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It’s taken a long time for Bruce Conner (1933 – 2008), the polymath San Francisco artist who was a major force in the development of both found-object sculpture and experimental film in the United States, to be given a major retrospective.

Labor Costs and the Life of the Mind

On August 23, the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) decided that graduate student workers at private universities may unionize and bargain collectively. The ruling ended a twenty-month wait for Columbia graduate students, who had petitioned the NLRB in late 2014.


The verses of the double in the piece of the Shark in Red Pumps were written by me. All this is to say that an issue of particular importance drew me that very evening into the spectacle of my friends Waffle and Torch.

Mounting Frustration: The Art Museum in the Age of Black Power

In 2005, Andrea Fraser wrote that, whether one’s name is attached to an institution or not, anyone associated with the art world is, by default, a participant in the institution; her statement amounted to an invocation to participate in repairing a broken system.

From the Publisher & Artistic Director

Dear Friends and Readers,

Having just commemorated the fifteen-year anniversary of 9/11, we are reminded to consider the psychology of violence: it amplifies a feeling of safety by remaining distant, until it strikes.

Editor's Message Guest Critic

We Pluck this Flower Safely:
James Baldwin and the Present, Nettle Danger

I am confounded when the elementary assertion that race and its afterlives persist in America as a clinical matter and pathological affair is read as outrageous charge and treasonous indictment.


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OCT 2016

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