September 2021 in Artforum

September 2021 in Artforum


Volunteers boxing produce at Summaeverythang Community Center, Los Angeles, July 2020, an initiative by the artist Lauren Halsey.

September 2, 2021
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This month in Artforum:

Street, Stoop, Stage, Sanctuary: A Studio Museum Roundtable

As museums around the world reflect on their role in the reproduction of structures of domination, one instructive example is New York’s Studio Museum in Harlem, a modest but pivotal institution created in 1968 to champion Black culture and center artists of African descent. To help delineate the museum’s history and significance, Artforum organized an intergenerational conversation of Studio Museum leaders and alums—Naomi Beckwith, Thelma Golden, Thomas (T.) Jean Lax, and Lowery Stokes Sims—moderated by David Velasco, the magazine’s editor in chief.

“What I hope, and I say this to many of the young people on the front lines, is that some of them will start another museum right now.”
—Thelma Golden

“Being the guardians of Black culture does not mean we’re the gatekeepers.”
—Lowery Stokes Sims

Impermanent Collections: Julia Bryan-Wilson on Queer and Trans Artists’ Museums
“In a moment ringing with calls to reevaluate the entire premise of museums, or to abandon them altogether, it is worth noting how many queer and trans artists have in the past few decades proposed new kinds of institutions.”
—Julia Bryan-Wilson

Maximum Impact: Kaelen Wilson-Goldie on the art of Ouattara Watts
“What the artist provides are tools. His maximalism is therefore the mark of his generosity.”
—Kaelen Wilson-Goldie

Ciarán Finlayson on “Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America”
“During the convulsive interlude between the show’s conception and its opening, the valence of the terms grief and grievance changed.”
—Ciarán Finlayson

And: Fall museum shows, Christine Mehring on the Panza Collection Initiative, Daniel Birnbaum on Hilma af Klint’s institutional imagination, Yuki Higashino on Yuji Agematsu’s zip: 01.01.2020 … 12.31.2020, Travis Jeppesen on Shuang Li, Paul Galvez on “Cézanne Drawing,” and more than thirty-five exhibition reviews from around the globe.

Plus: David Salle on Janet Malcolm, Ara Osterweil on Daïchi Saïto’s earthearthearth, Kate Sutton on Protocinema’s “A Few In Many Places,” Jay Sanders on the Canal Street Research Association, Adam Jasper on Olafur Eliasson at the Fondation Beyeler, and Moses Sumney shares his Top Ten.

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