Alan B. Stone and the Senses of Place, (Exhibition)
International Center of Photography, New York
(January 29 - May 9, 2010)

forthcoming: Once More, with Feeling

"Untitled" (Lovers-Paris), 1993
Felix Gonzalez-Torres

Once More, with Feeling looks at the emergence of art during the mid-late 1980s that evokes emotion rather than masking it. In essays on a wide range of artists, such as Felix Gonzales-Torres, Hannah Wilke, Sadie Benning, and Mona Hatoum, this book focuses on the return of affect to contemporary art, which builds on the grammar of the Minimal and Conceptual art whose flat affect it implicitly critiques. Once More, with Feeling focuses on artists and activists who confronted conservative governments (Reagan, Thatcher, Bush, Mulroney et al.) determined to wage a culture war against the radical legacy of the 1960s and 70s – against the reproductive rights of women, the civil rights of gay men and lesbians, and the multicultural challenges to racist and sexist standards of cultural excellence
. The project also engages the longstanding cultural bias against the “sentimental,” as well as attempts to rehabilitate the term, following the groundbreaking theoretical project of queer theorist Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick.

This project is being funded with the generous support of the The Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program for 2010.