them gay men and people of color. The artist community lost thousands; still more friends, lovers, and family members faced lives transformed by grief, fear, indignation, and illness. Many artists made activist work that criticized government inaction, promoted awareness and treatment, and expressed support for people fighting and living with the virus. Here are two of those works from the Whitney’s collection, on view now in An Incomplete History of Protest

it’s a nice thought


“The kind of beauty I want most is the hard-to-get kind that comes from within: strength, courage, dignity.”

On the 95th anniversary of her birth, here is the heroic, heart-soaring American artist and activist Ruby Dee.

How The Signs Cope With Negative Feelings

*check your moon sign*

exercising, doing something exciting or rebellious, acting out on others, faces problems head on

Taurus: eating comfort foods, taking naps, spending money on themselves, indulging in self-care, creative activities

Gemini: talking about their problems, distracting themselves, doing something fun

Cancer: crying, over-eating, talking to their mother about it, spending time in solitude

Leo: acts out, expresses their problems dramatically, demands to be pampered and shown attention

Virgo: ranting, writing, staying productive to get their mind off of their feelings, mental stimulation

Libra: socializing, getting a makeover, spending money on themselves, creative activities

Scorpio: listening to sad music, bottling up emotions, trying to understand why they feel the way they do so they can overcome it, withdraws from everyone

Sagittarius: going out / driving, road trips, doing something reckless and adventurous

Capricorn: over-works themselves, acts cynical, takes it out on themselves, talks to their family and close friends

Aquarius: distances themselves, changes up their look, does something rebellious

Pisces: cries, withdraws from everyone, sleeps more, becomes lazy and depressed, expresses self through artistic activities