Capitalists want to own the psychedelic movement. We can’t let them.

In the May 13, 1957 issue of Life Magazine, nestled between a pastel ad for the Ford Fairlight and a feature about the actor who played the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz, lies an infamous piece of…


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…


Two exhibitions highlight the landscapes and abstractions of an underrated modernist

In 2012, very few people had heard of the Swedish mystic and painter Hilma af Klint. Then, in 2013, her solo retrospective at Stockholm’s Moderna Museet became the most heavily attended exhibition by a Swedish artist in the museum’s…


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…


A musical film by Sparks provides a dark allegory of show business

It is possible to watch Annette, the surreal new musical film composed by the band Sparks and directed by Leos Carax, without any knowledge of the music that brothers Ron and Russell Mael have created together as Sparks…


In December of 2005, the night before Christmas Eve, both of my parents were killed in a head-on collision with a drunk driver. A few days later, I was making arrangements in a funeral parlor in Texas with my sister, her husband, and my ex. …


A documentary shows late 20th century conditions that became instrumental in 21st century politics

Nu metal might have been a flash in the pan, historically speaking, but that flash burned its brightest at a decommissioned Air Force base on the final night of Woodstock ’99, the sequel to 1994’s sequel…


Why critiquing US institutions is such an emotional minefield

If you grew up in the American midwest during the 80s or 90s like I did, you might have a memory of being forced to stand on risers in a choir of bored children in the auditorium of a public elementary…

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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