Founded by Sky Goodden in 2014, Momus is an international online art publication and podcast that stresses “a return to art criticism.” In its first six years, Momus has asserted an imperative to read our cultural text more deeply, and is dedicated to the vital, uphill work of art criticism in mostly uncritical time. Momus responds to a discordant, sped-up moment with slow looking, considered evaluation, and brave positioning. And, in regularly working with emerging writers and editors, we devote ourselves to the future criterion of art criticism, and encourage its multiplicity.
Momus has quickly become a trusted reference for those wishing to reflect on contemporary art with greater focus than online platforms typically allow. Since its inauguration, Momus has been shortlisted twice for the International Award for Art Criticism; its Contributing Editor Catherine G. Wagley won the Rabkin Foundation Award for art journalism in 2019; and more than a dozen of its contributors have been awarded Creative Warhol Arts Writers Grants over the course of its trajectory. In 2017, Momus established a podcast, Momus: The Podcast, which was named one of the top art podcasts byThe New York Times in March 2020, We also published our first print compendium (Momus: A Return to Art Criticism, Vol. 1, 2014-17), which went on a North American tour in 2017-18.
In 2019, Momus initiated a roving Momus Emerging Critics Residency to encourage and support an incumbent generation of art critics, editors, audio producers, and publishers looking to enter an often opaque and exclusionary industry. Central to this is Momus’s desire to help remedy the severe lack of representation in the field. The residency’s first three iterations have been hugely successful, with a total of 65 residents participating from around the world, comprising cohorts that were over 80% Black, Indigenous, and POC, and for which the 2020 residency leadership was largely BIPOC, and will be, going forward. The residencies have received substantial support to account for almost total subsidization. We deeply thank the former US Ambassadors to Canada, Vicki and Bruce Heyman; the Council for American Canadian Relations; the artist and philanthropist Ydessa Hendeles for their support. We’re also grateful to have secured scholarships for participants from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Chicago to attend. The Momus Emerging Critics Residency partnered with OCAD University as a hosting institution in 2020, as well as our key partnering institution, Concordia University, in both 2019 and 2020. In collaboration with Concordia University’s Faculty of Fine Arts, Momus is currently working to establish a Momus Institute.
PUBLISHER and EDITOR Sky Goodden
Tausif Noor, New York
Rahel Aima, New York
Maru Pabón, New York & San Juan
Andrew Berardini, Los Angeles
Catherine G. Wagley, Los Angeles
Saelan Twerdy, Montreal
Mark Mann, Montreal
Mitch Speed, Berlin
Kimberlee Córdova, Mexico City
MARKETING & PRODUCT MANAGER
Mitra Shreeram (firstname.lastname@example.org)
GALLERY LIASON and SALES
Chris Andrews (email@example.com)
PODCAST CO-PRODUCERS AND CO-HOSTS
Sky Goodden is the founding Publisher and Editor of Momus, an international art publication and podcast that stresses “a return to art criticism.” Momus has been shortlisted for two International Awards for Art Criticism since its inauguration in 2014, and its contributors have been awarded nine Creative Capital Warhol Grants for Art Writers, and a Rabkin Foundation Award for Art Journalism. Momus published its first print compendium in 2017, which toured across Canada, the US, and Mexico. Goodden was the Artist-in-Residence at Montreal’s Concordia University in 2018-19, and holds an MFA in Criticism & Curatorial Practice from OCAD University, which awarded her with an “Alumni of Influence Award.” In 2019, she was awarded the J.E.H. MacDonald Award from the Arts & Letters Club of Toronto. Goodden has published in multiple catalogues and art books, as well as Frieze, Art in America, Modern Painters, Canadian Art, C Magazine, the National Post, and Art21. She is currently hosting bi-annual Momus Emerging Critics Residencies in partnership with select art institutions, including Concordia University. Goodden is currently building a Momus Institute.
