SAIC faculty member Michelle Grabner highlights new projects and her perspectives on the upcoming biennial.
SAIC faculty member Michelle Grabner highlights new projects and her perspectives on the upcoming biennial.
February 22

Michelle Grabner: The “Anti-Curator” of the Whitney Biennial

On February 19 ArtInfo published an interview with 2014 Whitney Biennial curator and SAIC Painting and Drawing Chair Michelle Grabner. In an interview with Sara Roffino, Grabner describes her “plan of attack” as she undertakes “the toughest temporary job in contemporary art.” Known for organizing exhibitions with “anti-curatorial slant,” Grabner states, “I am approaching the Whitney Biennial as an artist who has agreed to a very critical and venerated curatorial undertaking and not from the position of a professional curator.” Grabner also highlights recent projects at her exhibition space, The Suburban, and details her influential role at SAIC. “The School of the Art Institute is an extraordinary teaching institution by the fact that it believes that active studio artists are good teachers. That may seem an obvious statement, but in higher education, it is often the student’s course evaluations that win the day with administrators,” she says. “But I mention this only because teaching at SAIC provides me with the support to have a home and studio that is shaped around the routine of movement.”