Ian Bourland is a critic and an art historian at Georgetown University in Washington, DC, USA. He is a contributing editor of frieze.
At the Institute of Contemporary Art at Virginia Commonwealth University, the artist presents a site-responsive project that looks at the fraught history of post-slavery labour practices across the Virginia countryside
How contemporary Native artists are evading recognition and visibility for a more 'speculative indigenous futurism'
Skaka King's film on the life and assassination of Black Panther leader Fred Hampton exceptionally examines the ever-present interplay between race and capital
With the US spy agency’s web redesign, Ian Bourland looks at the revolving door between the arts, entertainment and US policy
The LA gallery partners with TRII to present an online show on the ‘counterhistories’ of Black experience, but should we ask more of galleries in their antiracist efforts?
At von ammon co., Washington, D.C., the artist presents a series of new-media works that further his ‘New Peace’ polemics against the West’s exploitation of the natural world
The gothic tales of notorious racist H.P. Lovecraft provide source material for HBO’s new show about ‘the hauntedness of Black life’
In the director’s sweeping new Vietnam War film, it is never clear ‘who is the colonizer and who is the colonized’
The fifth season of Billions is a queasy portrait of inequality in the US, but it can be hard to look away
The new HBO series imagines a celebrity, Nazi-sympathizing president and election fraud in the 1940s
From The Walking Dead to Stranger Things, frightening revivals ‘captured a bit of lost magic in a disenchanted world’
The artist’s moving portraits of ‘unallocated’ auto workers in Lordstown, Ohio, on view at the Renaissance Society, celebrate the power of unions as job losses hit US manufacturing
The new film is neither as sombre and meditative as the work of contemporaries such as Robert Redford, nor as adaptive as the real-world activism of Jane Fonda
Informed by the legacies of funk and jazz, the artist’s many collaborations are given space to shine
The most famous painter in the US finally receives art world recognition
The collective’s 1998 record – creating tension that builds like a fever – remains a shadowy noir, and a harbinger of human tragedy
Ian Bourland profiles one of the leading gallerists of the East Village scene of the 1980s
At the Brooklyn Museum, a landmark exhibition of never-before-seen photographs captures a rich spectrum of postwar American life
For more than 60 years the Tehran-born, Minneapolis-based artist has made work about community, coexistence and the experience of exile
‘Past is prologue’ in two shows at the Smithsonian American Art Museum, following the 50th anniversary of the Tet Offensive
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