David Velasco

“Zhana Ivanova: Ongoing Retrospective (Chapter I)”

January 2015

Curated by Elena Filipovic Until now, I didn’t really know the work of Zhana Ivanova—but it seems that’s sort of the point. And until now, I hadn’t thought much about the way in which now slips into know, a perpetual dialectic of presence … READ ON


Trajal Harrell

Trajal Harrell talks about his Kitchen homecoming and his residency at MoMA

September 2014

Trajal Harrell’s Twenty Looks or Paris Is Burning at the Judson Church, 2009–2013, seven works investigating a speculative collision between the traditions of voguing and postmodern dance, has become one of the most influential dance series… READ ON


Douglas Coupland

Douglas Coupland speaks about his survey at the Vancouver Art Gallery

August 2014

The writer, designer, and artist Douglas Coupland hit the ground running in 1991, when his first novel, Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture, became an international best seller. In 2000, after much acclaim for his novels and … READ ON


Pull Up to the Bumper

The 2nd Art Basel Hong Kong

May 2014 HONG KONG

ART BASEL Miami Basel Hong Kong Basel… Basel Basel Basel.  This year, the third Frieze New York rear-ended the second Art Basel Hong Kong, and like a patchy crossfade some of us went to sleep in one city and woke up two days later in another… READ ON



May 2014

UPTOWN  YOU COULD ALMOST MISS IT: A seam in the wall near the stairwell on the third floor of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York—five feet up, six feet over, and five feet down again. And maybe it’s meant to be missed, this … READ ON

IN PRINT May 2014 [TOC]


January 2014

THIS MONTH, choreographer Sarah Michelson will present her new work, 4, at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Artforum invited David Velasco to examine the long arc of her oeuvre and the groundbreaking performances that have led… READ ON

IN PRINT January 2014 [TOC]


December 2013

IN THE YEAR OF MILEY CYRUS, we learned that pop’s rote vicissitudes are still key to how we metabolize, multiply, and refigure our common pleasures and insecurities. We learned that race and sex are still potent—in other words, salable—stocks,… READ ON

IN PRINT December 2013 [TOC]

Jay-Z and Marina Abramović in Picasso Baby, 2013

July 2013

Jay-Z and Marina Abramović in Picasso Baby.… READ ON


1000 WORDS: ART CLUB 2000

February 2013

IN THE YEAR 1993 you were about twenty years lighter, and everything was that much cooler. People were weirder and partied more (and better). We all stayed out a little bit later. Which is surely why that year got picked up as the ostensible… READ ON

IN PRINT February 2013 [TOC]

Echo Park

David Velasco on the Merce Cunningham Park Avenue Armory Event box set

December 2012

ONE OF THE BEST FILMS OF 2012 was not released in theaters or shown at any festivals or streamed on Netflix or anywhere really but is only available on DVD through a small San Francisco–based nonprofit art-film distributor. The Park Avenue … READ ON