David Velasco

Richard Maxwell

Richard Maxwell talks about his new work in the 2012 Whitney Biennial

April 2012

Richard Maxwell is a New York–based playwright and theater director, and a recent recipient of a Doris Duke Performing Artist Award. Maxwell wrote the text used in Sarah Michelson’s Devotion Study #1—The American Dancer, which recently won … READ ON

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Dennis Cooper

Dennis Cooper talks about “Closer—The Dennis Cooper Papers”

March 2012

Dennis Cooper is an American writer and artist based in Paris. In 1987 he moved from New York to Amsterdam, where he wrote his novel Closer (1989), the first book in his celebrated pentalogy, “The George Miles Cycle” (1989–2000). “Closer—The… READ ON

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Queer Eyes

David Velasco on A. K. Burns and A. L. Steiner’s Community Action Center

March 2012

The little cretin shepardess was now ruined for normal love and she ran amok among the other freaks, inflaming them. —Jack Smith, “Normal Love,” 1963  SOME FEMININE PRODUCTS: Makeup, paint, and brushes. Floggers and Boston creams. Joints. … READ ON

FILM

The Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art

ON SITE

March 2012

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Neal Medlyn

Neal Medlyn talks about Wicked Clown Love

February 2012

Wicked Clown Love is the sixth work in Neal Medlyn’s ongoing series of performances based around pop stars. Prior pieces have considered recording artists such as Lionel Richie, Phil Collins, and Britney Spears; his latest component builds … READ ON

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End Days

The final performances of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company

January 2012 NEW YORK

ON THE LAST THREE NIGHTS OF 2011, I attended five of the final six performances of the Merce Cunningham Dance Company. Even a few dance journalists, from whom you might expect a degree of sympathy, suggested it was a bit eccentric to see so… READ ON

DIARY

“Simon Fujiwara: Since 1982”

January 2012

Curated by Miguel Amado “I am my work,” Simon Fujiwara tells us. But not in a Madame Bovary c’est moi kind of way. Rather, the Berlin-based, Japanese-born artist gives us fictions in the guise of autobiography or uses biographical material … READ ON

PREVIEWS

“Retrospective by Xavier Le Roy”

January 2012

A retrospective is basically a midlife crisis, one that devolves on the stomach-churning question “What have I done?”… READ ON

PREVIEWS

David Velasco

Dance: Best of 2011

December 2011

1 Sarah Michelson, Devotion (The Kitchen, New York, January 13–15 and 19–22, 2011) I saw this dance about dance and dance making three times in one week. Each time I held on to it thinking, “This is as good as it gets.” Nothing leaves you … READ ON

IN PRINT December 2011 [TOC]

John Jasperse

John Jasperse talks about Canyon

November 2011

The New York–based dance artist John Jasperse has produced fourteen evening-length works and is the recipient of numerous fellowships and awards, including a Bessie in 2001. His latest piece, Canyon, has its New York premiere at the Brooklyn… READ ON

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