How are stories and art intertwined?

Raqs Media Collective. "Please do not touch the work of art," (2006). Courtesy the artists.

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Careful Not to Touch

Flash Points

Careful Not to Touch

“If you could touch one artwork, in any museum, which would it be? And what would you be seeking?” Tim Svenonius writes for Flash Points.

Illustration on the Pioneer Plaque.

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Art and Aliens: How Would an Artist Represent Humanity to Extraterrestrial Life?

Flash Points

Art and Aliens: How Would an Artist Represent Humanity to Extraterrestrial Life?

How might a contemporary artist represent humanity to extraterrestrial life? Guest poster Colleen Brogan considers the possibilities.

Charles Ray, "Hinoki," 2007. © 2007 Charles Ray. Courtesy Regen Projects, Los Angeles.

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The Undead Tree of Charles Ray

Flash Points

The Undead Tree of Charles Ray

Caroline Picard looks at Charles Ray’s “Hinoki” and asks, how does this sculpture–a reproduction of a fallen redwood tree–tell a story about survival, time, nature and humanity?

Eleanor Antin during a re-creation of her performance "Before the Revolution" (1979) at the Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, 2012. Courtesy Los Angeles Times. © Robert Gauthier. Photograph by Robert Gauthier.

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Eleanor Antin Takes Over @Art21 on Twitter Today at 2pm EST!

Flash Points

Eleanor Antin Takes Over @Art21 on Twitter Today at 2pm EST!

Today, artist Eleanor Antin will take over the @Art21 Twitter account to perform a special reading from 2:00–3:00 p.m. EST. Please follow along!

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Eleanor Antin Takes Over @Art21 on Twitter

Eleanor Antin Takes Over @Art21 on Twitter

Artist Eleanor Antin will take over the @Art21 Twitter account to perform a special reading on Friday, October 26, from 2:00–3:00 p.m. EST.

Illustration by Swanny Mouton.

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The Museum as Memory Palace

Flash Points

The Museum as Memory Palace

Our new Flashpoints series on Storytelling kicks off with a look at how museums can weave narratives through the placement of objects in space.

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The Storyteller: An Interview with Hera Buyuktasciyan

The Storyteller: An Interview with Hera Buyuktasciyan

Istanbul-based artist Hera Buyuktasciyan’s projects draw on the stories people tell–some tragic, others triumphant–about family, community, and their relation to individual self-worth.