Summer 2018 Issue
“Figures of Speech”

Columns

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


This interview took place in Stephanie Syjuco’s East Oakland home on a gleaming June afternoon, squeezed into our busy schedules between flights and residencies, and accompanied by snacks culled from her garden. I first met Stephanie in 2008 in Pittsburgh, where we were both working at...

Teaching with Contemporary Art

The Power of Words


Words matter. Language is fluid and alive. It soothes, stings, and moves us; it can tap into every human emotion. It is a powerful tool that can be wielded like a sword or whispered like a hint to influence another’s thoughts. When...

On Fables


"[T]he critique which goes beyond the spectacle must know how to wait," said Guy Debord. This short sentence sounds like a proper moral conclusion, like what we might remember from different classic fables. For a long time, our collective, Chto Delat, was concerned with...

Strategies & Resources

Finding Room in the Classroom for Every Voice


My classroom is a semblance of organized chaos; I enjoy the energy of a busy, vocal classroom. Numerous teaching styles and classroom cultures exist, but I believe that their goals should be the expression of our students’ ideas as well as...

Letter from the Editor

Figures of Speech


At Art21, the voices we care most about are those of artists. Artists give us new ways of dealing with old problems, shake up our ways of seeing the world and our established patterns of thinking. Artists’ words don’t always...