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Jimmy Van Bramer on Why You Should Invite City Council to Your Openings

by Whitney Kimball on October 17, 2013
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As the chair of the Cultural Affairs Committee, Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer is basically the City Council’s spokesperson for culture, and has a pretty clear idea of what needs to happen to make New York livable for artists again. Here’s why he thinks the city should have a plan for artists, why artists need to count themselves, and why you should invite him to your openings.

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Ten Years of the Listings Project: An Interview With Stephanie Diamond

by Paddy Johnson on September 16, 2013
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Stephanie Diamond’s Listings Project is having a very special 10 year anniversary. Today, she launches the Listings Project website, a weekly listserv of art-related job and real estate classifieds. (AFC staffers can thank Listings Project on both fronts, on more than one occasion). A few months ago, I sat down with her to talk about the website and the wildly successful project, which is both an art community and Diamond’s longest-running art project.

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How Do People Feel About the Gramsci Monument?

by Whitney Kimball and Will Brand on August 16, 2013
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“Another monument to his monumental ego,” Ken Johnson recently labelled Thomas Hirschhorn’s Gramsci Monument, a big wooden community center which looks like a set from Peter Pan, and occupies the Bronx’s Forest Housing Projects through September. Rather than a towering chrome figurehead, the monument is an intellectual playground; a drastic improvement to the quality of life at Forest; and an overwhelmingly loving event.

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Censoring the Voice Tunnel: 5 Questions with Rafael Lozano-Hemmer

by Clara Olshansky on July 31, 2013
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In a remarkable case of irony, the NYPD has attempted to censor an art installation about free speech. Rafael Lozano-Hemmer’s upcoming Park Avenue tunnel installation, Voice Tunnel is an open platform, allowing anyone to say whatever they want through an intercom that will translate the noise into waves of light and sound. The NYPD, however, wanted to include a 6-second delay, in case they needed to censor anything dangerous. They compromised: a monitor will stand by as people speak, and, in case of anything really incendiary, there is a button to delete the recording.

This is a uniquely appropriate issue for Lozano-Hemmer, whose work often concerns free speech and monitoring the public.

The artist talks with us about how he feels about the intervention, and what the censorship will look like.

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Critics’ Q&A with Paddy Johnson on ARTINFO

by Paddy Johnson on July 9, 2013
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Today I spent a bit of time talking to ArtINFO Canada’s Sky Goodden about criticism here and in Canada for her Critics Q&A Series. Turns out, I’ve got quite a bit to say.

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Whatever Happened to the Dependent?

by Corinna Kirsch on March 21, 2013
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Why has the Dependent, our favorite New York art fair, been so quiet lately? For the last two years, the hotel fair had been held during Armory week, but now doesn’t even have a website.

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A Furniture Rundown With the Johnson Trading Gallery

by Whitney Kimball on January 25, 2013
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I interview furniture dealer Paul Johnson about his designers, the trade, and his new space in a 1940’s cinema in Queens.

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The ABC No Rio Interviews: Steven Englander

by Whitney Kimball on December 20, 2012
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In the last ABC No Rio interview before the renovation, director Steven Englander says fighting the city is the easy part. He asks, “What do you do if you win?”

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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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