Happy to contribute to Carrie Shepard’s radio piece on the future of public art in Chicago. This important story discusses the challenges and inspirations of those of us on the front line of producing public, urban art. I was happy to invite Melanie Vazquez to contribute as well, whose gorgeous mural I curated for the Wabash Arts Corridor recently. To hear the story, click on this link and hit play.
Loved working with Hand Papermaking Magazine on my first publication with them. Thanks to editor Mina Takahashi for the invitation. My article Seeds InService: Germination the Feminist Roots of Hand Papermaking in Chicago discusses the important work of feminist art collective Seeds InService, led by Melissa Hilliard Potter and Maggie Puckett. There’s so much more to come from this trailblazing eco-feminist public art duo.
Thrilled to announce my first curatorial project with Chicago Sister Cities, kicking off in Casablanca with the incomparable Sam Kirk, and joined by renowned Moroccan artist Kalamour who comes to Chicago this fall. This is just the first Sister Cities exchange, with more to come this year. We're just wrapping up in Casa, here's the official press release.
Melissa Potter (my superhero co-curator) and I are thrilled to share our promo video for the Revolution at Point Zero: Feminist Social Practice project. Filmmaker Phil Worfel made this quick and punchy video to share highlights from the exhibition, performances and symposium. So many amazing artists featured here. Watch and join the Feminist Social Practice movement!
We kicked off the Wabash Arts Corridor Street Level Public Art exhibition with a mural by Gloria "Gloe One" Talamantes. The project was commissioned by Cirque de Soleil, in honor of the new show, Luzia. Just thrilled with Gloe's new work, right on Congress, and with all the press we received.
I had so much fun doing this interview with the WGN SkyCam team and the ever-enthusiastic Sarah Jindra. I asked one of our star WAC artists, Ruben Aguirre and WAC partner and mural sponsor Keith Giles to join us, along with some hip Columbia College students, to talk about WAC and what it means to us. Most of the mural images in this video are shot from the WGN helicopter. Loving the sky perspective of the Wabash Arts Corridor! Click here to watch.
Melissa Potter and I were thrilled to meet Alex Fialho, writer for Artforum, who came for the Feminist Social Practice symposium and RAPZ closing reception, plus stopped by the Marisa Jahn / The CareForce performance and talk, our accompanying programs at Open Engagement. So excited that he made our work a centerpiece of his Open Engagement coverage! Click here for more.
So thrilled to present the first ever symposium on #FeministSocialPractice this Friday, a featured program of the Open Engagement conference in Chicago. A free half day program at Columbia College Chicago, we are featuring artists, curators, scholars, performers, activists and other radical creative producers who are leading the way in a feminist-centered dialogue about contemporary socially-engaged art. We have ONLY 20 tickets left, grab yours here:
Revolution at Point Zero: Feminist Social Practice
March 10 - April 24, 2017
Opening reception: March 10, 5-8 p.m. With performances by Laura Anderson Barbata with Fem Appeal, and by Las Nietas de Nonó.
I am thrilled to open this exhibition with my co-curator Melissa Hilliard Potter at Columbia College's Glass Curtain Gallery. Revolution at Point Zero: Feminist Social Practice is the first exhibition of its kind to position the feminist art movement as the progenitor of contemporary socially-engaged art. The exhibition features women-identified, North American artists whose work focuses on radical acts of the personal and political: Laura Anderson Barbata’s Julia Pastrana: A Homecoming, including the gender-subverting, history re-envisioning burlesque performance with Fem Appeal; Marisa Jahn’s The Careforce, with a public performance choreographed and performed by activists of the domestic labor movement; Las Nietas de Nonó’s Ilustraciones de la Mecánica, participatory theatre of untold narratives about reproductive health in Puerto Rico; Megan Young’s Longest Walk, with Angela Davis Fegan, an installation of female identifying bodies in public spaces created in protest of politics as usual; and a featured recent work entitled Snow Workers’ Ballet by Mierle Laderman Ukeles, one of the pioneers of the social practice movement.
More information at Colum.edu/Revolution
Had the great pleasure of chatting with Brainard Carey for his Yale Radio Interviews featuring "Lives of the Most Excellent Artists, Curators, Architects, Critics." We got to discuss all my favorite things including how much fun it is to cause trouble in the art world through feminism.
The article and 30-minute interview can be accessed here.
I am thrilled to take the reigns of the Wabash Arts Corridor as the Chief Curator! Columbia produced this lovely profile of the 4th annual WAC Crawl 2016, and of myself and the Crawl producer, Shannon Bourne. Shannon and I are standing in front of one of my favorite WAC murals by Chicago artist ZorZorZor.
Not Ready to Make Nice: Guerrilla Girls in the Artworld and Beyond is nearing 5 years of touring, perhaps the longest running exhibition ever(?). The installation at Stony Brook University was just stunning and we added a few new works to the mix. Hanging out with GG Frida Kahlo and gallery director Karen Levitov was a big highlight. Loved giving a tour to a huge group of feminist New Yorkers!
As part of the Wabash Arts Corridor's inaugural Street Art Festival, BIG WALLS, I had the pleasure of co-moderating, along with Bad at Sports' Duncan MacKenzie, a discussion with local and international artists participating in the festival including Ruben Aguirre, Sabina Ott, Anisa Peraica, Collin van der Sluijs, Amanda Williams and Marina Zumi.
At the Open Engagement social practice conference in Oakland, CA, my co-collaborator, Melissa Potter, and I kicked off our multi-year research, exhibition and publication project, The Longest Revolution: Feminist Social Practice. Over the next two years we are building a traveling exhibition, consciousness-raising programs and a major publication on the fierce feminism that drives socially-engaged art.
The Midwest Art History Society arranged a lovely and engaging conference in Chicago last week. Melissa Potter and I did our first public presentations on our on-going research into feminist social practice. In the session I chaired, The Personal is Political: Feminist Social Practice, we introduced our goals for producing research, an exhibition called The Longest Revolution: Feminist Social Practice and a book that documents the feminist foundation for socially-engaged art. We were joined by our talented, smart colleagues Esther Thyssen and Jayne Cole who are doing important and inspiring research in this area.
In March I had the great pleasure of giving a lecture on my curatorial practice as part of the brand new Visiting Artists Lecture Series at College of DuPage. Got to catch up with their new Director/Curator Justin Witte, who is envisioning an exciting new curatorial program for the Cleve Carney Gallery. Just after my visit to campus, the COD Courier published a lovely piece on my work with the Guerrilla Girls (click here to read).
Thrilling to see all this great press rolling in for Bring Your Own Body: transgender between archives and aesthetics at Glass Curtain Gallery at Columbia College. This insightful Chicago Tribune article by Lori Waxman is among my favorites, and Kate Sierzputowski did in-depth research and interviews for her terrific piece in The Reader. More glowing reviews in New City and by our stellar student reporters in The Chronicle, which talks about our year-long exhibition series exploring gender issues and justice.
This month I was invited to guest lecture to art history students studying at University of London. Spoke about my favorite things- social practice, experimentation in academic galleries, and where to see the best street art in London!