Below you will find an email interview with The White Pube, an art criticism (and sometimes curatorial) collaborative duo based on the www (and physically in the UK) between Gabrielle de la Puente and Zarina Muhammad. If you've got some time, you can click around on their website before reading this, and check out some of their podcasts, exhibition reviews, ideas, and hosted artists-in-residence on the site so you can have a lil context before diving in here.
Ani Bradberry is an art historian, writer, and installation, neon, and sound artist based in DC and Brooklyn. Ani is one of the founding editors of DIRT DMV, an “independent platform and resource for accessible critical arts discourse” here. She’s currently in a group show at Transformer which delves into Iranian-American experiences in multiple mediums. She also received her BA and MA from AU!
Chloë Bass is a conceptual artist and public practitioner based in New York “working in performance, situation, publication, and installation. Her work addresses scales of intimacy, where patterns hold and break as group sizes expand, and daily life as a site of deep research.”
On January 4th, 2017, American University removed a 9-foot-tall statue of Leonard Peltier from outside of Katzen after installing the piece on December 9th, a month earlier. The statue portrays the man sitting in yellow pants and a white shirt with his knees up, thinking. It sat in the garden, visible to anyone coming through Ward Circle. By ridding the grounds of the piece after accepting it, AU verified its own spinelessness to the public.
Many of us remember coming out to our families, but we probably don’t have it captured on film and framed for the public like photographer, Paola Paredes.
A lesser known but gradually thriving part of D.C. is its independent creative arts scene—in this case, the poetry slam scene. This afternoon I went to the Shaw Neighborhood Library to see three members of the Beltway Poetry Slam ensemble and one of its students who competes internationally as part of the Teen DC slam team. The close proximity of the poets to the very small audience made the experience very intimate and personal.
Maya Simkin reviews the Leonard Peltier Sculpture at the AU Katzen Arts Museum.
The Beltway Poetry Slam ensemble gave a showcase at the Shaw Library--an example of many arts events in DC that go overlooked. Maya Simkin paid the library a visit for some poetic justice.