Taylor Renee Aldridge and Jessica Lynne
When a white, male critic wrote that African-American artist Alma Thomas’s art echoes “the special middle-ground pleasures of domestic life,” ARTS.BLACK’s founders had a question: How might this assessment look if written by a Black art critic? Reflecting on their site’s mission, Taylor Aldridge and Jessica Lynne discuss the power of the digital in countering dominant critical narratives.
Further Speculation on Digital Arts Media’s Future(s)
Between technology’s continuous advance and an ever-narrowing digital divide, the future of online cultural publishing is hazier than ever. How will we be reading and writing about art 10 years from now? We posed this questions to array of critics, cultural producers, and journalists—from critic Brian Droitcour to podcast producer Tyler Green, museum technologist Koven Smith to curator Willa Köerner.
Burn the Maps
Art of the Rural’s founder on artists using digital space to redraw a geography of the cultural center
Muscle Memory/Blood Memory
In LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs’ poetry, “obvious” and everyday American popular culture expressions are made strange, and the rarest language is universal. It is a space in which “the Other” can finally see herself in the eye of “the Normal,” and “the Normal” recognizes a horrific difference at its core. Here, Diggs discusses her new book TwERK, the relationship between sound and text, and “ghost translations.”
Lewis Hyde: In Defense of the Cultural Commons
Sarah Peters & Sarah Schultz
“Art is what we do,” Carl Andre once said. “Culture is what is done to us.” Cultural critic Lewis Hyde, invoking the quote, adds, “It’s the ‘done to us’ part I’d like the citizen to avoid; let us be the constant makers of our cultural world.” In a recent conversation about creativity and copyright, democracy and the commons, Hyde expanded on the ideas in his book Common as Air: Revolution, Art, and Ownership.
Publishing a Decade: Neal Cuthbert on Artpaper and the ’80s
Neal Cuthbert & Lydia O’Callaghan-Morrison
Tagged “art/commmunity/cultural activism,” Artpaper chronicled art in the Twin Cities during a pivotal decade, its short life spanning from 1981 to 1993. As head of the monthly publication’s artists’ advisory committee then as Artpaper director, Neal Cuthbert had a clear view of Minneapolis’ creative life. Now vice president of program at the McKnight Foundation, he shares his memories of the 1980s.