Change Begins with Hindsight: Announcing Art21 Blog Themes

jaar-5-40173_008

Alfredo Jaar. Production still from the “Art in the Twenty-First Century” Season 4 episode, “Protest,” 2007. Segment: Alfredo Jaar © Art21, Inc. 2007.

The Art21 Blog is changing.

Starting today, we will focus on a different theme every eight weeks. Our columnists and guest writers will continue to bring their unique voices and perspectives to the topic, ultimately creating one conversation with many different threads. Sound familiar? That’s because we’ve taken a cue from the popularity of our long-running conversation series, “Flash Points,” as well as the thematic grouping of our film series, Art in the Twenty-First Century.

Our first theme is HINDSIGHT. The word is defined as “the ability to understand, after something has happened, what should have been done or what caused the event after its occurrence” or “recognition of the realities, possibilities, or requirements of a situation, event, or decision, etc.” Art21’s yearlong 100 Artists celebration (marking the milestone of having profiled 100 artists in Art in the Twenty-First Century) inspired this theme. As we look back on our past six seasons, we also excitedly anticipate the future: Season 7, scheduled to premiere in the fall of 2014, is already in the works.

tumblr_mi8eplaL8V1qb2a97o1_1280

Kerry James Marshall Viewing “Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte (Un dimanche après-midi à l’Ile de la Grande Jatte)” by Georges Seurat (1884-1886) at the Art Institute of Chicago, 2000. Production still from the “Art in the Twenty-First Century” Season 1 episode, “Identity,” 2001. © Art21, Inc. 2001

In a sense, contemporary artists are always exercising hindsight. Kerry James Marshall suggested this in our Season 1 episode, “Identity”:

“We only move into the twenty-first century on the foundation of things that were established long, long ago. The principals that govern the way visual representation works are the same principals that governed the way it worked 500 years ago. 1,000 years ago. 2,000 years ago. It makes perfect sense to me to go back to the origins of these things and pick up from there.”

With this idea of gazing in the rear view mirror, our writers have come up with a rich array of content. Between May and June you’ll read about abandoned art projects that linger in the present; how certain songs trigger memories of change and revolution; art zines as documents for posterity; a new public art project that maps the life of Malcolm X; myths that surround famous architecture; war veterans as contemporary muses; and so much more. You’ll also have a front row seat to our latest Exclusive and New York Close Up films in which James TurrellMaya LinRobert Mangold, and other Art21-featured artists think back on early installations, landscapes and disasters, close friendships, and career choices.

The Art21 Blog features over 20 regular columns and more than 3,200 posts to date. The site continues to be a go-to resource for critical reflections on contemporary art and artists and the ideas that inspire them. Check back often.

Contributor
Nicole J. Caruth is managing editor of the ART21 Magazine. Her writing has appeared in a range of publications, including ARTnews, C Magazine, Gastronomica, Public Art Review, and the Phaidon Press books Vitamin Green and Vitamin D2. A regular contributor to this site since 2008, she joined the ART21 staff in 2013.
  1. Pingback: May Blogger-in-Residence | Danielle Sommer | Art21 Blog

  2. Pingback: Of Consequence: Santiago Sierra’s “Veterans” at Team Gallery | Art21 Blog

  3. Pingback: New Kids on the Block | “Mapping Soulville” with Aisha Cousins | Art21 Blog

  4. Pingback: Pulling Things Forward | Art21 Blog

  5. Pingback: Looking at Los Angeles | Escaping the Corporate Frame | Art21 Blog

  6. Pingback: Five Years of Teaching with Contemporary Art | Art21 Blog

  7. Pingback: Exclusive | James Turrell Revisits “Second Meeting” | Art21 Blog

  8. Pingback: Exclusive | James Turrell Revisits “Second Meeting” | Nick Socrates Contemporary Art

  9. Pingback: Word is a Virus | Public Fiction: The Play is the Thing | Art21 Blog

  10. Pingback: To Know Is to Touch and Be Touched | Art21 Blog

  11. Pingback: The Changing Shape of Teamwork | Art21 Blog

  12. Pingback: Centerfield | Heather Mekkelson and the Flood That Never Came | Art21 Blog

  13. Pingback: Exclusive | Robert Mangold and Sol LeWitt, Security Guards at MoMA | Art21 Blog

  14. Pingback: Exclusive | Robert Mangold and Sol LeWitt, Security Guards at MoMA | Nick Socrates Contemporary Art

  15. Pingback: Flooded | Art21 Blog

  16. Pingback: June Blogger-in-Residence | Natalie Musteata | Art21 Blog

  17. Pingback: Sight Unseen: Tim Hetherington’s Portraits of the Blind | Art21 Blog

  18. Pingback: STAFF PICK | Rain Room | Art21 Blog

  19. Pingback: New Kids on the Block | All Who Muster with Allison Smith | Art21 Blog

  20. Pingback: Exclusive | Trenton Doyle Hancock, Ten Years Later | Art21 Blog

  21. Pingback: Exclusive | Trenton Doyle Hancock, Ten Years Later | Nick Socrates Contemporary Art

  22. Pingback: Travelogue Entry No. 3 | Singularity and Repetition in Venice | Art21 Blog

  23. Pingback: Praxis Makes Perfect | Topography of Time | Art21 Blog

  24. Pingback: James Turrell Revisits “Second Meeting” - 1-954-270-7404

Leave a Comment

*