[In her second installment of books for artists (find the first here), Andrea focuses on best practices for creating and organizing an archive, offering tools and an example of one artist’s approach. — the artblog editors] Free downloadable workbook The Joan Mitchell Foundation’s Career Documentation for the Visual Artist: An archive planning workbook and resource guide is available as a free downloadable PDF. I attended an early-morning session at the recent College Art Association‘s annual meeting in Chicago because the staff from the Joan Mitchell Foundation was presenting resources they have developed as part of their Creating a Living Legacy (CALL) program. ... More » »
At a session of the College Art Association annual meeting in February (On the Social, The Relational, and the Participatory…), Martha Rosler spoke about her initial garage sale in 1973, at the gallery of the Visual Arts Department at the University of California, San Diego, and the many sales she has held since then at art venues in the U.S. and Europe. She showed images of the recent sale, held in the atrium of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA, Nov. 17-30, 2012), which she said was her last. She remarked that it received international press attention, but there was ... More » »
I finished reading the collected writings of Suzanne Lacy (see below) on the plane to the 100th Annual Meeting of the College Art Association (CAA) , held from Feb. 22-25 at the Los Angeles Convention Center. I was excited that I would finally see the artist in action. Lacy is a pioneer of what has come to be known as social practice (sometimes termed participatory art, community art, situational art or social sculpture), and founded an MFA program under that name at Otis College of Art and Design in 2007. Since the early 1970s she has produced work consisting of socially ... More » »
Twenty years ago, when I had just moved to Chicago, Art Chicago was the only fair in the U.S. devoted to contemporary art, and my introduction to the genre. Now that fairs are so common, it may be hard to remember that Art Basel existed only in its home city and New York had many galleries, but no fairs. Art Chicago was then held at Navy Pier, in a charmless state of decay: endless, dirty, green shag carpets that made it clear that the week before the space had held farm equipment, and the following week would likely exhibit motorcycles. ... More » »
The plane to Chicago for the College Art Association (CAA) Annual Meeting left from a concourse I rarely use so I saw different art than usual as part of the airport’s Exhibition Program, which certainly provides the best distraction I’ve found at Philadelphia International Airport. Nick Kripal’s Swarm was a terra cotta landscape of an alternative, multi-culti character with forms cribbed from the kitchen cabinets; what looked like a Moorish dome turned out to have been cast from a pudding mold! I’d love to see him do animations based on them.
An incomplete, biased and otherwise personal list of some of the events I hope to get to in the next two weeks: Tuesday, Feb. 2, 6 pm YOUNG-HAE CHANG HEAVY INDUSTRIES, a Seoul based web-art group, will be speaking at Temple where their work is part of Philagrafika. 126 AUDITORIUM, Temple University Architecture building, 1947 North 12th Street, Philadelphia, PA 19122 Free and open to the public Who wouldn’t want to hear from artists who did a web piece called CUNNILINGUS IN N0RTH K0REA? You can see it, and more of their work at their site.
Advocacy means speaking up – for some one or some thing – and it’s not something we in the arts do enough of. Advocacy with elected officials is called lobbying and the first rule of lobbying is that if you don’t make your case known, the other side will. So last week I joined colleagues from across the country in Washington to lobby on behalf of the humanities (history, philosophy, literary and religious studies, art history, etc.).
My son Max and I went to the College Art Association‘s session on copyright on Friday. “Reexamining Appropriation: The Copy, The Law, and Beyond, Part 1″ was held at the New York City Bar Association, and included on the panel were Judge Pierre N. Leval of the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit and William Patry, Google’s copyright law expert (he’s also a blogger!) and three art historians, Lisa Pon (Meadows School of the Arts, SMU), Johanna Burton (Princeton) and Jaimey Hamilton (U of Hawaii). I took copious — although, as it turns out, a little spotty — ... More » »