BOOKS: The Art of Intervention

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Appropriating Winona
As the Republican Convention looms over New York like the 50-Foot Mother-in-Law From Hell, we can't resist a book titled The Interventionists: Users' Manual for the Creative Disruption of Everyday Life. This is, in fact, the exhibition catalog that accompanied a recent show called "The Interventionists: Art in the Social Sphere," at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, better known as MASS MoCA. To quote from the promotional lit: "Art made to attach to buildings or to be given away? Wearable art for street demonstrations or art that sets up a booth at a trade show? This is the art of the interventionists, who trespass into the everyday world to raise our awareness of injustice and other social problems. These artists don't preach or proselytize; they give us the tools to form our own opinions and create our own political actions." The book is edited by Nato Thompson and Gregory Sholette, distributed by MIT Press and designed by MASS MoCA's director of design Arjen Noordeman, who says he was inspired by "popular mechanics magazines and various tool catalogs from the '30's to the '50s." Some spreads from the book are seen here. See www.massmoca.org for more.
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