After the Art – Issue 10 – December 2020

Welcome to After the Art’s tenth issue.

We hope you enjoy these three essays:

“Semiotics of the Schoolroom” by Jenny Wu

“The Imaginary Battle of the Argonne” by Kimmo Rosenthal

“Golden Lies” by Aaron Hicks

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Semiotics of the Schoolroom

by Jenny Wu


In the fall and winter of 2019, the Contemporary Art Museum in St. Louis, Missouri, where I lived, went to school, and occasionally taught, held an exhibition of the work of multidisciplinary artist Bethany Collins.[1]

At the entrance of the museum, I saw, to my right, Odyssey: 1852/1980, made up of two juxtaposed translations of the same passage from Book 13 of Homer’s Odyssey. Continue reading “Semiotics of the Schoolroom”

Golden Lies

by Aaron Hicks


“The reason why I wear gold: I wear gold for three reasons. One, when Jesus was born, three wise men came from the east, one brought frankincense, one brought myrrh, the other one brought gold. The second reason I wear gold is I can afford it. The third reason I wear it, it’s symbolic of my African heritage. When my ancestors came from Africa, they were shackled by our neck, our wrists and our ankles in steel chains. I’ve turned those steel chains into gold to symbolize the fact that I’m still a slave, only my price tag is higher.”    — Mr. T Continue reading “Golden Lies”

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