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Major Nominees Prove Emmy Success Relies on Across-the-Board Quality

Major Nominees Prove Emmy Success Relies on Across-the-Board Quality

No show is created in a vacuum, and that’s never more clear than when you look at the artisans and the programs that scored the most noms in major Creative Arts categories. That most of these shows also scored major noms in the more visible acting, writing and directing categories proves that depth counts and that the most honored programs draw on the widest collection of talent. The profiles that follow appraise aspects of these shows and the creative people whose work the Emmys have recognized with nominations.

Barry

HBO
(8 noms: Half-hour narrative program production design; comedy series casting; single-camera comedy series picture editing (x2); music composition for a series; half-hour series sound editing; half-hour series sound mixing; comedy or variety stunt coordination)



There’s a lot of drama as well as sly humor in HBO’s dark comedy about a hit man (Bill Hader) trying to get out of the murder business by getting into acting. It’s also “very reality-based,” says production designer Tyler Robinson, “so the jokes and the comedy never want to come from the production design — unlike with my last show, ‘Portlandia,’ so that’s been a bit of a challenge and learning curve for me.” Robinson aims for “a very North Hollywood feel, and if it starts to get a bit jokey, we pull it back.” Season 2 uses several returning sets, including the theater interior and lobby. “Some of that’s location, and we built the rest on a set. We also had to build Barry’s apartment this year, as he was living out of a hotel in Season 1.” For the giant fight in the nominated “ronny/lily” episode, Robinson built the entire house. —Iain Blair

Chernobyl

HBO
(13 noms: Hourlong narrative or fantasy production design; limited series, movie or special casting; limited series or movie cinematography; period costumes; limited series or movie single-camera picture editing (x2); limited series or movie hairstyling; limited series or movie nonprosthetic makeup; limited series, movie or special prosthetic makeup; limited series, movie or special music composition; limited series, movie or special sound editing; limited series or movie sound mixing; supporting special visual effects)



Production designer Luke Hull and his team faced many challenges in re-creating the period look and locations of the infamous nuclear disaster, as director Johan Renck wanted “a sinister and eerie tone, so the overall one was combining this stylistic choice with the period and then making it consistent across our many sets in the five episodes.” The design challenge of explaining the scale of the power plant was addressed early on by 3D modeling Chernobyl, using locations in Lithuania and splicing the two together for the exteriors. “We created a back lot outside a partially built studio in Lithuania. The building was a shell and very useful as it allowed us to create the road and exterior of Reactor 4, the destroyed pump room, and then from that exterior set build into and through the interior spaces to create one composite set of the destroyed innards of the reactor building. The roof sets and the mine were also on the back lot.” —Iain Blair

Deadwood


HBO



(7 noms: Limited series or movie cinematography; limited series or movie single-camera picture editing; limited series or movie hairstyling; limited series or movie nonprosthetic makeup; limited series, movie or special sound editing; limited series or movie sound mixing; supporting special visual effects)


Twelve years after HBO’s über-profane salute to the lawless West rode off into the sunset, it was resurrected as a movie, and the producers wisely hired as many people who had worked on the original series as possible. “My mix partner Bill Freesh was one of them, and I was lucky to team up with him and other ‘Deadwood’ veterans and newcomers,” says re-recording mixer John Cook. The team had “many conversations about what elements of sound and music should be true to the series and where liberties could be taken to be more cinematic. We experimented with depth and dynamics and played a lot with Reinhold Heil and Johnny Klimek’s score. We had 17 days to mix. I pre-dubbed for seven days on Universal’s Stage A with an Avid S6 console and then joined Bill on Dub 6 for finaling. The movie was screened at the Arclight Cinerama Dome so we had to be sure our 7.1 mix would sound great in the theater before print mastering our 5.1 delivery to HBO.” —Iain Blair

Fosse/Verdon


FX



(10 noms: Hourlong narrative period or fantasy production design; limited series, movie or special casting; period costumes; limited series or movie


picture editing; limited series or movie hairstyling; nonprosthetic limited series or movie makeup; limited series or movie prosthetic makeup; music direction;


music supervision; limited series or movie sound mixing)


