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Welcome the Participants for the Superscript Blog Mentorship


Last month we announced we would be partnering with the Walker Art Center to create a Blog Mentorship Program for emerging writers at the upcoming Superscript conference.

Now Accepting Exhibitor Applications for the 2015 NY Art Book Fair


Printed Matter (2010) Free and open to the public, Printed Matter‘s NY Art Book Fair is the world’s premier event for artists’ books, catalogues, monographs, periodicals, and zines.

Soaking in the Materiality of the Vatican


Installation view at the Museo de Arte Moderneo de Bogotá (Photograph by the author for Hyperallergic) BOGOTÁ, Colombia — The Vatican draws millions of worshippers every year, yet it’s not just the seat of the Catholic church but also of an earthly kingdom.

A Film Portrait of the “Doomsday Vault” that Guards Our Agricultural Biodiversity


Still from ‘Seeds of Time,’ with a view to the Svalbard Seed Bank (all images courtesy the filmmakers) On a Norwegian island 810 miles south of the North Pole is a safety net for an agricultural crisis.

Why a White Poet Should Not Be Attempting to Reclaim the “N-Word”


Vanessa Place’s ‘Gone With The Wind’ Twitter project featuring a profile picture of actress Hattie McDaniel (via Twitter) Both literature and visual art share a common concern: they continue to grapple with questions of inclusion and diversity, and in many ways have done a poor job of righting the long-standing wrongs of white men who have dominated the landscape since forever.

Sum of the Arts


Darren Waterston, “Filthy Lucre” (2013-14), an alternate reality installation of James McNeill Whistler’s Peacock Room where everything is wrecked (photo by John Tsantes, Freer & Sackler Galleries of Art) Inspired by the Harper’s Index, Sum of the Arts is a periodic tabulation of numbers floating around the art world and beyond.

Members of the Illuminator Sue NYPD for False Arrest, First Amendment Retaliation


The Illuminator projected “Koch = Climate Chaos” on the façade of the Metropolitan Museum of Art on September 9, 2014.

El Anatsui Goes to School


El Anatsui’s “Womb of Time” (2014) at The School (all images ©El Anatsui, and courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York, unless otherwise noted) KINDERHOOK, NY — “The School,” Jack Shainman’s splendid gallery in Kinderhook, NY, is about to blow its own roof off.

Iceland’s Mosque Pavilion at the Venice Biennale Will Be Shut Down


The Icelandic Pavilion is housed inside this former Catholic church in Venice. (photo by the author for Hyperallergic) Venetian officials plan to close the Icelandic Pavilion of the 2015 Venice Biennale, which featured a working mosque that was part of an art work by Swiss-Icelandic artist Christoph Büchel.

Four Years Later, Man Still Fighting Facebook for Censoring Courbet’s “Origin of the World”


Gustave Courbet, “L’Origine du Monde” (1866) (animated GIF by the author) It’s been more than four years since French teacher Frédéric Durand-Baïssas, after posting a link to a documentary about Gustave Courbet’s “L’Origine du Monde” (1866) on Facebook, returned to the social network to find the post removed and his profile suspended.

When A Benefit Against Censorship Gets Censored


Entrance to the New York Theater Workshop, the new venue for “Playwrights for a Cause” (photo via Wikimedia) A New York benefit show for the National Coalition Against Censorship cancelled last week over allegedly offensive material will go on at a new venue — though without the Mohammed-themed play that first started the controversy.

Black Box Theater for an Audience of One


Theatre for One in Times Square (courtesy Theatre for One) In the mobile black box of Theatre for One, there is only one audience member for each of the seven rotating plays.

Aussie Artist Wants to Put the “High” in High School with Educational Marijuana


(illustration by the author for Hyperallergic) Australian artist Leon Ewing has come under fire for suggesting that drugs should be given to high school students to help unlock their creative potential.

In Two Istanbul Galleries, Artists Piece Together Memories of Gezi


Özgür Demirci, “Ammunition Book” (2014) laser cut notebook, paving stone (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic unless otherwise noted) ISTANBUL — Central Istanbul looks markedly different today than it did around this time two years ago.

The World Waits Anxiously as ISIS Seizes Ancient City of Palmyra


Pan-Arab TV channel Al-Arabiya showed residents leaving the city of Palmyra, carrying their possessions with them.

A Noise Festival Makes Melody in Strange Ways


Pharmakon performing at Ende Tymes (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic unless otherwise noted) Ende Tymes, the increasingly extensive “festival of noise and abstract liberation,” successfully returned for its fifth incarnation last week.

Why Are People So Afraid of Nude Performance Art?


Michael Ano, “BlurBlur copy (Educational Complex)” (2015) (image made by one of Dominguez’s UCSD MFA students to distribute online in solidarity with Dominguez, courtesy Michael Ano) Over the course of the past week, Electronic Disturbance Theater co-founder Ricardo Dominguez has been at the center of massive media controversy.

The Art of Working Through a Hangover


Open Source Software to Catalogue Cultural Heritage Before a Crisis


The Apamea archaeological site in Syria in 2009 (photo by Arian Zwegers, via Flickr) Cultural heritage management tends to suffer from limited funding and resources, which can make a crisis — whether natural disaster, pipeline construction, or war — that much more catastrophic for assessing what’s in need of protection.

Traces of Human Civilization, Cast from Styrofoam Packaging


Sara Mejia Kriendler, “Bounty” (2015) (all photos by the author for Hyperallergic) The exhibition in the back room of A.I.R.


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