A Conversation with the Critics: Sharon Louden talks with Yasmeen Siddiqui, Jessica Lynne, Stephanie Cash and Jason Stopa

Wednesday, November 29
6:30 pm
111 Franklin Street, NYC
Open to the Public


Yasmeen Siddiqui is the founder of Minerva Projects, an incubator space in Denver, Colorado, that is tailored for artists and curators who seek to contextualize and historicize their ideas in an environment that encourages experimentation and new possibilities. Minerva Projects is committed to clarifying, by accurately describing and theorizing, the practices of artists and curators through engaging with leading thinkers and writers who animate its traveling exhibitions program and the Minerva Press book series. Siddiqui is also a writer and curator; pasts subjects have included Do Ho Suh, Consuelo Castañeda, Hassan Khan, Linda Ganjian, Pia Lindman, Lara Baladi, Mary Carothers, Matt Lynch and Chris Vorhees, and Mel Charney. Her writing has appeared on Hyperallergic and in ART PAPERS, the Cairo Times, Medina Magazine, Flash Art, Modern Painters, NKA and The Brooklyn Rail, and in books and exhibition catalogues including: Fault Lines Contemporary African Art and Shifting Landscapes. inIVA, London, 2003; A Contingent Object of Research. Storefront Books, New York, 2010; Do Ho Suh; On Architecture. Melvin Charney a Critical Anthology. Edited by Louis Martin. Montreal: McGill — Queen’s University Press, 2013.


Jessica Lynne is co-founder and editor of ARTS.BLACK, a journal of art criticism from Black perspectives. She received her B.A. in Africana Studies from NYU and has been awarded residencies and fellowships from Art21 and The Cue Foundation, Callaloo, and The Center for Book Arts. Her writing has appeared in publications such as Aperture, Art in America, The Brooklyn Rail, and Kinfolk. Currently, Jessica serves as the Manager of Development and Communication at Recess.



Stephanie Cash is the Executive Editor of BURNAWAY, a nonprofit online magazine covering art in the South. She has twice served as Interim Executive Director, taking on the additional roles of fundraising, grant writing, and advertising sales. From 1993 to 2012, Cash was a staff editor at Art in America, most recently serving as News Editor. When she started as an assistant in 1993, they still looked things up in books and used floppy discs. Marriage took her to Atlanta in 2012, where she wrote for ArtsATL, Art in America, Photograph and others before becoming the Editor of BURNAWAY in late 2013. She misses working in print, but wholeheartedly embraces online media.


Jason Stopa is painter living in Brooklyn, NY.  He received his BFA from Indiana University and his MFA from Pratt Institute.  Recent exhibitions: “Witches & Dudes” at Galleri Kant in Copenhagen, Denmark.  He is a contributing writer to Art in America, Hyperallergic, and The Brooklyn Rail.  He teaches at the School of Visual Arts, Pratt Institute and The New Hampshire Institute of Art.