In March of this year, UnderMain held its third panel discussion of the Critical Mass Series. The series was founded and is undertaken annually as a way to examine the role that criticism plays for Kentucky artists and institutions. The co-founders and regional partners believe that critical discourse can help us engage in a more meaningful dialogue regionally and with the national and international contemporary art world.
Collaboration is vital to the Critical Mass Series and as UnderMain hosts the series in a different part of Kentucky each year, we seek out new partners. Critical Mass I (2016) was conducted in partnership with the University of Kentucky Art Museum in Lexington, while Critical Mass II (2017) was held at KMAC in Louisville. This year, we brought in The Carnegie Center in Covington with Exhibitions Director Matt Distel moderating.
In keeping with his curatorial style known as Open Source, Distel invited five artists (Harry Sanches Jr., Joey Versoza, David Wischer, Lindsey Whittle, and Sky Cubacub) to join three curators/writers working in the region. CMIII:In The Mid (2019) specifically addressed the topic of regionalism and its impact on artists and writers working in the mid-West. Distel set out to ask: What is a healthy arts discourse and does it exist in this region? What are the practical concerns for artists that are working outside of major arts centers? What role does art criticism and critical dialogue in general play in the careers of “regional” artists?
The symposium featured The Great Meadows Foundation Critic-in-Residence and Miami-based curator, Natalia Zuluaga, who shared some of what she learned during her March residency in Kentucky where she made studio visits to the studios of more than thirty artists. Natalia was joined by Valentine Umansky, Curatorial Fellow at the Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati; Annie dell’Aria, Assistant Professor at Miami University and writer for AEQAI; and Sarah Rose Sharp, Detroit-based activist and multi-media artist and writer for HyperAllergic, Art in America, Flash Art, and Sculpure Magazine.
For those of you who could not join us, below is an interview with Christine Huskisson and Matt Distel on the WEKU current affairs program Eastern Standard explaining a bit about The Critical Mass Series, as well as a short video of the symposium itself. We hope you enjoy.
Planning for Critical Mass IV is underway. More on that soon.
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UnderMain, Inc. would like to acknowledge the following for helping us organize Critical Mass III and producing this short video:
Curation and Administration
Christine Huskisson, Co-Founder and Curator of The Critical Mass Series
Tom Martin and Art Shechet, Co-Founders of The Critical Mass Series
Matt Distel, Moderator of CMIII and Exhibitions Director of The Carnegie Center
Savannah Wills, Coordinator of CMIII and Chellgren scholar
Julien Robson, Advisor to UnderMain for the CM Series and Director of the Great Meadows Foundation
The staff at The Carnegie Center in Covington, Kentucky
Due to audio complications, the artists discussion was not properly recorded.
We value highly the visual content and the sharing of artistic practices for discussion purposes.
Thanks goes out to:
Harry Sanches Jr.
Natalia Zuluaga, Miami-based Independent Curator and Critic-in-Residence with the Great Meadows Foundation
Valentine Umansky, Curatorial Fellow at the Contemporary Art Center, Cincinnati
Annie dell’Aria, Assistant Professor at Miami University and writer for AEQAI
Sarah Rose Sharp, Detroit-based activist and multi-media artist and
writer for HyperAllergic, Art in America, Flash Art, and Sculpure Magazine
John Williams, Principal Photographer / Producer SoundART Management™
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Great Meadows Foundation is a grant giving foundation, launched in 2016 by contemporary art collector and philanthropist Al Shands. Named for the home that Al and his late wife Mary created, the mission of Great Meadows Foundation is to critically strengthen and support visual art in Kentucky by empowering our community’s artists and other visual arts professionals to research, connect, and participate more actively in the broader contemporary art world. (www.greatmeadowsfoundation.org)
The Carnegie Center provides an extraordinary venue for the arts and arts education made possible through the generosity of individuals, private foundations and businesses in our community. They receive operating support from the ArtsWave, the Kentucky Arts Council, The Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation and Kenton County Fiscal Courts.
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