In/Site: Reflections on the Art of Place is devoted to art, culture and urbanism, using Chicago as a vantage point for reflections on the work of contemporary artists, public art and urban projects that reinvent the spatial environment of the city. In/Site offers a quasi-geographical focus on the topic of art and urbanism, what cultural theorist Rosalyn Deutsche refers to as an “urban-aesthetic,” through essays and reviews that analyze how artists, as creative agents and critical thinkers, reimagine the physical and conceptual spaces that culture can occupy. The impetus for In/Site, written by Susan Snodgrass, comes from the desire to retool her critical writing and to reengage with artists and ideas that are often absent from the mainstream art press. The title, while referring to various site-specific art practices, spins on the idea of site as a physical and geographic space, and on a vision of place (or insight) that is contextual and self-conscious.
Susan Snodgrass is a Chicago-based critic, and a Senior Lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has written for both print and online publications for almost 30 years, most notably for Art in America, for which she was a Corresponding Editor (1994-2013), and for ARTMargins Online (www.artmargins.com), for which she is the publication’s co-editor. She has contributed articles and essays to numerous other periodicals and publications, and is the editor of several art-related books and catalogs. Her current curatorial projects focus on the architecture of Ken Isaacs, and have been included in the exhibitions “Learning Modern,” at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Sullivan Galleries (2009-10), and “Hippie Modernism: The Struggle for Utopia,” organized by the Walker Art Center (2015).