Biography

Caroline Picard is a writer, publisher, and curator. Her writing has appeared in Artslant, ArtForum (critics picks), Flash Art International, and Paper Monument, among others. She is the Executive Director of The Green Lantern Press—a nonprofit publishing house and art producer in operation since 2005—and the Co-Director of Sector 2337, a hybrid artspace/bar/bookstore in Chicago. Fiction and comics appear under the name Coco Picard. Her first graphic novel, The Chronicles of Fortune, was published by Radiator Comics in 2017.

The Green Lantern Press (GLP), is a 501c3 nonprofit art producer established in 2005 that produces contemporary art exhibitions, critical art and poetry publications, and cultural events that intersect literature, philosophy, theory, and art. To help The GLP better support artists developing and presenting new work, Picard and The GLP’s Poetry Editor, Devin King, opened Sector 2337 LLC, a hybrid art space/bar/bookstore in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. Operating as the GLP’s headquarters, Sector 2337 provides a storefront location for GLP events and exhibitions, covering most brick-and-mortar costs through drink sales, book sales, and space rentals. Sector 2337 was modeled after theater bars and museum bookstores to cultivate an independent revenue stream that serves the 501c3. Sector 2337 has been in operation since 2014.

Curating exhibitions since 2005, Picard has worked with artists like Takahiro Iwasaki, Ellen Rothenberg, Edra Soto, Xaviera Simmons, and others, presenting exhibitions at La Box ENSA Bourges, Gallery 400, Vox Populi, The Hyde Park Art Center, and more. In 2014, she was the Curatorial Fellow at La Box, ENSA in France, and became a member of the SYNAPSE International Curators’ Network of the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin in 2015. A recent series of exhibitions, Ghost Nature, The New [New] Corpse, Imperceptibly and Slowly Opening and Coming of Age, investigates inter-species borders, how the human relates to its environment and what possibilities emerge from upturning an anthropocentric worldview. Publications regularly accompany these shows, wherein Picard uses the book format as an alternative method to disseminate and reflect upon ephemeral exhibitions. During her tenure as Publisher and Editor of The GLP she has released over forty books featuring writing by Magalie Guérin, Graham Harman, Roberto Harrison, Hannah B Higgins, Timothy Morton, Jamila Woods, and others.

Her critical writing appears under the name Caroline Picard in publications like ArtForum (critics picks), art21, Flash Art International, Hyperallergic, and The Seen. A chapbook with a critical essay about the cats of James Joyce, Marcel Broodthaers, Derrida, the Walker Art Center, and Art Orienté object, The Strangers Among Us, was released by Astrophil Press in 2017. Fiction and comics have appeared in Hyperallergic, The Coming Envelope (Book Thug), Necessary Fiction, The Paris Review, Tupelo Quarterly, and she has three contributions in vols 1-4 of The Graphic Canon (Seven Stories Press). She is currently working on TSK, a novel inspired by the ghost of Joseph Beuys.

Curriculum Vitae

1980 Born Tokyo, Japan
2002 BFA St. Johns College, Annapolis, MD2010 MFA School of the Art Institute, Chicago, IL

Professional
2005 – present: Executive Director, Head Curator, and Founding Editor, The Green Lantern Press (Chicago, IL). www.thegreenlantern.org
2013 – 2018: Co-Director, Sector 2337 (Chicago, IL). wwww.sector2337.com
2012 – present: Freelance Critic(Art 21, Artforum, Artslant, Flash Art International, Hyperallergic, The Seen, and others).

Book length Publications
2017 The Chronicles of Fortune, (Graphic novel, Radiator Press, ed. Neil Brideau).
2017 The Strangers Among Us, (Astrophil, ed. Duncan Barlow)
2010 Psycho Dream Factory, (artist book, Holon Press).

Series Editor
2017-ongoing Art After Nature Co-edited with Giovanni Aloi, University of Minnesota Press. Art After Nature exposes new aesthetic territories defined by the humanities’ recent ontological turn. In the face of the unprecedented shifts in humanity’s conceived relationship with the natural world, modes of critical and political artistic engagement are adapting in response. As notions of pristine sublimity crumble, Art After Nature proposes to explore the consequences of this transition, further destabilizing anthropocentrism, and mapping the dark ecological fluidity of naturecultures.

