The Crit Lab: Rethinking Critique
Founded by artist Patricia Miranda, the Crit Lab offers rigorous, critical, supportive feedback in small ongoing artist groups. We ask ethical aesthetic questions, situate artworks in a social context, engage materials in their own language, and preserve the inchoate nature of the creative process.

I have been running ongoing professional graduate-level critique courses at MAPSpace and in the studios of other artists since 2012. A desire for higher critical discourse and community among artists was clear across all groups and in lectures and workshops.

‚ÄčAnd so The Crit Lab was born. 
See more about the pedagogy of the Crit Lab here.

The Crit Lab takes a graduate level seminar to a grass roots level. We form avenues to share a deeper conversation around our work, and build community, both inside and outside sessions.

As artists we often work alone, and while many of us have strong support networks, the opportunity for focused discussion about work can be hard to find.

"So much amazing work and discussion happens in these groups, about the work and beyond- the joys and challenges of making work, how our work exists in our lives and in the world as an action and a voice. I want to support and promote this community of artists, to open our discussion to a wider audience, while preserving the intimate and private nature of the crit meetings." Patricia

In addition to a strong pedagogical structure within which discussions remain focused and intensive, The Crit Lab's concern is for the ethical and social context of a sustainable artistic practice. This acknowledges the inherently political nature of art-making as an action. Even when work is not explicitly political or even appears anti-political, it is situated in a social space. This is crucial to developing a stance of awareness around our work. Read more here

The connection and community that develop in the groups transcend the Lab. The Crit Lab has a private members Facebook group for all current and past participants, to share images from crits, articles, commentary, resources and more. The privacy of the meetings and FB page allows a safe environment for discussion of new, vulnerable, in progress, and experimental works to flourish and grow in depth and perception.

The Crit Lab website is the public space of the Lab. All artists currently in a group have a free page - to showcase images, connect with one another across groups, show their work on another platform, and be part of this community in a larger way. Past participants remain connected through a name link to their website.

Artists from the Lab also have the chance to curate online exhibitions for the site on our exhibition page.

Each session meets for 5 full day meetings over a 5-6 month period. Each group has max 5-7 participants, and the same artists meet for all five meetings. This allows for ongoing depth of engagement and conversation with developing work and with one another.

Patricia Miranda is available for private studio visits, editing for artist statements, grants and proposals, and strategic planning that aligns with your particular artistic ecosystem. The Crit Lab also offers technical digital help with our virtual assistant service with Kimberly Lindner - for organizing digital files, preparing portfolio images, research and more.

Contact us with questions!

Read about Patricia Miranda at her website and the link below.

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