Johanna Fateman

NOTES ON VAMP: JOAN JONAS’S ORGANIC HONEY’S VISUAL TELEPATHY

June 2015

“ORGANIC HONEY” “Organic Honey” would be a cool drag name today. And in the early 1970s, Joan Jonas’s performance alias must have been gratifying to her peers—an inspired jab at countercultural pretensions and gender roles, a … READ ON

IN PRINT Summer 2015 [TOC]

WOMEN ON THE VERGE: ART, FEMINISM, AND SOCIAL MEDIA

April 2015

“WHENEVER YOU PUT YOUR BODY ONLINE, in some way you are in conversation with porn.” The large-type epigraph on the landing page of the online exhibition “Body Anxiety” was culled from an interview with artist Ann Hirsch, whose frustrated… READ ON

IN PRINT April 2015 [TOC]

Björk

January 2015

Curated by Klaus Biesenbach Talk of the Björk retrospective always raises eyebrows. Yes, it’s a risky crossover thing, but even if it goes a little astray, it’ll be cool—promiscuously collaborative, fashiony, and strange. The visionary… READ ON

PREVIEWS

Birgit Jürgenssen

Fergus McCaffrey

December 2014

Starting a fire by striking a man’s face—is it a feminist idea? Match-bust, 1973, looks like a big matchstick with a human head for a tip. It’s twenty inches tall, but still you can imagine dragging it along a brick wall or a curb, … READ ON

PICKS

Greer Lankton

Lia Gangitano discusses the first New York retrospective of Greer Lankton

October 2014

“LOVE ME” is the first New York retrospective of works by Greer Lankton (1958–1996). Known for her distinctive dolls—modeled on friends, celebrities, fictional characters, and herself—Lankton was an important figure in the East … READ ON

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“Post-Speculation”

P!

October 2014

I missed “Act I” of this exciting group show curated by Prem Krishnamurthy and Carin Kuoni, but traces of the eleven-day installation by HOWDOYOUSAYYAMINAFRICAN? remain in the gallery for “Act II,” on view now. The walls are still … READ ON

PICKS

Masha Gessen’s Words Will Break Cement

BOOKS

June 2014

IN THE MONTHS since journalist Masha Gessen wrote the postscript to her riveting history of Pussy Riot, a lot’s happened. Nadya Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhina, two of the women imprisoned for their guerrilla performance at Moscow’s … READ ON

IN PRINT Summer 2014 [TOC]

Johanna Fateman

December 2013

IN JULY I beamed with pleasure while reading the essay “Further Materials Toward a Theory of the Man-Child” by Moira Weigel and Mal Ahern, published by the New Inquiry. The sharp, insouciant piece is an extended riposte to the French … READ ON

SLANT

Johanna Fateman

Music: Best of 2013

December 2013

1 KANYE WEST’S PERFORMANCE OF “NEW SLAVES” ON SATURDAY NIGHT LIVE West artfully used the dead vibe of the SNL studio to highlight the minimal instrumentation of “New Slaves” and to make the bitter political content of his lyrics … READ ON

IN PRINT December 2013 [TOC]

Ann Hirsch

Ann Hirsch discusses her latest work about ’90s cybersex

October 2013

Video and performance artist Ann Hirsch frequently explores issues of young women’s sexual self-expression in pop culture and online. In past works, she has reported on her social experiments—like her experience as a contestant on a … READ ON

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