FX’s “Fosse/Verdon” spanned just eight episodes, but its character hairdos contained decades of information. Michelle Williams’ (Gwen Verdon) personal hairstylist Nicole Bridgeford crafted four separate wigs for the actress, which traced Verdon’s emotional state over the years, from prim aspirational star to wife and then ex of Bob Fosse (played by Sam Rockwell). Department head hairstylist Christopher Fulton says he labored over each wig, and “would go back in again and cut them and put some air into them to make them feel lived-in and real.” But it was Fosse’s lack of hair that was the real challenge: The choreographer spends much of the series in a comb-over. Fulton shaved Rockwell’s head each morning, using three pieces of hair for the effect. “Not having any hair on top made the wig so much more challenging; there was literally nothing there to hide the secrets or imperfections,” he says. — Randee Dawn

Game of Thrones


HBO



(16 noms: Hourlong narrative period or fantasy production design; drama series casting; hourlong single-camera series cinematography; fantasy/sci-fi costumes; single-camera drama series picture editing (x3); single-camera series hairstyling; main title design; single-camera series nonprosthetic makeup; limited series, movie or special prosthetic makeup; series music composition; hourlong series sound editing; hourlong series sound mixing; special visual effects; drama series, limited series or movie stunt coordination)


For editor Tim Porter, nominated for the series’ climactic battle episode, “The Long Night,” the challenge was the sheer volume of material. “I endeavored to keep the edit in sync with the shoot as I was in constant communication with director Miguel Sapochnik. The final act caused the most head scratching, and trying to find its rhythm against the action that had preceded it wasn’t immediately obvious to me. We’d been maintaining the action pace but weren’t feeling it. So we tried [as temp] a slow-build piano piece, ‘The Light of the Seven,’ by Ramin Djawadi, from Season 6. This was the key that unlocked the sequence, as it began to feel like the characters were fighting for their lives at the end of the world.” He worked closely with exec producers David Benioff and D.B. Weiss, “who are very hands-on after the director’s cut,” he says. “Miguel’s cut is faithful to what ended up on the screen.” —Iain Blair

The Handmaid’s Tale


Hulu



(7 noms: Hourlong contemporary narrative production design; hourlong single-camera series cinematography (x2); fantasy/sci-fi costumes; single-camera drama series picture editing; series music composition; hourlong series sound mixing)


With its stark images of pure white bonnets and blood-red cloaks, the Hulu hit, based on the dystopian and prescient 1985 novel by Margaret Atwood, has come to symbolize that rare moment in pop culture when difficult subject matter and massive artistic ambition cross over into massive ratings. Its vivid imagery has also come to symbolize the oppression of women, which couldn’t be more timely in the #MeToo era and amid increasing discussion of society’s treatment of women. Appropriately, the show is shot by a woman, Zoe White, one of three cinematographers on the current third season, who’s nominated for the “Holly” episode in Season 2. “It’s entirely centered on June, Elisabeth Moss’ character, trying to escape from this house and giving birth, and the big challenge was staying with just one character for an hour and keeping it interesting,” says White, who used suspense and “fun angles” to keep up the visual energy. —Iain Blair

The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel


Amazon Prime Video



(10 noms: Hourlong narrative or fantasy production design; comedy series casting; hourlong single-camera cinematography; period costumes; single-camera comedy series picture editing (x2); single-camera series hairstyling; single-camera series nonprosthetic makeup; music supervision; hourlong comedy or drama series sound mixing)


In Season 2, the characters traveled from New York to Paris — both fashion capitals — but it was the summer resort getaway episode “We’re Going to the Catskills!” that got nominated. Designer Donna Zakowska immersed herself in the resort lifestyle of the late 1950s: What would urbanites don on summer vacation, in the days before leisure and sports wear? The answer came in closely researched documentaries and promotional films from the era. “I understood there was a unique visual poetry to those images that were generally meant to contrast with the urban world of ‘the City,’” she says. She shifted her palette into outfits that reflected complex patterns and colors, like flowers and checks, to “capture a sort of innocence and playfulness. … I loved the encounter with a spirit of escapism that was meant to seduce the urban world into a setting where family, theater and fantasy converged,” she says. —Iain Blair

Our Planet


Netflix



(7 noms: Nonfiction cinematography (x3); documentary series or special music composition; original main title theme music; nonfiction sound editing; nonfiction sound mixing)


