Earlier today, the Brooklyn Museum held its eleventh annual Women in the Arts luncheon. This year’s event honored the artist Laurie Simmons and her daughter, filmmaker Lena Dunham, the first time a mother and daughter were honored together by the organization. Here are some excerpts from their onstage conversation:
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Glamour hosted its annual star-studded Women of the Year Award ceremony at Carnegie Hall on Monday night. December cover model Lady Gaga called out Glamour magazine, and all fashion and beauty magazines, for putting attractive celebrities on their covers—and retouching them.
The Jersey-born artist Daniel Colen once collaborated with his friend and frequent creative accomplice Dash Snow on an installation called “Hamster’s Nest,” which showed at the Deitch Projects. Inspired by “trashing hotel rooms while naked, high on coke, Ecstasy, or mushrooms,” according to a 2010 profile in Black Book, the piece required 30 nude volunteers and 2,000 shredded phone books. Sober now and with showings in the Whitney, and the Gagosian and Saatchi galleries to his name, Mr. Colen has adopted mellower habits of late. Now he has a pad to match: the former wild child just paid $2.6 million for a four-bedroom duplex condo in a townhouse at 71 Pierrepont Street in Brooklyn Heights, according to city records.
Though guests gathered at the Lowline’s Great Anti-Gala last Tuesday night to raise funds for the nascent lighting technology that would enable the world’s first subterranean park, the cavernous interior of the defunct Lower East Side synagogue that hosted the event was illuminated by one of the oldest: candles.
A good-natured but somewhat relentless homage to the early 20th-century Lower East Side, the evening celebrated the era when the Lowline’s would-be home—the derelict Williamsburg Trolley Terminal—was dedicated to transit rather than urban planning dreams.
Contortionists, acrobats and tap dancers with tin cups roamed through the cocktail-swilling crowd, causing some confusion: “Are we supposed to tip them, or are those cups just for show?” one man wondered aloud to his date, who confessed that she was equally perplexed.
This weekend launched the new season of Saturday Night Live, with six new featured players, a weird extended music video from Arcade Fire, and a lot of Jesse Pinkman. (Aaron Paul totally saved the cold open, let’s be honest.) But the best part of the entire show, hosted by Tina Fey, was the first sketch after the monologue: a parody of HBO’s GIRLS that crystalized the essence of “First World Problems” that makes up the majority of the show’s plot lines by introducing a new “girl,” the Albanian Blerta.
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There must be a law somewhere that no discussion of the millennial generation can occur without at least one mention of Girls.
Update: According to Brokelyn.com, the real author of this post was not an Oberlin graduate at all (could have fooled us), but a Wesleyan alum named Harris Danow, a writer’s assistant on The Newsroom, who for some reason decided to funnel his creative talent into writing fan fiction about being Lena Dunham’s gay ex-lover.
L Magazine referred to it as “fan fiction,” but the insanely long rant about Lena Dunham’s Dick on Craigslist discovered today seems to come straight from the source–if not from her Oberlin ex-boyfriend, than someone who has spent a lot of time researching how this guy would react to the Girls creator’s meteoric rise to fame.
Scott Stringer may not have his rival’s personal fortune or notoriety, but he can throw a pretty swinging bash if the occasion calls for it.
Last night, a group of mostly 20 and 30-somethings gathered on an ivy-clad hotel patio, sipping wine to the tunes of Talking Heads and Radiohead, all in order to support Mr. Stringer’s comptroller campaign–and catch a glimpse of a host of celebrities, including Lena Dunham, the star of the hit television show Girls.
Jeffery Self and Cole Escola—a young comedy duo who parlayed YouTube success into two seasons of a cable TV sketch program—played two sold-out shows in New York this weekend, their first since splitting three years ago.
Separately, each has continued a trajectory of online mini-celebrity—especially Mr. Self, who moved to Los Angeles in 2010 and closely chronicles his personal life on social media.
Millennial, fearless and wildly funny, Jeffery and Cole exemplify a new generation of digitally native performers. But their audience is confronted with a challenge: when artists choose to broadcast their most private moments on social media, where is the boundary between life and performance?
This is way better than that time Mick Jagger signed your aunt’s chest in Sharpie and she didn’t take a shower until 1988: On June 8th, Tina Wargo took to Twitter asking for help getting Girls creator Lena Dunham to handwrite the phrase “All adventurous women do,” for a tattoo.
Not only did Ms. Dunham comply, but she sent several samples of her script, neatly drawn in cursive on a napkin, to Ms. Wargo via Instagram. Ms. Wargo, who apparently had no qualms about spending her life with a reference to contracting HPV on her ankle, uploaded her new ink last week.