John A. Tyson is an assistant professor at UMass Boston. From 2015-2017 he was the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow in the Departments of Modern and American Prints and Drawings and British and American Paintings at the National Gallery of Art. There he curated “Matthias Mansen: Configurations, Parallel Practices: Artists and the Moving Image” and “New Waves: Transatlantic Bonds between Film and Art in the 1960s.” Tyson’s writing has appeared in Print QuarterlyWord & Image, and the International Review of African American Art, as well as in other journals, catalogues and online platforms.

Hans Haacke’s Proofs of Commitment

Hans Haacke, Upstairs at Mobil (1981), color photoetching printed on ten sheets of paper, image 105 x 71 inches overall, sheet 16 x 20 inches each. Edition of 10. Printed and published by Crown Point Press, San Francisco. ©2017 Hans Haacke / Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Since first encountering Bertolt Brecht’s “Writing the Truth: Five Difficulties” (1935) as a student, Hans Haacke has acted on the idea that art could be a vehicle for telling the truth—especially overlooked truths about the political and economic systems that govern our lives …Read More