The ambitious eight-part series, narrated by David Attenborough, was a four-year project filmed in 50 countries across all continents, with a crew of more than 600 capturing better than 3,500 filming days and focusing on the breadth of the diversity of habitats around the world. “The visuals are amazing, and the big challenges for the sound team were to support the story and narrative, and make it big, cinematic and all-immersive without being too intrusive,” says re-recording mixer Graham Wild. “We also had a big score, and had to balance the sound against that, and it’s a tricky line to tread. There’s always the criticism that ‘there’s no orchestra in the wilds of Africa or the Arctic,’ but you need the music for the drama, emotion and suspense. Take it away, and even amazing visuals just seem a bit flat.” Wild mixed in Dolby Atmos at Films at 59 in Bristol, England. —Iain Blair

RuPaul’s Drag Race


VH1



(6 noms: Reality casting; reality cinematography; variety, nonfiction or reality costumes; structured reality or competition editing; multicamera series


or special hairstyling; multi-camera series or special nonprosthetic makeup)


There aren’t too many reality competition shows that would dive wig-first into a parody of Donald Trump, but nine-time Emmy winner “Drag Race” was up to the challenge. In staging “Trump: The Rusical,” contestants lip-synced to songs from “Grease” while dressed as the real-life women from Trump’s history, with “Drag Race” queen Ginger Minj outfitted as the huuuge commander-in-chief. “We were asked to create a comedic look on [Minj], which is quite different than the glamorous looks normally done for the show,” says makeup artist Jen Fregozo. The performers/contestants also faced the challenge of resembling real-life individuals. “A big part of the message behind this episode’s performance relies heavily on the satirical ‘Trump’ look, and it’s very rewarding to be part of that” says Fregozo. —Iain Blair

Russian Doll


Netflix



(9 noms: Half-hour narrative production design; comedy series casting; single-camera half-hour cinematography; contemporary costumes; single-camera comedy editing; music supervision; half-hour series sound editing; half-hour series sound mixing; comedy or variety series stunt coordination)


Now that it has its own category, there are few better instances of what contemporary costumes can do than “Russian Doll.” Throughout the season, characters tended to wear the same clothes, which meant only small changes in Natasha Lyonne’s look. She begins in all black, eventually donning a Helmut Lang coat. As she grows more enlightened, she adds splashes of cream and white. But costume designer Jenn Rogien needed several solutions for the episode “Superiority Complex.” “New looks were a true novelty,” she says. Trying to find a party outfit for straitlaced Alan (Charlie Barnett) was tough. “Alan’s party look needed to look immediately different but still in character,” she says. “That black-and-yellow plaid shirt was a real winner.” ­—Randee Dawn

Saturday Night Live


NBC



(8 noms: Variety, reality or competition series production design; variety, nonfiction or reality program costumes; multicamera series or special hairstyling; variety series lighting design and direction; multicamera series or special nonprosthetic makeup; music direction; original music and lyrics; series technical direction, camerawork and video control)


Throwing together a live TV show means artisans often have to move heaven and Earth on short notice. “SNL” veteran of 29 years and technical director Steven Cimino says the Adam Sandler-hosted episode sketch “War Zone Reporter” had to look as if it were filmed on an iPhone — including having Snapchat. They got Snapchat to write a version for a desktop computer in less than a week. For the John Mulaney-hosted episode, lighting director Geoff Amoral had to produce black lights for the “Bodega Bathroom” sketch, a change that popped up at Friday rehearsal. Fortunately, people jump when “SNL” calls. “We had the black lights early morning of show day,” he recalls. —Randee Dawn

True Detective


HBO



(8 noms: Limited series or movie cinematography; limited series or movie single-camera editing; limited series or movie hairstyling; main title design; limited series or movie nonprosthetic makeup; limited series or movie music composition; limited series or movie sound editing; limited series or movie sound mixing)


Throughout Season 3, memory and time emerged as themes. From the start, scenes shifted through time as the story of Hays (Mahershala Ali) unspooled across decades, filtered through a struggle with Alzheimer’s. DP Germain McMickering had to telegraph the time shifts while conveying Hays’ muddied memories in “The Great War and Modern Memory.” “We tried to sit back from our heroes and have them feel a little more observed,” he says. McMickering’s lighting went for a softer, “more lyrical approach, more describing memory.” He also was inspired by the Arkansas landscape. “The thick, denuded forests and cool, desaturated palette became a character in itself for this episode,” he says, “one full of unease and potential threat.” —Randee Dawn

The Voice


NBC



(6 noms: Variety or reality competition production design; reality casting; multicamera hairstyling; variety series lighting design and direction; multicamera series or special nonprosthetic makeup; series technical direction, camerawork and video control)


Marrying a “cage-fight” concept with “intimate musical performance” made production designer Anton Goss’ job a challenge in the “Live Cross Battles, Part 1” episode.


