Theory + Practice

Theory + Practice is a series supported by The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation.

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Material Engagements: Craft and Feminist Futures by Melissa Potter
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The challenge of craft practices to patriarchy and the art world.

Titus Kaphar by Jason Stanley
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The artist’s works amend the white supremacist mythology contained in American monuments and historical paintings: “Democracy requires a clear understanding of the past, including its mistakes.”

The Politics of Dancing by Matthew J. Abrams
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Overlooked modernisms on display.

Making Interiority Visible: Dawoud Bey Interviewed by Louis Bury
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A new series of photographs tracks the Underground Railroad.

The spirit and the damage done: On Bruce Nauman’s 100 Live and Die by Paul Chan
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The art of dehumanization.

Lauren Bon and Oscar Tuazon
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The social practice works of Bon and Tuazon take the form of functional interventions to address and educate about California’s water crisis.

Have We Done Enough to Remember? Have We Remembered Enough?: Contemplating AIDS in Contemporary Art by Jareh Das
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Artists and exhibitions address the AIDS crisis.

Does Abstraction Belong to White People? by Miguel Gutierrez
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Thinking the politics of race in contemporary dance. 

Andrea Fraser and Helen Molesworth
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Delving into public arts funding, resentment of “cultural elites,” and campaign finance, artist and curator discuss 2016 in Museums, Money, and Politics—Fraser’s examination of the intersection of cultural and political patronage.

Migrant World: On Ai Weiwei’s Human Flow by T. J. Demos
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Examining the politics of representation. 

Sending Out the Signal: Swoon Interviewed by Katie Peyton
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“I take myself, my drawings, and this little bundle of creative forces that is me, and I try to make a chemical reaction with the world.”—Swoon

John Akomfrah by Shezad Dawood
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On the eve of Signs of Empire, his current show at the New Museum, the British artist and filmmaker elaborates on how philosophy and the history of cinema have influenced his practice. 

Letters to Lina Iris Viktor by Emmanuel Iduma
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LaToya Ruby Frazier and Fred Moten by Dawn Lundy Martin
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Two poets and a photographer discuss the presence of absence, the power of the number three, and art as documentation and disruption.

Marcus Steinweg by Yasmil Raymond
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The German philosopher holds forth on love, diagrams, and his particular style of oration. His book Inconsistencies will appear in English this fall from MIT Press.

Gender Trouble in Queer Paradise by Tavia Nyong'o
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Future St. is set in an America in which homosexuality has triumphed over heterosexuality, cloning has replaced sexual reproduction, and California has seceded from the mainland United States to form the gay male state of “Clonifornia.”

Amitav Ghosh and Curt Stager
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If novelists could tell the story of climate change, they might spark the action scientists are calling for in order to save the planet.

Trevor Paglen & Jacob Appelbaum
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“The Internet is a predatory network that is, on one side, potentially a very coercive tool of totalitarian power and, on the other side, a tool that will increasingly be used to allocate rights and privileges through commercial means. Can we envision a different kind of network?”

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