tagged: eric garner

I Tell You What Freedom Is to Me: No Fear

by Joel Kuennen
When I first heard of Shaun Leonardo’s performance project, —a performance that taught spectators self-defense moves like how to break a chokehold if they are in a situation where they are being accosted—I was skeptical of its merit. Was it benefiting from a tragedy, or addressing real concerns? Would it incite citizens to resist arrest, or would it give people a sense of agency if they ever felt unjustly threatened? The performance follows the death of Eric Garner and the non-indictment of the... [more]
Posted by Joel Kuennen on 10/8/15

Kicking Against the Pricks

by Bradley Rubenstein
“And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, 'Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? It is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.'”       —Acts 26:14 (King James Version) "We have art in order not to die from the truth."      —Nietzsche The paintings of Peter Williams have, for a long time, addressed the nature of the body, specifically addressing how one might inhabit such a fragile space in such an arbitrary world.... [more]
Posted by Bradley Rubenstein on 3/31/15

Smack Mellon's RESPOND and the New Imaginary

by Joel Kuennen
There is no better point in time to enact change than during a cultural rupture. Popular culture—the expressions that bind a collective group—is a smooth stream of images and ideologies that flows at an overwhelming and indomitable rate. This is part of the mandate of contemporary culture: to express with as many images and words as experienced time will allow. Smack Mellon, a New York venue in DUMBO that supports emerging and underrepresented artists put its exhibition schedule on hold this... [more]
Posted by Joel Kuennen on 1/19/15