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Episode 8: Bittersweet End Notes By Jay Katelansky, Elena Gross

Episode 8: Bittersweet End Notes

what are you looking at

This episode is the season finale of what are you looking at?, and our hosts Jay and Elena reflect on the bittersweet feelings of all different sorts of endings.

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Episode 32: Barnali Ghosh & Anirvan Chatterjee By Weston Teruya

Episode 32: Barnali Ghosh & Anirvan Chatterjee

(un)making

The Berkeley South Asian Radical History Walking Tour guides people across downtown Berkeley as they share stories that explore the multigenerational and intersectional work of South Asian Americans in the region.

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Episode 31: Erick Arguello, Rachel Lastimosa, & Tommy Wong By Weston Teruya

Episode 31: Erick Arguello, Rachel Lastimosa, & Tommy Wong

(un)making

Keeping Our Space: Organizing Cultural Districts in the Bay Area, was recorded live at the Bayanihan Community Center in the heart of SOMA Pilipinas in early April as the final event in Art Practical’s Process + Practice + Progress series.

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Gagged: An Interview with Marcel Alcalá By Nat Marcus

Gagged: An Interview with Marcel Alcalá

Features

To face the precarity of our present day and the psychic freight it offloads onto queer, POC, and undocumented people, Marcel Alcalá stages critiques that are in turn humorous and no-bullshit.

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Secrets and Other Superheroes By Genevieve Quick

Secrets and Other Superheroes

Tomorrow We Dreamt of Yesterday

In superhero films, the secret lives of the protagonists are self-protective, ensuring their security within the civilian world. While the secrecy of identities and societies can fortify resistance, it also suggests an absence, one that has parallels to the lack of representation produced by socioeconomic and racial inequality and political oppression.

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Indira Allegra’s Grieving Technologies By Anna Martine Whitehead

Indira Allegra’s Grieving Technologies

Endurance Tests

Grief’s complexity is at the center of much of Indira Allegra’s work, which explores the intersections of loss, disability, and Black feminine physicality. 

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Children of Children By Anuradha Vikram

Children of Children

#Hashtags

In the exhibition Children of the Children of the Revolution at Stockholm’s Färgfabriken, five artists reckon with the legacies of their revolutionary upbringings.

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Episode 7: MFA or Nah By Jay Katelansky, Elena Gross

Episode 7: MFA or Nah

what are you looking at?

Jay and Elena reflect on their post-grad experiences and give some tricks and tips that have helped them survive it (so far).

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Episode 30: Edgar Arceneaux By Weston Teruya

Episode 30: Edgar Arceneaux

(un)making

Edgar Arceneaux explores concepts of absolution, redemption, and the participation of audiences and institutions in exploitative systems.

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The Ghost of Geys: Art as Artifice at Yale Union By Lusi Lukova

The Ghost of Geys: Art as Artifice at Yale Union

Features

Jef Geys, the artist’s posthumous exhibition currently on view at Yale Union (YU), is a compilation of works that conceptually teeter between the liminal authorships of artist and curator, creative freedom and institutional limitations. 

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Bree Lamb By Jamee Crusan

Bree Lamb

New Takes

Bree Lamb produces sweet and sugary photographs that complicate partnerships and familiar relations while also instigating a hint of nostalgia for anyone who was a kid in the 1980s and 1990s.

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Mythmaking in and through Sublime Seas at SFMOMA By Connie Zheng

Mythmaking in and through Sublime Seas at SFMOMA

Features

The polyphony quickly reveals itself to be a major source of the power of John Akomfrah's Vertigo Sea. Specifically, it provides a conceptual frame for greater consideration of the relationships between bodies and voices, media and environment, representations and reality.

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The Performative Drawings of Dorian Katz, aka Poppers the Pony By Gigi Otálvaro-Hormillosa

The Performative Drawings of Dorian Katz, aka Poppers the Pony

Features

Dorian Katz exposes forces of nature in the animal world that help to deconstruct human-held views of normative sexuality and gender. Katz’s metamorphic animals exist in the liminal spaces between species and genders, illustrating and leveraging other ways of embodiment and being.

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Letter from the Executive Director By Michele Carlson

Letter from the Executive Director

Equity flows from the top down, not muscled from the bottom up by those who also happen to be the focus of said diversity initiatives. These voices should determine outcomes, be held accountable, and be given credit for successes, and failures—not just be leveraged for institutional equity strategies.

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Episode 29: Imani Jacqueline Brown By Weston Teruya

Episode 29: Imani Jacqueline Brown

(un)making

New Orleans-based artist, writer, and cultural organizer, Imani Jacqueline Brown, very carefully examines the underlying financial systems that destabilize and shape our lives, whether it be fossil fuel money, predatory development, student debt, or wealthy investment portfolios.

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Black Feminist Insurgence By Anisa Jackson

Black Feminist Insurgence

Features

Anna Martine Whitehead, whose work engages with experimental spatial and temporal dimensions that can visualize Black queer relationships to these virtualities, investigates architectures of containment and resistance through an exchange of meditative gestures and lecture. 

