Friday, Terri is speaking at the Evanston Art Center with the always interesting Derek Guthrie!!! Then, the next day, this guy (Duncan MacKenzie) will be killing it with Lori Waxman, James Yood, and Lane Relyea over at the CAC. Strangely, We are all talking criticism. Terri and crew will talk about the current role of criticism. We will talk about what it means to you and why you should care!

Please see the attached listings…

Terri and Crew – Questioning the Art World of Today

Friday January 20th at 6:30pm

Since its founding in 1929, the Evanston Art Center has provided a forum for the discussion and debate of contemporary art issues. This evening we invite you to join our panelists for a dialogue about the art of our time as it relates to current trends in the market and academia. Topics brought to the table will include:

  • Has the art market become the ultimate critic?
  • Has boosterism replacing thinking?
  • Has art academia retreated into its own bubble?
  • What is the role and relevance of art criticism?
  • Have museums lost their authority?

Panelists will include: Derek Guthrie (co-founding editor of The New Art Examiner), Terri Griffith(an editor of The Essential New Art Examiner), Diane Thodos (artist and art critic), Andrew Falkowski (art instructor at SAIC & Northwestern University), and others.

This program is free for all.

If you’re interested in taking part in further discussion about this topic, visit Northern Illinois Art Museum at NIU will present a didactic exhibition exploring the history and significance of The New Art Examiner, published in Chicago between 1973 and 2002. Additionally, on Saturday, January 28, the NIU College of Visual and Performing Arts will host an engaging public symposium about the importance of the New Art Examiner to Chicago’s art history and practice.


Duncan and Friends – De-mystifying the Art Critic


January 21, 2012, 1-3pm

Chicago Artists’ Coalition, 217 North Carpenter, Chicago, IL 60607—312.491.8888

De-mystifying the Art Critic surfaced out of a conversation with contemporary, emerging Chicago artists and intends to define the current climate of art criticism and break down the relationship between artist and art critic. Representing local and international, print and web-based publications, this dynamic panel featuring Duncan MacKenzie , Lane Relyea,  Lori Waxman, and James Yood; and moderated by BOLT artist-in- residence Stacia Yeapanis, will speak to both the theoretical and practical considerations of art criticism for both art writers and artists.


Lane Relyea is Associate Professor and Chair of the department of Art Theory & Practice at Northwestern University and also editor-designate of Art Journal (for a three-year term beginning July 2012). His essays and reviews have appeared in numerous magazines including Artforum, Afterall, Parkett, Frieze, Modern Painters, Art in America and Flash Art

James Yood teaches contemporary art history and criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he is Director of the New Arts Journalism program and Visiting Professor in theDepartment of Art History, Theory and Criticism.   Active as an art critic and essayist on contemporary art, he has been Chicago correspondent to Artforum and writes regularly for GLASS magazine, American Craft, art ltd., and Aperture.

Duncan MacKenzie is a multi-platform Artist, Critic, founding member and Producer of Bad at Sports Podcast. Bad At Sports is a Chicago-based, weekly podcast about contemporary art. Founded in 2005, the series focuses on presenting the practices of artists, curators, critics, dealers and various other arts professionals through an online audio format.

Lori Waxman is a Chicago-based critic and art historian. Her reviews and articles have been published in the Chicago Tribune, Artforum,, Modern Painters, Gastronomica, Parkett, Tema Celeste, as well as the sadly defunct Parachute, New Art Examiner, and FGA. Lori  is an instructor in the Art History and Criticism department of at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


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