Michael Stone-Richards, CCS professor of Critical Theory and Visual Studies, is the recipient of a $50,000 grant from the Creative Capital | Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grants Program for his forthcoming book, Care of the City: Ruination, Abandonment, and Hospitality in Contemporary Practice.
As a 2018 honoree, Stone-Richards joins 20 other writers, who were awarded grants totaling $725,000 for articles, books, blogs and short-form writing that address both general and specialized art audiences. Stone-Richards’ book is the culmination of his own research, as well as courses he developed at CCS, including “Care of the City,” “Waste and Violence” — an examination of bio-politics as the contemporary form of critical theory — and, most recently, “Art and Pedagogy from Socrates to Beuys.”
Care of the City, in which Detroit will serve as one of many case studies, will look at “how post-studio art and visuality use the city to rethink issues of practice, emergency, and abandonment in light of an ethics of care and the conditions of in-hospitability.”
Stone-Richards started CCS’s Critical Theory minor and is the founder and editor of Detroit Research, a contemporary journal of Visual and Critical Studies intended to expand international contexts for Detroit art practices. In 2015, he received a $30,000 grant from the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation to help produce the journal, which examines social practice, ceramics, choreography, music, performance and critical theory.
Care of the City will be published by Berlin/New York-based Sternberg Press. For more information on Michael Stone-Richards’ work and Arts Writers Grant Program visit Artforum.