Katherine Cooper

Art Writer in Residence

Katherine Cooper
June 01 - June 30, 2017

For her SPACES Art Writer Residency, Katherine Cooper will conduct a series of interviews with artists in Cleveland to investigate the politics and aesthetics of intimacy in artistic practice. Conversing with artists in Cleveland to arrive at a working definition of "intimacy," Cooper will allow her research to be informed by the artwork itself as well as theoretical texts. Her professional experience as a sex and relationship advice columnist at Playboy Magazine and her year and a half long journey around the globe writing about that experience and asking individuals questions about intimacy in their own lives will also bolster the research-based writing.

These interviews with artists as well as her attendance to galleries, artist studios, and museums (such as the Museum of Contemporary Art, The Cleveland Museum of Art and the Toledo Museum of Art) will inform her critical, associative and personal writing about aesthetics, intimacy and the northeast Ohio region which she'll publish daily on her website katherineecooper.com as well as on the SPACES blog and finally in other venues. 

Cooper's assumption at the outset of this project is that art that deals with intimacy necessarily interfaces with issues of race, class and gender and her writing will reflect these topics. She hopes to absorb the multifaceted cultural and aesthetic landscape of Cleveland including everything from its recent real estate development boom, the national coverage of the fatal shooting of Tamir Rice and the Republican National Convention of 2017, and ask if and how these events effect how people and artists consider intimacy.

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National Endowment for the Arts Ohio Arts Council

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This project is a part of the SWAP Program.

The SPACES World Artists Program (SWAP) offers residencies to international, national and local artists who explore and experiment. SWAP supports artists in the creation, presentation and discussion of new work, while facilitating opportunities for them to collaborate with artists and audiences in Northeast Ohio.

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