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Ceci n’est pas un mot: It’s Word Art By Rob Marks

Ceci n’est pas un mot: It’s Word Art

Features

In the visual hothouse of the gallery, word art—particularly the word art of artists whose language fosters ambiguity—faces enormous challenges. Can an artwork’s visual and verbal impacts co-exist and survive each other's force? 

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Interview with Takeshi Moro (tmoro projects) By Vivian Sming

Interview with Takeshi Moro (tmoro projects)

Features

When artist Takeshi Moro was offered a teaching position at Santa Clara University in 2013, he decided to open up a non-profit art space, tmoro projects, in his garage right across from campus.

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Episode 6: No More Pickle Juice By Jay Katelansky, Elena Gross

Episode 6: No More Pickle Juice

what are you looking at?

Jay and Elena chat it up with Bay Area-bae Kenyatta A.C. Hinkle about her solo exhibition The Retrieval at SFAC Galleries and ask how she fights against her own erasure and finds solace in humor.

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Episode 28: Chinatown Art Brigade By Weston Teruya

Episode 28: Chinatown Art Brigade

(un)making

Chinatown Art Brigade creates public platforms through which neighborhood residents can tell their stories, articulate their demands, and assert their presence in a rapidly gentrifying area.

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A Moment of Respite: Looking Back at PST: LA/LA… By Irina Contreras

A Moment of Respite: Looking Back at PST: LA/LA…

Features

Irina Contreras examines performances from PST: LA/LA that share "an interest in the physicality of the pause, recline, or moment of respite" to reveal how "contemporary Latinx artists are considering and acting alongside the current political moment."

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Episode 2: Cheryl Derricotte and Angela Hennessy By Angela Hennessy

Episode 2: Cheryl Derricotte and Angela Hennessy

Notes from MoAD

Cheryl Derricotte sits down with Angela Hennessy to discuss her exhibition at MoAD and how her creative process lives under the “tyranny of title,” as a phrase will get stuck in her head, compelling her to research and create the ensuing art.

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Episode 27: Sarah Biscarra Dilley By Weston Teruya

Episode 27: Sarah Biscarra Dilley

(un)making

Sarah Biscarra Dilley discusses maps as myth and legislation as literature to be interrogated, her research into the stories embedded in her yak tityu tityu yak tiłhini Northern Chumash familial lands, and role of intuitive image making in her practice.

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Alien Agents By Genevieve Quick

Alien Agents

Tomorrow We Dreamt of Yesterday

In popular culture, science-fiction films express the US's paranoia of immigrants and hybrid identities as alien agents. Tseng Kwong Chi and ADÁL create counter-narratives that challenge traditional science-fiction tropes that vilify the Other.

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Episode 5: Meh at Sports By Jay Katelansky, Elena Gross

Episode 5: Meh at Sports

what are you looking at?

In the spirit of March Madness, Elena and Jay tackle the relationship between art and sports culture.

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Episode 26: Tyese Wortham By Weston Teruya

Episode 26: Tyese Wortham

(un)making

Tyese Wortham breaks down how CAST approaches their work and the nuances of Oakland’s cultural ecology—including hopeful examples of people self-organizing resources to hold onto their spaces.

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Curatorial Privilege By Anuradha Vikram

Curatorial Privilege

#Hashtags

The current institutional vogue for Harald Szeemann seems to embrace his visionary aesthetic—but not his vision for championing an art that was evolving, groundbreaking, and new, at the expense of institutional priorities. 

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Round By Anne Lesley Selcer

Round

Features

"A sonic assertion this large requires a degree of submission or sublimation, reframing dissonance—which always feels like a kind of threat—as sublime." On Chris Duncan's 12 Symbols, Janet Cardiff's The Forty Part Motet, and Ragnar Kjartansson's The Visitors.

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Adrienne Elise Tarver By Jamee Crusan

Adrienne Elise Tarver

New Takes

Adrienne Tarver’s seductive jungle landscapes blur the lines between looking and voyeurism.

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Dan Bustillo & Gelare Khoshgozaran By Dan Bustillo, Gelare Khoshgozaran

Dan Bustillo & Gelare Khoshgozaran

Between You and Me

"I think I need to walk into the simulacrum of a so-called Middle Eastern town at a US military training center and see how at home I really feel."

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Episode 25: Vero Majano By Weston Teruya

Episode 25: Vero Majano

(un)making

Vero Majano’s work explores the cultural history of San Francisco’s Mission District, creating spaces to assert and remember the queer and Latinx communities that shape one of the city’s most iconic but highly contested neighborhoods.

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How the Dirty New Media Movement Informed the First Virtual Art Galleries By Janna Avner

How the Dirty New Media Movement Informed the First Virtual Art Galleries

Locating Technology

Dirty New Media (DNM) is the inconformable art of disobeying software, and artists using DNM push against normative coding languages to see what will happen and to see how "dirty"—which for DNM implies both the terra firma as well as online pornography-raw or muddled their design can get.

