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Interview

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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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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