BURNAWAY is pleased to announce a public talk by Chicago-based critic Susan Snodgrass, who teaches in the New Arts Journalism program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her talk is part of BURNAWAY’s Art Writers Mentorship Program, for which she is serving as a mentor during her visit.
Snodgrass will discuss new models for art criticism that offer an expanded view for analyzing art in urban environments through the lens of embedded journalistic practices that speak to the exigencies of place and to the role of art and artists in creative placemaking. Snodgrass shares those ideas that have influenced her own writings on art, architecture and urbansim, including Slow Journalism, Alfredo Cramerotti’s Aesthetic Journalism, and publishing projects created by artists, hybrid forms that, while still owing to certain legacies of mainstream media, are less dependent on traditional editorial structures. How can place-based criticism re-engage its core audience while targeting new readerships? How can contemporary criticism mediate the dialogue between art and the geo-spatial politics it inhabits?
Susan Snodgrass is the editor of ARTMargins Online. Much of her writing is devoted to alternative models of critical practice and art making, whether exploring new genres of public art or contemporary art in Eastern Europe. Her blog, In/Site: Reflections on the Art of Place, explores art and urbanism. She has written for both print and online publications for over 30 years, most notably for Art in America, for which she served as a Corresponding Editor (1994–2013). She has contributed articles to numerous other periodicals, including The Seen and Textile: Cloth and Culture, and is the editor of several books and catalogs. Her current curatorial projects focus on the architecture of Ken Isaacs, and have been included in the exhibitions “Learning Modern,” at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Sullivan Galleries (2009-10), and “Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia,” organized by the Walker Art Center (2015). She is a Senior Lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
This event is presented in partnership with the Ernest G. Welch School of Art & Design at Georgia State University.
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