See Duncan and Richard at CAA on Friday!

February 10, 2010 · Print This Article

Today marks the start of the 2010 College Art Association (CAA) Conference, the annual conference for college professionals working in the field of visual arts. If you’re in town for the event, don’t miss Duncan MacKenzie and Richard Holland presenting in person on Friday on the topic of “meta-mentors” and the role they play as producers/founders/meta-mentors of the entire Bad at Sports universe! Their panel, titled Meta-Mentoring: Opt Out of Obscurity, will take place on Friday February 12th at 12:30 pm at Columbus GHIJ, Gold Level, East Tower, Hyatt Regency Chicago. Duncan and Richard will be talking about the history of Bad at Sports, the process of putting the show together, the role they play as artists and cultural producers, and so! much! more! So come armed with your questions, your autograph books and 8 x 10 black and white glossies…and get ready to be meta-mentored by Bad at Sports!

Be sure and check out some of the panels listed below, featuring B@S’ fellow contributors, friends, and other groovy folks of note. (For the full schedule of panels at CAA, click here.) PLUS: Students at Columbia College are blogging the entire conference! So we don’t have to! Thank you Columbia College Students!  Without further ado, let the academic hob-nobbing commence!

On Thursday:

Futures of Criticism
Thursday, February 11, 9:30 AM–12:00 PM
Grand B, Gold Level, East Tower, Hyatt Regency Chicago
Chair: Lane Relyea, Northwestern University

Criticality, Critique, Critical Practice
Gail Day, University of Leeds
The Critique of the Incitement to Discourse and the Basic Problems of Phenomenology: Two or Three Critical Models in/around Tino Sehgal
David Lewis, Graduate Center, City University of New York
Who Needs an Art Critic: Law and the Space of Writing
Sergio Munoz Sarmiento, Clancco: Art and Law
Historicizing Contemporary Art: The Living, the Dead, and the Undead
Simone Osthoff, Pennsylvania State University
Criticisms, Publics, Communities
Frazer Ward, Smith College

Recent Research in Chicago Architecture
Thursday, February 11, 9:30 AM–12:00 PM
Grand A, Gold Level, East Tower, Hyatt Regency Chicago
Chair: David Theodore Van Zanten, Northwestern University
The Skyscraper Street and Design for the Crowd ca. 1900
Joanna Merwood, Parsons the New School for Design
Marketing the Movies: Chicago Picture Palace Movie Theaters
Rachel Remmel, University of Rochester
A Preliminary Survey of the Chicago Courtyard Apartment Building: The North and West Sides
Michael Rabens, Oklahoma State University
From PWA to CHA: Chicago Architecture and the American Public-Housing Debate
Alison Fisher, Art Institute of Chicago and Northwestern University
The Inland Steel Building Inside Out
Amanda Douberley, University of Texas at Austin
Aspects of the Civic: Chicago’s Daley Center and Plaza
Sharon Irish, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

New Challenges for Art Criticism: Relational Aesthetics, Social Collaborations, and Public Interactivity
Thursday, February 11, 12:30 PM–2:00 PM
Regency A, Gold Level, West Tower, Hyatt Regency Chicago
Chair: Kathryn Hixson, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Michelle Grabner, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Joseph Grigely, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Joao Ribas, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The Object of Nostalgia
Thursday, February 11, 2:30 PM–5:00 PM
Columbus GHIJ, Gold Level, East Tower, Hyatt Regency Chicago
Chairs: Rene J. Marquez, University of Delaware; Lance Winn, University of Delaware
Installation and Nostalgia: Landscape of Desire

Marlene Alt, Southern Oregon University

Try a Little Tenderness

Pamela L. Fraser, University of Illinois, Chicago

Ah, but It Was Good

Elaine B. Rutherford, College of Saint Benedict and Saint Johns University

The Interstice between the Sentimental and Cynical Act of Painting
Brian Bishop, Framingham State College
***There is an exhibition titled The Object of Nostalgia running concurrently at Columbia College’s A+D Gallery, curator’s talk and reception on Thursday night at 5:30pm.
On Friday:

