links for 2009-07-07   07.07.09

Can artists save the world? (The Guardian)
"The last five years have seen an unprecedented flowering of eco-awareness and activism throughout the arts, at home and abroad. From giant multiplexes to 50-seat fringe venues, from sweaty stadiums to intimate galleries, artist are talking " and singing, and writing, and painting " about the planet's inexorable drift towards disaster."

Use Their Work Free? Artists Say No to Google (
"When Google representatives recently invited dozens of prominent artists to contribute work to be featured on its new Web browser, the company enthusiastically sold the idea as an opportunity to have artwork shown to millions."
(tags: google artist.fee exposure)

Its About Time (Frieze Foundation | Talks)
Chaired by Jennifer Allen (Writer and Critic), this discussion explored the recent emphasis on temporality in art exhibitions. While considering historical and philosophical precedents, the panel looked at how and why time has become a tool for curators, and questioned the political implications of such an approach "
(tags: audio art.theory Jennifer.Allen Carsten.Höller Elena.Filipovic Peter.Osborne temporality exhibitions exhibition.theory)

artistcommunitiesresearch's Bookmarks on Delicious
Many, many links to artist residencies, alternative schools and platforms, and funding sources.
(tags: artist.residency artist.funding arts.funding)

What Jerry Saltz v. MoMA means for art in America (Modern Art Notes)
"When the ghetto is interested in talking with only the ghetto, how and why should anyone with a less specific interest in culture care about what we think is important? When art lovers talk only to those already in their circle, the circle will shrink."
(tags: audience art.criticism JErry.Saltz Tyler.Green MOMA Ann.Temkin gender.bias)

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What I am watching   07.07.09

... as I seek out blog content to post, discuss, exploit.

Posted by Nicole Edwards

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New Math: Modern Art   07.06.09

Ditto for Contemporary Art.

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links for 2009-07-05   07.05.09

Images of Fires on the Cuyahoga (CSU Press Collection)
Images of fires on the Cuyahoga River from 1949, 1951, 1952 and 1961.

Cuyahoga River fire galvanized clean water and the environment as a public issue (
"'The fire did contribute a huge amount to the new environmental movement and it put the issue in front of everyone else, too,' said Jonathan Adler, environmental historian and law professor at Case Western Reserve University. 'Water pollution became a tangible, vivid thing -- like it had never been on a national level. 'There was a sense of crisis at that point. It was: "Oh, my God -- rivers are catching on fire."'"
(tags: Cuyahoga Cleveland Ohio Cuyahoga.River EPA)

Cuyahoga River Fire - Ohio History Central (Ohio Historical Society)
"Some River! Chocolate-brown, oily, bubbling with subsurface gases, it oozes rather than flows. "Anyone who falls into the Cuyahoga does not drown," Cleveland's citizens joke grimly. "He decays". . . The Federal Water Pollution Control Administration dryly notes: "The lower Cuyahoga has no visible signs of life, not even low forms such as leeches and sludge worms that usually thrive on wastes." It is also -- literally -- a fire hazard."
(tags: Cuyahoga.River Ohio Cleveland Cuyahoga)

Ohio's Burning River In Better Health 40 Years Later (NPR)
"Forty years ago Monday, a train crossing a low bridge over the Cuyahoga River sparked, igniting oil-soaked debris in the water. It wasn't the first time there was a fire on that heavily polluted waterway, which flows through the cities of northeast Ohio. Nor was it the biggest. But it was 1969, and the environmental movement was looking for a symbol. The fire was just that."
(tags: Cuyahoga.River Cleveland EPA Ohio)

A New Take on the Lake: 40th Anniversary of the Cuyahoga River Fire (
"The river fire helped spur the environmental movement and led to the passage of the Clean Water Act in 1972. Well talk to people who worked on river before and after the fire, those who pushed for the clean-up, and local officials who are working on sustaining the worlds largest single freshwater resource, the Great Lakes."
(tags: Dan.Moulthrop Sound.of.Ideas Cuyahoga.River EPA Cleveland Ohio)

Letters: Cuyahoga River (NPR)
"A rest to the controversy over the pronunciation of Northeast Ohio's Cuyahoga River. Melissa Block and Robert Siegel read from listeners' e-mails."
(tags: Cuyahoga Cleveland Ohio Cuyahoga.River)

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Happy 4th with Cai Guo-Qiang   07.04.09

This past Wednesday, we invaded the new East Wing of the Cleveland Museum of Art to talk about contemporary art with a genial and smart group of art lovers. In honor of the impending fireworks on the 4th of July, I made sure that we spent time talking about Cai Guo-Qiang's (pronounced like sigh gwo chang) Pine Forest and Wolf (oddly, the museum lists all four panels that make up the work separately, so you don't see them as a complete piece).

Cai Guo-Qiang (b. 1957) is a Chinese artist known for his use of gunpowder and fireworks to create drawings and events. Enjoy the fireworks tonight and if you live somewhere where you can legally and safely set them off yourself. Try setting off a black cat or flower on a piece of paper to make your own, really bad version of a Cai Guo-Qiang.*

You can also see more about the artist and his work on Art:21. Cai Guo-Qiang's portion starts at 1:25 and ends at 14:25. I recommend fast forwarding to 1:25 so you can avoid David Alan Grier's annoying intro.

* Note from the lawyers: Please don't do something stupid like emptying the powder from the fireworks and lighting that. I tried it when I was 9 and almost lost an eye. Keep a fire extinguisher near by. Wear fire resistant gear. Hire a fireman for the night. Keep fireworks away from other flammable materials. Make sure that you have insurance that covers fire. And only do this if you are a pyrotechnics expert or Lee Majors. Actually, scratch that. Don't do it.nn

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