BOMB 137, Fall 2016

The cover of BOMB 137

Featuring interviews with Sarah Oppenheimer, Mel Chin, Marina Rosenfeld, Okwui Okpokwasili, Laia Jufresa, Nell Zink, Jen Bervin, and Dianna Frid.

Okwui Okpokwasili

by Jenn Joy

The celebrated choreographer of Bronx Gothic explores the embodiment of psychic space, the nature of memory, and who gets to write history.

Spoleto '65

by Bill Berkson

Frank O'Hara was asked by Gian Carlo Menotti to select the American poets for Settimana della Poesia at the Spoleto Festival of Two Worlds, June 26 through July 2, 1965. He chose Barbara Guest, Tony Towle, John Ashbery, Allen Ginsberg, Gregory Corso, Lawrence Ferlinghetti, Robert Lowell, Charles Olson, John Wieners, me, and, I think, Kenneth Koch and Frank Lima, as well.

Stop me if you've heard this one.
Two llamas poke their heads out of the small stone enclosure
(part of a garage) they spend their time in
when they're not taking the sun in a
tiny, fenced-in yard dotted with wildflowers.
Just as we turned to look, a small flock
of wild turkeys materialized out of nothing
and began squawking, clearly at us.
Who knew they were the concierge family!

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by Jonathan Horowitz

This work by Jonathan Horowitz was produced as a poster for the Jewish Museum exhibition Take Me (I'm Yours), on view September 16, 2016–February 5, 2017.

Cob was taking her to the steak place. It's hit or miss, he always said, like maybe he didn't know that wasn't the best sort of endorsement. It's hit or miss! Like it was an excitement. You could get the best meal of your life, or you could drive home in silence with a film of blood and grease and creamed spinach coating your teeth, dreaming of Colgate.

Champion Flowers

I hope this note finds you feeling very comfortable.
I'm in the fourth antechamber on the right,
just trying something new on the picture.
There are buckets of color for our advancement—
amassed lilies make a green cave. Lightest sardines
tossed against dishwater light. Duplicate birds.
I caught a swelling node. How? It can happen.
Buildings grow along the timeline like bacterial crystals.
I found the wildest circles to shade through.
I admit I stressed about it, but it was productive
It could be finished early as tomorrow.

She had brought herself up out of one of the more caustic religions of the middle counties, then ran away to that blocked-in, secondary city, the one summoning itself clumsily upwards downstate.


by Olga Chernysheva

Olga Chernysheva has emerged as an acute observer of post-Soviet life. Recently, the Moscow-based artist turned her gaze upon New York during a month-long stay in the winter of 2015.

Lucile Hadžihalilović's Evolution

by Sabine Russ

What would life be like if nature had selected the male body to gestate and deliver offspring? What if women had evolved to be on the more pleasurable side of procreation while men endured its discomforts (if not labor pain, then at least an average of 2,400 days of bleeding through adolescence and adulthood)?

Mel Chin

by Saul Ostrow

Wry installations and revelatory sculptures blend art-making and activism in Chin's unique practice of transformation.

eteam's OS Grabeland: Art Novel

by Micaela Morrissette

The book, which won the 2016 Fence Modern Prize in Prose (selected by Lynne Tillman), is one manifestation of what funder Creative Capital describes as an ongoing "collaborative, open-source project" that also involves video, photography, and social media.

James Esber

by David Geers

While the art-world pendulum predictably swings back and forth between a taste for abstraction and an embrace of figuration, some artists remain steadfast in their pursuits. Such is the case with James Esber, whose work has long sought to merge these seemingly opposed tendencies.

BOMB 137
Fall 2016
The cover of BOMB 137