Category Archives: Essay

Fibrous Depths: John Paul Morabito’s Woven “Frottage”

By Anastatia Spicer, Hampshire College Originally published in the 2018 print edition. Surfaces are typically envisioned to be sites of differentiation, where self/other, object/subject are defined. The structure of weaving and supple qualities of cloth are a unique alternative to understanding surfaces

Fibrous Depths: John Paul Morabito’s Woven “Frottage”

By Anastatia Spicer, Hampshire College Originally published in the 2018 print edition. Surfaces are typically envisioned to be sites of differentiation, where self/other, object/subject are defined. The structure of weaving and supple qualities of cloth are a unique alternative to understanding surfaces

Bodies Dissolving Boundaries

By Tina Shan, Barnard College Originally published in the 2018 print edition. What is it about the surface of the body that excites us and disturbs us? When Ren Hang’s camera captures nude figures against stark and abstract backgrounds, the photographer

Bodies Dissolving Boundaries

By Tina Shan, Barnard College Originally published in the 2018 print edition. What is it about the surface of the body that excites us and disturbs us? When Ren Hang’s camera captures nude figures against stark and abstract backgrounds, the photographer

Nolli’s Orders: Form Unlimited

By Natalie Edwards, Washington University in St. Louis Originally published in the 2018 print edition. In the 18th century, Giovanni Battista Piranesi found the abandoned forums and crumbling temples of ancient Rome to be so suggestive that he described them as

Nolli’s Orders: Form Unlimited

By Natalie Edwards, Washington University in St. Louis Originally published in the 2018 print edition. In the 18th century, Giovanni Battista Piranesi found the abandoned forums and crumbling temples of ancient Rome to be so suggestive that he described them as

Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings

By Jonah Goldman-Kay, Columbia University Sally Mann occupies an odd place in the realm of contemporary photography. While she has major gallery representation and is by no means obscure, she has had only a handful of major surveys or retrospectives

Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings

By Jonah Goldman-Kay, Columbia University Sally Mann occupies an odd place in the realm of contemporary photography. While she has major gallery representation and is by no means obscure, she has had only a handful of major surveys or retrospectives

Figuring Afro-Fantasy: Black Bodies Beyond the Barriers of Postcolonial Narratives in Toyin Ojih Odutola’s Portraiture

by Mary Ma, Barnard College
Entering into Toyin Ojih Odutola’s solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum, To Wander Determined, is like entering into a simultaneous reality from a parallel universe. Framed

Figuring Afro-Fantasy: Black Bodies Beyond the Barriers of Postcolonial Narratives in Toyin Ojih Odutola’s Portraiture

by Mary Ma, Barnard College
Entering into Toyin Ojih Odutola’s solo exhibition at the Whitney Museum, To Wander Determined, is like entering into a simultaneous reality from a parallel universe. Framed

Activation as Freedom in Cosmococas

by Lydia Mullins, University of Chicago Originally published in the 2017 edition.   I arrived as if it were the limit of everything: the need to develop more and more something that would be extra-exhibition, extra-work, more than a participating

Activation as Freedom in Cosmococas

by Lydia Mullins, University of Chicago Originally published in the 2017 edition.   I arrived as if it were the limit of everything: the need to develop more and more something that would be extra-exhibition, extra-work, more than a participating

In Search of the Vacuous

by Melanie Shi, Columbia University Originally published in the 2017 edition. On July 9, 1975, Dutch-Californian conceptual artist Bas Jan Ader set sail from Massachusetts on a solo voyage across the North Atlantic as part of a performance piece entitled

In Search of the Vacuous

by Melanie Shi, Columbia University Originally published in the 2017 edition. On July 9, 1975, Dutch-Californian conceptual artist Bas Jan Ader set sail from Massachusetts on a solo voyage across the North Atlantic as part of a performance piece entitled

Locating Irony: Ragnar Kjartansson’s Blossoming Trees Performance

by Elizabeth Keto, Harvard College Originally published in the 2017 edition. Nothing in art is so true that its opposite cannot be made even truer. —Leo Steinberg “Irony, be gone,” declared Adam Weinberg, director of the Whitney Museum of American Art,

Locating Irony: Ragnar Kjartansson’s Blossoming Trees Performance

by Elizabeth Keto, Harvard College Originally published in the 2017 edition. Nothing in art is so true that its opposite cannot be made even truer. —Leo Steinberg “Irony, be gone,” declared Adam Weinberg, director of the Whitney Museum of American Art,

Madder Movie: Anime and Moe in Contemporary Japan

by Sebastian Choe, Columbia University Originally published in the 2017 edition.   Preface This paper functions as a companion piece to my experimental short film, Madder Movie (2016). The paper will decode the questions and concepts that the film investigates,

Madder Movie: Anime and Moe in Contemporary Japan

by Sebastian Choe, Columbia University Originally published in the 2017 edition.   Preface This paper functions as a companion piece to my experimental short film, Madder Movie (2016). The paper will decode the questions and concepts that the film investigates,