Bemis Center For Contemporary Arts



Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts has invited Joel Kuennen to serve as a Critic-in-Residence from April 8–12, 2019 in partnership with THE SEEN, Chicago's International Journal of Contemporary & Modern Art, published twice a year in print and online by EXPO CHICAGO. While in residence, Kuennen will visit Spring 2019 artists-in-residence in their studios at Bemis and engage in a high level of critical discourse. He will also write a critical review about current Bemis exhibitions, Alison O'Daniel: Heavy Air and Lui Shtini: Tempos, to be published in THE SEEN. In addition, Kuennen will receive a tour of local arts organizations, giving him greater context to the role Omaha plays in cultural production today.

"We are thrilled to host Joel as our first Critic-in-Residence as part of our new partnership with THE SEEN," said Rachel Adams, Chief Curator and Director of Programs at Bemis. "This is a great opportunity for Bemis exhibitions to be reviewed in an international publication and for our artists-in-residence to have studio visits that can deepen their practice while receiving critical feedback on their work. We look forward to seeing how this partnership develops!"

The goal of this critic residency is to strengthen and support the advancement of Bemis artists-in-residence and exhibiting artists and their engagement with the larger art world and to highlight the expansive cultural happenings in Omaha, Nebraska.

“The partnership with a leading institution such as Bemis allows the journal to foster more opportunities for our writers in support of their criticism practice,” said Stephanie Cristello, Editor-in-Chief of THE SEEN. “The Critic-in-Residence program will provide a platform to the excellent work being done at Bemis, as well as create space for the commission of new texts for the publication. We are pleased to appoint Joel Kuennen to this inaugural position, whose text on Yinka Shonibare CBE is on the cover of Issue 08 of the journal, launching this month.”

Joel Kuennen. Photo: Nick Briz.

Kuennen has been an art critic, editor, and curator publishing criticism on emerging artists for nearly 10 years. His written work focuses on the intersection of technology, identity, and society. Kuennen served as an Editor at ArtSlant for six years and as a contributing editor for Theorizing Visual Studies (Routledge, 2012). His work has been published in Art in America, ArtSlant, Elephant, Mutual Art, THE SEEN and many others. His most recent essay, "The Place of Gender in Technological Possibility", published in Prototypes (Sternberg Press, 2019). Kuennen has curated more than twenty exhibitions including Strings: Data and the Self (2018) at California Museum of Art, Thousand Oaks.

Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts
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