A Blade of Grass is pleased to announce the launch of a new biannual magazine! Pick up a hard copy at What It Takes to Be Free, our public program and launch event at the Lower Eastside Girls Club Friday, September 21.
Issue 1: “Where”
In its first issue, ABOG Magazine presents a collection of writings by artists, curators, and thought leaders in the socially engaged art field focused specifically on the theme of “where,” lifting up the tendency of socially engaged art to inhabit alternative spaces not necessarily designed for aesthetic presentation.
ArtPlace America director Jamie Bennett, arts and cultural advisor and scholar Maria Rosario Jackson, and City of Oakland Cultural Affairs Manager Roberto Bedoya share insights and critical examinations of the practice of creative placemaking in a collective interview conducted by civic practice artist Michael Rohd. Curator Claire Tancons and ABOG Director of Field Research Jan-Cohen Cruz write about ABOG Fellow jackie sumell’s project Solitary Gardens, which creates garden beds in collaboration with individuals incarcerated in solitary confinement. Curator Dominic Willsdon contributes an essay on the challenges and unique opportunities inherent in curating a retrospective of the ephemeral, place-based work of renowned social practice artist Suzanne Lacy in a museum context.
Additional contributors include artists Brett Cook, Lucy Lippard, and Rick Lowe, and ABOG Executive Director Deborah Fisher.
Our work is made possible through the generous support of over 100 individual contributors and foundation and government partners. We are grateful for major contributions from David Rockefeller Fund; National Endowment for the Arts; the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council; the American Chai Trust; and the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.