• The conversation continues

    A new dialogue with curator and scholar Alexandra Midal on Ken Isaacs’s Knowledge Box and his search for an experiential model for education.

    Read the interview online

  • Thrilled with the following interviews!

    Here I talk with Maria Kruglyak about my curatorial work and writing on Ken Isaacs, occasioned by the multiplatform mapping project Visual Natures: The Politics and Culture of Environmentalism in the 20th and 21st Centuries, organized by the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology in Lisbon, which featured Isaacs’s Knowledge Box.

    In this two-part interview, Paul Krainak and I discuss my research and writing on Isaacs, my role as an editor at ARTMargins Online, and my critical writing on public art and spatial art practices. Published in Sub-rural at Bad@Sports.

  • Reviews of Inside the Matrix: The Radical Designs of Ken Isaacs are in!

    Metropolis | Ken Isaacs Wanted to Retool the Way We Live by Justin Kamp • February 18, 2020

    New City | Before the Tiny House: Inside the Matrix Dives Into the Design Legacy of Ken Isaacs by Michael Workman • April 14, 2020

    Inland Art | Inside the Matrix: The Radical Designs of Ken Isaacs by Paul Krainak • December 28, 2019

  • French edition of Inside the Matrix: The Radical Designs of Ken Isaacs out now!

    Dans la matrice: le design radical de Ken Isaacs published by Sombres torrents is available here:

  • New book out now!

    At long last, my book Inside the Matrix: The Radical Designs of Ken Isaacs published by Half Letter Press is now available. Inside the Matrix surveys the highly individual practice of American architect and designer Ken Isaacs, whose populist, DIY designs created from the 1950s to the 1970s challenged mainstream definitions of modernism. Highlighted here are his Living Structures, Microhouses, and Alpha Chambers, experimental living and educational environments that provided alternative solutions to the spatial and environmental challenges of midcentury modern life.

    A heartfelt thank you to Marc Fischer and Brett Bloom of Half Letter Press for their enthusiastic support of this book. Gratitude to the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts for their generous support. And thanks to Partner & Partners who have created a beautiful design that truly captures the spirit of Isaacs’s work.

    You can purchase a copy here:

  • Support from Graham Foundation

    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.


  • Arts Writers Grant

    Honored to receive an Arts Writers Grant from Creative Capital/Andy Warhol Foundation for my blog IN/SITE: Reflections on the Art of Place. So grateful for their support.


  • BAD@SPORTS Podcast: EXPO Chicago Roundtable

    Tune in to the divine KT Hawbaker, me, and the cast of Bad@Sports as we review the highs and lows of this year’s EXPO Chicago, the international fair of contemporary and modern art.


  • Lecture and Workshop: “Burnaway’s Art Writers Mentorship Program”

    Thrilled to be a Mentor for Burnaway’s Art Writers Mentorship Program this spring. I’ll be in Atlanta May 17-19, where I will give a public talk “Peripheral Visions: Sightlines for Today’s New Arts Journalism,” and then work with program participants to hone their critical writing skills.


  • Panel and Workshop: “Muralla Alta/High Wall”

    Please join me at the Museum of Contemporary Art on Friday, January, 12, 2018, at 6pm, where I’ll be hosting a brief panel and workshop, as part of Edra Soto’s Open 24 Hours, part of the MCA’s new Commons Artist Project space. Entitled “Muralla Alta/High Wall,” audiences are invited to meander through a visual experience that includes a narrative installation of 35-mm slide projections, co-organized by Soto and Daniel Hojnacki, and to create their own written and visual responses.