In Conversation

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Artist and conservator Lisa DiClerico in her studio, Long Island City, New York | José A. Alvarado Jr. for The Daring
The Art of Painting a New York That No Longer Exists

“The stories of objects and surfaces are the stories of people, time, and history,” says artist and conservator Lisa DiClerico

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Anna King
Inside Anna King’s Photos of Pleasure and Tedium

“My visual language is a little chaotic, human.” The photographer revels in wild, disorienting photos that turn the everyday into magic.

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Visual Storyteller Nicholas Loffredo is broadening the definition of queerness
Nicholas Loffredo Is Broadening the Definition of Queerness

Meet Nicholas Loffredo, whose self-portraits bridge drag racing and queer ballroom cultures. Here, he talks about identity and what art can make possible.

Pace University x Brooklyn Raga Massive Music Series: Ben Tyree and Sameer Gupta

Known for their mostly improvised sets of lush and exploratory journeys, Sameer Gupta and Ben Tyree share their musical process through sound and interviews.

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Madge Yang
A New Kind of Historical Record

Madge Yang’s multi-media collages depict nuances of the Asian American experience

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Photo essay on mental health
Seeing the Mind: A Narrative Photo Essay About Mental Health

“I’m making photographs to break the stigma around depression and anxiety,” says Fabric Of Affliction creator Andy Maticorena Kajie

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Jake Dylan on Collage Art, Provoking Creative Thinking

The New York-based photographer on his creative routines, learning to trust his instincts, and why abstract art pushes his vision forward.

“Kolkata’s Ethnicity Is Within People in Small Areas”: Akshat Bagla on Local Storytelling

The New York-based photographer journeyed back to the land where he grew up and where his family still lives, aiming to further understand Kolkata’s history and document the culturally layered metropolis.

Meet Photographer Aileen Barney Whose Images Preserve the Fading Circus Industry

With circuses on the decline, photographs that preserve their legacy are becoming more vital. Photographer Aileen Barney talks about growing up in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and the emotional portraits she’s made of her father, who produced shows for the legendary troupe.

David Sosa in Conversation With Ben Tyree
In Conversation with David Sosa

David’s album, Journey To Love, released September 30, 2020, with a debut on iTunes’ top 100 R&B albums, at #3. Journey To Love was preceded by two singles entitled “Laugh” and “Let Me Know,” featuring rapper Lyteral.

V Jeffrey Smith Black Rock Coalition
In Conversation with V. Jeffrey Smith

V. Jeffrey Smith has been on major hit records as a recording musician, most notably playing the sax solo on Billy Ocean’s #1 hit record, Caribbean Queen. He plays with The Soul Folk Experience, The Black Rock Coalition, and The Burnt Sugar Arkestra Chamber and often makes guest appearances alongside countless artists.

In Conversation with John Medeski

Famed keyboardist John Medeski is not easily contained to a single project or genre. He is credited on over 300 works to date, most notably as one-third of the groundbreaking trio Medeski, Martin & Wood.

In Conversation with Sophia Ramos

Native New Yorker Sophia Ramos began as a rock singer/songwriter for the 90s NYC hard rock outfit SOPHIA’S TOY signed to Epic/Sony Records. Sophia has toured around the globe, helping break barriers for women of color in Rock.

In Conversation with Vernon Reid

Vernon Reid is probably best known for leading Living Colour. He founded Living Colour in New York City circa 1985 and piloted the band through a successful career that continues to this day. He also has a prolific session output in a variety of contexts.

In Conversation with “Moist” Paula Henderson

Moist Paula, so named for her legendary turn of the century instrumental rock trio Moisturizer, is an Australian saxophonist and composer who has been based in NYC since the mid-90s.

In Conversation with Shelley Nicole

Shelley Nicole—the mainspring behind Shelley Nicole’s blaKbüshe—is simultaneously a product, a witness and architect of Black-on-Black love, a calling that has informed all of her work as a singer, writer, composer, actor, poet, musician and a healer.

In Conversation with Garrett Shider

Born on the Mothership of Parliament-Funkadelic’s rise to fame in 1978, Garrett Shider came out of the womb wailing for the hand-me-down diaper of his parent’s legacy.

In Conversation with Sameer Gupta

Sameer Gupta is known as one of the few percussionists simultaneously representing the traditions of American jazz on drumset and Indian classical music on tabla.

Art as Activism

The status quo says only some media creators are artists. That resources are scarce. Today, a story from Leslie Askew about her birth as an artist. Her storytelling has taken her from CNN to independent documentary film.

Between Fiction and Documentary

Sometimes people get a degree in something and then realize they’re no good at it, or it’s just not for them. Well, Melissa Schriek’s returning to that fork in the road at the start of her career and we dive into how documentary work shaped her creative vision.