Issues

Resisting Dichotomies & Compressing Complexity: An Interview with Jack Whitten

Resisting Dichotomies & Compressing Complexity: An Interview with Jack Whitten

Interviewed in his Queens, New York studio in October 2017, Jack Whitten reflects on his childhood, the inequality he faced as a Black artist, and the necessity of fighting simplistic dichotomies.

Strategies & Resources

Who Am I, in Color?

Strategies & Resources

Who Am I, in Color?

Educator-in-Residence Jocelyn Salaz lays out the elements of her unit on color, in which students make their own paints, study color theory, and investigate the implications of skin tone.

Letter from the Editor

Rights of Passage

Letter from the Editor

Rights of Passage

Art21 executive director and chief curator Tina Kukielski introduces the spring issue, reflecting on the importance of access to culture and the power of art and artists to expand access to healthcare, education, and more.

Artist Introspectives

The Most Public of Private Spaces

Artist Introspectives

The Most Public of Private Spaces

Artist Ahmed Mater discusses the influence of the public and public space on his powerful portraits of the Islamic world.

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Communicating en Masse: The Art of Activism

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Communicating en Masse: The Art of Activism

Educator-in-Residence Nick Kozak offers politically neutral ways of teaching on protest art and activism in the classroom.

Teaching History by Sculpting Experience: An Interview with Doreen Garner

Teaching History by Sculpting Experience: An Interview with Doreen Garner

In a conversation with film director, Brian Redondo, artist Doreen Garner shares the motivation driving her sculptural practice: to educate viewers about suppressed racist histories embedded in the foundations of a nation built on slavery.

In Plain View: Ian Cheng’s Live Simulations

In Plain View: Ian Cheng’s Live Simulations

Ian Cheng’s live simulations transport viewers to immersive fictional worlds populated with characters and communities whose behaviors the artist can condition but not control.

Strategies & Resources

Seeing These Streets: Analyzing the Visual Landscapes of Urban Spaces

Strategies & Resources

Seeing These Streets: Analyzing the Visual Landscapes of Urban Spaces

Educator-in-Residence Nick Kozak details his unit on street art, in which students critically examine the anonymous artists creating work in their neighborhoods.

Resisting Reductivism & Breaking the Bubble: An Interview with Barbara Kruger

Resisting Reductivism & Breaking the Bubble: An Interview with Barbara Kruger

In this rare interview accompanying a new Art21 film, Barbara Kruger shares her media diet, what she sees as art’s role in contemporary society, and the inspiration behind two of her earliest works.

On “Monument Lab”

On “Monument Lab”

Artist and co-curator of “Monument Lab” Ken Lum shares the findings of this public engagement project, which served as a participatory exercise in spatial production, and questioned the role of monuments and public art in civic spaces.

Letter from the Editor

Whose Public?

Letter from the Editor

Whose Public?

Art21 Executive Director and Chief Curator Tina Kukielski introduces the new winter issue, stressing the need for contemporary art and artists in the current debates over public space, power, and ownership.

Hospitality and Hosting Relationships in Michael Rakowitz’s Art

Hospitality and Hosting Relationships in Michael Rakowitz’s Art

Through his work, Michael Rakowitz consistently asks how we can care for what we’ve discarded, and opens new possibilities to reimagine previously hostile relationships.

Strategies & Resources

Below the Surface: Creating Hope through Portraiture

Strategies & Resources

Below the Surface: Creating Hope through Portraiture

Educator-in-Residence Joseph Iacona’s students embark on a project of self-discovery, inspiring them to feel hopeful about themselves and their future while protecting their identities.

Reading Critically: Alexandra Bell’s “Counternarratives”

Reading Critically: Alexandra Bell’s “Counternarratives”

Alexandra Bell’s “Counternarratives” series shows inscribed corrections of “New York Times” print articles, exposing editorial bias conveyed by ill-chosen images, poorly worded headlines, and textual masking of white crime.

Dominate Anonymity: An Interview with Guy Woueté

Dominate Anonymity: An Interview with Guy Woueté

Cameroonian artist Guy Woueté takes inspiration from everyday life to create socially critical work that addresses questions of migration and equity in a globalized twenty-first century.

Patient Time Scripts: Revisiting the Work of Sokhaya Charles Nkosi

Patient Time Scripts: Revisiting the Work of Sokhaya Charles Nkosi

Same Mdluli details the significance of Sokhaya Charles Nkosi’s work, created in response to the conditions of his people during apartheid in South Africa.

Empathy in Training: Kerry Tribe’s “Standardized Patient”

Empathy in Training: Kerry Tribe’s “Standardized Patient”

Kerry Tribe’s new video installation “Standardized Patient,” examines the relationship between doctors and patients—or, more accurately, between medical students and actors playing patients.

Orawan Arunrak: Words to Communicate

Orawan Arunrak: Words to Communicate

With a practice based loosely on choreographed interactions between the artist, various interlocutors, and the spaces and places that they share, Thai artist Orawan Arunrak complicates categories of identity and perception by creating work with many meanings, in many languages, for many people.

