In celebration of last week's historic ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court granting Americans the right to same-sex marriage, we present an article by feminist critic Jill Johnston about her Fluxmarriage to her Danish partner Ingrid Nyeboe on June 26, 1993—exactly 22 years before the landmark SCOTUS decision....Read more
A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place in New York this week: a panel discussion on the consequences of big data on education systems; a launch of the Berlin-based magazine Starship; a free outdoor screening and concert in Joyce…Read more
I tracked international news on Cuba throughout my formative years, mythologizing the country that created a local resilience plan based on barter, large-scale urban farming and public service to survive everything from trade embargos imposed by the Un…Read more
A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place this week in L.A.: performances by Miwa Matreyek at Union Station; a day of "Witty and Urbane" projects and workshops across the city; a panel discussion about composition in photography at…Read more
by Jess Wilcox
At the Museum of Modern Art, Steffani Jemison debuts Promise Machine (June 25-28), a commission related to "One Way Ticket: Jacob Lawrence's Migration Series and Other Visions of the Great Movement North" Sited in the galleries, Jemison's project includes…Read more
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A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place in New York this week: performances exploring the idea of the city as a natural habitat at Pioneer Works; a performance by Aki Sasamoto at Luxembourg & Dayan; an installation and sound com…Read more
A.i.A. editors suggest a few of the myriad events taking place this week in L.A.: a lecture by Shigeru Ban at LACMA; KCHUNG's annual festival at Pehrspace; a benefit party for the Tom of Finland Foundation at Faultline; and the culmination of LAND's Ma…Read more
In Wang Wei’s recent installation, Two Rooms (2015), depictions of verdant planes against picture-perfect gradient skies physically and psychologically dislocated visitors to the gallery. The mural landscapes were based on those found in animal enclosures at the Beijing Zoo, which is a recurring source of inspiration for Wang. A camouflage-pattern-painted radiator (like one from the zoo) was displayed near the gallery entrance, and several overripe bananas were strewn across the floor. The installation as a whole emphasized the ways in which culture produces us at the same time as we produce it.
For some time now, our relationship with the built environment has preoccupied Wang, who was associated with China’s much-mythologized Post-Sense Sensibility movement of the late 1990s. While carrying out other important objectives—like countering blatant ...Read more
The Berlin-based duo Pauline Boudry and Renate Lorenz showed two recent films at Ellen de Bruijne Projects that continue their pursuit of “queer archeology”—the artists’ term for mining archives and history books for characters and texts engaging queer politics. The artists, who have worked together since 2004, aim to flatten hierarchies and complicate gender norms, often casting musicians and performance artists with fluid gender identities in their work.
The more successful of the recent pieces is also the more ambitious. Titled To Valerie Solanas and Marilyn Monroe in Recognition of Their Desperation (2013), the 18-minute 16mm film captures a group of musicians coming together in a Berlin studio to perform the eponymous score by composer Pauline Oliveros.
As is typical for Boudry and Lorenz, the film has several beginnings and end...Read more
“The Passion According to Carol Rama” is the largest show to date of the Italian artist, with over 200 paintings, watercolors, prints and sculptures made between 1936 and 2005. The exhibition, which opened last year in Barcelona, will finish its European tour in 2017 in Turin, where Rama was born in 1918 and where she has lived ever since. Her reputation was mostly local but grew in 1980 when curator Lea Vergine included her in an important show of women artists in Milan. She was nearing 80 when she had her first significant solo shows outside Italy.
The Paris exhibition opens with watercolors and oil paintings made in Fascist Italy during wartime. They are rarely over 15 inches in their larger dimension, but we remember them bigger. Rama renders the lonely singularity of desire like no one else. In Marta (1940), we see a corpulent figure from behind; s...Read more
Some artworks acquire significance gradually; others are noisily proclaimed masterpieces from the outset. Firmly in the latter camp is Christian Marclay’s The Clock (2010), in which thousands of stolen moments from the history of cinema are collated into a 24-hour filmic “timepiece” that mirrors the real time of the film’s duration through myriad glimpses of clocks and watches and snatches of dialogue.
It is perhaps unsurprising that Marclay’s latest exhibition at White Cube, following the success of The Clock, conveyed an air of “after the party” dissipation. In one of the largest galleries, a shelf of pub glasses of various shapes ran around the perimeter of the room to create an incidental sculptural frieze of empties. Resembling a Haim Steinbach shelf of commonplace trinkets, albeit with none of that artist&rsq...Read more