ADJUNCTS HAVE LATELY much been in the news (the NY Times here). Or the New Yorker, or here on how we're exploited and here and here. The include clarion calls for raises, etc, etc. Well while we've been in the news, we now have our own newspaper, The Adjunct Commuter Weekly. That last bit of the title should be in quotes. We'll see how Weekly it ends up being as it's put together by adjuncts... But for now it's in a show at the ICA in Boston and was organized by painter and writer and adjunct supreme, Dushko Petrovich, one of the founders of art magazine Paper Monument. It's been covered in ArtNews not once but twice and in Blouin's Art Info. For it I wrote about Grand Central Station:
IN DECEMBER I went to the Walmart Museum. In October to Thomas Cole's home. Cole was the founder of the Hudson River School, and Walmart, well you know what they do. But the founder's daughter Alice Walton also has a museum in a rural-ish area. Living in the sticks, I'm interested in how art plays outside the centers of the art world. Living in the stomping grounds of the Hudson River School I'm curious about the legacy of that landscape tradition. This is a shorter version of a chapter in the book I'm working on, Growing Up Modern.
Belgrade Serbia – it's a city that's been torn apart by history several times in the last 100 years. It's also host to the annual October Salon, which this year, it's 55th, included artists like Simon Denny and Liam Gillick as well as others from Belgrade making work that referenced history, the past and its ever-present present. Curated by Nicholaus Schafhausen and Vanessa Joan Müller, the exhibition was called "Disappearing Things." For the catalogue, I wrote "The Geometry of a Hole" about pataphysics, ghosts, technology, holes, Snapchat and history and how history tore holes – some literal others less so – in the work in the show as well as the exhibition space itself.
"What color do you see thinking of safety and sleep? Comfort or peace? I’ve been told they’re blue, so too is communication, the sky, water, the mind, trustworthiness and cops – as if police embodied trustworthiness. I believe none of it. Or, maybe all of it, as if it’s become a self-fulfilling prophecy. But I don’t think any of it is true." These were the questions I pondered for the Kunsthalle Wien for their show on Blue. Specifically I wanted to figure out why the predominant color of all the icons in my Mac's dock are blue... You can read more of the essay here.
"For me, it's about reading the city in terms of its absences, but it's also about capturing a sense of fragility and political negligence, and questioning literature's role in all that. ... Of course, all cities are palimpsests—one can read into the layers of their histories—but many cities also do a very good job of wiping out their past." This is one of Valeria Luiselli's responses when I interviewed her for BOMB.