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Investigation: Where Art Meets Science

Strategies & Resources

Investigation: Where Art Meets Science

In an investigation with her 9th grade applied science class, Tricia Fitzpatrick’s students learn what makes Mars red, and create rust artworks through experimentation.

New Kids on the Block

Mohamad Hafez’s Complex Models of Syrian Devastation

New Kids on the Block

Mohamad Hafez’s Complex Models of Syrian Devastation

Mohamad Hafez creates elaborate models of annihilated streetscapes and ruined buildings, replicating the devastation of the war in Syria, where he was born.

Letter from the Editor

Rust in Detroit: Ingenuity, Process, and Natural Order

Letter from the Editor

Rust in Detroit: Ingenuity, Process, and Natural Order

Art21 Magazine’s first co-guest editors, curators Laura Mott and Taylor Renee Aldridge, introduce the issue’s theme: “Rust,” and its complicated relationship to the city of Detroit.

Educator Spotlight

Art21 Educator Spotlight: Tricia Fitzpatrick

Educator Spotlight

Art21 Educator Spotlight: Tricia Fitzpatrick

Meet Art21 Educator Tricia Fitzpatrick and learn how she incorporates contemporary art practices in her science classroom in Mississauga, Ontario.

Staff Pick

Staff Picks: Springtime Edition

Staff Pick

Staff Picks: Springtime Edition

The Art21 staff presents a selection of our favorite films and exhibitions in New York.

Artist Introspectives

The Practice of Walking: Somewhere Near Zabar’s

Artist Introspectives

The Practice of Walking: Somewhere Near Zabar’s

Erin Sweeny recounts her performative action of walking the length of Manhattan on Good Friday, and relates the project to other artists who incorporate walking in their practice.

Artist Introspectives

Touch/Don’t Touch

Artist Introspectives

Touch/Don’t Touch

Artist Gabrielle Civil shares the freedom her performance practice has brought her, and the frustration of dealing with oblivious racism in 2017.

On View Now

Tracing the Out-of-Sight: Cristina Camacho’s Symmetrical Tensions

On View Now

Tracing the Out-of-Sight: Cristina Camacho’s Symmetrical Tensions

Anna Burckhardt explores the process and motivations behind the anthropomorphic symmetry in Cristina Camacho’s painting series, “Bilateral Dissections.”

The New Situationists

Implicit Politics: August Sander and the Fallacy of Objectivity

The New Situationists

Implicit Politics: August Sander and the Fallacy of Objectivity

Erin Sweeny uncovers the complexities of accepting photography as an objective representation of reality, through the work of twentieth century German photographer August Sander.

Writer-in-Residence

Beverly Fishman: Color-Coding Big Pharma

Writer-in-Residence

Beverly Fishman: Color-Coding Big Pharma

Writer-in-Residence Zachary Small uncovers the psychological implications of Beverly Fishman’s brightly colored pill-paintings that explore the consequences of an unchecked medical industry.

Looking at Los Angeles

Kathleen Ryan: Weightless Again at Ghebaly Gallery

Looking at Los Angeles

Kathleen Ryan: Weightless Again at Ghebaly Gallery

Lindsay Preston Zappas reviews Kathleen Ryan’s recent sculpture exhibition at Ghebaly Gallery, “Weightless Again” —a reclamation of feminine modernism.

Letter from the Editor

What if balance was about process, rather than outcome?

Letter from the Editor

What if balance was about process, rather than outcome?

“Balance” guest editor Lewis Wallace introduces the issue with an investigation into the challenges of obtaining journalistic balance.

Booked

Flickering Memoirs and Surveys: An Interview with Bill Burns

Booked

Flickering Memoirs and Surveys: An Interview with Bill Burns

Caroline Picard interviews artist Bill Burns about his new book, “Hans Ulrich Obrist Hear Us,” both a memoir and an artistic survey that questions notions of cultural capital.

On View Now

Meriem Bennani’s Holiday Headscarf

On View Now

Meriem Bennani’s Holiday Headscarf

Playing on the Barclays Center’s “Oculus” screen through March 5 as part of the Public Art Fund’s “Commercial Break” series, Meriem Bennani’s 30-second video piece “Your Year by Fardaous Funjab,” features an ‘advertisement’ for the artist’s fictional hijab design.

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Teaching with Nick Cave’s Until, Until Conversations Emerge

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Teaching with Nick Cave’s Until, Until Conversations Emerge

Art21 Senior Education Advisor Joe Fusaro discusses how Nick Cave’s immersive installation “Until” can serve as a conversation starter for difficult subjects like racism and violence.

On View Now

ICP’s Momentous and Magnificent Perpetual Revolution: The Image and Social Change

On View Now

ICP’s Momentous and Magnificent Perpetual Revolution: The Image and Social Change

Rachel Heidenry reviews the exhibition “Perpetual Revolution: The Image and Social Change” at the International Center of Photography, on view through May 7, 2017.

Staff Pick

Staff Picks: January 2017

Staff Pick

Staff Picks: January 2017

The Art21 staff shares a selection of their favorite films and exhibitions, on view now in New York City and Massachusetts.

