Sad news of two women, Linda Nochlin and Lesley Mitchell; Plus a couple good reads, a good discussion at 12 Gates Gallery and Beth Heinly’s Singing to Cats at Brewerybeats

Two women in the arts died recently, Linda Nochlin and Lesley Mitchell. We are sorry for the loss of both of them, one a world figure and the other a world traveler and a beloved Philadelphia artist. Also, we rounded up a couple good reads and two great-sounding events.


Art Historian and feminist critic, Linda Nochlin, died. She was 86.
Art Historian and feminist critic, Linda Nochlin, died. She was 86. Photo courtesy of her page at NYU Institute of Fine Arts, where she was faculty.

Linda Nochlin

Feminist and truth-to-power critic and art historian, Linda Nochlin, whose essay,”Why have there been no great women artists?” created a stir in 1971 that is still buzzing in the art world died. She was 86. Read Jerry Saltz’s appreciation at Vulture. And read a version of the great essay from 1971 here.

Lesley Mitchell

The tango-dancing painter, artist-book maker, printmaker and more, known in Philadelphia for her Friday night Milonga’s (tango dances) died recently of cancer. I am very sorry for the loss of this spirited and multi-talented artist. See her art at her website.


Matthew Rose penned a true American Halloween story from his childhood.  It’s a very sweet read.

My Devil Mask : A True Story For HalloweenI shouldn't tell this story but I will. It makes me seem stupid and small,…

Posted by Matthew Rose on Tuesday, October 31, 2017

The friendly people at Cultureworks asked me some questions.

So, I spouted off a little about the arts in Philadelphia. You may not agree with what I say, but I’d love to hear what more people think of the idea of civic leadership in the arts. Is civic leadership even possible in today’s fractured social (and political) landscape? Read my words here.

This talk is relevant and noteworthy

Writing Queer Transnational South Asian Art Histories
12 Gates Gallery, 106 N. 2nd St.
Saturday, November 11, 2017
3:00pm – 5:00pm

Writing Queer Transnational South Asian Art Histories
Alpesh Kantilal Patel in conversation with Natasha Bissonauth
More information here

Alpesh Kantilal Patel’s art historical scholarship, art criticism and curating reflect his queer, anti-racist, and transnational approach to contemporary art. Twelve Gates Arts will present a reading from the author’s monograph “Productive failure: writing queer transnational South Asian art histories”, published by Manchester University Press (2017).

With this book, Alpesh Patel is queering, or making unstable, conventional notions of writing transnational South Asian art histories by not upholding the strictly genealogical approach that is regularly assumed for them. He considers a range of “practice-led” research forms and creative methodological approaches to analyzing visual culture, such as autoethnographic narratives, curatorial knowledge-making, and his affective encounters. Also, he examines “whiteness,” the invisible ground upon which racialized art histories often pivot. Overall, his queering of art history aims to offer a more sited, nuanced framework and method for generating art history by more capably acknowledging the complex web of intersecting factors within which art and art history is produced and the different forms of knowledge-production we might count as art history.

Natasha Bissonauth is Visiting Assistant Professor of Writing and Writing Fellow at Haverford College. Bissonauth’s doctoral research at Cornell centers on queer and feminist aesthetics situated in contemporary global visual cultures with an emphasis on South Asian and South Asian diasporic circuits of art. She received a Ph.D. in Art History from Cornell University, and completed her M.A. at the Courtauld Institute of Art (2006) and B.A. at McGill University (2005). She has published artist interviews, exhibition reviews, and articles in publications such as Art Asia Pacific, Art India, Photography & Culture and Art Journal.

Alpesh Kantilal Patel is Associate Professor of Contemporary Art and Director of the MFA in Visual Arts program at Florida International University (FIU) in Miami. He is currently working on the book projects “Transregional Entanglements: Contemporary Queer Eastern European art histories” and “Exhibition as Studio.” He has published articles in numerous anthologies and journals and his research has been supported by grants and fellowships from the National Endowment of Humanities, Arts Council England, Fulbright Foundation, and Cranbrook Academy of Art. Currently editor of contemporary art book reviews for, he often writes exhibition reviews for, Art in America, frieze, Artforum, and He has organized exhibitions in England and the US and worked in the curatorial departments and director’s offices of the Whitney Museum of American Art and New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York City. He received his BA in art history from Yale University and his Ph.D. from the University of Manchester in England.

Beth Heinly, poster, Singing to Cats, at Brewerytown Beats

Visit Beth Heinly and buy some real live 3:00 Books at Brewerytown Beats this Friday, Nov. 3, from 6 PM – 10 PM. Your invitation from Beth to “Singing to Cats” (more information here.):

Hi Friends,
Please join me in celebrating another year of 3:00 books this Friday/6-10pm at Brewerytown Beats w/ some music, drinks & *new* comics. I’m hanging up originals of my singing to Zion comics throughout the record shop. I will have 3:00 book past horror issues available for sale + the 2017 3:00 Book Anthology and some very tasteful Batman the Animated Series Porn. All of these for the cheap party price too: $5.

Stop in for some comics (me) stay for the booze and music. DJ’s Bloodfaceman & Hiding Place will spinning records as the kids say.

I pretty much just scroll the Internet, draw comics and make costumes all the time, so it will be nice to see you all in real life.