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January 25 @ 5:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Critical Context Summit

This event will engage local and national presenters in panel conversations focused on the relationship between artists and those representing, presenting, commissioning, publishing and contextualizing their work.



Pradeep Dalal Director, Arts Writers Grant Program, Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation, New York, NY

Jessica Care moore Poet, playwright, performance artist and producer, Detroit, MI

Laura Mott Curator of Contemporary Art and Design, Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI

Gregory Pardlo – Associate Editor, Callaloo, Creative Writing Faculty at Columbia University, New York, NY

Senghor Reid 2009 Kresge Arts in Detroit Visual Arts Fellow, Detroit, MI

Sarah Rose Sharp Writer, activist, photographer and multimedia artist, Detroit, MI

Elizabeth Thomas – Director of Public Engagement, Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, San Francisco, CA

Matvei Yankelevich Founding Editor, Ugly Duckling Presse, Brooklyn, NY

Clarence Young Novelist, critic, and blogger, Detroit MI


Cezanne Charles Director of Creative Industries, Creative Many, Detroit, MI

Deadline to RSVP is 5pm on Wednesday 1/24


Cézanne Charles is a designer, curator and researcher working on design, technology, social justice and public policy for future-making. Charles co-founded the hybrid design studio rootoftwo and is Director of Creative Industries for Creative Many Michigan. rootoftwo (Cezanne Charles + John Marshall) is a research and practice-driven hybrid design studio formed in 1998. rootoftwo work to create a condition where we can perceive ourselves, the here and now, and the future differently. rootoftwo makes social objects, experiences, and works for the public realm – typically at the scale of devices, furniture or small buildings. Their projects are designed to disrupt and reframe systems, networks and infrastructure. Charles also directs Creative Many’s programs providing the knowledge, funding, networks and advocacy needed to empower the practices of artists, designers and designer-makers within the state. Charles also co-leads the design and implementation of Creative Many’s creative industries research efforts. She serves on the Detroit Creative Corridor Center Advisory and the Board of Directors of Allied Media Project. Charles has a Masters of Public Administration from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy University of Michigan.

Pradeep Dalal has been with the Arts Writers Grant Program since it was founded by the Warhol Foundation in 2006. The program supports writing about contemporary art and aims to ensure that critical writing remains a valued mode of engaging the visual arts. Over 250 writers have received grants in four categories – articles, blogs, books, and short-form writing. Pradeep is also an artist and educator. His artist book “Bhopal, MP” was published in May 2017, and was also excerpted in Chandigarh is in India, and his essay “A Bifocal Frame of Reference” was published in Western Artists and India. His photographs and texts were included in BOMB 140, Grey Room 65 Artists Dossier, Blind Spot 43 and Cabinet 52. And his solo show “Copy/Scan/Print/Repeat” was recently at Sala Diaz in San Antonio. His work was included in “Compassionate Protocols” at Callicoon Fine Arts, “I need my memories. They are my documents” at sepiaEYE, “Strange Invitation” at Franklin Street Works, “Picturing Parallax” at San Francisco State University, “Vision is Elastic. Thought is Elastic” at Murray Guy and “Fifty Artists Photograph the Future” at Higher Pictures. He is co-chair of Photography at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College and he directs the Andy Warhol Foundation’s Arts Writers Grant Program in New York.

jessica Care moore is the CEO of Moore Black Press, Executive Producer of Black WOMEN Rock!, and founder of the literacy-driven, Jess Care Moore Foundation.  An internationally renowned poet, playwright, performance artist and producer, she is the 2013 Alain Locke Award Recipient from the Detroit Institute of Arts. moore is the author of The Words Don’t Fit in My Mouth, The Alphabet Verses The Ghetto, God is Not an American, Sunlight Through Bullet Holes, and a memoir, Love is Not The Enemy. Her poetry has been heard on stages like Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center and the London Institute of Contemporary Arts. She has performed on every continent, and believes poems belong everywhere and to everyone.

Gregory Pardlo‘s ​collection​ Digest (Four Way Books) won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. His other honors​ include fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts; his first collection Totem was selected by Brenda Hillman for the APR/Honickman Prize in 2007. He is also the author of Air Traffic, a memoir in essays forthcoming from Knopf.

