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Oral History Project: Janet Olivia Henry & Sana Musasama
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“When you’re an artist, you bring what you know, what you think, what you’ve experienced, your aesthetic, your ambition, and it doesn’t have to be conscious. In fact it shouldn’t be self-conscious. If the work isn’t speaking to you, if you’re not getting it from what you’re seeing, you’ve failed, and no amount of explanation is going to change that.” —Janet Olivia Henry


“Making our art is the purest thing we do. There are no hidden lies. My work is my truth as I have lived it.”—Sana Musasama


Prageeta Sharma and James Thomas Stevens
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On a visit to the New Mexico Museum of Art, two poets grapple with questions of performed authenticity and settler poetics, while analyzing depictions of the American West.

Ben Whishaw and Édouard Louis
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The actor stars opposite an opera diva in Norma Jeane Baker of Troy, Anne Carson’s verse play that reflects on the histories of two iconic women millennia apart.

Tyshawn Sorey by Claire Chase
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The composer and percussionist’s Autoschediasms language invites collaborative composition between a conductor and musicians by employing a lexicon of gestures and textual cues.

Venkatachalam Saravanan by Amit Dutta

An international chess master and a filmmaker play a match while discussing the art of the game and its history in India.

Nanfu Wang by Hao Wu
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The two Chinese-born filmmakers reflect on Wang’s new documentary One Child Nation and her unique approach to blending the personal and political.

Mary Weatherford by Hamza Walker
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The blues, sports, lessons from Dave Van Ronk, and the legacy of “triumphal American painting” are among the stimuli for Weatherford’s large-scale abstract works.

Stepping Forward: Liana Finck Interviewed by Wallace Ludel
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The cartoonist on her new book of comics, embracing intensity, and returning to her artistic origins.

Reimagined Objects: Jean Shin Interviewed by Louis Bury
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Sculpture as communal.

Ungendering Anger: A Conversation by Lilly Dancyger & Shelly Oria
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Two new #MeToo anthologies on anger, sexual violence, and truth-telling.

We Can’t Wait for Anyone to Tell Our Stories: Angie Cruz Interviewed by Andrea Thome
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The writer on her new novel, how Dominicans have shaped New York City’s culture, and creating artistic spaces that are truly liberating.

Conversations with No Words: Michael Trusnovec Interviewed by Bibi Deitz
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The twenty-one-year veteran of Paul Taylor Dance Company on creating access for young dancers.

The Art of Satire: Slavs and Tatars Interviewed by Osman Can Yerebakan
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Fleshy ideas of language.

Controlled Ambiguity: Susan Choi Interviewed by David Levine
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The novelist on her tripartite book about the dark side of acting school, gurus, and writing towards unforeseen endings.

Unofficial Channels: Jeremy Cooper Interviewed by Spencer Everett
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Collecting and exhibiting artists’ postcards.

The Illusion of Permanence: Nick Flynn Interviewed by Yvonne Conza
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On his new collection of poetry, I Will Destroy You, the book that emerged from choosing not to write.

Radical Worship: Janaka Stucky Interviewed by Zach Savich
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On the poetics of mysticism, spirituality, and the maximalist approach to religious language.

At the River’s Edge: Allison Janae Hamilton Interviewed by Stephanie E. Goodalle
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The dream and reality of place.

Drawn Out of the Muck of America: Lonnie Holley Interviewed by Allie Tepper
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Art as flotation device.

Mind As Object: Alicja Kwade Interviewed by Melissa Bianca Amore
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A solar system on a rooftop.

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