Caroline Picard is a curator, publisher, writer, and artist. She is the Executive Director, Head Curator, and Founding Editor of The Green Lantern Press (GLP), 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 cultivating an independent revenue that stabilizes the 501c3. Sector 2337 has been in operation since 2014.
Curating exhibitions since 2005, Picard has worked with artists like 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, and Imperceptibly and Slowly Opening explores the figure in relation to systems of by investigating inter-species borders, how the human relates to its environment and what possibilities might emerge from upturning an anthropocentric world view. 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 recent 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. She also publishes fiction and comics under the name Coco Picard. Her first graphic novel, The Chronicles of Fortune, was published by Radiator Press in 2017, and explores an ineffective superhero’s contemplation of death through banal episodes that involve a crocodile, a silent goldfish, a stove, and a moth. TSK, her novel inspired by the ghost of Joseph Beuys’, is forthcoming from Gold Wake Press in 2019.