Thursday, August 24, 2006

Panel-House Back on the Scene, Sort of

From 2003 to about early 2005 a blog-like website dominated art criticism in Chicago. The website, Panel-House, was directed by artist, musician, organizer and writer Terence Hannum. Now it has been relaunched on blogspot as a loose archive:
    Many of these articles were written by a variety of writers, artists, curators, critics, and other cultural multi-taskers that were once part of I ran from 2003-2005 when I took it offline. I'll be trying to update it as frequently as possible, lately there seems to be some sort of a demand to find these articles.

Included now are brief notations from Hannum filling you in on what has changed since the pieces were written. This is highly recommended reading, almost required. In fact, put down the photocopies of Walter Benjamin’s “Art in the Age of Mechanical [but not internet, digital or even color] Reproduction” and read what is on panel-house. Put down your Chicago Reader, put down your Newcity, and read these archives. They are that good, or at least valuable as a social/critical history of art in that two year slice of Chicago.


There has been talk of a relaunch, not involving Hannum, but including contributors of the past and a gang of new ones. Don’t hold your breath, though.

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