Interview: Sara Estes, Guest Editor, No.83 – Collaboration

Guest Editor Sara Estes; Photo credit: Lisa Dunn

Guest Editor Sara Estes (photo credit: Lisa Dunn)

Sara Estes is a writer and curator in Nashville, Tennessee. She is the guest editor of Number: Eighty Three. She is the lead visual arts writer for The Tennessean and contributes a weekly column over at BURNAWAY in Atlanta. She is involved with David Lusk Gallery and contemporary exhibition space Threesquared, both in the Wedgewood-Houston neighborhood of Nashville.

The first time I met Sara, we started talking about what it means to be a writer involved in the visual arts. She was enthusiastic about ways our short conversation might become a collaborative effort: a discussion about arts writing and it’s genres, and the creative act.

With Estes the guest editor of Number:83 – Collaboration, I had the chance to ask her a few questions about the collaborative process itself.

So, for the record, why did you choose the topic?

For me, collaboration is an absurdly interesting facet of society, and more specifically, the art world. We exist in a unique time where there is an ever-present notion of being a part of a vast, interconnected web. We are always connected; and we know it. So, how we choose to formalize those connections interests me a lot. continue reading »

Interview: Bill McKeown, Guest Editor, No.82 – Criticism & Aesthetics

Bill McKeown is currently associate professor of art history at the University of Memphis. He is the guest editor of Number:82, Criticism & Aesthetics. Bill received his PhD in the History and Criticism of Art from Florida State University, and his Master of Arts in Art History and Criticism from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. His research interests have centered on nineteenth-century European art, with a particular focus on Victorian painting and the art writings of John Ruskin. I recently spoke with Bill over the phone.

So, Bill: I know you, and I think most people know you, as a historian of nineteenth-century art. I was curious how you found yourself as the editor of a contemporary art journal.

Actually, what happened was that Jennifer Sargent ran into my wife Kim at the Metal Museum, where she [Kim] works. It came up in their conversation that Number: Inc was looking for a guest-editor of their upcoming art criticism issue, and that’s how I got involved. Art criticism is actually not that far removed from my background, as there’s always been a big dose of art criticism going back to my days at Stony Brook, where it was the principal focus of their art history program. So whether it’s nineteenth- or twentieth- or twenty-first century art, art criticism has always formed a parallel field for my art historical research.

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Interview: Elaine Akin, Guest Editor, No.81 – Art of the South

Picture of Elaine Akin

Guest Editor Elaine Akin (photo credit: Heather Canterbury)

Elaine Slayton Akin is currently working at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville, TN. She is the guest editor of Number:81 – Art of the South. A former member of the Board for Number: Inc., Elaine received a Master of Arts in Art History from the University of Memphis and has continually worked in the arts pretty much everywhere Number: Inc. magazine covers (Memphis, Little Rock, AR, and now Nashville). I met up with her recently after an East Side Storytellin’ literary/music event that I hosted continue reading »

Face It Memphis!

Beverly & Sam Ross Gallery
Christian Brothers University, Memphis, TN
August 15, 2014- October 2, 2014

A coextensive space was created in this quaint gallery on the bottom floor of the Plough Library at Christian Brothers University. This surprisingly intimate and relatable show made of 106 Memphian faces was exhibited by a group of nineteen photographers from the Memphis Camera Club. The photography cohesively represented a selected, diverse body of men, women, and children. The demographics were varying.

Memphis Camera Club, Face It Memphis!, Black and White Photography. Photo Courtesy of Kirill Mazor.

Memphis Camera Club, Face It Memphis!, Black and White Photography. Photo Courtesy of Kirill Mazor.

Memphis Camera Club, Face It Memphis!, Black and White Photography. Photo Courtesy of Kirill Mazor.

Memphis Camera Club, Face It Memphis!, Black and White Photography. Photo Courtesy of Kirill Mazor.

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Juvenile-in-Justice: Photographs by Richard Ross

Art Museum of the University of Memphis

September 19, 2014 – November 26, 2014

www.juvenile-in-justice.com/

 Entrance to the Juvenile-in-Justice: Photographs by Richard Ross exhibition at the Art Museum of the University of Memphis. Photograph courtesy of AMUM.

Entrance to the Juvenile-in-Justice: Photographs by Richard Ross exhibition at the Art Museum of the University of Memphis. Photograph courtesy of AMUM.

Juvenile-in-Justice: Photographs by Richard Ross was on view last fall at the Art Museum of the University of Memphis (AMUM) last fall.
More than aesthetically pleasing compositions, Ross’ project explored the living histories of over 1,000 children and teenagers at over 200 institutions in 31 states. An experienced photographer and a recipient of both the prestigious Fulbright and Guggenheim fellowships, Ross contextualized his images with captivating text and excerpts from interviews. Rich in content, the exhibition leaned heavily to the documentary side of photography—providing the viewer with what appeared to be a rather truthful depiction of America’s youth and their relationship with our legal system and state facilities.
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