Albert Stabler | Chicago Reader

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Re: “A tale of two minstrel shows

I wasted a bit of time conversing with "Slater"/Pallas, and that was annoying. I got some credit in the article, and got to discuss good ways to teach about blackface with a diverse class I'm in, which was nice.

But really I just see this as an extension of the kind of no-consequences "post-racist" racism of the internet. The hoax is pretty much at the level of art-school freshmen who pretend to kill themselves for their Intro to Performance class. As an occasional art critic, allow me to just proclaim this a shitty failed solipsistic prank.

19 likes, 1 dislike
Posted by Albert Stabler on 12/19/2013 at 5:51 PM

Re: “Help wanted: citizen arts consultants

Just to offer a dissenting opinion-- Zachary Cahill's installation is funny, detailed, thought-provoking, and imaginative. I like it much better than the gift shop. And frankly, most enjoyable installation art is not too far distant from a well-wrought Halloween garage installation, the work of Thomas Hirshhorn being a prime example.

I just don't see any reason to make his installation, which he proposed in 2010, a scapegoat for the Cultural Plan, which I've written about too. What seems most unsettling about the plan to me is the cultural-tourism language (and ideology), of which Cahill's installation reads as a far more convincing indictment than the gift shop ever did.

3 likes, 2 dislikes
Posted by Albert Stabler on 07/19/2012 at 3:16 PM

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