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Bit Torrent: The Work of Cynthia Hooper By Gabrielle Gopinath

Bit Torrent: The Work of Cynthia Hooper

Features

Cultivated Ecologies uses videos, maps, and graphics to chart the epically scaled works of 20th-century engineering that reconfigured California’s waterways, and upended the state’s ecological balance in the process. 

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Astrid Kaemmerling By Elia Rita

Astrid Kaemmerling

Studio Sessions

Walking artist Astrid Kaemmerling analyzes the manifold roles artists have played in gentrification processes beyond being its agent or victim.

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Episode 4: Black Hoooooles By Jay Katelansky, Elena Gross

Episode 4: Black Hoooooles

what are you looking at?

It’s Black History Month and what could be Blacker than black holes? 

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Episode 24: Trisha Lagaso Goldberg By Weston Teruya

Episode 24: Trisha Lagaso Goldberg

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Trisha Lagaso Goldberg creates platforms to support artists in Hawaiʻi through exhibitions, programming, and her work as the Public Art Project Manager for the Hawaiʻi State Foundation on Culture & the Arts.

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Whose Place, Whose Space?: Extraterrestrial Stakes By Genevieve Quick

Whose Place, Whose Space?: Extraterrestrial Stakes

Tomorrow We Dreamt of Yesterday

Frances Bodomo and Larissa Sansour create poetic and fantastical extraterrestrial missions as alternative narratives to existing space programs, in order to explore, respectively, the tenuousness of Zambian and Palestinian national identity.

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Laurie Anderson By Emily K. Holmes

Laurie Anderson

Notes from Montalvo

Emily K. Holmes chats with Laurie Anderson about her deep concern for the current political moment, as well as the narratives and themes that infuse Anderson’s broad-sweeping creative practice.

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Ben Kinmont: On Becoming Something Else By Calder Yates

Ben Kinmont: On Becoming Something Else

Odd Jobs

Ben Kinmont's antiquarian bookselling business is also an ongoing sculpture titled Sometimes a nicer sculpture is to be able to provide a living for your family (1998–ongoing).

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Interview with Aaron Wong and Don Felix Cervantes By Shahrzade Ehya

Interview with Aaron Wong and Don Felix Cervantes

Features

Aaron Wong and Don Felix Cervantes founded the artist-in-residence program TRADES as a means of fostering wider appreciation for O‘ahu’s vibrant but underappreciated and geographically remote contemporary art scene.

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Rupert García By John Zarobell

Rupert García

Studio Sessions

In Rupert García’s work, one sees the military-industrial complex, feels the patriotism, and hears the lies the government told.

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The Radicality of Women By Anuradha Vikram

The Radicality of Women

#Hashtags

Sexual harassment and assault in the art world have always been elements of the soft-power domination that global-capitalist culture enacts.

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Light and Space in the Prison-State By Matthew Lax

Light and Space in the Prison-State

Features

Adjacent to the redeveloped neighborhood of Bunker Hill with its own history of displaced communities, the First Street Courthouse is anything but neutral.

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Episode 23: Taraneh Hemami By Weston Teruya

Episode 23: Taraneh Hemami

Notes from Montalvo(un)making

Taraneh Hemami builds platforms for artists and activists to gather, find ways to address past traumas, create work, and weave together a collective institutional memory. 

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Episode 22: Wei Leng Tay & Michelle Wong By Weston Teruya

Episode 22: Wei Leng Tay & Michelle Wong

(un)making

Singaporean artist Wei Leng Tay and Hong Kong-based researcher Michelle Wong talk brought together a group of artists to explore public space, visuality, and post-Umbrella Movement.

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Episode 21: Edra Soto By Weston Teruya

Episode 21: Edra Soto

(un)making

I’m using craft as a vehicle to create this social connection. And to provide awareness, educate, and also put these objects that I collected in other people’s hands.

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Jel Martinez By Jamee Crusan

Jel Martinez

New Takes

Jel Martinez re-creates graffiti-laden street walls in his large paintings, using a process that questions and reenacts acts of erasure.

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Episode 1: Rooting For Everybody Black By Elena Gross, Jay Katelansky

Episode 1: Rooting For Everybody Black

what are you looking at?

what are you looking at? relaunches with Elena Gross, who is now permanently joined by artist and selfie-queen Jay Katelansky as co-host!

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Interview with Aria Dean By Nat Marcus

Interview with Aria Dean

Features

Aria Dean’s recent work has taken the form of material and textual articulations of a reality particular to the ontology of Blackness. 

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Flouting the Work History By Calder Yates

Flouting the Work History

Odd Jobs

"...it suits me better to not live my life worrying about the steps I have to take in order to get to the end. You don’t really know where your life is going to go or how long you’re going to live."

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Episode 20: Kim Anno By Weston Teruya

Episode 20: Kim Anno

(un)making

Weston Teruya talks with Kim Anno about about restorative justice, the ethics and process of building trust, the role of sports as a visual language, and building legislation to support artists in the city of Berkeley.

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Kaori Yamashita By Vivian Sming

Kaori Yamashita

Studio Sessions

This rock is exceptional, if only for the fact that it is covered in white slivers of hair.

