Good morning, Bay Area. It’s Wednesday, Dec. 11, and a fight over PG&E’s future may end up hurting efforts to build housing. Here’s what you need to know to start your day. Narrow impeachment charges House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Democratic leaders unveiled two articles of impeachment against President Trump on Tuesday, one for alleged abuse of power for asking Ukraine’s president to announce an investigation into former Vice President Joe Biden and his son Hunter, the other for alleged obstruction of Congress by resisting subpoenas for documents and witness testimony into the Ukrainian affair. The scope of the articles is far more restrained than some liberal Democrats hoped, leaving out bribery over withholding U.S. military aid to Ukraine and obstruction of justice for his actions spelled out in Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. But House Democrats’ less-is-more approach could be … [Read more...] about Bay Briefing: Impeachment articles are here. Some California Democrats may be sighing in relief
Sponsored by AdvaMedWelcome to The Hill’s Morning Report. Happy hump day! Our newsletter gets you up to speed on the most important developments in politics and policy, plus trends to watch. Alexis Simendinger and Al Weaver are the up-early co-creators. Find us @asimendinger and @alweaver22 on Twitter and CLICK HERE to subscribe!House Democrats mixed their messages on Tuesday, unveiling two articles of impeachment against President TrumpDonald John TrumpRepublicans consider skipping witnesses in Trump impeachment trial Bombshell Afghanistan report bolsters calls for end to 'forever wars' Lawmakers dismiss Chinese retaliatory threat to US tech MORE while embracing a bipartisan deal and a planned vote next week to ratify Trump’s long-sought U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA).Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiTrump trade deal likely to sow … [Read more...] about The Hill’s Morning Report – Sponsored by AdvaMed – An unusual day: Impeachment plus a trade deal
Rafa Esparza, building: a simulacrum of power, 2014. Performance on the site of Michael Parker’s The Unfinished (2014). Photograph by Dylan Schwartz. Photo: Dylan Schwartz/Courtesy of Clockshop The 2017 Whitney Biennial got caught in an almost extinction-level political crosswind. Research and the selection for the show began in 2015 at the height of the Age of Obama, the apotheosis of the granular politics of identity and multiple subjectivities, systemic investigation into socioeconomic structures, biographies and autobiography, the rise of personal trauma narratives, and continual attempts to set historical records straight. This was to be the first biennial in a brand-new, beautiful downtown building dedicated to these progressive truths which the art world holds to be self-evident (and which Michelle Obama, in fact, had helped inaugurate). Half of the show is women and people of color; there are no art stars or heavy footprints of mega-galleries or the market. The arc of … [Read more...] about The 2017 Whitney Biennial Is the Most Politically Charged in Decades
Chloe Wise is so hot right now. Lit-er-al-ly, she would say, in that accent that has somehow transcended its Southern California roots to become the voice of an entire socioeconomic class. “I want to, like, dip myself into a pool of water,” she said, lifting her glossy dark hair off her neck. It was a blazing-hot Saturday in September, and Wise, 26, was standing next to an anemic tree in Seward Park on the Lower East Side, wearing a T-shirt and palazzo pants and dramatically waving a delicate wooden fan against her invisibly sweating skin. The fans had been distributed by arty-cool label Eckhaus Latta to guests at its spring 2017 show, and Wise, who considers the designers and many of the models friends, had been in the second row snapping pictures as they walked down the runway. Wise has a lot of friends. As people filtered toward the exit, so many came by to say hello that the area around the tree was soon buzzing with the energy of a cocktail party. A photographer … [Read more...] about The Carb Artist of Her Generation
Photo: @jerrysaltz First and foremost, the art world is a place that says it wants people to be free. This extraordinary openness is what gives art its ever-changing adaptable agency. Or gave. Flexibility is life, but lately I keep thinking that the art world has gotten a lot less flexible, and the freedom that I’ve always thought of as completely foundational — freedom to let our freak flags fly and express ourselves, even bizarrely — has constricted considerably. And it’s happening at such mutated and extreme rates that we must ask if the art world is not now one of the more self-policing areas of contemporary culture. How did we come to live in an insular tribal sphere where unwritten rules and rigid moralities — about whom to like and dislike, what is permissible to say and what must remain unsaid — are strictly enforced via social media and online disapproval, much of it anonymous? When did this band of gypsies and relentless radicals get so … [Read more...] about When Did the Art World Get So Conservative?
The background radiation is still there, two decades later, from the infamous 1993 Whitney Biennial — the so-called multi-cultural, identity-politics, political, or just bad biennial. Establishment art history circa 1993 was a broken model, built on white men and Western civilization and certain ossified ideas about “greatness” and “genius.” New artists looking for new ways to speak to new audiences couldn’t get their voices heard or work seen. There had been artists fighting this fight before, but that 1993 show was the major crack in the façade. George Holliday’s 1991 ten-minute videotape of the Rodney King beating was included as an artwork, and one of the biennial’s admission buttons, designed by artist Daniel J. Martinez, famously read I CAN’T IMAGINE EVER WANTING TO BE WHITE. What followed was war: white-male critics gone wild. The Times’ Michael Kimmelman opined, “I hate the show,” blasting … [Read more...] about How Identity Politics Conquered the Art World