Art Critics Forum

Saturday, September 29 | 5:30 – 6:30 pm

The third annual EXPO CHICAGO Art Critics Forum highlights significant issues in arts journalism today, hosting leading national and international critics to discuss topics related to writing, authorship, and publishing amongst their colleagues and peers. The 2018 Forum, “Criticism and the Image,” will feature freelance writer and frequent contributor to Forbes, Galerie and The New York Times Ann Binlot; LEAP, The International Art Magazine of Contemporary China Robin PeckhamArt in America Editor William S. Smith; and Terremotto, Contemporary Art in the Americas, Editor Diego Del Valle Ríos, among others to be announced.

How has the role of the image shifted the output of criticism? Through the format of the visual essay, each of the panelists will take part in a short silent presentation before opening into a roundtable discussion. From the perspective of John Berger’s Ways of Seeing, through to current disseminations of the image and its role as a vehicle for narrative in both online platforms and print publications, this program will consider how the image has either replaced or transformed the purpose of the written word. 

Ann Binlot can usually be spotted admiring a work of art at a biennial, exhibition opening or art fair around the globe. The Brooklyn-based writer is a Senior Editor at the biannual fashion and culture magazine Document Journal. Binlot also covers art, fashion, design, travel and architecture, among other subjects, for publications such as The New York Times, Monocle, Forbes,, Wallpaper*, Artforum, ARTnews and Artnet News. She holds a B.A. in sociology from the University of California at Berkeley and an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University.

Robin Peckham is a curator and editor living in Shanghai. Currently editor-in-chief of LEAP, The International Art Magazine of Contemporary China, he also previously founded the exhibition space Saamlung, and served as the artistic director of Modern Media Group. He has organized exhibitions for institutions including Fosun Foundation, K11 Art Foundation, M Woods Museum, Ullens Center for Contemporary Art, and City University of Hong Kong.

William S. Smith is Editor of Art in America. He was previously an editor at Triple Canopy, a nonprofit online magazine and publisher based in New York. In addition to his critical writing, he has contributed essays to exhibition catalogues for exhibitions at the New Museum, the Guggenheim Museum, the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Fabric Workshop and Museum.  

Diego Del Valle Ríos (Mexico City, 1990) is a cultural organizer and independent writer. In Guadalajara he was worked at Arena Mexico Arte Contemporáneo, Taller Mexicano de Gobelinos, Diéresis Collection and Páramo gallery, as well as with Spinello Projects in Miami. From 2013 to 2015 he was co-director of TRAMA Centro (Guadalajara). He currently serves as Managing Editor of Terremoto

Julieta Aranda — Central to Aranda’s practice are her involvement with circulation mechanisms and the idea of a “poetics of circulation”; her interest on science-fiction, space travel and zones of friction; the possibility of a politicized subjectivity through the perception and use of time, and the notion of power over the imaginary. Aranda’s work spans installation, video, and print media, with a special interest in the creation and manipulation of artistic exchange and the subversion of traditional notions of commerce through art making. As an editor of e—flux journal, and co-director of the online platform e—flux together with Anton Vidokle, Aranda has developed the projects Time/Bank, Pawnshop, and e—flux video rental, all of which started in the e—flux storefront in New York, and have travelled to many venues worldwide. In addition to her many gallery exhibitions, Aranda's work has been exhibited internationally, in venues such as PAM – Public Art Munich (2018), Museum of Contemporary Art, Detroit (2017), CAPC Bordeaux (2018), Der Tank, Basel (2016), Guggenheim Museum (2015, 2009), 56thVenice Biennale (2015), Kunsthalle Fridericianum, Kassel (2015), 8thBerlin Biennale (2014), Berardo Museum, Lisbon (2014), Witte de With (2013 and 2010), Museo d’Arte Contemporanea Villa Croce, Genova (2013), MACRO Roma (2012) Documenta 13 (2012), N.B.K. (2012), Gwangju Biennial (2012), 54thVenice Biennial (2011), Istanbul Biennial (2011), Portikus, Frankfurt (2011), New Museum NY (2010), Kunstverein Arnsberg (2010), MOCA Miami (2009), Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago (2007), 2nd Moscow Biennial (2007) MUSAC, Spain (2010 and 2006), and VII Havanna Biennial; amongst many others.

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