Bill Arning is director of the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston. Previously he was curator at the MIT List Visual Arts Center and director of White Columns in New York City, where he organized the first solo shows of John Currin, Marilyn Minter, Andres Serrano, Cady Noland, Jim Hodges and many other artists. He has written for Artforum, Art in America, Out and Parkett and for museum publications around the world. He is currently working on a survey exhibition, “Marilyn Minter: Pretty/Dirty,” with Elissa Auther and the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver.

Jeffrey Dell

The party is over, but the bits of wrapping paper, bows and ribbon are strewn on the floor, decorative streamers dangle overhead and leftover cake is crusting-up on the counter. These relics have a power to haunt the psyches of guests, hosts and celebrants. Read More