Spot 1: Monumental Interventions

Monumental Interventions

Monumental Futures

TK Smith maps a trajectory of interventions toward the articulation of a monument aesthetic for the African diaspora.

Type:
Features
Source:
Fall/Winter 2020
Credit:
Text / TK Smith

Nate Lewis: Latent Tapestries

Nate Lewis and Tash Nikol Smith discuss seeing the unseen, the transition from being a nurse to an artist, and the overlapping influences of diagnostics and art making.

Type:
Interviews
Source:
February 28, 2020
Credit:
Interview / Tash Nikol Smith

The Political Afterlife of the Babri Masjid

Tausif Noor explores histories of a destroyed Muslim monument in India, the rise of Hindu nationalism, and Sahmat Collective’s formation and multimedia practices of response and resistance.

Type:
Features
Source:
Fall/Winter 2020
Location:
Ayodhya, India
Credit:
Text / Tausif Noor

Spot 2: Monumental Futures Dossier

Monumental Futures Dossier

Beverly Buchanan

Beverly Buchanan’s practice referenced southern vernacular architecture to interrogate relationships between Black people, history, and the landscape.

Che Onejoon

Che’s project makes evident how monuments are political tools that can manipulate, erase, uncover, and idealize histories, not just in one’s own country but around the world.

Thomas J. Price

In an attempt to expand the perimeters of classical sculpture, Price creates figurative works of Black men—and in this single case, a Black woman—in bronze and aluminum at various scales.

Paul Ramírez Jonas

In a nation where symbols are often divisive, Paul Ramírez Jonas reveals the potential of appropriating monument aesthetics to bring people together.

Spot 3: From the archives

From the archives

Where is the Art World Left?

Where is the artworld “Left” in the age of “trickle-down,” homelessness, the rise of the Aryan Nation and corporate art coma: a dehumanization of art and artist into a common denominator of profit?

Source:
July/August 1988
Credit:
Text / Howardena Pindell

Meteorite & Monument

Is this meteorite the only intergalactic rock to have struck a work of modern art?

Type:
Features
Source:
May/June 2003; reprinted in Fall/Winter 2020
Location:
Marfa, TX
Credit:
Text / Evan Levy

Much Ado About Nothing

An empty plinth in London’s Trafalgar Square sparks a public debate.

Type:
Features
Source:
January/February 2003; reprinted in Fall/Winter 2020
Location:
Trafalgar Square, London, UK
Credit:
Text / Gary Younge

Philip Glass: Frontiers of the Acceptable

FROM THE ARCHIVES: Thomas Rain Crowe and Philip Glass talk boundaries, social change, and the “new” music of the 21st century.

Type:
Interviews
Source:
January/February 1991
Credit:
Interview / Thomas Rain Crowe

Spot 4: Public Trust

Paul Ramírez Jonas: Disappearing Vows, Disguised Lies

A variety of sacred and civic texts, an alphabet of letter blocks, a folding table, and a 16-foot marquee provide...
Type:
Reviews
Source:
February 3, 2021
Location:
Denver, CO
Credit:
Text / Kealey Boyd

Spot 5: Living & Working

Living & Working

Chang Yuchen: Language, Use, Value

Traveling from China to the US in early 2020, the strangely fragmented temporality of solitude, and feeling useless.

Type:
Interviews
Source:
Summer 2020
Credit:
Interview / Re'al Christian

Carolyn Lazard: Living Here and Together

On the limitations of institutional critique, and the transformative beauty of disability justice frameworks.

Type:
Interviews
Source:
Summer 2020
Credit:
Interview / Madeleine Seidel

Lilly McElroy: Absurdity Is a Protest

Wrestling with light and absurdity in a world transformed by a global virus.

Type:
Interviews
Source:
Summer 2020
Credit:
Interview / Joey Orr

Spot 6: Origins of Creativity

Origins of Creativity

Colin Renfrew: Where Are We Going?

An archaeologist at the University of Cambridge known to ask big-picture questions, such as “Where do we come from?” and “Where are we going?,” answers some of ours.

Type:
Interviews
Source:
November/December 2015
Credit:
Interview / Will Corwin; Images / Anderson Scott

We Were Creative Before We Were Human

Freshly back from excavating in the Afar desert of northeast Ethiopia, Yonas Beyene PhD sat down in his Addis Ababa office to discuss the origins of human creativity.

Type:
Interviews
Source:
February 6, 2019
Location:
Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Credit:
Interview / Will Corwin

Gender and Artistic Practice in the Ice Age

Keeper of antiquities and curator of the blockbuster 2013 exhibition “Ice Age Art: Arrival of the Modern Mind,” Jill Cook explains the idea of spiritual landscapes, the surreal continuity between ancient and modern artistic practice, and gender equality in the Paleolithic.

Type:
Interviews
Source:
September 19, 2018
Location:
The British Museum, London, England
Credit:
Interview / Will Corwin

Spot 7: WALKING AND WAITING

WALKING AND WAITING

Wong Ping: Beyond the Pleasure Principle

Urban life can be alienating; it limits our mobility and entraps us in fantasy. In Hong Kong, an artist’s erotic animations offer brief release.

Type:
Features
Source:
Winter 2017/2018
Location:
Hong Kong
Credit:
Text / Stephanie Bailey

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Luxuriant carlessness vs. walking to work in Atlanta.

Type:
Glossary
Source:
Winter 2017/2018
Location:
Atlanta, GA
Credit:
Text / Edward Austin Hall

The Patty Chang Landscape

“Mao Tse-tung once said that the south had a lot of water and it would be okay if the north borrowed a little.” An artist tracks wandering lakes through piss and tears, from Central Asia to Queens.

Type:
Features
Source:
Winter 2017/2018
Location:
Queens, New York; Eurasia
Credit:
Text / Marcus Civin