I Am for an Art: Claes Oldenburg on His 1961 “Ode to Possibilities”
Claes Oldenburg’s most famous piece of writing, I Am For …, isn’t a manifesto. It’s a “slightly satirical ode or paean to the possibilities of using anything in one’s surroundings” to create art.
The Momentary Monument
Ten years after Thomas Hirschhorn pitched his idea for a temporary philosophy center on South Minneapolis’ Lake Street, the Swiss artist’s Gramsci Monument has been realized in the Bronx. Former Walker chief curator Philippe Vergne, now director of the Dia Art Foundation, discusses both projects and the ripple effect he hopes the New York “monument” leaves behind when it closes September 15.
Station to Station: Doug Aitken’s Polyphonic Culture Train
“Human beings need a starting point.” The motto for The Source, Doug Aitken’s video series on creativity’s origins, could easily be the slogan for Station to Station, the art train he’s taking across the US this month. While the trip has its concrete elements—a starting point, an ending point, some really heavy train cars—he sees it as entirely open-ended: whatever happens along the way is anybody’s guess.
Art for Eat’s Sake
“Art farmers”—from Matthew Moore and Fritz Haeg to Futurefarmers—have been turning their focus to food, writes Joseph Hart. Offering critiques of industrialized food, they’re also engaged in the search for solutions. Whether by demonstrating more holistic techniques and sources of food production or by exploring new forms of community interaction, they’re helping to define a new day for agriculture.