Macon Georgia’s Mill Hill Arts Village is a utopian vision of inclusive planning, permanently affordable housing stock, and community arts programming. So why were resident artists Samantha Hill and Ed Woodham fired? They believe they uncovered a gentrification scheme, but the Macon Arts Alliance tells a different, incomplete story.
This GIF from Soliman Lopez is part of project investigating Joseph Kosuth’s 1965 piece “One and Three Chairs.” Kosuth represented the chair as a manufactured object, a photograph, and the printed dictionary definition of “chair”. The then-groundbreaking conceptual work is in MoMA’s permanent collection.
Soliman Lopez created the above GIF [h/t This is not the art blog you are loking for] of the iconic chair for the larger piece “Making Disappear Joseph Kusuth’s Chair,” which concluded with the artist swallowing the micro SD card containing the rendering (also documented in GIF form, below) and signed statements from witnesses. That’s what I call commitment to 1960’s conceptualism—with a very contemporary, likely toxic, twist.
It’s August. Very few people are having openings. Which is okay, because you can catch up on some other activities. Such as reading and sports! Head to Printed Matter’s pop-up on Tuesday, then head down to Basketball City for a friendly game with the folks from NADA. Wednesday, the Con Artist Collective is having a $99 art sale in the spirit of a Lower East Side Bodega. Thursday, the New Museum has all sorts of techy delights as they unveil New INC projects and Carter Burden Gallery is hosting a trifecta of medium-specific shows. End the night at the Brooklyn Museum, where Juliana Huxtable will be DJing from within a Tom Sachs installation (uh, hello all my favorite things!). Friday, identity politics gets graphic with Sean O’Connor’s wallpaper-like paintings of homoerotic sports stuff at the Leslie Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art and Carla Cubit’s Black Lives Matter posters at chashama.
The Queens Museum is on-point with public programming on Saturday, from plastic bag portraits from Nobutaka Aozaki in Flushing and artist tours of Newtown Creek, where many plastic bags have been flushed. And Sunday, there’s Alma Thomas’s dreamy abstract watercolors uptown at the Studio Museum or some timely dystopian cinema at BAM. Thank you, institutions, for giving us stuff to do while the Chelsea crowd is off using “summer” as a verb.
A little exhaustion, a little delirium, a little love.
From Andrew Benson’s “Everyday GIF’s.”
It’s been about 35 years since we were first promised a viable, commercial virtual reality headset. The time for that promise to be fulfilled seems to be upon us with major technology companies going all in on the research and infrastructure that will be necessary to make it happen both as a technology and a product.
NEW INC, the New Museum’s ambitious effort to fuse artist residencies, coworking spaces and business incubators into one singular program, has had two years to become a fully-formed innovation. It’s tough to say whether that’s happened yet, but the latest “Public Beta” (on through July 31st, part 2 will run from August 4-7th) is certainly different than any exhibition going right now and indicates that what’s to come could be a weird and original niche between several disciplinary worlds.
What is lost when HIV/AIDS becomes art history? A lot, as it seems.
As HIV/AIDS gets revisited by a slew of recent exhibitions, books and films, the real continued emotional impact of the disease is in danger of being replaced by a distant historical interest. Nowhere is this more apparent than in the Bronx Museum’s current exhibition Art AIDS America.
These are but a small sampling of the many GIFs in Claudia Maté’s “gif ssense summer sale campaign,” The webpage is a grid of hilariously obnoxious advertisements that feature everything from exploding wildlife to a television being penetrated by a skeleton. Really, click on the link, because you really ought to immerse yourself in the 34th-street-like consumer dystopia of it all.