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Judy Darragh: FOIL By Ashley Voss

Judy Darragh: FOIL

Notes from Montalvo

More than a political pun, Darragh’s work provides a nonjudgmental platform to brainstorm unconventional solutions.

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Interview with Ellie Dicola By Emily Pothast

Interview with Ellie Dicola

Features

There are three common threads I see going through all of my work: gender and my perception of femininity, experiences of sexuality as they relate to trauma, and mental-health issues, which are linked in a cause-and-effect cycle with the trauma.

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Interview with C. Davida Ingram By Sarah Margolis-Pineo

Interview with C. Davida Ingram

Features

"I’m committed to having spaces to think about the conditions Black people and people of color are living in and what might produce our freedom—spaces for communion, dancing, good music—all the conversational prerequisites for creativity."

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Episode 19: Kimberly Drew By Weston Teruya

Episode 19: Kimberly Drew

(un)making

“I like the idea that you can build more of an artillery of images and things that you have to base your own taste levels off of.”

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Royce Allen Hobbs By Jamee Crusan

Royce Allen Hobbs

New Takes

For some, the need to remain concealed is a mode of both survival and self-preservation.

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The Big Lie By Anuradha Vikram

The Big Lie

#Hashtags

What does this initiative do to rectify decades of disempowerment of Latin American and Latinx people in Los Angeles?

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Interview with Tom Marioni By Terri Cohn

Interview with Tom Marioni

Features

I keep doing different things because I don’t like to repeat myself, but at the same time, I’m doomed to repeat myself because it’s what most people know me for—that one work from 1970.

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Episode 18: Brett Cook By Weston Teruya

Episode 18: Brett Cook

(un)making

Brett Cook and Weston Teruya talk about creating skillful outcomes, bringing people into relationship with one another, and creating a culture of assessment and reflection. 

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Episode 17: Gabby Miller By Weston Teruya

Episode 17: Gabby Miller

(un)making

I am interested in utopias, but a utopia where everyone actually is there. And can actually be there. And that means not erasing history.

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Episode 16: Roberto Bedoya By Weston Teruya

Episode 16: Roberto Bedoya

(un)making

“If you believe in common cause, you also need to learn how to work with antagonisms. Not everything gets resolved.”

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Episode 15: Pallavi Sharma By Weston Teruya

Episode 15: Pallavi Sharma

(un)making

“I always felt there was a big disconnect--especially where I live in San Ramon--between people who create art and people who view art."

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Episode 04: #notallbillionaires By Elena Gross

Episode 04: #notallbillionaires

what are you looking at

Jackie Im joins me to talk about Jay Z, patronage, accessibility, and the intersections of the art market and contemporary hip hop.

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The Tall Tales of Jonas Becker By Vivian Sming

The Tall Tales of Jonas Becker

Notes from Montalvo

Becker speaks of a longing for West Virginia's culture of creating relationships through music and storytelling, rather than political ideology. 

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Episode 14: Maria Gaspar By Weston Teruya

Episode 14: Maria Gaspar

(un)making

“How does the built environment in our communities affect us, on all different levels, on a political level, a civic level?"

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Episode 03: Something Soft & Black By Elena Gross

Episode 03: Something Soft & Black

what are you looking at

The SF Bay Area as an incubator for black creatives, Black Women Artists for Black Lives Matter, the enduring legacy of disco in black survival + more!

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what are you looking at?: Summer Break By Elena Gross

what are you looking at?: Summer Break

what are you looking at

“what are you looking at?” is taking a break for the month of June catching up on Pride events, Warriors parades, Netflix original series, and neglected self-care regimens.

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Episode 12: Steve Wong By Weston Teruya

Episode 12: Steve Wong

(un)making

“I am a product of the movement...This museum is a product of the movement, too: to recover that lost history, to recover that erasure of our stories.”

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Episode 02: Analog Days - Do or Die By Elena Gross

Episode 02: Analog Days - Do or Die

what are you looking at

"I saw it as an opportunity for us, for the first time, as black women to be on the block, and exposing our body, in our way, in our time."
 

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What Imaginary Thing is a Museum? By Anne Lesley Selcer

What Imaginary Thing is a Museum?

Features

“Dónde Está Ana Mendieta?” or “Where is Ana Mendieta?” supposes they are asking, where is the work she had yet to make?

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Episode 8: Nicole Marroquin By Weston Teruya

Episode 8: Nicole Marroquin

(un)making

A discussion about creative and political research, Lower West Side Chicago student activist history from 1968 to 1973, and youth arts education.

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Episode 7: Postcommodity By Weston Teruya

Episode 7: Postcommodity

(un)making

“[The work is] really about indigenous self determination. Whatever form that takes. It’s really about celebrating that, acknowledging it, and connecting those narratives to the public.”

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Episode 6: Mary Chou By Weston Teruya

Episode 6: Mary Chou

(un)making

What does cultural equity mean in the context of public art and city government?

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Episode 4: Ramekon O’Arwisters By Weston Teruya

Episode 4: Ramekon O’Arwisters

(un)making

“Wherever you are, do it with whatever you have, so you can acknowledge that...you have creative power, and by extension that you have power.”

