Category Archives: Conversations

Caitlin Masley-Charlet in Conversation with Elisabeth Smolarz

Caitlin Masley-Charlet sits down with artist Elisabeth Smolarz to discuss Smolarz’s recent residencies and projects, and the importance of failure, artistic community, and cross-pollination between practitioners.

Caitlin Masley-Charlet in Conversation with Elisabeth Smolarz

Caitlin Masley-Charlet sits down with artist Elisabeth Smolarz to discuss Smolarz’s recent residencies and projects, and the importance of failure, artistic community, and cross-pollination between practitioners.

Exhibition Situations: Risham Majeed in Conversation with Elizabeth Rodini

By Risham Majeed and Elizabeth Rodini
Risham Majeed and Elizabeth Rodini discuss Majeed’s exhibition Made to Move: African Nomadic Design, the museological and curatorial challenges posed by the exhibition’s material, and the possibility of a decolonized museum space.

Exhibition Situations: Risham Majeed in Conversation with Elizabeth Rodini

By Risham Majeed and Elizabeth Rodini
Risham Majeed and Elizabeth Rodini discuss Majeed’s exhibition Made to Move: African Nomadic Design, the museological and curatorial challenges posed by the exhibition’s material, and the possibility of a decolonized museum space.

Scripting A Smeary Spot

By A.K. Burns and Melissa Ragain

In this annotated commentary, artist A.K. Burns and art historian and critic Melissa Ragain explore the script, performances, and citations in Burn’s video installation A Smeary Spot (2015), which is the first episode in her five-part Negative Space film cycle.

Scripting A Smeary Spot

By A.K. Burns and Melissa Ragain

In this annotated commentary, artist A.K. Burns and art historian and critic Melissa Ragain explore the script, performances, and citations in Burn’s video installation A Smeary Spot (2015), which is the first episode in her five-part Negative Space film cycle.

Community and Creativity at Residencies Near and Far: Chad Stayrook in Conversation with Caitlin Masley-Charlet

By Caitlin Masley-Charlet

Caitlin Masley-Charlet speaks with artist Chad Stayrook about his experiences at artist residencies around the world, the effects that residencies have had his artistic practice, and the development of Present Company, the artist-run space in Brooklyn that he cofounded.

Community and Creativity at Residencies Near and Far: Chad Stayrook in Conversation with Caitlin Masley-Charlet

By Caitlin Masley-Charlet

Caitlin Masley-Charlet speaks with artist Chad Stayrook about his experiences at artist residencies around the world, the effects that residencies have had his artistic practice, and the development of Present Company, the artist-run space in Brooklyn that he cofounded.

Damon Davis’s Negrophilia: Encounters with Black Death

By Olubukola A. Gbadegesin

Olubukola A. Gbadegesin speaks with multidisciplinary artist Damon Davis about his mixed-media collage series, Negrophilia, and the importance of self-representation. “We’ve got to represent ourselves,” Davis says, “Because if we let others tell the story, important parts are going to be erased.

Damon Davis’s Negrophilia: Encounters with Black Death

By Olubukola A. Gbadegesin

Olubukola A. Gbadegesin speaks with multidisciplinary artist Damon Davis about his mixed-media collage series, Negrophilia, and the importance of self-representation. “We’ve got to represent ourselves,” Davis says, “Because if we let others tell the story, important parts are going to be erased.

Restructuring Place in Hawaiʻi: Jaimey Hamilton Faris and Margo Machida in Conversation with Sean Connelly and Lynne Yamamoto

By Jaimey Hamilton Faris and Margo Machida

Jaimey Hamilton Faris and Margo Machida speak with Hawaiʻi-born artists Lynne Yamamoto and Sean Connelly to discuss their sculptural works for the inaugural Honolulu Biennial, Middle of Now|Here (March 8–May 8, 2017). Connelly’s Thatch Assembly with Rocks (2060s) (2017) and Yamamoto’s Borrowed Time (2017) recognize the significance of locality and place in illuminating the enduring impact of entwined histories and shifting alignments among the native, local, and global.

Restructuring Place in Hawaiʻi: Jaimey Hamilton Faris and Margo Machida in Conversation with Sean Connelly and Lynne Yamamoto

By Jaimey Hamilton Faris and Margo Machida

Jaimey Hamilton Faris and Margo Machida speak with Hawaiʻi-born artists Lynne Yamamoto and Sean Connelly to discuss their sculptural works for the inaugural Honolulu Biennial, Middle of Now|Here (March 8–May 8, 2017). Connelly’s Thatch Assembly with Rocks (2060s) (2017) and Yamamoto’s Borrowed Time (2017) recognize the significance of locality and place in illuminating the enduring impact of entwined histories and shifting alignments among the native, local, and global.

