Year: 2008



Special Feature: A Conversation with Nina Katchadourian

Suzan Sherman: In the past your work has focused on the natural world, and toying with the intricate and seemingly set systems within that world. But for this project, The Marfa Jingles, you’ve honed in on Marfa, Texas—the systems of shops and business and organizations that are this tiny town’s glue. Like some of your other work,…

The Business of Art: Art as Intervention (A Roundtable)

Eve Mosher: Why do all of you do what you do—and what role do the arts have in advocacy in the public realm? Xavier Cortada: I create participatory eco-art projects to challenge us to explore our connection to one another and the natural world. In many ways, we [artists]are conveners, bringing people into a dialogue to help…

The Business of Art: A Conversation with Sam Kim

Sam Kim, dumb dumb bunny (2007) in performance. Photo: Ryan McNamara. Too few occasions crack the placid surface of habit. For me, one such fissure materialized last October during my brief turn as a dancer in Sam Kim’s dumb dumb bunny. I’ll never forget the piece’s penultimate moment when, planted atop a twenty-two-foot-high piece of scaffolding, dizzy with anticipation,…

Special Features: Artists in the 2008 Whitney Biennial Address their Works

Fia Backstrom, photo of a clay workshop forLet’s Decorate, and Let’s Do It Professionally! (2008). Courtesy the artist  Fia BackstromWhat will you be showing in the Whitney Biennial?The title of the entire piece is: Let’s Decorate, and Let’s do it Professionally! I am trying to respond to a situation which is pretty dense and spectacular, as well as…