Hamilton’s Heinz: Ann Hamilton (whose long history with the Walker most recently includes her June 2008 collaboration with Meredith Monk) has won a prestigious Heinz Award. Created by Teresa Heinz to “celebrate the accomplishments and spirit of [her late husband, Sen. John Heinz] by recognizing the extraordinary achievements of individuals in the areas of greatest importance to him,” the prize awards a medallion and $250,000 in unrestricted funds. Via art:21.
Two to see: San Francisco’s Ratio 3 is now showing A Moment for Reflection: new work by Lydia Fong — an unannounced show by Barry McGee, through October 18. Rirkrit Tiravanija‘s commissioned “Demonstration Drawings” — straightforward renderings of protest imagery from the International Herald Tribune, created by commissioned Thai artists — is on view at The Drawing Center through election day.
Kureishi on the battle for America: Pakistani English novelist/screenwriter Hanif Kureishi, subject of a 2001 Regis Dialogue and Retrospective, recently discussed sex, old age and politics with NPR. A Londoner visiting the US, he weighed in on the American elections: “I have to say that, having been in America for less than a week, it’s fascinating and absolutely riveting for someone like me to come and see what a struggle there is going on, really, for the soul of the United States. After all, the United States that I loved in the post-war period was really the United States of Jimi Hendrix and of Dylan and of Kerouc and of Ginsberg and so on. On the other hand, there’s a very small-town, kind of narrow-minded religious gun-toting America, too. And to come here and to see what a conflict there is now, represented between Obama and Sarah Palin — and to see how heavy and serious it is– is really fascinating for us outsiders to see.”