Use, Part 1: Retail/Commercial

Lead Pencil Studio’s Retail/Commercial installation is full of useless items.  There are rows of plastic hangers without clothes, a pile of size rings separated from their hangers, illuminated empty jewelery cases, and decorative display stones… Continue reading

Galaxy of Signifiers: G.I. Joe and Jenny Holzer

While watching the G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra movie trailer during the Superbowl, I remembered an amazing article in the October issue of The Believer recounting the impact of G.I. Joe on… Continue reading

The Things that Didn’t Work

i. 9th Floor by Robin Rhodes ii. Happily Ever After by Ghada Amer iii. Tabula Rasa by Jose Damasceno i. I knew what was behind the blue walls of the freestanding public restroom… Continue reading

Double Down

The entrance to Double Down: Two Visions of Vegas at SFMOMA is marked by silver wall text atop a blue vinyl sign, imitating the atomic, neon glamour of Las Vegas in the era of… Continue reading

The Raft of the Medusa and the Potential of Prospect.1

Benjamin Zeitlin’s Glory at Sea is a short film that tells the story of a rescue effort to save the drowned victims of Hurricane Katrina (featured in Wholphin 7).  To execute this mission,… Continue reading

Gender Performances

WACK! Art and the Feminist Revolution is a monumental exhibition.  Many excellent and thoughtful reviews have articulated the impact, the astute curation, and the excitement.  The aspect of the exhibition I found particularly… Continue reading

History, Critical Thinking, and MTV

It is always surreal to happen upon a retrospective on MTV.  Sunday night, I was watching a retrospective of MTV’s Total Request Live show, which ended that day after running for a decade.  Most people over 25… Continue reading

The West Wing on the Small Screen

“No wonder your president has to be an actor, he’s gotta look good on television.”(Dr. Emmett Brown responding to the idea of Ronald Reagan as President of the United States, Back to the… Continue reading

Educated Overmastery

Periodical: Lapham’s Quarterly, Fall 2008 Exhibition: Light Seeking Light, Western Bridge Literature: The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon The fall edition of Lapham’s Quarterly examines various understandings of learning.  William Deresiewicz’s… Continue reading

The Best Museum in America

I love Las Vegas, particularly as someone who loves art theory.  I don’t gamble but would go there every weekend to indulge in the fascination, if I could.  One of the best places… Continue reading