Spring Keynote: A Conversation with Michelle Grabner – Clyfford Still Museum

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Guests at the Clyfford Still Museum's 2015 winter keynote. Photo by James Dewhirst

Spring Keynote: A Conversation with Michelle Grabner

Thu, Apr 26, 2018, 6:30–8 pm
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Michelle Grabner holds a unique role within the world of contemporary art. As an artist, educator, critic, curator, gallery owner, and administrator, she sees little need to think in terms of boundaries and borders. In this conversation with CSM director Dean Sobel, Grabner will discuss these various roles, her own work, and her relationship to these art establishments.

Grabner holds a master’s in art history from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and a master’s of fine art in art theory and practice from Northwestern University. She joined the faculty of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1996 and became chair of its prestigious painting and drawing department in fall 2009. She is also a senior critic at Yale University in the department of painting and printmaking.

Grabner’s writing has been published in Artforum, Modern Painters, Frieze, Art Press, and Art-Agenda, among others. Grabner runs the Suburban gallery out of her Chicagoland home with her husband, Brad Killam, and a rural artists’ retreat in Wisconsin called the Poor Farm. In 2014, she co-curated the Whitney Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art. She is presently co-curating FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art, which opens in the summer of 2018.

Grabner’s work has been the subject of one-person exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Cleveland; the Indianapolis Museum of Art; INOVA, The University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee; and the Ulrich Museum in Wichita. She has been included in group exhibitions at Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago; the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis; Tate St. Ives in England; and Kunsthalle Bern in Switzerland.

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