Year: 2005



Conversations: Michael Rakowitz

Symbolic interventions in problematic urban situations If you’ve walked the streets of Baltimore, Boston, or New York since 1998 there’s a chance you may have unwittingly glimpsed the work of Brooklyn-based artist Michael Rakowitz. His paraSITE shelters, which he designs in collaboration with homeless residents of the aforementioned cities, are tent-like structures that inflate by absorbing the…

The Business of Art: A Conversation with Aleksandra Mir

NYFA Current asked artist Aleksandra Mir to contribute an article based on her project for the upcoming group show Communism at Project Arts Centre in Dublin. For the exhibition, curator Grant Watson asked a group of artists to respond to this term and consider its contemporary relevance. What follows is an excerpted transcript of a phone conversation Mir…

The Business of Art: A Conversation with RoseLee Goldberg

RoseLee Goldberg is an art historian and the author of the seminal survey Performance Art: From Futurism to the Present, which remains an influential text on the history of performance art. She is also the founding director and curator of PERFORMA05, the first biennial of performance by visual artists, which will take place at various sites…

Special Features: Nina Katchadourian on Teaching

For this Special Feature, NYFA Current asked New York-based artist Nina Katchadourian to write on her first “New York, New York” class, for which she leads a group of students through what she calls “the cold, deadly river of contemporary art.” Katchadourian was a NYFA Artists’ Fellowship winner in the category of Video in 2004.…

The Business of Art: A Representation Gap

Walid Raad and Akram Zaatari. Installation of i.d. photos from Studio Anouchian, 1935–70, Tripoli, Lebanon (2003). Photographer: Antranik Anouchian. Installation view, House of World Cultures, Berlin (2003). © Arab Image Foundation, W. Raad, A. Zaatari. Courtesy artists and Grey Art Gallery, New York.  Although the prominence of the Middle East in political rhetoric (and action) is affecting the amount of…