Playing by the Rules: Ericka Beckman in Conversation with Mary L. Coyne

By Mary L. Coyne
For the first conversation in Mary L. Coyne’s Playing by the Rules series, Coyne speaks with filmmaker Ericka Beckman about the framework of games and performance in Beckman’s films You The Better and Cinderella.

Playing by the Rules: Ericka Beckman in Conversation with Mary L. Coyne

By Mary L. Coyne
For the first conversation in Mary L. Coyne’s Playing by the Rules series, Coyne speaks with filmmaker Ericka Beckman about the framework of games and performance in Beckman’s films You The Better and Cinderella.

Playing by the Rules (Parts I–III)

By Mary L. Coyne
An introduction to Playing by the Rules, a new conversation series by curator and writer Mary L. Coyne.

Playing by the Rules (Parts I–III)

By Mary L. Coyne
An introduction to Playing by the Rules, a new conversation series by curator and writer Mary L. Coyne.

Art Practice beyond the Home Studio: Roberto Visani and Caitlin Masley-Charlet in Conversation

By Caitlin Masley-Charlet

Caitlin Masley-Charlet, deputy director of Guttenberg Arts in Guttenberg, New Jersey, and artist Roberto Visani discuss his experiences while artist-in-residence at Guttenberg Arts and other residencies.

Art Practice beyond the Home Studio: Roberto Visani and Caitlin Masley-Charlet in Conversation

By Caitlin Masley-Charlet

Caitlin Masley-Charlet, deputy director of Guttenberg Arts in Guttenberg, New Jersey, and artist Roberto Visani discuss his experiences while artist-in-residence at Guttenberg Arts and other residencies.

Happyville in the Rearview: A Conversation between Joel Tauber and Pedro de Llano

By Pedro de Llano

Curator and art historian Pedro de Llano speaks with artist Joel Tauber about Tauber’s The Sharing Project (2012–16), an installation and film project that looks at the socialist Jewish community of Happyville (1905–1908) in South Carolina as a way to consider complex questions about social, political, and economic issues in today’s world.

Happyville in the Rearview: A Conversation between Joel Tauber and Pedro de Llano

By Pedro de Llano

Curator and art historian Pedro de Llano speaks with artist Joel Tauber about Tauber’s The Sharing Project (2012–16), an installation and film project that looks at the socialist Jewish community of Happyville (1905–1908) in South Carolina as a way to consider complex questions about social, political, and economic issues in today’s world.

A New Configuration: Marco Breuer in Conversation with Vanessa Kauffman

By Vanessa Kauffman

Artist Marco Breuer and Vanessa Kauffman, communications and outreach manager of Headlands Center for the Arts (Sausalito, California), discuss Breuer’s experiences as an artist-in-residence at Headlands and other residencies, and the way that the flexibility and differences in the studio set-up at each residency creates opportunities for new discoveries.

A New Configuration: Marco Breuer in Conversation with Vanessa Kauffman

By Vanessa Kauffman

Artist Marco Breuer and Vanessa Kauffman, communications and outreach manager of Headlands Center for the Arts (Sausalito, California), discuss Breuer’s experiences as an artist-in-residence at Headlands and other residencies, and the way that the flexibility and differences in the studio set-up at each residency creates opportunities for new discoveries.

Root and Ramble: Kija Lucas and Amy Cancelmo in Conversation

By Amy Cancelmo

Amy Cancelmo, art programs director at Root Division (San Francisco, California), speaks with artist Kija Lucas about her experiences as an artist-in-residence at Root Division and other residencies, and her cross-country travels to work on her projects In Search of Home and Objects to Remember You By: An Index of Sentiment .

Root and Ramble: Kija Lucas and Amy Cancelmo in Conversation

By Amy Cancelmo

Amy Cancelmo, art programs director at Root Division (San Francisco, California), speaks with artist Kija Lucas about her experiences as an artist-in-residence at Root Division and other residencies, and her cross-country travels to work on her projects In Search of Home and Objects to Remember You By: An Index of Sentiment .

