Tribune’s “Curation Issue” Profiles Five SAIC Community Members
“The Curatation Issue,” a special edition of the Chicago Tribune’s Sunday Art and Entertainment section published on October 6, highlights five influential members of the SAIC community. In “I, Curator,” features reporter Christopher Borelli examines “What curating means now. Who does it. Why they do it.” SAIC faculty member John Corbett (Painting & Drawing) provides what Borelli terms the “traditional art-world definition” stating, "A curator provides context, connoisseurship. A curator chooses, but not only chooses.” To gain a broader understanding of the term, Borelli sat in on a class at SAIC taught by Mary Jane Jacob, “distinguished curator” and executive director of exhibitions and exhibition studies at SAIC. Asked about the proliferation of the term within and outside a visual art context, Jacob states, “a decade ago I doubt many people even knew what curation was about. It was very abstract to people. So I don't think the aesthetic-minded should get their professional noses out of whack. At the very least, thoughtful assembling is a lesson in curation." The Curating Issue also profiles ten influential curators from the Chicago community, including Corbett, Michelle Grabner (Painting & Drawing), Jane Addams Hull-House Museum Interim Director Lisa Junkin (MA 2007), and Image File Press creator Ivan Lozano (MFA 2011).