An Aesthetic Headache

It is difficult to overstate that even at a time when museum programming is rapidly expanding in the arenas of visitor services and engagement—with initiatives like mindfulness and yoga that encourage forms of bodily engagement within the institution beyond the gallery stroll—it is still a novelty to touch the art on view.

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Worst Fear, Best Fantasy

In the realm of politics, a one-person protest is a failure. Shifted to a different context, Sharon Hayes's solo demonstrations open up possibilities a large-scale protest never could. If art is to continue to hold a space for itself within the arena of politics, it needs to make room for indeterminate speech acts like those of Hayes. 

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Print on Demand

The Palestinian artists Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme weaponize their paper ephemera against the state. Their installation appears precarious, but is actually comprised of PDFs sturdier than a centuries-old document. While the colonial archive in its physical form now faces the vast labor of digitization, the digital Palestinian archive is deployed physically at will. Its materialization serves as a warning signal.

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