Senghor Reid explores the connections between culture, art, science, history and our interactions with the natural environment through paintings, drawings and other mediums. Currently a Cranbrook Artist-in-Residence and faculty member at the Cranbrook Schools (MI), Reid received a BFA from the University of Michigan, a MAT in Art Education from Wayne State University (MI) and attended the internationally recognized Marathon Program at the New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting and Sculpture (NY). His work immerses the viewer in a visual experience that evokes classical beauty while subtly partnering his subjects with the current of eroding earth, architecture, social structures and experiences, as well as dwindling water resources. Reid has been honored with the prestigious Governor’s Award for Emerging Artist (Michigan) and was an inaugural winner of the Kresge Foundation’s, Kresge Arts in Detroit Visual Artist Fellowship prize. His works are in the public collections of the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture (NY), Saginaw Art Museum (MI) and the Kresge Foundation among others.

Sarah Rose Sharp is a Detroit-based writer, activist, photographer and multimedia artist. She writes about art and culture in Detroit for the Knight Arts Foundation, ZIPR Magazine, infinite mile, and others. She has been to all 50 states and shown work in New York and Detroit. She is not a huge fan of bios.

Elizabeth Thomas is currently Director of Public Engagement for the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, a newly created position that oversees the museum’s public programming as well as new initiatives in performance, participatory, and site-specific commissions. Recent and upcoming projects there include Roscoe Mitchell, Nate Boyce, Ana Prvacki and Anthony Discenza (in collaboration with sound designer Gary Rydstrom of Skywalker Sound). She is a curator, professor, and writer with over 15 years of experience across a range of major institutions and contexts with primary interest in the production of new site-responsive works with artists operating across a range of disciplines. Her past positions include curator-in-residence with the City of Philadelphia Mural Arts program, Senior Lecturer at California College of the Arts, Phyllis Wattis MATRIX Curator at the University of California, Berkeley Art Museum, as well as curatorial positions at Carnegie Museum of Art and the Walker Art Center, and a Warhol Foundation Curatorial Fellowship. Recent edited publications include Public Collectors with Marc Fischer; Psychylustro with Katharina Grosse; and Variation on the Powers of Ten with Futurefarmers. She has consulted with the forthcoming Powerhouse Workshop in Gowanus, Brooklyn on curatorial strategy and residency/commissioning structures, and has organized exhibitions independently for the University of Michigan Museum of Art, Temple Gallery, Mass MoCA, and the Andy Warhol Museum. Thomas holds an MA in Contemporary Art History, Theory, and Criticism from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a BA in Anthropology from George Washington University.

Matvei Yankelevich‘s books include Some Worlds for Dr. Vogt (Black Square), Alpha Donut (United Artists), and Boris by the Sea (Octopus). His translations include Today I Wrote Nothing: The Selected Writings of Daniil Kharms (Overlook), and (with Eugene Ostashevsky) Alexander Vvedensky’s An Invitation for Me to Think (NYRB Poets), which received a National Translation Award. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the New York Foundation for the Arts. He is a founding editor of Ugly Duckling Presse, and teaches at Columbia University’s School of the Arts and the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College.

Clarence Young (better known to his readers as Zig Zag Claybourne) is a novelist, critic, and blogger on culture and creativity. The author of The Brothers Jetstream: Leviathan, Neon Lights, Historical Inaccuracies, By All Our Violent Guides, and In the Quiet Spaces, he believes a writer can be like an actor, inhabiting a delightful variety of roles and genres; if pressed, however, his heart belongs to science fiction. His fiction and essays have appeared in Strange Horizons, Vex Mosaic, Alt History 101, The Wayne Review, Flashshot, Reverie Journal, Stupefying Stories, The City (a cyberfunk anthology), UnCommon Origins, Extraordinary Rendition: American Writers on Palestine, and Rococoa (sword & soul/steamfunk anthology). He loves promoting great art and posing the Great Questions, such as whether or not anybody will ever be funkier than Prince. Find him on the web at www.WriteonRighton.com



January 25
5:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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Creative Many Michigan


Wasserman Projects
3434 Russell St. #502
Detroit, MI United States
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