Caroline Picard is a writer, publisher, and curator. Her writing has appeared in Artslant, ArtForum (critics picks), Flash Art International, and Paper Monument, among others. She is the Executive Director of The Green Lantern Press—a nonprofit publishing house and art producer in operation since 2005—and the Co-Director of Sector 2337, a hybrid artspace/bar/bookstore in Chicago. Fiction and comics appear under the name Coco Picard. Her first graphic novel, The Chronicles of Fortune, was published by Radiator Comics in 2017.
The Green Lantern Press (GLP), is a 501c3 nonprofit art producer established in 2005 that produces contemporary art exhibitions, critical art and poetry publications, and cultural events that intersect literature, philosophy, theory, and art. To help The GLP better support artists developing and presenting new work, Picard and The GLP’s Poetry Editor, Devin King, opened Sector 2337 LLC, a hybrid art space/bar/bookstore in Chicago’s Logan Square neighborhood. Operating as the GLP’s headquarters, Sector 2337 provides a storefront location for GLP events and exhibitions, covering most brick-and-mortar costs through drink sales, book sales, and space rentals. Sector 2337 was modeled after theater bars and museum bookstores to cultivate an independent revenue stream that serves the 501c3. Sector 2337 has been in operation since 2014.
Curating exhibitions since 2005, Picard has worked with artists like Takahiro Iwasaki, Ellen Rothenberg, Edra Soto, Xaviera Simmons, and others, presenting exhibitions at La Box ENSA Bourges, Gallery 400, Vox Populi, The Hyde Park Art Center, and more. In 2014, she was the Curatorial Fellow at La Box, ENSA in France, and became a member of the SYNAPSE International Curators’ Network of the Haus der Kulturen der Welt in Berlin in 2015. A recent series of exhibitions, Ghost Nature, The New [New] Corpse, Imperceptibly and Slowly Opening and Coming of Age, investigates inter-species borders, how the human relates to its environment and what possibilities emerge from upturning an anthropocentric worldview. Publications regularly accompany these shows, wherein Picard uses the book format as an alternative method to disseminate and reflect upon ephemeral exhibitions. During her tenure as Publisher and Editor of The GLP she has released over forty books featuring writing by Magalie Guérin, Graham Harman, Roberto Harrison, Hannah B Higgins, Timothy Morton, Jamila Woods, and others.
Her critical writing appears under the name Caroline Picard in publications like ArtForum (critics picks), art21, Flash Art International, Hyperallergic, and The Seen. A chapbook with a critical essay about the cats of James Joyce, Marcel Broodthaers, Derrida, the Walker Art Center, and Art Orienté object, The Strangers Among Us, was released by Astrophil Press in 2017. Fiction and comics have appeared in Hyperallergic, The Coming Envelope (Book Thug), Necessary Fiction, The Paris Review, Tupelo Quarterly, and she has three contributions in vols 1-4 of The Graphic Canon (Seven Stories Press). She is currently working on TSK, a novel inspired by the ghost of Joseph Beuys.