Tag Archives: Boston

Machine Drawing: Shantell Martin and the Algorist

Machine Drawing: Shantell Martin and the Algorist

Artist Shantell Martin and PhD Candidate Sarah Schwettmann built an algorithm that could complete Martin’s drawings, addressing the space between an artist’s truth and a machine’s simulation.

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.

Writer-in-Residence

Intangible Possessions

Writer-in-Residence

Intangible Possessions

Elizabeth Devlin on how “digital media redefines our perceptions of ownership.”

Read Between the One-Liners

Read Between the One-Liners

Writer-in-residence Elizabeth Devlin profiles Boston-based artist Pat Falco who made his museum debut in the 2013 deCordova Biennial.

Art21 Exclusive

Barry McGee Shares His Retrospective with Others

Art21 Exclusive

Barry McGee Shares His Retrospective with Others

In today’s “Exclusive,” Barry McGee discusses the work of family, friends, and street artists that he included in his retrospective exhibition at BAM/PFA.

New Kids on the Block

New Kids on the Block | Summer Wheat on Her Flight Away from “Cowboy Space Gangsters”

New Kids on the Block

New Kids on the Block | Summer Wheat on Her Flight Away from “Cowboy Space Gangsters”

Columnist Jacquelyn Gleisner traces a painter’s evolution and movement from wholesome Oklahoma City to bohemian Brooklyn.

Transmission

Transmission | An Interview with Seth Kim-Cohen: “I move to the left, and back to my right, step behind the amplifier, and I disappear into the darkness”

Transmission

Transmission | An Interview with Seth Kim-Cohen: “I move to the left, and back to my right, step behind the amplifier, and I disappear into the darkness”

Projects by Seth Kim-Cohen “initiate a listening about and around rock music as a cultural signifier.” Amelia Ishmael interviews the artist for her column “Transmission.”

Gastro-Vision

Gastro-Vision | Lucy + Jorge Orta: Food-Water-Life

Gastro-Vision

Gastro-Vision | Lucy + Jorge Orta: Food-Water-Life

Nicole Caruth on Lucy + Jorge Orta, whose first major traveling exhibition “Food-Water-Life” is now up at Tufts University Art Gallery in Boston.

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | just look.

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | just look.

Sarah Merianos tells us how she and her classmates created a “Parafiction” exhibition as a final course project.

Ink: Notes on the Contemporary Print

Ink | Jasper Johns’s Revolution in Print

Ink: Notes on the Contemporary Print

Ink | Jasper Johns’s Revolution in Print

Sarah Kirk Hanley reviews “Jasper Johns/In Press: The Crosshatch Works and the Logic of Print,” on view at Harvard Art Museums through August 18.

Gastro-Vision

Gastro-Vision | Watching What You Eat

Gastro-Vision

Gastro-Vision | Watching What You Eat

In the U.S., obesity and food-related illnesses are serious problems–so do museums have a responsibility to raise issues about food?

Inside the Artist's Studio

Inside the Artist’s Studio | Paul C. Ha

Inside the Artist's Studio

Inside the Artist’s Studio | Paul C. Ha

The new director of MIT’s List Visual Arts Center reflects on his longstanding relationships with artists and the significance of the studio visit.

Ink: Notes on the Contemporary Print

Art21 William Kentridge: Anything is Possible

Ink | Notes from a Transforming Democracy: South African Prints

Ink: Notes on the Contemporary Print

Art21 William Kentridge: Anything is Possible

Ink | Notes from a Transforming Democracy: South African Prints

As interest in William Kentridge’s work has grown over the past decade, so has interest in South African art as a whole.   Printmaking is a central component of the cultural …

Gastro-Vision

Gastro-Vision: How Do You Like These Apples?

Gastro-Vision

Gastro-Vision: How Do You Like These Apples?

Any mention of The Boston Tea Party today is likely to evoke thoughts of the current political movement, Glenn Beck, and Sarah Palin. That might soon change with the urban …

The Nature of Art: Footprints

The Nature of Art: Footprints

It’s hip to be high-minded these days. In the cultural spheres, showing awareness of environmental concerns can prove to be a savvy PR move, and architectural firms and museum committees …

Barbara Kruger

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

This week in the roundup … Barbara Kruger gets a celebration started, Cao Fei has her eyes on a prize, Cai Guo-Qiang goes in with a bang, Raymond Pettibon is into …

Open Enrollment

Contemporary Knowledge: Interview with João Ribas

Open Enrollment

Contemporary Knowledge: Interview with João Ribas

What defines “the contemporary” as an area of study? How does it relate to the writing of history or other fields of inquiry? In this edition of Open Enrollment, Oliver …

Jenny Holtzer

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

Soon after last week’s roundup went live, I discovered a Jenny Holzer event happening in my backyard.  In this week’s roundup, CNN shows William Kentridge drawing apartheid, Scotland shows William …

