Eva Díaz

Life on Mars?

March 2017

ON FEBRUARY 19 MPA, an artist based in Joshua Tree, California, completed (along with colleagues Amapola Prada and Elizabeth Marcus-Sonenberg) an ersatz ten-day residency at the Whitney Museum titled Orbit. For that period, the three women … READ ON

SLANT

It’s the Economy, Stupid

The 104th College Art Association conference in Washington, DC

February 2016 WASHINGTON, DC

THE LAST TIME I went to a College Art Association conference I didn’t attend a single panel. Instead I shopped a book proposal around in meetings with editors at CAA’s vast onsite book fair. At that time I couldn’t stomach (afford) renewing… READ ON

DIARY

Environmental Hazards

October 2014

YOU CAN’T SWING A DEAD CAT these days without hitting a reference to the “Anthropocene,” the term for what some argue is a new geological age caused by humans fucking up the environment. Philosopher Bruno Latour’s play Gaïa Global Circus—which… READ ON

SLANT

Jacolby Satterwhite

December 2013

Many times when we say collaboration, we actually mean task-based audience participation, or even, simply, appropriation. Think, for example, of how “collaborative” processes such as workshopping and inviting audience contributions often … READ ON

IN PRINT December 2013 [TOC]

Phil Collins

November 2013

In 1998, an influential article in the Harvard Business Review introduced the phrase “experience economy”; in the years since, billing a product or service as an “event” of “memorable” or “transformative” effect has become the pervasive … READ ON

IN PRINT November 2013 [TOC]

Julio Grinblatt

October 2013

In Fluxus event scores, the interpretive freedom invited by a brief and sometimes enigmatic textual composition encourages unexpected outcomes in the work’s performance. For example, how does one execute George Brecht’s Word Event • Exit, … READ ON

IN PRINT October 2013 [TOC]

Katherine Wolkoff

Sasha Wolf Gallery

June 2013

The prevailing metaphor of photography is that of the hunt. Photographers shoot, even stalk, their subjects; in the case of Katherine Wolkoff’s work, the absence of “prey” itself becomes the subject of the project. Wandering the fields of … READ ON

PICKS

Rico Gatson

June 2013

The five paintings in Rico Gatson’s series “Watts,” 2011, on view in this show, are adapted from aerial photographs of the Watts rebellion of 1965, in Los Angeles, and address the still raw and unresolved nature of the injustices that trigger… READ ON

IN PRINT Summer 2013 [TOC]

David Hartt

The Studio Museum in Harlem

April 2013

Until recently, the Johnson Publishing Company (JPC) was headquartered in the first skyscraper in Chicago owned and designed by African Americans. The firm was home to a suite of ventures: Jet and Ebony magazines, the now-defunct journals … READ ON

PICKS

Trevor Paglen

April 2013

THE END OF SPACE AGE: So proclaims the cover of a recent issue of The Economist, which Trevor Paglen has photographed and blown up to movie-poster size. If ever there was a moment to reassess the utopian drive to exceed the envelope of Earth,… READ ON

IN PRINT April 2013 [TOC]