Jan / Feb 2017 Issue
Momentum

Columns

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Flickering Memoirs and Surveys: An Interview with Bill Burns


The survey publication presents complex questions: what to highlight and what to discard? And, perhaps more importantly: how does one communicate one’s self to...

On View Now

Meriem Bennani’s Holiday Headscarf


Meriem Bennani’s new artwork, Your Year by Fardaous Funjab, features the most recent hijab in the artist’s fictional line of high fashion headscarves. This thirty-second video, part of the...

Memory at the Seams: Doris Salcedo’s Sumando Ausencias


On the evening of October 2, 2016, the people of Colombia were faced with one of the most uncertain situations in their country’s history. After four years of negotiations between the government and the largest...

Moonwork, or the art of revaluing


“Invest a narrative in someone you do not know” was the prompt I received before beginning "Moonwork." Shortly thereafter, I met someone. He made my heart speak loudly so...

Lili Reynaud-Dewar’s Teeth Gums Machines Future Society


Memphis, Tennessee provides the setting for French-artist Lili Reynaud-Dewar’s most recent body of work, Teeth Gums Machines Future Society (2016), begun in 2009 during a residency. Set against a techno-futurist horizon, the installation...

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Teaching with Nick Cave’s Until, Until Conversations Emerge


Nick Cave’s most recent installation, "Until," is an immersive and subtle confrontation. When viewers actively engage with it, it becomes a conversation and perhaps even a...

On View Now

ICP’s Momentous and Magnificent Perpetual Revolution: The Image and Social Change


The International Center for Photography’s "Perpetual Revolution: The Image and Social Change" could not come at a better time. Exploring how images are produced, displayed and distributed, the exhibition asks viewers to

African American Artists Reconstruct the Pastoral


Art does not make appetites. It can manipulate and pervert human desire, but it cannot invent what is not innate. One of the best examples of this limitation is pastoral art. Pastoralism celebrates an idealized agrarian past; it communicate...

Art 2.1: Creating on the Social Web

The Role of Online Archives in Contemporary Art and Activism


Recent years have seen an increased presence of the archive within contemporary art. Scholars and curators have pointed out the myriad ways that the form, function, and concept of the...

My Mom and I: Mothers & Daughters at the Women’s March on Washington


“We’ve never done anything like this before,” my mom told me on Friday evening, as we put the finishing touches on our signs for the Women’s March on Washington. She was talking both about our going to the march together, and...

Writer-in-Residence

“The Visible Hand”


Let’s begin by dismissing the notion that a purely agonistic relationship between the artist and the institution still holds. Such a strict opposition, if it ever applied, has eroded, revealing the increasing degree to which the notion of an outside—an alternative sphere of production and circulation, safe from...

Polyculturalist Visions, New Frameworks of Representation: Multiculturalism and the American Culture Wars


Culture wars are intellectual, political, religious, and/or social conflicts over cultural pluralism in Western societies. Culture wars have polarized Americans over social issues such as race and representation, education, and, most importantly for this essay, multiculturalism. In the United States, multiculturalism can be traced...

“Is There Racism in Heaven?”—An Interview with Nick Cave


Nick Cave created his first "Soundsuit" after the Rodney King beating in 1992. Cave was sitting in a park, feeling vulnerable and cast aside, when he saw a discarded twig on the ground. Later he fabricated a symbolic suit of...

Letter from the Editor

On the Power of Art and Challenging Cultural Inequity


Art is a my path to freedom, emancipation and equity. While many people proclaim to understand the power of art, I think few understand the role of art in challenging structures of systemic injustice—the power of art in transforming...