On the evening of Saturday, July 20th at Mildred’s Lane, I will present a paper that I gave at this year’s College Arts Association conference titled: “Mildred’s Lane, an Art Institute of Social Engagement.” For those of you not familiar with Mildred’s Lane, it is an art project that began as the co-creation of J. Morgan Puett and Mark Dion in 1998. Since then, Puett has taken ownership and greatly expanded its scope. Located in Pennsylvania just across the river from Narrowsburg, NY, Mildred’s Lane now hosts a thriving community of regular participants and guests. Its activities straddle many aspects of cultural production: food, fashion, and shelter as art; research center; private museum; archaeological site; artist’s retreat; and site-specific artwork. In my paper, I contend that Mildred’s Lane, transcending the categories of relational esthetics and social engagement, occupies a unique position in contemporary art practice. If you can’t get to Mildred’s Lane to hear my talk, you can download the paper here. But go to Mildred’s Lane.
Recent Brooklyn Rail Reviews
The June edition of The Brooklyn Rail features two of my art reviews in the “Art Seen” section:
David Driskell: Resonance: Paintings, 1965–2002. This mini-retrospective at DC Moore for David Driskell, noted art historian of African-American art, makes the case that his paintings should be as celebrated as his scholarship.
Sarah Grass: Unmanned. Sarah Grass’s virtuosic drawings at Doppelgänger Projects propose a feminist utopia that empowers non-humans as well as the majority of the human species.