Wednesday, January 2, 2019

Miss Manhattan Hangs 2019!

I didn’t do this last year, but I thought a fun way to kick off 2019 would be with a reflection of this past year. I’ve included below some favorite Miss Manhattan Hangs from 2018, with a little note about the making of each. Happy new year to all of you! Thank you so much for your ongoing support, and I wish you only happiness in 2019. Below, a photo from the hills of Maryland, where I spent New Year’s.

Miss M

January 17: Binalakshmi Nepram
I was introduced to Bina by my friend Andrew, who at the time simply said, “You should meet my friend Bina! She’s great!” I didn’t know about her work until after I set up our meeting. “Great” is, to say the least, an understatement.

January 31: Untitled Queen
One of the things I love most about Untitled’s work is how it shows how well she knows herself and her strengths as an artist, which some people spend lifetimes trying to learn.

February 14: Rhasaan Manning and Lara Vallance
Rhasaan and Lara are truly the epitome of cool and spending time with them was a blast. The nerdy middle schooler who lives inside me is in total awe of them (as is the 30-year-old lady writing this).

March 14: Claire Beaudreault
I love how Claire makes a living making art that’s important to her, whether it’s rap or nails or writing. She seems to me to live so fearlessly, and I find that very inspiring.

March 28: Leo Tolstoy Frank
I didn’t have a subject that week and had made a joke to my friend Steven about doing a Hang with his dog. I texted him to see if Leo was free. I had so much fun and people loved it so much I started doing more pets.

May 02: Concussion
I was so frustrated by the concussion at that point that my usual hesitancy toward vulnerability disappeared. I figured if it helped me to make this, it would help someone else to read it.

June 13: Velvetina Taylor
I saw Velvetina perform ages ago, then randomly met her getting off the Q train one night. I told her about the project--“I promise I’m not a creep!” I said-- and she agreed right there.

August 15: Todd Snider
Because Todd lives on another continent, I never get to see him, so spending such a nice amount of time with him was lovely. Plus, he was so thoughtful about assembling his hang, which I loved.

October 10: Dr. Erin Honcharuk
I helped when I was supposed to, I swear! Plus, I loved being able to share the effort and personalization that Erin and Sean put into their wedding.

October 24: Eloise
This cat is a saucy little riot, just like her mom.

October 31: Tobie Giddio
Tobie I met through my friend Myq. What she said about the Pyramid Club being better than art school resonated with me and I think about it often.

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