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A weekly collection of news, developments, and stirrings in the art world with host Hrag Vartanian, cofounder and editor-in-chief of Hyperallergic.

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Our Obsession With Less and Its Co-option by Silicon Valley

In this episode for Sunday Edition, we welcome Kyle Chayka to examine Silicon Valley’s taste for minimalist design. Is this just the latest development for a style that has a long history but only emerged into pop culture during the 1960s and ‘70s when a contemporary art movement emerged to propel the taste for less into a global phenomenon?

Chayka's book, The Longing for Less: Living with Minimalism (Bloomsbury, 2020), is a highly readable book that examines the historical precedents of minimalist design, its incarnation as contemporary art, and how it was co-opted by architecture, design, and fashion companies to represent a new, generic sense of luxury.

The music for this episode is Darkstar’s “Timeaway,” which is taken from the new album News From Nowhere, courtesy of Warp Records (warp.net/artists/darkstar).

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May 30, 2020
How the US Is Treating the Arts During the Pandemic, the #CancelRent Movement

The best news team in art gathers for another conversation about the biggest stories facing the arts community. News editor Jasmine Weber, and reporters Hakim Bishara and Valentina di Liscia, join me to reflect on acts of solidarity across the art world, the growing #CancelRent movement, the bizarre IRS complaint filed by an attorney against the Whitney Museum, museum layoffs, a coalition of artists calling to lift Gaza sanctions, how US cities are dealing with arts funding, Frieze New York going online, and much more.

Hyperallergic continues to be on top of the biggest stories in the art community during the pandemic and subscribe to our daily newsletter to stay up to date.

A special thanks to Jowan Safadi for allowing us to use his track, “Super White Man,” for this episode. You can follow Saladi on YouTube, Bandcamp, or Twitter.

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May 20, 2020
Art Critic John Yau Talks About Four Decades of Writing in New York

Few critics are like John Yau, who, for decades, has continued to engage with contemporary art with a voracious appetite, often focusing on figures ignored by the art market and mainstream institutions that chase after the next shiny thing. He has been part of the Hyperallergic Weekend editorial collective since it debuted in 2012.

John's writing about contemporary art cuts through hierarchies and academic jargon while revealing his love of art and innovative ideas. I asked him about his life, how he got into art writing, stories from his childhood, and other influences that help us understand a writer who continues to challenge both himself and readers to look at art with fresh and informed eyes. This special two-hour interview offers a window into the world of one of the country's most respected art critics and poets.

A special thanks to Vinson Valega for providing the music for this interview. You can learn more about his music at VinsonValega.com.

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May 15, 2020
How Are the Arts in LA, the US Southwest, and Beyond Weathering the Pandemic?

News about new museum layoffs and other problems, art galleries closures, and the cancellation of the Indian Market in Santa Fe are all part of this week's episode with Hyperallergic’s news editor Jasmine Weber, LA Editor Elisa Wouk Almino, and Ellie Duke, our Southwest editor based in Santa Fe, NM.

We discuss the Museum of Contemporary Art's decision to furlough most of its staff and then lay off 97 part-time workers, the impact of canceling Santa Fe's Indian Market, and the launch of our series that looks at some of the Native American artists and artisans who won't be able to show at the August gathering. We also talk about images from the 1918 influenza pandemic, the complicated problems of museum endowments, and how museums the world over are slowly opening up, not to mention a few that have been forced to close again because of a new wave of infections. And on a lighter side, we discuss Alan Nakagawa's social distancing haiku project.

Then I reach out to writer Anthony Majalathni in Rome, who discusses his recent article about the history of disease, faith, and recovery in the Italian capital, and what life in Rome is like today. As a historian of Rome, Majalathni is a great source of information on the city's long history with disease.

And a very special thanks to Apollo Kings for letting us use their new song, "Trust Issues."

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Apr 29, 2020
What's Up With Museum Layoffs, Union Problems, and Untouchable Endowments?

