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. 2, Summer

Chelonian Notes
Obsessions penis fanning The reproductive organs of the male Terrapene carolina carolina are tucked discreetly within the anal cavity. Differentiating males from females involves looking at the size and shape of the tail (wider at the base and longer...
Citing and Re-Siting
"Just What Is It That Makes the Term Global-Local So Widely Cited, Yet So Annoying?" my essay for the Flight Patterns catalogue, was the basis for the presentation that I gave at the panel discussion that accompanied the exhibition. In my essay, I was...
Contemporary Returns to Conceptual Art: Renee Green, Silvia Kolbowski, and Stephen Prina / Conversation
There are several paths through which I came to organize "Contemporary Returns to Conceptual Art," a public panel that took place at New York University on November 8, 2000. At the most descriptive level, "Contemporary Returns" was announced as a discussion...
Facts and Fictions: The Histories of Museum Display and Installation in Cultural History
Facts and Fictions:The Histories of Museum Display and Installation in Cultural History Mary Anne Staniszewski. The Power of Display:A History of Exhibition Installations at the Museum of Modern Art. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1999. 370 pp., 204 b/w...
Flight Patterns
Flight Patterns was an exhibition I organized for the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles. On view at the museum from November 12, 2000, through February 11, 2001, the exhibition featured work by twenty-three artists from the Pacific region on the...
Gendered Encounters
Gendered Encounters Alison McQueen Richard Morphet. Encounters: New Art From Old. London: National Gallery Company Limited, 2000. Introduction by Robert Rosenblum. Essays by Judith Bumpus, Keith Hartley, Andrew Lambirth, Marco Livingstone, and Christopher...
In This Issue/home
Nevertheless I long-I pine, all my daysto travel home and see the dawn of my return. And if a god will wreck me yet again on the wine-dark sea, I can bear that too, with a spirit tempered to endure. Much have I suffered, labored long and hard by now...
Kickin' It with Joyce Scott
Joyce J. Scott and George Ciscle, Joyce J. Scott: Kickin' It with the Old Masters. Essays by Leslie King-Hammond, Keith Morrison, Mary Jane Jacobs, and Mel Watkins. Baltimore: Baltimore Museum of Art, 2000. 108 pp., 44 color ills., 26 b/w. $ 19.95 paper....
Material Illusion: Adrift with the Conceptual Sculptor Zhan Wang
Because of space limitations, this article omits an important sector of Zhan Wang's oeuvre, his cooperatively produced works of art. Scenario 1: Rocks of mysterious origin plummet to earth. Late twentieth-- century scientists study them for clues to...
Network Society
As a left-identified practitioner whose work has been, and continues to be, associated with the efforts of social change movements and activist groups, my own sense of individuality is often frustrated by the demands of group identification. This is...
Obdurate History: Dinh Q. le, the Vietnam War, Photography, and Memory
Photography is now so vital to memory, as a safeguard that the past will not be erased. With the Jewish Holocaust, for example, photographs have become so central to the process of remembering1 -not necessarily private, but certainly collective. And...
Pleasures of the State
On February 8, 2001, the shiny gates of Disney's California Adventure opened in Anaheim to deliriously excitable queues of visitors. Disney's newest theme park is divided into three California-themed lands--Golden State, Paradise Pier, and Hollywood...
Responses
Art job invited Caroline Arscott to respond to Amelia Jones's forum on the body and technology, published in our Spring 200 issue. In late nineteenth-century visual culture, we witness new configurations of the fantasized relationship between the body...
The Big Book of Chairman Mau
Bruce Mau. Life Style. Edited by Kyo Maclear with Bart Testa. New York: Phaidon Press, 2000. 624 pp., 1,000 color ills., 145 b/w. Hardcover with various color versions-satin fabrics, $69.95 Since the 1980s Zone Books have been well-known for their high-art...
The City: Between Topographic Representation and Spatialized Power Projects
Examining a city or metropolitan region in terms of its built topography is, perhaps, increasingly inadequate in a global digital era. On the one hand, topography does not engage what are today the dominant accounts about globalization and digitalization,...
The Drive to Describe: An Interview with Catherine Opie
Catherine Opie is a social documentary photographer of international renown whose primary artistic concerns are community and identity-gender, sexual, or otherwise. She rose to prominence in the early i99os with an extraordinary series of portraits of...
There's No Place like Home?
Milly Heyd. Mutual Reflections:Jews and Blacks in American Art. New Brunswick: Rutgers University Press, *999. 245 pp., 112 b/w ills. $50; $24 paper. Nicholas Mirzoeff, ed. Diaspora and Visual Culture: Representing Africans and Jews. Includes essays...
The Risks of Quoting
Mieke Bal. Quoting Caravaggio: Contemporary Art, Preposterous History. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1999. 328 pp., 62 color ills., 25 b/w. $45. In the slow-to-evolve discipline of art history there is much value in a counter-narrative of historical...
TITANIC's Wake
Early in 1997, I photographed the Mexican film set for Titanic: this was part of an earlier project called Dead Letter Office, a title owed obliquely to Herman Melville's Bartleby the Scrivener. Bartleby's mysterious refusal to work may have begun with...
When This You See
Elaine Reichek. When This You See .... Essay by David Frankel. New York: George Braziller, Inc., 2000. 96 pp., 3 gatefolds, 32 color ills. $35. Elaine Reichek has worked in many media-photographic collage, knitting, video, and installation-but her primary...