the emerge journal of arts administration and policy
The emerge fall 2016/spring 2017 journal of arts administration and policy, is pleased to share original dialogues and interviews with: Charles Esche, biennial curator; ‘It’s whether we can understand our own beings as not being threatened by difference. And that’s something that happens at the level of culture.’ Joeonna Bellorado-Samuels, director at Jack Shainman Gallery, New York; ‘I liked the idea of being in a commercial gallery because of the long-term relationships with artists. This is different than in institutions, the relationship taking place around projects or shows and being short-term in that way.’ Dr. Kellie Jones, curator and art historian; ‘We were all together in the 80s in Britain when the black British scene was happening…’ Dr. Tao Wang, of The Art Institute of Chicago; ‘In this next era, China, and other Asian countries such as India, have increased their influence in the international art arena…’
There are, in total, 33 graduate-student led conversations and seven essays that comprise this year’s release of emerge. The editorial goal, as always, is for emerge to continue toward setting a standard in arts administration and policy discourse, as a leader and place of dynamic conversations. Personal and compelling, academic and practical. For those inside the field, offering a consolidated place of inquiry and reflection. For those external, clarifying the question of ‘What does an arts administration and policy department do?’
In a rebuttal to the current U.S. national politics, our emerge embodies an opposite belief that like-minded souls and communities are not defined by borders or even languages. This is something we wholly believe in, and stand by boldly.
Part of the aim this year has been for emerge dialogues to publish in English and multilingually, to be circulated widely across North America and the global arts community. We are immensely proud, as students, to have done nearly all the interview translations ourselves, making the content of emerge available in nine different languages. This effort reflects some of the many primary- and working-languages of our school’s community, and has also granted us the opportunity to begin to practice an increasingly essential communication skill.
This way, more emerge readers will be able to know Paul Mpagi Sepuya, an artist working in photography; ‘I don’t make work about race, but it may intersect with ideas about it. I use sexuality formally and take it as a given.’ Plus emerge’s full roster of conversations with artists, including Richard Hunt, Faheem Majeed, Edra Soto, Sanford Biggers, Cheryl Riley, Deborah Willis, Pablo Helguera, CumbiaSazo, Eric Kabera, and several more.
movement and photos by Xinqi Tao (SAIC MAAAP 2016) for Victoria Bradford’s (SAIC MFA 2012) “Neighborhood Dances”
There are also our interviews with leadership at: MoMA, Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum in New York, BOMB magazine, Van Abbemuseum in the Netherlands, Museo Tamayo in Mexico City, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Art Institute of Chicago, Perez Museum of Art Miami, Queens Museum in New York, The Studio-X Global Network, Montreal Mural Festival, Hyde Park Art Center, Columbia University, and more.
Scholars, curators, and leaders include Juan A. Gaitán, Megha Ralapati, Nina Simon, Franklin Sirmans, Betsy Sussler, Lauren Deutsch, Sheetal Prajapati, Mpho Matsipa, Prerana Reddy, and more.
On behalf of this year’s issue and the fifth anniversary of emerge, although not featured in the publication, the architect David Adjaye has acknowledged the work of the journal and sent this quote:
‘The role of arts organizations in society is increasingly to provide access to a collective consciousness while offering the chance for dialogue between different generations and social groupings. The simple act of building forces engagement—you can’t ignore it. Things always happen from that and the question is how we celebrate it or deny it. It is important not to be hampered or intimidated by the idea of difference—but rather to seek to be open and even speculative about the possibilities it offers.’
Cheers to possibility.
We hope that you, colleagues and readers, will enjoy the carefully considered pieces of genuine dialogue, exchange, and sharing of knowledge, within emerge.
—Asha Veal Brisebois, managing editor
January 2017, Chicago, Illinois
Baiqi Chen, associate editor
Courtney Cintron, associate editor
Jiayi Song, associate editor
Adelheid Mers, faculty supervisor
featured homepage artworks by Rocío Azarloza (SAIC MFA 2016), André Fuqua (SAIC Post-Baccalaureate 2016), Zhiyuan Yang (SAIC MFA 2017)