This episode, in our ongoing series tracking the impact of COVID-19 on the art community, I talk to the Hyperallergic news team (Jasmine Weber, Valentina Di Liscia, and Hakim Bishara) about the latest Pandemic-related news, including why museums can't dip into their endowments as easily as we might like, the Guggenheim's decision to furlough 92 employees, why some union supporters are crying foul with the recent art world layoffs. We also discuss the impact of the cancellation of Indian Market in Santa Fe, an artist fundraiser for Elmhurst Hospital in Queens, how artists are helping to decorate hospitals, and even some memes.

A special thanks to Nathan Fox for letting us use his track “I Can’t Hang.” To learn more, check out his Facebook page.

And a thank you to Gina Volpe for allowing us to use a short clip of her catchy song "Don't Touch Your Face," and for answering my questions about her inspiration.

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Apr 16, 2020
The Boom in Online Exhibitions During the Pandemic

This week, we give you a two-part conversation about the coronavirus pandemic and its impact on the arts community. First, we start with our news team, editor Jasmine Weber, and reporters Valentina Di Liscia and Hakim Bishara, to get updates on the flurry of news this week. Then we talk to editors Seph Rodney, Jasmine Weber, and Dessane Lopez Cassell about the new boom in online offerings by museums, galleries, and art institutions, as we try to separate the wheat from the chaff.

During our news roundup we discuss various articles by the team, including the Museum of Modern Art's decision to terminate educator contracts, the Whitney Museum's decision to lay off 76 staff members, pandemic relief efforts by various foundations, the eerie visual parallels between today and the 1918 influence pandemic, and even a few lighter posts, including the Gerbil Museum that's captured the hearts of art lovers.

In the final segment, Seph Rodney elaborates on what he found as an art critic visiting the new wave of online galleries, while Jasmine Weber and Dessane Lopez Cassell discuss their thoughts on online spaces and which ones appear to be doing it better than others.

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A special thanks to YutaY for providing the music to this week's episode. His new track "Run" is available on Apple Music and Spotify, and you can follow him on Facebook.

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Apr 09, 2020
The Pandemic’s Effects on Museums and Art Schools

Cases of COVID-19 are on the rise across the US and much of the world,  so Hyperallergic's news team gathered together for week 3 of our special podcast series to discuss what's happening at art museums, art schools, and other hubs of the art community during the coronavirus pandemic.

I'm joined by Hyperallergic's news editor Jasmine Weber in Los Angeles, and reporters Valentina di Liscia in Miami and Hakim Bishara in Brooklyn to reflect on the week that was and what we anticipate ahead.

Thanks to Kicholas Nage for allowing us to use his new song "Rona" this episode. You can check it out on YouTube.

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Apr 01, 2020
From Rome to NYC, Audio Dispatches on COVID-19 and the Arts

Another week of unprecedented COVID-19 news dominates the headlines as the United States, and New York specifically, has slowly become one of the epicenters of a global pandemic.

The Hyperallergic news team, including news editor Jasmine Weber, and reporters Valentina di Liscia and Hakim Bishara, join me for our first-ever remote podcast to discuss a wide range of topics including how museums and art galleries are advocating for support, how the pandemic is impacting life in Rome, how Whitney Museum art handlers are doing their part, and even a look at some of the viral songs that have emerged from the crisis.

We will be producing a podcast weekly until the crisis is over, to document what we've been seeing, reading, and hearing about a virus that has forced inhabitants of some of the largest cities of the world to stay home. During this anxious time, as much of the world shelters in place to mediate the impact on local healthcare facilities, we work at keeping you informed about the daily realities of COVID-19 and its effect on arts communities.

For this episode, we gathered the songs that have emerged during the pandemic, including tracks by Tennessee Builds, Kathy Mak, JoJo, students of the Chino Valley Unified School District, and others.

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Mar 25, 2020
What’s the Impact of COVID-19 on the Art Community?

