David Velasco

My Barbarian

My Barbarian talks about “Double Agency” at LACMA

April 2015

Making fun may be our best strategy for survival. Or at least the best way to stay cool in the heat of the in-between, the space of interruption where My Barbarian does their most incisive work. Here the notorious collective—founded in 2000… READ ON

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Claudia La Rocco

Claudia La Rocco talks about curating the 9th Danspace Project Platform

February 2015

As part of its continuing fortieth anniversary celebrations, Danspace Project invited the poet and critic Claudia La Rocco to curate an iteration of its Platform series of performances and events. Titled “Dancers, Buildings and People in … READ ON

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“Zhana Ivanova: Ongoing Retrospective (Chapter I)”

January 2015

Curated by Elena Filipovic Until now, I didn’t really know the work of Zhana Ivanova—but it seems that’s sort of the point. And until now, I hadn’t thought much about the way in which now slips into know, a perpetual dialectic of … READ ON

PREVIEWS

Trajal Harrell

Trajal Harrell talks about his Kitchen homecoming and his residency at MoMA

September 2014

Trajal Harrell’s Twenty Looks or Paris Is Burning at the Judson Church, 2009–2013, seven works investigating a speculative collision between the traditions of voguing and postmodern dance, has become one of the most influential dance … READ ON

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Douglas Coupland

Douglas Coupland speaks about his survey at the Vancouver Art Gallery

August 2014

The writer, designer, and artist Douglas Coupland hit the ground running in 1991, when his first novel, Generation X: Tales for an Accelerated Culture, became an international best seller. In 2000, after much acclaim for his novels and … READ ON

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Pull Up to the Bumper

The 2nd Art Basel Hong Kong

May 2014 HONG KONG

ART BASEL Miami Basel Hong Kong Basel… Basel Basel Basel.  This year, the third Frieze New York rear-ended the second Art Basel Hong Kong, and like a patchy crossfade some of us went to sleep in one city and woke up two days later in … READ ON

DIARY

OPENINGS: YVE LARIS COHEN

May 2014

UPTOWN  YOU COULD ALMOST MISS IT: A seam in the wall near the stairwell on the third floor of the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York—five feet up, six feet over, and five feet down again. And maybe it’s meant to be missed, this … READ ON

IN PRINT May 2014 [TOC]

I’LL BE YOUR MIRROR: THE WORK OF SARAH MICHELSON

January 2014

THIS MONTH, choreographer Sarah Michelson will present her new work, 4, at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Artforum invited David Velasco to examine the long arc of her oeuvre and the groundbreaking performances that have led… READ ON

IN PRINT January 2014 [TOC]

THE YEAR IN PERFORMANCE

December 2013

IN THE YEAR OF MILEY CYRUS, we learned that pop’s rote vicissitudes are still key to how we metabolize, multiply, and refigure our common pleasures and insecurities. We learned that race and sex are still potent—in other words, salable—stocks,… READ ON

IN PRINT December 2013 [TOC]

Jay-Z and Marina Abramović in Picasso Baby

July 2013

Jay-Z and Marina Abramović in Picasso Baby.… READ ON

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