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Episode 3: Grace Rosario Perkins By Weston Teruya

Episode 3: Grace Rosario Perkins

(un)making

“I want other people of color to have a space to create this sort of dialogue or network...that’s where the real stuff is going to actually happen.”

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Episode 2: Gisela Insuaste By Weston Teruya

Episode 2: Gisela Insuaste

(un)making

“You can’t isolate the object from its history, from what’s happening around you in the world..."

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Episode 1: Gaye Chan By Weston Teruya

Episode 1: Gaye Chan

(un)making

“I think that the Free Store allows us to see our irrational fear of the stranger.”

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Jerome Reyes By Vivian Sming

Jerome Reyes

Studio Sessions

Through these collaborations, Reyes creates layers of experience and intimacy between SoMa’s residents based on their personal understanding of time and place.

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Blank Map: Doing Whatever the Fuck We Want By Anna Martine Whitehead

Blank Map: Doing Whatever the Fuck We Want

Endurance Tests

Everything that I do is toward Black liberation. Giving Black people that freedom and space to be whatever we want—whether that be something that’s about Blackness or not—it’s all connected to our liberation.

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On Fire by Jonathan Griffin By Leila Easa

On Fire by Jonathan Griffin

Printed Matters

Griffin is fascinated by fire’s dual role in our collective imagination—as a mercurial force of destruction and loss and as a deeply felt, passionate form of inspiration.

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Interview with Catherine Wagner By Bad at Sports

Interview with Catherine Wagner

Bad at Sports

I'm not concentrating on the specificity of a portrait because the moment I do that it becomes about that person, and I'm trying to talk in much broader cultural strokes.

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Black is the Subject: Dana Michel is Moving By Anna Martine Whitehead

Black is the Subject: Dana Michel is Moving

Endurance Tests

This is part of the Utopia that I created for myself. I’m just going to put my hands deep in the guts of all the things I never allowed myself to touch.

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Marina Pugliese By Shahrzade Ehya

Marina Pugliese

Studio Sessions

Rather than present Italian or Italian American art just to those communities in San Francisco, Pugliese’s exhibitions depart from the traditionally insular framework of cultural institutions.

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Hughen/Starkweather By Selene Foster

Hughen/Starkweather

Studio Sessions

When the colors and shapes of a nonrepresentational work of art rearrange themselves into remembrance or recognition, magic happens.

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Daniel Coburn: The Hereditary Estate By Larissa Archer

Daniel Coburn: The Hereditary Estate

Printed Matters

The specter of some unnamed tragedy is undeniably present, as is the febrile, superstition-soaked atmosphere wherein tragedy might reasonably flourish.

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Hail and Farewell By Patricia Maloney

Hail and Farewell

Op-ed

It is one thing to bring something into the world, it is quite another to know that it will go on without you. 

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Returning Street View to the Street By Genevieve Quick

Returning Street View to the Street

Locating Technology

While Street View as a web-based network has great potential for dispersing information to wide segments of the world's population, it also operates according to corporate strictures and technological limitations.

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Interview with Dread Scott By Bad at Sports

Interview with Dread Scott

Bad at Sports

If this moment is going to stick, it will require not just a movement in the arts, but much more social upheaval.

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LPP in Conversation: Amy Ho By Little Paper Planes

LPP in Conversation: Amy Ho

Studio SessionsLPP in Conversation

Amy M. Ho builds video and spatial installations that bring attention to our existence as both physical and psychological beings. 

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Interview with Janet Cardiff By Bad at Sports, Patricia Maloney

Interview with Janet Cardiff

Bad at Sports

My main interest in sound is how it surrounds us and influences us. It's invisible, comes into our body, but it hits us in a very three-dimensional way.

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Storming the Castle By Patricia Maloney

Storming the Castle

Op-ed

And while speculation is highly problematic, unreliable, and dependent upon conjecture more so than facts, I’ll indulge it here and share my opinion

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Photography is Magic By Roula Seikaly

Photography is Magic

Printed Matters

The book, like the practices it highlights, is a thoughtful and timely response to technological leaps that don’t often afford measured consideration. 

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LPP in Conversation: Binta Ayofemi By Little Paper Planes

LPP in Conversation: Binta Ayofemi

Studio SessionsLPP in Conversation

Ayofemi’s practice is about activating such spaces as commons: repeatable, iterative experiences created through the intersection of location, materials, and opportunities for participation.

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Raiders and Empires By Genevieve Quick

Raiders and Empires

Locating Technology

Syjuco harnesses technologies of distribution and reproduction—the web, photography, and 3D scanning and printing—to create objects that reveal the tangled history of colonization and cultural hybridization.

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Interview with Orit Gat By Bad at Sports

Interview with Orit Gat

Bad at Sports

I don't think that classic structure of the art review—here's the artist, here's what's on view, here's what it means, A, B, C—is actually that bad a structure. I just think it's about time we meddle with it a little bit.

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Interview with Tanya Zimbardo By Bad at Sports, Brian Andrews, Patricia Maloney

Interview with Tanya Zimbardo

Bad at Sports

There was certain work that I wanted to experience in space and not just on my laptop at home. That was part of the interest for me.

