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Gillian Jakab

Gillian Jakab

Gillian Jakab is assistant editor of the Gagosian Quarterly and, since 2016, has served as the dance editor of the Brooklyn Rail.

Jacqueline Breton, André Masson, André Breton, and Varian Fry at the Villa Air-Bel, near Marseille, France, 1941

The Bigger Picture
Artist Persecution and Protection

Gillian Jakab explores some of the history of the persecution of artists and looks at individuals and organizations that have taken up their cause. Through interviews with groups serving artists at risk today, she illuminates pressing questions of refuge in the age of digital media, autocratic nationalism, and pandemic.

Alexander Calder poster for McGovern, 1972, lithograph

The Art History of Presidential Campaign Posters

Against the backdrop of the 2020 US presidential election, historian Hal Wert takes us through the artistic and political evolution of American campaign posters, from their origin in 1844 to the present. In an interview with Quarterly editor Gillian Jakab, Wert highlights an array of landmark posters and the artists who made them.

Bebe Miller and Cynthia Oliver in motion dancing, mid-jump, against a white background

Bebe Miller and Cynthia Oliver

The legendary choreographers discuss their history together, the evolution of Cynthia Oliver’s boom!, imposed boundaries on “Black dance,” and the choreographies of the pandemic.

Benjamin Abras training in Capoeira Angola as part of his Afro Butoh research.

The Bigger Picture
Artists at Risk

Artists at Risk (AR) is a nonprofit organization that facilitates the secure passage of persecuted artists and welcomes them in safe-haven residencies around the world. But what happens when the world’s borders close due to a pandemic? In mid-May, Gillian Jakab spoke with founders Marita Muukkonen and Ivor Stodolsky in Berlin and artist Benjamin Abras in Tunis about the history of the organization, the residency experience, and the AR COVID-19 Emergency Fund.

Black and White photo of Vincent Warren dancing in Catulli Carmina, c. 1969.

The fact that you move so beautifully

On the occasion of the sixtieth anniversary of Frank O’Hara’s celebrated poem “Having a Coke with You,” Gillian Jakab takes a look at the “poet among painters” and the poem’s “You.”

Black and white image of two dancers, dressed as animals, balancing on each other's knees in the ballet "Renard".

Perfect Balance

Gillian Jakab considers the legacy of Sergei Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes in light of contemporary collaborations between visual artists and choreographers.

Time by Dance by Paik

Time by Dance by Paik

Gillian Jakab considers the role of choreography in Nam June Paik’s 1989 video installation Fin de Siècle II.