Barbara Kruger’s Volcom x Performa Collection Is Not A Dig At Supreme

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Well, not exactly

If you see a white Futura typeface printed within a vibrant red box, what's the first thing that comes to mind: Supreme or Barbara Kruger? The answer could go either way, depending on who you ask. Kruger's text-based propaganda artwork came first, though; Supreme merely spun it into skate culture. This makes it easy to believe Kruger's latest artwork, a performance piece for Performa's 17th Biennial which includes a capsule fashion collection, pop-up store, and redesigned skatepark, is a jab at the cult-favorite streetwear brand. Mike Aho, Volcom's global creative director, is certain it's not.

"She’s making a statement with [the piece], for sure, and I do think she wanted to do something in the skate space, but I don’t really think she necessarily cares about Supreme," he tells me over the phone. "Her outlook on her own artwork is that she doesn’t own that font—she doesn’t own any of it; that’s one of the main messages of the whole thing, who owns what?" Indeed, printed on the four-piece capsule collection, made in partnership with Volcom, are phrases directly critiquing consumerism and our incessant need for... stuff.

The Barbara Kruger x Performa x Volcom collection came about after Performa approached Kruger to do a piece for its biennial. Steve Rodriguez, who Aho calls the "mayor of New York City skate," got looped in, which led to Volcom, which led to the collection, which led to, you guessed it, the full performance piece. "Untitled (The Drop)" has taken place throughout the month of November, with its final performance happing tomorrow. "The performance itself is really the people standing in line [for the collection]," Aho says, touching on the consumerist aspect of the show. "She’s charging $5 for entry, so you’re paying $5 to literally stand in line to buy stuff. It's a reflection why you would stand in line for something."

There's also the skatepark extension to Kruger's performance. Her propaganda phrases are now emblazoned across the Lower East Side skatepark that Rodriguez designed. "One of the rails that run across the middle just says, 'Plenty should be enough,' which I thought was so perfect for right now with how messed-up the world is," Aho says. Indeed, plenty should be enough, yet we're pressured to want and buy more; the rise in pop-up stores and limited-edition collections is a testament to that. It's a dangerous cycle, but one we're groomed to accept as the norm. 

Kruger's mocking of the notion of a "drop," from fashion to limited-edition MetroCards (which Supreme has also made into a thing), shows she's keenly aware of that. Though it may look like it, this collection isn't a dig at one brand in particular. It's a dig at us, the consumers. Upsetting? A little, but if there's anyone who could mock us, we'd want it to be Kruger.

Kruger's "Untitled (The Drop)" will hold its final performance from 4pm to 8pm at the Performa 17 Hub at 427 Broadway tomorrow, November 16. Tickets can be bought here.

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While the song should serve as a reminder to your exes

Just a day after dropping new single "Nunya," featuring Dom Kennedy, Kehlani has released the winter-wonderland visuals to go along with. The singer, NYLON November cover star, and mother-to-be rocks some of the best winter 'fits I've seen in a while, including a glorious puffer jacket that could double as a down comforter that I absolutely need in my life right now.

Kehlani is clearly living her best life up in some snow-filled forest hideaway, vibing on the beach at sunset and sipping on something bubbly as she coolly reminds nosy exes that who she's with is "nunya business." There's not much of a story line (unlike her recent "Nights Like This" video); the main takeaway is that Kehlani is busy dancing through a forest, missing no one and chilling amongst people who are clearly not the subjects of the song.

Kehlani is only two short months away from bringing baby Adeya into the world, who she thanked for helping her get through the video process. "Shot that 7 months pregnant in da snow..." Kehlani wrote on Twitter, adding, "thank u baby for da motivation, mommy was FROZE."

Even from the womb, Adeya has been hustling hard alongside her momma. Twitter user @ODtheMC pointed out that this is already her second music video appearance, and she's not even been born.

Get some mulled wine ready and escape into Kehlani's winter getaway, below. Stay tuned for her forthcoming mixtape, While We Wait, out on February 22.

Kehlani - Nunya (feat. Dom Kennedy) [Official Music Video]



Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez / Getty Images.

As in Black Panther Political Party leader

It's been a running joke that the Black parents/grandparents of millennials were really confused about all of the Black Panther hoopla ahead of its 2018 release. Many of them were anticipating a movie about members of the Black Panther Political Party and didn't know who the hell T'Challa was. Well, those people are about to have their moment, and we're about to have another one.

Variety is reporting that Fred Hampton, the Black Panther leader at the center of the upcoming biopic Jesus Was My Homeboy, could be played by none other than Daniel Kaluuya. Apparently, he is in negotiations for the role. And he's not the only Black Panther alum in the mix. The Warner Bros. project is being produced by Black Panther director, Ryan Coogler. The same article reports that the forever swoon-worthy Lakeith Stanfield—who appeared with Kaluuya in Jordan Peele's Get Out—is also in negotiations, to play William O'Neal, an FBI informant who infiltrated the Black Panther Party.

Coogler and Charles King are putting together a dream cast to tell a difficult story. Hampton was killed by the Chicago Police Department, while his pregnant girlfriend lay next to him, thanks in part to information they received from O'Neal. Whenever it's out, I strongly recommend having Black Panther queued up as a palate cleanser.