Summer 2021 in Artforum

Summer 2021 in Artforum


Nida Sinnokrot, KA (Oslo), 2009/2017, Palestinian Museum, Birzeit, 2017. 

June 1, 2021
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In the Summer issue of Artforum:

The call is clear: Museums must change. Amid an ongoing global pandemic and growing demands for decolonization, racial justice, and economic parity, culture needs new tools for structural transformation. In the first of two special issues focusing on this urgent topic, Artforum has invited some of our leading theorists, curators, artists, and museum directors to consider how art institutions might evolve.

Included in this special section:

Thomas Crow envisions a more “modest” museum

“Horace’s ancient dictum that the task of art is at once to instruct and delight can hardly find a better home than inside a major museum collection.”
—Thomas Crow

Tell the World: Hanan Toukan and Adila Laïdi-Hanieh on how the Palestinian Museum has responded to the brutal pressures of colonialist violence

“We are not going to sit on our hands and say, ‘The day Palestine is liberated, then we will open a museum.’ Palestine deserves a large, professionally run museum now, and we have it.”
—Adila Laïdi-Hanieh

Taking Care: Huey Copeland and Allison Glenn on a show honoring Breonna Taylor at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville

“Through this act of creating community, of calling people in, you in fact center them.”
—Allison Glenn

Notes on Nonprofit: Tim Griffin, Ralph Lemon, and Sarah Michelson reflect on the status of the alternative space

“How do we look at, hold something not legible, intentionally illegible, private or public, and why should we?”
—Ralph Lemon

And: Andrew Russeth on Lee Bul, and more than thirty-five exhibition reviews from around the globe.

Plus: Michael Ned Holte on Barry Le Va, María Belén Correa and Cecilia Estalles speak with Devan Díaz and Thora Siemsen about El Archivo de la Memoria Trans Argentina, Catherine Damman on Tiffany Sia’s “Slippery When Wet,” Ara Osterweil on Alice Neel, Bárbara Sánchez-Kane shares her Top Ten, and much more.

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