cam nelson

Art scholar wants to make CU Boulder stand out in African diasporic studies

Sept. 9, 2022

For cam nelson, a new assistant professor of art history at the University of Colorado Boulder who is comfortable with both she/her and they/them pronouns, it’s important that their work, rather than their persona, take center stage. Inspired by the late bell hooks, an American author and social activist, nelson chooses to have her name spelled in all lowercase letters. They describe writing in typical Roman case format as “announcing oneself” and writing in lowercase as “whispering.” The choice could be seen as a reflection of nelson’s personality—understated yet compelling—but also committed to their work.

Albert Chong, Winged Evocations, 1998 (detail), bronze masks, steel armatures, pinecone-embellished suits, rawhide, duck feathers, gearmotors, and motion sensors; installation view, Allen Memorial Art Museum, Oberlin College, Ohio, commissioned and produced by Oberlin College. Photo: © John Seyfried, courtesy the artist

Receptacles of Memory

May 22, 2022

Lara Mashayekh speaks with artist Albert Chong and scholar Marci Kwon about the role of the archive and mysticism, their lived experiences as professionals in the art world, and their forthcoming endeavors.

Glenn Ligon’s “Rückenfigur” (2009), one of the artist’s trademark neon sculptures. Collection of Whitney Museum of American Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, ICA Boston. © Glenn Ligon. Courtesy of the artist; Hauser & Wirth, New York; Regen Projects, Los Angeles; Thomas Dane Gallery, London; and Galerie Chantal Crousel, Paris

Glenn Ligon, article written by Megan O'Grady

Oct. 17, 2021

"For over 30 years, the artist has been making work that speaks to American history — ambiguous, open-ended, existentially observant. At a time in which the fundamentals of fact and fiction are being questioned, his art captures the truth of a culture in decline." Written by Megan O'Grady, Assistant Professor of Critical and Curatorial Studies for the New York Times Style Magazine.

A rally, organized in part by Decolonize This Place, outside the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2019.Credit...Erik McGregor/LightRocket via Getty Images

The Artists Bringing Activism Into and Beyond Gallery Spaces

Oct. 1, 2021

At a time when the basic power structures of the art world are being questioned, collectives and individuals are fighting against the very institutions funding and displaying their work. Article written by Megan O'Grady, Assistant Professor of Critical and Curatorial Studies.

Victoria Cantons’s “T̶r̶a̶n̶s̶g̶e̶n̶d̶e̶r Woman No. 2” (2021).Credit...Courtesy of the artist

These Literary Memoirs Take a Different Tack

Sept. 29, 2021

This article featured in the New York Times Style Magazine is written by Megan O'Grady, Assistant Professor of Critical and Curatorial Studies. "Rather than prioritizing confession and catharsis, today’s authors are focusing on the question of who gets to share their version of things and interrogating the form, along with themselves."

Dr. George Rivera

Artnauts celebrate 25th anniversary with new exhibition

Sept. 24, 2021

For its 25th anniversary exhibition this year, Dr. George Rivera and the Artnauts decided to exhibit in a country where they saw a major crisis of contention: the United States. With increasing tensions surrounding COVID and race relations, the exhibition titled Uncanny Times aims to address the discord that divides and alienates us. Artists were asked to explore this theme using whatever medium they wished.

Yumi Roth

Social Change Drives Shifts in Graduate Arts Education Across the Southwest

Aug. 24, 2021

Roth at CU Boulder says that graduate programs are evolving to reflect students’ changing goals. In the past, most aspired to academic positions or commercial sales through gallery representation. “Now many students are exploring socially engaged, field-based practice, starting their own small businesses instead of going into the academic or gallery world,” Roth explains. “Students are looking for a third way.”

George Rivera

Denver billboard art installation draws attention to ‘stop hate’

Feb. 2, 2021

Professor George Rivera created this public art piece—his first ever billboard work—to address hate as a response to the current political climate, Black Lives Matter and the COVID-19 pandemic. It seeks to confront this issue in a simple and straightforward message without specifying any specific group.

Megan O'Grady

Critic, essayist aims to bridge the art divide

Dec. 16, 2020

For art students, it can feel like the pathway into a career should fall into one of two strictly separate categories: art maker or art historian. Starting in the spring of 2021, however, this divide will be challenged with the arrival of the University of Colorado Boulder’s newest art and art history faculty member, Megan O’Grady, who is also an art critic and essayist for The New York Times.

Yumi Janairo Roth artwork

Yumi Janairo Roth: Artists As Citizens

Dec. 11, 2020

The works in the exhibition Citizenship: A Practice of Society exemplify how artists act as citizens. The exhibit features five new commissions approaching issues that have become more pressing this year: voter registration, native lands, access to information, legislation on citizenship and human connection. One of these, “Property Rights” by Yumi Janairo Roth, is the artist’s exploration of how our image of public land and the American West is built, maintained, accessed, controlled and delineated.