Writing: Essays and Reviews

Essays

Forthcoming

  • Interview with Faith Wilding for catalog/book by Intellect Publishers (Forthcoming)
  • Essay for I Hotel Contact Points book edited by Jerome Reyes and Tammy Ko Robinson (Forthcoming)
  • “Be The Touch You Want To Feel: Prefiguring intimacy in a time of deformed social relations” for UPRISING catalog on the work of Nicole Garneau (Forthcoming)

2017

  • “Communiversity: Inside and Outside Art Education” essay for Antoni Muntadas: Activating Artifacts – Interpretation, Translation, Education (CADVC/UMBC, 2017) Edited with text by Niels Van Tomme and additional texts by by Olivia Munoz Rojas, and Daniel Oliver Tucker in conjunction with Muntadas exhibitions at De Appel and UMBC. My essay deals with ecological art and independent educational initiatives.

2016

  • Organize Your Own catalog essay (Sobersove Press) (Download PDF)
  • “Artists imagining the city: Activist art about housing issues in Chicago at the start of the twenty-first century” for Art and the Public Sphere journal [London, UK]. (Download PDF).

2015

  • “The Art of the Possible: Realistic Pragmatism and Social Service Image Myths – On and around the work of Kenneth Balfelt in Copenhagen” Catalog essays for Art as Social Practice – a critical investigation of works by Kenneth A. Balfelt edited by Matthias Borello (Revolver Publishing, Berlin) (Download PDF)
  • “Introspective Retrospective” reflection on Faith Wilding’s first retrospective for MooreWomenArtists.org

2014

2013

  • “Pedway as Breakroom as Time Machine” catalog introduction to The Pedway of Today  by Hui-min Tsen for Green Lantern Press [Chicago, IL] (Download PDF)

2012

  • Blurry Vision for Austerity Livin blogpost for Imagining America [Online]
  • Myth of Protest for Newcity [Chicago]
  • Mayday 2012 for Uninomadi Global Mayday issue [Online/Italy]
  • Homocore interview from Never The Same published in Landline #3 [Chicago, IL]
  • Compilation of Never The Same interviews published in AREA Chicago #12 [Chicago, IL]
  • Revised/Shortened version of “Inhabiting and Learning Together: Tracing the first 5 years of AREA Chicago” for AREA #12 [Chicago, IL]
  • Two dialogues on the intertwined themes of “place” and “community” with Dan S. Wang for Midwest Radical Culture Corridor book Deep Routes: The Midwest In All Directions
  • “Young White and Angry” published in Landline #2 [Chicago, IL]
  • Dialogue with Gina Badger for Promiscuous Infrastructures: Experiments in Art + Information + Activism published by Artivistic [Montreal, Canada]

2011

2010

2009

2008

2007

2006

  • “Trashing the Neoliberal City: Autonomous Culural Practices in Chicago from 2000-2005”, introductory essay to a a booklet and catalogue published by Learning Book [Copenhagen, Denmark]

2005

  • Polvo Magazine (special Public Art issue) “Public Art in the Daley Village”
  • Ausgang.com “Spies like us” + “10 books on cities and public space”
  • Journal of North East Issues (Hamburg, Germany)”Group Process Survey”

2004

  • Clamor Magazine “Platform Projects”

Reviews:

Art Books:

  • Living as Form: Socially Engaged Art from 1991–2011 Edited by Nato Thompson (MIT Press/Creative Time Books, 2012) (Originally Published in Afterimage Vol. 40 No.1) and republished here.
  • Signs of Change: Social Movement Cultures 1960s to Now By Dara Greenwald and Josh MacPhee in association with Exit Art (AK Press, 2010) for Afterimage Vol.38 #5
  • An Atlas of Radical Cartography edited by Lize Mogel & Alexis Bhagat (Journal of Aesthetics and Protest Press, 2007) for Proximity Magazine issue #1.
  • Three Books In One: Realizing The Impossible: Art Against Authority edited by Josh MacPhee and Erik Reuland (AK Press 2007); Who Cares (Creative Time Books 2006)and Group Work: A book of information and dialogs about creativity and collaboration in groups by Temporary Services (Printed Matter, Inc. 2007) for BootPrint #2 and Lumpen Magazine.
  • Dream: Re-imagining Progressive Politics in an Age of Fantasy By Stephen Duncombe (New Press,  2006) for Lumpen Magazine with Todd Tucker.

