Hal Foster

In conversation with Aria Dean

“even though I don’t see criticism as art, I don’t see it as secondary to art. I see it as a practice parallel to it, and as inventive, potentially, as innovative, as the best art can be.”


Howardena Pindell

In conversation with Lauren O’Neill-Butler

“There will be gradual changes in the art world, but the arts are often the last to change.”


Mark Wigley

In conversation with Emmanuel Olunkwa

“This is maybe the question that we should have begun with: if architecture is a question, and the question is about the human, architecture doesn’t simply house the human or reinforce the human. It remakes the human.”


Mimi Thi Nguyen

In conversation with Lauren O’Neill-Butler

“One mantra in particular strikes me in this moment — and it is from John Waters’s Female Trouble — ‘crime is beauty,’ through which lawfulness under a dehumanizing regime is not an option.”


Ruba Katrib

In conversation with Dawn Chan

“The modern manifestation of the museum has its origins as a colonial and disciplining institution that directs social and cultural behavior and norms, and there has been a lot of work that has been done to combat this legacy. In a similar manner though, we could think about social media as a disciplining entity, training behavior and content in a myriad of ways. It is really pervasive, as the rest of the web and real life gets filtered through it.”


Nell Painter

In conversation with Lauren O'Neill-Butler

“Things improving for old women artists is like things improving for Black Americans. Things improve. But things stay shitty.”


Sarah Schulman

In conversation with Emmanuel Olunkwa

“Lesbian rights, if you mean legal rights, are completely dependent on gay men. All of the victories in the courts — though often argued by women geniuses — are often financed by men’s money. But representation is a different matter because many gatekeepers are too prejudiced to universalize to a lesbian protagonist.”


Christopher K. Ho

In conversation with Dawn Chan

“On July 1, after Hong Kong’s new national security law passed […] a young woman, unclear about what could be said, held up a blank sheet of paper […] That a readymade — A4 paper — became a primary symbol of suppressed speech in a city famed for bureaucratic panache is fitting and ironic.”


Frank B. Wilderson III

In conversation with Aria Dean

“The kind of freedom that a Black revolution offers someone is freedom from recuperation […] And no one wants to be that free; free of everything they are and everything they can be.”


Adrian Piper

In conversation with Lauren O'Neill-Butler

“At best the United States provides a cautionary tale to other countries as to what not to do.”