Select Curatorial Projects
2018 Inner Telescope (Sector 2337) Site-specific video installation by Eduardo Kac captures the first-ever sculpture made in Outer Space co-curated with Fulla Abdul-Jabbar.
2018 If the hours were already counted (Sector 2337) Solo exhibition by Angelika Markul explores a giant, underground crystal cave in Naica, Mexico.
2017 Coming of Age (Sector 2337) A group show that torques scale, technology, and location in search of sustainable agency and repair. Featuring Rebecca Beachy, Rhonda Holberton, Essi Kausalainen, Aki Inomata, Takahiro Iwasaki, Ebony G. Patterson, and Tsherin Sherpa
2017 The Shortest Distance Between Two Points (Chicago Artist Coallition, 2017). A group show exploring the relationship between logic, geometry, and the social actions that unfold, react, or resist therein. Featuring Candida Alvarez, Jorge Méndez Blake, Robert Burnier, Julietta Cheung, Assaf Evron, Roberto Harrison, Dominika Jackuliaková, Betsy Odom, Stephen Lapthisophon, Nazafarin Lotfi, Heather Mekkelson, Matt Morris, Michael Milano, Bailey Romaine, Josh Rios + Anthony Romero, Ellen Rothenberg, Selina Trepp, Anne Wilson, and Fo Wilson.
2016 Institutional Garbage (Online exhibit; co-produced by The Hyde Park Art Center and The GLP). Online group exhibition features the administrative residue of imaginary institutional spaces.
2015-16 Imperceptibly and Slowly Opening, (Sector 2337) Chicago + (VoxPopuli) Philadelphia. A group show highlighting the inaccessible subjectivity that plants possess, including a performance series curated by Every house has a door, A Laurie Palmer’s Lichen Museum, Wilfredo Prieto’s mile plant walk, and a 4-day plant symposium. Its affiliated catalogue (The Green Lantern Press, 2016) contextualizes participating artists with auxiliary writing by Giovanni Aloi, Kristina Chew, Brooke A. Holmes, Ronald Johnson, Michael Marder, Catriona Sandilands, Steven Shaviro, and others.
2014 The New [New] Corpse, (Sector 2337) Chicago, IL. A group show produced by The Green Lantern Press with artists whose work in photography, sculpture, performance, film, and drawing wrestles with representation to show the figure fragmented, distorted or emphatically absent. Participants exhume the body to show the networks by which it is comprised. Featuring Benjamin L. Aman and Marion Auburtin, Joseph Grigely, Jason Lazarus, Carlos Martiel, Heather Mekkelson, Rachel Niffenegger, Shane Ward, Shoshanna Weinberger, and others.
2014-2015 Following Nonhuman Kinds: Ongoing Investigation, (Latitude/Sector2337) Chicago, IL Organized by Caroline Picard, with texts co-curated by Picard, Rebecca Beachy, Karsten Lund, and Andrew Yang, the reading group discusses the work of Jane Bennett, Annie Dillard, Reza Negarestani, Timothy Morton, Mel Y Chen, and others. Following Nonhuman Kinds: Ongoing Investigation is a direct continuation of a symposium of the same name that took place in Bourges, France, 2014.
2014 Isolated Fictions: A Reenactment, (Hyde Park Art Center) Chicago, IL. A re-presentation of the Green Lantern Gallery’s final 2010 exhibition, Isolated Fictions. The original group show focused on a curious historical incident in which a fleet of English sailors — icebound for nine months in the Arctic — produced weekly plays for one another, and published a newspaper of theater reviews, inside jokes, poems and classified ads. The resulting periodical, The North Georgia Gazette, (reprinted by the Green Lantern Press in 2009) reflects an idiosyncratic, nautical art space.