Creative Non Fiction Books:

  • Slouching Towards Bethlehem: Essays by Joan Didion (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1968) on personal blog.
  • Strange Fruit: The Biography of a Song by David Margolick (Harper Perennial -January 23, 2001) on personal blog.

Political Geography Books:

  • The Big Sort by Bill Bishop (Houghton Mifflin, 2008) for The Next American City Magazine print edition, Fall 2008 – Issue #20
  • Green Gone Wrong: How Our Economy Is Undermining the Environmental Revolution by Heather Rogers (Scribner – April 20, 2010) for Farmtogethernow.org
  • Methland: The Death and Life of an American Small Town by Nick Redding (Bloomsbury USA – June 9, 2009) for Farmtogethernow.org
  • In and Out of Crisis: The Global Financial Meltdown and Left Alternatives By Leo Panitch, Sam Gindin, and Greg Albo (PM Press/Spectre – May, 2010) for Working In These Times blog.
  • Belltown Paradise/Making Their Own Plans – A double book edited by In the Field (Brett Bloom and Ava Bromberg) (WhiteWalls, 2004) for Clamor Magazine.

Books on the legacy of the 1960s:

  • Revolution as an Eternal Dream: the Exemplary Failure of the Madame Binh Graphics Collective by Mary Patten, with a preface by Lucy Lippard and an afterword by Gregory Sholette (Half Letter Press, 2011) for Afterimage Vol. 39 No. 5
  • Hillbilly Nationalists, Urban Race Rebels, and Black Power: Community Organizing in Radical Times by James Tracy and Amy Sonnie (Melville House, 2011) written for Landline #2 (print only) and republished here.
  • Waiting ‘Til the Midnight Hour: A Narrative History of Black Power in America by Peniel E. Joseph (Henry Holt and Co.; 2006) for personal blog.

Science Fiction Books:

  • Fire On The Mountain by Terry Bisson (PM Press, 2009) for personal blog.

Event and Exhibition Reviews:

  • Pierre Bennu’s Red Bone Guerilla’s for Black Star Film Fest. 2015.
  • Michael Rakowitz’s The Breakup at Rhona Hoffman Gallery in H-Art International. 2014
  • John Sparagana’s Crowds & Powder at Corbett vs Dempsey gallery for Art Agenda. 2014
  • Way of the Shovel exhibition at MCA Chicago for Mousse Magazine. 2013
  • Two reflections on the 2013 Creative Time Summit for H-Art and Newcity. 2013
  • Reflections on Documenta13 exhibition participants hailing from Chicago for Bad At Sports blog. 2013
  • Best of Chicago Art in 2012 – A top 10 for Newcity Chicago. 2012
  • Summer Harvest: Three visiting artist projects about food, community and economy descend on Chicagoland on new work by Natasha Wheat, Sarah Kavage, and You Are Here for H-Art Magazine. 2010
  • Detroit City of Hope: US Social Forum Reportback for AREA Chicago’s blog Notes From the Forum.  2010
  • Bucharest Biennale 4 – Handlung: On Producing Possibilities for H-Art Magazine. 2010
  • Bucharest Biennale 4 – Handlung: On Producing Possibilities for Art Agenda. 2010
  • Creative Time Summit: Revolutions In Public Practice for H-Art Magazine. 2009
  • Tamms Year Ten report from press conference for personal blog. 2008
  • Heartland exhibition at the Smart Museum of Art for H-Art Magazine. 2009
  • Three exhibits in one: John T. McCutcheon, Anne E. Moore, and Printers Ball for Chicago Journal. 2009
  • Cy Twombly and the new Modern Wing of the Art Institute for Chicago Journal. 2009
  • Four exhibits in one: “The Edge of Intent” at Columbia College’s Museum of Contemporary Photography; “The (Un)Real City” at Kasia Kay; Joel Ross at Monique Meloche Gallery; and “Visible City” at Finestra Art Space for Chicago Journal. 2009
  • Officially Unofficial: Inspired Art for Obama at Department of Cultural Affairs for Chicago Journal. 2009
  • Buckminster Fuller: Starting with the Universe at the Museum of Contemporary Art for Chicago Journal. 2009
  • Beyond the Backyard at the Museum of Contemporary Photography for Chicago Journal. 2008
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