The SAIC faculty member discusses her new role as co-curator of the 2014 Whitney Biennial.
The SAIC faculty member discusses her new role as co-curator of the 2014 Whitney Biennial.
September 26

“Renaissance Woman” Michelle Grabner Profiled in Chicago Magazine

In the October issue of Chicago magazine, executive editor Cassie Walker Burke profiles “Renaissance Woman” Michelle Grabner (Painting and Drawing), SAIC faculty member and co-curator of the 2014 Whitney Biennial. Grabner, who “has built perhaps the most encyclopedic résumé in art,” explains she won’t use her new role to promote the art world’s next big star. “I’m more interested in people who take on the freedoms of being off center,” she says. “I’m also thinking about teachers—the academy—and the old cliché that those who teach don't. It is spot on but also not. I want to look for people who influence the talent.” Next year will be a busy year for Grabner, who, aside from the biennial, has three scheduled solo exhibitions in San Francisco, Basel, and New York City. Her first comprehensive solo museum exhibition, Michelle Grabner: I Work From Home, opens November 1 at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland. “I’m midcareer. I can have a real stinker of a show or curate the worst Whitney Biennial to be seen, and I will soldier on,” she says. “I am not paralyzed by fear or trying to overanticipate what the audience wants. I get to do what I want. That's a great thing.”