Insight? Outta Site!

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Seed Space and the Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville
present the 2016 – 2017 Insight? Outta Site! Open Forum Series


Insight? Outta Site! facilitates interaction between invited speakers and the local community. There are no visuals and no prepared speeches. We invite artists, critics, curators, students, and the general public to ask questions and engage with the invited speakers.


This series is supported by the Metro Nashville Arts Commission, the Tennessee Arts Commission, and The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. We also thank our sponsors and partners from the Arts & Business Council of Greater Nashville, The Curb Center for Art, Enterprise & Public Policy at Vanderbilt, the Lipscomb Art Department, and the Nashville Public Library.


All Insight? Outta Site! talks are free and open to the public.





Duncan Mackenzie Building an Oral History of Art

November 2 – 6, 2016
Nashville Public Radio
630 Mainstream Dr.

Studio C
1:00 – 2:00 p.m.

Duncan MacKenzie is an Artist, Pundit, Educator and a Founding Member/Producer of Bad at Sports. His works have appeared in galleries all over the world including Canada, Australia, The United States of America, New Zealand, Estonia and England. Bad at Sports, a project he began with Richard Holland in 2005, is one of the USA largest arts resources and continues to grow every week, currently sharing an archive of 350 hours worth of audio documenting the art history of Chicago, New York City and San Francisco, and over 2000 posts by the best art writers in Chicago. His work has been discussed in publications such as Flash Art, ArtForum, the New York Times, and Time Out.



Nicole Caruth Arts, Community, and Nourishment

March 4, 2017

Nashville Farmers Market

900 Rosa Parks Blvd.

1:30 – 2:30pm

Nicole J. Caruth is a writer, curator, and cultural worker. Currently, she is the new artistic director at McColl Center for Art + Innovation in Charlotte, NC and formally the director of pedagogy and public practice at The Union for Contemporary Art. She is also the founder and director of With Food in Mind, a nomadic nonprofit developing art-based approaches to childhood obesity and nutrition disparities in low-income neighborhoods and communities of color. Caruth believes that artists can be a major community collaborator in the conversation around activism for food insecurity.



Ben Davis Criticism and Economy of the Artist

April 1, 2017

Frist Center for the Visual Arts

919 Broadway

1:00 – 2:00pm

Ben Davis is an art critic living and working in New York City. He is the author of 9.5 Theses on Art and Class (Haymarket, 2013). He is currently National Art Critic for artnet News, and was formerly executive editor of and an editor of The Elements of Architecture, the catalogue of the 2014 Venice Architecture Biennale. His writings have appeared in Adbusters, The Brooklyn Rail, e-Flux Journal, Frieze, New York, The New York Times,, The Village Voice, and other venues.

Previous Speakers

Steven Sergiovanni is the Director of Mixed Greens. Established in 1999 as an online-only curated marketplace, which then evolved at the request of its many artists into a brick and mortar gallery, Mixed Greens has operated on a fundamental belief that openness both to artists and to collectors yields a better and closer relationship with artwork. It has also been one of the few Chelsea galleries to maintain an open call for submissions. Sergiovanni’s experience as a director, gallerist, and dealer hinges on a methodology of continued transparency.

Matthew Deleget is an artist, curator, and arts worker. He co-founded Minus Space in 2003, which began as a website and is now a gallery in Dumbo, Brooklyn. He was selected to participate in the 2014 Whitney Biennial by Michelle Grabner, functions as an Artist Leader at Creative Capital, and has served as a juror and panelist for granting organizations like the Joan Mitchell Foundation. The artist, who works not just as an artist but as an institution, can be a catalyst in his or her community by not waiting around for things to happen.

Kenneth Bailey is an activist, community organizer, and social strategist. He started his activitism in the early 80s as a teenager working in his neighborhood for tenants’ rights and decent housing in St. Louis. After working through various community-building organizations in Boston, he realized the need for a more “designerly” approach to community work. For Bailey and the Design Studio for Social Intervention (DS4SI), which he founded in 2005, artists are critical to social justice because they understand how cultures use symbols to make collective meaning. He focuses on interventions as actions intended to reconfigure social habits – unspoken agreements or arrangements – that add to the durability and normalcy of a social problem.

