Visiting Artists Program: Irene Hofmann: Distinguished Alumni Lecture Series
Tuesday, September 16, 6:00 p.m.
SAIC Columbus Auditorium, 280 S. Columbus Dr.
Irene Hofmann (MA 1994) is the Phillips Director and Chief Curator of SITE Santa Fe, New Mexico. Most recently, she was the executive director and curator of the Contemporary Museum in Baltimore. She has also held curatorial positions at the Orange County Museum of Art, Cranbrook Art Museum, Walker Art Center, and New Museum of Contemporary Art. She has organized exhibitions and new commissions by artists such as Joseph Grigely, Marjetica Potrc, Mungo Thomson, Jason Dodge, Fabrice Gygi, Enrique Martínez Celaya, Fritz Haeg, Christine Hill, and Iñigo Manglano-Ovalle (MFA 1989). Some of her group exhibitions include Agitated Histories (2011),Broadcast (2007), Girls’ Night Out (2003), and the 2002 and 2004 California Biennial.
Under Hofmann’s leadership, SITE Santa Fe has launched a new biennial exhibition series that explores contemporary art from Nunavut to Tierra del Fuego. SITElines: New Perspectives on Art of the Americas is a six-year commitment to a series of linked exhibitions with a focus on contemporary art and cultural production of the Americas. The first edition of this new biennial series, SITElines.2014: Unsettled Landscapes on view July 20, 2014–January 15, 2015, looks at the urgencies, political conditions, and historical narratives that inform the work of contemporary artists across the Americas. Through three themes—landscape, territory, and trade—this exhibition expresses the interconnections between representations of the land, movement across the land, and economies and resources derived from the land.
Pursuing the Void
Thursday, September 18, 2014
Noon, Sharp 902
How does one best remember an absence? By reproducing it.
“I’ve always felt that the textile was a particularly powerful material subject. In the hands of a maker, it can represent conformity to social norms as well as resistance and personal agency.” - Anne Wilson
Anne Wilson is one of our sixteen artists who will be participating in Thread Lines, which will be on display at The Drawing Center September 19 - December 14. The Opening Reception will be Thursday, September 18, from 6-8 pm.
After discovering that The Drawing Center’s SoHo building was originally built in 1866 for the Positive Motion Loom Company, Chicago-based artist Anne Wilson conceived of her latest site-specific performance that will use the main gallery’s four central columns as a weaving loom. Specific performance times can be found here.
Images: All images are stills taken from Wind-Up: Walking the Warp Houston, 2010, video documentation by John Carrithers, and Wind-Up: Walking the Warp, 2008, video documentation by Jeroen Nelemans.
Tangible Manifestations of the Intangible
Monday, September 8, 2014
Noon, Sharp 902
Katie Vota's fringe borders are visual, tangible manifestations of the intangible. Her large-scale, hand-woven weavings and wall-hangings employ fringe as a metaphor for the boundaries between our bodies, our identities and the space we inhabit, simultaneously considering experiences of play through material exploration. Her talk will feature past and current work, as well as the considerations informing her upcoming exhibition Borderlands in the LeRoy Neiman Center Gallery this October.
IMAGE: Winterlight : Shiver | Summerlight : Shimmer, 2014. 33.5’ x varying lengths. Handwoven window swag with screenprinted shine
Artist featured include:
Benjamin Zellmer Bellas
Judith Brotman (FMS Faculty)
Jinn Bronwen Lee
Mindy Rose Schwartz
Curated by: Paul Hopkin
IMAGE CREDIT: CLAIRE BRITT SCULPTURE BY: LAURA DAVIS, “OLD FLAME”
Explosiones Locales. (Locale Explosions)
Solo Exhibition-Melissa Leandro
September 6th, 2014
1856 n Richmond st, Chicago IL, 60647
Presented in partnership with Autotelic Studios and Inside the Artist’s Kitchen.
