August 2021 Edition

The Momus Emerging Critics Residency invites applications for its Summer 2021 edition, running from August 9th – 20th. The two-week program takes place online (three hours a day) engaging participants in 10 days of workshops and lectures. Participants will have access to continued mentorship for writing and pitching in the seasons following the Residency. 

The program aims to foster the next generation of art writers through mentorship, practical skills, and tactics development. Participants gain access to Momus editors, contributors, and a host of internationally celebrated critics and publishers engaging in the remote classroom and through one-to-one mentorship.

We are inspired to do these residencies 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), yet the field has never been so precarious for those working within it. Moreover, this is a period of interrupted educations, blunted professional opportunities, and heightened isolation. Other threats lurk within the editorial process, especially for historically-underrepresented contributors who find themselves increasingly solicited but also mishandled. How do we chart the opportunities and revitalized potential in art writing, as we also work to better identify the risks? How do we model our trajectories, trade information, and chart paths and boundaries for emerging writers, buffered by mentorship, encouragement, and guidance?

Session leaders for the 2021 Summer Residency include:

  • Hannah Black

  • Léuli Eshrāghi

  • Emmanuel Iduma

  • Jessica Lynne

  • Catherine G. Wagley

  • Candice Hopkins

… with more to be announced through June.

The Momus Emerging Critics Residency is initiated by Sky Goodden and Lauren Wetmore and presented in partnership with Concordia’s University’s Art Volt, at the Faculty of Fine Arts, and with the support of the Council for Canadian American Relations, and Vicki and Bruce Heyman, former US Ambassadors to Canada.

Eligibility and Fees

The residency program is open to paying participants; students and professionals. The fee for this two-week residency is $750 CAD. 

Art Volt will cover the participation fee for students registered for graduation, or alumni having graduated from Concordia University’s Faculty of Fine Arts, within the last five years. Proof of graduation (a scan of your diploma or a screen capture of your graduation approval status from your Student Centre) will be required.

Similarly we will cover the full tuition of BIPOC students and alum from University of Chicago.

If you are not a student registered for graduation or a recent alum, Momus can assist with grant endorsements or seeking scholarships to cover the program’s costs, should your application be successful.

Curriculum

Workshop curriculum includes the following topics:

  • Writing, the process. This includes pitching, working with an editor, time-management, mapping and preparing for deadlines, structuring your piece, adjusting your argument across drafts, etc.

  • Working freelance vs with an editorial team: the goals and challenges to prospecting and writing from within, and outside, a publishing institution.

  • Writer/editor perspectives on a rigorous edit (with illustrative examples), taking a detailed look at what shifts over the course of the pitch-to-publish process.

  • Compare and contrast regarding the scope of writer-remuneration rates, tips for negotiation, and budgeting your life as a freelancer.

  • Criticism vs art writing and art journalism (historical & practical perspectives).

  • Current debates and discourses in online art publishing.

  • Online vs print publishing: the realities and potentials for writer, editor, and publisher, and the implications for your readers across various media.

  • Collaboration vs competition, and protecting your work: when to work with, as opposed to alone or against, another writer or a publication.

  • Interviewing your subjects: when it’s useful, and when it works against your own critical line. We’ll also touch on the etiquette, ethics, and skills of interviewing.

How to apply

Application should be sent by email to residency@momus.ca by June 20th, 2021, at midnight EST.

Applications should include, in ONE PDF FILE (5 MB), the following information:

  • Personal information:

    – Full name

    – Preferred pronoun (optional)

    – Telephone number

    – Email address

  • A one-page statement of interest detailing why you are applying including how you would like to contribute to and  benefit from the residency program

  • A CV of no more than two pages

***If you are a Concordia student registered for graduation and/or a recent alumni who has graduated from Concordia University’s Faculty of Fine Arts, within the last three years, please include a proof of graduation (a scan of your diploma or a screen capture of your graduation approval status from your Student Centre). 

Residency Leaders

Hannah Black is an artist and writer based in New York.