Austin Thomas is an artist, curator, and community builder. Her project, Pocket Utopia, has existed as a blog, as a gallery, and as a definition of the artist. The gallery, established in 2006 in Bushwick (then “East Williamsburg”) and operating until 2009, served as a gathering place and project space for arts activities as well as a gallery of excellent works. For Thomas, we should question whether an art practice necessitates a studio, and whether a work or concept may have an audience outside the gallery context.

Paddy Johnson is the founding Editor of Art F City and the Arts Editor for The L Magazine. In addition to her work on the blog, she has been published in magazines such as New York Magazine, The Economist, and The Guardian, and linked to by publications such as The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and The Awl.
Johnson lectures widely about art and the Internet at venues including Yale University, Parsons, Rutgers, South by Southwest, and the Whitney Independent Study Program. In 2007 she received a scholarship to attend iCommons conference in Croatia as the art critic. In 2008, she served on the board of the Rockefeller Foundation New Media Fellowships and became the first blogger to earn a Creative Capital Arts Writers grant from the Creative Capital Foundation. Johnson was nominated for best art critic at The Rob Pruitt Art Awards in 2010 and has won Village Voice award for Best Art Blog for the last two years running. Paddy also writes a regular column on art for The L Magazine.

Hrag Vartanian is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of Hyperallergic. He has been invited as a guest commentator on Al Jazeera, WNYC, and has been quoted in the New York Times, New York Observer, Daily News, and elsewhere. His work has appeared in countless publications and he regularly lectures on the art world online. Hyperallergic is a forum for playful, serious, and radical perspectives on art and culture in the world today.

Michelle Grabner is an internationally lauded artist, critic, educator, gallerist, and curator. Represented by Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago and Anne Mosseri-Marlio, Zurich, Grabner has exhibited nationally and internationally at venues including the Musée d´art Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg; Tate St. Ives, UK; Stadtgalerie, Keil; Kunsthalle, Bern; Daimler Contemporary, Berlin; Rocket, London; Cranbrook Art Museum; The Walker Art Center; The Milwaukee Art Museum; Turbinehallerne, Copenhagen; and The Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland among others. In 1999 Grabner founded the artist-run project space The Suburban with her husband Brad Killan. In 2009 they started the nonprofit exhibition space The Poor Farm, both of which they continue to run. Grabner is a corresponding editor X-TRA and a contributor to such publications as Artforum, Modern Painters, Frieze, Art Press, and Art Agenda. She is professor and chair of Painting and Drawing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and recent senior critic at Yale University in the Department of Painting and Printmaking.

Amy Mackie is a nomadic curator and writer based in New Orleans. She is also co-director of PARSE. She curated numerous exhibitions as the director of visual arts at the Contemporary Arts Center in New Orleans from 2011 to 2012 and as the curatorial associate at the New Museum in New York from 2007 to 2010. Mackie was the recipient of a 2013 Curatorial Fellowship from the Stavanger Municipality Culture Department in Norway, a 2010 Research Fellowship at the Henry Moore Institute in Leeds, England, and a 2009 CEC Artslink Grant to produce a project in Sofia, Bulgaria. She has lectured at Bard College, Brooklyn College, the College of Charleston, and Yale University, and has written for Art in America, Art Papers, FANTOM Photographic Quarterly, Pelican Bomb, Universes in Universe, and numerous exhibition catalogs and publications. She is currently organizing “It Could Go Either Way: Mariam Ghani + Erin Ellen Kelly,” which will be presented at Rogaland Kunstsenter in 2014. She is also working on a book that traces the evolution of the artist-run spaces and alternative arts organizations and publications in New Orleans from 2005 to the present. Mackie holds an M.A. in curatorial studies from the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College and a B.A. in liberal arts from Sarah Lawrence College.