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed life all around the world, whether it is in San Francisco, where inhabitants are forced to stay indoors by a shelter in place order, or the whole country of Canada, which has just closed its border to the US and will not allow non-essential visitors into the country. Here in New York, Hyperallergic reporters have been talking to those impacted by the virus and how it is wreaking havoc for businesses, nonprofits, and arts institutions of all types. In this podcast, I'm joined by two Hyperallergic reporters, Hakim Bishara and Valentina di Liscia, to discuss what we're seeing, hearing, and experiencing regarding COVID-19's impact on the art scene.

A special thanks to Eric Drass of Shardcore for the music to this week’s episode. Based on COVID-19 DNA sequence from the NIH, the complete two-hour track on Soundcloud and you can learn more about the artist at the Shardcore website.

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Mar 18, 2020
Connecting Modern Art Museums, Colonialism, and Violence

Ariella Azoulay's new book Potential History: Unlearning Imperialism (Verso, 2019) is an important read on the topic of museums, colonialism, and their clear relationship. In this conversation, Azoulay, who is Professor of Modern Culture & Media and Comparative Literature at Brown University, joins us at Hyperallergic HQ to explain what we need to unlearn, and how artists, collectors, critics, and other arts professionals play a role in the continuing dispossession of colonial subjects, most often people of color, around the world. This conversation is essential for anyone interested in the future of arts institutions and their role in social change. 

A special thanks to Dried Spider for the music to this week’s episode. (driedspider.bandcamp.com)

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Mar 11, 2020
What Artists Need to Know About Taxes

Taxes may be one of the most unpopular topics in art circles, but we all have to deal with them. So in this episode I speak to Hannah Cole from Sunlight Tax, who is an artist and tax professional, about the challenges of artist taxes — her specialty — and what people should watch out for if they don’t want to be audited. Lots of useful insight.

A special thanks to Mark Pritchard and Warp Records for providing the music for this episode.

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Feb 28, 2020
Hyperallergic Picks Their Favorite Holiday Movie Classics

It’s the holidays and you can’t get away from them. Some classic films have come to represent the season in the popular imagination, and we all have our favorites. I invited film editor Dan Schindel to talk about this unique genre of cinema, while discussing our favorite films about Christmas and more. I also invited a number of Hyperallergic staff to share their favorites.

I have a feeling this episode will get you into the holiday mood.

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A special thanks to Patrick Thomas for providing the music to this episode and getting us into the holiday spirit. You can find Christmas with Patrick Thomas on iTunes, and follow him on Instagram and Twitter.

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Dec 25, 2019
Zoë Buckman Is No One's Punching Bag

Artist Zoë Buckman is a feminist, which permeates her work and life, and her art explores the world of contemporary art with a particular sensitivity toward issues of sexual violence, abuse, and gender identity, among other things.

In this episode, she sat down with Hyperallergic editor and critic Seph Rodney to discuss her last exhibition at Fort Gansevoort, which was reviewed by Weekend contributor Nicole Miller. Buckman also expanded on her perspective of art that struggles with difficult issues in a thoughtful way.

A special thanks to Twig Twig for the music to this week’s episode. You can listen to that and more at twigtwig.bandcamp.com and other streaming services.

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Dec 09, 2019
Hyperallergic's Film Buffs Discuss 2019's Best Films, from Parasite to Avengers

Hyperallergic Reviews editor Dessane Lopez Cassell and Documentary associate editor Dan Schindel join me to discuss our favorite films from 2019.

We discuss Parasite, The Farewell, America, High Life, Midnight Traveler, the new frontiers of documentary, including Syrmor, The Giverny Document, and more. We also discuss the recent boom in superhero movies, how they dominate conversation about film, Martin Scorsese’s problems with the genre, and what it tells us about movies today. We also talk about Schindel's newly published essay, "What Is a Documentary These Days?"