Mapping our way back

Mapping our way back

Many thanks to all of you who commented on my posts last week, particularly “On teaching art to scientists,” which seems to have resonated strongly with Art21 and PBS readers. …

Realness: The House of Newsome

Realness: The House of Newsome

My partner and I throw a monthly gay dance night in Cambridge with some DJ friends of ours. For 10 months, most dancing has been reserved for the last hour …

Harbor and Pirats

Art 2.1: Creating on the Social Web

Beyond Boundaries: Art Exhibition & Virtual 3D Worlds

Art 2.1: Creating on the Social Web

Beyond Boundaries: Art Exhibition & Virtual 3D Worlds

I like using the word ‘totality’ as in the ‘totality of one’s surroundings.’  Self provides the essentials of our internal existence  and environment is the external display of all that.  …

Burning Life

Call + Response: Collaborative Art in Virtual 3D Worlds

Call + Response: Collaborative Art in Virtual 3D Worlds

Collaborative art as joint production by two or more artists is a typical style among sound, video, and performance artists.  Many artists are changing the concept of art into something …

ménage à trois

Participatory Culture & Social Capital in Virtual Art

Participatory Culture & Social Capital in Virtual Art

Art production in virtual 3D worlds usually doesn’t happen in a vacuum.  As a contemporary practice, virtual art can create social capital that provides opportunities for individual and collective action, …

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

With 19 bits and bites below, this week’s roundup is a whopper: Five Themes, the traveling survey exhibition of work by Season 5 artist William Kentridge, has landed at the …

Aaron Zinman, the artist, designer and technologist behind Personas

Art 2.1: Creating on the Social Web

Connections at MIT Museum

Art 2.1: Creating on the Social Web

Connections at MIT Museum

I have never met Aaron Zinman. Not in person, anyway. I’ve spoken with him a few times on the phone, and we’ve chatted via email and Twitter, but I’ve never …

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

This President’s Day roundup begins with a hotly debated exhibition and ends with a divine duo: The New Museum has announced the details of their exhibition Skin Fruit: Selections from …

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

Greek tragedy, cross dressing, cooking shows, needlework, rowdy teens, storytelling, nighttime walks, and a few mystery plays in this week’s roundup: Virtuoso Illusion: Cross Dressing and the New Media Avant-Garde …

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

Examining Roles and Investigating Responses; a Conversation with Rebecca Uchill

No Preservatives: Conversations about Conservation

Examining Roles and Investigating Responses; a Conversation with Rebecca Uchill

IMA conservator Richard McCoy talks with former IMA curator and current MIT PhD student Rebecca Uchill about the creation of the IMA’s Variable Art Team and the evolving roles of those that care for contemporary art.

Eve Essex and Cornelius Cardew

Eve Essex and Cornelius Cardew

Continuing the tenuous thread I’ve begun to weave, today’s post concerns Eve Essex, an artist I’ve been interested in since she was a resident with the Berwick Research Institute in …

Flash Points

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Making Artistic Noise Part 2: Contemporary Activist Art

Flash Points

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Making Artistic Noise Part 2: Contemporary Activist Art

To continue from my first post, at Artistic Noise, we teach a curriculum that focuses on issues relevant to the lives of incarcerated and system-involved youth and uses art to …

Flash Points

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Making Artistic Noise Part 1: Art and Social Activism with Incarcerated Youth

Flash Points

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Making Artistic Noise Part 1: Art and Social Activism with Incarcerated Youth

noise [noiz] noun – a loud, surprising, irritating, or unwanted sound In 2001, I was approached by Fran Sherman of the Juvenile Rights Advocacy Project to help develop an arts …

Notes on sex, violence and John Brown: A conversation with Laylah Ali

Notes on sex, violence and John Brown: A conversation with Laylah Ali

“The first mistake of art is to assume that it’s serious.” -Lester Bangs Last night we braved the rain and bad signage in Lincoln, Massachusetts to hear a conversation with …

Spiders and Steel at the MFA, Boston

Spiders and Steel at the MFA, Boston

Currently showing as part of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Art on Film series – Louise Bourgeois: The Spider, The Mistress, and The Tangerine, by Amei Wallach and Marion Cajoli, …

Meat After Meat Joy

Meat After Meat Joy

Zhang Huan, My New York, 2002, still from video performance. Courtesy of Pierre Menard Gallery. One of the last shows I saw in the United States before leaving for Belgium …

Sikander and Barney in concurrent shows at MIT’s List Center

Sikander and Barney in concurrent shows at MIT’s List Center

Matthew Barney and Shahzia Sikander, both Season 1 artists, currently have exhibitions at MIT’s List Visual Arts Center in Boston. Barney is best known for his work in sculpture and …