Special Events

Friday, November 11 — Sunday, November 13

Buffalo Arts Studio, CEPA Gallery, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, Squeaky Wheel and UB Art Galleries present

Lori Waxman
60 wrd/min art critic

Burns Building, 23 Huron St

60wrd/min performance at Documenta 13. photo by Claire Pentecost.

60wrd/min performance at Documenta 13. photo by Claire Pentecost.

Since 2005, Lori Waxman has conducted a work of performance art about art criticism through her ongoing performance 60 wrd/min art critic. During these performances, Waxman reviews artwork by area artists and provides a brief written review on a first-come, first-served basis.

For three days at the storefront of the Burns Building at 23 Huron St, Waxman will receive artists seeking reviews as part of 60 wrd/min art critic. Reviews, which are free of charge, will be scheduled and written in twenty-five minute increments. The performance dates and times are November 11, 12, and 13 between 10 to 4pm.

Reviews will be signed, “published,” and ready for pick-up within the timeframe of the performance. Artist, artwork, critic, and review will all exist in the same space simultaneously, thereby helping to demystify the art review process. In addition, the reviews will be published in The Public—both in print and on their website.

Waxman describes the 60 wrd/min art critic as many things: “an exploration of short-form art writing, a work of performance art in and of itself, an experiment in role shifting between artist and critic, a democratic gesture, and a circumvention of the art review process.” She says that at a time when newspaper and magazine art columns are disappearing, the 60 wrd/min art critic “aims to get a community thinking about where the responsibility for art criticism resides…the project deals comically and literally with the idea that there are too many artists and galleries, and not 0enough critical venues to cover it all.”

Waxman has focused her project on regional arts communities in a wide variety of locations across America, including Detroit, Michigan; Portland, Maine; and Kansas City, Missouri. In the summer of 2012, a 100-day version was included in dOCUMENTA (13), the major survey of international art held every five years in Kassel, Germany. An artist book of those reviews was later published by Onestar Press, Paris.

TO MAKE AN APPOINTMENT: email critic@60wrdmin.org starting October 26. Please include any date and time preferences. In the event the requests for reviews exceed 30, selections will be made by computer lottery. Participants will be notified via email about appointments and the details of the performance process.

Waxman, who was born in Montreal, Canada, writes a biweekly column for the Chicago Tribune. She teaches art history and criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and holds a Ph.D. from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University, where she wrote her dissertation about walking as a radical aesthetic art form. Her book on that subject is forthcoming in spring 2017 from Sternberg Press. She is co-author of Girls! Girls! Girls! in contemporary art(2011) and Talking with Your Mouth Full: New Language for Socially Engaged Art (2008).

The 60 wrd/min art critic is a project of the Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant Program. More information on this national project can be found at www.60wrdmin.org.

This presentation is organized by Buffalo Arts Studio, CEPA Gallery, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center, Squeaky Wheel and UB Art Galleries. Waxman will also give a public lecture on Monday, November 14th as part of the UB Department of Art Speaker Series. The talk is in Room 112 at CFA starting at 6pm.

For more information, contact Rachel Adams, Senior Curator of Exhibitions at UB Art Galleries, 716.645.0570

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