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A special thanks to Kill the Alarm for providing the music for this episode. The track you’re hearing is “Chemicals” from the album Sleeping Giant.

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Nov 27, 2019
The Realities Facing Art Schools Today: A Conversation With RISD President Rosanne Somerson

The Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) was founded by women over a century ago, and it continues to be one of the leading art schools in the United States. Its current president, Rosanne Somerson, who is also an accomplished furniture designer, stopped by to talk about the institution and how it has pivoted to stay on top of the field, while serving an increasingly diverse student body.

We also discuss the RISD Museum and its recent attempt to repatriate an item in its collection, the financial realities that face students, and how arts education can help us solve some of the challenges of today.

A special thanks to musician Sophie Hintze for allowing us to use her unreleased song “Coffee in the Rain.” You can follow her on Twitter or Instagram.

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Nov 20, 2019
The Relationship Between Art and Law Since the 1960s

Joan Kee is the rare combination of art historian and lawyer, and she's shared her skills in her new book, Models of Integrity: Art and Law in Post-Sixties America, which examines the legal issues major contemporary artists (from Tehching Hsieh to Felix Gonzales-Torres) have confronted in the past 60 years.

Kee's research shows that since the 1960s, as artist projects have become more expansive and expensive, the world of lawyers and laws is becoming a bigger part of the equation. From discussions of Christo and Jeanne-Claude's "Running Fence" land art project (they actually had offers to place the project elsewhere, which would've been a lot easier) to Gordon Matta-Clark's Fake Estates micro-real estate project (there is no evidence the artist did or did not want to present this as an artwork), Kee's research demonstrates that the history of art has increasingly been intertwined with its legal realities.

A special thanks to Brooklyn-based musician SunSon for providing the music to this episode, and you can check out his website sunson.band. You can also follow him on Facebook or Instagram.

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Nov 11, 2019
Women’s Central Role in Lebanon's Modern Art World

Born in 1923 in Pennsylvania to Lebanese parents, Helen Khal would go on to become an important presence in the modern art world of Lebanon as a prominent art critic and artist. A new exhibition at Beirut’s Sursock Museum tells the history of that period through her friendships and relationships with a coterie of artists and writers who would become some of the most important artist voices in the region.

Commissioned by Ashkal Alwan for the Sursock Museum's biennial Home Works gathering of lectures, performances, exhibitions and events — most of which, with the exception of the exhibitions, has been indefinitely postponed because of the recent nationwide protests in Lebanon. The exhibition is titled At the still point of the turning world, there is the dance and includes work by Chafic Abboud, Yvette Achkar, Etel Adnan, Huguette Caland, Simone Fattal, Farid Haddad, Helen Khal, Saloua Raouda Choucair, Aref Rayess, and Dorothy Salhab-Kazemi.

Curators Carla Chammas and Rachel Dedman spoke to me about this incredible art historical show that combines paintings, ceramics, furniture, letters, publications, videos, and other primary source materials from the "Golden Era" from before the infamous Lebanese Civil War. We’ve included an assortment of images in this post to give you a flavor of the exhibition, and we’ve included the items the curators selected as personal favorites, which they also discuss on the podcast.

For this episode we’ve used the sounds from the recent streets protests in downtown Beirut, which were sparked by decades of growing corruption and new taxes that were proposed and since rescinded.

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Nov 04, 2019
After Kanders: Critics, Reporters, and Editors Reflect on the 2019 Whitney Tear Gas Biennial

From nine weeks of protests to an exhibition that was more ethnically and racially diverse than previous years, this year’s Whitney Biennial has a lot to unpack.

I asked our associate news editor Jasmine Weber, editor and critic Seph Rodney, and reporter Hakim Bishara to join me to reflect on months of controversy and offer their opinions on the exhibition itself. We discuss favorite works, what may have been accomplished, and duds. You’ll want to hear this.

