July / August 2017 Issue
“Inspired by a True Story”

Columns

Artist Introspectives

A Safe Place


I took these two photographs at one of the landmark sites of modern American history and African-American commemoration: the Lorraine Motel in downtown Memphis, where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was...

Artist Introspectives

Why Wishes Matter


Wishes are typically made in silence and kept in the privacy of one’s mind: a unique moment, when one believes in a future that may be possible. This act of faith is embodied in my work, "Wishing Well," which allows...

Rachel Rose: The Artist as Researcher


Rachel Rose’s first video installation, "Sitting Feeding Sleeping" (2013), weaves together a dense narrative that explores nature and technology through images of animals, AI-controlled robots, and cryogenically frozen corpses. Rose’s investigation of embodiment in an age of technology began not as an art...

New Kids on the Block

Highway to the Sun: Truth and Fiction in Maureen Drennan’s Photography


In Montana, the Going-to-the-Sun Road traverses Glacier National Park along hairpin turns, where mountain goats live, and crosses the Continental Divide at Logan Pass. Titled after this road, the series "Highway to the Sun" by the New York City–based photographer Maureen Drennan is a metaphor for...

On View Now

Tomáš Rafa: New Nationalisms at MoMA PS1


Nothing is fictitious in Tomáš Rafa’s latest film, New Nationalism in the Heart of Europe (2015–2016). All of the footage is real and factual; the only falsehoods lie in...

Tommy Hartung’s Heart of Darkness: Mutant Artists, Fake News & Insta Filmmaking


2017 Whitney Biennial artist Tommy Hartung burns brightly. Like his films, he’s always humming with ideas, digressions, impulses, and jokes. I’ve been in a privileged position to get to know Tommy personally over the years, and I’ve tried to translate some of that essential Tommy-ness into his...

Automating the Pain of Others: Susan Sontag and Facebook


Susan Sontag passed away the same year Facebook came online: 2004. Her death closely followed the 2003 publication of her final book, "Regarding the Pain of Others," in which she discussed how images of suffering and death function in contemporary culture—forecasting the interchangeability...

Deep Focus: Inside Art21 Films

Six Tips for Shooting Underwater Video


Our latest New York Close Up release, “Caroline Woolard’s Floating Possibility,” was epic in many ways. Epic in time frame: We started shooting in the spring of 2016 and wrapped up editing in July 2017. Epic in locations: UrbanGlass in Brooklyn,...

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Inside, Outside, Online: Dissecting social media, escape and identity


Social media is a phenomenon that is part of the very fiber of being a teenager today. Snapchat, Instagram and Tumblr are all ways in which students connect, converse and explore constructs of their own identity. Art, much like social media, allows for...

Now Playing

Time-Traveling Through Music: Cambodia’s Lost Rock and Roll


From the traditional Southeast Asian melodies to the striking arrival of electric guitars, psychedelia, and go-go chicks grooving in discothèques, and the brutal military dictatorship that changed the...

An inner truth


My first experience of a work by Charlene Vickers, in August 2015, was a charged encounter. It was presented in the window of Artspeak, a Vancouver artist-run space, and viewed from the street. Installed on a...

Machine Drawing: Shantell Martin and the Algorist


Developed from the study of pattern recognition in artificial intelligence, or AI, machine learning involves the creation of algorithmic neural networks that can learn from and make predictions about data. Examples of machine learning include self-driving cars and...

Letter from the Editor

Using Lies to Tell the Truth


It’s funny how you can do something for what feels like a long time—in my case, documentary-film production for fifteen years—and never quite understand why you continue you do it. The work certainly doesn’t...