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Opening-Day Talk: Painting in the Present Tense

Part of Painter Painter

For the opening-day panel discussion, artist/curator Michelle Grabner, writer Bruce Hainley, and critic Jan Verwoert join Painter Painter’s co-curators Eric Crosby and Bartholomew Ryan and featured artists to talk about the exhibition as well as the broader topics of painting and abstraction today.

Featured Speakers

Grabner, professor and chair of painting and drawing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, has exhibited her work nationally and internationally. She is a regular contributor to Artforum, Art-Agenda, and X-tra, and co-edited The Studio Reader. She was appointed visiting professor in painting/printmaking at Yale University School of Art in 2011, and is one of the curators for the 2014 Whitney Biennial. With her husband Brad Killam, Grabner runs the artist spaces the Suburban in Chicago and the Poor Farm in Northeastern Wisconsin.

A contributing editor to Artforum, Hainley is the author of No Biggie, Foul Mouth, and, with John Waters, Art—A Sex Book. The fifth issue of Pep Talk is dedicated to his writing, and his book on Sturtevant, Under the Sign of [sic], will be published by Semiotext(e) later this year. He teaches at the Art Center College of Design and lives in Los Angeles.

Verwoert is a critic and writer on contemporary art and cultural theory, based in Berlin. He is a contributing editor to Frieze magazine, and his writing has appeared in various journals, anthologies, and monographs. He teaches at the Piet Zwart Institute, Rotterdam; the de Appel curatorial programme; and the Ha’Midrasha School of Art, Tel Aviv. Verwoert is the author of Bas Jan Ader: In Search of the Miraculous and the essay collection Tell Me What You Want What You Really Really Want.


Mack Lectures are made possible by generous support from Aaron and Carol Mack.