BOMB 109, Fall 2009

The cover of BOMB 109

Thomas Bradshaw, Margo Jefferson, Allen Ruppersberg, Cheryl Donegan, Cherien Dabis, June Stein, Rebecca Solnit, Astra Taylor, Joel Shapiro, Karole Armitage, Lukas Ligeti, Lydia Peelle, Gillian Welch . . .

Cherien Dabis

by June Stein

Dabis wrote her film Amreeka, in theaters now, in response to her family’s Arab-American experience. An immigrant’s tale, the search for a better future in the Promised Land is full of seismic changes.

Allen Ruppersberg

by Cheryl Donegan

The peripatetic conceptualist (Where’s Al?) talks with artist Cheryl Donegan about Ginsberg’s Howl, the reanimated past, and the overlooked poetry of authorless signage.

Lydia Peelle

by Gillian Welch

Lydia Peelle was just honored with the “5 Under 35” Award by the National Book Foundation. Read her interview, then listen to a recording of her reading from her collection Reasons for and Advantages of Breathing.

Joel Shapiro

by Michèle Gerber Klein

Known for his tilting, anthropomorphic sculptures and psychologically dense archetypical floor pieces, Shapiro speaks of Indian art as a lived experience and his overriding search for its forms.

Allora & Calzadilla

by Carlos Motta

An unseen tap dancer whose reverberating steps haunt an empty gallery, Beethoven’s “Ode to Joy,” a whistleblower atop a hippo made of mud: Allora & Calzadilla on the politics of site and sound, plus a video.

Karole Armitage

by Lukas Ligeti

The iconic dancer and choreographer is collaborating with musician Lukas Ligeti on Itutu, blending African pop with Western symbolism. They dissect African polyrhythms and Armitage’s movement language of sinuous curves.

Rebecca Solnit

by Astra Taylor

Filmmaker Taylor delves into Solnit’s book, A Paradise Built in Hell: The Extraordinary Communities that Arise in Disaster, where the preconceptions of human nature are exposed and the triumphs of civil society are extolled.

Tala Madani

by Diana Al-Hadid

In Tala Madani’s paintings, Diana Al-Hadid notices a peculiar relationship between manner and matter, directness and ambiguity, alienation and connection.

Dan Schmidt

by James Siena

Dan Schmidt employs found objects and an arsenal of modest shapes to breach the boundary between the conscious and the accidental. James Siena explores the hidden world inside Schmidt’s paintings.

Thomas Bradshaw

by Margo Jefferson

Jefferson describes Bradshaw’s plays as treacherous territories peopled with high-achieving suburbanites and professors gripped by sexual and racial manias. Their most dangerous quality: they act on pure id.

BOMB 109
Fall 2009
The cover of BOMB 109