2014 Ghost Nature, Gallery 400, (University of Illinois, Chicago) and La Box, ENSA (Bourges, France). A group show revising traditional Romantic notions of nature through the work of Sebastian Alvarez, Art Orienté objet, Jeremy Bolen, Irina Botea, Marcus Coates, Carrie Gundersdorf, Heidi Norton, Xaviera Simmons, and others. An international symposium took place within the framework of this exhibit, featuring performances, lectures, and student presentation. This symposium as organized collaboratively with the Parisian-based think tank, Le LABO (Le Laboratoire du Contemporain).
SELECT EDITORIAL + Publishing Projects
2017-2018 On Civil Disobedience, co-edited with Fulla Abdul-Jabbar and Devin King, this monthly series recalls precedents set by Thoreau, Ghandi, King, Arendt and others while also considering the pamphlet’s role in US history. Filtering civic responsibility through the combined awareness of histories and disciplines, commissioned essays by writers from a range of professional backgrounds—poetry, law, economics, activism, engineering, architecture, and more—ask questions critical to our contemporary political climate: How might citizenship and resistance intersect within the pledge of democratic ideals? Designed by Dakota Brown, confirmed contributors include Robin Blaser (Poetry), Romi Crawford (Race and Affect Theory), Nathaniel Mackey (Poetry), Nicole Mitchell (Music) Anonymous (Labor Law), Abhishek Narula (Data Engineering), and others, Green Lantern Press.
Shadowed! The Work of Ellen Rothenberg, with writing by Simone Forti, Hannah B. Higgins, Jeffrey Skoller, Shawn Michelle Smith, and others, Green Lantern Press.
Institutional Garbage, co-edited with Lara Schoorl and featuring a selection of artists and writers that participated in the namesake exhibition, The Green Lantern Press. Featuring Alberto Aguilar, Lise Haller Baggesen, Daniel Borzutzky, Rashayla Marie Brown, Patrick Durgin, Zippora Elders, Tricia Van Eck, João Florêncio, Jane Lewty, Jill Magi, Nam Chi Nguyễn, Josh Rios and Anthony Romero, Michal Samana, Suzanne Scanlon, Jeanine Hofland, Renan Laru-an, La Keisha Leek, and others, Green Lantern Press.
2016 Imperceptibly and Slowly Opening, exhibition catalogue with writing by Giovanni Aloi, Kristina Chew, Every house has a door, Brooke Holmes, Karen Houle, Joela Jacobs, Ronald Johnson, Devin King, Eben Kirksey, Picard, Catriona Sandilands, Steven Shaviro, Eleni Sikelianos, Monica Westin, and Leila Wilson, Green Lantern Press.
NOTES ON, a-chronological studio journal by Magalie Guérin, Green Lantern Press.
2015 The New [New] Corpse, exhibition cataloge with writing by Antibody Corporation, Rebecca Beachy, Érik Bullot, Judith Goldman, Julia Drescher, Matthew Goulish and Lin Hixson, Christy LeMaster, Valeria Luiselli, Jesse Malmed, CJ Martin, Nathanaël, Caroline Picard, Martine Syms, John Tipton, Zoe Todd, and Fo Wilson, Green Lantern Press.
2014 Ghost Nature, bilingual exhibition cataloge with writing by Timothy Morton, Graham Harman, A. Laurie Palmer, Caroline Picard, João Florêncio, Nettrice Gaskins, and Jamila Woods, Green Lantern Press.
More Green Lantern Press titles can be seen online: www.thegreenlanternpress.org

Select ARTICLES, COMICS, + SHORT STORIES
“The Strangers Among Us,” Aesthetics of Activism, (ed. Mark Foster Gage), MIT Press, 2019.
“Belonging in Breath: Rashid Johnson and William Pope L,” Botanical Speculations, (ed. Giovanni Aloi), Cambridge University Press, 2019.
“The Humblest Props Now Play a Role,” Why Look at Plants? (ed. Giovanni Aloi), Columbia University Press, 2019.
“Stitching Temporalities Beyond the Institution: Adrian Piper at MoMA,” (The Seen, 2018).
“Pop Quiz,” (Wigleaf, 2018).
“The Fuzz,” a collaboration with Anthony Madrid, (The Paris Review, 2018).
“Accumulations of Influence: Stephen Lapthisophon’s Styles of Radical Will at Sector 2337,” (Chicago Review, 2018).
“Bound with Bright Beautiful Things,” Deep Time Chicago, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, 2017.
“Documenta 14: Heartbreaking Duplicity,” (The Seen, 2017)
“Joan Jonas: A Fickle Trickster Screen,” (Art21, 2017)
“Bettina Pousttchi: The Shifting Politics of Material Perception” (The Seen, 2017)
“In The Late Afternoon of Modernism: an Interview with Graham Harman,” (Antenna, 2016)< “The Brevity of Space: an Interview with Allison Glenn,” (Art21, 2016).
“Built in Defense Against Material: an Interview with A. Laurie Palmer,” (Art21, 2016).
“Life Among Other Men: an Interview with Black Deutschland’s Darryl Pinckney,” (Art21, 2016).
“Artist Profile: Kerry James Marshall’s Mastry,” (The Seen, 2016).
“The Sensation of Unthought Thoughts: an Interview with Simone Forti,” (Art21, 2016).
“Animal Bones as Artistic Medium: Rebecca Beachy at New Capital,” (Hyperallergic, 2016).
“Jefferson Pinder: Critic’s Pick,” (Artforum, 2015).
“United States of Latin American,” (Flash Art International, 2015).
“A Performance in Reimagining Caesar’s Bridge,” (Hyperallergic, 2015).
“Finding Black Mountain: A Working Model for Sensible Members of Society,” (The Seen, 2015).
“Edie Fake: Critic’s Pick,” (Artforum, 2015).
“Diamond Vehicle,” (Tupelo Quarterly, 2014).