Sharon Louden is a full-time practicing professional artist who lives and works in New York City. She teaches professional practice at the New York Academy of Art and lectures on this topic at many universities, art schools, and museums across the country. In all of Sharon’s seminars, she tries to instill a philosophy that artists can sustain and make a living independent of a gallery. Especially in these times of economic uncertainty, Louden believes it is important for an artist to create his or her own opportunities and charter a journey for themselves that will provide as many avenues as possible from which to grow.

Stuart Horodner is Artistic Director of the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center. For the Insight? Outta Site! talk Horodner will answer questions about both his work and his book, The Art Life: On Creativity and Career, which will be available for purchase at Parnassus.

Before his position at ACAC, Horodner was the visual arts curator at the Portland Institute for Contemporary Art, Portland, OR (2001-2004); director of the Bucknell University Art Gallery, Lewisburg, PA (1998-2001); and co-owner of the Horodner Romley Gallery, New York, NY (1992-1996). He founded and co-directed the Affair at the Jupiter Hotel, an annual art fair in Portland (2004-2007).

Horodner has contributed to journals and magazines, including Art Issues, Art Lies, Art on Paper, Bomb, Dazed & Confused, Sculpture and Surface. He has served in an advisory capacity to organizations including Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue, Creative Capital, Hallie Ford Family Foundation and The MacDowell Colony. He received his BFA from The Cooper Union, New York, NY, and his MFA from the Mason Gross School of the Arts at Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ.

Artist and writer Sharon Butler maintains the award-winning art blog Two Coats of Paint and is a contributing writer at The Brooklyn Rail. She has received numerous grants, awards and residencies, including a Pollock Krasner Foundation grant. Butler has upcoming exhibitions at Pocket Utopia in New York, NY, Real Art Ways in Hartford, CT and Season in Seattle, WA. A professor of art at Eastern Connecticut State University, Butler is currently on a leave of absence to pursue other projects. She divides her time between New York City and Washington, DC. In addition to the Insight? Outta Site! talk she will be available to do studio visits with Nashville artists, information forthcoming.

Bill Carroll has been involved in the New York art world for over twenty five years. He has been Director of both the Charles Cowles and Elizabeth Harris Galleries. In the non-profit world, he has worked at the Dia Art Foundation, the Brooklyn Museum and the Nancy Graves Foundation. He is currently Director of the Studio Program of The Elizabeth Foundation for the Arts. Carroll has lectured extensively and taught numerous professional practices courses. This year marked his third solo show with Elizabeth Harris Gallery. Carroll holds a BFA from Pratt Institute and a MFA from Queens College C.U.N.Y.

Rehema Barber, originally from Chicago, is a curator, arts administrator and adjunct/part-time faculty member at the University of Memphis and the Memphis College of Art. She moved to Memphis in 2008 to serve as the Executive Director of the contemporary arts space, Power House Memphis. Prior to her arrival in Memphis, Barber was responsible for maintaining a collection of over 7,000 objects and curating exhibitions at the Amistad Center at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. She has worked in various positions at organizations including the Saint Louis Public School System, the Saint Louis Art Museum, and the Chicago History Museum. Barber holds a B.A. from Roosevelt University, an M.A. from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and a certificate in Elementary and Secondary Art Education from the University of Missouri, Saint Louis.

Ryder Richards holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Texas Tech University with a minor in architecture. He earned a Master of Fine Arts from Texas Christian University. Ryder has studied art throughout the United States and in Italy, Spain, and Germany. After opening and running two alternative art venues in Lubbock, Texas in 2009 Richards became the Gallery Coordinator for Richland College in Dallas, Texas. The gallery has received regional press attention as an experimental arts venue providing space for burgeoning artists exploring non-commercial concepts. Richards is co-founder of the RYDER JON PIOTRS NOMADIC GALLERY, a traveling art gallery in the form of a 24′ Ryder moving truck, and CULTURE LABORATORY, a collective of 12 American artists spread across the U.S. interested in the exchange of ideas and the social development of art in the 21st century. Both collaborations have spurred creative, social programming leading to Richards more recent conversations with TRUST ART in Brooklyn, NY and membership with THE ART FOUNDATION in Dallas.

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