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An Old American Problem By Amelia Rina

An Old American Problem

Printed Matters

By inserting himself as the artist/photographer/author, as opposed to a neutral observer, he dilutes his credibility as a critic.

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Finding Value in a Flattened Field By Patricia Maloney

Finding Value in a Flattened Field

Op-ed

The commitment to paying contributors must be acknowledged as only the most visible link in a long chain of interlocking, concrete exchanges distributed throughout the ecosystem.

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500 Capp Street: David Ireland’s House By Matthew Harrison Tedford

500 Capp Street: David Ireland’s House

Printed Matters

Ireland often likened himself to an anthropologist as he continually discovered new features and objects left over from the accordion maker’s 38-year occupation.

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LPP in Conversation: Kate Rhoades By Little Paper Planes

LPP in Conversation: Kate Rhoades

Studio SessionsLPP in Conversation

Rhoades is intent on seriously and hilariously wrestling with questions involving art, ethics, and access.

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Reskill Now! By Celeste Connor

Reskill Now!

Op-ed

Let’s reskill with contemporary means, the shared authorship of feminist practice, the tactical adoption of sympathetic technologies

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Conversation with Brett Goodroad By Claudia La Rocco

Conversation with Brett Goodroad

Studio Sessions

The composing is the most mysterious thing, actually. Often I’ll change what seems easy to understand; I guess I need to confuse myself. Nobody loves, with a capital L, a one-night stand. I don’t, anyway.

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LPP in Conversation: Scott Vermeire By Little Paper Planes

LPP in Conversation: Scott Vermeire

Studio SessionsLPP in Conversation

For our interview, we headed south to Gilroy, garlic capital of California to visit Scott as he directs his latest project. 

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Judy Dater: On Vaginas and Earthworks By Victoria Gannon

Judy Dater: On Vaginas and Earthworks

Notes from the Field Notes from di Rosa

The female figure appears not as an interruption of her environment but as a continuation of it, an extension of the peaked cone on which she stands. 

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Interview with Rick Lowe By Bad at Sports

Interview with Rick Lowe

Bad at Sports

I just want to be as clear as possible about this: I’ve never worked on a project in which I didn’t feel like I was an outsider. And I own that.

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Rock, Paper, Scissors By Vanessa Kauffman Zimmerly

Rock, Paper, Scissors

Notes from di Rosa

Words (and artworks) may be an insufficient means to describe or represent our desire for connectedness to land, but these efforts nonetheless afford a great gain in the breath that language and art can bring to otherwise mundane, thirsty living.

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Derek Jarman: Super 8 By Anton Stuebner

Derek Jarman: Super 8

Printed Matters

Derek Jarman: Super 8 shows an artist fully coming into his own at a social and historical moment when his distinct creative voice would become more needed than ever.

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Little Rebellions: Women and Robots at di Rosa By Emily K. Holmes

Little Rebellions: Women and Robots at di Rosa

Notes from di Rosa

Fascinating subthemes emerge in di Rosa’s vast collection of modern and contemporary Northern California art, as in one unexpected moment in the main gallery devoted to explorations of technology and gender. 

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DOC/UNDOC: Transgress, Transcend, Transform By Jennifer A. González

DOC/UNDOC: Transgress, Transcend, Transform

Printed Matters

DOC/UNDOC echoes this history of conceptual and experimental art but equally invites us to consider older histories of colonialism, religion, and indigenous practices.

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Conversation with Steve Seid By Tanya Zimbardo

Conversation with Steve Seid

Studio Sessions

There was this new art form called video art, but there wasn’t an audience yet. [W]e were not only exhibiting it, but also creating an audience.

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LPP in Conversation: William Emmert By Little Paper Planes

LPP in Conversation: William Emmert

Studio SessionsLPP in Conversation

William Emmert’s work risks being unnoticed in his own studio...and its quietness is both impressive and a little disturbing.

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If I, Brontez Purnell By Anna Martine Whitehead

If I, Brontez Purnell

Endurance Tests

Central to every Renaissance personality, Purnell always lets the project define his practice—which is also to say that he never lets the project define him.

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Context Is Everything: Visiting di Rosa By Maria Porges

Context Is Everything: Visiting di Rosa

Notes from the Field Notes from di Rosa

How will this collection be displayed, conserved, promoted, and carried forward into the uncertain future that institutions face today?

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All the Feels By Aaron Harbour, Jackie Im

All the Feels

Notes from the Field Notes from di Rosa

Jackie Im and Aaron Harbour ruminate on the di Rosa collection and its founder in writing, while Erin Jane Nelson provides her interpretation through altered digital photographs. 

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The Message is the Medium By Genevieve Quick

The Message is the Medium

Locating Technology

July provocatively disrupts conventional standards for communication and efficiency to reimagine how technology could facilitate social interaction.

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Remote Viewing with Stairwell’s By Sarah Hotchkiss, Carey Lin

Remote Viewing with Stairwell’s

Notes from the Field Notes from di Rosa

We drove up from San Francisco to di Rosa on an exceedingly hot day in late September, shortly after the Napa earthquake and the same weekend a closure on Highway 37 slowed wine-tasting traffic to a walking pace.

