This season of the Recording Artists podcast, hosted by Helen Molesworth, explores what it has meant to be a woman and artist through the lives of six iconic artists.
A new interview series spotlighting some of the great work coming out of Los Angeles. Hear directly from artists, curators, and art workers about their current projects and personal quirks.
Blame the Audience presents cinematic works that resonate with Farber’s teachings.
One Day at a Time: Manny Farber and Termite Art makes a compelling case for why we should be looking at the art of the everyday and why it is remarkable.
Molesworth gave a passionate commencement address at the University of California, Los Angeles, in which she railed against white supremacy and “outmoded forms of thought.”
The announcement of Molesworth’s departure shocked and dismayed many in the Los Angeles art world. But some MOCA insiders have also said she contributed to a toxic work environment.
Curators have extensively referenced the white, male, Western canon of painting, but mostly ignore the ways in which Marshall’s work fits into and extends black visual culture.
At some point, nearly two hours in, Marlene McCarty, one of the members of the AIDS activist group Gran Fury, an affinity group that was part of ACT-UP, reminded those gathered: “We were not making art.” The event was a panel discussion that took place at Columbia University on November 15, organized by Columbia’s School of the Arts, and was intended to draw on some of the themes present in the exhibition that just opened at the Institute for Contemporary Art (ICA) in Boston, This Will Have Been: Art, Love & Politics in the 1980s. The panel was comprised of ICA Boston curator Helen Molesworth and four members of the eleven-member collective that was Gran Fury: Avram Finkelstein, Tom Kalin, Marlene McCarty, and Robert Vazquez-Pacheco.
The question that prompted McCarty’s response was one of a handful that arose during the Q&A that followed the presentations by the panel. There was a similar tone to many of the questions that came up, the majority of which were something along the lines of: “How can we do what you did?” In addition to reminding those present that Gran Fury’s intention was never to make art, per se, McCarty added, “We were very brash about the fact that we were making propaganda.”