Carrie Mae Weems has a muse, an avatar, an alter-ego. Photographer Dawoud Bey and Weems discuss how her guide—this stand-in for history—bears witness to race, class, and migration.
Artists Dike Blair and Joe Bradley set the record straight on irony and sincerity, kitsch and the sublime, anarchy and aestheticism. Bradley curated a Group Shoe at Gavin Brown, on view through July 30.
Dodge and Kahn’s comedy takes the form of high art in lowbrow drag with mythic accoutrements, fringe weirdos, and activist slants. They talked (off- camera) with fellow performer Michael Smith about charged fragility and being abducted by the moment.
In The Loop, his most recent novel in English, Roubaud probes the precision of his memories with mathematical zeal. He generously reminisces here—on his involvement with Oulipo, and much more.
D’Ambrosio wrote of Nam Le’s prize-winning story collection, The Boat, “This book journeys across time and space, history and continents.” The authors roam across the literary terrain of Hemingway, Greene, and an asymptotic ocean.
Guy Maddin, consummate Winnipegian experimentalist, and Isabella Rossellini, his Scanditalian muse, on what else but their dream-life, mothers and fathers, classical drama, and, yes, melodrama!
Novelist Jon Raymond calls Callahan’s early music as Smog, “gorgeous, literate, and bleak-hearted.” Raymond taps into Callahan’s passion for boxing and influences like DC hardcore and the Meat Puppets.
Young Jean Lee interviews Kelly Copper and Pavol Liška, founders and directors of the Nature Theater of Oklahoma. Their production of Romeo & Juliet runs through 1/17 at The Kitchen.
Dan Wolgers is in his third decade of delivering snapshots of the improbable.
Michael Combs’s sculptures mix the Waspiness of traditional animal mounts with the taboo fetish sexuality of carved wooden birds wearing leather masks, emerging from leather strap-ons, and draped—flaccid—over Winchester gun stocks.
Simmons’ show Wilderness is up at Nicole Klagsbrun through May 28th. Fellow artist Adam Pendleton discusses her composed and staged, yet disquieting, images.
WEB EXTRA Hear a recording of Jacques Roubaud reading at the French Embassy in New York on April 4, 2009, as part of the Oulipo in New York festival.
WEB EXTRA Guy Maddin and Isabella Rossellini’s most recent film collaboration, Send Me to the ‘Lectric Chair, available here only . . .
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Shoshana Shmuluvitz reviews Secret Identity: The Fetish Art of Superman’s Co-Creator Joe Shuster, by Craig Yoe.
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Fiction for Driving Across America Listen to Frederic Tuten read his short story “The Bar On Tompkins Square Park,” originally published in BOMB 108, the fifth installment in BOMB’s literary podcast series.
Mimi Thompson reviews the painting style of Bobbie Oliver.
Corey D’Augustine reviews Sun City Girls’, Singles, Volumes 1 & 2.
Montana Wojczuk reviews So Yong Kim’s film, Treeless Mountain.
Matthew Aaron Goodman reviews two books on Graffiti: Jack Stewart’s Graffiti Kings: New York City Mass Transit Art of the 1970s, and Subway Art: 25th Anniversary Edition, by Martha Cooper and Henry Chalfant.
Alan Gilbert writes about the 21st-century bohemians of Ugly Duckling Presse.
Melissa Potter writes about Chicago’s Version Fest.