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Therapeutic Bodies By Genevieve Quick

Therapeutic Bodies

Locating Technology

Rottenberg and Moulton never explicitly identify the condition that the world or individual suffers from, allowing the viewers to speculate that it could be imagined or cyclical. 

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Re-Engineering: Geek Sublime By Vikram Chandra

Re-Engineering: Geek Sublime

Op-edRe-Engineering

Code is uniquely kinetic. It acts and interacts with itself, with the world. In code, the mental and the material are one.

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Michael Danner, Critical Mass By Amelia Rina

Michael Danner, Critical Mass

Printed Matters

Danner’s photographs systematically carries the viewer through the environments so bizarre they verge on otherworldly. 

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Jim Melchert at Winery Lake By Patricia Maloney

Jim Melchert at Winery Lake

Notes from the Field Notes from di Rosa

One feels palpably that di Rosa is a place that has been cultivated, nurtured, grown.
 

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Response: Precarity as Profession By Lane Relyea

Response: Precarity as Profession

Valuing Labor in the Arts

What, if any, difference exists between the creative effort devoted to making art and other kinds of work—like, say, shipping art?

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Response: Dear Christian By Claudia La Rocco

Response: Dear Christian

Valuing Labor in the Arts

How we are implicated, being in this system? Do you really believe that as art teachers we exist firmly in the service economy? 

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Response: Common Measure in Kind By Shannon Jackson

Response: Common Measure in Kind

Valuing Labor in the Arts

After the craft making, after the questionnaires, after the yoga, the debt screams, and the ad-hoc curating—we adjourned to a larger plenary space to think together about what we had wrought.

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Response: Hammering It Out By Julia Bryan-Wilson

Response: Hammering It Out

Valuing Labor in the Arts

One sculpture, Jonathan Borofsky’s large, red Hammering Man (1976–1983), part of the Berkeley Art Museum’s permanent collection, kept returning to me so insistently it felt like it was haunting me.

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Holland Cotter By Bad at Sports

Holland Cotter

Bad at SportsVisiting Artist Profiles

Constantly learning, constantly reading—I would stay a student, basically, which is what I consider what I am, and I love that.

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Dawn Weleski By Matthew Harrison Tedford

Dawn Weleski

Visiting Artist Profiles

These hawkish voices, guided by ignorance and misinformation, are often the loudest ones, calling for shock and awe when tensions flare around the globe. Dawn Weleski aims directly at this destructive connection between ignorance and hostility with her social art project Conflict Kitchen.

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Alfredo Jaar By Matthew Harrison Tedford

Alfredo Jaar

Visiting Artist Profiles

Jaar provokes contemplation with negation and absence, by referencing what is missing or unseen. The images in and documentation of Studies on Happiness and The Rwanda Project show so little but say so much.

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Against Recognition By Emily K. Holmes

Against Recognition

Locating Technology

In Facial Weaponization Suite, Blas effectively asks: How is difference marked on the body, read by us, and in turn, read by machines (made by us)? And how can we complicate all of the naturalized assumptions underlying each of those ideas? 

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James Benning By Matthew Harrison Tedford

James Benning

Visiting Artist Profiles

Benning creates a social history of California by lingering on scenes bypassed by eight-lane freeways or left out of Hollywood depictions.

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Interview with Andrea Bowers By Bad at Sports, Patricia Maloney

Interview with Andrea Bowers

Bad at Sports

And I just wanted to reference that it’s not just about physical rape. There’s a culture of oppression of women that takes many different forms.

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Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle By Matthew Harrison Tedford

Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle

Visiting Artist Profiles

As political as they are, La Tormenta and Search don’t suggest specific problems or solutions. Rather than action, the artist’s aim is discussion.

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The Squeezing of the Middle Class Gallery By Anuradha Vikram

The Squeezing of the Middle Class Gallery

Op-ed

With their leases recently terminated, the mid-sized galleries at 77 Geary Street in San Francisco are the latest casualties of the massive wealth divide that plagues contemporary American society.

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Youngsuk Suh By Matthew Harrison Tedford

Youngsuk Suh

Visiting Artist Profiles

Suh says that contrary to the simplified nature-versus-culture dichotomy, he views nature as a “highly engineered and civilized institution.”

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Casey Reas By Matthew Harrison Tedford

Casey Reas

Visiting Artist Profiles

Software is integral to the form and process of Reas’ work, and he has even said that all of his ideas about how the world operates come from software.

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Participatory Economics By Genevieve Quick

Participatory Economics

Locating Technology

While lighthearted, Bernie Lubell and Packard Jennings use technology to facilitate participation with sharp critique while viewers engage in learning, teaching, exploring, and challenging their roles in the economic system.

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Someday Is Now: The Art of Corita Kent By Patricia Maloney

Someday Is Now: The Art of Corita Kent

Printed Matters

The shortcomings in design and layout, however, do not diminish the book’s capacity to serve as a resource for Kent’s work, which in itself makes the strongest case for her ongoing relevance.

