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Graciela Iturbide, Photographing Mexico
Graciela Iturbide, Photographing Mexico

Rejecting the sensationalization of Mexico's injustices, Iturbide embeds herself within the communities when taking photographs

Abraham Cruzvillegas, Autoconstrucción
Abraham Cruzvillegas, Autoconstrucción

Transformation and decay are at play with Cruzvillegas's improvised house-like structures, reflecting also the improvised construction of identity

Luchita Hurtado’s body of work
Luchita Hurtado’s body of work

Hurtado celebrates her first solo exhibition and discusses how her experience of motherhood and her commitment to environmental activism merge in her most recent body of work

Nick Cave’s “Soundsuits”
Nick Cave’s “Soundsuits”

“Soundsuits” serve as an alien second skin that obscures race, gender, and class, allowing viewers to look without bias towards the wearer’s identity

Jordan Casteel paints her community
Jordan Casteel paints her community

Contemporary artist Jordan Casteel paints vibrant large scale portraits, making visible the often unrepresented humanity of Black men

An interview with Maryam Hoseini
An interview with Maryam Hoseini

Contemporary artist Maryam Hoseini discusses her abstracted, fragmented figures in her 2019 series of paintings reimagining the 12th-century poem about Laylah and Majnun

Tania Bruguera, Immigrant Movement International
Tania Bruguera, Immigrant Movement International

Could an arts initiative for immigrants become a political party? Artist Tania Bruguera created "Immigrant Movement International" (IMI) with that in mind.

Jane Alexander, <em>Butcher Boys</em>
Jane Alexander, Butcher Boys

To acknowledge the truly violent nature of humankind is to implicate one’s self in a relationship to such atrocities.

Tracey Emin, <em>My Bed</em>
Tracey Emin, My Bed

In the 1990s, as artists searched for new alternatives, many considered conceptual art of the 1970s an unfinished project.

Marc Quinn, <em>Self</em>
Marc Quinn, Self

This work is an example of provocation with a purpose.

Barbara Kruger, <em>Untitled (Your gaze hits the side of my face)</em>
Barbara Kruger, Untitled (Your gaze hits the side of my face)

Kruger’s art is characterized by a visual wit sharpened in the trenches of the advertising world.

Jamie Wyeth, <em>Kalounna in Frogtown</em>
Jamie Wyeth, Kalounna in Frogtown

The Wyeths have a long history of painting the American story.

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