The Future of AP (Art Practical/Art Publishing)

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The Future of AP (Art Practical/Art Publishing)

By Art Practical Editors June 24, 2020

Notes, thoughts, and recordings from events organized by Art Practical.


"The Future of AP (Art Practical/Art Publishing" took place on May 6, 2020 with participants Sarah Hotchkiss, Gelare Khoshgozaran, Micki Meng, James McAnally, Roula Seikaly, and Vivian Sming to address the current and future states of arts publishing.

Recording of May 6, 2020 conversation with participants Sarah Hotchkiss, Gelare Khoshgozaran, Micki Meng, James McAnally, Roula Seikaly, and Vivian Sming.

Event Description

Art Practical faces a radical transition as our six-year-long relationship with the California College of the Arts comes to an end, amidst nationwide closures of independent arts organizations and publications in the last few years. Given the recent wave of layoffs and closures in the aftermath of COVID-19, we ask the larger community to urgently consider the artistic landscape of the Bay Area. As members of the Bay Area arts community know all too well, conditions of precarity demand ever-greater flexibility. This panel discussion will focus on how we can thrive in this landscape: Who is arts publishing dependent on? What new developments promise opportunities for growth? What new forms—blogs, podcasts, online or in-person gatherings—will arts discourse take? How is sheltering shifting our relationship to online content, allowing us to reconnect virtually with dropped conversations and discourse, and lending a different tenor to our production? What stands to be gained or lost with the adaptation to new formats? How will we create or support archives that preserve our region’s histories? 

This event will take place as a webinar with an embedded question and comment feed for our audience. We hope this conversation will give the public an opportunity to weigh in on the radical transformation that Art Practical and many others currently face in the field of contemporary arts discourse. 



About the Panelists

Sarah Hotchkiss is a San Francisco artist and arts writer. She shows regularly in the Bay Area and beyond, and has an upcoming solo exhibition at San Francisco’s Friends Indeed Gallery. She watches a lot of science fiction, which she reviews in the semi-regular publication Sci-Fi Sundays. In 2019 she received the Dorothea & Leo Rabkin Foundation prize for her work as the visual arts editor for KQED, the Bay Area’s NPR and PBS affiliate.

Gelare Khoshgozaran is an undisciplinary artist and writer who, in 2009 was transplanted from street protests in a city of four seasons to the windowless rooms of the University of Southern California where aesthetics and politics were discussed in endless summers. She was the recipient of a California Community Foundation Fellowship (2015), Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant (2015), Rema Hort Mann Award (2016) and an Art Matters Award (2017).

James McAnally is the co-founder and executive director of The Luminary and is the co-founder and editor of MARCH: a journal of art & strategy (formerly Temporary Art Review) and is a founding member of Common Field, a national network of artist organizations and organizers. His writing has appeared in Art in AmericaArt JournalBomb MagazineTerremoto, and OEI, among many others, and his publications are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), Smithsonian Museum of American Art, Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA), and Brooklyn Museum. McAnally is a recipient of the Creative Capital | Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant for Short-Form Writing.

Micki Meng is a dealer, curator, and artist advocate working on the West Coast in a global context for over fifteen years. She has held gallery positions at Regen Projects, Los Angeles and Altman Siegel, San Francisco; and curatorial roles with LAXART, 12th Istanbul Biennale, 9th Shanghai Biennale and The Wattis Institute where she also served as Assistant Director for five years while managing the Capp Street Artist Residency. She is founder of &Art&, a publishing & nomadic partnership initiative sourcing solutions for artists in the contemporary moment. She has also been involved with councils and committees such as Artadia’s founding chapter in San Francisco, Headlands Center for the Arts, SFMOMA’s SECA Art Council, YBCA's Art+Action Committee, and Founder of Patrons for Experimental Progress. As an educator, she has taught and lectured in MFA and Curatorial programs across the city including CCA and SFAI.

Roula Seikaly is a writer and independent curator based in Berkeley, and Senior Editor at Humble Arts Foundation. Her writing is featured on platforms including Aperture, Photograph, Hyperallergic, Saint Lucy, Strange Fire Collective, Afterimage, and KQED Arts. She has curated exhibitions at the Utah Museum of Fine Arts, SOMArts, SF Camerawork, Blue Sky Gallery, and Colorado Photographic Arts Center.

Vivian Sming is an artist, writer, and publisher who is committed to fostering arts dialogue through publications, programming, and alternative pedagogical formats. She is the Editor in Chief of Art Practical, and co-founded nonsensical, an annual journal of critical and experimental writing by visual artists. Sming produces a wide range of artists’ books through her publishing studio Sming Sming Books. Sming Sming Books received the Shannon Michael Cane Memorial Award from Printed Matter in 2018, and titles have been collected by over fifty libraries, museums, and universities, nation- and worldwide, including the Getty, Whitney, Met, MoMA, and SFMOMA.

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