Outside of Time: Patricia Fernández Carcedo in Conversation with Vanessa Kauffman

By Vanessa Kauffman

Vanessa Kauffman, communications and outreach manager for Headlands Center for the Arts (Sausalito, California), speaks with artist Patricia Fernández Carcedo about her experiences as an artist-in-residence at Headlands and other residencies, and the importance that walking holds within her artistic practice.

Outside of Time: Patricia Fernández Carcedo in Conversation with Vanessa Kauffman

By Vanessa Kauffman

Vanessa Kauffman, communications and outreach manager for Headlands Center for the Arts (Sausalito, California), speaks with artist Patricia Fernández Carcedo about her experiences as an artist-in-residence at Headlands and other residencies, and the importance that walking holds within her artistic practice.

Humans Have Been Human for So Long: Shana Lutker and Mika Yoshitake in Conversation

By Mika Yoshitake

Curator Mika Yoshitake and artist Shana Lutker discuss Surrealist fightfights, making sense of the past through the lens of the contemporary, and the research process for Lutker’s exhibition Shana Lutker: Le “NEW” Monocle, Chapters 1–3 at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC (October 27, 2015–February 16, 2016), which was curated by Yoshitake.

Humans Have Been Human for So Long: Shana Lutker and Mika Yoshitake in Conversation

By Mika Yoshitake

Curator Mika Yoshitake and artist Shana Lutker discuss Surrealist fightfights, making sense of the past through the lens of the contemporary, and the research process for Lutker’s exhibition Shana Lutker: Le “NEW” Monocle, Chapters 1–3 at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC (October 27, 2015–February 16, 2016), which was curated by Yoshitake.

Caitlin Masley-Charlet and Diana Shpungin in Conversation

By Caitlin Masley-Charlet
Caitlin Masley-Charlet, deputy director of Guttenberg Arts (Guttenberg, NJ), speaks with artist Diana Shpungin about her experiences as an artist-in-residence at Guttenberg Arts and other programs, artistic community, and the importance of having space for experimentation. This is the first conversation in a four-part series by Caitlin Masley-Charlet, focusing on artists who were recently in residence at Guttenberg Arts.

Caitlin Masley-Charlet and Diana Shpungin in Conversation

By Caitlin Masley-Charlet
Caitlin Masley-Charlet, deputy director of Guttenberg Arts (Guttenberg, NJ), speaks with artist Diana Shpungin about her experiences as an artist-in-residence at Guttenberg Arts and other programs, artistic community, and the importance of having space for experimentation. This is the first conversation in a four-part series by Caitlin Masley-Charlet, focusing on artists who were recently in residence at Guttenberg Arts.

The Body is a Location: Math Bass in Conversation with Mia Locks

By Mia Locks

Curator Mia Locks speaks with artist Math Bass about ambiguity, body movement, and the recent exhibition of Bass’s work that Locks curated, Math Bass: Off the Clock, which was on view at MoMA PS1 from May 3 to September 7, 2015.

The Body is a Location: Math Bass in Conversation with Mia Locks

By Mia Locks

Curator Mia Locks speaks with artist Math Bass about ambiguity, body movement, and the recent exhibition of Bass’s work that Locks curated, Math Bass: Off the Clock, which was on view at MoMA PS1 from May 3 to September 7, 2015.

Two for One: robbinschilds in conversation with Dina Deitsch

By Dina Deitsch

In the final installment of her three-part interview series, curator Dina Deitsch speaks with robbinschilds about site, collaboration, and the process of creating Constructions I–IV, which was commissioned for the 2011 exhibition Temporary Structures: Performing Architecture in Contemporary Art at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum.

Two for One: robbinschilds in conversation with Dina Deitsch

By Dina Deitsch

In the final installment of her three-part interview series, curator Dina Deitsch speaks with robbinschilds about site, collaboration, and the process of creating Constructions I–IV, which was commissioned for the 2011 exhibition Temporary Structures: Performing Architecture in Contemporary Art at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum.

Immemorial: The Poetics of AIDS; A Conversation with Rudy Lemcke

By Tina Takemoto
Tina Takemoto and artist Rudy Lemcke discuss his artistic practice and the poetics and politics of AIDS.

Immemorial: The Poetics of AIDS; A Conversation with Rudy Lemcke

By Tina Takemoto
Tina Takemoto and artist Rudy Lemcke discuss his artistic practice and the poetics and politics of AIDS.

