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More than Welcome

More than Welcome

Just how public are public galleries? As spaces begin to reopen, a curator asks if access, equity and care could be the new metrics

The Last Dance

The Last Dance

A recent documentary charted the fame of Michael Jordan, a basketball player whose global reach touched everything from fashion to contemporary art. Cason Sharpe investigates the far reaches of his aesthetic influence

Vaster and More Slow

Vaster and More Slow

Queer botanical bonds are forged in histories of cruising and the works of Benny Nemerofsky Ramsay and Derrick Woods-Morrow—encouraging radical plant-human relations in these current conditions

Writing Through Desire

Writing Through Desire

A critic talks about her love of fanfiction—and how it changed her art writing

Pan/demic (All/People)

Pan/demic (All/People)

As an art world that rewards individualism buckles under the strain of trying times, how can we learn to move together?

Mistikôsiwak: Monkman at the Met

Mistikôsiwak: Monkman at the Met

Kent Monkman's latest large-scale history paintings are installed in the grand entrance of the Metropolitan Museum of Art—but who is the audience for these works? And whose stories do they tell? An activist and art historian gives them a close read

Indigenous TikTok Is Transforming Cultural Knowledge

Indigenous TikTok Is Transforming Cultural Knowledge

TikTok’s dance challenges and infectious memes enable content sharing across cultures—and Indigenous creators are using it to find powerful new ways of seeing and being seen

Trancestry

Trancestry

Aiyyana Maracle (1950–2016) was an artist, performer and storyteller who worked toward decolonizing gender and centring trans women. What are the politics of preserving her legacy?

Making an Entrance

Making an Entrance

Thirty years ago, a landmark exhibition offered models of collective resistance and refuge for and by Black women

The Weight of Inheritance

The Weight of Inheritance

In the spring of 2016, I was gifted a ton of Joyce Wieland’s marble, and with it a piece of her legacy

From the Archive

Haunted Houses

Haunted Houses

This year, the SITElines biennial in Santa Fe, New Mexico, explores home and belonging—in a place where distinctions between inside and outside often feel blurred

Experiments in Collective Form

Experiments in Collective Form

Two Toronto artists reflect on performative gestures of protest in the 1990s Harris-era of Conservative provincial politics—a moment that has sharp similarities to our own