ESSAYS


Graham McDougal: Aluminum Poetry
Project Essay
Regina Rex, 2016

In July of 1948 The Aluminum Development Association, London, UK, published The First Factory-Made Aluminum Bungalow. The publication was a small and remarkably banal booklet, which detailed the transformation of aluminum from a complex wartime industrial material into a simplified form of prefabricated domesticity. The booklet functioned as both a proposal and a justification for the implementation of a program of inexpensive, mass-produced, and easily assembled aluminum homes configured from the remnants of the wartime aluminum industry. (Full Essay Here)

 

An Indefinite Request for Proposals
Rafaël Rozendaal: Haiku 011
Exhibition as Object—Object as Exhibition
The Stolbun Collection LLC - 2016


Nothing lasts forever. What about a contemporary art exhibition?  There are many artworks and exhibitions that conflate duration and space, as well as those that blend display, repetition, and concept. (Full Essay Here)


Raid the Database 2 with Nafis White
Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design - 2016
Online Exhibition

Raid the Database 2 with Nafis White is the second in a series of artist-curated digital exhibition projects inspired by the RISD Museum’s historic exhibition Raid the Icebox 1 with Andy Warhol (1969–1970). (Full Essay Here)


Kudzanai Chiurai: Iyeza
Gallery Guide
Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design - 2015

Kudzanai Chiurai’s Iyeza (2011) is the first in a trilogy of video works. In Iyeza, Creation (2012), and Moyo (2013), Chiurai (Zimbabwean, b. 1981) investigates and confronts how Christianity has been used to support and expand European colonialism in Africa since the 19th century. (Full Essay Here)

 


Raid the Database 1 with Natalja Kent
Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design - 2015
Online Exhibition


Raid the Database 1 with Natalja Kent is the first in a series of artist-curated digital exhibition projects inspired by the RISD Museum’s historic exhibition Raid the Icebox 1 with Andy Warhol (1969–1970). Each project in the Raid the Database series takes shape as the artist works closely with RISD Museum staff to gather materials, navigate the Museum’s database and website, and delve into the original Raid the Icebox exhibition. (Full Essay Here)


From the Files: on Richard Long, Mountainside Ellipse
Manual Issue 5
Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design - 2015

Loose threads unknotted. Ideas unrealized. Outlines left bare. Function unperformed. Patterns uncut. Luster removed with time and wear. We rarely examine unfinished things. The unfinished is easily overlooked in favor of the fully rendered and complete, but consider those sketchy lines, those fraying ends: the unfinished has potency. The unfinished offers evidence of process, reveals traces of technique, trembles with latent possibility. (Full Essay Here)


Steffani Jemison: Maniac Chase, Escaped Lunatic, and Personal
Gallery Guide
Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design - 2015

In the first decade of the 20th century, a new genre emerged in silent black-and-white films, with one or more figures moving through a series of causally linked shots that often involved an escape or a chase. Ranging in tone from comedic to critical, these works featured large casts, location shooting, and multiple reels. (Full Essay Here)


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How to on: Josef Albers, and seeing blue as a relative medium. 
Manual: Issue 4
Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design - 2015


From the Files: Curatorial assistant A. Will Brown discusses color theory of Joseph Albers’s Homage to the Square series, revealing notations on the back of the canvases. 
(Full Essay Here)


The Time Is Now: Proposing Monuments for Philadelphia
Monument Lab
Institute for Urban Research, University of Pennsylvania - 2015

Together, the plaques and statue link passersby to the endurance of the idea of Philadelphia, founded in 1682 as a concept city for freedom and tolerance. In 2015, the city is at a historical turning point in its evolution. As the population continues to grow and multiple redevelopment projects transform the urban landscape, the future identity of Philadelphia is again under revision.
 (Full Essay Here)


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Manual
Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design - 2015

Uttered aloud or read silently, the title of this 2005 painting by Donald Moffett brings to mind a familiar scene—an auctioneer swiftly introducing an artwork as it is wheeled onto a well-lit stage facing a room filled with potential bidders, each with a paddle in hand, while a host of auction-house staff attend telephones and computers ready to place long-distance anonymous bids. 
(Full Essay Here)


UuDam Tran Nguyen: Waltz of the Machine Equestrians
Gallery Guide
Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design - 2014

Although artist UuDam Tran Nguyen has lived in Los Angeles for most of the last two decades, Vietnam is never far from his work or his thoughts. In those same two decades, Vietnam, like many Asian countries, has lost an incredible amount of natural and rural landscape. (Full Essay Here)


Aslı Çavuşoğlu: In Diverse Estimations Little Moscow
Gallery Guide
Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design - 2014

The film In Diverse Estimations Little Moscow (2011), by Turkish artist Aslı Çavuşoğlu, stages a series of fragmented, forgotten, and at times painfully remembered histories from a violent political suppression in the Turkish town of Fatsa in 1979 and 1980. 
(Full Essay Here)


Robert Arneson: Funk Questionnaire
Manual Online
Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design - 2014


As part of his research for the 1967 exhibition Funk, held at the Berkeley Art Museum, curator Peter Selz distributed a survey-style questionnaire to many of the artists later featured in the exhibition. (Full Essay Here)


Cinematic Moments
Gallery Guide
Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts - 2013

Cinematic Moments is the first exhibition in an annual series titled The Order of Things drawn from the Kadist Art Foundation Collection. The exhibition aims to break down the structure and production of cinema—specifically film, an important facet of California culture—into stages that are normally obscured. (Full Essay Here)


Neo Victorian Apology in the Digital Age
On Apology Exhibition Catalog
Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts - 2013

Victorian British Prime Minister Benjamin Disraeli (1804-1881) famously declared, “Never complain, Never explain.” [1] In America this stoic remark gained political capital as the dictum, “Never apologize, Never explain.” The adage continued to be popular throughout the Atomic Age as a statement of masculine power from a bygone era in American history; it mirrored the intrinsic character of defiance during the Cold War. (Full Essay Here)


Puerto Rico: La Borinqueña
Americana: 50 States, 50 Months, 50 Exhibitions
Wattis Institute for Contemporary Arts - 2012

In 1961, John F. Kennedy visited Puerto Rico’s first democratically elected Governor, Luis Muñoz Marín at La Fortaleza, his official residence. The newly elected Kennedy met the governor to discuss the future of Puerto Rico. Their meeting sparked a friendship, which resulted in an exchange of letters that would last until Kennedy’s assassination in 1963. 
(Full Essay Here)