“I am most interested in collaborating with artists to develop spaces for marginalized communities to create, commune, and gain access to critical resources” — Dyeemah Simmons interviewed in Hyperallergic’s new series Meet the NYC Art Community.

Arts educator Dyeemah Simmons. Photo by Joaquim Cuscó Prats
Photographs by Barbara Iweins

Barbara Iweins spent two years photographing all 10,532 objects in her house, a process she describes as “a radical confrontation with my possessions through my photographic lens. The exposure of oneself, pushed to its paroxysm.” (We get you, Barbara)

Artist Jonathan Lyndon Chase sits down with designer Jerome Harris and poet Jamal Rashad to discuss Jonathan’s latest book of experimental narratives: wild wild Wild West & Haunting of the Seahorse in this July 2, 7 –8pm talk, live on Zoom and hosted by Printed Matter.

wild wild Wild West / Haunting of the Seahorse by Jonathan Lyndon Chase
Still from the Netflix original documentary Disclosure.

Disclosure, a new Netflix documentary, presents an insightful view into how Trans identities and the understanding of Trans lives have been shaped by film and television. With particular attention paid to the intersection of Black and Trans identities both on and off screen, and straddling the line between media culture study and personal examination, Disclosure is poignant, powerful, charming, critical and celebratory all at once.

Dweller, started in 2019, is an electronic music festival platforming Black electronic artists. Their library of readings and audio/visual media contains articles, interviews and documentaries about techno and its history.

Still from Pump Up the Volume: A History of House Music, produced by Channel 4, 2001
Sedrick Chisom, The Superstitions of Ahab, who pissed against the wall, 2019. Via James Fuentes website.







The new website for James Fuentes gallery, designed by our friends at Other Means, features a virtual gallery view for its latest group show Abstract with Figure.

Graphic design is unlikely to save lives in any direct way—it is more likely to enable actions that do,” according to Eric Kindel, from University of Reading.




Silence = Death Project poster by ACT-UP, The AIDS Coalition To Unleash Power. Color lithograph, 1987.
Halyard Mirco. Image via the Darden Studio website.

In each edition of A 2 Z 4 U, we feature a different typeface. Today, we’re featuring Halyard, designed by Joshua Darden and Darden Studio. The typeface is a grotesque sans with an incredible range of design use, achieved through a “superfamily” which extends to display, text, and micro cuts (featured here).

In Flatten The Cube: Post-internet Art’s Lessons For Our Current Crisis And What Comes After, the artist Artie Vierkant discusses work by Katja Novitskova and Reference Gallery’s January 2010 online group exhibition “Mirrors”, drawing connections back to the 2008 financial crisis.

A survey from the magazine Art Handler, 2020, conducted by founder and editor-in-chief Clynton Lowry and managing editor Lucy Hunter, with results analyzed by Alyssa Harlow.
Michael Schmelling Your Blues

If you miss going to bookshops and browsing art books, take a walk through Jörg Colberg’s YouTube channel, and watch him flip through amazing selections like this out of print Thomas Ruff book.

We’re excited to go deeper than Parasite and Old Boy, and explore the New Yorker’s collection of The Best Movies in the Korean Film Archive.

Park Chul-soo’s 301, 302, from 1995. Korean Classic Film via YouTube.
The theatrical poster for Do the Right Thing (1989), dir. Spike Lee

Spike Lee’s latest release, Da 5 Bloods took us back to his iconic film Do the Right Thing. It’s continued relevance makes it worth a revisit!

“His process was fungal by nature.” The newly released book from Atelier Editions, John Cage: A Mycological Foray—Variations on Mushrooms contains two volumes, the second of which is a reproduction of Cage’s 1972 portfolio, Mushroom Book.

Image via atelier-editions.com
Conversation via Youtube

Here’s an inspiring conversation with painter and collagist Njideka Akunyili Crosby and Brooklyn Rail editor Jason Rosenfeld, discussing her education, technique and body of work.⁠

Pick up Toro y Moi’s new track Ordinary Guy, a cover of a “song by a fellow Afro-Filipino, Joe Bataan, and your purchase will help support the NAACP’s Legal Defense Fund.



Toro y Moi - Ordinary Guy (feat. The Mattson 2)
Book format produced with print.are.na.

As book designers and researchers, we can’t wait to try out print.are.na, which automatically converts your are.na channel into a book pdf.



This incredible collection of quilts by Rosie Lee Tompkins is on view at the Berkeley Art Museum, and Roberta Smith shares how Tompkins’ art transcends craftsmanship and reshapes the canon in The Radical Quilting of Rosie Lee Tompkins.

UC Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive, Eli Leon Bequest; Sharon Risedorph.
Dua Saleh, photo by Braden Lee

Kellen’s soundtrack of the day is the recent release ROSETTA by Dua Saleh, a young Minneapolis artist. The album is produced by fellow Minnesotan Psymun.


British musician Shabaka Hutching’s daily solo posts on Instagram feature a beautiful spectrum of instrumentation and style, from a Japanese shakuhachi flute, studying Bach chorales on his bass clarinet, to tenor sax improvisation.

Rites of passage 4 via @shabakahutchings on instagram
Type Crit Crew by Juan Villanueva

Launched by Monotype type designer Juan Villanueva, Type Crit Crew is a platform providing one-on-one online mentorship sessions for students of type design. It’s free and involves designers from Monotype, Hoefler, LucasFonts and many more foundries.

We’re wishing we could visit the exhibition Uncanny Valley: Being Human in the Age of AI, on view at the de Young Museum in San Francisco. It features some of our favorite artists, including Ian Cheng, Simon Denny, Forensic Architecture, Trevor Paglen, Hito Steyerl and Martine Syms.

Hito Steyerl, The City of Broken Windows, 2018. Installation view from Uncanny Valley: Being Human in the Age of AI, de Young, San Francisco, 2020
Vote poster by the Voter Education Project, American, 1962 - 1968.

We’re still obsessed with the Smithsonian Open Access initiative. Here’s a great find and a reminder to VOTE and support voting rights!



Jamire Williams, who has collaborated with Solange Knowles, Herbie Hancock and more recently Jason Moran at the Whitney Museum, recently released Here I Am, Send Me, “a holy sonic sound collage aimed to break the trauma and mental health strongholds of black folks.”

Cover art by Jamal Cyrus
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert via Youtube.

In our last newsletter, we shared Ibram X. Kendi’s anti-racist reading list. Here’s Dr. Kendi speaking with Stephen Colbert about the role of anti-racism in affecting real change in cultures with deep-rooted systemic racism.


Young, influential Black artists speak about how they view the role of art in this moment, and how art can transform the world for a better tomorrow.





Paul Anthony Smith, Ideas Can Only Lead to Actions and Some Actions are Magic, 2018. Photo: Courtesy of the artist and Jack Shainman Gallery, New York
Nídia: Não Fales Nela Que a Mentes album art work

We’ll leave you with something Zak’s been listening to all week. Here’s Popo, a track by Nídia off the album Não Fales Nela Que A Mentes.

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