But Goss went for broke, building a box of 14 37-foot-tall blades, each internally lit and lined with video-capable LED strips called sceptrons. Working with lighting designer Oscar Dominguez to ensure they could “tell as many stories and provide as many looks as possible,” Goss created a set that could provide wide, exciting shots and intimate Steadicam or close-up shots at the same time. “We are always going for vastness, depth and scale,” he says, “but this time with the cage and its very tall structure being close to camera, it became bigger and more impactful than our very vast and deep regular set.” —Randee Dawn

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YMMV Travel Contests & Sweepstakes: March 2, 2019

YMMV Travel Contests & Sweepstakes: March 2, 2019

Happy Saturday, travel friends! This weekly list will include travel-related contests and sweepstakes we’ve found. Eligibility will vary and it’s up to you to determine if you’re eligible, as well as to enter. Good luck!

  • The Big Bang Theory – Series Finale Sweepstakes


    Grand Prize: A trip for 2 to attend a finale screening of the series “The Big Bang Theory” in Los Angeles, CA – includes airfare, 3 night hotel stay, “The Big Bang Theory” merchandise, and $500.


    Open to: Legal Residents of the 50 U.S. and D.C., ages 18 or older and have reached age of majority in state of residence


    Enter by: March 2, 2019
  • Bass Pro Shops & Cabela’s – Spring Fishing Classic Sweepstakes


    Grand Prize: A trip for winner for a day of fishing with Pro Angler Casey Ashley on Table Rock Lake in Missouri – includes airfare, 2 night hotel accommodations, and rental car.


    Open to: Legal Residents of the 50 U.S., D.C., and Canada (void in Quebec), ages 21 or older


    Enter by: March 3, 2019
  • Frontier Airlines’ Win A Trip To Vegas


    Grand Prize: Two round trip flight to Vegas, two nights stay at Vegas hotel, dinner with a celebrity chef


    Open to: all residents of the United States (including the District of Columbia) who are the age of majority in their state at the time of entry


    Enter by: March 4, 2019
  • JetBlue’s All You Can Jet Sweepstakes


    Grand Prize: Unlimited flights for a year (taxes and fees apply to each flight)


    Open to: legal residents of the fifty (50) United States, including the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, 18 years of age or older at the time of entry


    Enter by: March 8, 2019
  • Kellogg’s 2019 Celebrity Crunch Classic Sweepstakes


    Grand Prize: $10,000 trip to Minneapolis for a fantasy basketball game

    Open to: legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and District of Columbia who are 18 years of age or older at the time of entry

    Enter by: March 8, 2019

  • Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off Giveaway


    Grand Prize: a trip for 2 to Lafayette, Louisiana. The Vacation Sweepstakes Prize Package includes: 2 round trip flights; 2 night stay at a Lafayette hotel; 2 VIP tickets to the 2019 Louisiana Seafood Cook-Off to serve as a non-counting judge and name superlative winners; and dinner at some of Lafayette’s famed restaurants.


    Open to: Legal Residents of the U.S., ages 13 or older


    Enter by: March 10, 2019
  • Smithfield – Family Flyaway Sweepstakes


    Grand Prize: A $3,500 Travel Gift Card from winner’s choice of Delta Vacations, Southwest Vacations, or United Vacations


    Open to: Legal Residents of the 50 U.S. and D.C., ages 18 or older (19 in NE and AL)


    Enter by: March 10, 2019
  • Talbots Win A Shopping Spree In NYC


    Grand Prize: round-trip airfare for two to New York City; a three-night stay in a hotel; and a $1,000 Talbot’s Gift Card


    Open to: legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia, who have reached the age of majority in their state or territory of residence at time of entry.


    Enter by: March 11, 2019
  • Entenmann’s Entertain Your Senses Sweepstakes


    Grand Prize: A trip for 4 to Orlando, FL – includes airfare, 5 night hotel accommodations, tickets to an amusement park, $300 Uber or Lyft credit, and $1,000 Prepaid Visa.


