Occupy Wall Street activist Shawn Carrié always dreamed of becoming a classical pianist, and he was on his way, with a full music scholarship to New York University. That all changed on March 17, 2012, when, during a demonstration at Zuccotti Park, a New York City police officer pulled his thumb back and back and back until it broke. Six other cops kicked him until he bled from his ears, according to Shawn. He told me that while he was held at the Midtown South Precinct an officer named Perez tore a splint the hospital had given him from his finger and said, “You fucking Occupiers. Every time you come back, we’re going to kick your ass.”
Shawn would never play piano at a professional level again.
In December 2013, New York City paid Shawn (whose birth name is Shawn Schrader) an $82,500 settlement as compensation for the beatings and for arresting him on an old warrant meant for a different person named Shawn Carrié. But the officers themselves paid not a cent. Nor were they arrested, as civilians who break peoples’ fingers might be. They admitted no wrongdoing. They suffered no consequences at all. Instead, New York City taxpayers bore the cost.
Shawn’s lawsuit could be considered a success. But it did nothing to dissuade the cops who attacked him from attacking others. When we spoke in my living room, his pale eyes flashed with anger. “Justice might as well be a cotton-candy castle in the sky,” he said. “I’ve never seen it.”
““With the exception of Vice News, ISIS has permitted no foreign journalists to document life under their rule in Raqqa,” Crabapple wrote. “Instead, they rely on their own propaganda. To create these images, I drew from cell-phone photos a Syrian sent me of daily life in the city. Like the Internet, art evades censorship.”
Bidding for Groundswell’s Annual Art Auction is now live! Featuring Molly’s signed 2014 self portrait, which you can bid on here. Bidding ends the day of the benefit, October 14th. For more information and to purchase tickets to the event, click here.
Groundswell Annual Art Auction Benefit
110 East 25th Street
New York, NY 10010
October 14, 2014, 7-10 pm
OR Books just released a look inside Tales of Two Cities: The Best and Worst of Times in Today’s New York, edited by John Freeman, illustrations by Molly Crabapple
The book is now shipping. Get your copy here.
Tiny painting for Cynthia von Buhler’s Lilliput exhibit at MyMicroGallery in Milan. All artwork is 1:12 scale, the size of most dollhouses. Lilliput is open to the public through October 8th. Click here for more details.
I have been working this summer on my memoir, Drawing Blood. Having just sent the latest draft to my editor, I’ve begun working on the interior illustrations of many of my beautiful friends. All drawings are done on Arches paper, with Ecoline dye.
John Leavitt, from back in 2002
Occupy Wall Street, with Sarah Jaffe and Laurie Penny
Honoring Derrick Adams, Molly Crabapple, Sarah E. Lewis, Dread Scott, and Hank Willis Thomas.
Featuring music, an open bar, and a silent auction. All proceeds will benefit Rush Philanthropic Arts Foundation. Tickets are $100 and available here, along with more info.
Saturday, September 27th
22 Degraw Street
Brooklyn, NY 11217
Arrivals at 7pm | Program at 8:30pm
Cover art for the Bronx Defenders’ new report on solitary confinement. Read it here.
“The world is connected now. Where it breaks, we all break. But it is our world, to love as it burns around us. Jack Gilbert is right. “We must risk delight” in the summer of monsters. Beauty is survival, not distraction. Beauty is a way of fighting. Beauty is a reason to fight.”
Molly’s piece for Temple of Art. Photo by Allan Amato. For information about the film, click here.
8/26 NYC Benefit for Seth Kushner
Seth Kushner is a a brilliant photographer, comic creator, collaborator and long time personal friend. Please join us for an evening of live comix readings, music & comedy to raise funds for the health care costs related to his fight with leukemia.
Featuring performances by:
Molly Crabapple http://mollycrabapple.com/
Douglas Rushkoff http://rushkoff.com/
Dean Haspiel http://deanhaspiel.com/
Akim Funk Buddha — http://funkbuddha.org/
Josh Neufeld http://www.joshcomix.com/
Plucky Charms http://
Tuesday, August 26th
Union Hall – Brooklyn
702 Union Street
Brooklyn, NY, 11215
Doors at 7:30p, show at 8:00p. $15
Purchase tickets online: http://www.unionhallny.com/event/647049-save-our-schmuck-bone-marrow-brooklyn/
Read about Seth’s fight with Acute Myeloid Leukemia in an article in Bleeding Cool by Hannah Means-Shannon:
About SETH KUSHNER http://sethkushner.com/
Seth is a lifelong resident of Brooklyn, NY, where he and his wife, Terra are raising their five year old son. A renowned photographer, his work has appeared in The New York Times, Time Magazine, Newsweek, L’Uomo Vogue, Sports Illustrated, The New Yorker and other publications.
