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Blue North: Justin Newhall on Exploitation, Pornography, and Time
For his Northern Studies series, Justin Newhall took the train to northern Manitoba, where—inspired by a Glenn Gould radio documentary—he sought to capture the idea of “the North.” He found it in an unlikely package: a duct tape-covered stash of glossy pornographic photos that had deteriorated over time, leaving ghosts of the originals—and of the tragic story of the Dene Village where he found them.
Sage Cowles: A Dance Activist’s Life
Sage Cowles had a “real social vision,” says choreographer Bill T. Jones. “Sage and [husband] John were interested in Change with a capital C, which earned her high marks in my way of thinking.” A philanthropist, mother, political activist, and—perhaps most importantly—a dancer, Cowles passed away November 21, 2013, at age 88. Camille LeFevre recounts a life dedicated to dance, family, and community.
A Cinematic Family Album for Morocco
For Yto Barrada, Morocco’s defunct Cinéma Rif offered an opportunity to “bring a certain kind of magic back to the city” through an artistic intervention. The result—now nearly a decade old—is Cinémathèque de Tanger, an artist-run cinema, archive, and educational center in Tangier. It’s also, as she discusses with Bouchra Khalili, a vibrant community hub and repository of cultural memories.
Steve McQueen: “I Want to Be Useful”
“I don’t think slavery has been taboo at all,” Steve McQueen says, having just noted that his film 12 Years a Slave is one of less than two dozen to address this painful part of US history. “[Racism has] actually been very visible and obvious—the elephant in the room.” In a Q&A with Rob Nelson, McQueen discusses slavery, art, and how he sees Solomon Northup’s 1853 book as “the Anne Frank diary of America.”
We’re surrounded by invisible forces, from neutrinos and radio waves passing through our bodies to gravitational and emotional forces pulling on us. In conversation with writer Sean Donovan, Luke Fischbeck and Sarah Rara of Los Angeles–based experimental art/music duo Lucky Dragons discuss the realms of the unseen and ways that science and mystery interact in their immersive art investigations.
Nicole J. Caruth
“If the perfect medium is bronze, which basically sits there forever, then food is on the exact opposite end of that continuum,” says Jennifer Rubell. She should know, having created edible art installations using everything from ribs to cotton candy—but impermanence is only the beginning. Safety laws, permits, and confronting perception about food’s value are all challenges food artists must address.
How Culture Shapes the Contemporary City
With 80 percent of Americans now living in urban areas, and 6.5 billion people globally expected to do so by 2050, issues such as gentrification, economic justice, and sustainability are top of mind for artists and activists. Curator Nato Thompson discusses how this month’s Creative Time Summit brings voices across disciplines together to explore the perils and promise presented by this new reality.
Xiu Xiu’s Jamie Stewart on Art, Top Gun, and Danh Vo
Although they’ve never met, Xiu Xiu frontman Jamie Stewart says he feels “very bonded” to the father of artist Danh Vo—so much so that he’s agreed to publicly sing a hit song from the film Top Gun in his honor. In conjunction with the opening of 9 Artists, Stewart will perform at the dedication of Tombstone for Phùng Vo (2010), a grave marker Vo created for his still-living father.