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Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor, Jorge Daniel Veneciano

Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor, Jorge Daniel Veneciano

Guest editor and director of El Museo del Barrio introduces the theme of our new issue, “Illusion,” through his current exhibition “The Illusive Eye.”

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From Zoetrope to GIF and Back

From Zoetrope to GIF and Back

ART21/CUE Writer-in-Residence Rachel Heidenry explores the zoetrope, a historical predecessor to GIFs.

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Couch, cement, 32 1/2 × 88 1/2 × 33 1/2 in.Courtesy the artist and Maccarone, New York/Los Angeles. On view at the Studio Museum.

On View Now

Rodney McMillian’s Sobering, Irreverent Take on Race in America

On View Now

Rodney McMillian’s Sobering, Irreverent Take on Race in America

ART21 Magazine’s latest contributor reviews two concurrent exhibitions of work by Rodney McMillian on view in New York City.

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Art 2.1: Creating on the Social Web

Alter Ego: TRISTAN on Finding Himself Online

Art 2.1: Creating on the Social Web

Alter Ego: TRISTAN on Finding Himself Online

In a partnership with multimedia publishing platform NewHive, ART21 Magazine features digital artist TRISTAN, the winner of our #NewRenewal open call.

Small Art School, Siem Reap, Cambodia, 2016. Courtesy Ben Valentine. © Ben Valentine.

Looking Beyond the Western Art World

Looking Beyond the Western Art World

Ben Valentine writes from Cambodia to share his misgivings with the New York art and Silicon Valley tech worlds, emphasizing that a focus on creativity, not art, allows for a true appreciation and understanding of all cultures.

Unknown sculptor. Perseus and Medusa , Jardin d'Agronomie Tropicale.

Looking For Ruins

Looking For Ruins

In a postcolonial world, the site of the 1907 Colonial Exhibition has become a source of inspiration for artists working against colonial ideologies and structures that still exist today.

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To Live, Die, and Come Back to Life on Twitter

To Live, Die, and Come Back to Life on Twitter

An inquiry into three artists continually refining—and re-refining—their identities on Twitter.

Johari Osayi reading Claudia Rankine’s Citizen at a Trump Rally, November 2015. Photo via Jezebel.

E. Jane’s Imagined Future

E. Jane’s Imagined Future

Alexis Avedisian investigates artist E. Jane’s battle against the discrimination that’s been systemically built into how the internet functions.

#Additivism: Morehshin Allahyari and Daniel Rourke 2015/16

More than Human: From the Politics of Plastics to Shifting our Species Into the Unknown

More than Human: From the Politics of Plastics to Shifting our Species Into the Unknown

Morehshin Allahyari and Daniel Rourke’s project Additivism uses 3D printing to reach untethered ways of thinking and being.

Caitlin Berrigan. Helicopter Pad, Rachid Karami International Fair Park, from Unfinished State, 2015. Postcard from series; 14.8 x 10 cm. Courtesy of the artist. © Caitlin Berrigan.

New Kids on the Block

Caitlin Berrigan’s “Unfinished State”

New Kids on the Block

Caitlin Berrigan’s “Unfinished State”

Caitlin Berrigan’s “Unfinished State” investigates the landscape of Lebanon, where abandoned construction projects stand as the casualties of a post-conflict economy.

Ugo Rondinone, Everyone Gets Lighter, 2004. Courtesy of Gladstone Gallery.

The New Situationists

Everyone Gets Lighter: On John Giorno, Ugo Rondinone, and the Gift of Exchange

The New Situationists

Everyone Gets Lighter: On John Giorno, Ugo Rondinone, and the Gift of Exchange

This inaugural article of a new column titled “The New Situationists” investigates the romantic and collaborative relationship between poet John Giorno and artist Ugo Rondinone.

The building site for a future SFMOMA in 1992. Photographer unknown.

Entropy and Growth: a Museum Reborn

Entropy and Growth: a Museum Reborn

SFMOMA’s Senior Content Strategist Tim Svenonius shares an inside look at San Francisco’s ever-changing landscape.

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Writer-in-Residence

Bearing Witness

Writer-in-Residence

Bearing Witness

In this essay, ART21/CUE Writer-in-Residence Jessica Lynne describes the nuances in Kambui Olujimi’s exhibition, “Solastalgia.”

Studio image of Shawn Huckins, 2015.

PROGRESS BE LYK: An Interview with Shawn Huckins

PROGRESS BE LYK: An Interview with Shawn Huckins

In this interview with Denver-based artist Shawn Huckins, he reveals the motivations behind his contemplative, yet hilarious reinventions of historical paintings.

