The Good, the Bad, and the Very Bad: A Year in the Life of an Art Critic
An Art Critic looks at where we are now, how we got here, and speculates about where we may be going; names will be named; there will be blood...and love. Jerry Saltz’s new book is titled Seeing Out Louder. After a decade of serving as Art Critic for The Village Voice, Jerry Saltz, a one-time truck driver turned seasoned art critic, has, since 2007 held the coveted title of Senior Art Critic at New York magazine.
A number of important developments in the area of video technology from the mid 1960’s to the early 1970’s facilitated artists’ use of the medium during this era and set the groundwork for the development of video’s dominant role in contemporary art practice. Janet Dees, SITE’s Thaw Curatorial Fellow, will discuss the work of some of the artists who pioneered the use of video, and the continued relevance of their experiments and lines of inquiry for artists working in the medium.
In their passionate, poetic exchanges, documented in video and other means, McCallum and Tarry, a mixed-race husband and wife team, seek to complicate and overcome the archetypical binary “white man/black woman” in their work. By exploring their relationships to each other, McCallum and Tarry are in fact investigating race in the cultural, historical, and sociopolitical contexts.
The exhibition at SITE Santa Fe, One on One, will feature three works by McCallum and Tarry: Topsy Turvy, Cut, and Exchange.
Joanne Lefrak, SITE's Education and Catalogue Manager, will explore the theme of obsession in contemporary art and relate it to the works of Kaari Upson. She will investigate the idea of compulsive fixations and desire and will discuss contemporary artists who focus on obsessive practices or subjects. Lefrak will explore the domination of one's thoughts or feelings by a persistent idea or image through the lens of contemporary art.
Martha Colburn, Biennial artist and collagist extraordinaire, and Jad Fair, co-founder of alternative '70s rock group Half-Japanese, take the stage with pianist/comprovisor Thollem Macdonas on keyboards, for an evening that will challenge the limits of live projection performance art and will likely border on the outrageous.