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Summer Session – @Large: Ai Weiwei at Alcatraz

Ai Wei Wei. With Wind, 2014; installation detail, New Industries Building, Alcatraz. Courtesy of FOR-SITE Foundation. Photo: Jan Stürmann.

Our current Summer Session topic is celebrity, and today from our sister publication Art Practical we bring you a review by Heidi Rabben of artist Ai Wei Wei’s controversial show @Large. Rabben takes Ai’s position as an artist-activist-provocateur to task, suggesting that the show relies too heavily on his reputation without delivering the content to match. This review was originally published on November 24, 2014. This text is likely neither the first[…..]

Summer Session – ART THOUGHTZ: Damien Hirst

As we wrap up our month-long consideration of celebrity, we bring you this video from Hennessy Youngman’s web series Art Thoughtz. One of the most infamous celebrity figures of the art world is Damien Hirst, and while Youngman has no real problem with Hirst’s status as an art market darling, he does take issue with his presentation. This video was originally uploaded on January 10, 2012. 

Summer Session – Melody Set Me Free 4.0: “We Kiki”

For this Summer Session the topic is celebrity, and we’re investigating the various ways celebrity, pop culture, and art inform and reflect one another. Today we bring you an episode from artist Kalup Linzy’s web series Melody Set Me Free, in which actor Macaulay Culkin guest stars as a music producer. This video was originally uploaded on July 23, 2014.

Summer Session – #Hashtags: Rebel Rebel

Leee Black Childers. David Bowie as Ziggy Stardust, Philadelphia, 1973. Digital C-print.

This July we’re talking about celebrity, and today we bring you an article from our #Hashtags column that explores the intersection of art, social issues, and global politics. In this essay, author Anuradha Vikram talks about how the queerness of countercultural artists becomes appropriated as they achieve stardom, leaving behind the precariousness that first defined them while it continues to define their colleagues. This article was originally published[…..]

Summer Session – Work of Art! Reality TV Special

Today for our Summer Session topic of celebrity, we bring you an episode from artists Chris Vargas and Greg Youmans’ web-based trans/cisgender sitcom Falling in Love…with Chris and Greg. In this satirical video, Vargas and Youmans edit an episode of the short-lived reality TV show Work of Art, demonstrating the vital linkages between Pop art and queer art, and how commercially successful iterations of both are evacuated of their radical,[…..]

Summer Session – Punk Thing

Still from the X-Ray Spex performing "Oh Bondage! Up Yours!" circa 1977. From the documentary Punk in London (Metrodome, 1977).

For this month’s Summer Session we’re thinking about celebrity, and today we bring you an article by Brandon Brown from our sister publication Art Practical on perhaps one of the most iconic and enduring cultural genres: punk. Simultaneously existing as both an infamously commercialized stylization and a sincere, perennial style, punk remains an inexhaustible testament to the inextricability of power and aesthetics. This article was originally published on September[…..]

Summer Session – Do You Believe in Television? Chris Burden and TV

Chris Burden, still from TV Hijack, 1972. Photo: G. Beydler. Courtesy of the artist and Gagosian Gallery, © Chris Burden.

This Summer Session we’re thinking about celebrity, which necessarily includes the ways in which celebrity is most easily produced and consumed—that is, we’re also thinking about television. Today we bring you an excerpt from an article published on East of Borneo by Nick Stillman, regarding Chris Burden’s television performances of the 1970s, which used the medium of television to challenge the consumerist ethos it perpetuated, unlike its complicit[…..]