Still image from Movement III: Can invisible men see their own reflections?

Affixing Ceremony: Four Movements for Essex | An Interview with Tiona McClodden

Affixing Ceremony: Four Movements for Essex | An Interview with Tiona McClodden

An interview with filmmaker Tiona McClodden about her digital project memorializing poet and activist Essex Hemphill.

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Material Renewal: Four Artists Turning Trash into Art

Material Renewal: Four Artists Turning Trash into Art

A look at the work of four artists using discarded materials to create sustainable art.

Black Kirby (John Jennings & Stacey Robinson). The Mighty Shango, 2013. Digital. Courtesy the artist.

Reviving the Black Arts Movement Through the Speculative Black Imagination

Reviving the Black Arts Movement Through the Speculative Black Imagination

Scholar Nettrice Gaskins explores the Black Speculative Arts Movement where artists use futurism and science fiction to “re-see” mythologies and histories.

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Center Field: Art in the Middle

The Sensation of Un-thought Thoughts: An Interview with Simone Forti

Center Field: Art in the Middle

The Sensation of Un-thought Thoughts: An Interview with Simone Forti

Caroline Picard interviews experimental dancer, choreographer, and writer Simone Forti, who recently held a two-day workshop at Northwestern University entitled “Thinking with the Body.”

Shana Moulton. Swisspering, 2013. Still. Courtesy Kubaparis.com. © Shana Moulton.

Queer Berlin

Dark Art(s), Coven Berlin, and the Queer Erotic Occult

Queer Berlin

Dark Art(s), Coven Berlin, and the Queer Erotic Occult

Ali Fitzgerald investigates the emergence of mysticism and the occult in Berlin’s art scene, exploring the cyber-feminist collective Coven Berlin whose goal is to ‘conqueer’ the universe, and a new Berlin bookstore specializing in forbidden books.

Illustration courtesy of the author.

Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor, Willa Köerner

Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor, Willa Köerner

Guest editor Willa Köerner delves deep into the theme of our new issue, “Renewal,” highlighting upcoming articles and interviews centered around rebirth and revival.

Apricots from Damascus, installation view. Image courtesy of apexart.

“Apricots from Damascus” — A Zine and Exhibition Project in Istanbul

“Apricots from Damascus” — A Zine and Exhibition Project in Istanbul

Contemporary movements of exodus and forced migration have sparked global anxiety as the number of displaced people worldwide approaches 60 million. All over, people necessarily cross borders, and in a …

Damon Davis, Untitled from Negrophilia series. Bookprint, ink, watercolor, adhesive, 2015.

Playing with Numbers: Black Representation in American Art Institutions

Playing with Numbers: Black Representation in American Art Institutions

For centuries, artists of color have been largely excluded from major institutional collections in the United States. A recent New York Times article spotlights growing efforts to correct this legacy …

Janine Antoni. Production still from the "Art in the Twenty-First Century" Season 2 episode, "Loss & Desire," 2003. Segment: Janine Antoni
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Hello world: A letter from ART21’s new director

Hello world: A letter from ART21’s new director

While my friends and colleagues were spending their winter breaks getting some R&R on sandy beaches in the Caribbean, I was happily watching some of ART21’s more than three hundred …

Brendan Fernandes. Still from In Your Words, 2011. HD video, 10:27 min.
Animations: Hisao Iharo.
Sound: Pejk Malinovski.
Voices: Karen Blixen, Nanna Debois Buhl, Brendan Fernandes, Irungu Mutu
Excerpt from Rungstedlund – A Radio Address used with permission from Rungstedlundfonden.

Flight Paths

Flight Paths

I know of artists who fly aloft and land like a glance, perpetually abreast of something—patterned renewal. I know of artists; I have sat nearby as they cock their collared …

Saousan Jarjour, soprano as Donia. Courtesy of Adam Borecki.

How Movement Becomes Music: Transforming Images into Sound

How Movement Becomes Music: Transforming Images into Sound

How is a moving image captured in music? How does a melody evoke falling rain or the rustle of leaves in the wind? As a composer, I strive to paint …

Installation detail, seen from Mexico, showing one of the balloons that comprise the Repellent Fence / Valla Repelente in relationship to the US border fence.  In this image the US Border Fence reflects the sunlight at dusk. Photo by Michael Lundgren. Courtesy of Postcommodity.

