Robert Atkins is a writer, art historian, and journalist. Trained at the University of California, Berkeley, he has written for more than 100 publications throughout the world ranging from the New York Times and Newsday, to Japanese Wired and Esquire, and contributes regularly to Art in America. He is a former staff columnist for The Village Voice.
Irene Hofmann is SITE’s new Phillips Director and Chief Curator. In addition to her most recent position in Baltimore, she has held positions at the Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach, California; Cranbrook Art Museum in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan; the Art Institute of Chicago; the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and the New Museum of Contemporary Art in New York.
During the past decade, Amy Cutler (b. 1974 in Poughkeepsie, New York) has become internationally known for exquisitely detailed narrative works of art. Inspired by stories and images encountered in current events, art history, fairy tales, and personal experiences, Cutler creates exquisitely detailed, enigmatic paintings of women, animals, and hybrid beings involved in fantastic, dreamlike activities.
A number of important developments in the area of video technology from the mid 1960’s to the early 1970’s facilitated artists’ use of the medium during this era and set the groundwork for the development of video’s dominant role in contemporary art practice. Janet Dees, SITE’s Thaw Curatorial Fellow, will discuss the work of some of the artists who pioneered the use of video, and the continued relevance of their experiments and lines of inquiry for artists working in the medium.
Joanne Lefrak, SITE's Education and Catalogue Manager, will contextualize the work of biennial artists Lotte Reiniger, Kara Walker, and Paul Chan through the history of shadows and silhouettes. Touching on subjects such as Victorian silhouette portraiture, Lefrak will shed new light on the shadows and silhouettes of three artists included in The Dissolve.
Martha Colburn, Biennial artist and collagist extraordinaire, and Jad Fair, co-founder of alternative '70s rock group Half-Japanese, take the stage with pianist/comprovisor Thollem Macdonas on keyboards, for an evening that will challenge the limits of live projection performance art and will likely border on the outrageous.
For more than 30 years, Susan Sollins has enriched the field of contemporary art with her innovations in public programming, museum education, and curatorial practices. Nowhere is this more evident than in the groundbreaking documentary television series Art in the Twenty-First Century, for which she is founder, director, producer, and curator. The Peabody Award winning Art:21 series, now in production for its sixth PBS season, explores the lives of 86 artists to date, including Janine Antoni, Cai Guo-Qiang, Ann Hamilton, Tim Hawkinson, Alfredo Jaar, Bruce Nauman, and Susan Rothenberg.
My Life in Art: Marlene Meyerson with Sarah Greenough
The Good, the Bad, and the Very Bad: A Year in the Life of an Art Critic
An Art Critic looks at where we are now, how we got here, and speculates about where we may be going; names will be named; there will be blood...and love. Jerry Saltz’s new book is titled Seeing Out Louder. After a decade of serving as Art Critic for The Village Voice, Jerry Saltz, a one-time truck driver turned seasoned art critic, has, since 2007 held the coveted title of Senior Art Critic at New York magazine.