Weekend reading: May 22 edition

Melissa Starker, Creative Content & PR Manager

May 22, 2020

Columbus, Ohio music artists Sharon Udoh of Counterfeit Madison and Paisha Thomas singing together on the stage of the Lincoln Theatre

Keep your brain and eyes busy with stories, streams, and more.

Around Columbus

Columbus, Ohio multidisciplinary artists Vanessa Jean Speckman and Micah Schnabel

Vanessa Jean Speckman and Micah Schnabel (via Facebook)

  • This is big: no Ohio State Fair this summer.
  • CCAD’s annual student exhibition, Chroma, is virtual for 2020.
  • CAPA has a new round of ApART Together concerts running through June 6, including a May 29 set by Paisha Thomas and Counterfeit Madison (seen together at the top of page, from February’s concert at the Lincoln Theatre).
  • Columbus Metropolitan Library has started curbside pickup at three locations, with more to follow next week.
  • Wild Goose Creative’s annual Wild Art Columbus event will be online for one night only via Facebook Groups on Thursday, May 28.
  • Curator Tyler Cann from the Columbus Museum of Art had a conversation this week with Columbus artists and partners Dani and Sheilah ReStack.
  • If you enjoyed the maker tutorials for kids from local artist Hakim Callwood, you’ll be into his virtual tour of some of his mural work around the city.
  • As more attention is focused on personal responsibility during reopening, Ohio State reshares this piece on how doing good for others can be good for you.
  • In local music, Micah Schnabel and Vanessa Jean Speckman are performing live tonight at 8 PM and the Jazz Arts Group is hosting a concert and conversation with Byron Stripling, Bobby Floyd and Andy Woodson
  • And congrats to the creatives at Loose Films for being selected to be part of this year’s virtual Independent Filmmaker Project Labs, to develop their narrative feature Poser.

Around the globe

An image from Lynn Sachs' film A Month of Single Frames, made from footage shot by Barbara Hammer

From Lynn Sachs's A Month of Single Frames, courtesy of the artist

  • The Met expects to be closed through mid-August.
  • Venice Biennale Artistic Director Cecilia Alemani spoke to Art News about the decision to move the event to 2022.
  • The Lower East Side Festival of the Arts is streaming work in many disciplines throughout the long weekend. 
  • ICA Boston is presenting Nalini Malani’s stop-motion short Penelope through May 27.
  • The New Art Dealers Alliance launched a new virtual art fair this week with a profit-sharing model to generate extra income for coronavirus-affected artists.
  • On Tuesday at 9 PM EDT, hone your zine skills with an online workshop from the Women’s Center for Creative Work.
  • RZA is back at the live commentary with a stream of the samurai epic Shogun Assassin Sunday at 9:15 PM EDT.
  • Peter Eisenman has been awarded the Gold Medal for Architecture from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. 
  • Artnet has the second half of its series on the relationship between art theory and conspiracy theories.
  • Garage has a feature on ecent work centered on androgyny by artists Cindy Sherman, Lisa Yuskavage, and John Currin.
  • You can curate your own digital exhibition with a new tool out of the UK.
  • Or tour a new venue seemingly made for these times: the Online Museum of Multiplayer Art.
  • The spherical, spike-covered rendering of the novel coronavirus might be the most recognizable image of the year. Here’s how it was developed.
  • Social media theorist Nathan Jurgenson discusses the meaning behind images we share during the current crisis—and what we hide.
  • Medium has an essay on what we might expect from art in the future, and asks, “What is art, anyway?”
  • And choreographer Bill T. Jones asks, “How does my art find the new normal?”
  • Here’s a piece spotlighting the art institution workers who’ve continued showing up during shelter-in-place orders. (Please give it up for Building Services Coordinator Tim Steele, Facilities Director Zach Skinner, and our security team for keeping an eye on the Wex.)
  • German collector Julia Stoschek is making works from her video holdings available online. Among the current offerings are works by Barbara Hammer including 1975’s Double Strength and 1990’s Sanctus.
  • A Month of Single Frames, the film Lynn Sachs made from Hammer's footage with support from a Wex Artist Residency Award, has won the Grand Prize at the International Short Film Festival Oberhausen.
  • Lucrecia Martel and Frederick Wiseman are among the filmmakers to receive Documentary Fund Grants from the Sundance Institute.
  • A friend of Lynn Shelton shares an interview about self-care with the filmmaker in March. Shelton passed away last weekend from an undiagnosed blood disorder. Her partner, Marc Maron, gets intensely personal about her loss in an episode this week of his podcast WTF? 
  • Critic J. Hoberman considers F.W. Murnau’s 1922 masterpiece Nosferatu as an example of art born from fear of mass contagion.
  • Mudbound filmmaker Dee Rees discusses her new project: a major studio adaptation of Porgy and Bess.
  • Having a rough week/month/life? E-Motionø Support Group has feel-good animations for you.
  • For more happy feels, check out this 10 year-old girl who started her own charity to provide art supplies to homeless kids.