    Open to: Legal Residents of the contiguous U.S. and D.C., ages 18 or older


    Enter by: March 16, 2019
  • Bridal Guide – 2019 Gift Registry Survey Sweepstakes


    Grand Prize: Take a survey and you’ll be in the running to receive a romantic honeymoon in Barbados


    Open to: U.S. Residents age 18+


    Enter by: March 18, 2019
  • Ooh La Luxe Getaway


    Grand Prize: Choose from a 9-day tour of Italy or a 9-day tour of Spain and Portugal! The Grand Prize winner shall also receive round-trip airfare for two; $1,000 in JTV Gift Cards; $1,000 spending money; and more


    Open to: individuals who are legal residents and physically located in the fifty (50) states in the United States or the District of Columbia and who are at least 21 years of age at the time of entry


    Enter by: March 22, 2019
  • Winter Swear Jar Sweepstakes


    Grand Prize: a $1,000 Hotels.com Gift Card


    Open to: legal residents of the 50 United States (including DC) who are at least eighteen (18) years old


    Enter by: March 22, 2019
  • Malibu – Florida Music Festival Sweepstakes


    Grand Prize: A 4-day/3-night getaway for 2 to attend the Tortuga Music Festival in Fort Lauderdale, FL – includes 3 night hotel accommodations and $250.


    Open to: Legal Residents of FL, ages 21 or older


    Enter by: March 24, 2019
  • American Beauty Star 2019 Sweepstakes


    Grand Prize: A trip for 2 to Los Angeles, CA – includes airfare, 4 nights at the Sunset Marquis, hair & makeup makeover with an American Beauty Star contestant, $1,000 cash, $1,000 in JTV Gift Cards, & more!


    Open to: Legal Residents of the 50 U.S. and D.C., ages 21 or older


    Enter by: March 27, 2019
  • Temptation Island Tropical Getaway Sweekstakes


    Grand Prize: Six day trip for two to Hawaii (destination determined by sponsor). Includes airfare and accommodations.


    Open to: legal residents of the 48 contiguous US or DC who are 18 or older.


    Enter by: March 27, 2019
  • Visit Orlando – Win An Orlando Family Vacation Sweepstakes


    Grand Prize: Round trip airline tickets to Orlando for winner and up three (3) guests, Five (5) day, four (4) night stay at Hilton Orlando Bonnet Creek, including a $100 resort credit and a round of golf at the Waldorf Astoria Golf Club, Eight (8) single-day theme park tickets to your choice of Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando Resort or SeaWorld Orlando, Full-size rental vehicle for five (5) days provided by Enterprise Rent-a-Car


    Open to: at least 21 years old and be a legal resident of USA or Canada. Void in Quebec and where prohibited or restricted by law


    Enter by: March 28, 2019
  • Los Angeles Rams – Super Bowl Experience Sweepstakes


    Grand Prize: A trip for 2 to attend Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta, GA – includes airfare and 3 night accommodations at the Atlanta Marriott Century Center.


    Open to: Legal Residents of the continental U.S., ages 21 or older


    Enter by: March 29, 2019
  • Holland America – 7-Day Choose Your Cruise Sweepstakes


    Grand Prize: Spend a week on a cruise of your choice in Canada and New England, Alaska, Mexico, the Caribbean, or Europe


    Open to: Legal residents of the 50 United States, the District of Columbia and Canada (excluding Quebec), age 21 and over


    Enter by: March 31, 2019
  • Holland America – Best of Alaska 2018-2019 Sweepstakes


    Grand Prize: a ten-day Holland America Line Alaska Denali Land+Sea Journey for two people


    Open to: Open to the U.S. and Canada (void in PQ)


    Enter by: March 31, 2018
  • L’Oreal Paris Elvive – #StopWaiting Sweepstakes


    Grand Prize: A trip for 2 to Paris, France – includes airfare, 3 night hotel accommodations, and a $2,400 check


    Open to: Legal Residents of the 50 U.S. and D.C., ages 18 or older


    Enter by: March 31, 2019
  • Sharpie – Uncap The Possibilities Sweepstakes


    Grand Prize: A trip for two to meet Aaron Judge in New York City (50,000 other prizes also being awarded)


    Open to: legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are at least 18 years of age or the age of majority in their jurisdiction of residence (whichever is greater) at the time of participation.


    Enter by: March 31, 2019
  • Escape To Orlando Sweepstakes


    Grand Prize: A trip for 4 to WDW. Includes round-trip airfare for four, a four-night stay in a hotel at the Walt Disney World Resort, and four 5-Day Magic Your Way Tickets with Park Hopper Option


    Open to: Entrants must be at least 21 years old and be a legal resident of USA or Canada. Void in Quebec and where prohibited or restricted by law.


