Monthly Archives: July 2013

Lazy Græy

by Kiel Torres

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As we reach the end of July, summer becomes a time of doing and going: going to the pool, going for a hike, going to see friends, going to meetings, going to summer school, going somewhere and doing things before going someplace else. Sometimes we are too busy. Continue reading

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The Sacred Objects: In Conversation with George Nuku

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As we are preparing for LAB, our experimental summer tour program, in conjunction with Paradise Lost? Contemporary Works from the Pacific, we met with artist George Nuku in his workshop at the Museum of Anthropology to discuss his plans for an intervention in the Great Hall. Here’s an excerpt from our conversation with the artist. Continue reading

It Happened at Pomona, Art at the Edge of Los Angeles

by Zoya Mirzaghitova

Pomona College Project, Michael Asher

Michael Asher, Pomona College Project

 

Pomona College in Claremont, California is not very well known; thought for a moment in history, more precisely 1969 to 1973, it became an avant-garde centre for radical and conceptual art. The moment was brief, many artists who participated went on to leave a mark in the history of art and at the end, the entire fine art department faculty at Pomona resigned or had their contracts terminated. Continue reading

I Am A God: Kanye West’s ‘Yeezus’ and the Birth of Art Hip-Hop

by Jason Smythe

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Every now and then we are blessed with an album that changes our perception on where the limits of a particular genre exist. But what is even rarer is an album that shows us that a genre has no limits. Artists such as Pink Floyd and David Bowie were the champions of art rock back in the late 1960s and early 1970s, and since then we have never questioned that rock music can also be avant-garde. But is the same true for hip-hop? Can hip-hop also be experimental in nature? The answer is yes, and Kanye West’s latest album, Yeezus, is the proof. The result is the beginning of a new sub-genre: art hip-hop. Continue reading