ART PAPERS 39.02 - Mar/Apr 2015
This March/April issue of ART PAPERS celebrates and interrogates island living. It looks across the Gulf of Mexico and over Florida to our neighbors in the Caribbean, where waves made by mass processional city traditions such as Carnival crash upon the region’s ostensible northernmost city--New Orleans--and create a cultural resonance so strong that it connects the American South to a global one. This issue’s contributors consider the physical migration of bodies through geopolitical space (those of the displaced, of the diaspora, and those of separatists), and the digital migration of artifacts through cyberspace, where piracy thrives, at times for the cultural good. Permeating a number of these features is a tension between escapism and a longing for connectivity--one evident, perhaps, in the nomadicism that seems to inhere to art world production and participation today.
TABLE OF CONTENTS:
Interview: The Political Aesthetics of Carnival
Curator Claire Tancons talks with D. Eric Bookhardt in New Orleans, the "northernmost city of the Caribbean."
The New World, Application for Turtle Island
An illustrated, narrative petition for immigrant status replaces formal paperwork in a commission adapted from a solo exhibition at Chicago's Renaissance Society, the artist's first at a US museum.
On Informality and Nomadism
Timothy P.A. Cooper
Torrent sites and pirated media form the black market archives preserving visual culture in postcolonial Pakistan.
Desire is Irrelevant, or Is It?
From its curator, a reflexive overture to the Cyprus Pavilion at the 2015 Venice Biennale.
Iyawó (Kristin Naca)
Ekphrastic poetry emerges from a journey via Latino art to Cuba, where the author is initiated into the religion Santería.
Hayley Silverman's SOUP: A Play in Two Acts
Songs excerpted from Aimé Césaire's A Tempest accompany a poetic essay accompanying recent works exhibited in artist Hayley Silverman's Unmanned Lander.
No Fair Is an Island
Bade Stageberg Cox
Studies and schematics from the architecture firm behind the Armory Show's evolving occupation of Piers 92 and 94 in Manhattan.
New Spaces of Queer Separatism
Radical communities update—and revindicate—off-the-grid feminist movements of the 1970s.
Sometimes futurist discourse is just #TMI.
Creating Matter: The Prints of Mildred Thompson
at the Michael C. Carlos Museum, Atlanta
Greer Lankton: LOVE ME
at Participant, Inc., New York
Shahzia Sikander: Parallax
at Linda Pace Foundation, San Antonio, TX
Not Ready to Make Nice:
The Guerrilla Girls in the Artworld and Beyond
at the Georgia Museum of Art, Athens, GA
at Anderson Gallery, Virginia Commonwealth University School of the Arts, Richmond, VA
Taipei Biennial 2014: The Great Acceleration
at the Taipei Fine Arts Museum, Taipei, Taiwan
Repurposing the Wunderkammer
at the Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art, Gainesville, FL
Satin Island + Empire's Crossroads