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Interview

Immigration in the Arts: An Interview with Lawyers Nathan Waxman and Susu Durst

by Paddy Johnson on September 19, 2012
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In 1999, I moved from Canada to the United States to go to grad school. As many foreign students do, I stayed in the U.S. after I finished my degree in 2001 and thus needed a work visa. It was around that time that I met Nathan Waxman, an immigration lawyer who put together the paperwork for the jobs I took.

Nathan is awesome. He makes immigration and paperwork sound fascinating, not frightening, and he can talk about art with the best of them. So, I figured I’d sit down with him and Susu Durst, an Extraordinary Ability Specialist who works at his firm. I asked them to get me up to speed on the lastest immigration news for artists, and chat a little about what artists need to do to immigrate to the U.S. We spoke about all that, and even ended up discussing how the differences in Canadian and American culture have informed immigration policy. It was amazing.

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The ABC No Rio Interviews: Vikki Law

by Whitney Kimball on September 5, 2012
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In the third of four ABC No Rio interviews, I spoke to community organizer and prisoner advocate Victoria Law. We discuss some of the activist initiatives at No Rio in the mid-nineties through early 2000s.

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Artists are on TV! This Time, Not For Bravo Money

by Whitney Kimball on August 23, 2012
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We’re fuckin’ famous. A talk with Scott Kiernan and Victoria Keddie, co-directors of the artist-run public access TV show E.S.P. TV.

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Brooklyn Museum Curator Catherine Morris on “Six Years”

by Corinna Kirsch on August 3, 2012
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Six Years is a book of art-based lists that was compiled by curator and critic Lucy Lippard between 1966 and 1972. Now that book is being transformed into an exhibition, opening September 14th at the Brooklyn Museum’s Sackler Center. I caught up with Catherine Morris, one of the exhibition’s curators, about how the idea for the exhibition came about, what to expect, and the importance of launching historical surveys today. From description alone, this exhibition sounds like a breath of fresh air from the spectacle-driven exhibitions that have lately dotted the museum exhibition landscape.

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The ABC No Rio Interviews: Peter Cramer and Jack Waters

by Whitney Kimball on August 1, 2012
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We pick up our ABC No Rio interviews with Jack Waters and Peter Cramer, performance artists and activists who directed ABC No Rio from around 1983 to 1991.

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The ABC No Rio Interviews: Alan Moore

by Whitney Kimball on July 9, 2012
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This week, I interview historian and ABC No Rio co-founder Alan Moore about the first few years at No Rio, beginning in 1980. In addition to frequent eviction attempts from the waterlogged building, he remembers: “people were breaking into the gallery and taking whatever they could. It was a drag, but you had to deal with it. At one point, we fortified the doors, and they broke through the walls.”

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A Place Where Art Happens: BAM’s New Cultural District

by Alana Chloe Esposito on June 27, 2012
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The neighborhood surrounding the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) buzzed last Tuesday as moderate-sized crowds mingled on Fulton Street in front of three newly unveiled public art installations. It was precisely the intended effect of BAMart:Public, an initiative to enliven underutilized public spaces with visual art (a fourth project is on view inside BAM’s Peter J. Sharp building). David Harper, the program’s curator, walked me through the installations and explained the project’s genesis along the way.

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A Talk With The Kitchen’s Executive Director Tim Griffin

by Paddy Johnson on June 27, 2012
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The Kitchen has had a good couple of months program-wise. We raved about Virginia Overton’s site specific sculptures. We should have raved about their group show Creative Destruction, because it was one of the best shows of the year so far. Everyone raved over Matt Wolf’s screening of I Remember, A Film About Joe Brainard. We like what we’ve seen.

Accordingly, we tracked down The Kitchen’s Executive Director Tim Griffin and asked him a few questions.

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Interview: Dara Birnbaum on MoMA, EAI, and Wonder Woman

by Corinna Kirsch on June 26, 2012
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Video artists are a troubled breed; nobody knows how to sell or collect their work. But heck, even MoMA has a ton of video in their collection, so maybe there’s a model out there that works. I sat down with Dara Birnbaum, the rare video artist who has both a gallery (Marian Goodman Gallery) and a distributor (Electronic Arts Intermix). That double life hasn’t deterred museums and collectors from taking an interest in her work. But, as I gleaned from a lengthy interview with Birnbaum, institutions don’t have a clue about fair compensation—not when MoMA only needs to pay $1,200 for one of her videos.

What follows are parts taken from a longer interview with Birnbaum. She’s grand in her ambitions, which include a steadfast commitment to unlimited editions, sticking with EAI, and stealing images. Oh, and we talk about Hennessy Youngman.

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Curation and Conservation: An Interview With Rhizome’s Ben Fino-Radin

by Paddy Johnson on June 22, 2012
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If a curator’s job is to conserve and care for what exactly are we doing with all those tumblrs? I’m not entirely sure, but since Rhizome’s Digital Conservator Ben Fino-Radin seems to do what the classic definition of curator does I figured I’d talk to him about it. It’s good preparation for the panel I’ll be on this weekend at the Woodstock Digital Festival titled, Making Art vs. Curating Art: The Peculiar Case of New Media but also this year’s Art & Reality Conference in Moscow, where I’ll be leading the online curating section of the conference. Needless to say, this will be the first of many interviews this summer, in which I talk to New Media art experts and layman alike about what curation means to them.

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