A special thanks to Wanderraven, who provided the music to this week’s episode. The song is called “Here Into The Dark”. Listen to more at wanderraven.com.

Oct 07, 2019
The Story Behind Our Art Handlers Exposé

Last week, Hyperallergic published a five-part series, titled The Danger Epidemic in Art Handling, on the realities facing art handlers in the United States. The story generated a lot of debate and shocked many who were never forced to think about the conditions workers are forced to endure when assembling and transporting art of all types.

This conversation with Hyperallergic Senior Writer Zachary Small and Associate News Editor Jasmine Weber explores the contours of the topic, the difficulties of reporting on contentious art world issues, and how investigative reporting is crucial for change. We also discuss the Sotheby's lockout of art handlers, which we covered extensively in 2011 and 2012.

A special thanks to Peter Gabriel's Real World Records for allowing us to play a special live track by world music legend Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. The label is celebrating its 30th anniversary of Peter Gabriel’s Real World Records and they marked the occasion by announcing the release of a previously unheard recording by the legendary qawwali singer. The recording includes Khan’s performance at WOMAD Festival in 1985, which was the first time the singer had performed in front of a mainly non-Asian audience. As a longtime fan of Khan's genius, I'm honored to include his music in this episode.

This and more in the current episode of Hyperallergic’s Art Movements podcast.

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Sep 12, 2019
The History, Context, and Legacy of an Ancient Plate by the Maya

On the first floor of the Gardiner Museum, in the Art of the Americas gallery, there is a large Maya plate dating to the 6th to 7th centuries CE. It features a large deity in the center of the orange and black earthenware object with a band of glyphs around the edge of the dish. This object is well-known to Maya specialists, not only for the mastery of the design, but because of the inscription that not only mentions the name and location of the donor but also explains that it was a plate used to serve white venison tamales.

In this episode, we talk to four experts in the field, Gardiner Museum educator and curator Siobhan Boyd, Metropolitan Museum curator James Doyle, cultural historian Margaret Visser, and Popti storyteller Maria Montoya to peel back the layers of history in this wondrous artifact from ancient times to learn about Maya traditions and culture through the lens of today.

A special thanks to SunSon for providing the music to this special series, which is produced by Hyperallergic in conjunction with the Gardiner Museum.