“Repellent Fence / Valla Repelente”

“Repellent Fence / Valla Repelente”

Continuing their exploration of contested spaces, Postcommodity recently presented Repellent Fence / Valla Repelente, the largest bi-national land art installation ever exhibited on the US/Mexico border. The temporary, two-mile-long fence …

Thomas Smillie. Untitled, 1890. Cyanotype. Source: Smithsonian Institution Archives.

Janitor for the Nation

Janitor for the Nation

“Imagine that this museum is a nation, and inside this nation is a museum.” That idea inspired this experimental text, in which each exhibition is envisioned as its own sovereign state.

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How to use the F-word in 2016: The Guerrilla Girls Twin Cities Takeover

How to use the F-word in 2016: The Guerrilla Girls Twin Cities Takeover

Museum director Megan Johnston shares the inside scoop on organizing the Guerrilla Girls Twin Cities Takeover, a series of exhibitions and events throughout Minnesota from January to March 2016.

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New Kids on the Block

Gina Siepel’s Listening Trips

New Kids on the Block

Gina Siepel’s Listening Trips

In July 2011, the artist Gina Siepel paddled down the Bronx River with four strangers. This series of excursions in the northernmost borough of New York City, along with four …

From left to right: Tammam Azzam's Syrian Museum: Gustav Klimt's The Kiss (Freedom Graffiti), archival print, 2013; Sara Shamma's Untitled, oil and acrylic on canvas, 2014; Kevork Mourad's The Last Prayer, acrylic on paper, 2014.

Confronting Crisis: An Interview with Syrian Artists Tammam Azzam, Sara Shamma & Kevork Mourad

Confronting Crisis: An Interview with Syrian Artists Tammam Azzam, Sara Shamma & Kevork Mourad

These three Syrian artists left their homes behind, and their bodies of work have been forever changed by the war that’s tearing their nation apart. In this extended interview we find answers to the question: What is life like as a refugee and artist?

Sheldon Scott. Self Portrait as John Henry (Hammer), 2014. C-print on archival paper, 38 x 26 inches, ed: 10. Courtesy of the artist and Connersmith Gallery.

Are We There Yet? A brief history of art and Black Lives Matter

Are We There Yet? A brief history of art and Black Lives Matter

Artist Sheldon Scott surveys the historical longevity of the Black Lives Matter movement in art, long before the hashtag made the issue trending.

Calley Skalnik and Félix Paquet in Orpheus Becomes Eurydice. Photo by Don Lee. Courtesy of The Banff Centre.

Representing Gender for Ballet’s Next Generation

Representing Gender for Ballet’s Next Generation

Ballet is perhaps the most gendered of all art forms. Male and female dancers are trained differently from an early age and are expected to emerge in the profession with …

Eadweard Muybridge. Horse galloping (Plate 626), Animal Locomotion, 1887. Collotype photograph. Courtesy of National Gallery of Art. Open access image in public domain: (PD-1923).

Picturing Motion in Photography: When Time Stands Still

Picturing Motion in Photography: When Time Stands Still

UC Berkeley professor Arthur Shimamura shares the history behind the work of early photographers Eadweard Muybridge, Harold Edgerton and Henri Cartier-Bresson, and how each used the camera to capture movement.

Nira Pereg, ISHMAEL, 2014-2015, (Still from Video). Four Channel HD Video Installation with Sound
10:44 min. Courtesy of Braverman Gallery and the artist.

Movement and Stillness in Nira Pereg’s “Ishmael”

Movement and Stillness in Nira Pereg’s “Ishmael”

Nira Pereg’s four-channel video installation Ishmael (2015), was filmed in the Cave of the Patriarchs in Hebron, the West Bank’s largest city. Holy for both Muslims and Jews, the Cave …

Nira Pereg, ISHMAEL, 2014-2015. Courtesy of Braverman Gallery and the artist.

Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor: Chen Tamir

Letter from the Editor

Letter from the Editor: Chen Tamir

“Aptitude for war is aptitude for movement,” said Napoleon, as quoted by Paul Virilio in his book, Speed and Politics.1 Virilio explains that “violence can be reduced to nothing but movement.”2 …

Laylah Ali. Untitled, 2004
Gouache on paper, 28 3/16 x 20 1/6 inches. Courtesy 303 Gallery, New York.

Inquiring Minds

Classroom Catalysts: Enabling Personal Revolutions Through Art

Inquiring Minds

Classroom Catalysts: Enabling Personal Revolutions Through Art

“What is art but a way of seeing?” —Thomas Berger Sometimes the most significant revolutions make no noise at all, happening completely within someone’s frame of mind. These individual transformations might …