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So long, farewell.... Film still from "The Sound of Music" (1965).

Hellos and Goodbyes….

Hellos and Goodbyes….

For me, September has always been the month I most associate with new beginnings. September is when schools traditionally launch their new year, it’s when museums and galleries open their …

Lucas Blalock, untitled (crystalline screw), 2009

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ART21 New York Close Up

Teaching with New York Close Up: Lucas Blalock’s 99¢ Store Still Lifes

Teaching with Contemporary Art

ART21 New York Close Up

Teaching with New York Close Up: Lucas Blalock’s 99¢ Store Still Lifes

Lucas Blalock’s only plan is to work… preferably in the evenings. He deals with a set of parameters that his tools provide and brings things he purchases at local discount …

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Getting Around

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Getting Around

Contemporary art education often asks teachers to be in many places and stages at once. This is just part of the deal if you’re going to teach with and about …

Nancy Grossman, "T.Y.V.L.", 1970  Image: PS1.org

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Three Ways of Seeing

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Three Ways of Seeing

Nancy Grossman, “T.Y.V.L.”, 1970 Image: PS1.org On a recent trip to PS1, I had the unique opportunity to compare a few different approaches to visiting (and hopefully, seeing) exhibitions. Back …

Sherman and MAC Cosmetics

Weekly Roundup

Weekly Roundup

In this week’s roundup get an early fall preview with Cindy Sherman collaborating with MAC, Hiroshi Sugimoto conveying the Buddha, several artists’ works circa 1986, several artists in a new home …

Laurel Nakadate's "Only the Lonely"- installation view. Image: ps1.org

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Fruits of Summer

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Fruits of Summer

Summer offers fantastic opportunities for educators of all kinds to catch interesting group shows and special exhibitions that are happening before we start up the engines again in the fall. …

Alias Restaurant at the corner of Clinton and Rivington

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Outside Alias

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Outside Alias

On July 13th, after a full week of the Art21 Educators summer institute, I took the opportunity to interview teachers about their experiences attending workshops, meeting Art21 artists, and beginning …

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Inspired Reading

Introducing Inspired Reading and Jens Hoffmann’s Istanbul Biennial Reading List

Inspired Reading

Introducing Inspired Reading and Jens Hoffmann’s Istanbul Biennial Reading List

Each month, Inspired Reading features an interview with an artist or cultural producer about their current project(s), focusing on what texts have informed them along the way. Each column includes a …

James Rees creates a tape drawing during the opening TASK event

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Looking Back on an Inspiring Art21 Educators Institute

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Looking Back on an Inspiring Art21 Educators Institute

From July 6th through the 13th Art21 hosted our third annual Art21 Educators summer institute, which kicks off a year-long professional development initiative between the organization and 16 teachers from …

Art21 Educators TASK 7-11

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Art21 Educators in Full Swing

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Art21 Educators in Full Swing

Art21 Educators has been in full swing over the past week with professional development workshops, curriculum planning, artist talks, studio visits, special events, museum programs and lots of soul-searching. Tune …

"A State of Mind in Which Someone Is Or Seems To Be Unaware Of Their Immediate Surroundings," Alisha Kerlin, 2011

The Lexicon of Alisha Kerlin

The Lexicon of Alisha Kerlin

I’ve held my own definition of literacy for some time now: that becoming increasingly literate is essentially seeing the world with increasing nuance.  Greater literacy means grasping the many shades …

Allora & Calzadilla, Installation of "Track and Field", © All rights reserved by IMA - Indianapolis Museum of Art

VeniceЯUs

VeniceЯUs

Walking into the Venice Biennale is like traversing into an art-induced headlock set in a labyrinthian wonderland. Slather on enough Vaperetto excursions and optical trickery, and you’ve got a fabricated …

Art in the Streets

Art in the Streets: Untamed Expression and the Clash of Cultures

Art in the Streets: Untamed Expression and the Clash of Cultures

While in California, I made a pit stop to see Art in the Streets at MOCA in Los Angeles.  Art in the Streets is the first major historical exhibition of …

