Conor McGrady

Conor McGrady
Conor received a BA Hons in Fine Art from the University of Northumbria (UK) and an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (USA). He has recently held solo exhibitions in New York, Miami, Atlanta and Zagreb/Croatia. Group exhibitions include the 2002 Whitney Biennial in New York, Archiving Place and Time: Contemporary Art Practice in Northern Ireland since the Belfast Agreement, The Jerusalem Show VII: Fractures (Qalandiya International Biennial), D-0 Ark Underground Biennale of Contemporary Art, Sarajevo-Konjic, and IK-00 Spaces of Confinement in Venice. Editor of Radical History Review’s Curated Spaces, his writing has appeared in The Brooklyn Rail, Ruminations on Violence (Waveland Press, 2007) State of Emergence (Plottner Verlag, 2011), State in Time (Drustvo NSK Informativni Center, Ljubljana, 2012) and The Design of Frontier Spaces (Ashgate, 2015).

Research Interests

Painting; aesthetics and politics; art and conflict; socially engaged practice; over-identification; tactical intervention; architecture & spatial control; artists collectives.

Teaching Philosophy

As a committed, progressive educator, my teaching approach is inherently student centered. I encourage students to be active learners in developing a practice that allows for risk taking, problem solving, associative thinking, discovery, intuition and invention. Through intensive engagement with their subject matter and the theoretical fields that frame it, students are encouraged to become self-directed critical thinkers who are capable of pursuing their own inquiries, and tackling personal, social and philosophical issues in their work.