Ian Bourland is a critic and an art historian at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, USA. He is a contributing editor of frieze.
MTV's The Exhibit: Finding the Next Great Artist is supposed to celebrate art as such, but traps its players in the same tropes they typically oppose
The artist’s new film, Powwow People, recreates the Indigenous dance gatherings that play a role in Native community formation
At Casey Kaplan, New York, the South African artist transforms everyday materials into colossal tapestries inspired by movements that characterize the dances of his homeland
The auteur inverts Hollywood genre tropes in an alien invasion romp that questions what we see and believe
The artist’s monument Antelope (2022) – a tribute to Pan-Africanist and anticolonial rebel John Chilembwe – simultaneously reinstates the genre while tweaking its meaning
At the University Museum of Contemporary Art (MUAC), Mexico City, the art/activism group presents a large installation in support of Indigenous rights
Kellen Johnson speaks to Ian Bourland about how his work on the museum’s security staff has informed his decisions for curating a show at the BMA
Ian Bourland speaks to the writer about the persistence of university narratives and what it means to write novels in 2022
The series reboot is a solemn reminder of the tribulations that come from being under the voluntary and constant scrutiny of the roving lens
At Alexander Gray Associates, New York, the artist presents a suite of new mixed-media canvases that continue her formal and social investigations into geometric abstraction
A promising new gallery showcases the artistic vitality of Maryland’s industrial seaport city
At the Institute of Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University, the artist presents a site-responsive project that looks at the fraught history of post-slavery labour practices across the Virginia countryside
How contemporary Native artists are evading recognition and visibility for a more 'speculative indigenous futurism'
Skaka King's film on the life and assassination of Black Panther leader Fred Hampton exceptionally examines the ever-present interplay between race and capital
With the US spy agency’s web redesign, Ian Bourland looks at the revolving door between the arts, entertainment and US policy
The LA gallery partners with TRII to present an online show on the ‘counterhistories’ of Black experience, but should we ask more of galleries in their antiracist efforts?
At von ammon co., Washington, D.C., the artist presents a series of new-media works that further his ‘New Peace’ polemics against the West’s exploitation of the natural world
The gothic tales of notorious racist H.P. Lovecraft provide source material for HBO’s new show about ‘the hauntedness of Black life’
In the director’s sweeping new Vietnam War film, it is never clear ‘who is the colonizer and who is the colonized’
The fifth season of Billions is a queasy portrait of inequality in the US, but it can be hard to look away
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