Pamela Alper

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Amanda Ross-Ho at Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) July 23rd, 2013 - November 1st, 2013
Posted 7/26/13
In his 1973 text,, Harold Bloom cited a term called poetic misprision. What he was referring to was a process that artists, in his case literary authors, adopted in order to further themselves from their sources and avoid being derivative. As an artistic process, it’s a brilliant explanation of how to deal with appropriation and context in contemporary art – to consciously and deliberately misread your source in order to create new meaning. For The Character and Shape of Illuminated Things, the... [more]
In Defiance of History: Rashid Johnson & Cauleen Smith  
Cauleen Smity at Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) May 12th, 2012 - September 16th, 2012
Posted 5/31/12
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... [more]