Saturday October 5, 2013
A Public Symposium
Saturday, October 5, 1:00 - 4:30 p.m.
Reception 5-7 PM
University of Chicago School of Social Service Administration
(Main Lobby) 969 East 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
On the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of Culture in Action, the seminal public art exhibition curated by Mary Jane Jacob as part of Sculpture Chicago in 1993, this symposium brings together past participants and artists working today to discuss its impact on the current field of community-based public art, particularly in Chicago. Culture in Action facilitated challenging frameworks for artists working within communities to create public art and today’s artists face similar issues in a radically changed artistic, political, and economic climate. Together participants and attendees will discuss what we have learned and what we have yet to learn.
1 - 2:30 PM: A conversation on “Twenty years later” between artist Daniel Joseph Martinez and arts writer Michael Brenson
3 - 4:30 PM: “Where to Now?” with Chicago artists and organizers Sarah Ross, Nicole Marroquin, Andres Hernandez, and Carla Mayer moderated by Abigail Satinsky, Associate Director, threewalls.
The event will close with thoughts by artist A. Laurie Palmer, followed by a reception at the Never the Same exhibition in The Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry at Midway Studios 929 E. 60th St. More information on the exhibition below.
This event is organized by threewalls and co-sponsored by Never the Same, Afterall, Open Practice Committee, Smart Museum of Art, Department of Visual Arts at the University of Chicago, and SAIC's Department of Exhibitions and Exhibition Studies.
Image: Never the Same
For over thirty years Daniel Joseph Martinez has engaged in an investigation of social, political, and cultural mores through artworks that have been characterized as “nonlinear multidimensional propositions.” He has exhibited in the United States and internationally since 1978, most recently, The Fully Enlightened Earth Radiates Disaster Triumphant: Daniel Joseph Martinez: United States Pavilion, 10th International Cairo Biennale 2006, Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (2006); the 2008 Whitney Biennial Exhibition, New York; and the west bank is missing, I am not dead yet, am I?, Amie and Tony James Gallery at City University of New York (2009). Recent publications include Daniel Joseph Martinez: A Life of Disobedience (Stuttgart, Germany: Hatje Cantz, 2009), including essays by Arthur C. Danto, David Levi Strauss, Michael Brenson, and Hakim Bey. Martinez has been teaching since 1990 at the University of California, Irvine, and is currently professor of theory, practice, and mediation of contemporary art in the graduate studies program and new genres department. Martinez is currently represented by Roberts & Tilton, Culver City, California, and Simon Preston Gallery, New York, New York and contributed to Culture in Action with two large-scale projects.
Michael Brenson is a critic, scholar and teacher. He received an MA in Creative Writing and a Ph.D in art history from Johns Hopkins University, and was an art critic for The New York Times from 1982 to 1991. His publications include Visionaries and Outcasts: The NEA, Congress, and the Place of the Visual Artist in America (2001); Sol LeWitt: Concrete Block Structures (2002); Acts of Engagement: Writings on Art, Criticism, and Institutions, 1993–2002 (2004); edited (with Mary Jane Jacob) Conversations at the Castle: Changing Audiences and Contemporary Art (1996), edited (with Rhea Anastas) Witness to Her Art: Art and Writings by Adrian Piper, Mona Hatoum, Cady Noland, Jenny Holzer, Kara Walker, Daniela Rossell and Eau de Cologne (2006). He is a Getty scholar and Guggenheim Fellow, a Visiting Senior Critic in the University of Pennsylvania School of Design’s Department of Fine Arts, and a member of the sculpture faculty in Bard College’s Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts. He is working on a biography of David Smith.
Andres L. Hernandez is an artist-designer-educator who works both independently and collaboratively to interpret, critique, and re-imagine the physical, social, and cultural environments we inhabit. Since 1997, Andres has worked within a variety of institutions to develop and implement innovative, standards-based art and design curricula; train school teachers and youth program staff in arts-integrated curricula and project-based learning; assist with research, planning, installation, and educational activities for museum exhibitions; and organize collaborative, community-based art projects throughout the city of Chicago. Andres has held a number of professional positions, most notably, Youth Development Director at Umoja Student Development Corporation; Co-Director/Drop-In Director at Street-Level Youth Media; and Curatorial Assistant for African and Oceanic Art at the Seattle Art Museum. Andres received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University, and his Master of Arts in Art Education degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he has been an Assistant Professor in the Department of Art Education since 2006. He is concurrently employed as Lead Artist with the Teens Re-Imagining Art, Community & Environment (TRACE) program of the Chicago Park District, and maintains an active studio and writing practice.
