In her Museum of Modern Art retrospective, Piper makes visible the ways in which we are held in place by other people and their perceptions, and how their perceptions lead to the politics and philosophies that make up our world.
Chloë Bass is a Brooklyn-based conceptual artist working in performance, situations, publications, and installations. Learn more about her at chloebass.com.
The Possibilities and Failures of the Racial Imagination
Three writers consider the controversy surrounding Dana Schutz’s painting of Emmett Till and the Whitney Museum’s public response to it.
Art After Trump: Eschewing Empathy for Self-Care
As an artist, I want to invoke something you can imagine — or even better, have experienced — and then ask you to start applying that lived knowledge outwards.
Can Abstraction Help Us Understand the Value of Black Lives?
ST. LOUIS — Several months ago, I made the commitment to be away from New York City, my home and native land, for the duration of this summer.
When Institutional Critique Doesn’t Go Far Enough
First let me tell you what it’s like to be here.
A Curatorial Project Explores What It Means to Organize Your Own Community
PHILADELPHIA — What’s the best way to engage a person in caring for someone different from him/herself?
Learning Greensboro: From Listening to Falling in Love (Part 3)
Greetings from the final studio days of a mostly extra-studio project.
Learning Greensboro: Records of Everydayness (Part 2)
GREENSBORO, NC — Since I last wrote, I’ve spent most of my time with the subjects of my soon-to-be fabricated plaques: local residents of Greensboro who have lived, worked, or in one case walked, along South Elm Street for the past 15 to 55 years.
Learning Greensboro: When Personal Life Becomes Public History (Part 1)
GREENSBORO, NC — As a working artist, I spend a great deal of my time elsewhere from home.
An Artist Embarks on an Impossible Project for Tamir Rice
CLEVELAND — Artist Michael Rakowitz is working with the city of Cleveland on an unattainable goal: the removal of the color orange from the city.
From Civil Rights to Uncivil Realities, ‘Selma’ Resonates Today
Selma is a film in which every moment has weight.
Staging a Performance with the NYPD
In the midst of the recent amazing outpouring of street presence supporting black lives, on Monday night I had an opportunity to witness something a little quieter. Willing Participant, a performance group led by artists Todd Shalom, Ben Weber, and Niegel Smith of Elastic City, held a simple public action that they called “disarm.”