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Contextualizing the Repertoire: Julia Bullock Interviewed by Arya Roshanian
Headshot of classical singer Julia Bullock in front of an abstract painting.

On addressing systemic issues and creating access in the classical music industry.

Contextualizing the Repertoire: Julia Bullock Interviewed by Arya Roshanian
Headshot of classical singer Julia Bullock in front of an abstract painting.

On addressing systemic issues and creating access in the classical music industry.

Building a Bigger Table: Stefanie Batten Bland Interviewed by Rachel Stone
Five performers surround a long table with a white female dancer sitting on top of the table, her arm outstretched.

Interrogating constructed behaviors of intimacy.

Power and Vitality: Steve McQueen’s Small Axe by Ken Foster
A crowd of black people protesting behind a banner and holding up multiple protest signs. One man at the front yells into a megaphone.

Celebrating little-known stories of Black pride and resilience in London’s West Indian community.

Changing the Narrative: Catherine Gund Interviewed by Michaela Angela Davis
Still from the film Aggie. Agnes Gund sits at a table with a young African American man who is smiling. The room has colorful walls covered in artwork. In the foreground, Catherine Gund claps "action" with her hands.

On her new film, Aggie, the reimagining of art, and the urgency of justice.

Vivian Vázquez Irizarry and Gretchen Hildebran’s Decade of Fire by Roya Marsh
Robert Foster Clearing Rubble Bronx NYC

Decade of Fire is a remarkable tale of the Bronx’s rise from ash, standing to set the record straight about the fires that ravaged the borough in the late ’60s and ’70s.

Connective Threads: Sugar Vendil’s A Vocal Record by Jasmine Dreame Wagner
Islander At Dixon Place Picured With Melinda Faylor Credit Brandon And Olivia Locher

The composer and multimedia artist on raising awareness of the Asian experience during the pandemic.

Christine Miller and Brittany Vega: American Hex Reviewed by Amelia Rina
Crumpled nylon flag with digital print of a hand and roses titled Horrible Moral Squint II by Brittany Vega

Acknowledging the past in order to construct a better future.

Colluding with the Hoax: A Conversation with Kevin Young by Adam Fitzgerald
Barnum Bailey

The writer of Bunk on American hucksterism, racism, plagiarism, and why we believe what we want to believe.

Okkyung Lee and Ikue Mori
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Two improvisers and composers discuss their involvement in New York’s experimental music scene.

Susan E. Cahan’s Mounting Frustration: The Art Museum in the Age of Black Power by Terence Trouillot
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A 1971 photograph by Jan van Raay shows artist Cliff Joseph leading a group of artist-activists—members of the Black Emergency Cultural Coalition (BECC)—in the dead of winter protesting the Whitney Museum’s controversial exhibition Contemporary Black Artists in America (months before its opening on April 7, 1971).

The Racial Imaginary: Writers on Race in the Life of the Mind, Edited by Claudia Rankine, Beth Loffreda, & Max King Cap by Timothy Donnelly
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“I can’t distill it all,” Evie Shockley confesses in her contribution to this vital and multifarious print offshoot of Claudia Rankine’s online Open Letter Project.

Claudia Rankine by Lauren Berlant
​Jeff Wall

I met Claudia Rankine in a parking lot after a reading, where I said crazy fan things like, “I think we see the same thing.”

Bill Orcutt by Keith Connolly
Bill Orcutt

Bill Orcutt discusses his new solo album A History of Every One, bending genres in Harry Pussy, Bob Dylan, authenticity, and the history of blackface.

Jeffreen Hayes by Tia-Simone Gardner
Invisible Man

Artist Tia-Simone Gardner and Dr. Jeffreen Hayes of the Birmingham Museum of Art discuss the museum’s contribution to the 50 Years Forward campaign, marking the 50th anniversary of the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church.

The Insult: “Shut up, you dirty greaser.” From Tejas by Carmen Boullosa

It’s high noon in Bruneville. Not a cloud in the sky. 

Cauleen Smith by Leslie Hewitt
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Some images in life and art remain seared in one’s memory because of their sublime effect and power. Such images are found and masterfully constructed in the films of Cauleen Smith. 

Ralph Bakshi by Morgan Miller
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The legendary animator and filmmaker Ralph Bakshi, innovator of documents of generational angst like Fritz the Cat and Coonskin, has turned to visual art.

Zoran Todorovic by Melissa Potter
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How does national identity influence the interpretation of an artwork?

The Same Now: Johannesburg to New York by Brittnee King
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Johannesburg to New York, a joint exhibition by Samson Mnisi and Cannon Hersey, at the Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Arts succeeds, ultimately, at inspiring unity.

In Sight: Disturbing the Universe by Montana Wojczuk
Chicago 8

Montana Wojczuk reviews the documentary William Kunstler: Disturbing the Universe.

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