Art Journal

An academic journal publishing original contributions on the visual arts of the 20th and 21st centuries. Content includes scholarly articles, interviews, conversations, forums, speculations, working notes, pedagogical essays, and artists? projects relevan

Articles from Vol. 60, No. 1, Spring

Aztechnology
Broadcast in New York in May 1998, this "performance interview" was originally conceived as a conceptual art piece for the WBAI radio show "Voices Against the Wall" in complicity with host Matthew Finch. With the exception of Matthew, who was "performing"...
Ben Shahn: Picture Maker
Ben Shahn: Picture Maker Jonathan Weinberg Deborah Martin Kao, Laura Katzman, and jenna Webster. Ben Shahn's New York The Photography of Modern Times. Cambridge: Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museums and New Haven: Yale University Press, 2000....
Carnal Knowledge
Let's begin with a basic proposition: what photography gave to modernity was not vision, but touch (or, more precisely, vision as a form of touch). And let's test it against another: this embodied type of vision is what is at stake in the current shift...
Choloborg; or, the Disappearing Latino Body
In her epochal essay on the effects of technology on subjectivity, "A Cyborg Manifesto," Donna Haraway coyly positions the cyborg as something of a technologically evolved monster and claims that "Monsters have always defined the limits of community...
Heaven Can Wait
Like discourses of religious conversions, the language framing discussions of the new technologies tends to relegate nonbelievers into categories reserved for the damned. I accepted my eviction from heaven on other charges a while back, so I'm more or...
Logo Girls
She sold salt for a living. She was white, tiny, and cute, and I helped make her what she is today. 1967 was the year I worked on the redesign of the Morton Salt package. Design theorists didn't call this work packaging designit was "point of purchase...
Meditations on Space and Time: The Performance Art of Japan's Dumb Type
This article emerged from an interview Teiji Furuhashi granted me in Kyoto shortly before his death. I wish to dedicate this article to the memory of Teiji Furuhashi, a courageous and gifted artist. When I think about Japan, a welter of disconnected...
Neo-Archival and Textual Modes of Production: An Interview with Glenn Ligon
Since a major exhibition of his work of the 1990s at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, in 1998, Glenn Ligon has produced new paintings, works on paper, and wall drawings for numerous exhibitions. Coloring: New Work by Glenn Ligon, on view...
Network Society
The mailman doesn't write the letters, he just delivers them. And that's how I like to think of my job sometimes. I've been making documentary work about AIDS for fifteen years now. Of course, the analogy is not accurate. I have an interest in AIDS that...
Nuyorican Baroque: Pepon Osorio's Chucherias
Pepon Osorio's knick-knack--encrusted objects and installations represent a visually potent engagement with Puerto Rican popular culture on the mainland and, more specifically, are the products of the artist's own experiences living and working in the...
Paris No Paradise for Pissarro in New Epic Poem
Derek Walcott. Tiepolo's Hound. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2000. 164 pp., 26 color ills. $30. Known as poet, playwright, and essayist, Derek Walcott, the Nobel laureate for literature in 1992, has also painted since boyhood. Born in St. Lucia,...
Performance Art as Progressive Education
Charles R. Garoian. Performing Pedagogy:Toward an Art of Politics. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1999. 248 pp., 33 bow ills. $62.so; $20.95 paper. In November 1996, Charles Garoian held an impressive symposium called "Performance Art, Culture,...
Power Station for Art vs. Art for Power Station
Like ants, visitors amble across a gigantic hall, cross under an iron insect, are carried up on escalators, move through halls and small rooms, and finally arrive at a glass-encased body, from which a grandiose vista offers itself. Tate Modern-London....
Regulating/representing the Body: South Africa. A Syllabus
In South Africa, ideas and images related to the body have been central to both the construction of identity and the exercise of power. Judith Butler "identifies the body surface as a uniquely important locus for the configuration and reconfiguration...
Responses
Art is being used to engage the public in discourse about biotechnology. This is evident from many recent books, exhibitions, and articles, such as the forum "Biocollage," published in the Fall 2000 issue of Art Journal. Body art, conceptualism, activism,...
Strategies of Accommodation: Toward an Inclusive Canon of South African Art
Introduction As a result of South Africa's historical legacy, vast aesthetic, technical, and conceptual discrepancies have tended to differentiate the works of many self-taught black artists from academically trained and internationally connected whites....
The Body and Technology
Whether overtly or not, all visual culture plumbs the complex and profound intersections among visuality, embodiment, and the logics of mechanical, industrial, or cybernetic systems. By making and interpreting visual culture, visual theorists (artists,...
The Insufficiency of the Performative: Video Art at the Turn of the Millennium
In her "Cyborg Manifesto," initially published in 1985, Donna Haraway sees the conflation of body and technology as constitutive of the cyborg-a hybrid of machine and organism in which technologies of communication and biotechnologies articulate the...