Posts Tagged ‘utopia’

Alice Könitz: Commonwealth at Commonwealth & Council

Alice Könitz. Kiosk, 2016; wood, wood stain, PVC pipe; 76½ x 96 x 96 in. Courtesy of the artist and Commonwealth & Council.

Just as a bar’s allure resides not in its efficient exchange of money for alcohol, but in its ability to be a pleasant setting for individuals to be together, a gallery’s strength resides in its ability to become a social space, where the art becomes a campfire around which people can mingle, chat, and maybe even have fun. Yet, from the ugly sterility of the[…..]

Hashtags: The Impossible Dream

Clark Richert, view of Drop City, “the Complex,” in El Morro, outside Trinidad, Colorado, circa 1966. Photo: courtesy Drop City Photo Archives

#utopia #nostalgia #technology #street art #counterculture Technology and utopia are united in a certain subset of counterculture in Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia at the Walker Art Center. The show illustrates the ideals and limitations of the utopian imaginings by artists of the 1960s and early 1970s with early computer graphics imaging, speculative architecture proposals, political posters, and installation art. In contrast to ideal societies,[…..]

Fan Mail: Karen Ostrom

Karen Ostrom. The Execution, 2005; chromogenic print; 30 x 30 in. Courtesy of the Artist.

Holiday in Hope is the name of the fictional fishing village created by Brooklyn-based, Canadian-born artist Karen Ostrom. Conceived in 2001 in the form of photographic tableaus, the village primarily exists through the depiction of various characters that inhabit it. Holiday in Hope is manifested in threads and series; it’s an implied space that harbors references to communities transformed by industrialization, the erosion of traditional[…..]

Howardena Pindell at Spelman College Museum of Fine Art

The Spelman College Museum of Fine Art’s current exhibition of Howardena Pindell’s work marks an important moment in the journey of an artist and an institution. The site of Pindell’s first major exhibition in 1972, the Spelman Museum in those years was not the sprawling 4,500-square-foot institution that it is now, and Pindell had not been established as the great artist, gallery director, curator, educator,[…..]

Fan Mail: Jennifer Loeber


For this edition of Fan Mail, Brooklyn based photographer Jennifer Loeber has been selected from a group of worthy submissions. If you would like to be considered, please submit to a link to your website with ‘Fan Mail’ in the subject line. One artist is featured each month—the next one could be you! For me, Jennifer Loeber’s new body of work – Cruel Story of Youth[…..]

Summer of Utopia: March My Darlings

L.A. Expanded: Notes from the West Coast A weekly column by Catherine Wagley In the spot filmmaker M. Blash created for Levi’s Jeans in 2009, Walt Whitman’s voice is like the Pied Piper’s pipe. “Come my tan-faced children, Follow well in order, get your weapons ready,” recites Whitman, played by an actor (an earlier Levi’s spot purportedly featured an actual recording of the poet). As[…..]

Summer of Utopia: Michael Rakowitz