***Meta-Mentors: Opt Out of Obscurity***
Friday, February 12, 12:30 PM–2:00 PM
Columbus GHIJ, Gold Level, East Tower, Hyatt Regency Chicago
Chairs: Sabina Ott, Columbia College Chicago; Reni Gower, Virginia Commonwealth University
Curator’s Perspective
Michelle Grabner, School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the Suburban
Critic’s Perspective
Corey Postiglione, Columbia College Chicago and “Artforum”
Gallerist’s Perspective
Gosia Koscielak, Koscielak Gallery
Producer’s Perspective
Duncan MacKenzie, Bad at Sports: Contemporary Art Talk
Richard Holland, Bad at Sports: Contemporary Art Talk
On Saturday:

Comics in Art History, Part I
Saturday, February 13, 9:30 AM–12:00 PM
Grand CD South, Gold Level, East Tower, Hyatt Regency ChicagoChairs: Andrei Molotiu, Indiana University, Bloomington; Patricia Mainardi, Graduate Center, City University of New York

James Boaden, University of York: Dick Racy and Nance: The Comic Collages of Jess

Andrei Molotiu, Indiana University, Bloomington: Kirby after Lichtenstein

John P. Hogan, independent artist, Los Angeles: Comic Conceptualism and Critical Comedians: Two Sides of a Wooden Nickel

Simon Grennan, University of the Arts London: Reading Seth through Appropriation Theory

Mark Staff Brandl, University of Zurich: Posthysterical: The Study of Comics Advances a Plurogenic View of Art History

Hot Topic Alert: Art Theory by Artists

October 22, 2009 · Print This Article

There’s a great discussion going on right now at Edward Winkleman’s blog inspired by Winkleman’s post Thinking While Making Things, which was in turn inspired by an interview with Robert Storr conducted by The Art Newspaper, and an article written for Proximity by artist and frequent BaS contributor Mark Staff Brandl titled Artists Write: Thinking While Making Things. The discussion on Winkleman’s blog revolves around the ways that artists can/should/have engage(d) theory in their work and writing, the different forms that “theory” may take when it comes to artistic practice, and further on from there. Go check it out and add your voice to the discussion.

And on a side note, I have a small request of my own for current or former MFA students and/or art history graduate students, along with their professors and teachers:  I’m trying to break down what often seem to be monolithic notions of what “Theory” constitutes nowadays by looking at it from more a text-specific level.  I’m especially interested in what strains of “Theory” are being taught to younger artists who are engaged with / emerging from art programs TODAY (rather than, you know, 20 years ago, which was arguably when deconstructionist/ post-structuralist / psychoanalytic / postmodern / cultural studies-driven,  capital T Theory was in its heyday and held greatest sway). Are there any new Theories out there that I should be aware of (she said, tongue planted firmly in cheek)? What are you proverbial kids reading today? It can’t be the same shit I was reading twenty years ago…can it? Let me know what your profs are assigning or recommending (links to full-on syllabi are welcome!), and which authors and theoretical texts you’re talking about with your friends and colleagues. I want to try and map out, in painfully literal fashion,  just what it is we’re talking about when we talk about Theory.

Thanks. Now, go check out the discussion over at Mr. Winkleman’s house (and please make sure to restrict any comments here to the specific topic I put forth above…I don’t think it’s cool to siphon off discussion from another blogger’s post).

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.

Episode 170: Mark Staff Brandl

November 30, 2008 · Print This Article

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Duncan “the fieldmouse” MacKenzie interviews Mark “The EuroShark” Staff Brandl, theorist, writer, professor, artist, and contributor to Art in America, Sharkforum and Bad at Sports.

Richard expresses concern that Duncan is off his meds.
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