A publishing career that spans over 30 years, critic and editor Susan Snodgrass writes about contemporary art, art criticism, material art practices, architecture, urbanism, and public art.

Recent Writings

The Seen (Issue 8, April 2019)

Forgotten Forms

The Seen (Issue 7, September 2018)

From the Front

Artmargins Online (April 7, 2018)

Revolution Redo

The Seen (Issue 6, April 2018)

Dawoud Bey: Visualizing Memory

Textile: Cloth and Culture (Volume 16:3, 2018)

Anne Wilson: a hand well trained

The Seen  (Issue 5, September 2017)

Candida Alvarez: Arriving Here

In/Site: reflections on the art of place

In/Site: Reflections on the Art of Place is my blog devoted to art, architecture and urbanism, using Chicago as a vantage point for reflections on the work of contemporary artists, public art and urban projects that reinvent the spatial environment of the city.

See my latest post below or visit the blog here.

To Belong: Narratives on Citizenship and Migration

May 18, 2019

Loss takes many forms. Within the last two years, I lost both my parents and a sister. Their passings were followed by much personal grief, of course, as well as an existential rethinking about the meaning of absence and belonging. What binds us to place, to each other, to the larger world? And while loss is inherent to the cycles of life that define who we are as human beings, catastrophic loss – whether by violence, poverty, social oppression, climate change, or environmental disaster – plagues our political present, rupturing the ties that connect us to home and to the earth beneath our feet. Mass movements in global migration come out of such devastation and upheaval, in 2018 displacing 68.5 million people according to the United Nations Refugee Agency (Note 1). This decade’s flow of people across physical and geopolitical borders has ignited contentious debates on the definition of citizenship and the role of government in protecting individual and collective rights.

Read more at In/Site  


Honored and thankful for the Graham Foundation’s support of my book, Inside the Matrix: The Radical Designs of Ken Isaacs, published by Half Letter Press and due later this year. Learn more.