Jaclyn Jacunski is an artist and a researcher at the Shapiro Center for Research and Collaboration at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She earned her MFA from SAIC and BFA from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She has been an artist in residence at Spudnik Press, Director of the Chicago Printer’s Guild and worked as an assistant to master printers at Tandem Press. [July 2014]

Past Partisans

American journalist Eugene Lyons coined the term “Red Decade” for the period in the 1930s when the Russian Revolution energized leftists in the United States. The Block Museum’s recent exhibition showcased works created by artists involved in the American Communist Party’s John Reed Clubs during the Great Depression. Read More

John Sparagana Reads the News

News photographs permeate our visual environment—a morning read of the newspaper, a commuter’s view of tiny tumbnails on an iPhone while on the train, a lunch break spent scanning newsfeeds on the computer. Approaching John Sparagana’s exhibition “Crowds and Powder,” I immediately recognized the source material and felt as if it were part of my media routine Read More

Paper as Politics and Process

“Social Paper,” at the Columbia College Center for Book and Paper Arts (CBPA), illuminated how papermaking has been used by artists, activists, citizens and designers to address social ills. Organized by curator Jessica Cochran and professor Melissa Potter, the exhibition revealed the interdisciplinary practices and multiple roles of socially concerned artists as micro-business managers, educators, historians. Read More