Momus is an international online art publication and podcast that centers slow looking and brave positioning. Since 2014, Momus has become a trusted reference for those wishing to reflect on contemporary art with greater focus than online platforms typically allow. Momus also regularly hosts mentorship opportunities for emerging art writers, editors, and publishers.
Momus publishing has been shortlisted five times for the International Award for Art Criticism. Associate Editor Catherine G. Wagley won the Rabkin Foundation Award for art journalism in 2019, and more than two dozen of our contributors have been awarded Creative Warhol Arts Writers Grants.
Momus: The Podcast, co-hosted by Lauren Wetmore and Sky Goodden, is now in its fifth season. The podcast was named a top art podcast by The New York Times, and has featured guests including Ebony L. Haynes, Harry Dodge, Sheila Heti, Emmanuel Iduma, Nora N. Khan, and Dana Kopel, among others. You can find us on Spotify, iTunes, Stitcher, GooglePlay, and wherever you find your podcasts.
Momus published its first print compendium in 2017 (Momus: A Return to Art Criticism, Vol. 1, 2014-17), with another book forthcoming in 2023.
Momus began to establish mentorship programs for emerging art writers and editors, particularly for those who have been historically excluded from the contemporary art discourse, in 2019. The Momus Emerging Critics Residency is being offered at a time when art criticism is increasingly animated through smaller, not-for-profit, and ad-hoc publications (which are, themselves, increasingly 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 twice annually, we are working to strengthen and galvanize the next generation of art writers, editors, and publishers 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. Residents came back together for a post-residency ‘mixer’, typically two months after each residency’s conclusion. In those conversations we see residents and mentors having maintained and deepened their connections, and residents having flourish through opportunities—publishing, academic, editorial, curatorial—that have since emerged. The Momus Emerging Critics Residency has run six successful editions, to date, including a Winter 2022 residency exclusively held for Indigenous writers, led by Dr. Léuli Eshrāghi; and a Summer 2022 edition exclusively held for Black writers, led by Jessica Lynne. Momus covers the tuition for each of our residents so there is no financial barrier to access.
Momus also hosts a paid annual Critical Writing Fellowship in partnership with Eyebeam. The Fellowship provides sustained mentorship, editing, art-publishing access, and artist/writer/editor network-building to an early-career art writer or critic. This year’s Fellow is Arushi Vats (New Delhi), who is working with mentor Nora N. Khan for the inaugural 2021-22 year. The Fellowship also supports two Shortlisted Fellows, Simon Wu and Eugene Yiu Nam Cheung, to publish longform features with Momus (Wu’s “On Whiteness” was published in Spring 2022; Cheung’s feature text is forthcoming). We are excited to announce that Momus and Eyebeam will continue this program for its second year. We will be announcing a new mentor and call for applications in September 2022.
Momus‘s editors regularly work with truly outstanding voices, including new art writers (and often alumna of the Momus Emerging Critics Residency). In the 2021-22 year, this list includes Simon Wu, Hua Xi, Steph Wong Ken, X. Amy Zhang, Nora Rosenthal, Camille Bacon, Vijay Masharani, Siera Hyte, Ashley Raghubir, and more. We also regularly work with mentors, podcast guests, and established writers including Léuli Eshrāghi, Rianna Jade Parker, Kristian Vistrup Madsen, Momus Associate Editor Rahel Aima, and Elisabeth Nicula, whose wholly original meditation on NFTs and land art became a viral hit in spring 2022. Our publishing was once again shortlisted for the most recent International Awards for Art Criticism in recognition of a brave review by emerging art writer, and former resident, Kamayani Sharma.
In order to bring a sustained, brave, and rigorous critical reception to the myriad talent across contemporary Canadian and international art, Momus relies on readers’ support. Please visit our Patreon or donor pages for more information on how you can help animate and drive forward the future of art criticism and art writing.
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