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Named after Wyndham Lewis’s BLAST, a 1914 journal edited by artists and writers, BOMB Magazine, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, launched in 1981 as an artists’ and writers’ quarterly because its founders saw a disparity between the way artists talked about their work among themselves and the way it was described by critics. As a result, BOMB has made the artist’s voice an essential component of cultural discourse. BOMB reveals artists’ ideas, thoughts and creative processes by producing in-depth interviews between visual artists, writers, musicians, actors, directors, choreographers, performers and architects across multiple platforms-in print, online, and at live events. Publishing carefully developed dialogues that delve deep into theory and practice, BOMB has re-invented the question-and-answer format, allowing for complex discussions about art to emerge. BOMB’s interviews are legendary. Because in the pages of BOMB, artists get to be the authors of their own tales. Over the last 30 years, BOMB has grown to become an international magazine with an editorial board of over 80 professional artists, writers, actors, directors, architects, and musicians serving as our Contributing Editors. The BOMB Digital Archive, available online for free worldwide, contains over 1,000 interviews from the last quarter century—that’s more than 2,000 voices comprising an ongoing conversation that has changed the nature of cultural discourse. Considered primary documents of American cultural history, BOMB’s archives have twice been awarded NEA Heritage and Preservation Grants for Excellence and have been acquired by Columbia University’s Rare Book & Manuscript Library in 2004. In addition to our Interviews, BOMB features "Artists on Artists" essays and First Proof, BOMB's literary supplement, featuring original fiction and poetry, excerpts of novels, and first-time translations into English. In addition to the magazine, BOMB produces the audio and video series BOMBLive!, which pairs artists and writers in lively and intimate conversations about the creative process. BOMB also hosts a variety of events around the country, including launch parties; readings, panels, and performances; an Annual Gala & Silent Auction fundraiser; and participates in such fairs and conventions as AWP, CAA, BEA, ALA, among others. Visit BOMBsite.com for extras and continuations from the print edition, as well as web-exclusives like streaming videos, podcasts, web-only interviews, audio and video clips from artist's works. Check out BOMBlog for original content such as reviews, poems, event listings, video, and discussion boards. BOMB-outspoken and timeless-interviews that change the way we think about the arts, by the people who make the arts.

Mission: To support and spread the artist's voice.

Operating as usual

"The films of Small Axe remind us that these conflicts are nothing new, and reaffirm the power and vitality of family, c...
11/20/2020
Power and Vitality: Steve McQueen's Small Axe by Ken Foster - BOMB Magazine

"The films of Small Axe remind us that these conflicts are nothing new, and reaffirm the power and vitality of family, community, protest, and culture."

Power and Vitality: #SteveMcQueen's Small Axe by #KenFoster

Celebrating little-known stories of Black pride and resilience in London's West Indian community.

"To improve my social skills, what I do is I buy pancake mix. Every stranger is an opportunity to get mugged or host a s...
11/19/2020
Two Poems by Mike Young - BOMB Magazine

"To improve my social skills, what I do is I buy pancake mix. Every stranger is an opportunity to get mugged or host a sing-along."

From the archive: Two Poems by #MikeYoung

America Is America’s Most Prominent Homosexual Sci-Fi Author

"With subtlety and verve, Kim’s art models ways humans can assume more responsibility for their capacity to remake the b...
11/19/2020
Studio Visit: Woomin Kim by Louis Bury - @BOMBmagazine

"With subtlety and verve, Kim’s art models ways humans can assume more responsibility for their capacity to remake the built world." —Louis Bury

Studio Visit: Woomin Kim by Louis Bury

The difference between studio materials and life materials.

"[An] underline-every-sentence compendium of queer desire."—Michelle Hart, Oprah Magazine, on Mattilda Bernstein Sycamor...
11/17/2020
​A Room with a View: Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore and Jordy Rosenberg

"[An] underline-every-sentence compendium of queer desire."
—Michelle Hart, Oprah Magazine, on Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore's THE FREEZER DOOR

On December 1, we're hosting our FINAL A Room with a View for the year with author Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore in celebration of the release of their new book, THE FREEZER DOOR. The evening will be hosted by Jordy Rosenberg, author of CONFESSIONS OF THE FOX.

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Join us as we celebrate the forthcoming release of Mattilda Bernstein Sycamore’s new book.

Check out BOMB's own Mary-Ann Monforton and her new exhibit, Sanctuary, at High Noon Gallery. The installation, describe...
11/17/2020
MARY-ANN MONFORTON | highnoongallery

Check out BOMB's own Mary-Ann Monforton and her new exhibit, Sanctuary, at High Noon Gallery. The installation, described as "a fantasy playroom in transition to something else," is on view until December 27.

