2021 Critic in Residence: Jessica Lynne
Jessica Lynne is a founding editor of ARTS.BLACK, an online journal of art criticism from Black perspectives. Her writing has been featured in publications such as Art in America, The Believer, BOMB, The Brooklyn Rail, and elsewhere. She was a 2018 Open Space columnist-in-residence. She currently serves on the board of Black Art Futures Fund, Common Field, and the Organization of Women Writers of Africa—founded by the late Jayne Cortez and Ama Ata Aidoo. She is at work on a collection of lyric essays about family, faith, and the American South.

2021 Critic Emerita: Charlotta Kotik
Charlotta Kotik, a native of Prague, first came to the United States to work at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York. During the course of her career, she has organized over 100 museum exhibitions, presenting the work by artists as diverse as Mariko Mori, Kerry James Marshall, John Cage, Jenny Holzer, Alyson Saar, Michelle Stuart and Robert Longo. From 1992 through 2007, she was the Curator and Chair of the Contemporary Art Department at the Brooklyn Museum. There, she established one of her major contributions to the curatorial practice—The Grand Lobby Projects—in order to provide exhibition opportunities for installation-based work by artists such as Martin Puryear, Joseph Kosuth, Ida Applebrook, Petah Coyne and many others. In the 1980s, she also initiated the Working in Brooklyn Series to document the energy of the nascent Brooklyn art scene. In 1991, she received the Frederick R. Weisman Art Foundation Award for outstanding achievement in contemporary art. In l993, as the United States commissioner for Venice Biennale, she presented works by Louise Bourgeois in an exhibition that later traveled internationally. Ms. Kotik also organized a traveling exhibition of Annie Leibovitz’s photography, and co-organized—with Tumelo Mosaka—an extensive exhibition with more than two hundred Brooklyn-based artists entitled Open House: Working in Brooklyn, and Graffiti—the first museum exhibition of graffiti art. Since 2000, Ms. Kotik has participated in the Jindrich Chalupecky Award, an important recognition for visual artists in the Czech Republic. The Award became a model for art programs in nine other post-Communist countries. Presently, Ms. Kotik works as a writer, lecturer and independent curator and facilitates various project for galleries, alternative spaces and museums, ranging from NURTUREart or FiveMyles in Brooklyn, the Art Omi residency in Ghent, NY, to institutions in Czech Republic. She teaches at the School of Visual Arts in New York City during Spring semester and lectures at the Academy of Art, Architecture and Design in Prague during winter semester. Recently, she received the Award from the Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic for the Lifelong Contribution to the Field of Visual Arts in 2016 and in 2018, the Skutek Grand Prix and the Doctor Honoris Causa in Theory and History of Art from Academy of Arts, Architecture & Design in Prague.

Past Critics-in-Residence
2021 Jessica Lynne
2019 Janka Vukmir
2018 Ugochukwu-Smooth C. Nzewi
2017 Larry Ossei-Mensah
2016 Branko Franceschi
2015 Sylvie Fortin
2014 Moukhtar Kocache
2013 Charlotta Kotik, Critic Emerita 2021
2012 Saul Ostrow, Critic Emeritus 2019
2011 Sara Reisman, Critic Emerita 2020
2010 Sandra Skurvida
2009 Frances Richard, Critic Emerita 2017
2008 Martha Schwendener
2008 Micaela Giovannotti
2007 Omar Lopez Chahoud
2006 Kóan Jeff Baysa, Critic Emeritus 2011
2005 Reena Jana
2004 Olu Oguibe
2003 Euridice Arratia
2002 Yu Yeon Kim
2001 Christian Viveros-Fauné
2000 Denise Carvalho, Critic Emerita 2012
1999 Dominique Nahas, Critic Emeritus 2013
1998 Franklin Sirmans
1997 Lilly Wei, Critic Emerita 2014
1996 Gregory Volk, Critic Emeritus 2015
1995 Carlos Basualdo
1994 Dan Cameron
1993 Raphael Rubinstein, Critic Emeritus 2018
1992 Robert C. Morgan, Critic Emeritus 2016

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