A lot of the "coincidences" Julie Beck imagines as meaningful in her recent Atlantic article about her quest to meet the "wildly different" other women with her name, just seem part of being a middle-class, college-educated white person in the US with a common moniker. As a "Kristin Miller," I have some basis for comparison.
The 1973 show Women Choose Women was the first curated by and featuring exclusively women artists. The conversation between Mimi Poser, the Guggenheim's WYNC radio host, museum director Mario Amaya, and curator/gallerist Sylvia Sleigh is a particularly relevant time capsule for the current state of politics and art.
A new piece I wrote for the Guggenheim's Checklist blog on typography, layout, language, and storytelling in the design for their new exhibition Tales of Our Time.
Given the overt racism and misogyny, the sieg heils, the "are Jews people," anti-immigrant and anti-LGBTQ rhetoric in the media, and most recently, the trumpet for flag-burning protestors to be stripped of their rights, I can't keep my mind away from July 19.
Science-Fiction L.A.: Words and World-Building in the City of Angels will take place on October 28–29 at USC's Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences. As the interplay between visions of the future and cities as we live in and build them is one of my very favorite subjects, I'm thrilled to have been invited to participate on a panel on LA's central role in visions of California and the future.
What does it mean to feel “at home” during an affordable-housing crisis? How does this crisis—leading to extreme rent burdens, precarious living situations, widespread displacement, and homelessness—impact people’s sense of belonging and community? And how are these personal impacts tied to broader social and ecological impacts—as families sacrifice basic needs to make rent, and as unaffordable housing drives sprawling, unsustainable urban development?
At the end of the month I'll be participating in a lecture series at USF gathering artists, writers, and researchers around ideas of whether we are, in fact, in this thing called the Anthropocene, and if so, how do we cope?
15 years seems an impossibility—for the New York of that time, and the New York before, to be so far in the rearview. It's especially strange when my overwhelming feeling for much of 9/11 was that none of us might survive the day, or the weeks and months to follow.
I'll be presenting at the ISA World Forum in Vienna on July 10 as part of the Visual Sociology Working Group. The panel is a series of presenters discussing the environment, the Anthropocene, and visual media—some of my favorite subjects. Very pleased to be included and looking forward to the other talks. The Forum runs … Continue reading Presenting at the International Sociological Association Forum
Utopian Dreaming was covered by KQED's California Report in advance of the conference, with a nice follow-up article including expanded interviews today.