Sept / Oct 2014 Issue


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Writer and artist Stephanie Barber considers varied meanings of the word public through the allusive medium of found photographs.


Cacophony as Interruption?

Ralph Lemon’s Scaffold Room and the problem of presenting the Black female body.



Kalup Linzy Joins the ART21/CUE Book Club

The ART21/CUE Book Club returns on November 13, with video and performance artist Kalup Linzy guiding our conversation.


Duck Season/Rabbit Season

A new poem from acclaimed writer, vocalist, and sound artist LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs.


Inquiring Minds

What does it mean to be a responsible global citizen?

An eighth grade language arts class learns about personal and social responsibility through contemporary art.

Carmen Papalia. The Touchy Subject, 2013. Perceptual tour, dimensions variable. Image courtesy of Filip Wolak.

You Can Do It With Your Eyes Closed

Artist Carmen Papalia, who is legally blind, explores issues of public access through experiential projects with diverse audiences, from museum-goers to a high school marching band.


Together Work

Carol Stakenas, a curator for Social Practices Art Network (SPAN), contemplates the concept of “together work,” and shares results from the SPAN Together Survey.

Oliver Herring TASK

ART21 Exclusive

Oliver Herring’s Big Art Party

Today’s ART21 Exclusive follows artist Oliver Herring around Madison Square Park as he organizes his largest TASK Party to date.

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Ragnar Kjartansson and the Pathos of Performance

Collaborations between artists and musicians have long blurred the line between performance and sculpture.


ART21 New York Close Up

Abigail DeVille’s Harlem Stories

In a new ART21 New York Close Up film, artist Abigail DeVille stalks the streets of Harlem with a trash-laden push cart, creating temporary sculptural interventions along the way.


Planning Social Practice: An Interview with Mary Jane Jacob

Mary Jane Jacob, director of the School of the Art Institute’s Sullivan Galleries, offers advice to artists who want to affect social change through their work.

Exterior of The Union for Contemporary Art in Omaha, Nebraska.

Pathways to Interdependence

From Omaha to New York City, artists and arts advocates are starting businesses in areas vulnerable to gentrification while preserving neighborhood cultures.



Dina Kelberman’s I’m Google

ART21 + CUE writing fellow Stephanie Barber on the work of Baltimore-based artist Dina Kelberman.



Twelve Artists on Publics

The “Publics” Issue kicks off with a roundup of videos from the ART21 archive.

Kent Twitchell. Lita Albuquerque Monument, 1984. Photo: © Robin Dunitz. Courtesy Mural Conservancy of Los Angeles.

Looking at Los Angeles

Freeway Flyers: The Olympic Murals

In such a liminal arena as the freeway, what role can murals play?



Moyra Davey: Burn the Diaries

Moyra Davey: Burn the Diaries, a book and exhibition, travel to the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia.