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Critical Connections Mini-Summit

Creative Many Michigan

Thursday, January 28, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)

Critical Connections Mini-Summit

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CRITICAL CONNECTIONS - JAN. 28, 2016 | 6-9pm (arrivals at 5:30pm)

Location: Wasserman Projects 3434 Russell St., #502 Detroit, MI
Map: (entrance at red door on north side of bldg. look for large red sculpture)
Parking: limited parking is available near door entrance. Parking is permitted on the dirt lot adjacent and on Russell St.


This session will engage local, national and international presenters in three panel conversations focused on the relationships between artists and those representing, presenting, publishing, and collecting their work. 



arrivals - 5:30 - 6:00pm 


welcome - 6:00 - 6:10pm 


represent. represent? literary panel  6:10 - 7:00pm

Rachel Harkai | Jamaal May | Elaine Trevorrow - Blue Flower Arts | Rebecca Wolff - Fence moderator: Sterling Toles

own it. panel  7:00 - 7:50pm

Liza Bielby - The Hinterlands | P. Scott Cunningham - O, Miami | Matthew Mazzotta | moderator: Taylor Renee Aldridge - Arts.Black 

represent. represent? visual arts panel  7:50 - 8:40pm

Susan Goethel Campbell | Marie T. Hermann | Mônica Novaes Esmanhotto - Latitude Brasil Salome Sommer - Sommer & Kohl Berlin | moderator: Alison Wong - Wasserman Projects

close - 8:40 - 9:00pm

Taylor Renee Aldridge - Arts.Black

Taylor Renee received her M.L.A from Harvard University in Museum Studies, with a concentration in cultural institutional audiences. She received her B.A from Howard University in Art History and Business Administration. Taylor has worked at the The Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African & African American Art (Harvard University), and has been awarded with the Goldman Sachs Junior Fellowship at The National Museum of American History (Smithsonian Institutions). Taylor's interests lie at the intersection of cultural institutions, cultural representation, arts, and policy. In 2015, she co-founded ARTS.BLACK, an online publication for art criticism from black perspectives predicated on the belief that art criticism should be an accessible dialogue - a tool through which we question, celebrate and talk back to the global world of contemporary art. Taylor Renee is currently working as an arts administrator and writer in her hometown, Detroit, Michigan.

Liza Bielby - The Hinterlands

Liza Bielby co-directs Detroit-based performance ensemble The Hinterlands with partner Richard Newman, creating performances and events that press into the unknown areas of personal and collective history with a spirit of play and a sense of humor. In addition to devising their own work, they intimately partner with arts-based neighborhood stabilization organization Power House Productions (PHP) to program events that both reflect and develop the unique culture of their diverse neighborhood where they live and work. The Hinterlands are artists-in-residents and curators of PHP’s Play House, a two-story house turned performance space where neighbors and visitors intersect at dynamic low-cost and free events ranging from classical Bangla concerts to modern dance to immersive storytelling dinners. They recently co-curated the Porous Borders Festival, a two-day festival illuminating the municipal and cultural borders between Detroit and Hamtramck. Liza is a member of the Bangla School of Music and has a good Groucho Marx impersonation.

Susan Goethel Campbell

Susan Goethel Campbell is a Detroit-based, multidisciplinary artist who works with the contemporary landscape as process. Her work is realized in several formats, including installation, video, prints and drawings, as well as projects that engage communities to look at local and global environments. Campbell has exhibited in Europe and throughout the US, including, The Drawing Center, The International Print Center, Queens Art Museum, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, National Museum of Women in the Arts, Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit and the Grand Rapids Art Museum. Campbell earned an MFA in printmaking from Cranbrook Academy of Art. In 2009 she was one of 18 artists selected for the inaugural Kresge Artist Fellowship. Most recently she was an artist-in-residence at the Print Research Institute at the University of North Texas and the Banff Centre for the Arts in Alberta, Canada. Campbell taught studio art for 15 years at the College for Creative Studies in Detroit Her work is in major public and private collections, including the National Museum of Women in the Arts, New York Public Library, Detroit Institute of Arts, Toledo Museum of Art and the University of Michigan Special Collections Library.

