NEW BOOK: “The Selfie Generation” (Skyhorse) is out Nov 7, 2017

My first book The Selfie Generation (Skyhorse) is out November 7, 2017!  Pre-order here: https://www.amazon.com/Selfie-Generation-Changing-Notions-Privacy/dp/1510722645/ Whether it’s Kim Kardashian uploading picture after picture to Instagram or your roommate posting a mid-vacation shot to Facebook, selfies receive mixed reactions. But are selfies more than, as many critics lament, a symptom of a self-absorbed generation? Digital native Alicia Eler’s The […]

Letter from the Editor: Alicia Eler / Art21 Magazine

When I was twelve years old, I remember seeing it: my first smiley face. It was gigantic and bright yellow, hanging on the exterior brick wall of a car dealership, located on a busy street in Evanston, Illinois, a suburb just north of Chicago. I hated that smiley face. Seeing its mouth forever turned into […]

Mortified Chicago: Adolescence revisited on ABC-7’s show 190North [TV]

I’ll never forget what it was like to be a teenage girl. Crushes kept me up all night long journaling about a never-ending wave of emotions. I scrawled poems about masturbation while listening to songs on repeat from my idol, queer folk singer-songwriter Ani Difranco. And, of course, I wrote songs about my intense relationships […]

The Owl

By Alicia Eler I. First Word “Owl” is a difficult word for a child to pronounce. As the “o” of “owl” wraps itself around my tongue and tiny teeth, I voice “w” and “l,” until my mouth understands what shape to take. Then my lips come back together, the tip of my tongue resting on […]

Sylvia, Nicole Hollander and Alicia Eler on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight [TV]

How did Sylvia Cartoonist Nicole Hollander become a BadGirlChats blogger with a bustling online community? Social Media Consultant & Writer Alicia Eler discuss Hollander’s entrance into the blogosphere on WTTW’s Chicago Tonight. The original broadcast aired on Monday, December 20 at 7:00 Central Time. And here’s an additional shout-out from Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Art Critic, […]

BRAVO’s Work of Art and America’s Queer Boys, Episode 9: Natural Talents

By Alicia Eler & Patricia Herrmann American culture idealizes the beautiful boy as one who lives “between the innocence of babyhood and the dignity of manhood.” Unlike adults, he is alive to “enjoy every second of every minute of every hour of every day…”  The beautiful boy can do no wrong. His natural habitat is […]

Letter to Latham Zearfoss for TRUST ME: SELECTED WORKS BY LATHAM ZEARFOSS

I had the honor and pleasure of writing a letter to Latham Zearfoss for his upcoming show Selected Works By Latham Zearfoss this Saturday, September 4 at 7 & 9pm at the Nightengale. Facebook Invite for “Trust Me: Selected Works by Latham Zearfoss” Here’s the letter, dated September 1, 2010: Dear Latham, A few years […]

Gendered Assumptions (2010)

We restaged Brassai’s 1932 photograph “Butch and Femme,” which captures a gay Parisian couple out to dinner. Reimagining this photograph in the context of the 21st century leads viewers to question what it means to be queer, and questions the assumed gender roles of traditional lesbian relationships. Tweet

A Widow is a Work of Art: Peregrine Honig’s “The Widow Having a Conversation with Herself” on BRAVO’s Work of Art, Episode 2

Last week on BRAVO’s art reality television show, Work of Art, Peregrine Honig eased into the third round with nary a glance from art critic Jerry Saltz and nods from her fellow contestants. BRAVO isn’t getting much play from Peregrine. She doesn’t shit-talk the other contestants. She shows up to the studio with a smile, […]

Peregrine Honig on BRAVO’s “Work of Art: The Next Great Artist,” Episode 1

Tonight, my dear friend and fellow queen bee, Peregrine Honig, will appear on BRAVO’s reality television show, Work of Art: The Next Great Artist. In each episode of the show, the contestants create works of art from a variety of mediums that are designed to “push the limits of their technical skills and creative boundaries,” […]