Rochelle Feinstein, "The Estate of Rochelle F.", 2009   Image: On Stellar Rays

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Teaching with Rochelle Feinstein

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Teaching with Rochelle Feinstein

This week’s post should really be titled “Rochelle Feinstein Teaching Me” but I’m trying to be consistent… Prior to May 1st, please treat yourself and check out The Estate of …

performance for "Passport" on the Hudson River

Imagine That: Interview with Robert Whitman on “Passport,” April 16-17

Imagine That: Interview with Robert Whitman on “Passport,” April 16-17

 Note: The Saturday, April 16 performance of Robert Whitman, Passport, has been cancelled. The Sunday, April 17, 2011, performance will take place as scheduled at 8pm. Robert Whitman is …

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Cindy Sherman: Characters

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Cindy Sherman: Characters

SUBSCRIBE TO EXCLUSIVE: RSS | ITUNES | YOUTUBE | ARTBABBLE Episode #139: Cindy Sherman reveals how dressing up in character began as a kind of performance and evolved into her …

Mark Dion gets set to give the keynote at the NAEA annual conference in Seattle. Over 3,000 people were in attendance!

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Wrapping Up Art21 at NAEA 2011

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Wrapping Up Art21 at NAEA 2011

It was suggested that perhaps the TWCA column could provide a a wrap-up of the National Art Education Association’s annual conference in pictures this year, and while I would like …

Banu Cennetoglu, "CATALOG" and "iheartphotograph," installation view, 2011. Care of the artist.

Sampling the Document or Documenting the Sample: An Interview with Banu Cennetoglu

Sampling the Document or Documenting the Sample: An Interview with Banu Cennetoglu

Banu Cennetoglu’s website has read “meşgul/busy” since the summer. And even after four months of emails, having never meet in person, Banu Cennetgolu is still a source of fascinating mystery …

Ship in a bottle : EMPAC

A willing participant at EMPAC’s “Uncertain Spectator”

A willing participant at EMPAC’s “Uncertain Spectator”

No matter how many times I fly, there are several minutes while tons of metal lift dozens or hundreds of bodies into the air that I can’t help but think …

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Follow-Up (and, To Sir Ken With Love)

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Follow-Up (and, To Sir Ken With Love)

Two comments from the recent When One Day is Not Enough post inspired me to write a little bit more. Plus, I want to pass along a superb video link …

Nancy Spero, "Azur," detail 2002  courtesy Galerie Lelong

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Nancy Spero and Kiki Smith

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Nancy Spero and Kiki Smith

It seems like a good time for Nancy Spero and Kiki Smith. Artists whose work incorporate storytelling, pointed statements and using the female body to do so, Nancy Spero and …

John Baldessari.  "Your Name in Lights", 2011.  Image courtesy of Kaldor Public Art Projects and Sydney Festival.

John Baldessari’s “Your Name in Lights”

John Baldessari’s “Your Name in Lights”

You.  Got to have flash and flare or your name in lights, right?! Well, John Baldessari aims to make it happen.  He is looking for people who want their name …

Luis Camnitzer "The Instrument and Its Work", 1976  Image: MoMA.org

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Out of Line

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Out of Line

If you get the opportunity in the next month, take some time to see On Line: Drawing Through the 20th Century at the Museum of Modern Art. And if you …

Felix Gonzalez-Torres at the Deadlines Exhibition, Musee d'Art Moderne

Marissa Perel’s Top 10 of 2010

Marissa Perel’s Top 10 of 2010

1. Felix Gonzalez-Torres in Deadline, exhibition at the Musee d’ Art Moderne, Paris. October 16, 2009 – January 10, 2010. Curator Odile Burluraux said of the exhibition, “Deadline has chosen …

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Ali Fitzgerald’s Top 9 European Gender-Journeys of 2010