    Enter by: April 1, 2019
  • Harley-Davidson – Hooligan X Games Sweepstakes


    Grand Prize: A trip for 2 to attend the X Games in Minneapolis, MN – includes airfare, 3 night hotel accommodations, opportunity to meet reporter Dianna Dahlgren, and $600.


    Open to: Legal Residents of the 50 U.S. and D.C., ages 18 or older


    Enter by: April 5, 2019
  • Winner’s Circle 2019 Kentucky Derby Sweepstakes


    Grand Prize: A trip for 2 to attend the Kentucky Derby in Louisville, KY – includes airfare, 3 night hotel accommodations, and a Sponsor-selected $500 transportation Gift Card.


    Open to: Legal Residents of the 50 U.S. and D.C., ages 21 or older


    Enter by: April 5, 2019
  • Peeps Helping Peeps


    Grand Prize: Trip for four to Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, Exclusive PEEPS® Factory tour, $250 shopping spree at PEEPS AND COMPANY® Store, Plus, hotel and airfare, if needed


    Open to: legal residents of 50 U.S./DC, 18+ (19+ in NE & AL; 21+ in MS) at entry


    Enter by: April 8, 2019
  • Marketplace Events – Clint Harp Sweepstakes


    Grand Prize: a trip for two people to Waco, Texas


    Open to: Legal residents of the 48 contiguous United States who have reached the age of majority in his/her state.


    Enter by: April 15, 2019
  • ANA Airlines – 2019 National Cherry Blossom Festival Giveaway


    Grand Prize: 2 round trip ANA airfare tickets from the U.S. to Japan


    Open to: Legal Residents of the U.S. (void in TN), ages 21 or older


    Enter by: April 16, 2019
  • 2019 GRAMMY Ticket Sweepstakes


    Grand Prize: A trip for 2 to attend the 62nd GRAMMY Awards – includes airfare, 2 night hotel accommodations, and Gold Tickets to the event.


    Open to: Legal Residents of the contiguous U.S. and D.C. who have reached age of majority in state of residence


    Enter by: April 26, 2019
  • Hawaii Magazine Win An Oahu Vacation


    Grand Prize: Five day trip for two to Oahu. Prize includes airfare and accommodations.


    Open to: No limitations indicated


    Enter by: April 30, 2019


    Note: There is a $10 fee to enter this contest, together with a submitted travel video (up to 60 seconds)
  • Monster Energy – Global Passport to X Games Sweepstakes


    Grand Prize: A trip for 2 to attend the X Games in winner’s choice of Aspen, CO; Minneapolis, MN; or Sydney, Australia. – includes airfare, 5 night hotel accommodations, and $1,000.


    Open to: Legal Residents of the 50 United States and D.C., ages 18 or older and have reached age of majority in state of residence


    Enter by: April 30, 2019
  • Sterling Vineyards – Turn Up The Night Sweepstakes


    Grand Prize: a two-night trip for two people to a participating Live Nation concert


    Open to: Open to residents of the United States (void in Utah)


    Enter by: April 30, 2019
  • Riunite’s R Moment To Rock 2019 Sweepstakes & Instant Win Game


    Grand Prize: Trip for 2 to Italy to tour the Riunite Winery; $3,000 in Ticketmaster Gift Cards; or Trip for 2 to winner’s choice of a Live Nation produced and promoted concert in the United States.


    Open to: Legal Residents of the U.S. (void in NJ and UT), ages 21 or older


    Enter by: May 1, 2019
  • M&M’s Flavor Vote Sweepstakes


    Grand Prize: $14,914 and Trip for 2 for an “Around the World Trip” to England, Thailand, & Mexico or Trip to winner’s choice of England, Thailand, or Mexico – includes airfare, 10-15 night lodging, $4,000, & more!


    Open to: Legal Residents of the 50 U.S., D.C., and Puerto Rico, ages 18 or older


    Enter by: May 17, 2019
  • The Pioneer Woman Magazine – Spring Fling Sweepstakes


    Grand Prize: A trip for 2 to Pawhuska, OK – includes airfare, 2 nights at the new Pioneer Woman Boarding House, dinner at a restaurant, $200 at The Mercantile, bedding from The Pioneer Woman Collection, & more!


