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"Companion Species: Ferocious Mother and Canis Familiaris" by Marie Watt

VoCA Announces Support for a new Native Voices series

  Today, we share some exciting news: the Terra Foundation for American Art has awarded VoCA a $100,000 grant to support a new series of programs focusing on the work of contemporary Native American artists! VoCA’s Native Voices series will include a dedicated series of VoCA Talks, Artist Interview Workshops, an issue of VoCA Journal, and partnerships with organizations that… Read more »

30 Second Portrait: John Cage @1981-82

KNOCKING ON MNEMOSYNE’S DOOR: PART 4

This week’s returning author, Marshall Reese, is an artist working in new technologies, video, installations, artists books and limited editions. He has worked in collaboration with Nora Ligorano as LigoranoReese for over two decades. This blog post is part of periodic series from Reese that focuses on “outsider archivists,” people who highlight the tensions between… Read more »

A photo of a neon sculpture

20:20 Exhibition at Murray Art Museum Albury

This week, we welcome contributing authors Michael Moran and Emily Mulvihill. Michael Moran is the Curator, Murray Art Museum Albury and has previously held roles with Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation, Sydney; Museum of Contemporary Art Australia; Sydney, Whitecube, London; and served as a Director of the artist run initiative Firstdraft, Sydney between 2005 and 2007…. Read more »

A photo of a person watching Kerry Tribe's video The Last Soviet

A Conversation with Kerry Tribe: Exploring Cognizance and Interaction

This week’s contributing authors are undergraduate students Sarah Abeywardena and Ashlynn Braisted, both pursuing a BS in Computer Science and Design, Caeli Jackson, pursuing a BSBioE in Bioengineering and Biochemistry, and Jessica Xing, pursuing a BFA in Design, at Northeastern University. VoCA is pleased to present this blog post in conjunction with Associate Professor of… Read more »

An artwork titled Mosque Lamp and Prayer Green from Laws of Antiquities by Baseera Khan

A Conversation with Patricia Dellorfano

Contributing authors Olivia Wang, Ashley Kromah, Maya Read, and Katherine Brady all attend Northeastern University in Boston, Massachusetts. Olivia is a first-year student studying design. Ashley is a second-year student studying Game Art and Animation. Maya is a fourth-year student studying Philosophy and Economics. Katherine is a fifth-year student studying Business Administration and Marketing. VoCA… Read more »

A photo of Jerri Allyn and Elyla (Fredman Barahona) and Christian Lord in Art for the Future: Artists Call and Central American Solidarities at Tufts University Art Galleries, 2022

An Intergenerational Conversation About Activist Art & the Contemporary Experience with Curator Abigail Satinsky – Part 2

Contributing authors Angelina Chau, Tristan Phan, Maha Sidi, and Alice Vilenski are first-year students at Northeastern University in Boston. VoCA is pleased to present this blog post in conjunction with Associate Professor of Contemporary Art History, Gloria Sutton’s Spring 2022 Honors Seminar, The Art of Visual Intelligence at Northeastern University. This interdisciplinary course combines the… Read more »

A photo of “Solidarity art by mail,” A collection of Latin American mail art, organized by Fatima Brecht and Josely Carvalho

An Intergenerational Conversation About Activist Art & the Contemporary Experience with Curator Abigail Satinsky – Part 1

Contributing authors Angelina Chau, Tristan Phan, Maha Sidi, and Alice Vilenski are first-year students at Northeastern University in Boston. VoCA is pleased to present this blog post in conjunction with Associate Professor of Contemporary Art History, Gloria Sutton’s Spring 2022 Honors Seminar, The Art of Visual Intelligence at Northeastern University. This interdisciplinary course combines the… Read more »

An installation view of Sharon Lockhart at Gladstone Gallery, 2022

Awash in a steady stream of passing time: Sharon Lockhart at Gladstone

Returning writer Hannah Sage Kay studied modern and contemporary art at NYU’s Institute of Fine Arts and Bard College. Her writing has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, Carla, and Nka Journal of Contemporary African Art, among other publications.   Sharon Lockhart’s recent solo exhibition at Gladstone Gallery in New York, on view from January 13… Read more »

A story quilt by Faith Ringgold titled "Woman on a Bridge #1 of 5: Tar Beach", from 1988

Claiming New York in Faith Ringgold’s Tar Beach

Mark I. West is a professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he teaches courses in children’s and young adult literature.  He is especially interested urban children’s literature.    I recently visited Faith Ringgold: American People, the New Museum’s retrospective exhibit of Ringgold’s art. I was looking at Ringgold’s two… Read more »

A video still of Al Green

Faith, Suffering, and Beauty: An Exploration of Arthur Jafa and Faith Ringgold

Returning author Elaine Birnbaum is a third-year at Northeastern University studying Media Arts with a concentration in animation and Spanish.    In Fall of 2021, there was a two-week period where Glenstone’s exhibitions of work by Arthur Jafa and Faith Ringgold overlapped. The exhibits were housed in two different buildings located on opposite ends of… Read more »

A photo of De Wain Valentine standing behind one of his translucent resin sculptures

In Memory of De Wain Valentine (1936-2022)

A note from VoCA’s Executive Director, Lauren Shadford Today, I would like to take a moment to remember an incredible artist and VoCA supporter, De Wain Valentine, who passed away recently at the age of 86. I am truly saddened to think of a world without De Wain but I am grateful that VoCA had the pleasure to… Read more »