Suggested Reading: Spring Ahead Edition

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– “a lot of curation today leads to the homogenization of emerging cultures — emerging from the perspective of the West — instead of forming collaborative exchanges with people that fall outside the dominant art world.” Art-world darling and sometimes provocateur Oscar Murrillo says that flushing his passport down the toilet mid-flight to Australia wasn’t done in protest. via New York Times

– Two major museum surveys organized by the Centre Pompidou and Sharjah Biennale feature the art of the Egyptian Surrealist Movement. Unfortunately, Egypt’s Ministry of Culture has rejected this art historical movement. via The Cairo Review

– Art Historian, Harriet F. Senie published a new book titled Memorials to Shattered Myths: Vietnam to 9/11 (Oxford University Press), which examines the way we memorialize contemporary tragic events. Some of the main issues Senie addresses is how to define the new memorial paradigm that conflates memorials and cemeteries; consider the practice of heroicizing victims; point out what is lost when any mention of the perpetrators is eliminated; and emphasize problematic aspects of the memorial process. Senie will give a talk at Pen & Brush on Tuesday, April 19th (don’t forget to vote in the NY primaries!). Her talk will focus on two specific events, which she covers in her book, The Oklahoma City Bombing and Columbine. via Pen & Brush

– In a great act of preservation, the Library at the University of Kansas has acquired a treasure trove of zines from the formed Solidarity radical library in Lawrence, Kansas. via Hyperallergic

– “It was made at just the moment when Tarsila and her husband Oswald de Andrade were coming up with the notion of cultural cannibalism, by which Brazilian art would devour the European, digest it fully and then shit out something entirely new.” A great reflection by writer Blake Gopnik on the 1928 painting by Brazilian Tarsila do Amaral, called Abaporu. via artnet

– Theaster Gates wins Germany’s Kurt Schwitters Prize, which will culminate in the Chicago based social practice artist’s first solo museum exhibition in Germany, which is slated for 2017. via The Art Newspaper

– “I’m driven to continue bringing marginalized perspectives to the forefront through art in part because I locate myself within them.” Curator Alexis Heller speaks about the nuances of identity construction. Her latest exhibition, (SIGNAL), which is on view at Smack Mellon, challenges the gender binary through multi-disciplinary works by contemporary artists. via Posture

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