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In conjunction with The FLAG Art Foundation’s group exhibition The Times, writer Antwaun Sargent will moderate a panel discussion with artists who insert themselves in The New York Times to reframe and reimagine the news – past, present, future — featuring Agnieszka Kurant, Dave McKenzie, William Powhida, and Hunter Reynolds.
With the aid of a professional clairvoyant and commissioned writers, Agnieszka Kurant‘s Future Anterior, 2008, predicts the September 29, 2020 edition of The New York Times. Printed in disappearing ink, this work reminds us of the precarious and irreversible consequences of human actions. Dave McKenzie, known for humorously injecting himself into his work through blow-ups, bobbleheads, and performances, elevates The New York Times in his piece Yesterday’s Newspaper, 2007. Each day’s newspaper is ceremoniously placed on a low plinth, alluding to how quickly print news becomes outdated. In his work, NY Times Review (After Büchel), 2017, William Powhida doesn’t wait for his coveted New York Times review; instead, he fabricates one that skewers his current exhibition at the Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum. Stained with his own HIV-positive blood, Hunter Reynolds‘s hand-stitched photo-grid, Why We March, 2011, counters the tenor, misinformation, and lack of early coverage of the HIV/AIDS epidemic in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and media at large.