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Radical Art in a Conservative School

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Radical Art in a Conservative School

Art21 Educator Dennis Greenwell shares how a project on empathy helped his students better understand one another and our current political landscape.

Booked

How Did We Get Here? A Reading List for Understanding Race in America

Booked

How Did We Get Here? A Reading List for Understanding Race in America

Artist Cauleen Smith and “Culture Type” editor Victoria L. Valentine select twelve texts that offer rare perspectives on the central role race plays in American life.

Composing Compassion: On Jumana Manna’s “A Magical Substance Flows Into Me”

Composing Compassion: On Jumana Manna’s “A Magical Substance Flows Into Me”

Jumana Manna’s 2015 film “A magical substance flows into me” weaves together the musical traditions of communities living in and around Jerusalem, undermining the state-sanctioned forgetting of complex cultural contexts.

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Keep it Real, Keep it Relevant

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Keep it Real, Keep it Relevant

Educator-in-Residence Joseph Iacona shares the impact socially engaged artists have in classrooms with trauma-impacted students.

The Poetry of Everyday Life: An Interview with Project Row Houses Director Eureka Gilkey

The Poetry of Everyday Life: An Interview with Project Row Houses Director Eureka Gilkey

Houston arts nonprofit Project Row Houses responds directly to the needs of the Third Ward community, offering both arts programming and access to social services, proving both can work hand-in-hand.

Robots, Race, and Algorithms: Stephanie Dinkins at Recess Assembly

Robots, Race, and Algorithms: Stephanie Dinkins at Recess Assembly

For her residency at Recess Assembly, artist Stephanie Dinkins is exploring if social robot BINA48 is capable of speaking from the perspective of a Black woman.

Letter from the Editor

Living in an Age of Empathy

Letter from the Editor

Living in an Age of Empathy

Curator Yvette Mutumba discusses how biased empathy can be problematic, but when understood as a means of inclusive human solidarity, empathy can lead to a greater understanding of the issues troubling the world today.

Ways of Being: Spaces of Learning

Ways of Being: Spaces of Learning

Two members of the artist collective BFAMFAPhD illustrate the ways in which teachers can facilitate spaces of learning and transformation.

Inventing the Future: Art and Technology

Inventing the Future: Art and Technology

In the 1960s, artists and engineers collaborated to push both fields forward through the nonprofit Experiments in Art and Technology (E.A.T.). Now, a partnership between Bell Labs and NEW INC is reinstating the program with an artist residency.

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Scenius, Inspiration, and Invention

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Scenius, Inspiration, and Invention

Educator-in-Residence Todd Elkin reflects on the ways in which his classroom embodies the concept of “scenius,” in which creative inventions emerge from social contexts, as the students working near each other riff off one another’s strategies and ideas.

Ways of Being: Introduction

Ways of Being: Introduction

Two members of the artist collective BFAMFAPhD discuss their book “Ways of Being,” which investigates artists’ relationships to systems of production.

The Digital Museum: A Conversation between Loic Tallon and Julia Kaganskiy (Part II)

The Digital Museum: A Conversation between Loic Tallon and Julia Kaganskiy (Part II)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s chief digital officer Loic Tallon and NEW INC director Julia Kaganskiy continue their discussion on the future of museums’ digital presence and influence.

Art 2.1: Creating on the Social Web

The Art of the Prototype: Museums and Technology

Art 2.1: Creating on the Social Web

The Art of the Prototype: Museums and Technology

The director of the Knight Foundation’s Technology Innovation program, Chris Barr, shares the details of a new collaborative initiative between its arts and technology teams.

Analia Saban: Abject Inventions

Analia Saban: Abject Inventions

Analia Saban deconstructs materials and processes, turning art historical principles upside down to create work that re-emerges as a new triumphant whole.

On View Now

Cloth is a Battleground in Stephanie Syjuco’s “CITIZENS”

On View Now

Cloth is a Battleground in Stephanie Syjuco’s “CITIZENS”

In Stephanie Syjuco’s “CITIZENS,” textiles and cloth become signifiers of the battles over patriotism and identity.

The Digital Museum: A Conversation between Loic Tallon and Julia Kaganskiy (Part I)

The Digital Museum: A Conversation between Loic Tallon and Julia Kaganskiy (Part I)

The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s chief digital officer Loic Tallon sits down with NEW INC director Julia Kaganskiy to discuss the future of museums’ digital presence and influence.

Dematerializing the Memorial: An Interview with Maya Lin

Dematerializing the Memorial: An Interview with Maya Lin

Almost four decades after her design for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial brought her work to the national stage, Maya Lin is reinventing the memorial again through her environmental activist foundation, What is Missing.

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Assessment as Dialogue: Shifting Power Dynamics in the Classroom

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Assessment as Dialogue: Shifting Power Dynamics in the Classroom

Educator-in-Residence Todd Elkin explains the origins of his experimental curriculum “Assessment as Dialogue,” which upends the traditional power dynamics in a classroom and asks students and teachers to collaborate on the most effective methods of learning.