Broken Dishes: Kate Gilmore in Conversation with Dina Deitsch

By Dina Deitsch
For the second installment of her conversation series, curator Dina Deitsch speaks with artist Kate Gilmore about Gilmore’s process of creating Like This, Before (2013), and the importance of breaking things and laughing about it.

Broken Dishes: Kate Gilmore in Conversation with Dina Deitsch

By Dina Deitsch
For the second installment of her conversation series, curator Dina Deitsch speaks with artist Kate Gilmore about Gilmore’s process of creating Like This, Before (2013), and the importance of breaking things and laughing about it.

Floating Cabins and Shifting Landscapes: William Lamson in Conversation with Dina Deitsch

By Dina Deitsch
In this interview, curator Dina Deitsch and artist William Lamson discuss the slippery space of video, working with and in nature, and the poetics of floating cabins.

Floating Cabins and Shifting Landscapes: William Lamson in Conversation with Dina Deitsch

By Dina Deitsch
In this interview, curator Dina Deitsch and artist William Lamson discuss the slippery space of video, working with and in nature, and the poetics of floating cabins.

A Fine Line: Drawing and the Digital Ground in the Work of Tamarin Norwood

By Becky Huff Hunter
Becky Huff Hunter and Tamarin Norwood discuss video’s relationship with drawing, negotiating digital and analogue forms, pursing a research-based PhD in Fine Art, and more.

A Fine Line: Drawing and the Digital Ground in the Work of Tamarin Norwood

By Becky Huff Hunter
Becky Huff Hunter and Tamarin Norwood discuss video’s relationship with drawing, negotiating digital and analogue forms, pursing a research-based PhD in Fine Art, and more.

Mining the Postwar Japanese Vanguard: Miwako Tezuka Speaks with Doryun Chong

By Miwako Tezuka and Doryun Chong

I specialize in contemporary Japanese art, which basically means post-1945. While doing some ground research, I realized that in the history of post-1945 Japanese art, most research was done on Gutai in the 1950s in the Kansai area, the western region of Japan, and I noticed this gap on the activities in Tokyo.

Mining the Postwar Japanese Vanguard: Miwako Tezuka Speaks with Doryun Chong

By Miwako Tezuka and Doryun Chong

I specialize in contemporary Japanese art, which basically means post-1945. While doing some ground research, I realized that in the history of post-1945 Japanese art, most research was done on Gutai in the 1950s in the Kansai area, the western region of Japan, and I noticed this gap on the activities in Tokyo.

Three Questions: Helen Molesworth Speaks with Taylor Davis

By Helen Molesworth and Taylor Davis

This conversation took place at the ICA Boston on April 28, 2010. Jill Medvedow, director of the ICA, asked the artist Taylor Davis to interview the then newly appointed chief curator Helen Molesworth.

Three Questions: Helen Molesworth Speaks with Taylor Davis

By Helen Molesworth and Taylor Davis

This conversation took place at the ICA Boston on April 28, 2010. Jill Medvedow, director of the ICA, asked the artist Taylor Davis to interview the then newly appointed chief curator Helen Molesworth.

InterAct: a reenacted interview

If the world’s a stage, then Liz Magic Laser becomes its director and all passersby are forced to perform. In 2009 Laser staged chase; the following year she produced Flight: in both works, action was registered on video and video begat action. To produce Interact, this project for Art Journal, Laser and her cast met at the East River Park Amphitheatre on two mornings last autumn: the first time to talk in the bleachers and the second time to relive the first conversation on stage.

InterAct: a reenacted interview

If the world’s a stage, then Liz Magic Laser becomes its director and all passersby are forced to perform. In 2009 Laser staged chase; the following year she produced Flight: in both works, action was registered on video and video begat action. To produce Interact, this project for Art Journal, Laser and her cast met at the East River Park Amphitheatre on two mornings last autumn: the first time to talk in the bleachers and the second time to relive the first conversation on stage.

David Wojnarowicz: Against His Vanishing

By Steven Dubin

David Wojnarowicz was thrust into the national spotlight in 1989 when the National Endowment for the Arts rescinded its financial support for the catalogue accompanying the exhibition Witnesses: Against Our Vanishing, curated by Nan Goldin for Artists Space.

David Wojnarowicz: Against His Vanishing

By Steven Dubin

David Wojnarowicz was thrust into the national spotlight in 1989 when the National Endowment for the Arts rescinded its financial support for the catalogue accompanying the exhibition Witnesses: Against Our Vanishing, curated by Nan Goldin for Artists Space.