Practice Lecture Series: Laurie Rojas
Laurie Rojas (b. Panama) is a Berlin-based art critic, journalist and public intellectual. She is a founding editor of Caesura, a magazine of art and criticism, and a host of Sh*t Platypus Says, a podcast that takes on contemporary topics on the political left with an eye toward art and culture. While studying at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in the aughts, Rojas was active in pro-immigrant and anti-war movements and developed her ideas on socially engaged and participatory art alongside her study of Marxist theories of art and culture. The 2008 economic crisis spurred Rojas to deepen her critical engagement with political art and the role of art criticism. Her graduate thesis, “Confronting the ‘Death’ of Art Criticism” argues that the demise of the critic was conditioned by the rise of the curator and the emergence of conceptual art, both of which undermined art criticism’s role. She has served as Editor in Chief of The Platypus Review and Senior Editor at Spike Art Magazine. Her writing has been featured in Artsy, Artforum, Artnet, Arts of the Working Class, Chicago Art Criticism, Time Out Chicago, The Nation, The New Yorker, Artslant, 491, Kunst und Auktionen, Sotheby’s Magazine, Happening Media, among others.