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“The Politics of Art”? That Died Out in the 1970s

by Corinna Kirsch on November 21, 2012
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In the 1960s and early 1970s, art and politics were peas in a pod. For die-hard critics like Barbara Rose, who lived through these decades in New York, that was the time to be alive. Art was good then, and now it sucks. Well, that’s how her argument goes, which which she makes in the pages of this month’s Brooklyn Rail. We disagree.

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The Big Trouble with Bloomberg at Momenta Art

by Corinna Kirsch on October 3, 2012
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The idea behind Occupy Museum’s current project, “Occupy Your BFF (Bloomberg Family Foundation)” at Momenta Art, was to take financial information that already exists in the real world and showcase it in an art gallery. There’s print-outs of the Bloomberg Foundation’s I-990s, a video showing Michael Bloomberg’s living room, and charts documenting economic disparity in the States—all the type of stuff that can be found online. “The information is engaging in a way that could only occur in an art gallery,” Occupy Museums organizer Imani Brown told us. All this sounds pretty basic to us, but Occupy’s target of choice—Bloomberg—has become a serious issue, giving rise to suspicion surrounding the recent departure of a Momenta Art board member.

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This Week’s Must-See Art Events at the L Mag

by Whitney Kimball on September 24, 2012
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This week’s dive into event listings yielded a trove of art events so glorious that 900 words could not contain them. The Art Book Fair and the Dumbo Arts Fest are just a few of this week’s gems. Whether you’re painting this week or trying to hack the mainframe, we’ve got an art event for that.

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Berlin Biennale May Adopt OWS’s Horizontal Power Structure [UPDATE]

by Whitney Kimball on June 18, 2012
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After an upset over what Occupy Museums refers to as their “human zoo” portion of the Berlin Biennale, the exhibition has agreed to discuss adopting a horizontal power structure.

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This Friday at 6 PM: Art Handlers Will Protest MoMA's Ties with Sotheby's

by Corinna Kirsch on March 27, 2012
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Sotheby's art handlers want MoMA to sever ties with the auction house, and they have good reason: MoMA has made millions at Sotheby's during the art handler lockout. In November, MoMA auctioned off two paintings by Rufino Tamayo, a sale which amassed over three million dollars for MoMA's acquisition fund.

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MoMA Security Confiscates Occupy Museums Banner: OM Poses Acquisition Terms [UPDATE]

by Whitney Kimball on January 20, 2012
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During last week’s Occupy Museums protest at MoMA, a red and black banner was suspended by the crowd on the fifth floor landing into the museum’s atrium. Security quickly confiscated it, and has yet to return the piece. As Occupy Museums states, institutions nationwide are negotiating with OWS art groups to acquire archival materials, so in an open letter to MoMA, OM has declared terms for the artwork’s acquisition.

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Professors, Artists, Workers, and Activists Rally Inside MoMA

by Whitney Kimball on January 16, 2012
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Friday night, Occupy Museums conducted an exceptionally clear and efficient GA under Sanja Ivekovic’s controversial feminist monument Lady Rosa of Luxembourg. Why we need a new ABC No Rio, a continued focus on lock-outs, and how Free Fridays were won by demonstrators forty years ago.

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