Mar 23rd 2023

Community Talk (previously Community Lunch) is an ongoing tradition at Mana Contemporary, where artists convene to catch up, meet colleagues, and exchange ideas. Mana Contemporary in collaboration with Monira Foundation invites curators, writers, directors, and gallerists for this program. This event is free and open to the public.

This week, Programming Director S.Y. Lim introduces Janine Mileaf to have a conversation about her practice at The Arts Club of Chicago at Mana Contemporary Chicago.

Janine Mileaf, Ph.D., is Executive Director and Chief Curator of The Arts Club of Chicago, a cultural hub for the city since 1916. An art historian, she has worked to emphasize the educational and community missions of The Arts Club, expanding its public arts programming and connections to local artists, while bringing evocative exhibitions to its gallery. Mileaf is a champion of challenging art, commissioning new work from a broad spectrum of practitioners including composers, choreographers, and architects, in addition to visual artists. Mileaf has served as interlocutor, critic, or juror for such institutions as the Executive Service Corps, University of Chicago, Chicago Humanities Festival, Terra Foundation for American Art, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 3Arts, and the Chicago Artists Coalition. She is the author of Please Touch: Dada and Surrealist Objects After the Readymade, and co-editor of The Arts Club of Chicago at 100 and A Home for Surrealism: Fantastic Painting in Midcentury Chicago, as well as numerous articles, interviews, and essays on interwar and contemporary art. At The Arts Club, she has curated monographic exhibitions with such artists as Hurvin Anderson, Kamrooz Aram, Kerstin Brätsch, Suzanne Jackson, Jennie C. Jones, Hannah Levy, Sharon Lockhart, Josiah McElheny, Jean-Luc Mylayne, Amy Sillman, and Simon Starling. Currently on view is Jessi Reaves: All possessive lusts dispelled.

This program is generously supported by Monira Foundation

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