Critic Ken Johnson focuses on works by Michelle Grabner and Carrie Schneider.
Critic Ken Johnson focuses on works by Michelle Grabner and Carrie Schneider.
March 13

New York Times and Guardian Provide an In-Depth Look into the Armory Show

Recent stories in the Guardian and the New York Times critique the Armory Show, where SAIC faculty member Michelle Grabner (Painting and Drawing), a co-curator of this year’s Whitney Biennial, is a featured artist. Guardian critic Jason Farago takes an in-depth look at the convergence of the two shows, where “New York’s most prominent commercial and non-commercial platforms for contemporary art have fallen in the same week.” 

New York Times critic Ken Johnson spotlights works by Grabner and alumna Carrie Schneider (MFA 2007) in his review of the Armory Show. Presented by James Cohan Gallery, Grabner’s eight-foot-wide hanging assemblage combines metal garbage cans, small paintings of gingham patterns, natural wood, and a photograph of her own backyard. Taken together, the work's multiple elements offer “a puzzling interplay of disparate signs” that “variously evoke suburban nostalgia,” says Johnson. “Grabner is not pining for a lost way of life, however. Rather, she presents a mind-teasing, rebus-like constellation of sociologically suggestive icons for viewers to sort out and make sense of for themselves.” Johnson also highlights Schneider's Reading Women, a series of photographs depicting young women comfortably reading in intimate settings. “These vaguely religious images of quiet absorption are a blessed relief from the fair’s prevailing spirit of overeager, attention-seeking novelty,” he says.