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CIA-sponsored “Cultural Freedom” Comes Home: Parapolitics at HKW

The recent exhibition “Parapolitics: Cultural Freedom and the Cold War” at HKW interrogated the intertwined re-canonization of modernism and the international propagation of a US-backed, anti-communist idea of “cultural freedom” put forth by the many-armed Congress for Cultural Freedom (CCF) from 1950–1967.



A Social Sculpture on Trial: Can Ash Studios Act as a Template for DIY Art Spaces Post-Ghost Ship

Experimental art space Ash Studios took the city of Dallas to court yesterday contending that it’s role as a ‘social sculpture’ shouldn’t require the same occupancy restrictions as commercial operations. As we follow the trial through a series of essays and regularly updated reportage, we wonder: What could this case mean for other DIY spaces under siege across the United States post-Ghost Ship?