January 22, 2018

The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Announces Its Spring Line-Up of Visiting Artists

This spring, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), a global leader in art and design education, will host a distinguished lineup of visiting artists who exemplify the boundary-blurring nature of contemporary art.

December 14, 2017

U.S. Pavilion at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale to Feature Film and Video Artworks That Expand the Exhibition Dimensions of Citizenship

Chicago, December 14, 2017—The curators of Dimensions of Citizenship, the U.S. Pavilion exhibition at the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, today announced that they will present film and video works that explore multiple perspectives—narrative, speculative, or impressionistic—in the pavilion’s rotunda.

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A roundtable discussion featuring Huey Copeland (Northwestern University), Frank B Wilderson III (UC Irvine), Athi Mongezeleli Joja (University of Witwatersrand), Mlondolozi Zondi (Northwestern University), Sampada Aranke (SAIC).

Looking at internal questions such as editorial process and design alongside more external issues of funding and distribution, Petrovich will describe how he and fellow artist Roger White developed the structure for Paper Monument, and how their ideas were implemented in titles such as I Like Your Work: Art and Etiquette and Draw It with Your Eyes Closed: The Art of the Art Assignment. Special attention will be given to their most recent book, Social Medium: Artists Writing, 2000-2015, where they anthologized an especially expansive period in artists’ writings. Petrovich will also discuss the divergent approach he has taken with DME, the imprint behind Adjunct Commuter Weekly and The Daily Gentrifier. Custom-making publications for various demographics to which he belongs, Petrovich has embarked on a multipart investigation of publishing’s relationships to visibility and community. In addition to presenting the periodicals themselves, Petrovich will outline how they engage with existing systems of collaboration, distribution, and reception.   

Dushko Petrovich is Assistant Professor and MA Program Director in New Arts Journalism at SAIC. A founding editor of Paper Monument and former board president of the n+1 Foundation, Petrovich has written for Slate, the Boston Globe, ArtNews, Bookforum, and Modern Painters, among many others. With his imprint DME, Petrovich has published Adjunct Commuter Weekly, which debuted in 2015 to widespread critical acclaim including profiles the in Wall Street Journal and the New Yorker, and The Daily Gentrifier, which came out in September.

During the course of a career, an arts journalist will inevitably wear many hats. This lecture speaks to the inherent malleability of arts journalism as a profession, and will compare and contrast the distinct and evolving roles of the freelancer, stringer, editor, contributing editor, corresponding editor, art critic, columnist, beat writer, reporter, essayist, and more, and connect those to the shifting working and writing contexts for print and the web. We’ll briefly track some aspects of the history of arts journalism, and assess what, for better and/or worse, is marking its current status.

James Yood is an Associate Professor and Director of the SAIC’s New Arts Journalism MA Program and an Affiliated Full-Time faculty member in Art History, Theory, and Criticism. Formerly an editor of the New Art Examiner, he has worked as an art critic and essayist for Artforum, art ltd, Aperture, GLASS, Art on Paper, tema celeste, Visual Art Source, Art and Auction, and American Craft, among others.

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