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Two signs created in response to the controversy over the 2011 MOCA Gala, choreographed by Marina Abramovic. Courtesy of Ofunne Obiamiwe.

Occupy a Living Wage

Occupy a Living Wage

Is it time for artists to start unionizing? Christy Roberts is one of many who thinks it is, and tells us why now is the perfect moment.

Photo by Sigrid Møller, the Women's International League for Peace and Freedom.

Dirt and Blankets

Dirt and Blankets

Anna Mayer shows how protest encampments are themselves a form of embodied activism that puts basic human needs front and center.

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Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Centerfield | Ideas as Medium: An Interview with Laurie Palmer

Center Field: Art in the Middle with Bad at Sports.

Centerfield | Ideas as Medium: An Interview with Laurie Palmer

Caroline Picard talks to Chicago artist Laurie Palmer about collaborative practices, political action, and how we might save the world.

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#OccupyOccupyArt21

#OccupyOccupyArt21

No matter where you live, you can Occupy. Conceptual artist Mikal Czech offers a series of proposals to get you started.

Laurie Simmons. "First Bathroom/Woman Standing" from "Interiors," 1978. Cibachrome print, 3 1/2 x 5 in. Courtesy the artist.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

This week’s roundup features news on Jenny Holzer, Barbara Kruger, Cindy Sherman, Carrie Mae Weems and more.

Production still from the "Art in the Twenty-First Century" Season 4 episode, "Romance," 2007 Segment: Laurie Simmons © Art21, Inc. 2007.

Laurie Simmons: Actress Meryl Streep

Laurie Simmons: Actress Meryl Streep

Our latest “Exclusive” video short has just gone live! Watch photographer Laurie Simmons as she directs scenes for her 2007 film, which starred Meryl Streep.

Graphic: Janet Owen Driggs

Octupy Los Angeles

Octupy Los Angeles

Teresa Carmody talks with Owen Driggs about the making of a giant Octopus puppet, which stands as a visual metaphor for corporate reach as well as leaderless organization.

Carsten Holler," Mirror Carousel," 2005. Installation view. Courtesy Juliana Balestin

On View Now

On View Now | Experience Required: Carsten Höller at the New Museum

On View Now

On View Now | Experience Required: Carsten Höller at the New Museum

Höller’s provocative exhibition turns the art-going experience into an extreme sport.

We Are

We Are

Mathew Timmons constructs concrete poetry out of collective pronouns, all culled from #Occupy-related social media streams.

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Announcing Season Six of “Art in the Twenty-First Century”

Announcing Season Six of “Art in the Twenty-First Century”

The Peabody Award-winning television series, “Art in the Twenty-First Century,” returns to PBS in April for a sixth season.

Paul McCarthy, "White Snow and Dopey, Wood", 2011. Image: artobserved.com

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Working with Memory

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Working with Memory

Working with memory presents challenges, like many themes and ideas we choose to teach with, that are terribly difficult to get rolling without an organized, broad and juicy introduction. This week’s column explores how looking back can help with planning forward for better introductions to thematic units.

Image courtesy of ARLA

Radical Receptivities

Radical Receptivities

Can listening more actively spur radical change? Elana Mann and Juliana Snapper on The People’s Mic and the power of attentive voices.

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Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | A Community of Engaged Amateurs

Open Enrollment

Open Enrollment | A Community of Engaged Amateurs

In grad school, the inspiration that our fellow students provide can be the greatest learning experience of all.

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Open Enrollment

New Open Enrollment Blogger: Kelsey Elisabeth Nelson

Open Enrollment

New Open Enrollment Blogger: Kelsey Elisabeth Nelson

Meet our newest Open Enrollment blogger, a second-year grad student in the Art Education program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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Bedfellows: Art and Visual Culture

Bedfellows | Blackout

Bedfellows: Art and Visual Culture

Bedfellows | Blackout

Can a photograph stand in for an experience we had, but don’t recall? Victoria Gannon on the aesthetics of intoxication.

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Bound: The Printed Object in Context

Bound | Art Talk AM on the Radio

Bound: The Printed Object in Context

Bound | Art Talk AM on the Radio

Meg Onli reviews a volume archiving the radio conversations held between artists and a student at Portland State University’s Art and Social Practice program.

Performance led by Robby Herbst at Occupy LA, in which human pyramids depict class dynamics. The project was inspired by Herbst’s archival family photos and a 1911 diagram produced by Industrial Workers of the World (IWW) called “Pyramid for the Capitalist System.” Photo: Lisa Anne Auerbach.

Human Pyramids and the Capitalist System

Human Pyramids and the Capitalist System

Robby Herbst discusses his grandfather’s 1930s-era amateur acrobatic troupe, whose stunts symbolically enacted the power and pleasure of united workers.

Alfredo Jaar. Muxima, 2006. Film still courtesy of the artist.

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

Our first 2012 roundup features news on Louise Bourgeois, Alfredo Jaar, Mark Dion and other Art21 artists.

At the edge of the Occupy LA encampment, at City Hall. Photo: Carol Cheh.

Occupying Art

Occupying Art

Carol Cheh explains why Occupy–a “tentative, inchoate, experimental utopia”–is fundamentally different from other protest movements.

Graphic: Anna Mayer

New Guest Bloggers: #OccupyArt21

New Guest Bloggers: #OccupyArt21

We introduce our latest bloggers-in-residence: #OccupyArt21, a group of Los Angeles-based writers and artists active in the Occupy LA movement.