Everyone loves a good conservation story: bonus points for being about fancy dresses. The Woman Who Makes the Met's Fashion Exhibits Presentable.
From New York Magazine, a profile of Judith Butler, the quietly-legendary queer theorist and person who introduced the idea of gender as performative.
Take a swig from the big old bottle of internet nostalgia: A Mary Anne with Kristy Rising: On the Enduring Legacy of the Baby-Sitters Club Books on Lenny.
Mihingarangi Forbes on Navigating the waters of Māori broadcasting for the forthcoming book Don't Dream It's Over: Reimagining Journalism in Aotearoa New Zealand, previewed on the Pantograph Punch.
There's not much space (or cash) for critical criticism in the New Zealand art scene these days, and so I've really enjoyed Peter Ireland's EyeContact pieces on 'New Zealand Photography Collected' at Te Papa and the photography collection and exhibitions at Christchurch Art Gallery. While I'm unsure that the true test (or measure) of an institution's commitment to artists who work with photography (at least today) is solo or medium-specific solos, I appreciate both the strong authorial point of view and historical perspective of both these pieces.
Sree Sreenivasan was laid off by the Met after three years as their chief digital officer: Jenni Avins outlines how a social media guru manages their own bad news story.