Crips and Bloods: Made in America

February 6, 2009 · Print This Article

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Gene Siskel Film Center

Ever since I heard about Stacy Perralta’s (Dogtown and Z-Boys) latest documentary Crips and Bloods: Made in America several months ago I have been waiting for the film to make it to the Midwest. CBMA looks at the roots of Los Angeles’ two most notorious gangs through interviews with current and former members and traces it’s not so violent origins.

View the trailer here.

For More information please visit the Gene Siskel’s website.




New COAGULA Available

February 2, 2009 · Print This Article

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Issue 96 of COAGULA is now available for download. This issue has an interview with L.A. based Painter Asad Faulwell.

“COAGULA began as a freely distributed tabloid magazine in Los Angeles and New York in1992. A stack of the magazines could be found by the front door of a dozen or so galleries on each coast.”

For more information check out COAGULA’s site.




Experimental Geography

February 2, 2009 · Print This Article

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Art 21 guest blogger, Daniel Quiles, interviews Nato Thompson about his recent exhibition and catalog Experimental Geography. The show will be on view at the Rochester Art Center from February 7 to April 18.

via Art 21:
“DQ: A number of the artists and collectives involved in the show trace their roots back to Chicago, in particular the School of the Art Institute of Chicago,and some of whom were featured in the recent group exhibition you curated at the Armory, Democracy in America. How would you say the Chicago milieu conditioned the formation of some of the practices outlined in Experimental Geography?

NT: Well I will admit I went to graduate school at SAIC and also remain an avid admirer of the non-object-based collectivist practices that have been maturing in Chicago for over a decade. Artist and activist Daniel Tucker started a phenomenal journal titled AREA, which looks at urban space in Chicago from a variety of lenses including art but also those of race, gender, policy, minority histories, and on and on. This magazine has allowed numerous communities to come together under the specific frame of the city they live in. It’s a compelling umbrella that has many associations with Henri Lefebvre’s approach to geography in the 1950s.”

Read the entire interview here.




Episode 179: SECA

February 1, 2009 · Print This Article

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SECATHIS WEEK: Patrica and Brian round-table with Apsara DiQuinzio and Alison Gass, Assistant Curators at SFMoMA about the 2008 SECA award. Apsara and Alison let us in on the unique curatorial process of the SECA award, including leading tour buses of museum patrons through rapid-fire studio visits.

SECA, the Society for the Encouragement of Contemporary Art, is an auxiliary group of SFMoMA and has honored bay area contemporary artists since 1967. The 2008 winners are Tauba Auerbach, Desirée
Holman, Jordan Kantor, and Trevor Paglen, whose work will be on display at SFMoMA beginning February 12, 2009. Read more