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Yearly Archives: 2019

The Intrinsic Openness of the Hive Mind

The Intrinsic Openness of the Hive Mind

Writer, artist and activist Avram Finkelstein describes the commodification of the Science=Death movement and the strength of collectivity.

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Creating a Platform for New Voices

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Creating a Platform for New Voices

Art21 Educator and Educator in Residence, Marie Elcin, describes the impact of the social practice approach of artist Mel Chin.

Francis Alÿs: A Moment of Collective Complicity

Francis Alÿs: A Moment of Collective Complicity

Francis Alÿs discusses the unexpected circumstances during the production of his collaborative film Don’t Cross the Bridge Before You Get to the River (2008).

The Tactile Technological Touch of Jacolby Satterwhite

The Tactile Technological Touch of Jacolby Satterwhite

Jacolby Satterwhite spoke with writer Rahel Aima about his forthcoming album and artistic practice.

Demons and Deities: Martine Gutierrez’s Indigenous Inspired Iconography

Demons and Deities: Martine Gutierrez’s Indigenous Inspired Iconography

Barbara Calderón analyzes the themes of Indigenous Woman, an art magazine produced by multimedia artist Martine Gutierrez.

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Cultivating Collections

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Cultivating Collections

Choice-based Art21 Educator, Maureen Hergott explains how she uses collections in the classroom to inspire creativity in her students.

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Introducing the Art21 Educators Year Nine Cohort

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Introducing the Art21 Educators Year Nine Cohort

Joe Fusaro, Art21’s senior education advisor, introduces the ninth cohort of Art21 Educators.

Think Through Your Body

Think Through Your Body

Curator Simon Wu parallels the Jes Fan sculpture, Systems III (2018), to an essay, a poem and a song.

Elle Pérez’s Search for Intensity

Elle Pérez’s Search for Intensity

Larissa Pham discusses the themes of performance behind the profound photographs by Elle Pérez. Often mistaken as documentary, Pérez’s work is carefully composed, and a collaborative effort between their subjects, many of whom are peers.

Art21 Extended Play

New Video: Zanele Muholi Unplugs from the Studio

Art21 Extended Play

New Video: Zanele Muholi Unplugs from the Studio

Zanele Muholi explains the impetus behind creating what they call “mobile studios” to photograph members of the LGBTI community in South Africa. Freed from the limitations of a single studio space, Muholi travels to the homes and community spaces shared by the people depicted in their photographs.

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Introducing the 2019-2020 Cohort of Art21 Educators

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Introducing the 2019-2020 Cohort of Art21 Educators

Art21 is proud to announce the twelve educators that will join the incoming ninth cohort of Art21 Educators.

Pictorial SpaceX

Pictorial SpaceX

Visual artist Caitlin Cherry connects her work to Donna Haraway’s 1985 essay, Cyborg Manifesto.

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Harnessing the Penchant for Play

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Harnessing the Penchant for Play

Art21 Educator, Maureen Hergott, provides a lesson that inspired young students to engage their imagination and construct artworks inspired by the human form.

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Fueled by the Classroom: Being an Artist and Educator

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Fueled by the Classroom: Being an Artist and Educator

Art21’s senior education advisor, Joe Fusaro, shares insight on synchronizes his art practice with being an arts educator.

A Tangible History of the American South

A Tangible History of the American South

Landscape has always been a foundational lens through which I interpret the world around me. As a product of the American South, I understood how landscape underscored my everyday experience and learned how natural materials hold a tangible history of lineage, labor, and land. My work reflects the role of landscape in the creation of Americana and how the natural environment is the central protagonist, not a backdrop, of everyday life.

In Conversation: Kevin Beasley and Mark Bradford

In Conversation: Kevin Beasley and Mark Bradford

This conversation between Kevin Beasley and Mark Bradford, provides insight into two great creative minds at different stages of their careers. Originally published in the book Kevin Beasley, in tandem with Beasley’s first major museum exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) Boston.

Dancing between Spectacular and Ordinary

Dancing between Spectacular and Ordinary

Photographer Paul Weinberg recounts his career of documenting apartheid in South Africa. Alongside photographer David Goldblatt, Weinberg discusses the cultural climate around documentary photography with the group Afrapix, and his other series of indigenous peoples in light of apartheid.

Teaching with Contemporary Art

To Evoke Emotion

Teaching with Contemporary Art

To Evoke Emotion

Art21 Educator Dennis Greenwell shares an exercise that encouraged students to explore and embrace emotional reactions to artwork.

Slaughter

Slaughter

For an art form so daring, defiant, and overwhelmingly public as graffiti, it is too often dismissed, ignored, and (in some cases) made invisible, disappearing into the barrage of visual information around it. Encompassing everything from large-than-life paintings to train tags or the scratching of one’s moniker into an air-conditioner grill, graffiti both animates and disrupts our landscape. This way of working was at the heart of Margaret Kilgallen’s practice.

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Landscape and Inquiry

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Landscape and Inquiry

Art21 Educator Dennis Greenwell screened the “Extended Play” film “Julie Mehretu: Politicized Landscapes” and shares the inspiring classroom discussion and activity that ensued as a result.

Black Mentifact

Black Mentifact

Artist and curator Tiona Nekkia McClodden visited Kevin Beasley’s exhibition “A view of a landscape” with her mother, sparking a conversation about labor, cotton, and family history. McClodden shares how her creative practice is influenced by these histories and the exploration of black mentifact.