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Beauty as a Terrorist Tactic: An Interview with Faith Wilding  
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2/10/14

Providence, RI, Feb. 2014: We are seeing the re-emergence of a decidedly generational narrative of feminism. In a recent article-turned-book for The Guardian, Kira Cochrane outlines what she calls the “fourth wave” of feminism. “What’s happening now," writes Cochrane, “feels like something new again. It's defined by technology: tools that are allowing women to build a strong, popular, reactive movement online.” The idea that contemporary engagements with feminism mar... [more]

Interview with Jesse Harrod  
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1/6/13

Chicago, Jan. 2013: “If you’re not a part of the culture, the culture doesn’t know how to talk about you,” said Mierle Laderman Ukeles in a 2010 lecture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Ukeles' statement was intended as an explanation for why her maintenance works from the 1970s (in particular Touch Sanitation, Washing Piece, and her 1969 Manifesto for Maintenance Art) have been virtually ignored in discussions about relational art until recently, but it's also a statement about how... [more]

20121015163852-as_bcorp_web_20 Fodder for a New Capitalism   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Bernadette Corporation, John Kelsey, Bernadette Van-Huy, Antek Walczak at Artists Space: Exhibitions September 9th, 2012 - December 16th, 2012
Posted 10/15/12

In their definitive sociological study of capitalism, The New Spirit of Capitalism, Luc Boltanski and Eve Chiapello argue that anti-capitalism may be "the most significant expression of capitalism in the eyes of history." The work of Bernadette Corporation is founded on a keen awareness of this new spirit, in which all critique becomes fodder that strengthens capitalism through being incorporated by it. Bernadette Corporation's awareness is an awareness of the all too easy subject-position of t... [more]

20120716152943-09--71612 Seymour Rosofsky and Keiichi Tanaami  
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Keiichi Tanaami at Corbett vs. Dempsey July 27th, 2012 - September 1st, 2012
Posted 8/13/12

Seymour Rosofsky’s works are scrutinizing glimpses at the surreal and ominous characters that populate Midwestern cities and suburban towns. Many of these figures are at once familiar and recognizable to us: lonely old ladies supping tea in a late night urban cafe, Christmas Santa Claus impersonators in drab, cheap looking suits – holiday cheer with a slice of desperation and humiliation -- grey men in grey bars. They reveal a city and its outer edges (Chicago perhaps) that despite being urban an... [more]

20120809092619-7550 Seymour Rosofsky and Keiichi Tanaami   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Seymour Rosofsky at Corbett vs. Dempsey July 27th, 2012 - September 1st, 2012
Posted 8/9/12

Seymour Rosofsky’s works are scrutinizing glimpses at the surreal and ominous characters that populate Midwestern cities and suburban towns. Many of these figures are at once familiar and recognizable to us: lonely old ladies supping tea in a late night urban cafe, Christmas Santa Claus impersonators in drab, cheap looking suits – holiday cheer with a slice of desperation and humiliation, grey men in grey bars. They reveal a city and its outer edges (Chicago perhaps) that despite being urban an... [more]

20120725084654-screen-shot-2012-03-13-at-8 The Dragon is the Frame   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Mark Aguhar, Claire Arctander, Nina Barnett, Jeremy Bolen, Elijah Burgher, Edie Fake, Pamela Fraser, Tiffany Funk, R.E.H. Gordon, Steve Hnilicka, Kasia Houlihan, Mark Kent, Young Joon Kwak, Andrew Mausert-Mooney, Marianna Milhorat, Tim Nickodemus, Juana Peralta, Aay Preston-Myint, Macon Reed, Colin Self, Michael Sirianni, Nathan Thomas, Neal Vandenbergh, Isaac Fosl-Van Wyke, Allison Yasukawa, Gwendolyn Zabicki, Latham Zearfoss at Gallery 400 June 29th, 2012 - August 11th, 2012
Posted 7/25/12

Mark Aguhar sits, with a sullen look on their face, draped in a pink sheet-come-dress and sitting in a patch of faux “snow” created out of scraps of what appears to be white paper. This image of Mark encapsulates, succinctly, so many theories about the performativity of (queer) affect. Mark’s look, which is funny, sad and moving all at once, is caught somewhere between despair and tantrum. This image reminds us how affects are contagious—how, as Sara Ahmed suggests, your feelings reproduce them... [more]

20120627201108-colorjam_6 Chicago Animated by Color: Jessica Stockholder   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Jessica Stockholder at Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) July 10th, 2012 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Posted 6/27/12

Chicago has a complicated relationship with public art. Anish Kapoor’s beloved Cloud Gate aside, many of the City’s outdoor works have been met with contempt or irreverence by critics and the public alike. Tony Tasset’s Eye fascinated some, but perplexed most; Seward Johnson’s Forever Marilyn sculpture was denounced as “kitsch” and was repeatedly vandalized — once with streaks of red paint surely meant to evoke menstrual blood — until it was taken down in May; and even works that are now symbols of the art establishment, such as Chicag... [more]

20120530095849-johnson In Defiance of History: Rashid Johnson & Cauleen Smith   Pick-button-5bf6c1b36c3b74ec8f312c7c9f6f1ae3
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Rashid Johnson at Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) April 14th, 2012 - August 5th, 2012
Posted 5/30/12

Rashid Johnson employs an afrofuturist methodology to create an alternative universe out of black cultural detritus so that histories and possibilities of black life in America can be imagined otherwise. In his current solo show, Message to Our Folks, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Johnson projects a concept of blackness that cannot be confined or defined—it is the blackness of the universe, perhaps, which extends beyond the realm of our ability to completely grasp it. At the same time,... [more]

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