DoDo Jin Ming
Water Fire Earth Air
May 20th Saw DoDo Jin Ming photography show at Laurence Miller Gallery. Incredible stormy ocean photographs. You know, she finds places that are really dangerously stormy and she ties herself on a rope and descends down upon the storming furious angry ocean waves to take her pictures. She risks her life for the picture, imagine that. Turner and DoDo Jin Ming, both so incredible. I had once a friend, he said once that the intensity of the piece of art one makes is proportional to the energy one puts into it, be it psychic, physical or whatever. I have been thinking about the truth of it for fifty years. He may have been right.
It was at DoDo Jin Ming’s opening that this woman comes to me and says, "You know what happened to my husband (Italian photographer, age about 35)? He went to see your film (As I Was Moving Ahead Occasionally I Saw a Few Glimpses of Beauty). He watched the film and got totally involved with it. Then, five hours later the film ends and you know what? He cannot get up. His legs don’t move. An ambulance had to be called. Doctors fixed him up but theory could not find any explanation for what had happened to him. The only theory they could come up with was that he got so totally involved in the images, in the seeing, that at some point the nerves controlling the rest of his body got disconnected. They had never had such a case."
JONAS MEKAS has often been called "the godfather of American avant-garde cinema."
25. 20th Century; Havana, CubaBy Raphael Rubinstein
OCT 2022 | The Miraculous
She is the toast of Havana, a wealthy courtesan who consorts with presidents and generals, who owns numerous houses and nine splendid automobiles, which she drives herself (she is said to be first woman in Cuba to possess a drivers license).
Hidden in Plain Sight: Selected Writings of Karin HigaBy Yuki Higashino
JUNE 2023 | Art Books
What roles did Asian Americans play in the development of modern art in the United States in the 20th century, and how did our notion of, and prejudice against, Asian American art materialize? A pioneering curator and art historian provides an excellent introduction to this still under-studied chapter in art history through her writings, as well as a poignant reflection on the confounding question of the relationship between identity and art.
Stretching Time in River to River’s 20th SeasonBy Noa Weiss
JUL-AUG 2021 | Dance
Over three weekends in June, Movement Research collaborated with River to River to curate a series of processional performances in Battery Park City. I attended Okwui Okpokwasili and Emilý Æyers Procession, which proved to be both simple and challenging.
Erika Doss’s Spiritual Moderns: Twentieth-Century American Artists and ReligionBy Daniel Kraft
MARCH 2023 | Art Books
Through case studies investigating the role of religion in the lives and works of four 20th century American artistsJoseph Cornell, Mark Tobey, Agnes Pelton, and Andy Warholand through a short closing chapter discussing Christian imagery in more recent art, Doss demonstrates how reductive this dismissal of spirituality really is.