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Identity and Youth | CPS Lives
Wednesday, September 11 | 6:00 PM
Ogden Elementary School | 24 W Walton St, Chicago, IL 60610
Cecil McDonald Jr. (Artist, CPS Lives) and Melissa Ann Pinney (Artist, CPS Lives). Moderated by Jacqueline Terrassa (Woman's Board Endowed Chair of Learning and Public Engagement, Art Institute of Chicago)
EXPO CHICAGO and CPS Lives present a discussion featuring artists Cecil McDonald Jr. and Melissa Ann Pinney, two residents within the CPS Lives program whose work explores intersections of representation as part of their ongoing projects. CPS Lives, a non-profit founded in 2018, pairs a Chicago-based artists with a Chicago Public School during an academic school year to produce a collaborative project between resident and students. The two artists will discuss their residencies and their results—images that explore identity and youth—that blur the lines between the artistic and the academic.
/Dialogues: Paul Mpagi Sepuya
Thursday, June 27 | 6:30 PM
Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) St. Louis | 3750 Washington Boulevard, St. Louis, MO 63108
Los Angeles-based artist Paul Mpagi Sepuya discusses his practice and the work on view in his first major museum survey, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, on view at CAM through August 18. Through his portraiture, Sepuya challenges the history of photography and deconstructs traditional portraiture by way of layering, fragmentation, mirror imagery, and the perspective of the black, queer gaze.
This Regional /Dialogues panel is presented in partnership with EXPO CHICAGO and CAM St. Louis. Art in America is the program Media Sponsor.
Thursday, April 4 | 6:00pm
MOCAD Detriot | 4454 Woodward Ave, Detriot, MI
Wallace Whitney (Artist | Ceysson & Bénétière), curator of Unfurled: Supports/Surfaces 1966–1976, in conversation with Rachel Stella and Raphael Rubinstein. Stella is an independent scholar based in Paris, France and a contributor to Supports/Surfaces, the first-ever English publication about the most under-recognized French art movement of the 20th century. Raphael Rubinstein is a New York-based poet and art critic whose numerous books include Polychrome Profusion: Selected Art Criticism 1990–2002, The Afterglow of Minor Pop Masterpieces and The Miraculous. He edited the anthology Critical Mess: Art Critics on the State of their Practice and is widely known for his articles on provisional painting. Rubinstein has lectured and written extensively on the Supports/Surfaces movement.
This /Dialogues panel is presented in partnership with EXPO CHICAGO, in alignment with the exhibition Supports/Surfaces 1966-1976, on view from February 1–April 21, 2019. Art in America is the program Media Sponsor.
Talk: Snarkitecture — The Beach Chicago
Thursday, January 17 | 6:00pm
Graham Foundation | 4 W Burton Pl
Join the Graham Foundation, in partnership with EXPO CHICAGO and Navy Pier, for a talk by Alex Mustonen and Benjamin Porto of the New York-based collaborative design practice Snarkitecture. This event will take place in advance of the unveiling of The Beach, a large-scale interactive installation that will open to the public on Saturday, January 19 in the Aon Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier. Snarkitecture’s work focuses on the reinterpretation of everyday materials within a conceptual approach to create unexpected engagements with our surroundings — centered on the importance of experience, this premise extends to The Beach, an all-white ocean of over one million recyclable, antimicrobial plastic balls.
Following this event, the Graham Foundation Bookshop will host a book signing of Snarkitecture’s recent catalogue, published by Phaidon.
Biennale Architettura 2018 – U.S. Pavilion
Sunday, May 27 | 10:00–11:30am
U.S. Pavilion at the 16. International Architecture Exhibition
10:45–11:30am | /Dialogues: Dimensions of Citizenship
Panelists | Amanda Williams (Chicago-based Artist and Architect, participant in the U.S. Pavilion), Andres L. Hernandez (Chicago-based Artist and Architect, participant in the U.S. Pavilion) and Shani Crowe (Chicago-based Artist). Moderated by EXPO CHICAGO Director of Programming and Editor-in-Chief of THE SEEN, Stephanie Cristello.
Tackling questions of citizenship status, gender and race at the intersection of history, theory and practice of art and architecture, this panel will explore the unique ways in which black women have historically navigated and shaped space to advance their position in American society. Highlighting the historical figures of Harriet Jacobs and Harriet Tubman as muses, this conversation will trace the impact of American history on Williams and Hernandez’s practice, complemented by a performative element by Shani Crowe, preceding the conversation. Addressing the fraught social-spatial conditions of the African-American experience, this panel will take place in proximity to a new commission by Williams and Hernandez in the courtyard of the U.S. Pavilion, entitled Thrival Geographies (In My Mind I See a Line). Weaving up the portico of the main entrance, and stretching beyond the rear terrain of the Pavilion building, the piece evokes the clandestine routes charted and navigated by African-Americans seeking both temporary escape and permanent freedom from the institution of slavery.
Presented in partnership with the commissioners of the U.S. Pavilion, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the University of Chicago.
THE SEEN | Stephanie Cristello in Conversation with Alejandro Cesarco
Thursday, January 18 | 6:30–8:00pm
ICI Curatorial Hub | 401 Broadway, Suite 1620 , NY, NY
Join Editor-in-Chief of THE SEEN Stephanie Cristello as part of this interview with New York-based artist Alejandro Cesarco, in advance of their text being published in Issue 06 (Spring / Summer 2018).
This conversation will align with Cesarco’s most recent exhibition, entitled Song, which is on view at The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago through January 28, 2018. This discussion will explore the artist’s relationship to different narrative strategies and their relationship to form, affect, and memory. Presented in partnernship with Independent Curators International.
In Conversation: Judy Chicago and Jayna Zweiman
Saturday, November 4 | 6:00–8:00pm
Gordon Parks Arts Hall | 5815 S Kimbark Avenue
Judy Chicago (Artist, Jessica Silverman Gallery) in conversation with Jayna Zweiman (Co-Founder of Pussyhat Project) and Alison Gass (Dana Feitler Director of Smart Museum of Art).
The two artists will explore how to political activism is manifested in various forms, particularly in community-based projects like Welcome Blanket that confront contemporary social and political issues. The talk is moderated by Alison Gass, Dana Feitler Director of the Smart Museum. Presented by the Smart Museum of Art in partnership with EXPO CHICAGO.
Obama Presidential Center Panel
Saturday, October 14 | 2:00–3:00pm
DuSable Museum of African American History | 740 E 56th Place
Dr. Louise Bernard (Director, Museum of the Obama Presidential Center), Amanda Williams, and Andres Luis Hernandez (Artists and Members of the Exhibition Design Team, Obama Presidential Center). Moderated by Monica Chadha (Founder, Civic Projects; Member of the Exhibition Design Team, Obama Presidential Center).
Join newly appointed Director of the Museum of the Obama Presidential Center, Dr. Louise Bernard, along with interdisciplinary members of the Exhibition Design Team, for this conversation about the work of the Obama Presidential Center and the Museum's role as an innovative social and cultural institution.