Melissa Leandro’s (FMS Staff / Grad) exhibition Explosiones Locales (Local Explosions) presents a performative happening that explores the roles of traditional DIY commerce and cultural appropriation.The show represents the wide spread and familiar icon of the ice cream vendor in the Latin communities surrounding Autotelic Studios. Divided into two sections, an ice cream parlor and the ArtBox space, this installation brings together street vendor culture and homegrown aesthetics. Each visitor will be invited to sample a traditional family recipe of homemade ice cream, Helado de Maní (Peanut Ice Cream), from the artist’s handcrafted ice cream cart.
Also, drawing from influential items found in her childhood home, Leandro has designed and hand woven tapestries made of disposable doilies in reference to the decorative and functional history of dessert napkins and place mats in both high and low end food presentations. In creating her own unique ice cream social, Leandro explores the collision between the hand made and the mass produced.
Sept 5th > 5 – 8pm
Sept 5th > Oct 18th
Thu Fri Sat > 12 – 6pm
Christalena Hughmanick (FMS Faculty) and Sterling Lawrence’s collaborative works use rejected Burberry raincoat fabric in the form of moving blankets as a framing device. The photographic images housed within explore abstracts, a fragmented index of information from the beginning of known documented knowledge pertaining to surgical knots. Suspended knot braces become the support for sculptural clay forms, which are reminiscent of the body. Moving blankets deprived of their imagined utility have become the framing units for studies of surgical knots. These knots have three origins of intended use but the focus has been placed on how the knots hold a patient in position.
Christalena Hughmanick currently lives and works in Chicago. Hughmanick’s practice utilizes performance, photographs, textile and sculpture. Her practice continually asks how the value of a thing shifts when it meets a body and attempts to make tangible the space between what is sought after and what is found. Christalena has an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has exhibited in group shows at the Kinsey Institute SoFA Gallery in Bloomington, IN; A.P.E. Gallery in Northampton, MA, SOIL Gallery in Seattle, WA; Sullivan Galleries in Chicago; and Western Exhibitions in Chicago.
Sterling Lawrence is an artist living and working in Chicago. Lawrence works between image and objects in tied connections through installation. Relations between objects are complicated by their imagined and therefore suggested utility, which is often exaggerated or muted. The temporal nature of of these works are distressed through their relationship within the networks that they produce. Sterling Lawrence has had solo exhibitions with Devening Projects, Chicago; Tony Wight Gallery, Chicago; and has been included in group exhibitions at Scotty Enterprises,Berlin; Soloway, NY; Columbia College, Chicago; Devening Projects, Chicago; and New Capital via Forever and Always, Chicago.
Columbus Auditorium, 280 S. Columbus Drive
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
Coming to Chicago as a film student at SAIC, J. Morgan Puett made small film sketches, while her research into costume thrust her into deeper curiosities around clothing and dwelling, eventually leading her to an established career as an innovator in the fashion industry. In the next chapter of an evolving and emergent story, Puett fabricated immersive installations in museums and other sites around the world that brought a reality to our sensory and imaginative connection to cloth and other material objects.
Puett returns again to her Chicago inspiration, this time to the Jane Addams Hull-House and Addams’s Labor Museum endeavor with John Dewey, who also saw growth and creativity as a dialogue between doing and reflecting. Puett’s installation engages this history to present a deep reflection on the doings of Mildred’s Lane—her art-as-life practice going on twenty years—through films, photography, costumes, and belongings, creating a period room that transgresses time and place.
Puett (SAIC BFA 1981, MFA 1984) is an interdisciplinary artist, cultural producer, fashion designer, and co-founder with Mark Dion and director of Mildred’s Lane and The Mildred Complex(ity) in the upper Delaware River Valley on the border of New York and Pennsylvania where being is profoundly a social and political practice. Her work explores pedagogical structures, systems of labor, sociality, ethics, and all-encompassing lived experience. Earlier she intervened in the fashion system through storefront installations and clothing/dwelling projects in Manhattan, followed by museum installations on the histories of the needle trade systems. Puett’s awards include the John and Marva Warnock, United States Artists Simon Fellow, the Smithsonian Institution Artist Research Fellowship, Anonymous Was A Woman Award, PEW Charitable Trust.
made possible by the William Bronson and Grayce Slovet Mitchell Lectureship in Fiber and Material Studies