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The Glenville Exchanges: Michelle Grabner and Jane Cohan discuss Yinka Shonibare
January 22, 2018
6:00 pm
7:30 pm

FRONT International presents The Glenville Exchanges: a dialog with FRONT Artistic Director Michelle Grabner.

Michelle Grabner and noted gallerist Jane Cohan, of James Cohan, will share in a casual conversation featuring the work of FRONT Artist Yinka Shonibare. While viewing selections of Shonibare’s work, Grabner and Cohan will explore his process and ideas, and what they mean in the world we are living in and how they reflect historical trajectories.

This is a free event, space is limited. Reservations are recommended.


Michelle Grabner is an artist, a writer, and a curator based in Wisconsin. She is the Crown Family Professor of Art at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she has taught for twenty years. In addition, Grabner has held teaching appointments at The University of Wisconsin-Madison, Cranbrook Academy of Art; Yale Norfolk; Milton Avery Graduate School of Arts – Bard College; Yale University School of Art; and Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Maine. Grabner co-curated the 2014 Whitney Biennial and curated the 2016 Portland Biennial. Her reviews are regularly published in X-tra and Artforum. In 2010, Mary Jane Jacob and Grabner co-edited THE STUDIO READER, published by the University of Chicago Press. Grabner is represented by James Cohan Gallery in NYC; Green Gallery, Milwaukee; Gallery 16, San Francisco, Rocket Gallery, London; and Anne Mosseri-Marlio Galerie, Basel. With her husband and Brad Killam, they founded The Suburban in 1999 in Oak Park, IL hosting a range of international contemporary art. After 16 years in the Chicago vicinity, The Suburban began programming exhibitions in two storefronts located in Milwaukee Wisconsin. In 2009 Grabner and Killam opened The Poor Farm in rural Wisconsin. The Poor Farm is dedicated to annual historical and contemporary exhibitions, lectures, performances, publications, screenings and alternative free pedagogical programs.