Weiwei & Chicago | Arteidolia

Tola Brennan Writing

A review of “Ai Weiwei: According to What?” and “Chicago in L.A.: Judy Chicago’s Early Work, 1963–74″ at the Brooklyn Museum: The single word I would use to describe Ai Weiwei’s exhibition is underwhelming. Judy Chicago’s early work however, was very impressive.

Tola BrennanWeiwei & Chicago | Arteidolia

Lygia Clark: The Abandonment of Art | Arteidolia

Tola Brennan Writing

A review of “Lygia Clark: The Abandonment of Art, 1948–1988″ at MOMA: Lygia Clark’s oeuvre evokes the word subversive. Why? Because her work reminds one why the word is meaningful at all.

Tola BrennanLygia Clark: The Abandonment of Art | Arteidolia

The Armory Show Wrap-Up | Resolve40

Tola Brennan Writing

A commentary on the “The Armory Show” art fair of 2013: Stepping into the Armory Show, one is greeted by the fixtures of the vacuous contemporary art void. Far past its prime, myriad referents and quotations litter the uniform exhibition space.

Tola BrennanThe Armory Show Wrap-Up | Resolve40

The First Year Experience | F Newsmagazine

Tola Brennan Writing

With a new title and a more specific focus, the First Year Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago becomes its own department: Contemporary Practices.

Tola BrennanThe First Year Experience | F Newsmagazine

Fashion Zombies | The New York Optimist

Tola Brennan Writing

In today’s world, any ordinary schmuck can go from being horribly dressed and fashion unconscious to being unquestionably stylish and cool in about a day with the help of a few hundred dollars and couple hours on the internet.

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Clandestine Mecca | The New York Optimist

Tola Brennan Writing

I know you’ve been to a thrift store sometime, somewhere. Some of you may be thrifters (you know, really serious thrift store shoppers). A few of you may be acquainted with that strange creature called “thrifter’s madness.”

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Locomotive Salvation | The New York Optimist

Tola Brennan Writing

We’ve all been to crummy shows. You go expecting to have a good time and dance around a bit, and as it gets underway, you become infused with woe. Don’t fret, there is Starscream. They encapsulate the antithesis to that situation.

Tola BrennanLocomotive Salvation | The New York Optimist

Ergo Wonderment | The New York Optimist

Tola Brennan Writing

Anime usually gets a bad rep from the film buff. This is merited. But Ergo Proxy (broadcast in 2006) has little in common with most of its field.

Tola BrennanErgo Wonderment | The New York Optimist

Souled Out on Sunday | The New York Optimist

Tola Brennan Writing

While standing in the audience, I get into that horrible state of mind where as soon as something good happens, I start waiting for it to get bad again, and thus invalidate my peachy reaction. With Conor Oberst and the Mystic Valley Band that didn’t happen. It was wonderful.

Tola BrennanSouled Out on Sunday | The New York Optimist

Decompression | The New York Optimist

Tola Brennan Writing

Decompression is an annual event put on by the participants of Burning Man who reside in New York City. How do I begin to write about it? I like to think of it as trying to fit a balloon into a thimble.

Tola BrennanDecompression | The New York Optimist