Articles by Thom Donovan

from Anatomy Lesson series. Suzanne Lacy. Photo by Rob Blalack

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice with Suzanne Lacy

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice with Suzanne Lacy

Thom Donovan interviews Suzanne Lacy, an artist, educator and activist whose career spans multiple decades and several major movements in contemporary art history.

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5 Questions for Contemporary Practice

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice with Doug Ashford

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice with Doug Ashford

Thom Donovan interviews Doug Ashford, who is widely known for his work with Group Material during the period 1983-1996.

Image courtesy Zoe Beloff

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice with Zoe Beloff

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice with Zoe Beloff

Thom Donovan talks to Zoe Beloff, whose most recent project takes up Brecht’s learning play “Days of the Commune” within the context of OWS.

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5 Questions for Contemporary Practice

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice | Melanie Gilligan

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice | Melanie Gilligan

Melanie Gilligan discusses “Popular Unrest” and other video and film works that address the global financial crisis.

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5 Questions for Contemporary Practice

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice | (It’s the Political Economy, Stupid)

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice | (It’s the Political Economy, Stupid)

Thom Donovan looks at Oliver Ressler and Gregory Sholette’s exhibition at the Austrian Cultural Forum, which foregrounds aesthetic responses to the ongoing financial crisis.

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5 Questions for Contemporary Practice

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice with Andrea Geyer

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice with Andrea Geyer

Thom Donovan talks with Andrea Geyer, whose 10-channel video installation “9 Scripts from a Nation at War” is currently on view at MoMA.

13.	The Dream one of four paintings commissioned by the artist painted by Suhana Art Studio, Bombay, India.

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice with Claire Pentecost

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice with Claire Pentecost

By taking on the role of “public amateur,” artist Claire Pentecost models an alternative approach to the way that Western cultures typically produce knowledge.

"Blue Book, Moon Rock", 2009. Multiple Media. Dimensions Variable.

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice with Sreshta Rit Premnath

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice with Sreshta Rit Premnath

Indian artist Premnath talks about the discourses of art, politics, and philosophy, and how they intersect—or don’t—in his works.

Moveable type no Documenta - Printing in Kassel. Courtesy Ben Kinmont.

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice with Ben Kinmont

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice with Ben Kinmont

  This past month, I encountered Ben Kinmont’s work for the first time, appropriately enough at the Fales special collection in New York University’s Bobst library. Walking through the double …

Exterior view: Institute for Wishful Thinking Artists in Residence for the US Government at Momenta, April, 2011. Photo: Bianca Prime

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice with Maureen Connor

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice with Maureen Connor

In the past decade the visual arts have seen a retreat from traditional locations of meaning making and power. This retreat can be partially attributed to the increasing disparity between …

Action Figure encased. Photo courtesy Gregory Sholette

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice With Gregory Sholette

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice With Gregory Sholette

Artist, scholar, organizer, and professor, Gregory Sholette embodies multiple ways that artists can interrogate history, politics, and public discourse. Through his initial work with the group REPOhistory (1989-2000) (as in, “repossessing …

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5 Questions for Contemporary Practice

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice with Sanford Biggers

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice with Sanford Biggers

Images from popular culture abound in Sanford Biggers’s work, and particularly from hip-hop, East Asian Buddhism, and the Antebellum and Afro-Futurist African-American. Two images that have become particularly emblematic for …

Carlos Motta Brief History of U.S Interventions in Latin America Since 1946 (2005) Freely distributed newsprint publication, 22 x 16” View of a newsprint during exhibition at CCS Bard Hessel Museum of Art, Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, 2008 Courtesy of the artist

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice with Carlos Motta

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice with Carlos Motta

While Carlos Motta’s work exists through a number of different media, I think of it primarily as putting forth a series of socially and politically committed archives. These archives are …

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5 Questions for Contemporary Practice

5 Questions (for Contemporary Practice) with Not An Alternative

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice

5 Questions (for Contemporary Practice) with Not An Alternative

I encountered the art group Not An Alternative for the first time about a month ago in Corona, Queens, where Tania Bruguera (featured last month in 5 Questions) had assembled …

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5 Questions for Contemporary Practice

