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Marcus Civin

Marcus Civin is a performance artist, writer, and Assistant Dean in the School of Art at Pratt Institute. He has written for Afterimage, Artforum, Art Papers, Maake Magazine, Southwest Contemporary, and Momus, among other publications.

Lou Reed: Caught Between the Twisted Stars

In the library galleries, you can listen to intimate and rare recordings such as a staticky tape of Reed singing lovingly to his early mentor Andy Warhol about art as business. Walking through, you start to think Reed always managed to look sculpted, ironic, and cool. Portraits of Reed are satisfyingly iconic, each one like raw material for a Warhol silkscreen.

Cici Wu: Lantern Strike (Strong Loneliness)

In Lantern Strike (Strong Loneliness), her second solo exhibition at 47 Canal, Cici Wu presents nine sculptures, four drawings, and a video, all dated 2021, that invite us to expand our understanding of proto-cinema by letting light, perception, and philosophy lead the way.

Alex Callender: All Her Loves and All Her Disappointments

Through historically informed works, Alex Callender resituates and reframes colonial images of Black people, especially Black women, asserting possibility and agency and enabling a kind of rebirth and immortality.

Dawoud Bey: An American Project

From life, Bey renders character. There are nearly 80 photographs in his traveling retrospective, An American Project, the artist’s first in 25 years, organized by the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and the Whitney, originating at SFMOMA.

Stephanie Dinkins: On Love and Data

For Dinkins, one of the main problems with AI is the existing data it uses.


The Brooklyn Rail

SEPT 2023

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