P. Scott Cunningham - O, Miami Poetry Festival

P. Scott Cunningham is the Founder and Director of O, Miami, a poetry festival with the goal of every single person in Miami-Dade County encountering a poem. O, Miami events and projects have been featured in The New York Times, The New Yorker, National Public Radio, ESPN, Time, The Guardian, and many others, and the organization was named by Fast Company as one of 51 “brilliant urban ideas that are changing America.” Cunningham also serves as the Executive Editor of Jai-Alai Books, a regional literary publishing imprint, and as Poetry Editor of The Miami Rail, a sister publication to The Brooklyn Rail. His poems, essays, and translations have appeared in Harvard Review, The Awl, A Public Space, RHINO, Los Angeles Review of Books, Tupelo Quarterly, Monocle, and The Guardian, among others. A graduate of Wesleyan University, he lives in Miami with his wife Christina.

Mônica Novaes Esmanhotto - Latitude Brasil

Mônica Novaes Esmanhotto is a visual art professional. She has worked in the sector since 2005 in various areas such as commercial, organizational, strategic, communication and capacity building both for private and public institutions inside and outside Brazil. She is a graduate at Architecture and Urbanism from Universidade Federal do Paraná (UFPR) in a Master of Aesthetics and Art History at the Museu de Arte Contemporânea of Universidade Federal de São Paulo (MAC-USP). In London, she studied Art & Business at Sotheby's Institute of Art. She teaches at Escola São Paulo and Cultura e Mercado, both schools dedicated to creative entrepreneurship in São Paulo where she resides. From 2011 to 2015, she worked at the not-for-profit organization Brazilian Association of Contemporary Art (ABACT) as the Executive Manager for Latitude - Platform for Brazilian Art Galleries Abroad, a public-private partnership. Today, she is a Consultant for Latitude and she is also starting a business that aims to bridge and promote further collaboration between the creative sector and its possible supporters both in the governmental and corporate spheres.

Rachel Harkai

Rachel Harkai is a Zell Postgraduate Fellow at the University of Michigan Helen Zell Writers' Program, where she recently earned her MFA in Writing. A 2010 Kresge Artist Fellow and recipient of Hopwood Awards for both poetry and nonfiction, Harkai is the former host of the Living Writers Show, a literary talk show on WCBN-FM 88.3 Ann Arbor. She has held residencies with the Hub City Writers Project of Spartanburg, South Carolina, the Goldwell Open Air Museum in Nevada, and from 2008 to 2010 was a writer-in-residence with InsideOut Literary Arts Project, a non-profit organization that places professional writers in Detroit Public Schools. Her work has appeared in Spork, Michigan Quarterly Review, Hotel Amerika, Portland Review, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Poor Claudia, and elsewhere.

Marie T. Hermann

Marie T. Hermann is originally from Copenhagen, Denmark and now works in Detroit. She previously worked as a studio manager for the British artist Edmund de Waal. She studied at Royal College of Art in London and received a Master of Fine Arts in 2009. In 2014 she was part of the exhibition, Another Look at Detroit: Parts 1 and 2 Curated by Todd Levin at Marianne Boesky Galleryand  Marlborough Chelsea. Solo exhibitions include “And dusk turned dawn, Blackthorn” at Simone de Sousa gallery, Detroit, “Monday” at  Galerie Nec, Paris, France.  A Gentle Blow to the Rock”  Hong Kong.  New keramik at Museumsbygningen in Copenhagen Dk “Stillness in the Glorious Wilderness” at Gallery Matin, in Los Angeles, “The only thing I can think about is yellow” at Egg in London and “To The legion of the Lost” in London, and “A joyful gathering of a defenceless legion” in Los Angeles. She has been awarded numerous grants from the Danish Art Foundation and was 2013 Kresge Artist Fellow in visual arts. She is also Curator and co director of Sixpm project space, UK, and in 2010 was a juror at the Biennale Internationale de Vallauris, France. She is currently an assistant professor at CCS in Detroit.

Jamaal May

Jamaal May is a 2014-16 Kenyon Review Fellow, 2015 Civitella Ranieir Fellow,  NAACP Image Award nominee, Spirit of Detroit Award recipient, and author of HUM, one of The Boston Globe’s best poetry books of 2013, winner of the American Library Association’s Notable Book Award, and winner the Beatrice Hawley Award from Alice James Books.

Matthew Mazzotta

The architecture of social space: Creating spaces of critique within the places we live.

