Jarrett Earnest – Notes on Artist Interviews

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February 3, 2017
Time: 10:00am-12:00pm

Feminist Media Studio
CJ Building, Room 2.130
Concordia University
7141 Sherbrooke W.
Montreal (Qc)

While “artist interviews” make up a large percentage of the words published on contemporary art, there is surprisingly little specification of its widely varying levels of collaboration, intention and approach. As artists and writers, these underlying dynamics need our attention, especially in light of their role as primary sources for subsequent writing. This lecture will address and contextualize some of these aspects, in an attempt to create a more nuanced vocabulary for the task of interviewing.

Jarrett Earnest is a writer living in New York City. This fall a major anthology of artist interviews from fifteen years of The Brooklyn Rail he co-edited with Lucas Zwirner will be published by David Zwirner Books. He has taught at the free, experimental art school BHQFU since 2014, and currently directs their MFU and MFU:Miami programs. Earnest’s criticism and long-form interviews have appeared in the The Brooklyn RailThe Village Voice​Los Angeles Review of Books, Art in America, San Francisco Arts Quarterly and many other publications. He is currently working on two book projects, with critic Peter Schjeldahl and painter Lisa Yuskavage.