Author: Jenna Sauers

  • Portrait of the Artist, Ana Mendieta, Iowa City, 1973

    I was putting in my hours at the co-op,” Raquelín Mendieta remembers, “when Ana showed up, unannounced, and said, ‘I need some help creating a piece that I’m thinking about. Can you come with me?’ ” It was May 1973, just a few weeks before the end of the academic year. Ana Mendieta, 24, was […]

  • Can Virtual Meditation Help You Hack Your Consciousness?

    The flotation pod is smaller than I’d expected. It’s white and round like an egg and, at first glance, seems like it couldn’t be any longer than I am tall. Sitting in a tiled treatment room at a day spa in Carroll Gardens, the pod looks incongruous, like someone left an oversize computer mouse in […]

  • Dispatches From the Back Row: The Voice Does New York Fashion Week

    As part of our first-ever fashion issue, our expert Village Voice fashion bloggers Alina Cohen, Alice Hines, and Jenna Sauers will be out and about throughout New York Fashion Week from the catwalks to the sidewalks. Thursday, September 15 Lou Dallas Makes Art-School Couture If Marie Antoinette were a RISD grad, she’d probably wear Lou Dallas. The […]

  • ‘Mozart in the Jungle’ Star Lola Kirke Talks Feminism, Art, and Identity

    “The other day, one of the writers on this show asked me what I had noticed about getting older as a woman,” says Mozart in the Jungle actress Lola Kirke. “Not that I’m ‘old,’ but I am aging, as we all are, every single day.” (Kirke is 25.) “My first answer was that I can’t […]

  • Meet the Pen-and-Ink Artist That Caught Yeezy’s Eye

    Artist CJ Hendry is known for her meticulous, large-format, photorealistic, black-and-white ink drawings of everyday objects, usually icons of consumer culture. For her current project, a series called “The Trophy Room,” she dipped dozens of objects — including a dildo, a teddy bear, and an Hermès Birkin bag — in bronze, photographed those bronzes, and […]

  • Questlove Is the Hardest-Working Man in Showbiz, and He Is Lonely Enough to Prove It

    Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson is a man of many responsibilities. In the past six days, he’s DJed five events, performed twice with his band, the Roots, taped four episodes of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, opened a restaurant that serves fried chicken he can’t eat on his current diet, graded his students’ final performances for the […]

  • The Making of Mykki Blanco

    “Who fucks up two full rides?” Michael Quattlebaum Jr. is sitting in the kitchen of his manager’s apartment in Williamsburg one cold Sunday morning, drinking a beet juice and wearing sweats. The rapper’s hair is close-cropped, almost shaved—a style that makes him look younger than his 27 years, and facilitates the wearing of wigs—and his […]

  • Live: Courtney Love Has All Eyes on Her at Hiro Ballroom

    Courtney Love Hiro Ballroom, Maritime Hotel Tuesday, September 6 Better than: Listening to Celebrity Skin alone in your bedroom again. “I need a glass of wine,” Courtney Love announced as she took the stage, twirling a big paper parasol through the air around her. “I need wine. Right now.” The Hole founder, widow, mother, and […]