Art was in his Borgesian-library/studio—“The Haus that Maus Built”—surrounded by a century’s worth of illustration books. He climbed a ladder propped against his tall, wooden shelves like a mad archivist, grinning, pulling out the volume that might best speak to my ink-stained heart.
At least 110,000 people have died in Syria’s civil war. Here, as anywhere, fighters are glorified in death. Abdulqader Saleh was the commander of the Al Tawhid Brigade, which led the rebel victory in Aleppo … Saleh died in a hospital days before I arrived in Tripoli; his martyrdom photo was posted to Twitter.
These images are framed like Instagram selfies, but corpses have no selves — the dead exist as projections by the living. See how beautiful they are, these photos say. Be righteous like them.
Creative Time Reports and Rhizome present Glass Gaze, a one-time performance in which artist Molly Crabapple, wearing Google Glass, will create life-drawings of Stoya, porn star and advocate for fair labor practices in the pornography industry, as she strikes a variety of poses.
The performance will be streamed live on the Rhizome website on Dec. 11 from 3pm to 3:30pm. In early 2014, Creative Time Reports and Rhizome sites will co-publish the video along with an essay that Molly will write about the project.
On this week’s Vice podcast, Reihan Salam sits down with Molly Crabapple to discuss how she uses her sketchpad as a lock pick to the larger world, from sneaking into Manhattan at the age of 14, to illustrating the trials at Guantanamo Bay.
This week’s New Statesman includes a short article by Molly Crabapple, guest edited by Russell Brand and also featuring: David Lynch, Rupert Everett, Noel Gallagher, Amanda Palmer, Naomi Klein, Alec Baldwin, David Shrigley, Graham Hancock, Gary Lineker, Ai Weiwei, Judd Apatow, Noam Chomsky, Oliver Stone, Deepak Chopra, Evgeny Lebedev, Martha Lane Fox, David DeGraw, Howard Marks, Francesca Martinez, Diablo Cody, with exclusive cover artwork by Shepard Fairey and a new Mr. Gee poem: “360° of Separation”
The Russell Brand issue (dated 25-31 October, cover price £3.50) is now on sale. International buyers can obtain digital or print copies through their website: www.newstatesman.com/russellbrand or on the iTunes store.
In January 2012, Molly Crabapple created the Ineffable Mustachio’d Goat of Science which appeared on special fundraiser BBotE bottle runs, to help fund the trip to Greece with Laurie Penny that resulted in Discordia. Funranium Labs has decided to re-release them to the public and you can grab one of the 1000ml Goat bottles here.
StopWatching.us is a coalition of more than 100 public advocacy organizations and companies from across the political spectrum. Join the movement at https://rally.stopwatching.us. This video harnesses the voices of celebrities, activists, legal experts, and other prominent figures in speaking out against mass surveillance by the NSA. Please share widely to help us spread the message that we will not stand for the dragnet surveillance of our communications.
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Three years ago, Marissa Alexander, who had recently given birth to a daughter, fired a warning shot as her ex-husband attacked her. She was refused Stand Your Ground and convicted of aggravated assault with a minimum of 20 years in prison, where she awaits a new trial.
The poster above was done for the Free Marissa Alexander Campaign. Click it for a hi-res copy and share it to spread the word, with credit please.
For more information on Marissa’s case, click here.
As you may know, I’ve been an active supporter of New York Communities for Change (NYCC), a grass roots community group that organizes low and moderate income families. You may have heard of NYCC’s Fast Food Forward campaign that helped launch a movement of fast food workers in over 40 cities nationwide fighting for higher pay.
Whether through city-wide and state-wide campaigns or through their neighborhood chapters in communities throughout New York City and Long Island, NYCC members are leading the fight on some of the most important issues facing New Yorkers — like workplace justice, affordable housing, good public schools and ending Stop and Frisk.
That’s why I’m proud to be a “Friend of NYCC” who’s committed to enabling NYCC members to become a powerful force fighting for working families throughout New York. NYCC is holding its annual fundraising gala on December 3rd where we’ll celebrate the past year’s victories and the work to come. If you want to see more victories like the ones listed above, I hope you’ll join me by purchasing a ticket to the NYCC annual gala or by becoming a friend of NYCC (Friends of NYCC who commit to a monthly contribution of $25/month or more will receive a complementary ticket to the NYCC Gala.)