Art 2.1: Creating on the Social Web

The Role of Online Archives in Contemporary Art and Activism

Art 2.1: Creating on the Social Web

The Role of Online Archives in Contemporary Art and Activism

Rachel Heidenry shares the significance and recent resurgence of utilizing online archives as a method for activism and engagement.

Writer-in-Residence

“The Visible Hand”

Writer-in-Residence

“The Visible Hand”

Writer-in-Residence Rachel Valinsky uncovers the diversification of artistic production explored in the exhibition “The Visible Hand,” on view through February 15, 2017 at CUE Art Foundation.

Letter from the Editor

On the Power of Art and Challenging Cultural Inequity

Letter from the Editor

On the Power of Art and Challenging Cultural Inequity

Artist and activist Favianna Rodriguez introduces the “Momentum” issue with a call to action: end cultural inequity by challenging the art world’s existing power structures.

Booked

Queering New York: An Interview with Douglas Crimp

Booked

Queering New York: An Interview with Douglas Crimp

Writer-in-Residence Mimi Cheng interviews art critic Douglas Crimp about his new book “Before Pictures,” which juxtaposes the experimental art scene with the experimental gay scene of 1970s New York.

Deep Focus: Inside Art21 Films

Directing Season 8’s Vancouver: An Interview with Pamela Mason Wagner

Deep Focus: Inside Art21 Films

Directing Season 8’s Vancouver: An Interview with Pamela Mason Wagner

In this interview with Pamela Mason Wagner, the director of the “Vancouver” hour shares what it was like to film contemporary artists for Season 8 of “Art in the Twenty-First Century.”

Staff Pick

Staff Picks: Holiday Edition

Staff Pick

Staff Picks: Holiday Edition

The Art21 staff shares a special selection of holiday-themed staff picks.

On View Now

Mastry: A Complex Portrait of Kerry James Marshall

On View Now

Mastry: A Complex Portrait of Kerry James Marshall

Jared Quinton reviews Kerry James Marshall’s “Mastry,” a retrospective comprised of nearly 80 works that span the artist’s 35-year career.

On View Now

Ambivalent Pleasures: A Conversation with Jesse McKee

On View Now

Ambivalent Pleasures: A Conversation with Jesse McKee

Guest editor Lee Plested interviews curator Jesse McKee, who organized the Vancouver Art Gallery’s current survey of local practices, “Ambivalent Pleasures.”

Center Field: Art in the Middle

The Brevity of Space: An Interview with Allison Glenn

Center Field: Art in the Middle

The Brevity of Space: An Interview with Allison Glenn

Curator and writer Allison Glenn discusses her exhibition “In the beginning, sometimes I left messages in the street,” which brought artwork to billboards and public sites across Chicago.

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Why Contemporary Art? Art21 & The Value of Inspiration

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Why Contemporary Art? Art21 & The Value of Inspiration

This Giving Tuesday, four Art21 Educators share how Art21’s films and programs have opened their students’ eyes to new possibilities.

Strategies & Resources

Bad Art

Strategies & Resources

Bad Art

Art21 Educator Jack Watson shares a creativity exercise that asks students to make “bad art” as a way to allow for experimentation and playful collaboration.

Teaching with Contemporary Art

On Not Feeling Powerless: How Youth Activists and Art21 Artists Can Model Proactive Social Engagement

Teaching with Contemporary Art

On Not Feeling Powerless: How Youth Activists and Art21 Artists Can Model Proactive Social Engagement

Art21 Educator Todd Elkin discusses his students’ reactions to the 2016 presidential election, and how Art21 artists can serve as a model for constructive social engagement.

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Finding Community: Art21 Educators and Contemporary Art in the Classroom

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Finding Community: Art21 Educators and Contemporary Art in the Classroom

Art21 Educator Jeannine Bardo shares how using Art21 films and resources in the classroom has expanded her teaching practice.

Strategies & Resources

Unit Plan: Layering Experience

Strategies & Resources

Unit Plan: Layering Experience

Art21 Educator Jack Watson shares a unit plan that encourages students to find their own methods of exploring shared experiences and spaces.

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Art + Action: Creating a Platform for Social Justice

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Art + Action: Creating a Platform for Social Justice

Art21 Educator Jack Watson shares his recent experience with launching a social justice collective at his high school in Durham, North Carolina.

Center Field: Art in the Middle

Cheryl Pope and the Poetics of Yelling

Center Field: Art in the Middle

Cheryl Pope and the Poetics of Yelling

Rachel Heidenry surveys the work of Chicago artist Cheryl Pope, who employs the aesthetic of high-school athletics and collaborates with local students to address the effects of gun violence.

Educator Spotlight

Art21 Educator Spotlight: Jack Watson

Educator Spotlight

Art21 Educator Spotlight: Jack Watson

An interview with Art21 Educator Jack Watson on how incorporating contemporary art practices in his classroom has expanded and informed his teaching.

Writer-in-Residence

Testament to Long Loves

Writer-in-Residence

Testament to Long Loves

Writer-in-Residence Mimi Cheng uncovers the love and loss explored in Christina P. Day’s exhibition “Stills and Composites,” on view through December 16, 2016 at CUE Art Foundation.