SELECT residencies + PANELS + LECTURES + workshops
2017 North American Curator Tour, Goethe-Institut: Documenta 14 and Skulptur Projekte Münster The Humblest Props Now Play a Role (Lecturer, School of the Art Institute, Chicago).
The Aesthetics of Estrangement, (“The Aesthetics of Activism” symposium speaker, Yale School of Architecture) New Haven, CT. Affiliated publication forthcoming from MIT Press.
August in the Anthropocene,(Bad at Sports / Haus der Kulturen der Welt,) Month-long blogging residency features podcasts and interviews with Ravi Agarwal, Katherine Behar and Eben Kirksey, Heather Davis and Etienne Turpin, Rohini Devasher, Joao Florencio, Graham Harman, and others.
Anthropocene Curriculum: The Technosphere,(Haus der Kulturen der Welt) Berlin. In an ongoing trans-disciplinary collaboration initiated by Haus der Kulturen der Welt (Berlin) and the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (Berlin), around forty scholars from around the world, working in the sciences and humanities jointly develop an Anthropocene Curriculum.
The Social Life Of Books: Publishing In Contemporary Art Climes, (panelist with François Piron, Kavi Gupta Gallery) Chicago, IL.
2015
SYNAPSE Workshop 2015, (Haus der Kulturen der Welt) Berlin. A biannual network meetings at Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin, international curators, scientists, artists, art historians, critics, and other experts provide insights into the fields of art and science.
2014
Curatorial Fellow, (La Box, ENSA), Bourges, FR. Awarded the 2014 Curatorial Residency to organize two exhibitions (Ghost Nature, and Projections Animalières) and one public symposium, Following Nonhuman Kinds.

RECENT NOTORIETY

– BOMB, “Keeping the Past Present: Shadowed!” (Jun 2018).
– White Hot Magazine, “Caroline Picard in Conversation” (Jan 2018).
Documented Dialogues, “No. 7: Caroline Picard, Rhonda Holberton, and Tsherin Sherpa,” (Oct 2017).
– Bad at Sports, “Episode 600: Coming of Age” (Sep 2017).
Bad at Sports, “Episode 595: Coco Picard,” (Jul 2017).
Chicago Artist Writers, “Coco Picard: ‘Dr. Rock’ at The Franklin,” (May 2017).
Hyperallergic, A Graphic Novel Turns the Unpredictability of Grief into a Superhero Tale (Jun 2017).
Women Write About Comics, “Chronicles of Fortune is a Powerful Work About Grief,” (Jun 2017).
Comics Beat, “Fortuna is a superhero for the rest of us” (May 2017).
Chicago Artist Resource, Documented Dialogues: No. 3, (May 2017).
Huffington Post, “What Is This Junk?…Institutional Garbage,” (Jan 2017).
Sixty Inches from Center, “Institutional Garbage: Archiving the Emotions of Art Institutions,” (Dec 2016).< The Conversant, “Caroline Picard in Conversation with Lara Schoorl,” (Nov, 2016).
Art Fag City, “We Went to Philly Part 1: Vox Populi,” (Jun 2016).
Entropy Magazine, “The Green Lantern Press,” (Jan 2016).
Hyperallergic, “Pausing to Consider How Plants React to Humans,” (Nov 2016).
Artslant, “The Personal is Political,” (May 2015).

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