Ali Fitzgerald’s Top 9 European Gender-Journeys of 2010

After attempting a general top 10 list of shows, I felt a mild distaste for my own artistic leanings, which, while not limited to investigations of gender and queerness, are …

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Baseera Khan’s Noted in 2010

Baseera Khan’s Noted in 2010

The most notable word for 2010 is leak. Aside from that, here is my list: 1. Experimental Film: Phil Solomon’ s American Falls, 55 min., commissioned by the Corcoran Gallery …

William Pope.L, Small Cup, 2008

Liz K. Sheehan’s Top 10 of 2010

Liz K. Sheehan’s Top 10 of 2010

Ten memorable art-related moments of 2010, in no particular order: 10. Best animal weirdness: William Pope.L, Small Cup, 2008, Video, 12:52 minutes, included in the 2010 DeCordova Biennial Filmed in …

Rob Pruitt, "Looking, Longing," 2008. Installation view: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, TN. Photo courtesy of RxArt.

A Conversation with RxArt President and Founder, Diane Brown

A Conversation with RxArt President and Founder, Diane Brown

Rob Pruitt, Looking, Longing, 2008. Installation view: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, Memphis, TN. Photo courtesy of RxArt. One of the experiences that I miss the most about working in …

The west wall of Caseros Prison two months after Wulsin completed his onsite work.

Interview with Seth Wulsin

Interview with Seth Wulsin

This is the second of three posts by Daniel Quiles that are loosely based around contemporary art from/in Latin America. — Ed. Born in 1981 in Spring Valley, New York, …

Napa's wonderful map of Helsinki. Courtesy Jenni Rope/Napa.

Navel-Gazing: Jenni Rope & the Napa Enterprise

Navel-Gazing: Jenni Rope & the Napa Enterprise

“I enjoy working with drawing, painting and collage. My studio is full of little pieces of drawings, colour papers and different colour tapes. I find a piece of paper on …

The closest I'm ever going to come to my 15-minutes of fame … being interviewed by James Kalm of the Kalm Report. (Photo by Veken Gueyikian)

Art21’s New Guest Editor

Art21’s New Guest Editor

Starting today, and running through to August 25, I will be filling in for Kelly Shindler as guest editor of the Art21 blog. Kelly, who has taken a much needed …

Interior shot from our visit to Ursula von Rydingsvard's studio

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The Wheels Are Rolling

Teaching with Contemporary Art

The Wheels Are Rolling

From July 7th through July 14th Art21 hosted our second annual summer institute, Art21 Educators. Art21 Educators is an intensive, year-long professional development initiative designed to cultivate and support K-12 …

Oliver Herring, "Chris After Hours of Spitting Food Dye Outdoors", 2004   Courtesy Max Protetch Gallery

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Dear Oliver

Teaching with Contemporary Art

Dear Oliver

You know what I like about Oliver Herring? Pretty much everything. Oliver was generous enough to join us for the 2nd year in a row to jump-start the Art21 Educators …

Wolfgang Tillmans, "still life, New York", 1995.  Courtesy the artist and Galerie Daniel Buchholz, Köln/Berlin.

Ze Germans

Ze Germans

So there we have it.  I suppose, at least, it means that we will all have the large part of our summer back.  The glee that I took from the …

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Yinka Shonibare MBE: “Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle”

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Yinka Shonibare MBE: “Nelson’s Ship in a Bottle”

SUBSCRIBE TO EXCLUSIVE: RSS | ITUNES | YOUTUBE | ARTBABBLE SUPPORT ART21: It seems like only yesterday that the 100 x 100 Exclusive campaign kicked off! Now with 32 days …

Louise Bourgeois at the Académie de la Grande-Chaumiére, Paris, 1937. Courtesy Louise Bourgeois Archive.

Louise Bourgeois Left Nothing to be Desired

Louise Bourgeois Left Nothing to be Desired

When I heard that Louise Bourgeois (Season 1) passed away on the morning of May 31, I was genuinely surprised. It seemed only natural that she would live into a …