Léuli Eshrāghi (Sāmoan, Persian, Cantonese) is a visual artist, writer, curator and researcher who works between Australia and Canada. Ia intervenes in display territories to centre Indigenous kin constellations, sensual and spoken languages, and ceremonial-political practices. Through performance, moving image, writing and installation, ia engages with Indigenous futurities as haunted by ongoing militourist and missionary violences that once erased faʻafafine-faʻatane people from kinship and knowledge structures. Eshrāghi has made new commissions for the 22nd Biennale of Sydney, Sharjah Biennial 14, Australian Centre for Contemporary Art and Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center among other group and solo presentations in Australia, Canada, New Zealand and the United States. Eshrāghi has lectured at gatherings Creative Time, Hawaiʻi Contemporary Art Summit, Experimenter Curators’ Hub, March Meeting, Dhaka Art Summit, Pacific Arts Association, and Asia Pacific Triennial, as well as at universities in Antwerp, San Juan, London, Melbourne, Yogyakarta, Montreal, Honolulu, Auckland and Victoria. Ia contributes to growing international critical practice across the Great Ocean and North America through residencies, exhibitions, publications, teaching and rights advocacy. 

Sky Goodden is the founding Publisher and Editor of Momus, an international art criticism publication and podcast. Goodden has published in multiple catalogues and art books, as well as Frieze, Art in America, C Magazine, and Art21. She hosts two popular Momus Emerging Critics Residencies annually; and co-produces and hosts Momus: The Podcast, with Lauren Wetmore. Currently in its fourth season, the podcast was named one of the top-ten art podcasts by The New York Times in 2020. Goodden is an “Alumni of Influence” from OCAD University, where she did her MFA in Criticism & Curatorial Practice; and has won the J.E.H. MacDonald Award from Toronto’s Arts & Letters Club. In 2021-22, Goodden is launching a Momus Institute in collaboration with Concordia University’s Faculty of Fine Arts.

Emmanuel Iduma is the author, most recently, of A Stranger’s Pose. His essays have been published widely, including in Artforum, Art in America, Aperture, The New York Review of Books, and a wide range of magazines, monographs and exhibition catalogues. His honors include an arts writing grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation, the inaugural Irving Sandler Award for New Voices in Art Criticism from AICA-USA, and the C/O Berlin Talent Prize for Theory. In 2020, he was included on Apollo Magazine’s 40 Under 40 Africa. He lives in Lagos, Nigeria, and New York City. 

Jessica Lynne is a writer and art critic. She 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, Frieze, The Nation, and elsewhere.  She is the recipient of a 2020 Research and Development award from the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts and a 2020 Arts Writer Grant from The Andy Warhol Foundation. Find her online at @lynne_bias.

Catherine G. Wagley is an art critic and journalist based in Los Angeles. She is a contributing editor at Contemporary Art Review Los Angeles (CARLA) and a contributing and associate editor for Momus. She served as an art critic for the LA Weekly from 2011-2017, and contributes to artnet News, ARTNews, the LA Times and The LAnd, among other publications. She is a 2019 recipient of the Rabkin Prize for visual art journalism.

Candice Hopkins is a curator and writer of Tlingit descent originally from Whitehorse, Yukon. She is Senior Curator of the Toronto Biennial of Art and co-curator of the 2018 SITE Santa Fe biennial, Casa Tomada. She was a part of the curatorial team for documenta 14 in Athens, Greece and Kassel, Germany and a co-curator of the major exhibitions Sakahàn: International Indigenous Art, Close Encounters: The Next 500 Years, and the 2014 SITElines biennial, Unsettled Landscapes in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her writing is published widely and her recent essays and presentations include “Outlawed Social Life” for South as a State of Mind and Sounding the Margins: A Choir of Minor Voices at Small Projects, Tromsø, Norway. She has lectures internationally including at the Witte de With, Tate Modern, Dak’Art Biennale, Artists Space, Tate Britain and the University of British Columbia. She is the recipient of numerous awards including the Hnatyshyn Foundation Award for Curatorial Excellence in Contemporary Art and the 2016 the Prix pour un essai critique sur l’art contemporain by the Foundation Prince Pierre de Monaco. She is a citizen of Carcross/Tagish First Nation.