Sep 03, 2019
Joseph Pierce on Why Academics Must Decolonize Queerness
Aug 09, 2019
The Largely Unknown History of Blackface in Canada
Aug 07, 2019
Shary Boyle's Exploration of the Fantastic and Political Lives of Clay
Jul 23, 2019
Kent Monkman’s Mission to Decenter the Colonial Museum
Jul 09, 2019
The Unapologetic Queerness of Nayland Blake
This Pride Month, it’s important to remember the artists who invite their queerness into every aspect of their life, work, and art, like Nayland Blake.
Jun 17, 2019
Talking Digital Colonialism with Morehshin Allahyari
In her new performance lecture title "Physical Tactics for Digital Colonialism," Allahyari explores what it means for data to be colonized.
Jun 11, 2019
Decolonizing the Color of Queerness
Artist Cristina Pitter helps us open Pride Month with a paean from her performance piece, Decolonizing the Color of Queerness
Jun 10, 2019
Discussing the Future of Design and Tech with Paola Antonelli, Senior Curator at MoMA
Antonelli shares her thoughts on the world of tech, design, and the work of a beloved arts organization that is celebrating 20 years, Eyebeam.
Jun 09, 2019
The Los Angeles Art Landscape, Through the Lens of Our Writers
Hyperallergic’s Los Angeles senior editor, Elisa Wouk Almino, chats with three contributors about their versions of the ever-evolving LA art scene.
May 31, 2019
Michael Rakowitz Discusses Withdrawing from the 2019 Whitney Biennial, and His Leonard Cohen Problem
The artist shares his thoughts on museums, power, art, and ideology.
May 17, 2019
What Should Artists Do With Their Work After They Die?
I talk to two artist estate experts who share their thoughts on what needs to be done when an artist dies.
Apr 17, 2019
Tapping into the Art World's Potential to Making Us Feel Empowered
A new event is working to demystify the art industry, while empowering artists and art professionals through deep conversation and myth-busting workshops.
Apr 15, 2019
An Artist Works to Break Down the Walls Between a College and Its Community
What does it mean for an artist to be invited into an institution of higher learning to engage in conversations about safety, community, and change?
Mar 31, 2019
A Museum Hires a Full-time Therapist
Is a museum visit just what the doctor ordered? In Montreal, medical professionals can prescribe you a museum visit to see the only full-time art therapist working in a museum on the continent.
Mar 22, 2019
Discussing Modern and Contemporary Art of the Middle East with Sultan Sooud Al Qassemi
In a region often overlooked on the maps of modern art lovers, one man has made it his mission to inform the world.
Mar 07, 2019
Traveling Through the Uyghur Homeland with Lisa Ross
For 17 years, artist Lisa Ross has been documenting the lands of Western China that are home to Uyghurs, a population that is threatened today by the Chinese authorities.
Feb 28, 2019
Hyperallergic Editors Reflect on Warhol’s Superbowl Commercial, MoMA Expansion, and More
This week was a snowy one in Brooklyn, so Hyperallergic editors decided to gather and chat about some of the stories we've been reporting about.
Feb 15, 2019
Discussing the Sculptures of Richard Serra with Hal Foster
A new book of conversations between the noted artist and art historian captures a complex body of work that continues to challenge the conventions of sculpture.
Jan 24, 2019
The Political Life of Memes with An Xiao Mina
Memes are increasingly part of protest movements, but how do we understand their role and purpose? A new book helps us figure it out.
Jan 10, 2019
Lowery Stokes Sims and Chloë Bass Talk Empathy, Art, and Education
What does it mean to have empathy? How do we navigate difference? Can contemporary art contribute to our understanding of all this?
Dec 07, 2018
Didier William on Painting a Revolution
In his large two-part exhibition, the queer Haitian-American artist centers the body, which figures in his work both literally and figuratively.
Nov 30, 2018
Antwaun Sargent on Black Contemporary Art
From social media to mainstream publications, Sir Sargent (as he is know online) is dedicating himself to ensuring that Black voices in the art world are heard.
Nov 15, 2018
Carleton Watkins and Photography’s Romance with the American West
How do you tell the story of an artist whose archive was destroyed? Tyler Green’s new book focuses on a major figure in the early history of photography.
Nov 09, 2018
The Book Object as Exhibition, an Interview with Dayanita Singh
We talk to Singh her discontent with photography that simply exist on the walls of art galleries and museums, and why she prefers to create objects that she conceives as mini-exhibition.
