COLUMNS

  • Living in Obscenity

    THERE’S A PILE of dirty laundry on my floor, not really. Inside me grievances mount, grief, anger fulminates, ugliness. Feel palpable anxiety for the most vulnerable people, they’re without, without, without resources. Despair for terrors his bullying campaign brought, his election, causing black and Hispanic kids, and gay kids, not to be able to sleep, to fear being killed. Desperate refugees, immigrants. Girls who will get their first period, naive, vulnerable, no protection for them. Gorge rises at the bigots, cleared to come out from their half-shut closets. In this long, dark night, vampires

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  • Mourning After: Mel Chin

    In the wake of the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States, artists and activists have begun to respond—and prepare for future interventions.

    THERE IS NO CONCESSION, but a renewed search to find means to embolden the process of struggle, resistance, and critique, active before this election.

    Our empire was already weakened by our policies, decades of endless war and injustice, against the most unfortunate, buried in our laws that shackled emancipation.

    We must now heed the will of those unaware they have been suffocating on the spittle of their anger.

    We must be ready soon to

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  • My Most Recent Acceptance (2016)

    FRANKLY THIS IS A MOURNFUL LITTLE PIECE. Last Sunday we were all out there on the high line freezing our asses off—joyfully. Zoe Leonard’s I Want a Dyke President was wheat-pasted several hundred feet away from us and for about three hours ten or twelve of us including Justin Vivian Bond and myself and Layli Long Soldier and Fred Moten, poets & performers, thinkers, everyone emceed by Sharon Hayes read statements got up on stage and sang and read about sex and chatted and discoursed and generally filled in the details of the absolute political state of rage we are living in. It was beautiful

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  • Mourning After: James Welling

    In the wake of the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States, artists and activists have begun to respond—and prepare for future interventions. Here James Welling shares photographs from a Union Square rally and march on Trump’s home, Trump Towers at 725 Fifth Avenue in New York, on November 9 and another on November 11, 2016.

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  • Pop Quiz: Christopher K. Ho on the election

    To coincide with the November issue of Artforum on art and politics, including special projects by Wolfgang Tillmans, Dread Scott, and Eileen Myles, artforum.com invited a small group to select an indelible image or video related to the election.

    "His Bonnie on the side, Bonnie on the side

    Makes me so sad, girl

    His money on the side, money on the side

    Makes me so sad, girl.

    I'm a sad girl, I'm a sad girl, I'm a sad girl”

    – Lana del Rey

    Christopher K. Ho is an artist living and working in New York and Hong Kong.

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  • Pop Quiz: Judy Chicago on the election

    To coincide with the November issue of Artforum on art and politics, including special projects by Wolfgang Tillmans, Dread Scott, and Eileen Myles, artforum.com invited a small group to select an indelible image or video related to the election.

    Judy Chicago is an artist, author, and educator.

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  • Pop Quiz: Walter Benn Michaels

    To coincide with the November issue of Artforum on art and politics, including special projects by Wolfgang Tillmans, Dread Scott, and Eileen Myles, artforum.com invited a small group to select an indelible image or video related to the election.

    Sometimes the internal structure of the work of art gives you a better picture of politics than politics does.

    Walter Benn Michaels is a professor of English at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His most recent book is The Beauty of a Social Problem: Photography, Autonomy, Economy (University of Chicago, 2015).

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  • Pop Quiz: Jibade-Khalil Huffman on the election

    To coincide with the November issue of Artforum on art and politics, including special projects by Wolfgang Tillmans, Dread Scott, and Eileen Myles, artforum.com invited a small group to select an indelible image or video related to the election.

    Jibade-Khalil Huffman is an artist and poet living and working in Los Angeles.

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  • Pop Quiz: Vanessa Place on the election

    To coincide with the November issue of Artforum on art and politics, including special projects by Wolfgang Tillmans, Dread Scott, and Eileen Myles, artforum.com invited a small group to select an indelible image or video related to the election.

    The most interesting people are always the monsters.

    Luckily, we are so many.

    Vanessa Place is a criminal defense artist.

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  • Pop Quiz: Jacolby Satterwhite on the election

    To coincide with the November issue of Artforum on art and politics, including special projects by Wolfgang Tillmans, Dread Scott, and Eileen Myles, artforum.com invited a small group to select an indelible image or video related to the election.

    Jacolby Satterwhite is an artist based in New York.

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  • Pop Quiz: McKenzie Wark on the election

    To coincide with the November issue of Artforum on art and politics, including special projects by Wolfgang Tillmans, Dread Scott, and Eileen Myles, artforum.com invited a small group to select an indelible image or video related to the election.

    #VastFeministConspiracy

    McKenzie Wark is chair of the department of culture and media at the New School for Social Research in New York. His most recent book is Molecular Red (Verso, 2015).

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  • Pop Quiz: Grace Dunham on the election

    To coincide with the November issue of Artforum on art and politics, including special projects by Wolfgang Tillmans, Dread Scott, and Eileen Myles, artforum.com invited a small group to select an indelible image or video related to the election.

    THERES’S A MYTH that young people are politically disengaged. But young people—especially young people who bear the brunt of intersecting systems of oppression—recognize that the current political system is designed to fail them/us. So what do you do when you’re told your political identity rests on the choice between two competing embodiments of the

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