Spring 2018 Issue
“Rights of Passage”

Columns

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Rooted in the Home: Thoughts on Building Connections Between Students & Artists


Years ago, using the fabric of patterned flour sacks and old curtains, my grandmother stitched for me a quilt of soft yellows, decorative blues, tiny crimson buds, and light touches of burnt sienna—colorful patterns that filled my...

A Look Inside “Creative Growth Magazine”


When people live with a developmental disability, they rarely have the chance to see accurate and vivid depictions of their lives and interests in the mainstream media. In 2015, "Creative Growth Magazine" was...

Exodus and Arrival in “Pre-Image: Blind as the Mother Tongue”


Last time I saw my mom before my farewell, I said: “Mom, I am leaving for good. I don’t know... maybe I will not make it, like the other 28 people who got shot last week...

Resisting Dichotomies & Compressing Complexity: An Interview with Jack Whitten


In October 2017, I visited the legendary abstract painter Jack Whitten in his Queens studio. We filmed him as he created "Quantum Wall, VIII (For Arshile Gorky, My First Love In Painting)," completely unaware that the work would...

Strategies & Resources

Who Am I, in Color?


When I was asked the title question for a class assignment in college, I didn’t have to mull over my response. Spreading my brand new Color-aid papers on the table before me, I pulled a palette together. I created...

Letter from the Editor

Rights of Passage


When I began my tenure as director of Art21, I was working with an artist from New Zealand on a survey exhibition of her work. Complicating the project was the geographical distance between us, a circumstance made doubly challenging by the fact that...