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Revising History With the Nasher’s “Jazz Age” Retrospective

by Whitney Kimball on June 2, 2014
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On its first stop in a national tour, “Archibald Motley: Jazz Age Modernist” reintroduces viewers to a Harlem Renaissance painter who seems to have little to do with any movement at all.

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Open Engagement Sunday Recap: This Is Amazing

by Paddy Johnson and Corinna Kirsch on May 21, 2014
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Open Engagement, the conference for social practice art-makers opened ran for three days last weekend. The busiest day, Sunday, included presentations by Sara Reisman, Edgar Arceneaux with Kevin Krapf, Jay Erker, Piero Passacantando, Aliya Bonar, and Deana Haggag with Ginevra Shay.

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We Went To Chicago: The Horrors of Parenthood, The Strength of Drawings

by Robin Dluzen and Damien James on May 19, 2014
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Ana Casas Broda’s photographs of her young boys suckling on her breasts spark quite a bit of discussion. Her work is part of a larger show on motherhood called Home Truths at The Museum of Contemporary Photography. Also discussed: William J. O’Brien at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago.

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Rumstick Road: A Powerful Reconstruction of Mental Illness

by Paddy Johnson and Matthew Leifheit on May 16, 2014
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Elizabeth LeCompte & Ken Kobland’s reconstruction of Rumstick Road paints a morbid, but illuminating picture of the mental illness that ran through Spalding Gray’s family, and afflicted his mother.

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We Went to Elsewhere, an Artist Residency in a Three-Story Thrift Shop

by Paddy Johnson Whitney Kimball and Corinna Kirsch on May 14, 2014
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What’s on view: Dollnados, shirt canopies, shoe canopies, ballgown rooms, party rooms, freaky war rooms, hollowed-out TVs, fabric caves, alternative economies, karaoke nights, bouncy ball instruments…et cetera.

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The Whitney Biennial on Charlie Rose: Art Is Hazy, Nebulous

by Whitney Kimball on April 29, 2014
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Charlie Rose asks whether this year’s biennial will help us understand what contemporary art is. It won’t, because in the view of its curators, contemporary art doesn’t exist.

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Sean Fader’s SUP?: High on Style, Low on Substance

by Marc Boucai on April 28, 2014
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Can art effectively question identity if it reinforces rather than questions stereotypes? Probably not, which makes any media attention for Sean Fader’s ‘SUP?’ a little grating.

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We Went to Soho: Dust Motes and Homoerotica

by Paddy Johnson Whitney Kimball and Corinna Kirsch on April 24, 2014
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We saw provisional painting, photos of detritus, and lots and lots of homorerotica.

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