Melissa Gronlund

“The Short Century”

November 2016

A major problem of twentieth-century art history in the Arab region has been one of visibility. Even the high points of Arab Modernism, the movement that flourished across the Maghreb and the Middle East from the 1950s to the ’70s, are often… READ ON

IN PRINT November 2016 [TOC]

Maeve Connolly’s TV Museum


January 2015

“THERE’S SOME KIND OF a haunting here that I’m picking up,” warns Mindy, a late-night psychic on a fake public-access television show in Phil Collins’s latest film, Tomorrow Is Always Too Long, 2014. “Does it make sense to ask yourself: Who… READ ON

IN PRINT January 2015 [TOC]

Define Intervention

Melissa Gronlund at a Tate Modern conference on Expanded Cinema

May 2009

“THE QUESTION IS, WHAT’S NOT ‘EXPANDED CINEMA’?” artist Malcolm Le Grice noted during Tate Modern’s sold-out conference April 17–19, which featured three days of films, performances, and presentations on the subject. The event was an attempt… READ ON


Paper Trail

Melissa Gronlund on Jane and Louise Wilson

February 2009

IN 1993, STANLEY KUBRICK abandoned the extensive research he’d been conducting for Aryan Papers, a film about a young Jewish woman, Tania, who tries to save her family by pretending they are Catholic. The project’s ephemera remain in Kubrick’s… READ ON


Brick House

Melissa Gronlund on Robert Beavers

January 2009

SOME SOUNDS STICK WITH YOU, and three years after I last saw Robert Beavers’s masterful cycle My Hand Outstretched to the Winged Distance and Sightless Measure (1967–2002), the noise of fluttering pigeons is still madeleine material, a direct… READ ON


Boot Camp

Melissa Gronlund at the London debut of Kenneth Anger's Ich Will!

November 2008

WELL, HE’S STILL ALIVE. At filmmaker Curtis Harrington’s funeral last year, Kenneth Anger predicted that he himself would die on October 31, 2008—the date that he later chose for the London premiere of his two most recent videos: Ich Will!,… READ ON