Three AICA-USA members on recent American Art
Curran Hatleburg, Untitled (Girl with Snake), 2016. Pigment Print. 25 3/8 x 31 1/4 in.
Curran Hatleburg, Untitled (Girl with Snake), 2016. Pigment Print. 25 3/8 x 31 1/4 in.

In the spirit of Independence Day three AICA-USA members reflect on the specifically American character of some art and visual culture today in a recent special issue on America published by In Other Words.

Christian Viveros-Fauné lauds Curran Hatleberg's contribution to the American tradition of road photography in the 2019 Whitney biennial.

William J. Simmons
examines a resurgence of melodrama and film noir tropes in American popular culture, driven by a nostalgia for "a distant or unattainable American identity whose quaintness seems ironic and earnest in equal measure."

Aruna D'Souza
discusses the multifaceted problem of art as protest within the context of cultural institutions, specifically through Nicole Eisenman's Whitney biennial contribution, Procession (2019).

The American issue, published annually, focuses on "the question of who has a voice in US culture" and "the search for what America really is, or for who Americans actually are." This according to executive editor Charlotte Burns.

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AICA supports arts writers around the world through public programs and membership that offers free access to museums across the globe. AICA-USA represents the largest national section of AICA International with over 450 distinguished critics, curators, scholars, and art historians working throughout the United States. As part of the international organization, we benefit from a global reach in presence. AICA-USA is intent on international communication, elevating the values of art criticism as a discipline, and acting on behalf of the physical and moral defense of works of art.

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Organized in collaboration with CUE Art Foundation, this program matches emerging critics with experienced AICA-USA members who guide them through the process of writing a catalogue essay.

A partnership between the Arts Writers Grant Program and AICA-USA that gives art writers the opportunity to strengthen their work through one-on-one consultations with leading art critics.

Every fall, in cooperation with the New School's Vera List Center for Art and Politics, AICA-USA presents a Distinguished Critic Lecture.

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