Tara Plath

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Body as Material in the Surveillance State   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Laura Poitras at Whitney Museum of American Art February 5th, 2016 - May 1st, 2016
Posted 2/22/16
In a world moving at increasing speeds toward virtual realities and encroaching technologies, it can be difficult to remember the body. It is not until we are sick, do we understand our sense of heath; not until injured or arthritic can we visualize the joint or tendon; not until hair falls out do we wonder how it ever stayed in. It is the decay of the material of our body that makes us human and remember that we are. It is the body that I think about when considering the work of documentary... [more]
Staging Relationships: Duets Performs a Bleak Outlook on Coupling   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
David Gilbert, Paul Pescador at Colony November 8th, 2015 9:00 PM - 11:00 PM
Posted 11/17/15
People wandered into the Colony, a designer co-op in Chinatown, in pairs and groups. We positioned ourselves in the middle of a minimal showroom of contemporary case goods and textiles, facing the cloth backdrop and cardboard props that set the stage for , a performance by David Gilbert and Paul Pescador presented on November 8 as part of Performa 15. The set was crafty but well crafted, with a cardboard cityscape lit from inside and paper stars on the night-sky black background. In Duets,... [more]
Terrorists in the Library: A Peculiar Specimen   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Ajax Athena, Molly Brandt, Troy Briggs, Jase Flannery, Dora Garcia, Rami George, Kelly Lloyd, Sarah Mendelsohn, Lior Modan, Michal Bar Or, Dario Robleto, Fred Schmidt-Arenales, Anna Shteynshleyger at Harold Washington College President's Gallery September 18th, 2015 - November 24th, 2015
Posted 10/30/15
, a speculative research project organized by Chicago-based curator Ruslana Lichtzier, is a peculiar specimen. For one, it is located in the President’s Gallery of Harold Washington College in Chicago’s Loop, as part of Pedestrian Project, a lecture and exhibition program at the college. Situated at the end of a hallway on the eighth floor, adjacent to rows of administrative workstations, the work that is immediately noticeable is garishly out of place, and the those works not so easily... [more]
This past week, more than four hundred art organizers and alternative art space practitioners gathered at the Soap Factory in Minneapolis for Hand-In-Glove 2015, a semiannual conference, to discuss, debate, and digest a wide range of concerns in the field. The idea itself posed a challenge, with one panel aptly titled “What is Our Common Field?” In its third iteration and gaining momentum, this year’s event was co-organized by Common Field and Works Progress Studio. The list of participating... [more]
Vernissage Report: Independent 2015   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
at Independent March 5th, 2015 - March 8th, 2015
Posted 3/6/15
Malfunctioning subways, icy roads, and slushy sidewalks did little to deter fair-goers from attending Independent’s Vernissage last night. It is year six for Independent, an art fair that continues to provide a refreshing alternative to the heavy-handedness of its behemoth counterparts on the piers. An open floor plan directs traffic in a meandering fashion, contrary to the congested roadways of gridded booths across town at Armory. This wandering through and around works not only creates a... [more]
Sleepy Hollow, a small Hudson Valley town best known for its place in Washington Irving’s 1820 tale of the headless horseman, is also home to another lesser-known oddity: 15 incredibly detailed large-scale, hand-woven tapestries that painstakingly imitate Picasso paintings. Commissioned by Nelson Rockefeller in 1955 for his family’s Kykuit Estate, the tapestries are the work of atelier Madame J. de la Baume Dürrbach, though they are often attributed to Picasso himself, who worked in... [more]
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