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Darla Migan

Darla Migan is an emerging art critic based in New York City. Since 2018 Darla has written essays on art and visual culture focusing on contemporary artists such as Bilge Friedlaender, Julie Mehretu, and Faith Ringgold. She completed her Ph.D in Philosophy with a dissertation on Adrian Piper’s contributions to B/black aesthetics and will enter the Whitney Independent Study Program in Critical Studies in 2021. Darla’s writing has been published in Artnet News, CulturedMag, and Texte zur Kunst.

Brown’s a Color, Black is Not

Despite the depth of curatorial research into the pioneering works on view, the peculiarity of ecofeminism(s)’s delimited scope presents an occasion to think through the role of cultural essentialism in the mediation between appropriation and inspiration, and offers insights on the strategies through which the politically correct anti-Black art world is currently reconvening.

Things on Walls

In what now seems like prescient thinking borne out of a creative collaboration, the exhibition Things on Walls at Affective Care—an operating medical office specializing in psycho-interventionist treatment—explores sculpture in a variety of mediums, including ceramics, wood, cast paper, resin, metal, and video. Organized by New Discretions, a curatorial project by Benjamin Tischer of Invisible-Exports, the show includes 17 works that play in the overlaps of “inner” life understood as both designed physical space and psycho-sensory interiority.

Akeem Smith: No Gyal Can Test

Akeem Smith’s No Gyal Can Test is an exploration of the visual, sonic, and material culture emanating from dancehall, wherein the now globally exported form is understood from its social and political specificity and not simply for its unforgettable style.

Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration

Marking Time: Art in the Age of Mass Incarceration is an exhibition of more than 35 artists interrogating the logics of the carceral system

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The Brooklyn Rail

APRIL 2021

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