May / June 2017 Issue
“Rust”

ruminations on rust

ruminations on rust

Writer Adrienne Maree Brown offers a poetic tribute to her adopted city of Detroit.

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Rust, Decay and Decomposition: Four Artists to Teach With

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Rust, Decay and Decomposition: Four Artists to Teach With

Art21 Senior Education Advisor Joe Fusaro shares four artists who use rust and decay to tell stories, illuminate histories, and prompt us to think about beauty in new ways.

Meditative Rigor: The Work of Neha Vedpathak

Meditative Rigor: The Work of Neha Vedpathak

Curator and guest editor Taylor Renee Aldridge describes the practice of Detroit-based artist Neha Vedpathak, who carefully plucks handmade paper to transform the two-dimensional into a relief.

On Rust: Roundtable Discussion #2

On Rust: Roundtable Discussion #2

Curators Laura Mott and Taylor Aldridge speak with Detroit artists Tiff Massey and Matthew Angelo Harrison about prototyping, nostalgia, industry and decay.

Looking at Los Angeles

All Objects Are Slippery: Excavations in Santa Barbara County

Looking at Los Angeles

All Objects Are Slippery: Excavations in Santa Barbara County

Morgan Green considers the misleading permanence of objects through an artist project that excavated the remains of the 1923 film “The Ten Commandments.”

Recycled Brilliance: Philadelphia’s RAIR

Recycled Brilliance: Philadelphia’s RAIR

Rachel Heidenry profiles a treasured Philadelphia nonprofit that builds awareness about sustainability through art and design.

Documenting Detroit: Scott Hocking & Bree Gant

Documenting Detroit: Scott Hocking & Bree Gant

This photo essay explores the work of Detroit photographers Scott Hocking and Bree Gant—each capturing their city in distinct, dynamic ways.

Strategies & Resources

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.

On Rust: Roundtable Discussion #1

On Rust: Roundtable Discussion #1

Guest editors Taylor Aldridge and Laura Mott sit down with artists Olayami Dabls and Carole Harris to discuss the roles of rust, ritual and time in their Detroit-based practices.

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.