The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has named Daniel Eisenberg, Professor in the Film, Video, New Media, and Animation and Visual and Critical Studies departments, and Ellen Rothenberg, Adjunct Professor in Fiber and Material Studies, as the inaugural joint Faculty Research Fellows of the Institute for Curatorial Research and Practice. They will share this two-year term, which begins in fall 2017 and concludes in fall 2019. As part of their creative inquiry into the curatorial process, Eisenberg and Rothenberg’s work will bring together artists, media makers, writers and critical theorists to address issues of economic insecurity.
Established in 2016, the Institute for Curatorial Research and Practice at SAIC serves as an incubator for creative inquiry leading to future SAIC exhibitions, programs, and publications. It offers opportunities for critical exchange between SAIC, the Chicago arts community, and the curatorial field-at-large, fostering advanced thinking in the field. The Institute serves as a laboratory for the development of research and engaged artistic practices. In this capacity, it offers a forum in which to pose critical questions about how curators and artists develop their work in partnership with others and in relation to audiences.