    Open to: Legal Residents of the 50 U.S. and D.C., ages 21 or older, and Canada (void in Quebec) who have reached age of majority in jurisdiction of residence


    Enter by: May 26, 2019
  • Playmonster – Mad Moves Kidz Bop Sweepstakes


    Grand Prize: A trip for 2 to Los Angeles, CA – includes airfare, 3 night hotel stay, attendance at a Kidz Bop video taping, Glam Hair and Makeup Session, $100 in PlayMonster games, $1,250, & more


    Open to: Legal Residents of the 50 U.S. and D.C., ages 13 or older


    Enter by: May 31, 2019
  • Wengate: Ultimate Adventures Sweepstakes


    Grand Prize: Win a travel adventure of your choice!


    Open to: USA and Canada (-PQ), above the age of majority


    Enter by: May 31, 2019
  • Win A SurfTrip To Hawaii Sweekstakes


    Grand Prize: Four day trip for two to Oahu. Includes airfare, accommodations and private surfing lessons.


    Open to: Residents of the US age 21 and over


    Enter by: May 31, 2019
  • Qantas Explorer Sweepstakes


    Grand Prize: 2 round trip coach class tickets to winner’s choice of Sydney, Melbourne, or Brisbane, Australia; international lounge access during the trip; and Qantas Care Package.


    Open to: Legal Residents of the 50 U.S., D.C., and Canada (void in Quebec), ages 18 or older


    Enter by: June 30, 2019
  • Treasury Wine Estates – BV Coastal Cruise A Week Sweepstakes


    Grand Prize: a four- or five-night Royal Caribbean cruise for 2. One prize is given every week


    Open to: residents of the United States (void in Utah), 21+


    Enter by: June 30, 2019
  • Celebrity Cruises – Caribbean Getaway Sweepstakes


    Grand Prize: a seven-night Caribbean cruise for two people


    Open to: legal residents of the fifty (50) United States (plus the District of Columbia) and Canada (excluding Quebec), who are at least eighteen (18) years of age at the time of entry


    Enter by: July 15, 2019
  • Kelloggs 2019 Celebrity Crunch Classic Sweepstakes


    Grand Prize: A trip for 4 to the Fantasy Basketball Game in Minneapolis, MN and an opportunity for 1 person to play with select former players, coaches, and/or celebrities – includes airfare & 4 night hotel stay.


    Open to: Legal Residents of the 50 U.S. and D.C., ages 18 or older


    Enter by: July 31, 2019
  • Diamond Resorts Hawaii Sweepstakes


    Grand Prize: Eleven seven day trips for two to Hawaii (island of your choice), or other destination. Prize includes up to $1,000 airfare, accommodations and $300 cash.


    Open to: September 2, 2019


    Enter by: Legal residents of the US except those residing in ID, NE, NJ, PR, WV, and US territories.
  • PBR Hall of Fans Sweepstakes


    Grand Prize: a new 2019 Ford F-150 Truck not to exceed $50,000 and a trip for two to Las Vegas to attend the 2019 PBR World Finals


    Open to: legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and District of Columbia (U.S.) who are at least twenty-one (21) years of age or older, with a valid driver’s license, as of date of entry


    Enter by: October 27, 2019
  • Expedia CruiseShipCenters – Win A Dream Vacation Sweepstakes


    Grand Prize: 7 night Caribbean cruise with airfare


    Open to: legal residents of the United States (including Puerto Rico) and Canada (including Quebec) who are at least twenty-one (21) years old or older at the time of entry


    Enter by: November 5, 2019
  • Smithfield’s Fuel Up Your Family Sweepstakes & Instant Win Game


    Grand Prize: A trip for 4 to attend a NASCAR Race in Miami and a post-race, 4-day Cruise Line Vacation – includes airfare, 4 night hotel stay, 3 night onboard accommodations, and onboard meals.


    Open to: Legal Residents of the 50 U.S. and D.C., ages 21 or older


    Enter by: November 24, 2019
  • Country Music Cruise Giveaway


    Grand Prize: A 7-night cruise for 2 onboard The Country Music Cruise departing from Fort Lauderdale, Florida – includes onboard meals and entertainment.


    Open to: Legal Residents of the contiguous U.S. (void in RI) and D.C., ages 21 or older


    Enter by: December 4, 2019
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Virginia Lee Montgomery’s Abject Whimsy

Virginia Lee Montgomery’s Abject Whimsy

Virginia Lee Montgomery, CUT COPY SPHINX (2018), still, 4K digital video, sound, color, 3:30 min (image courtesy the artist)

A blonde ponytail waits alone on an unmade bed. A drilled hole in a blue box reveals a blinking eye. Pliers snap a wire hanger, the hanger’s corner trembling to the sound of windchimes. A cheese Danish is slowly punctured by a prim pointer finger.

