Back in the Stone Age of the early 1980s when people still relied on landlines, I was a latchkey kid who often answered the phone for my parents before they got home from work. A six p.m. call was ...
Gerd Stern is a poet, painter, sculptor, and media artist. His oral history, From Beat Scene Poet to Psychedelic Multimedia Artist: 1948–1978, was published by The Bancroft Library, University of ...
The sound of James Baldwin’s voice greets visitors first. It originates from a Victrola record player, unceremoniously placed on the floor in the back of the first room, which plays a 1932 recording ...
In Okwui Enwezor the world has lost a great interpreter of the present day and a brilliant curator. I had the privilege, for a precious period, of accompanying him on his path, and am profoundly ...
New York State is in the midst of an unprecedented pro-housing legislative push. As I write, lawmakers appear poised to pass most of a package of bills that would establish “universal rent control,” ...
An artist isn’t motivated by need alone. One of the unique aspects of pursuing an artistic life is that the intent of such a life is driven by a personal vision and, if there is an economics of that ...
One cup of coffee, one abyss, or one blackness in an abyss. There is some chasm and there is only one abyss. One burrow. The word “hole.” Cup, burrow, abyss, then trace in the mirror. A hole on hiatus ...
So said that master of the quip, Plato, in Book IV of The Republic. Astra Taylor’s latest documentary, What Is Democracy?, which screened at Montréal’s Cinema Politica on January 23rd, opens with ...
The irony, of course, was that after so many years trying to kill himself with booze and drugs, it was fucked up when Warren Zevon, sober and otherwise healthy, contracted mesothelioma, the terrible ...
Before we've even found chairs to sit down in and start talking, Will Pullen has offered to help. "He can call me anytime," he says, throwing his hat in the ring to assist our son through the storm of ...
One thing remains constant. I have cerebral palsy. I tell people that I was “born with it” but that isn’t exactly accurate. Cerebral palsy isn’t something that resides genetically in one’s body – nor ...
Viva Ruiz is the daughter of Ecuadorian immigrants, a Queens native, and an artist for whom showing in a gallery is the exception rather than the norm. For the last two decades, she has forged a ...