Mary-Ann Monforton is the long time Associate Publisher of BOMB Magazine. She has been a curator involved in the downtown New York art scene and has since 2013 re-engaged with her own studio practice and was recently shown at the 2019 Spring Break Art Fair as well as featured in and co-curator of...

This Friday, join us for Oral History Live! featuring visual artist Odili Donald Odita & MOMA Curator Ugochukwu-Smooth C...
11/16/2020

This Friday, join us for Oral History Live! featuring visual artist Odili Donald Odita & MOMA Curator Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi. RSVP here: https://bit.ly/Odili-Live

Happy birthday to #ClaudeMonet."I began to obsessively tour Monet’s house and the gift shop..."—Sean MellynRevisit #Sean...
11/14/2020
Paper Monet by Laurie Simmons - BOMB Magazine

Happy birthday to #ClaudeMonet.

"I began to obsessively tour Monet’s house and the gift shop..."
—Sean Mellyn

Revisit #SeanMellyn's conversation with #LaurieSimmons about his 2008 residency in Giverny.

What better way to luncheon in the garden than on Sean Mellyn’s subversive/commemorative Monet-inspired Chinette? Laurie Simmons speaks with Mellyn about his residency in Giverny and the work that sprung forth from the lily pond.

"You fill a house with precious things; they break. You fill a heart with precious things; it breaks. In the end it all ...
11/13/2020
Excerpt from Netsuke: A Novel by Rikki Ducornet - BOMB Magazine

"You fill a house with precious things; they break. You fill a heart with precious things; it breaks. In the end it all breaks. All night long I hear bones snapping."

From the archive:
Excerpt from Netsuke: A Novel by #RikkiDucornet

A psychoanalyst interacts with three people: his wife, Akiko, and two patients: Kat, whom he also calls The Cutter, and David Swancourt. He receives these patients in his new office, Spells.

We're thrilled to announce Mary-Ann Monforton's solo debut, SANCTUARY, now on view through December 27 at High Noon Gall...
11/12/2020

We're thrilled to announce Mary-Ann Monforton's solo debut, SANCTUARY, now on view through December 27 at High Noon Gallery! Mary-Ann is an artist, curator, and BOMB's long time Associate Publisher.

View the exhibition: https://www.highnoongallery.com/sanctuary

Watch mixed media and performance artist Kalup Linzy in conversation with Legacy Russell, Associate Curator, Exhibitions...
11/12/2020

Watch mixed media and performance artist Kalup Linzy in conversation with Legacy Russell, Associate Curator, Exhibitions at @studiomuseum as part of the Studio Museum’s online series #StudioLIVE! Using fashion, pop culture, and melodrama to critique ideas of race, sexuality, class, and gender, Linzy challenges not only how we see the world, but how we move through it.

Visit @studiomuseum at 6:00 PM EST tonight on Instagram to hear Linzy and Russell discuss Linzy’s groundbreaking contributions across the practice of performance as well as the artist’s current and upcoming projects.

“I’m definitely not thinking about futurism; it’s more about looking to the past and how we can present ourselves in the...
11/12/2020
Studio Visit: Dominique Fung by Danni Shen - BOMB Magazine

“I’m definitely not thinking about futurism; it’s more about looking to the past and how we can present ourselves in the present." —@dominiquefung

Studio Visit: Dominique Fung by Danni Shen

Blending traditional Chinese ceramics and figures.

Visual artist Odili Donald Odita and MOMA Curator Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi are both Igbo, and in Odita's forthcoming or...
11/11/2020

Visual artist Odili Donald Odita and MOMA Curator Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi are both Igbo, and in Odita's forthcoming oral history, they discuss how their shared Nigerian background shaped their experiences in America.

Join us on 11/20 for Oral History Live!, where Smooth will guide us on a virtual tour of Odita's life and artistic career.

RSVP here: http://bit.ly/Odili-Live

"It is a political project in and of itself to insist upon artmaking as, one, a collective practice amid late capitalism...
11/11/2020
Probing the Finished Work: Alex Strada Interviewed by Simon Wu - BOMB Magazine

"It is a political project in and of itself to insist upon artmaking as, one, a collective practice amid late capitalism and, two, an embrace of revision, contradiction, and fallibility in a culture that prizes singular genius." —Alex Strada

Probing the Finished Work: #AlexStrada Interviewed by #SimonWu

The filmmaker embraces revision, contradiction, and fallibility in a culture that prizes singular genius.

"...photographs serve as both a reminder of war and a medium that re-enlivens or resuscitates it...They embody history a...
11/11/2020
Bad News by Lizzie Tribone - BOMB Magazine

"...photographs serve as both a reminder of war and a medium that re-enlivens or resuscitates it...They embody history as artifacts but can also elicit painful memories in the present."

This Veterans Day, revisit Don Mee Choi’s poetry collection, Hardly War, reviewed by Lizzie Tribone.

