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VAS SOCIAL HOUR: SFAI Café » 6:30–7:30 pm
Join SFAI for a reception in the café before the lectures. The Walter and McBean Galleries are open until 7:30 pm on lecture nights.
As an artist, critic, educator, gallerist, and curator, Michelle Grabner brings an uncommon breadth of high-level art experience, yet much of it is couched in a “domestic, middle-class art practice.” Her visual art involves optically charged patterns, repetition, and material order akin to those found in rugs and fabric patterns. Grabner is co-founder, with husband Brad Killam, of the artist-run project space The Suburban (est. 1999) and the nonprofit exhibition space The Poor Farm (est. 2009). She is a corresponding editor for the quarterly art journal X-TRA, and her writing has been published in Artforum, Modern Painters, Frieze, Art Press, and Art Agenda, among other publications.
Grabner’s work has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland; Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago; Leo Koenig, Inc., New York; PS, Amsterdam; and Pacific Design Center, Los Angeles. Her work is included in the collections of the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Mudam Luxembourg – Musée d’Art Moderne Grand-Duc Jean, France; Milwaukee Art Museum; Daimler Contemporary, Berlin; and the Smithsonian American Art Museum. Grabner is professor and chair of Painting and Drawing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a senior critic at Yale University in the Department of Painting and Printmaking. She is co-curator of the 2014 Whitney Biennial—a snapshot of American art of the moment.