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Interview

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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At Exit Art, a Fond Farewell

by Corinna Kirsch on April 20, 2012
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“This is my funeral,” Papo Colo, co-founder of Exit Art told me yesterday in the Exit Art cafe. Colo wasn't joking. He was lamenting the impending closure of the non-profit, which, after 30 years of operation, will shut its doors in May.

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Gerald Ferguson’s Blue Collar Conceptualism: An Interview with Luke Murphy and Phil Grauer

by Paddy Johnson on February 9, 2012
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Paddy Johnson talks to Phil Grauer and Luke Murphy about Garry Kennedy, Gerald Ferguson, and the importance of NSCAD to the rise of American Conceptualism.

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Twitter Debate About ArtPrize, Now a YouTube Series

by Paddy Johnson on January 30, 2012
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Back in early January, Carolina Miranda, John Powers and I had a twitter debate over the merits of ArtPrize, the self-proclaimed grand experiment in Grand Rapids, MI, which awards hundreds of thousands of dollars, based mostly on popular vote. Carolina was suspicious, John thought ArtPrize could do artists better, and I decided the event was great. Hoping to hash this issues out a little a more in person, John Powers and I spent close to two hours with ArtPrize’s Kevin Buist, discussing its various merits and detractors. The result: 18 sequential YouTube videos documenting our conversation, idea by idea.

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