Version Fest 12 needs your help!

April 2, 2012 · Print This Article

So our friends down in Bridgeport need your help to do something fantastic. Seriously. Watch their video.

Now, we have tried to not pimp people’s Kickstarters. This is for two reasons… We (just like you) have a little “kickstarter fatigue,” and well, sooner or later we are also going to have to do a kickstarter to keep our project going and we don’t want everyone to be completely “kicked out” before we need the help.

That being said, maybe it is time to help out Version Fest as it has helped out thousands of us.

Everybody is talking about Residencies!

March 27, 2012 · Print This Article

Not surprisingly our friends at EXPO are talking about some of the same thing we are…Go check it out.


Presented in partnership with The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), is a year round program of symposia, panel discussions, and provocative artistic discourse. EXPO /Dialogues will culminate each year in daily programming at EXPO CHICAGO, highlighting the field’s leading artists, architects, curators, designers and arts professionals and the current issues that engage them.

Artist Residency Panel Discussion
Monday, April 2nd
SAIC Ballroom
112 S. Michigan Avenue

*Event is free and open to the public

Elizabeth Chodos

Brad Killam
Poor Farm

Cortney Lederer
BOLT Residencies

Abigail Satinsky

Nicholas Wylie

Moderated by Tricia Van Eck, 6018North and The Happiness Project

Live in a bathroom in Brooklyn!!!

February 9, 2012 · Print This Article

Tonight our own Amanda Browder and Tom Sanford rock a bathroom in brooklyn with Nanna Nordstrom? 7pm Get there early if you want a seat.

UPDATE: you can watch it HERE.

Thursday, February 9: 7:00pm

In a bathroom in Brooklyn

Bad at Sports
apexart Resident
Nanna Nordström

team up for another
Full-of-Depth Interview

Location: Arts @ Renaissance space
2 Kingsland Ave (@Maspeth Ave) – Garden Level
East Williamsburg
L Train Graham stop

apexart and Bad at Sports are collaborating once again for their Resident Talk with current apexart Inbound Resident, Nanna Nordström, visiting from Stockholm, Sweden. Amanda Browder and Tom Sanford from the Bad at Sports team will interview Nanna in the depths of a once-hospital out in Brooklyn, getting to the bottom of what exactly the apexart Residency is, what her experiences have been during her month in New York, and new influences the city has brought.

Amanda Browder is a visual artist who lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. Born in Missoula, MT, Amanda moved to Chicago in 2001 to teach at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and to later help start the Bad at Sports podcast with Duncan MacKenzie and Richard Holland. In 2007 Amanda moved to New York and now heads the NY Bureau. As a fine-artist Amanda has shown nationally and internationally and last year she received a grant from Brooklyn Arts Council and the NPArt.

Tom Sanford is a New York based artist. He is represented by Leo Koenig Inc and Galleri Faurschou and has exhibited all over the world. He is a contributor to Bad at Sports and one of their New York correspondents.

Nanna Nordström is a Swedish artist based in Stockholm, Sweden. She was born 1981 in Jönköping, Sweden and before going on to the arts she studied agriculture. She got her art education at the Royal Institute of Art in Stockholm and at the Akademie der bildenden Kunste in Vienna. She has exhibited both in Sweden and abroad. Nordström is one of the holders of the IASPIS (The Swedish Arts Grants Committee’s International Program) studio grant 2011 and she is currently living and working in Dresden, Germany. For more information on apexart resident Nanna Nordström, visit her resident page.

Over the course of the series, the Bad at Sports team will grill and provoke apexart residents in increasingly ridiculous scenarios while talking art, residencies, the role of conversation, and the inspiration that comes with travel.


PS. I will try and knock out a big post about our involvement and the series sometime in the  next week!

PPS. I don’t actually know about seats. It was a toilet joke.



Our friends at apexart want to be your friends too.

January 18, 2012 · Print This Article

So, as many of you know we are in the beginning stages of our second project with NYC’s apexart. We will let you know more as the project evolves but our next jam will be dropping February 9th in NYC. In the mean time, our friends would like to work with you too. Here is how you can make that happen…

For the 15th year, apexart is accepting submissions for exhibition ideas where the winners will receive the funding and administrative support from apexart to mount a show in our Manhattan space.

apexart’s Unsolicited Proposal Program asks for 500 word idea-based proposals for a group exhibition that will be evaluated by a large international jury. Submissions are reviewed solely on the strength of the idea; no previous curatorial experience necessary.

The three winning exhibitions will be presented in our 2012-2013 season.

We are accepting proposals at January 17- February 17, 2012 and you can visit our website at any time for guidelines and more information.


Bad at Sports-ers in Public?

January 18, 2012 · Print This Article


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.