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Re-Engineering: Artist-Run Spaces By Aaron Harbour

Re-Engineering: Artist-Run Spaces

Op-edRe-Engineering

It has been another great year for the opening of new artist-run spaces, despite skyrocketing rent and the growing discontent among the creative community toward the latest tech surge.

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Interview with Christian Jankowski By Patricia Maloney, Bad at Sports

Interview with Christian Jankowski

Bad at Sports

I hope that in Silicon Valley, people might become more sensitive to the possibilities of their language and use it not only to build machines, but also to make poetry.

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The Year in Books By Art Practical Editors

The Year in Books

Printed Matters

Art Practical contributors provide a list of must-read titles they've enjoyed this past year.

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Alter-Circuit: Virlani Hallberg By A. Will Brown

Alter-Circuit: Virlani Hallberg

An Exhibition, Postpartum

Viewers of the piece have also had to put themselves in Et al.’s hands, as it were, journeying below ground into the dark of a laundry basement to engage with something potentially transformative.

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Rick Prelinger By Matthew Harrison Tedford

Rick Prelinger

Visiting Artist Profiles

Prelinger describes his films as being in “a perpetual state of incompletion,” and he urges his audience to construct their own narratives

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Interview with Takeshi Murata By Bad at Sports

Interview with Takeshi Murata

Bad at Sports

I just went off the deep end, trying to figure out what these characters and the space they were in would sound like.

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Brad Kahlhamer By Matthew Harrison Tedford

Brad Kahlhamer

Visiting Artist Profiles

Kahlhamer’s dolls are something deeper than mere imitations of katsina dolls, something new and personal. 

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Fault Lines By A. Will Brown

Fault Lines

An Exhibition, Postpartum

Fault Lines offered poignant commentary on the connection between the seeming disintegration of healthy (although idealized) family dynamics and contemporary society’s obsession with a growing self-voyeurism.

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Machines of Critique By Genevieve Quick

Machines of Critique

Locating Technology

As different as Delvoye and Pauline may appear, they seem to draw the same conclusions regarding the art world and its economic demands. 

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Tyrus Wong By Matthew Harrison Tedford

Tyrus Wong

Visiting Artist Profiles

Though Wong’s most well-known work is the background art he did for Bambi, he has also been an exhibiting artist since before Roosevelt was elected president.

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Interview with Monique Jenkinson By Bad at Sports

Interview with Monique Jenkinson

Bad at Sports

I do like to say that I like working from obstacles. I love to work with women’s fashion or drag as an obstacle. I’m using drag as a constraint to generate movement.

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2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson By Renny Pritikin

2312 by Kim Stanley Robinson

Printed Matters

Robinson writes that on Mercury all the hundreds of planetary craters are named after famous artists, writers, and composers; I scoffed, unable to suspend my disbelief—then I found out that this is in fact true.

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Zarouhie Abdalian / MATRIX 249 By A. Will Brown

Zarouhie Abdalian / MATRIX 249

An Exhibition, Postpartum

Just as Abdalian’s art makes palpable the shortcomings of institutionalized democracy by hampering what we can see, hear, and touch, so too do the pieces in MATRIX 249 marshal the physical properties of the museum’s space for their critique.

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Interview with Claudia La Rocco By Bean Gilsdorf

Interview with Claudia La Rocco

Visiting Artist Profiles

One of the things that I love about performance is that if you weren’t there, then you weren’t there. It does disappear, and we disappear

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Nandipha Mntambo By Matthew Harrison Tedford

Nandipha Mntambo

Visiting Artist Profiles

Mntambo says that the biggest misconception about her work is that it has a “feminist agenda at its core.”

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Camera-less By Genevieve Quick

Camera-less

Locating Technology

As a medium based on mechanical reproduction, photography has long lent itself to appropriation.

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Mickalene Thomas By Matthew Harrison Tedford

Mickalene Thomas

Visiting Artist Profiles

Thomas says her work “is about presenting beauty and the black body.” She proclaims, “You’ll see me, therefore I exist."

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Disquiet by Amani Willett By Amelia Rina

Disquiet by Amani Willett

Printed Matters

Disquiet (Damiani Factory, 2013) utilizes the photo book format to weave a dreamlike meditation on life, death, destruction, and rebirth.

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Interview with Osha Neumann By Elizabeth Sims

Interview with Osha Neumann

Studio Sessions

I could no longer stay in my apartment and paint; I was drawn into what was happening on the streets.

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External Combustion By A. Will Brown

External Combustion

An Exhibition, Postpartum

He taught me about demanding the most from oneself: the highest possible level of rigor one is capable of.

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Interview with Pat Williams By Bad at Sports

Interview with Pat Williams

Bad at Sports

America ought to run the risk once in a while of mirroring itself, in determining whether or not we really value the arts

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Part 1: If The Walls Would Not Speak By Rob Marks

Part 1: If The Walls Would Not Speak

The Museum on My Mind

The museum is the kindest parent, ushering me to the brink, toward moments of wonder and awe, insight and revelation. But almost at once, it is the cruelest parent, jerking me back.

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