ART PAPERS 43.02 - Fall 2019

ART PAPERS 43.02 - Fall 2019

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This issue of ART PAPERS began with a common equation: art + activism. But this jumping-off point immediately runs into a problem of definitions—of art, of activism—and a conflict between criteria, for although these two amorphous and adaptive categories sometimes intersect, they also have independent histories, roles, intentions, and structures of access. Wary of participating in a binary—wherein criteria for success, quality, accountability, etc. rarely overlap cleanly—we shifted course to consider strategies by which artists respond to the social and political urgencies of our time. In a time of global climate crisis (as I write this letter, the Amazon and Congo Basin forests burn) exacerbated by the international rise of xenophobia and authoritarian regimes, we do not ask whether art makes vital contributions to the future. We ask instead, how?


Fall 2019 // 43.02 — Strategies of Response


Letter From the Editor
Sarah Higgins

All That Lies out of Sight—An Interview With Michael Jones McKean
David Kim 

Witnessing and Community-Making in Bouchra Khalili’s Essay Films
Christoph Chwatal

In Polite English One Disagrees by First Agreeing—Interview with Jessica Vaughn
Magdalyn Asimakis

Artist Project: Worksheets
Kojo Ayodele Griffin

Imagine New Monuments: A Case Study of Paper Monuments
Emily Wilkerson

This Is America: A Drill at the Park Avenue Armory
Fawz Kabra

Art Isn’t Neutral—A Conversation With Carin Kuoni and Laura Raicovich
Sara Wintz


Counterpublic Triennial
Alexis Wilkinson

Loophole of Retreat
Nzinga Simmons

Claire Phillips                               

Allison Myers

An Unlikely Birth
Heather Holmes

We Are Here
Courtney Malick

Contributor bios

Tal Beery