Lauren Cavalli

  • interviews September 05, 2017

    Bosco Sodi

    On September 7, 2017, the Brooklyn-based Mexican artist Bosco Sodi will deliver on one of Donald Trump’s campaign promises: he will build a wall that was paid for by Mexicans. Beginning at 7 AM, Sodi and his crew will erect Muro, 2017, in Washington Square Park, with 1,600 clay bricks that were fired by hand at the artist’s studio in Mexico. Once his first New York public art installation is finished, Sodi will step back around 3 PM and watch as the community takes it apart.

    I DON’T MAKE POLITICAL ART. In the past, various artist friends and associations have invited me to work on political

  • interviews August 08, 2017

    Aman Mojadidi

    Afghan-American artist Aman Mojadidi works largely on site-specific projects that combine qualitative research, traditional storytelling, postmodern narrative strategies, and mixed-media installations to approach themes such as belonging, identity politics, conflict, and migration. His latest installation, Once Upon a Place, 2017, comprises three phone booths that are wired to relay dozens of oral histories told by immigrants living throughout New York City. Mojadidi recorded the stories during his residency with Times Square Arts. The work will be on view in the heart of Times Square (Forty-Sixth

  • interviews August 05, 2016

    Laura Lima

    Laura Lima’s solo debut exhibition in the US, “The Inverse,” consists of a site-specific installation that shares the same title. The Brazilian artist has threaded a thick blue nylon rope through the architecture of the atrium in Miami’s Institute of Contemporary Art, looping it over beams and wrapping it around columns as it dwindles in size. It ends between the legs of a half-visible woman lying on the floor—a performer who engages with the sculpture by inserting an end of the rope into her vagina. The work garnered recent headlines when a participant alleged she was “misled,” which artforum.com

  • picks November 20, 2015

    Cynthia Daignault

    In 2014, Cynthia Daignault packed her bags, gassed up her car, and drove. For one year she traveled throughout the United States, stopping every twenty-five miles to paint the landscape. The result is “Light Atlas,” 2015, a series of more than three hundred modestly sized works, hung edge to edge in a tidy line in the main room of the gallery. The installation produces a crazy-quilt gradient field of blues, greens, and browns, culled from oceans, farmers’ fields, and arid deserts.

    Daignault’s intimate approach undermines the macho grandiosity of American landscape painting. And a gooey optimism

  • picks September 24, 2015

    Tara Donovan

    In 1943, naval engineer Richard James accidentally invented what would become one of America’s most beloved toys—the Slinky. Seventy-two years later, there is nothing accidental in the way sculptor Tara Donovan wields this famous spring. Showing off her ability to see the potential for art in almost any object, the three abstract, site-specific pieces (all works untitled and 2015) that Donovan created for this museum—a wall relief, a freestanding sculpture, and a monoprint—are methodical exercises in manipulating form and emulating function, to celebrate the Slinky as well as to defy its