Summer Session – Bad at Sports: Interview with Kehinde Wiley

Kehinde Wiley, Leviathan Zodiac (The World Stage: Israel), 2011; oil and gold enamel on canvas, 115 x 79.75 in. (framed). Collection of Blake Byrne. Courtesy of Roberts & Tilton, Culver City, CA.

This Summer Session we’re thinking about celebrity, and today we bring you an interview from the podcast Bad at Sports with artist Kehinde Wiley, courtesy of our sister publication Art Practical. Wiley, a highly celebrated artist himself, is best known for his large Orientalist paintings of men of color, utilizing the immaterial visual vernacular of authority and the materiality and scale of wealth to reframe his anonymous, systemically disenfranchised subjects[…..]

Summer Session – Guerrilla Girls Talk the History of Art vs. the History of Power

Today for our Summer Session topic of celebrity, we bring you an interview from The Late Show with Stephen Colbert with the feminist art activists the Guerrilla Girls. Colbert and the Guerrilla Girls talk about the ways in which institutional power limits the possibilities for representation in museums and galleries, thereby shaping the narrative of art history and also popular taste. Moreover, the interview itself is[…..]

Summer Session – Honor our Wrinkles: Fiber, Women, Dykes and Queers

L.J. Roberts. Daniel Rosza Lang/Levitsky Singing at the 2013 NYC Dyke March, 2013; single-strand embroidery on cotton; 4 x 8 in. Courtesy of the Artist.

Continuing our labor-themed Summer Session, today we bring you a thoughtful conversation between the artists L.J. Roberts and Sheila Pepe. Roberts asks, “What does it mean to have men who are making work that pertains to being a man—about men, male desire, and masculinity—appropriating traditional women’s work and theory that is grounded in feminism, without much accountability?” This interview was originally published on our sister site Art Practical on February 26,[…..]

Summer Session – Life/Work

Today from our friends at Guernica, we bring you an excerpt from a conversation between Jen Delos Reyes, J. Morgan Puett, and Mierle Laderman Ukeles. The former is the founder of Open Engagement, an annual conference “committed to examining how artists, institutions, and publics approach art and social practice”; the latter two are artists who work the everyday—including labors such as chores and childcare—into their practices.[…..]

Summer Session: Mika Rottenberg by Judith Hudson

Mika Rottenberg. Still from Squeeze, 2010; digital C-print, single-channel video installation. Total running time: 20 minutes.

Today from our friends at BOMB Magazine, we bring you an excerpt from Judith Hudson’s interview with Mika Rottenberg. In keeping with our Summer Session theme of labor, the artist discusses multitasking, migrant workers, energy, and the value of sweat. This interview was originally published in the Autumn 2010 issue of BOMB. Video-installation artist Mika Rottenberg creates mini-factories, farms, and tableaux, which produce products variously made[…..]

Interview with Katherine Bradford

Katherine Bradford. Water Nurses, 2016; acrylic on canvas. Courtesy the artist and Adams and Ollman. Photo: Christine Taylor

Artist Katherine Bradford likes acrylic paint. As a material, acrylic is filled with wonder for its contradictions. Its water-soluble chemistry allows for the kind of dreamy washes that color fields and abstractions often rely on, while its water-resistant setting state is anchored and dependable. Bradford’s solo exhibition Divers and Dreamers, currently on view at Adams and Ollman, is up to the comparison of being dually[…..]

Interview with Carlos Motta

Carlos Motta. Patriots, Citizens, Lovers..., 2015; installation view.  PinchukArtCentre, Kiev. Courtesy of Instituto de Visión, Bogotá, Mor Charpentier Galerie, Paris, and Galeria Filomena Soares, Lisbon.

Today from our friends at BOMB Magazine, we bring you an interview with artist Carlos Motta. Author Cat Tyc writes, “Motta’s research-based practice is constituted by discursive spaces, presented in a variety of different spatial forms, which create—in his own words—’counter-narratives that recognize suppressed histories, communities, and identities.’” This article was originally published May 6, 2016. Cat Tyc: At your artist talk at Pratt Institute, you[…..]