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Maya Stovall employs a mix of anthropological observation and urban intervention to create what she considers performance and ethnography. Stovall’s current research focuses on Detroit, where she grew up. The subjects in her video for the 2017 Biennial are her neighbors in the McDougall-Hunt area on the city’s east side. In Liquor Store Theatre, she dances on the sidewalks and streets outside neighborhood liquor stores, combining elements of ballet and contemporary movement. After each performance, she invites her audience—largely these establishments’ patrons and other passersby—to share their recollections of and predictions for Detroit, which she records on video. The artist focused on liquor stores in particular because they serve as hubs of both commerce and community, with individuals selling clothing, electronic goods, and other everyday items in their immediate vicinity. They are, in Stovall’s words, “a backstage view of ongoing life in a neighborhood, in spite of narratives of abandonment.”

[Maya Stovall (b. 1982), still from Liquor Store Theatre vol. 1, no. 1, 2014. Digital video, color, sound; 4 min. Courtesy the artist, Eric Johnston, and Todd Stovall. Photograph by Eric Johnston]


all you fellow apologetic assholes might be pleased that this patch is available in two colourways now! both up in the shop >>>>

Robert Indiana’s iconic LOVE image was originally designed as a MoMA holiday card in 1965. MoMA archivist Michelle Elligott looks at the history of the museum’s holiday cards

[Robert Indiana. LOVE. 1967. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. © 2015 Morgan Art Foundation Ltd. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York]

anonymous asked:

What's a muji pen?

You dear, sweet summer child. Muji pens are a lifestyle. Muji pens have changed my life. I have shown Muji pens to relatives, friends, and even random cashiers, and they have all been in awe of Muji pens. My sister offers to buy them from me. Apparently, people at her church want to buy them off of her.

Okay, to actually answer your question: Muji is a Japanese company which makes a variety of pens, notebooks and related products. I first encountered Muji pens not, surprisingly, through tumblr but actually in person! NYC’s Museum Of Modern Art gift stores stock Muji pens in a variety of colors and nib sizes. I fell in love and bought three .50 nibs with black gel ink. I treasured them. These were the first pens I have ever used until the ink was completely gone and dry as dust. And even then I clung to them with prayers and hopes they could still work. 

It turns out, you can buy these things in places other than New York City. Who’dve thought?? I bought a ten-pack for about $11 on Amazon, only to realize I’d actually bought a pack of .38 nibs. Which sounds insane, and took some getting used to, but oh my gosh. These pens are insane and gorgeous and so awesome. I showed one to a cashier who professed an interest in calligraphy, and they went from “wow, .38?? that’s super tiny” to “oh my gosh. what did you say these were called? i need one. i need 20 of them.” THESE PENS HAVE INK SMOOTHER THAN UNICORN TEARS AND LIL NIBS STRONG AS STEEL. ALSO: THEY COME IN FREAKING RAINBOW COLORS.

The 10 Best Art Books of 2015
Over the past few years, art books have seen a renaissance. These exemplify the form.

Picasso Sculpture and Yoko Ono’s Grapefruit are among Vulture’s 10 best art books of 2015! Purchase them from the MoMA Store to support the museum and our programs.