Nov 01, 2018
The Artist as Lawyer, an Interview with Sergio Sarmiento about Art Law
Sergio Sarmiento went to law school as an art project, but now he is an authority on the burgeoning field of art law. We talk copyright, contracts, Richard Prince, Sam Durant, Banksy, and a lot of other things.
Oct 25, 2018
Linda Nochlin Explores the Role of Women in the Arts in a Previously Unaired Interview
In this extensive interview from a year before groundbreaking feminist art history Nochlin passed away, we talk to her about women in the art world, particularly in the Abstract Expressionist movement.
Oct 12, 2018
YO, Deborah Kass!
Artist Deborah Kass’s “OY/YO” (2015) is a Brooklyn favorite, and now the eight-foot tall public art work is landing in front of the Brooklyn Museum, and we ask her what the work is really about.
Oct 04, 2018
How the #MeToo Movement Has Impacted the Performing Arts
This month's American Theatre magazine is full of stories of sexual assault in the performing arts. We talk to Senior Editor Diep Tran about the impact of #MeToo on the theatre scene.
Sep 27, 2018
What Does a Black Radical Art Education Look Like?
The Black School talks to Hyperallergic about the role of radical Black education and the "Black art world," in a special interview that comes on the heels of their residency and exhibition at New York's New Museum.
Sep 20, 2018
What the Hell Are McMansions and Why Do They Exist?
McMansions are the houses many of us love to hate, and we invited Kate Wagner, aka McMansion Hell, to talk oversized buildings of wealth and status and what they all mean.
Sep 13, 2018
The Rebel Women of 19th-Century New York
A new exhibition explores the “Rebel Women” of 19th-century New York, and we talk to curator Marcela Micucci to discover the stories of these largely forgotten figures. And then we talk to critic Paddy Johnson and artist William Powhida, co-hosts of the Explain Me podcast, about the fall season at New York museums.
Sep 06, 2018
Is the Art World Ready for the Sanctuary Movement?
This week we talk to Abou Farman, artist and anthropologist at the New School, and Raquel de Anda, director of public engagement at No Longer Empty, about their recent efforts to educate New York City cultural leaders about the needs of immigrant communities. And then we interview Emma Sulkowicz, who many people suggest helped kick off the #MeToo movement with their widely publicized "Mattress Performance (Carry That Weight)" (2014–2015) performance.
Aug 30, 2018
Who Was Artist David Wojnarowicz?
Last month, a dozen activists gathered at the Whitney Museum to condemn the institution’s lack of modern context about the HIV/AIDS epidemic in relation to Wojnarowicz’s artwork. In this episode we talk to Wojnarowicz biographer Cynthia Carr who helps narrate the complicated story of an artist who became one of the luminaries of New York's East Village scene in the 1980s.
Aug 24, 2018
The State of the Union at the Museum of Modern Art
Members of MoMA’s biggest union have been working over 80 days without a contract, and we ask them to explain what’s going on.
Aug 10, 2018
Hearing from the Artist Behind Anonymous Was a Woman
We talk to Susan Unterberg, the person behind the mysterious Anonymous Was a Woman foundation that gives $25,000 — no strings attached — to female artists over 40. And then we talk about a boxing exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum that’s worth a look.
Aug 02, 2018
How Contemporary Female Artists Are Grappling with Sexual Violence in Their Work
Curator Monika Fabijanska talks about her The Un-Heroic Act: Representations of Rape in Contemporary Women's Art in the US exhibition, and arts journalist Barbara Pollack chats about her new book on an emerging generation of Chinese contemporary artists.
Jul 27, 2018
The Birth of the Dumpling Emoji
This episode features Jennifer 8 Lee, who fought to add a dumpling emoji 🥟to everyone’s keyboard.
Jul 20, 2018
Ford Foundation President Darren Walker on the Power of Art, Inequality, and Detroit
Hyperallergic's editor-in-chief Hrag Vartanian talks to Ford Foundation President Darren Walker about the public's interest in scrutinizing institutional authority, Walker's own love of art, and the renovations at the Foundation's building, and also discussed Agnes Gund's new Art for Justice fund, the role of the arts for marginalized communities, and the importance of public education.
Nov 09, 2017
Egyptian Surrealism and the Quest to Define Modern Egyptian Art
Hyperallergic travels to Cairo to see one of the new wave of exhibitions that are reintroducing Egyptian modern art, particularly related to the Art and Liberty group (often referred to as Egyptian Surrealism), to a wider audience.