Matthew Mazzotta works in a trans-disciplinary fashion, collaborating with local laborers, academics, engineers, builders, community members, activists, artists, poets, and anyone else who is willing to be involved in something experiential and participatory. Matthew’s work evolves from an interest in exploring the relationship between people and their environments, as well as between each other. His practice is conceptual and manifests as participatory public interventions that aim at bringing criticality and a sense of openness to the places we live. These socially-engaged interventions allow for a re-entry of the physical and metaphorical landscapes of our lives by provoking conversations around exploring the local, questions of ecology, public involvement, community building, artist sensibilities, science, and dissecting the systems that make up our ‘everyday’. His work is about reversing the top down one-way exchange of ideas and allowing people to contribute in a more tangible way to their own environment. He receives national and international awards and press with appearances on CNN, BBC, NPR, ABC, MSNBC, The Huffington Post, Discovery Channel, Wired and Science Magazine. He has won the Americans For the Arts/Public Art Network Year In Review Award three times. Matthew received an undergraduate degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Masters of Science in Visual studies from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Salome Sommer - Sommer & Kohl Berlin

Salome Sommer (born in Berne, Switzerland) is an educated bookseller. After working in bookshops in Berne and Fribourg and in a publishing house in Zurich she co-founded the renowned Bookshop „Kunstgriff“ at the Löwenbräu in in Zurich in 1996. The bookshop specializes in contemporary art books and is located next to Kunsthalle Zurich and the migros museum for contemporary art. In Zurich Salome Sommer worked at the frontdesk at Kunsthalle Zurich. She was personal assistant to Bice Curiger and Jacqueline Burckhardt at Parkett Verlag. She developed a database for the library at gallery Hauser & Wirth and was director at gallery Peter Kilchmann. In 2001 she moved to Berlin where she was director at gallery neugerriemschneider. In 2008 she co-founded the gallery Sommer & Kohl, which works with local and international artists.

Sterling Toles
Sterling Toles is a sonic and visual artist that emerged from Detroit's hip hop scene. He was educated completely in Detroit's Cass Corridor before attending the College for Creative Studies where he received a BFA in Illustration. Seeing the creative process as the seed of collective healing, his personal creativity has led him to creating media projects with youth through Detroit Summer, and art therapy with youth in the Rosa Parks youth Program. His beginnings as a hip hop artist have evolved into producing music for acts essential to Detroit's music community such as Boldy James, and Invincible. He has scored short films and documentaries including Our School and Brewster Douglass: You're My Brother. Sterling uses visual and audio expression as a process of transcending identity to cultivate the ubiquity of love. His work is a means to undo conditioning to allow the purest reception of the intuitive voice.

Elaine Trevorrow - Blue Flower Arts

Elaine Trevorrow is a Speakers Representative at Blue Flower Arts, where she is fortunate enough to bring renowned poets and writers from the agency’s singular roster together with esteemed venues and universities both in the United States and internationally. She has previously held positions at Penguin Random House at the Riverhead, Knopf, and Viking/Penguin imprints, and has worked in Content Management for Google. She holds a BA in English from Skidmore College.

Rebecca Wolff - Fence

Born in 1967 and raised in New York City; Rebecca Wolff earned an MFA from the Iowa Writers Workshop in 1993, and in 1998 founded the independent press Fence, which publishes books and a biannual journal of art, poetry, fiction, and other writing. She is the author of The King (W.W. Norton, 2009); Figment (W.W. Norton, 2004); and Manderley (2001), which was selected by Robert Pinsky for the 2000 National Poetry Series. Her new book of poems is One Morning--, out in 2015 from Ugly Duckling Presse. She also published a novel, The Beginners (Riverhead Books), in 2011. She lives in Hudson, New York, with her two children. She is a fellow at the New York State Writers Institute at the University at Albany.


Alison Wong - Wasserman Projects

Alison Wong was born and raised in Illinois. She received a BFA in Painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art in 2004 and an MFA in Painting from Cranbrook Academy of Art in 2006. Her studio practice is based out of Butter Projects in Royal Oak, MI, an artist run studio space that she founded in 2009. Wong’s work has been exhibited regionally, nationally and internationally. Currently, she holds the position of Director at Wasserman Projects in Detroit’s Eastern Market and Adjunct Faculty at the College for Creative Studies.@creativemany | #criticalconnects

Critical Connections is done in partnership with Wasserman Projects and the Kresge Arts in Detroit Office. Creative Many's Professional Practice programs are supported by The Kresge Foundation and the Emily Hall Tremaine Foundation. 

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When & Where

Wasserman Projects
3434 Russell Street
Detroit, MI 48207

Thursday, January 28, 2016 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (EST)

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Creative Many Michigan

Creative Many advances the creative industries for a strong and resilient Michigan. Headquartered in Detroit with offices in Lansing and Grand Rapids, Creative Many focuses on advocacy and public policy, professional practice development, research, funding and storytelling to develop creative people, creative places and the creative economy in Michigan.

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