The Impact and Context of the Orly Disaster

File name: 2870-011.jpg Andy Warhol 129 Die in Jet, 1962 acrylic and pencil on canvas overall: 254 x 182.9 cm (100 x 72 in.) Museum Ludwig, Cologne © 2011 The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, Inc. / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York, Rheinisches Bildarchiv Köln

Note: This essay was originally published with Burnaway in 2011. Unfortunately, as these things happen on the Internet, their version of the writing was lost at some point, perhaps during a data migration or redesign. Below is my original draft sent to the publication and most of the links I referenced have been subject to…… Continue reading The Impact and Context of the Orly Disaster

Reading Warhol’s 129 Die in Jet!

This post is prompted by a question my friend, Louis, asked on Facebook yesterday: I’ve written about the Orly Crash and the significance that tragedy has had on the development of Atlanta’s arts communities for Burnaway. Here’s my response to Louis and I thank him for prompting me to write this down. Depending on what you…… Continue reading Reading Warhol’s 129 Die in Jet!

Modes of Knowledge-Making and Identity Politics

Adrian Piper, Catalysis III, Documentation of the performance,1970, Photographs by Rosemary Mayer, Collection Thomas Erben, New York © Adrian Piper Research Archive Foundation Berlin; via whitehot magazine. What follows are my lecture notes for my class on Contemporary Art at Georgia State University. During this class we were discussing Carrie Mae Weems, Kara Walker, Betye…… Continue reading Modes of Knowledge-Making and Identity Politics

Why Do You Think You Want More Art Criticism?

"Everything Is Very Precious" from L'Automàtica, Barcelona.

Andrea Fraser “Museum Highlights” (1989); via Frans Hals Museum It’s that time of year again when someone in Atlanta writes about arts journalism, this time from my friend, Andrew Alexander. Andrew asks readers of the Saporta Report to imagine an Atlanta without arts journalism. And, as is the custom, there are generalized complaints from folks…… Continue reading Why Do You Think You Want More Art Criticism?

Aesthetics and the”Morality Wars”

Wesley Morris wrote an essay worth considering for The New York Times Magazine in which he diagnoses some cultural activities of the recent years. Morris terms our moment as being caught in “Morality Wars,” which he links to the “Culture Wars” of the 1980s and 90s. The NYTM website has the header text for this…… Continue reading Aesthetics and the”Morality Wars”

Conspiracy, DMing, and Epistemic Anxiety

Sign from Occupy Wall Street at Zuccotti Park in New York, fall 2011

There is an enlightening bit of journalism about the Qanon phenomenon written by Brandy Zadrozny and Ben Collins over at that has prompted me to write this morning. I’m not familiar with the specifics of the conspiracy being unfurled by the Qanon media ecosystem, but I do like a good conspiracy. This is in part…… Continue reading Conspiracy, DMing, and Epistemic Anxiety