5 Questions (for Contemporary Practice) with Tania Bruguera

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice

5 Questions (for Contemporary Practice) with Tania Bruguera

Tania Bruguera’s long and various career as an artist starts with a series of works made after, but mainly through, the Cuban-born artist Ana Mendieta. I say “through,” because in …

“Justice and Punishment”: The symbol of the escrache of HIJOS. courtesy Colectivo Situaciones

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice

5 Questions with Colectivo Situaciones

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice

5 Questions with Colectivo Situaciones

* This interview has been translated and co-edited by Brian Whitener. I first heard about Colectivo Situaciones about a year ago, when I received a publication in the mail titled …

Image from Public Smog (2006). Courtesy Amy Balkin.

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice

5 Questions (for Contemporary Practice) with Amy Balkin

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice

5 Questions (for Contemporary Practice) with Amy Balkin

For the past couple years, I have been teaching Bay Area-based artist Amy Balkin’s work within a curriculum about environmental art and “land expropriation.” I teach her work besides Karl …

Front cover from Backtracking 1985, ARC/AIDS Vigil, UN Plaza. Courtesy Rigo 23.

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice

5 Questions (for Contemporary Practice) with Rigo 23

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice

5 Questions (for Contemporary Practice) with Rigo 23

I first encountered Rigo 23’s work this past summer staying with friends in San Francisco’s Mission, where Rigo 23 partially got his start as an artist through his engagement with …

Paul Chan Waiting for Godot in New Orleans, 2007 Photo: Frank Aymami, courtesy Creative Time.

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice

5 Questions (for Contemporary Practice) with Nato Thompson

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice

5 Questions (for Contemporary Practice) with Nato Thompson

I am a bit late coming to the curatorial work of Nato Thompson, which first became recognizable to me at this past October’s second annual Creative Time Summit, a gathering …

“By Any Name: Institutional Memory at The New School” The New School, October 2009 Installation view.

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice

5 Questions with Carin Kuoni of the Vera List Center for Art and Politics

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice

5 Questions with Carin Kuoni of the Vera List Center for Art and Politics

For six years, Carin Kuoni has been director of the Vera List Center for Art and Politics at The New School in New York City. I wanted to pose my …

Temporary Services' Library Project booklet cover. Courtesy Temporary Services and And Publishing

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice

5 Questions with Temporary Services

5 Questions for Contemporary Practice

5 Questions with Temporary Services

Art21 is pleased to announce our latest column: 5 Questions (for Contemporary Practice), written by guest blog alum Thom Donovan (bio here). 5 Questions showcases the work of contemporary practitioners …

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Recap: Creative Time Summit, Saturday October 9th, 2010

Recap: Creative Time Summit, Saturday October 9th, 2010

This past Saturday, I attended the Creative Time Summit at The Cooper Union in NYC, and I’m glad I did. Whatever one may say about Creative Time’s role in the …

Primary Information co-publisher, Miriam Katzeff

5 Questions with Miriam Katzeff of Primary Information

5 Questions with Miriam Katzeff of Primary Information

1. What inspired you to start Primary Information? I think there were two reasons to start Primary Information. James [Hoff] and I are both very interested in artists’ books and …

Duck/Rabbit drawing. Courtesy Hypios.com.

Aspect Blindness: Arnold Kemp and Sreshta Rit Premnath

Aspect Blindness: Arnold Kemp and Sreshta Rit Premnath

This past week I received two packages in the mail. The first was from Arnold Kemp, who is an artist, curator, and teacher and currently directs the Visual Studies Program at …

Video still from Lauren Kelley's Big Gurl. Courtesy Artadia

3 Museums, 2 Days (part II of II)

3 Museums, 2 Days (part II of II)

II. After my visit to the New Museum, I headed uptown to the Studio Museum in Harlem. What stood out to me at the Studio Museum were a series of sculptural, photographic, …

Materials juxtaposed from Bidoun library at New Museum. Courtesy Bidoun website

3 Museums, 2 Days (part I of II)

3 Museums, 2 Days (part I of II)

I. This past weekend I visited three museums in New York City — New Museum on the Bowery, the Studio Museum in Harlem, and P.S.1 MoMA in Queens — if …