Issues

Reading at the Edge of the World: The Horizon Toward Which We Move (Part II)

Reading at the Edge of the World: The Horizon Toward Which We Move (Part II)

A conversation between curator and educator, PJ Gubatina Policarpio, and educator and artist Jerome Reyes. The second installment of a two-part interview, Reyes discusses his artistic practice and inspiration.

Reading at the Edge of the World: The Horizon Toward Which We Move (Part I)

Reading at the Edge of the World: The Horizon Toward Which We Move (Part I)

A conversation between curator and educator, PJ Gubatina Policarpio, and educator and artist Jerome Reyes. The first installment of a two-part interview, Policarpio discusses the curatorial mission behind the exhibition Solidarity Struggle Victory, which also features Reyes.

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.

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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.

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.

Pictorial SpaceX

Pictorial SpaceX

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Family Business

Family Business

Caribbean culture is such a large part of New York City but is still under-represented––Lucia Hierro recites her path to becoming an artist. From investigating the cultural histories not readily available in the ivy league arts education, to vindicating a career in the arts to her family, Hierro has always used imagery to bridge the gap.

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Agency in the Classroom: Who Makes the Decisions?

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Agency in the Classroom: Who Makes the Decisions?

“One of my big teaching objectives is to give as much control over decisions to my students as I can, ” says Art21 Educator Alisa Rodny of her approach in the classroom. In this article, Rodny shares anecdotes of two students who drew inspiration from their recent immigration from Cape Verde, using mixed media and mural art techniques in their creative expression.

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Making Important Choices

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Making Important Choices

Educator Joe Fusaro folds Season 9 of Art in the Twenty-First Century into this year’s curriculum. Using Creative Growth Art Center, Olafur Elliason and Robin Rhode as examples, Fusaro cites how these artists and organizations force students to think critically about how the arts can demystify stereotypes and contribute to social change. Our newest feature of “Teaching with Contemporary Art.”

Waiting To See What I Would Become

Waiting To See What I Would Become

Interviewed by Art 21 founder, Susan Sollins, South African artists William Kentridge discusses how his family history in politics and previous employment in the film industry influenced his animations.

Biography is Complicated

Biography is Complicated

Catherine Morris, Senior Curator for the Elizabeth A. Sackler Center for Feminist Art at the Brooklyn Museum, surveys the career and contributions of contemporary artist, Judith Scott; a celebrated artist who also suffered from Down syndrome.

The Issue Of Perspective

The Issue Of Perspective

Lerato Dumse is a journalist and director of Du Love Media. She focuses her reporting on political realities facing Black lesbians in South Africa. Dumse is a co-facilitator of the 2017–18 Photo XP, training fellow Black lesbians from various townships in writing and photography.

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Teaching as a Collaborator

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Teaching as a Collaborator

Art21 Educator, Alisa Rodny, shares an assignment she developed where students ‘partner’ with an artist from the Art21 archive and collaborate on a piece using their style as model. A process that results in Rodny learning as much about her students as they are from the artists!

Letter from the Editor

How to Choose

Letter from the Editor

How to Choose

Art 21 Executive Director, Tina Kukielski introduces the Fall 2018 Issue, “Choice” and the release of Art21’s newest publication, “Being an Artist,” which features previously unpublished interviews across the three video series, and 18-year tenure in letting artists share their experience and process in their own words.

Whose Speech? Artists, Activists, & Being Heard: A Conversation Between Stephanie Syjuco & Astria Suparak

Whose Speech? Artists, Activists, & Being Heard: A Conversation Between Stephanie Syjuco & Astria Suparak

In this special extended interview, artist Stephanie Syjuco and curator Astria Suparak discuss the role of speech and protest in contemporary art and how working as women of color affect their ability to be heard.

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The Power of Words

Teaching with Contemporary Art

The Power of Words

Educator-in-Residence Jeannine Bardo shares her unit plan on language, in which students investigate the power of text through art.

On Fables

On Fables

Russian collective Chto Delat debates a contemporary repurposing of fables as a potential means of activating the process of self-questioning and a common search for the truth.

Strategies & Resources

Finding Room in the Classroom for Every Voice

Strategies & Resources

Finding Room in the Classroom for Every Voice

Educator-in-Residence Jeannine Bardo introduces lessons from her third-grade unit on “Home,” in which students’ research is centered on facets of their community: themselves, their family, and their friends.

Letter from the Editor

Figures of Speech

Letter from the Editor

Figures of Speech

Art21 executive director and chief curator Tina Kukielski introduces the new issue, “Figures of Speech,” examining the capacity of art for self-expression, community building, and political activism in 2018.

Access to Healthcare: A Conversation Led by LaToya Ruby Frazier

Access to Healthcare: A Conversation Led by LaToya Ruby Frazier

At Gavin Brown’s enterprise in Harlem, LaToya Ruby Frazier leads a panel discussion with a scholar, a minister, and a doctor on the state of access and equity in healthcare, the history of artists and intellectuals who have fought for these rights in the past, and change-makers who are leading the charge today.

Being a Collection

Being a Collection

Ruthie Stringer, part of the Braddock-based art collective Transformazium, explains the methodology driving the group’s library-based projects, including the Neighborhood Print Shop and Art Lending Collection.