The striking similarities—and key differences—between two works currently on view in San Francisco

In 1940, Diego Rivera painted a massive 74-foot mural for the Golden Gate International Exposition in San Francisco. …

An artist dreamed of a hyperconnected future. Now we live in it.

On New Year’s Day, 1984, the artist Nam June Paik broadcast his first international satellite “installation” to an audience of some 25 million people in four countries. An hour-long montage of avant-garde music videos, dance performances, and animated…

Anti-“woke” hysteria both conceals and abets the actual suppression of left-wing voices on college campuses

From the volume and frequency of high-profile media meltdowns over “woke” social justice activism on campuses, it would be easy to conclude that colleges and universities are sites of leftist indoctrination. …

Two artists use archival mugshots to radically different ends

In 2020, the artist Dan Paz purchased and downloaded a mugshot of their deceased father from a third-party criminal-search website for $29.99. They then transferred this photograph onto a copper plate using an antiquated process known as photogravure. Using a scraper…

Several years years ago, when I had a full time job at an art gallery and never dreamed of getting paid to be a writer, I began a Wordpress blog. I wrote about whatever I felt like writing about and my blog developed a modest following. I never imagined that…

Emily Pothast

Artist and historian. PhD student researching religion, material culture, media, and politics. Bylines at The Wire Magazine, Art in America + more.

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