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Adrian Piper Interviewed at the New York Times

By Harriet Staff

Artforum senior editor Lauren O’Neill-Butler interviews writer and artist Adrian Piper—whose current retrospective is on view at MoMA until July 22—for the New York Times opinion column, "The Stone." They discuss the relationship between philosophy, art, and oppression; Black Lives Matter and Piper's writings, and much more. An excerpt:

L.O.B.: What do you consider among your most important achievements?

A.P.: I can name four off the top of my head:

(1) To have taken care of my mother during the last two years before her death from emphysema.

(2) To have escaped from the United States with my life.

(3) To have successfully treated most of my post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms myself, by writing “Escape to Berlin.”

(4) To have finished “Rationality and the Structure of the Self “at the same standard of quality I apply when I criticize other philosophers’ work — thereby demonstrating to my own satisfaction that it is not an unrealistic or impossible standard to meet. Of course you do have to be willing to get kicked out of the field in order to meet it.

You’ll notice that I haven’t included the MoMA retrospective in this list...

Read on at the NYT.

Originally Published: July 11th, 2018