Jan 05, 2017
Marilyn Minter and Xaviera Simmons Talk Art, Sex, and American Democracy
Artists Marilyn Minter and Xaviera Simmons both have solo shows up in New York this month. We invited them to chat with Hyperallergic's editor-in-chief Hrag Vartanian about sex, art, gender inequality, Planned Parenthood, and the election.
Dec 22, 2016
A Conversation with Mega-collector Don Rubell
Hyperallergic's Editor-in-chief Hrag Vartanian speaks to mega-collector Don Rubell of the Rubell Family Collection about decades of collecting and establishing one of the biggest collections of contemporary art in the world.
Dec 09, 2016
The Roles of Art and Artists at the Pipeline Protests in North Dakota
In the Oceti Sakowin Camp at Stadning Rock, North Dakota, there is a prominent art tent area. Dozens of artists and volunteers are silkscreening and producing work among the thousands of waterprotectors and their allies, which have arrived to stop the Dakota Access Pipeline from crossing the Missouri River. Among those artists is Standing Rock native Cannupa Hanska Luger and three of his friends, Jesse Hazelit, Raven Chacon, and Dylan McLaughlin. Hyperallergic spoke to the friends to discuss what is going on at Standing Rock and what role art plays.
Dec 03, 2016
Artists Rebecca Nagle and Graci Horne Help Women Confront Sexual Violence at Standing Rock
Native American women grapple with the highest rates of sexual violence in the United States and two Native American artists, Rebecca Nagle and Graci Horne, have traveled to Standing Rock to create a Healing Tent and to work on their Monument Quilt project, which addresses sexual violence.
Dec 02, 2016
A Report from Standing Rock, Where Artists Listen, Learn, Inspire, and Heal
Hyperallergic traveled to Oceti Sekowin Camp at Standing Rock, where thousands of water protectors and their allies are trying to stop the multi-billionaire dollar Dakota Access Pipeline, which is being pushed by the government and major oil companies. We talk to artists about why they’re there and what they are doing to listen, learn, inspire, and heal.
Nov 30, 2016
Curator and Art Historian Kellie Jones
Curator and art historian Kellie Jones is the guest for our latest episode. A 2016 McArthur Fellow, Jones is a lifelong New Yorker and an associate professor at Columbia University. She spoke to Hyperallergic about her work, life, and the evolving world of contemporary art. Photo: John D. & Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation
Oct 18, 2016
Brazil's Inhotim and the Legacy of Tropicália
The impeachment of Brazil’s President Dilma Rousseff and the current economic crisis will have a long-lasting impact on the country, including on one of the largest open-air contemporary art collections in the world.
Oct 10, 2016
Women of Abstract Expressionism
Why were women excluded from the art movement that has come to represent some of the best of 20th century American art? The answer may be rather complicated and Hyperallergic’s editor-in-chief Hrag Vartanian interviews “Women Of Abstract Expressionism” exhibition curator Gwen Chanzit, Abstract Expressionism artist Judith Godwin, feminist art historian Linda Nochlin, and critic/curator Karen Wilkin to understand the issue.
Jul 25, 2016
Hank WIllis Thomas and Eric Gottesman on For Freedoms Super PAC
In the third episode of the Hyperallergic Podcast, we talk to artists Hank Willis Thomas and Eric Gottesman about the For Freedoms Super PAC, which promises to shake things up during the 2016 US Presidential election by inviting artists to reflect on important topics during the run up to Election Day.
Jun 06, 2016
Tania Bruguera, Mariam Ghani, Queens International
Our second podcast focuses on New York's borough of Queens, which is becoming a growing hub of artistic activity in the city. We talk to Tania Bruguera about her Immigrant Movement International project in Queens and her experience in Cuba, then we chat with artist Mariam Ghani about her commissioned mural at the Queen Museum, and finally we wander the Queens International biennial with director Laura Raicovich and guest co-curator Lindsey Berfond to discuss the exhibition's themes of accumulation and globality.
May 30, 2016
Marrakech Biennial 6
Our inaugural podcast sends our editor-in-chief Hrag Vartanian to Morocco to visit the 6th Marrakech Biennial curated by Reem Fadda. There are interviews with the curator and artists Haig Aivazian (Lebanon) and Dineo Seshee Bopape (South Africa), as well as discussions of Superflex’s “Kwassa Kwassa” and Khaled Malas’ "Windmill in Eastern Ghouta (Syria).”
May 04, 2016