Nicole Marroquin is an interdisciplinary artist whose creative practice includes collaboration, research, teaching, and strategic intervention. As a classroom art teacher in Chicago and Detroit, Marroquin taught and collaborated with youth on art-based action research projects. In addition to activism in education, Marroquin has exhibited her sculpture internationally, and most recently at the Museo Nacional de Culturas Populares in Mexico City. Marroquin received her MFA from the University of Michigan in 2008 and is now living in Pilsen, Chicago. She makes art, exhibits and writes about participatory cultural production with youth and in communities. She is an Assistant Professor of Art Education at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Carla Mayer, Arts and Culture Manager at the Chicago Park District, provides vision and direction for the Arts and Culture Unit, the locus of arts learning at the District. With her crack staff, she manages initiatives such as the Cultural Center Initiative, Arts Partners in Residence, Inferno Mobile Recording Studio, and youth arts programs including Arts XIII and TRACE (Teens Re-Imagining Art, Community & Environment). She assists artists and arts organization with accessing public spaces, and leverages resources for parks and communities. She believes strongly that community arts practices are a way to connect, build and heal. She also consults on curriculum and programming in the areas of process-based art education, and workforce and youth leadership development. She is a certified teacher, and has taught art and run internship programs in Chicago Public Schools. Her background is in literature and visual art; she has a BA from Brown University and an MA in Interdisciplinary Arts from Columbia College. In and out of work, she is a committed youth developer and creative activist, and a trained circle-keeper. As an installation artist and sculptor, her work focuses on silenced voices, familiar materiality and including non-artists in the process of art-making.She is part of the organizing collective behind Chicago Torture Justice Memorials.
A. Laurie Palmer's work takes various forms as sculpture, public projects, writing, and interdisciplinary collaborations. She has shown, lectured, and published nationally and internationally since 1988, both independently and with the artist collaborative Haha, and has received generous foundation and institutional support, including from the Louis Tiffany Foundation, the Illinois Arts Council, the Richard M. Driehaus Foundation, the ArtCouncil (now Artadia) and the Radcliffe Institute. Around the year 2000, she began to focus her individual practice on local projects relating to land-use. The book 3 Acres on the Lake: DuSable Park Proposal Project, published by WhiteWalls Press in 2004, documents a public art project and exhibition related to these concerns. In 2008, WhiteWalls published With Love from Haha documenting twenty years of Haha’s site-based work, and also marking the end of that long-term collaboration. In February 2014 she will publish a book documenting many years of research into industrial mineral extraction sites in the U.S. and movements of substances between land and bodies (In the Aura of a Hole, Black Dog, London). She has returned to the studio to work on sculptural projects related to this ongoing research, and to other considerations of matter’s active nature and explorations of our collective capacities for change. A. Laurie Palmer studied English literature and studio art at Williams College as an undergraduate, and completed her MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1988 in printmaking and sculpture. She has taught full time at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and at Carnegie Mellon University, and part-time at the University of Chicago, UIC, and Vermont College. For the last sixteen years she has taught sculpture at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She also was an art writer for ten years.
Sarah Ross is an artist who works in sculpture, video and photo. Her projects use narrative and the body to address spatial concerns as they relate to access, class, anxiety and activism. Sarah also works collaboratively with other artists on projects such as Compass (of the MRCC), Regional Relationships, Chicago Justice Torture Memorials, and Prison and Neighborhood Arts Project. She has co-curated exhibitions at SPACES Gallery, Cleveland, Sea and Space Explorations, Los Angeles, and PS122, New York. She teaches at The School of the Art Institute Chicago and is a co-organizer of the Prison and Neighborhood Arts Project, an arts and humanities initiative at Stateville Prison. Sarah is the recipient of grants from the Propeller Fund, Graham Foundation, University of California Institute for Research in the Arts and the Illinois Art Council. Some of her work has been exhibited in venues such as the Armory, Pasadena, CA; Gallery 727, Los Angeles; PS122, New York; Roots and Culture Gallery, Chicago; Pinkard Gallery, Baltimore; META Cultural Foundation, Romania and the Canadian Center for Architecture, Montreal.
Abigail Satinsky is the Associate Director at threewalls in Chicago and a member of InCUBATE, a research collaborative dedicated to art economies and founders of Sunday Soup, an international micro-granting initiative. She co-edited the most recent PHONEBOOK, a directory of artist-run spaces and projects across the United States, published by threewalls, and co-founded the Hand in Glove conference, a national convergence on grassroots arts organizing and administration. She regularly writes on socially engaged art practices for publications and exhibition catalogues, including most recently Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art at the Smart Musuem of Art, and contributes to Bad at Sports podcast as a social practice correspondent and to ACRE Residency & Exhibitions by co-organizing their visiting artist program.
Never the Same: Founded in late 2010 after receiving support from the Propeller Fund (administered by threewalls and Gallery 400), Tucker and Zorach conceived of Never The Same after collaborating together for five years on the publication and event series AREA Chicago (areachicago.org). Throughout 2011 and 2012 they focused primarily on conducting oral history interviews with a wide range of artists, curators and collectives ranging from founders of AfriCOBRA and Homocore Chicago to the Iraq Veterans Against the War and the Institute for Puerto Rican Arts and Culture. Upon receiving the Mellon Fellowship from the Gray Center, the collaborators decided to expand the activities of Never The Same into an educational, curatorial and archiving project.
The symposium reception from 5-7 PM will be held at:
Unfurling: Five Explorations in Art, Activism, and Archiving, A Never The Same Exhibition is five artists and scholars commissioned to produce work that activates archival materials related to Chicago’s rich history of politically- and socially-engaged art.
Exhibition Dates: September 23-October 20, 2013
Opening Reception: September 27, 2013 6-8pm
Location: Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry, The University of Chicago, 929 E. 60th St., Chicago, IL 60637
Extinct Entities (Erin Nixon, Anthony Romero and Anthony D. Stepter), Liliana Angulo Cortés, Faheem Majeed, Jayne Hileman, and Dan S. Wang.