Lauren O’Neill-Butler

“Insecurities: Tracing Displacement and Shelter”

MoMA - The Museum of Modern Art

November 2016

This necessary exhibition presents architectural and design responses to an increasingly precarious but basic human right—shelter—in our era of mass crisis, emergency, urgency, and hopelessness. The show begins with the immense issue of … READ ON

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Bas Jan Ader

October 2016

Vito Acconci followed people on New York City streets and Bas Jan Ader fell off the roof of his house in Claremont, California—all in the name of art. This past summer offered the opportunity to compare the divergent flavors of Conceptual … READ ON

IN PRINT October 2016 [TOC]

Phil Collins

The Met | Metropolitan Museum of Art

September 2016

At least three exhibitions on view this fall on the Upper East Side telegraph, in divergent ways, historical instances of statelessness. These include Zoe Leonard’s affecting pictures at Hauser & Wirth, incorporating aged snapshots of her … READ ON

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James T. Hong

James T. Hong talks about his work in the Taipei Biennial

September 2016

James T. Hong is a filmmaker and artist based in Taiwan. His performance and installation Nietzsche Reincarnated as a Chinese Woman and Their Shared Lives, 2016, is featured in the tenth edition of the Taipei Biennial, “Gestures and Archives… READ ON

500 WORDS

Donna J. Haraway

Donna J. Haraway speaks about her latest book

September 2016

From her classic Cyborg Manifesto, first published three decades ago, to her latest arguments about the “Chthulucene,” multispecies feminist theorist Donna J. Haraway is one of our most daring thinkers. A distinguished professor emerita in … READ ON

500 WORDS

Ways of Being

Lauren O’Neill-Butler on The Seasons in Quincy: Four Portraits of John Berger

August 2016

A SKETCHY INK DRAWING of “Tilda” stands out among other portraits of friends in Bento’s Sketchbook (2011), a Spinoza-inspired tome by the charismatic English critic and artist John Berger. Legend has it that the excommunicated philosopher—and… READ ON

FILM

Future Tense

July 2016

Feelings aren’t facts in Anohni’s debut solo album Hopelessness (2016)—but that doesn’t mean they’re useless. Her eleven new songs speak frankly from the heart and lay a rhythm for direct action. Creating friction with upbeat electronic tempos… READ ON

SLANT

“Museum of Stones”

ON SITE

January 2016

IT’S IMPOSSIBLE not to imagine a conversation between Isamu Noguchi and Jimmie Durham in “Museum of Stones.” The two artists, while separated by three and a half decades, share a near-mystical affinity for ascetic, stripped-down … READ ON

IN PRINT January 2016 [TOC]

Agnes Denes

Socrates Sculpture Park

October 2015

An ecological jamboree of life and death, Agnes Denes’s The Living Pyramid, 2015, gently slopes up to thirty feet high from a thirty-square-foot base. Thousands of seeds harvested in May have resulted in various grasses, plants, and wildflowers… READ ON

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Maria Nordman

October 2015

Present. It’s a keyword in Maria Nordman’s oeuvre and a cipher in much of her work. Beginning in the late 1960s, Nordman has designated her works as continuous, signaling the way they are always ongoing; user-driven; focused toward a public,… READ ON

IN PRINT October 2015 [TOC]