Crowd-Sourced Curation

March 2, 2009 · Print This Article

I don’t Tweet, and no one can convince me that Wikipedia is a fundamentally reliable source of knowledge, but I’m definitely intrigued by gallerist and 20 x 200 impresario Jen Bekman’s experiment in “crowd-sourced curation.”  Bekman asked fellow Twitterers to recommend artists they’d like to see participate in  20 x 200, and received a deluge of suggestions in response. Get the full story here.

Did any of you New York readers see Bekman’s talk “Overcrowded – How crowd sourcing is ruining everything” at Ignite NYC III last week? If you did, can you give us the lowdown in the comments? Bekman’s take on the issue is of interest, as she’s one of only a few dealers to develop a successful model for marketing affordable contemporary art to the masses. Makes me wonder if or how phenomena like micro-blogging and crowd-sourcing will  affect the future of art criticism as well as institutional curation. I’m sure there’s a number of art critics already twittering out there (are there any who now use Twitter exclusively?), and you know some enterprising curator will find a way to Tweet out an art show, it’s only a matter of time.

Andrea Fraser Tonight at SAIC

February 12, 2009 · Print This Article

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Andrea Fraser: Thursday, February 12, 6pm
SAIC Auditorium, 280 S. Columbus Drive

Andrea Fraser will be kicking off this season of SAIC’s Visiting Artist Program series entitled “Art and the Right to Believe Lecture Series.” The performance artist whose work often is rooted in feminism and institutional critique will be worth catching.

“Admission: $5 per person for the general public; $3 per person for SAIC alumni, non-SAIC students, and seniors; and FREE for students, faculty, and staff of the Art Institute of Chicago.”

For more information please visit the visiting artist program’s website

Artist Mark Staff Brandl’s Work Disapears From Exhibit

February 8, 2009 · Print This Article


Chicago artist Mark Staff Brandl’s traveling art exhibition “Out of Sequence” which was most recently opened at the Belmar Laboratory of Art and Ideas museum near Denver, Colorado is now almost out of art. One of the key works which was of a standard comic book spinning rack with 31 hand panted works sitting in the slots had 26 of which stolen during the opening night festivities. 12 of which have since been returned but 14 are still lost. More can be read and followed on at the post on Sharkforum.

Good thing the show didn’t open on May 2nd or it could have been worse.

Crips and Bloods: Made in America

February 6, 2009 · Print This Article

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February 6th-10th
Gene Siskel Film Center

Ever since I heard about Stacy Perralta’s (Dogtown and Z-Boys) latest documentary Crips and Bloods: Made in America several months ago I have been waiting for the film to make it to the Midwest. CBMA looks at the roots of Los Angeles’ two most notorious gangs through interviews with current and former members and traces it’s not so violent origins.

View the trailer here.

For More information please visit the Gene Siskel’s website.

New COAGULA Available

February 2, 2009 · Print This Article

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Issue 96 of COAGULA is now available for download. This issue has an interview with L.A. based Painter Asad Faulwell.

“COAGULA began as a freely distributed tabloid magazine in Los Angeles and New York in1992. A stack of the magazines could be found by the front door of a dozen or so galleries on each coast.”

For more information check out COAGULA’s site.