Welcome to the world some of us have known far too well for far too long.
Now that you’ve seen it, will you unsee it?
This is a wish list for art during and after Trump:
1. Decenter whiteness. We lead with our women, queer, and disabled artists and art spaces of color. White allies and white artists: Listen. Assist. Step aside. This is how we will begin to protect each other.
2. The art world is part of the actual world. Let’s imagine and reflect the society we want to live in. Make things — actions, gestures, objects — that are necessary, that are timely, and that are in service of the safety of our peers. Infuse art back into the streets, the streams, the fields, and the tunnels of our cities and towns. The country is the canvas. Resistance is the tool. Justice is the highest aesthetic criteria.
3. We can’t fund justice if there is blood on our bills. Disassociate art from luxury. Refuse money from those who profit off of waterfront development and the resulting tsunami of displacement, off of prisons, off of your grandma’s foreclosed house and your own student debt and innovations in drone technology and semiautomatics and access pipeline engineering and Bangladeshi factories and Walmart workers and Home Depot–sponsored school-to-work curriculum and prison and migrant slave labor and the War on Drugs, the War on Crime, the War on Science, the War on the Poor, and the many, many wars for oil.
Put use before press, and values before market trends.
4. Act with urgency. Make space for quick, loud, spectacular statements and surreal alternatives but hold sacred long-term, open-ended, steady commitment.
5. Acknowledge the long history of artists working this way over time and across the world. These are the artists to be supported, respected, and learned from.
I won’t bother you with talk about how obscenely decadent and out of touch the Frieze art fair is. And yet…
Curators Tahnee Ahtone, La Tanya S. Autry, Frederica Simmons, Dan Cameron, and Jeremy Dennis offered the public a window into their curatorial processes through the work they produced during their fellowships.
Who says tragedy has to be tragic? Co-presented with National Black Theatre, this fresh, Pulitzer-winning take on a classic centers Black joy and liberation.
As part of Hyperallergic’s Emily Hall Tremaine Journalism Fellowship for Curators, Jeremy Dennis presents an exhibition to offer insight into his curatorial process.
As part of Hyperallergic’s Emily Hall Tremaine Journalism Fellowship for Curators, Dan Cameron presents an email exhibition to offer insight into his curatorial process.
For the triennial’s eighth edition, work by more than 70 artists is featured in 12 exhibitions and a polyphonic program, installed at various locations throughout the German city.
As part of Hyperallergic’s Emily Hall Tremaine Journalism Fellowship for Curators, Frederica Simmons presents an email exhibition to offer insight into their curatorial process.
As part of Hyperallergic’s Emily Hall Tremaine Journalism Fellowship for Curators, La Tanya S. Autry presents an exhibition to offer insight into her curatorial process.
This exhibition explores the work and short-but-impactful life of the groundbreaking ceramic artist. Now on view at the New Orleans Museum of Art.
As part of Hyperallergic’s Emily Hall Tremaine Journalism Fellowship for Curators, Tahnee Ahtone presents an email exhibition to offer insight into her curatorial process.
This week: Why does the internet hate Amber Heard? Will Congress recognize the Palestinian Nakba? And other urgent questions.
Artist Dan Jian makes the point that landscapes and memory are one and the same.