Published books include, The Brooklynites, Leaping Tall Buildings: The Origins of American Comics and upcoming New York Comics.
Seth is co-founder of TRIP CITY, home to his CulturePOP photocomix and Schmuck comics. In 2013, Seth co-founded HANG DAI Editions an independent publishing imprint.
Help Seth and others find their match by registering at this event to become a bone marrow donor with Delete Blood Cancer — All it takes is completing a registration form and swabbing the inside of your cheeks. In less than five minutes, you can potentially save a life!
Tickets & Info: http://
They say Sheikh Zayed built Abu Dhabi, just like Louis XIV built the Louvre. But this is a myth. Vijay built Abu Dhabi more than Sheikh Zayed did. He built it growing deeper in debt each day, his feet sinking into the lunar sand.
An Emirati curator told me that these museums were Abu Dhabi’s “gifts to the region.” She refused to go on record, certain my article would overplay the UAE’s labor problems. But she allowed that quote.
She is wrong about the giver of the gift. Saadiyat is a “gift” to the UAE from Vijay, from Tariq, from Ibrahim—from all the men whose hands have built these cities. But migrant workers’ names are never engraved on donor lists.
Had the great honor of being asked to come along with Zeitouna, a program by the Karam Foundation, to mentor displaced Syrian kids. A few dozen of us came to the Salam School, a school in Southeast Turkey for refugees. Dentists from the Syrian American Medical Society fixed hundreds of kids teeth. Boxers taught little girls to kickbox, and my friend Lina Sergie introduced the kids to the fundaments of architecture. I drew these murals.
The teachers, refugees themselves, were brilliant and inspiring. I’m shy and not particularly great with kids, and my Arabic has faded to a few sentences. But the kids loved watching me draw cats and mice up to no good all over the walls.
Photos by Mohamad Ojjeh.
“Also notable, and on the agitprop front, is Molly Crabapple’s ‘Portraits of myself and Lola Montes with things said about us by our contemporaries.’ This outsize painted wood cutout has faces from pulp-fiction illustrations covered with enough written comments to prove that little has changed from the 19th century to the 21st in terms of the verbal abuse often heaped upon nonconforming women.”
Imprisonment is erasure. The state locks a person in a cage—without context, without community, without love. He becomes not human but a widget passing through a system of absolute control. The CMU enacts a double erasure: it represents the ultimate scission of the prisoner from his non-prison self. You are in a box. You are no one. You belong to us.
- “The United States Wants the World to Forget These Prisoners”. Creative Time Reports. by Molly Crabapple
Cover art (and interior illustrations) by Molly Crabapple for Tales of Two Cities: The Best and Worst of Times in Today’s New York. Click here for a full list of contributors and to preorder your copy.
Molly Crabapple designed the poster for the upcoming documentary “The Hedgehog and the Hare” about Andrew Auernheimer and the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Read more on their funded Kickstarter campaign page.
In June, Molly Crabapple was invited by the Karam Foundation to the Salam School in Turkey, a mentorship program for children displaced by the Syrian War. While there, she covered the walls with her drawings and wheat pastes based on many Syrian fables.
“ISIS are good fighters, but we fucked them,” Yusuf Halap said in fluent English.
Journalist Patrick Hilsman and I were sitting with Yusuf and two other young media activists in the Bab al Salam camp for internally displaced Syrians, a hundred yards south of the Turkish border. Bab al Salam houses 20,000 refugees, mostly women and children. Under dusty tarps, these refugees live in horrid conditions. Barefoot kids play next to rivers of sewage. Preventable diseases flourish.
– VICE: Caught Between ISIS and Assad by Molly Crabapple
“This is What a Sculpture Looks Like”
group show at Postmasters Gallery, featuring Molly Crabapple
There are too many painting shows.
There aren’t enough sculpture shows.
Postmasters is fixing that.
Featuring the work of sixteen artists.
54 Franklin Street
New York City, 10013
June 14th – August 2nd, 2014
Opening reception Saturday, June 14th 5:30-8pm
Read more at: www.postmastersart.com
Writer after writer took the stage. Silver with passion, they spoke of the Organization’s work in Turkey and China. They showed a film about imprisoned Uighur journalist Ilham Tohti. I cried as his teen daughter spoke.
World-renowned authors talked of freedom. So did Nadya Tolokonnikova and Maria (Masha) Alyokhina, formerly of Pussy Riot.
No one said a word about Cecily McMillan.
– Vanity Fair: From Pussy Riot to Snowden: the Dissident Fetish by Molly Crabapple
Molly will be involved in painting art murals on the school walls.
For more information and the option to donate, click here.
In April, Molly Crabapple created a series of murals for the interior of Kitty’s Canteen, a new restaurant in the Lower East Side, NYC. The largest integrated her designs on over thirty feet of decadent gold De Gournay wallpaper. All photos by Najva Sol