Christopher Borrelli profiles the “deeply influential” co-curator of the 2014 Whitney Biennial.
Christopher Borrelli profiles the “deeply influential” co-curator of the 2014 Whitney Biennial.
March 13

Trib: Michelle Grabner is “The Queen of the Arts”

In “The Queen of the Arts,” published in the March 9 edition of the Chicago Tribune, writer Christopher Borrelli follows faculty member Michelle Grabner (Painting and Drawing) during the months leading up to the 2014 Whitney Biennial. Grabner is “a figure so deeply influential and ubiquitous in the Chicago art scene and beyond that artist Tony Tasset puts her at ‘the dead center of the art world right now,’” says Borrelli. “There are moments when it can seem as if Grabner is everywhere at once,” he adds, highlighting, among others, her recent solo exhibitions at Shane Campbell Gallery and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland. "Michelle, as an educator, a curator and an artist herself, defines what it means to curate contemporary art in 2014,” says Whitney curator Jay Sanders. “And it means facing a hugely expanded field where a curator is expected to occupy more than one space at a time. Michelle champions the overlooked, the emerging, the conceptual, visits artist studios, can read (traditional) painting. So she's a big voice now."