First off, a huge thanks to Thea Liberty Nichols for her superb series of interviews with Chicago critics, writers, and curators. The role that writers and critics play in Chicago is an oft-debated topic, and Thea brought a sense of curiosity and enthusiasm to these conversations that made it all seem fresh with new possibility. If you want even more Thea, you can read her writings at Art Slant here.

We’re also extremely excited about our next guest blogger: Dan Gunn, an artist, writer and educator living and working in Chicago who is also on our “Fielding Practice” panel for Art:21 blog. He got his MFA from The School of the Art Institute in Painting in 2007, and has exhibited at Monique Meloche Gallery, Loyola University Museum of Art, Lloyd Dobler Gallery, Living Room Gallery, the Brown Triangle and the Rider Project:Emerald City.  Dan writes about Chicago art, including the history of alternative and apartment spaces in conjunction with the Hyde Park Art Center’s “Artists Run Chicago” exhibition and Threewalls/Green Lantern Press’ book “Artist Run Digest.” He also writes occasional art criticism for Newcity and has published essays for Proximity Magazine’s (con)Temporary Art Guide and for ArtSlant.com.

First up: Dan interviews Jan Tichy about Tichy’s newest project to be installed in the last Cabrini Green highrise. Later this week, he’ll have interviews with artists Chris Bradley and Mindy Rose Schwartz. Good times!

Dan Gunn, detail of Trickster Mechanism #2.

Claudine Isé

Claudine Isé has worked in the field of contemporary art as a writer and curator for the past decade, and currently serves as the Editor of the Art21 Blog. Claudine regularly writes for Artforum.com and Chicago magazine, and has also worked as an art critic for the Los Angeles Times. Before moving to Chicago in 2008, she worked at the Wexner Center in Columbus, OH as associate curator of exhibitions, and at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles as assistant curator of contemporary art, where she curated a number of Hammer Projects. She has Ph.D. in Film, Literature and Culture from the University of Southern California.