Independent curator Lisa Kurzner recently sat down with How to Remain Human curators Megan Lykins Reich and Rose Bouthillier. Their interview, via Arthopper, is here. (Note that, contrary to the word "Upcoming" in the article's headline, How to Remain Human is now open and on view at MOCA!)
As we are focusing on d.a. levy this week, this jumps out:
Several of the artists featured in How to Remain Human span multiple generations, but many share an interest in the political, the confrontational, and the participatory in their work. Have these features been chosen in light of d.a. levy’s poetry?
Levy is a key figure in the exhibition. He was someone who was truly all-in, an artist who lived and breathed his work. The show’s title is drawn from his poem Suburban Monastery Death Poem, an epic work that brings to life a range of his desires and frustrations with the world at that time. He battled, protested, resisted, and ultimately insisted on other ways to live and make. Like levy, many artists in the exhibition express sociopolitical viewpoints through their work, but in very different ways. Cara Benedetto considers power relationships (artistic, sexual, economic) through language and curated events, while Michelangelo Lovelace examines morality, community, and progress in expressive figurative paintings. Like levy, the exhibition is aggressive and lyrical, sharp and supple. There is also something very private and vulnerable about levy’s work that is reflected in other artists’ work, such as Mary Ann Aitken and Carmen Winant. And of course, the humor, which is palpable in works by Dylan Spaysky, Derf Backderf, and Harris Johnson.
Read the rest of the interview here.
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