In just the last few months, NYCC members won a new shortened timeline for the removal of toxic PCB lights from all NYC public schools, joined the fight to keep Long Island Community Hospital and Interfaith Medical Center open for care, and prevented low income victims of Superstorm Sandy from being kicked out in the streets before they could make arrangements to move into affordable housing.
But despite NYCC’s success, true progressive change in this city requires more work. For the first time in decades, New Yorkers have the opportunity to elect a true progressive, Bill de Blasio, to the Mayor’s Office, but in order to make the most of it, our city needs groups like NYCC mobilizing around the real issues that affect working families in NYC. And outside of the city, with some real movement-building, there’s a real opportunity to make the 2014 state elections a referendum on Albany’s broken politics.
NYCC relies on grassroots funding to do some of the most exciting and innovative social justice work in New York State.
Will you join me in the movement and become a Friend of NYCC? For more information and to sign up, see our page here.
Art’s market value, like that of fashion, is derived from name more than any material properties. The Chinese factory workers sewing Chanel handbags can make the same bags, after hours, but they’ll be low-rent knockoffs without the interlocking “C”s. The same goes for an assistant who painted, without the master’s imprimatur, Damien Hirst’s dots. The Brand does transubstantiation. It turns crackers into the flesh of Christ.
Molly Crabapple’s May Day poster was recently acquired by the Museum of Modern Art in New York City as part of their permanent collection, documenting art from Occupy Wall Street. The acquisition is covered by The Guardian and includes an interview with Molly on its significance.
The May Day poster is based on an original watercolour Molly created, then converted into a 5-colour 12.5×19″ screenprinted poster by Melissa Dowell for Occuprint and their portfolio of silkscreened posters from the Occupy movement.
I’m pleased to announce that I have been shortlisted for the 10th annual Frontline Club Awards for my “It Don’t Gitmo” article with VICE. The Frontline Club Awards recognise emerging talents and established names for outstanding work, in print, broadcast and photojournalism. The 2013 awards ceremony will take place on Thursday 24 October 2013, which I’ll be flying out to attend.
In collaboration with KGB’s True Story nonfiction reading series, Blunderbuss Magazine invites you to explore the state of social movements two years after the rise of Occupy Wall Street. With Molly Crabapple, authors Mark Bray, Michael Gould-Wartofsky, and Nathan Schneider, and journalist Anna Lekas Miller.
Tuesday, October 8th, 2013
7 – 9 pm
85 E. 4th St., NYC – btw Bowery & 2nd Avenue
Thank you to everyone who came out to see me talk at the Berkman Luncheon series of Art in the Ubiquitous Age at Harvard University! If you were unable to make it or view the live webcast, they have uploaded video of the talk so you can view above or go to their website to download it in high res, as an mp3, and more.
My framed, original pen and ink painting from The Box is currently at auction to support Groundswell (groundswellmural.org) and its work to bring together artists, youth, and community organizations to use art as a tool for social change. Online bidding is currently live. Please check it out. The bidding runs until October 7th at 9pm EST.
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Our pre-order for the No Other Troy black on charcoal grey hoodie is ending on Oct 1st at noon EST. Once the pre-order is closed there will be no further hoodies printed, so please make sure that you pick yours up today! We recently expanded the sizes to 2xl & 3xl for men’s and women’s – if you don’t see them in the dropdown, you can leave a note to us & we’ll make sure to print the correct size. The hoodies are printed on Anvil fashion cut medium weight hoodies and will be shipped out on October 15th!
Two hundred years ago, artists had the monopoly on image making. Now, every parade or disaster is accompanied by ten thousand twitpics. In a world where mobile technology has made images instantaneous and ubiquitous, what does visual art have left to say? Drawing on her experiences doing illustrated journalism around Guantanamo Bay and the Greek economic crisis, Molly Crabapple speak about the role of art in a world captured by a million cameras.
The event is on Oct 1st at 12:30pm at the Berkman Center, 23 Everett St, 2nd Floor. There will also be a live webcast for those of you who cannot attend in person. You can RSVP on the event page.
Molly Crabapple is an artist and writer in New York. Her 2013 solo exhibition, Shell Game, led to her being called “Occupy's greatest artist” by Rolling Stone, and “an emblem of the way that art could break out of the gilded gallery” by The New Republic. She is the fourth artist in the last decade to draw Guantanamo Bay. Crabapple is a columnist for VICE, and has written for The New York Times, Newsweek, The Paris Review, CNN, The Guardian, The Daily Beast, Jacobin, and Der Spiegel. Her illustrated memoir, Drawing Blood will be published by Harper Collins in 2015.
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