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Friday, September 20 • 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Art Writing: Upending the Critic

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Leora Fridman, Dorothy R. Santos & Anne Lesley Selcer, "Art Writing: Upending the Critic"

As a multi-genre writer and artist invested in writing that expands and continues discourse, I am deeply invested in contemporary art writing: what it is, what it does, and what it can do in a variety of different contexts.

For this conversation, I’ve gathered a group of writers invested in the possibilities of art writing, distinct from and in relationship to traditional art criticism. Together we’ll consider: How do artists and writers interact to produce ongoing conversation? How can writing about art expand or interrupt existing assumptions around art & identity? What does it mean to write about social practice and performance as the lines between these genres blur and extend? What ethical concerns constrain or embrace art writing?

The writers will discuss what art writing means in their own practice, how it relates to other kinds of art-writing and art-making that they do, and what kinds of lineages they draw on and perform in the making of this work. Inclusive of but also beyond the form of review or critique, these writers make work that invites artists into continuing dialogue with themselves and others, expanding what it means to have seen or reflected on an individual creative work. This &Now conversation will invite further development of what it means to name, describe, analyze, and associate with existing contemporary work, particularly in the context of contemporary political concerns.


Raquel Gutiérrez & Jared Stanley, "It's Not Ekphrastic"

This reading features poets whose work is in deep dialogue with contemporary art, who go beyond ekphrasis, using strategies, techniques, ideas based in contemporary art in their writing practice. This cross-pollination between creative practices stems from these writer's hybrid practice as curators, collaborators, art reviewers, and artists themselves. We will read hybrid works, text-based artwork, poems, and prose that push past collaboration and toward mutual entanglement.

In poetry, contemporary art is often discussed in terms of ekphrasis. Our panel envisions a greater entanglement with creative practice beyond writing. The panel is of interest to writers who wish to engage with creative practice outside their writing. In particular, writers interested in collaboration will gain a sense of potential in working across aesthetic, ethnic, and class boundaries. As a group of writers from diverse backgrounds, our work engages questions of power and community.


Jared Stanley

Jared Stanley is the author of three collections of poetry, most recently EARS. Recent poetry and prose have appeared in the New York Times, The Brooklyn Rail, Harvard Review, Make Magazine, and PoetryNow. He teaches in the MFA program at the University of Nevada, Reno.
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Leora Fridman

Leora Fridman is a writer and educator based in Oakland. She's author of My Fault, selected by Eileen Myles for the Cleveland State University Press First Book Prize, in addition to other books of poetry, prose and translation. Her work appears or is forthcoming in the Millions, the... Read More →

Dorothy R. Santos

Lecturer and Curator, UC Santa Cruz
Dorothy R. Santos is a Filipina American writer, curator, and researcher whose academic interests include digital art, computational media, and biotechnology. Born and raised in San Francisco, California, she holds Bachelor’s degrees in Philosophy and Psychology from the University... Read More →
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Anne Lesley Selcer

Anne Lesley Selcer is the author of Sun Cycle, winner of the CSU Poetry Center Press First Book Award, and Blank Sign Book, a collection of essays on art, both released in 2019. Her chapbook From a Book of Poems on Beauty won the Gazing Grain award. Art writing includes Banlieusard... Read More →

Friday September 20, 2019 3:00pm - 4:15pm PDT