Momus is an international online art publication and podcast committed to reading our cultural text more deeply, and dedicated to the vital, uphill work of art criticism in a critical time. Momus’s writers respond to a discordant, sped-up moment with slow looking and brave positioning.
Momus has quickly become a trusted reference for those wishing to reflect on contemporary art with greater focus than online platforms typically allow. Since 2014, Momus has been shortlisted three times for the International Award for Art Criticism; Momus Associate Editor and Contributing Editor Catherine G. Wagley won the Rabkin Foundation Award for art journalism in 2019; and more than a dozen of our contributors have been awarded Creative Warhol Arts Writers Grants.
Momus published its first print compendium (Momus: A Return to Art Criticism, Vol. 1, 2014-17) in 2017. In that same year, the publication established a podcast, Momus: The Podcast, which is co-hosted by Lauren Wetmore and Sky Goodden. Currently in its fourth season, it was named one of the top-ten art podcasts by The New York Times.
Starting in 2019, Momus began hosting twice-annual Momus Emerging Critics Residencies in its effort to attend to both the heightened stakes, increasing potential, and renewed challenges for art criticism – and to do so outside of a traditional MFA program. Through intensive bursts of economically-accessible mentorship, editing, and professional guidance, these residencies lead to ongoing conversations, opportunities, and relationships whose fruits are manifold.
Momus is inspired to host these residencies especially now, at a time when art criticism is increasingly animated through smaller, not-for-profit, and ad-hoc publications (which are, themselves, increasingly based online), and yet the field has never been so precarious for those working within it. How do we chart the opportunities and revitalized potential in art writing, as we also work to better identify the risks? In holding these intimate residencies one at a time, twice a year, we are working to strengthen and galvanize the next generation of art writers, editors, and audio contributors while working to address the industry’s severe lack of representation. Conversations around industry access and survival flow through more ideological discussions on self-representation and voice.
Momus is currently working to establish the Momus Institute, in association with Concordia University’s Faculty of Fine Arts. The Momus Institute will provide year-round mentorship, professional apprenticeship, and fieldwork opportunities to emerging art writers, editors, audio producers, and publishers. In working to help diversify and amplify the next generation of contributors to our field, Momus is committed to both creating and strengthening the future criterion of art criticism and art writing.
PUBLISHER and EDITOR Sky Goodden
Rahel Aima and Catherine G. Wagley
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Andrew Berardini, Los Angeles
Catherine G. Wagley, Los Angeles
Rahel Aima, Dubai
Saelan Twerdy, Montreal
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GALLERY LIASON and SALES
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