Disobeying history in Don Mee Choi’s Hardly War.

“I grew up having to sing along to very patriarchal, male, straight viewpoints—lyrics that had nothing to do with me.”—P...
11/11/2020
Peaches by Zachary Small - BOMB Magazine

“I grew up having to sing along to very patriarchal, male, straight viewpoints—lyrics that had nothing to do with me.”
—Peaches

Happy birthday to artist and BOMB contributor, @officialpeaches!

Read her BOMB interview here:

"I grew up having to sing along to very patriarchal, male, straight viewpoints—lyrics that had nothing to do with me."

11/10/2020
FUSE Mira (IG Grid)

After last week's results, we're revisiting Episode 3 of FUSE: A BOMB Podcast with writers Mira Jacob and Scott Cheshire. In their episode, they talk frankly about race in the era of Trump.

Listen to their full conversation here: https://bit.ly/Mira-Scott

Tonight! Join authors Teresa Carmody and Sarah Gerard at A Room with a View to celebrate the launch of Carmody's new nov...
11/10/2020
​A Room with a View: Teresa Carmody & Sarah Gerard

Tonight! Join authors Teresa Carmody and Sarah Gerard at A Room with a View to celebrate the launch of Carmody's new novel, THE RECONCEPTION OF MARIE. The event starts at 6:30PM ET.

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Join us as we celebrate the launch of Teresa Carmody’s new novel. The evening will be hosted by Sarah Gerard.

"To start a poem at the anus or the gag reflex, may seem to a reader like a slanted point of view. As a writer, I feel t...
11/10/2020
A Queer Origin Point: Roy Guzmán Interviewed by Aegor Ray - BOMB Magazine

"To start a poem at the anus or the gag reflex, may seem to a reader like a slanted point of view. As a writer, I feel this is a queer origin point." —Roy Guzmán

A Queer Origin Point: #RoyGuzmán Interviewed by #AegorRay

@GraywolfPress

A poetry collection about how to handle unfinished business.

Next week on 11/20, join us as MOMA Curator Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi guides us on a tour of Odili Donald Odita's life a...
11/09/2020

Next week on 11/20, join us as MOMA Curator Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi guides us on a tour of Odili Donald Odita's life and artistic career at Oral History Live!

RSVP here: http://bit.ly/Odili-Live

Free and printable.Project by Garrett BradleyGarrett Bradley's "Project" is a protest sign, commissioned for BOMB Magazi...
11/09/2020
Project by Garrett Bradley - BOMB Magazine

Free and printable.

Project by Garrett Bradley

Garrett Bradley's "Project" is a protest sign, commissioned for BOMB Magazine and created for public use. To create the piece, Bradley worked with archival footage featuring activist Stacey Abrams.

“Project”(a poster included in issue #153) features a double-sided image, a hand-lettered slogan on one side and an archival film montage of activist and politician Stacey Abrams on the other.

Need some inspiration? Check out our Fall/Winter 2020–21 Fellowships and Residencies list, featuring opportunities from ...
11/08/2020
Fellowships and Residencies Fall/Winter 2020–21 by - BOMB Magazine

Need some inspiration? Check out our Fall/Winter 2020–21 Fellowships and Residencies list, featuring opportunities from @KirklandArtsCenter, @millaycolony, @nesres, @CenterforBalletandtheArts, @CreativeCapital, @BucknellU, @myVMFA, @CFEVA, @stanford, and more.

Our quarterly roundup of fellowships, residencies, and prizes accepting applications.

BOMB contributor #karawalker saying it best. #karawalker #oralhistoryproject #artispower #heyheygoodbye #kamalaharris
11/08/2020

BOMB contributor #karawalker saying it best.

#karawalker #oralhistoryproject #artispower #heyheygoodbye #kamalaharris

"The most practical thing you can do with your life is something that you’re passionate about." —Kenya (Robinson)From th...
11/08/2020
Kenya (Robinson) by Lee Ann Norman - BOMB Magazine

"The most practical thing you can do with your life is something that you’re passionate about." —Kenya (Robinson)

From the archive: #KenyaRobinson by #LeeAnnNorman

Kenya (Robinson) reflects on the end of her MFA program and becoming a professional artist.

"You need strength to leave the place you call home, and then strength to survive and excel in a new place." —Odili Dona...
11/08/2020
Oral History Live! Featuring Odili Donald Odita & Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi

"You need strength to leave the place you call home, and then strength to survive and excel in a new place."
—Odili Donald Odita

Join Odili Donald Odita and curator Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi on 11/20 for Oral History Live!

Experience a guided tour of Odita’s work as Smooth charts his life, process, and artistic career. Their conversation will be followed by a Q&A.

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Join us in celebration of Odili Donald Odita’s forthcoming Oral History interview.

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