NEW JOB: Visual Art Critic / Reporter at the Star Tribune (Minneapolis)

Hello! I’m excited to share that I recently started working as a visual art critic/reporter at the Star Tribune Minneapolis. Go here to read a selection of my latest stories: http://aliciaeler.com/star-tribune/   Tweet

The Women Behind Netflix’s Girlboss Share How You Can Start Being the Boss of Your Own Life / GLAMOUR

When Charlize Theron read Sophia Amoruso’s memoir, #Girlboss, about the eBay entrepreneur’s unconventional approach to starting the Nasty Gal empire, it wasn’t the author’s history of dumpster diving or her rebellious attitude that drew Theron in. No, “every page was pure motivation,” says the actress and producer. “It wasn’t ‘Here are 10 ways you can […]

Talk: Charlize Theron, Sophia Amoruso, Kay Cannon & Britt Robertson/ GLAMOUR Magazine

Here’s a sneak peek of a convo I had with Charlize Theron, Sophia Amoruso, Kay Cannon and Britt Robertson. They are the ladies behind the new NETFLIX show #GIRLBOSS, which premieres in April on Netflix. Check out the article in the April 2017 issue of GLAMOUR Magazine! Tweet

Skewering clichés in Ellen von Unwerth’s erotic Bavarian wonderland / CNN

Los Angeles (CNN) — Milk the cows. Churn the butter. Chop the wood. These farmland chores sound boring as all hell until they’re re-envisioned as a campy Bavarian fantasy in “Heimat,” a series by German photographer Ellen von Unwerth. The photos have been compiled in a 454-page art tome published by Taschen, which is accompanied by […]

The Queer Art that Helped Define Post-Blackness / Hyperallergic

LOS ANGELES — “Post-black” is a term that’s thrown around a lot, though its meaning is not totally fixed. In Derek Conrad Murray’s book Queering Post-Black Art: Artists Transforming African-American Identity After Civil Rights, he argues that the intersectionality of sexual politics and queer identities has been essential in shaping and defining post-blackness. Murray, a professor […]

When Great Art Makes You LOL / Hyperallergic / collab with Alex Huntsberger

Greetings, Internet! Here’s a delightful essay that I’ve co-authored with my dear friend, Alex Huntsberger, who is a theater critic based in Chicago. Check it!     If you heard peals of laughter ringing out through the quiet, reverent halls of an art museum, what would your reaction be? Would you “tut-tut” in their general […]

Show Me the Money! Collective Fundraises for Pyramid to House 14,000 ‘Jerry Maguire’ Tapes / Hyperallergic

LOS ANGELES — In an alt-facts world that gets more bizarre with every passing day of this new administration, absurdist art that plays on America’s obsession with entertainment provides temporary comic relief. “The Jerry Maguire Video Store” at iam8bit gallery was one such project. For just over two weeks, the walls and shelves of the makeshift store were […]

An Online Project Shames Selfie-Takers at Berlin’s Holocaust Memorial / Hyperallergic

World War II ended more than 70 years ago, but the horrors of the Holocaust (or Shoah, in Hebrew) have not receded from historical memory. Yet for some reason, there’s a disconnect when it comes to social media culture. Many people casually visit Holocaust memorial sites and take selfies or sexy pics, all the while knowing […]

A Leimert Park Performance Artist Weaves Together Social Media and South L.A. History / LA Weekly

Jasmine Nyende was 12 years old when she started fiddling with her family’s video camera. These early experiments inadvertently chronicle her childhood in Leimert Park, a neighborhood that’s seen a lot of change in the past decade or so. Now 23, the performance artist is weaving the footage together with poetry about her past as […]

LA Artists Raised $100K for the ACLU — Now What? / Hyperallergic

LOS ANGELES — “Amplify Compassion” may be the best name for an art sale to benefit the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) during a time when the President himself utterly lacks compassion, managing only occasionally to shout “Sad!” at the end of random tweets. Over post–Inauguration Day weekend, LA artists Paul Pescador, Rochele Gomez, Daniel Ingraff, […]