Randy Kennedy spotlights Paul Chan (BFA 1996) and Laurie Jo Reynolds (MFA 2000)—politically focused artists reaching audiences outside the museum system.
Randy Kennedy spotlights Paul Chan (BFA 1996) and Laurie Jo Reynolds (MFA 2000)—politically focused artists reaching audiences outside the museum system.
November 11

SAIC Alumni on New York Times Art and Entertainment Front Cover

The Sunday, November 1 edition of the New York Times spotlights SAIC alumni Paul Chan (BFA 1996) and Laurie Jo Reynolds (MFA 2000) in “Voting Against Ruffled Feathers” featured on the front cover of the Arts and Entertainment section. Analyzing Jonathan Horwitz’s series of election-themed installations, (currently exhibited in seven contemporary art museums around the country) writer Randy Kennedy questions the role of the art museum in America’s political debates. He argues many politically oriented artists are forgoing the museum structure— “where conventions and expectations can leave such work feeling toothless”—seeking alternate venues and viewership. “So artists like Paul Chan, Laurie Jo Reynolds and Theaster Gates—who operate in a growing middle ground between art and activism—end up working much more often outside the walls of the art world, in neighborhoods, through the web, in long-term projects within activist circles,” he explains. Reynolds’s work is exhibited in Tams Year Ten Campaign Officeat SAIC’s Sullivan Galleries through December 21.