Lauren Wetmore is a curator and writer based in Brussels. She has contributed to exhibitions, biennials, and commissions internationally including Frieze Projects (London, 2014-15); the 2013 Carnegie International (Pittsburgh, 2013); and Meeting Points 8, a biennial of art from and in the Arab World, which took place at the Beirut Art Center (Beirut, 2017), La Loge (Brussels, 2016), and the Windsor Hotel (Cairo, 2016). Her curatorial project The Conversation won the Encura curatorial residency at Fundació AAVC Hangar (Barcelona, 2015). Wetmore was short-listed for the 2016 International Awards for Art Criticism for her piece in Momus, and she has contributed to publications including Xavier Cha: abduct (MOCA Cleveland, 2015) and These Are the Tools of the Present: Beirut – Cairo (Sternberg Press, 2017). She holds a MFA in Criticism & Curatorial Practice from OCAD University (Toronto, 2011) and a BA in Art History and Gender Studies from the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, 2008).
Andrew Berardini is a writer in Los Angeles and a contributing editor at Momus. A finalist for the Premio Bonaldi and winner of an Andy Warhol/Creative Capital Grant for Art Writers in 2013, he has a book forthcoming from Mousse on artist Danh Vo, and is currently at work on a another about color. Berardini is the co-founder of the Art Book Review, and edits for numerous other publications, including Artslant and Mousse. He has been a regular contributor to Art Review, LA Weekly, and Artforum.
Catherine G. Wagley writes about art and visual culture in Los Angeles. She currently works as an art critic for L.A. Weekly, and contributes to a number of other publications, most recently CARLA, ARTNews, East of Borneo, and L.A. Review of Books.
Saelan Twerdy is a freelance writer based in Montreal and a PhD candidate in Art History at McGill University. He is a contributing editor at Momus and his writing has appeared in venues such as Canadian Art, Border Crossings, C magazine, Magenta, Blackflash, Bad Day, and The New Inquiry. He has also contributed to books and exhibition catalogues published by Concordia University’s FOFA Gallery, Fogo Island Arts/Sternberg Press, and the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art.
Mark Mann is a writer and critic based in Toronto and Montreal. His essays, reviews, and feature journalism have appeared in Toronto Life, The Walrus, the Globe and Mail, Vice, Maisonneuve, and The Dance Current, among others. Mann won the National Magazine Award for Humor in 2010.
Tausif Noor is a freelance writer and graduate student at Goldsmiths, University of London conducting research in visual culture, politics, and art history. He is a graduate of Dartmouth College and has worked in non-profit art spaces in India, where he was a Fulbright Research Fellow from 2014-15.
Rahel Aima is a writer based in Brooklyn. She is Special Projects editor at The New Inquiry and a founding editor of THE STATE.
Mitch Speed’s writing has appeared in Frieze, Camera Austria, Turps, and Canadian Art. Speed has an MFA from Mason Gross School of the Arts, at Rutgers University, and a BFA from Emily Carr University, in Vancouver. While at Rutgers, he was a part-time lecturer at the undergraduate level, and founder of a reading group titled The Obsolete Juror, focusing on the relationship between contemporary art and writing. From 2011 until 2014, he was founder and co-editor of Setup, a journal of contemporary art and writing published by Publication Studio. He’s based in Berlin.
Kimberlee Córdova lives and works in Mexico City, DF. She received her BA in painting from the University of California at Santa Barbara (2007), and is a graduate of Soma’s postgraduate art program in Mexico City (2014). Solo exhibitions include The Dodo’s Verdict, Casa Mauuad (Mexico City, DF), and Brief Encounters with Tezcatlipoca at Bikini Wax (Mexico City, DF). Group exhibitions include exhibitions in Guadelajara, Mexico; Bogotá, Columbia; Los Angeles; and the CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art in San Francisco.
Maru Pabón is a Puerto Rican writer and translator currently based in New York City. She is a PhD student in Comparative Literature at Yale University, working on postcolonial theories of language and the intellectual legacy of internationalism in the Middle East and Latin America. Her work is forthcoming or has previously appeared in ArabLit Quarterly, Barricade: A Journal of Antifascism and Translation, The Brooklyn Rail, and Electric Literature.
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