Michelle Grabner and Brad Killam

The Suburban / The Poor Farm
A talk by Michelle Grabner and Brad Killam
INCA: 2 West Roy St. Seattle, WA, 98110
Friday 24 June
Organized by Aeron Bergman and Alejandra Salinas


Michelle Grabner and Brad Killam founded The Suburban in 1999 in Oak Park, IL hosting a range of international contemporary art. After 16 years in the Chicago vicinity, The Suburban began programming exhibitions in a storefront located in Milwaukee’s Riverwest neighborhood and a storefront space in Milwaukee’s Walker’s Point. In 2009 Grabner and Killam opened The Poor Farm in rural Wisconsin. The Poor Farm is dedicated to annual historical and contemporary exhibitions, lectures, performances, publications, screenings and alternative free pedagogical programs. Together the Poor Farm and The Suburban has featured an increasingly influential roster of contemporary artists, authors and musicians.


Michelle Grabner is an artist and writer. She is the Crown Family Professor of Painting and Drawing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has exhibited her work at Musée d´art Grand-Duc Jean, Luxembourg; Stadtgalerie, Keil; Green Gallery, Milwaukee; Kunsthalle, Bern; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; Daimler Contemporary, Berlin; Midway, Minneapolis; Rocket, London; INOVA, Milwaukee; Southfirst, Brooklyn; Gallery 16, San Francisco; Minus Space, Brooklyn; Cranbrook Art Museum, Bloomfield Hills, MI; Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago; The Milwaukee Art Museum; Anne Mosseri-Marlio, Zurich; Bricks and Kicks, Vienna; Turbinehallerne, Copenhagen; Ulrich Museum of Art, Kansas; Leo Koenig Gallery, New York; Harris Lieberman Gallery, New York.

She co-curated the 2014 Whitney Biennial and the 2016 Portland Biennial.

She is also is a corresponding editor for *X-tra*. Her reviews are regularly published in *Artforum. *She has also contributed essays and reviews to* Modern Painters, Frieze, X-tra, Art Press, ArtUS *and *Art-Agenda *among others. In 2010, she and Mary Jane Jacob co-edited *THE STUDIO READER*, published by the University of Chicago Press.


Brad Killam is an artist. Educated at Illinois State University and the Circle campus of the University of Illinois at Chicago, Killam began collaborating with Michelle Grabner to curate exhibitions, including Eight Days in November at the MAM in 1992, Amenities at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design in 1994 and Bicycle Thieves at various locations in Milwaukee and Chicago in 1998. In Killam’s own words, he “just wants to be an artist who also does other things for other people (organizing exhibitions, teaching, slamming the governor every chance I get).”

He has exhibited his work extensively including exhibitions at The Drawing Center, New York; Gallery 16, San Francisco; Riverside Arts Center and Santa Monica Museum of Art.