Jillian Steinhauer

Art Writer in Residence

Jillian Steinhauer
May 28 - June 25, 2016

In Residence: May 28 - June 25, 2016
WIP at Zygote Press: June 11, 2016
8x8x8 at SPACES: June 18, 2016

Jillian Steinhauer(Brooklyn, NY) is SPACES' second Art Writer-in-Residence, and will engage in a 4-week intensive period of research, writing, and critical dialogue about Cleveland's vibrant art scene.

Over the course of my life, I've come to associate Cleveland with certain entities: Case Western Reserve University (where my sister went to college), Spinal Tap ("Hello Cleveland!"), Harvey Pekar. But these days, when I hear the name of the city, my first association is Tamir Rice. Cleveland is home to a flourishing art scene; it was also the site of one of the most controversial recent incidents of police brutality in the country. (And it hosted the first national Movement for Black Lives Convening last summer.) I'm curious about how these two aspects of Cleveland do or don't overlap: the racial and class dynamics of the city's artistic communities, how Cleveland artists understand-and how the city shapes-what it means to be political, where art is bleeding into activism and vice versa (posters, paintings, street memorials) around town.

This topic is broad, so I plan to take multiple, simultaneous approaches to it: talk to politically involved artists in the city; speak with activists about where art fits into their work; visit exhibitions or institutions showing work in this vein; research political incidents, moments, or movements in Cleveland's art history. This could lead my writing in any number of directions-a survey of one segment of the local scene? a profile of a certain group of artists/activists? a deep dive into an untold chapter of the city's past? I don't know what the end result will be, but I feel confident that it will result in a story worth telling.

Links to Blogs and Articles written while in Residence:

The View from Cleveland

The Guardian: The Cleveland Artists Waiting for Donald Trump

A Life in Activism and Comics, an Interview with Joyce Brabner

The Sinuous Lines of Influence Between Eva Hesse and Sol LeWittt


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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