Welcome to the dreamscape of Virginia Lee Montgomery (VLM, as she prefers to be called), whose recent videos charm — and alarm — in the New Museum’s Screens Series. A sculpture, video, and performance artist who has described her work as “a meta-structural argument for what it means for spirit to pass through form,” VLM marries an interest in the uncanny with a raptness toward the material. Error coins, dripping paint, Xeroxed cutouts of a smiling sphinx — the artist investigates each for its sensory properties, often referencing her professional history of diagramming ideas for corporate clientele.

Virginia Lee Montgomery, PONY HOTEL (2018), still, 4K digital video, sound, color, 5:17 min (image courtesy the artist)

Upon this rather sterile stage of inorganic matter, the bodily and visceral make cheeky cameos. Disembodied hair, colorfully woven or tied with humble strings, becomes a metonym for a roving female subject. Honey — which can sometimes look like urine — slides over a cardboard surface. Danish frosting (or lonely semen?) dribbles down from a rainbow braid.

What results is an intermittent and very whimsical sense of the abject, less horrifying than it is subtly unnerving — a poke in the proverbial id, a pinky in the ear of consciousness. A concept explored by Julia Kristeva in her seminal study Powers of Horror: An Essay on Abjection (1980), the “abject” is typically linked to excretions and waste, what the body leaves behind to remain intact. “[A]s in true theater, without makeup or masks, refuse and corpses show me what I permanently thrust aside in order to live,” the French-Bulgarian philosopher writes. “These body fluids, this defilement, this shit are what life withstands, hardly and with difficulty, on the part of death. There, I am at the border of my condition as a living being.”

Virginia Lee Montgomery, CUT COPY SPHINX (2018), still, 4K digital video, sound, color, 3:30 min (image courtesy the artist)

Whereas artists such as Cindy Sherman, Louise Bourgeois, and Sarah Lucas have explored the abject from an overtly feminist angle (as, after all, female bodily functions have always been more stigmatized than male), VLM toys with the psychic space in which abjection is gendered, playfully prodding erotic hierarchies in which men and women have been historically fixed. Power tools take on an unexpected feminine zest, leaving perfect circles wherever they go, everything a potential orifice to peek and reach through, often to the tune of birdsong.

Virginia Lee Montgomery, WATER WITCHING (2018), still, HD video, sound, color, 7:06 min (image courtesy the artist)

VLM is a woman who knows how to drill — literally, a Dewalt power tool in her pale, French-manicured hand. In DEEP SEE(2017), the drill ruptures a 2-D seascape, a black-sleeved forearm entering to grasp at a human ponytail. In PONY HOTEL (2018) shots of a sunny business suite are ruptured by close-ups of a silver bit suddenly entering a void. CUT COPY SPHINX (2018) montages one drill shot after another — each hole a possible frame for the artist’s own curious face. In Beyond Means (2017), pennies spin across a white surface, the sound of a drill whirring in the background. As a portal forms in a wall, a clear, gelatinous substance oozes from its edges, the artist’s by-now familiar hand invading to the sound of dripping water.

“Formally, I make work about circles — psychic or material ones, and what unexpectedly excretes out of open holes,” said VLM in a 2017 interview with She/Folk. “I can survey relationships between bodies, hierarchies between objects, genders, sounds, or forms, and thus allow forth a message to emerge from these intersecting realms of cognitive awareness and sensorial participation.”

Virginia Lee Montgomery, DEEP SEE (2017), still, HD video, sound, color, 1:57 min (image courtesy the artist)

WATER WITCHING (2017), the longest video on display, invests these relationships with more conspicuously political significance. The spinning drill cuts to a corresponding graphic of a fearsome tornado, which segues into shots of melting glaciers, then to a montage of archival footage of women’s marches for reproductive rights. The hand-drawn hanger on a protest sign becomes an actual hanger relentlessly severed, then reshaped, by the artist’s fingers — as though carefully constructing some industrial talisman.

Whether bodies of water or bodies of women, cheese Danishes or a Dewalt drill, VLM perpetually tests the border between subject and object, matter and mind. “What is thing and what is theory?” her work seems to ask. What must we thrust aside to survive the tangible world?

Screens Series: Virginia Lee Montgomery, organized by Kate Wiener, continues at the New Museum (235 Bowery, Manhattan) through March 3.

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