October, 19 2022
School of Art & Art History Weekly Digest
**Events are U.S. Central Time unless otherwise stated**

When Care Drives Creative Placemaking in South and West Side Chicago

Thursday, October 20
Virtual via Zoom +
Gallery 400 Lecture Room
400 S. Peoria St., Chicago IL

Jonathan Kelley (MUSE MA '19) and Chelsea Ridley (MUSE MA '20) are the co-founders of the Lawndale Pop-Up Spot, while Andrea Yarbrough (MUSE MA '21) is the founder of the In ℅: Black women. Their discussion, moderated by Sampada Aranke, will reflect on their radical engagements in the South and West Side by way of activating vacant land for creative projects that amplify these community's needs. Register and learn more here »

Art History Colloquium

Sarah Rodgers Morris

Friday, October 21
Virtual Only via Zoom

Please email for Zoom info

This week, the Department of Art History welcomes Sarah Rogers Morris! Sarah will present this research for the first time. This project is made possible through generous support from the Smithsonian American Art Museum and National Museum of American History.

"Calling on photographic surveys from Russia, the British Empire, and the United States, this project investigates the place of visual instruction (the use of images as didactic tools) in a growing movement to expand access to public education, instill feelings of national belonging, and grow the world economy. (...) Through intensive visual and sociohistorical analysis, this project maps the movement of intertwined
pedagogic and photographic practices. It uncovers a complex set of social and cultural entanglements that span regional and
foreign contexts and colonized and metropolitan worlds." Learn more »
Surviving the Long Wars Virtual Scholarly Series

Laleh Khalili — "Tomahawks, Chinooks, and Geronimo"

Thursday, November 10
Virtual via Zoom • 
Register »

Surviving the Long Wars explores the multiple overlapping histories that shape our understanding of warfare, as well as the alternative visions of peace, healing, and justice generated by diverse communities impacted by war. The project begins with a virtual scholarly series hosted by the University of Illinois Chicago at the nexus of critical ethnic studies, native/Indigenous studies, and Middle Eastern Studies on the histories and futures of native rebellion alongside contemporary us militarism and warfare. Laleh Khalili is a professor of international politics at Queen Mary University of London. Learn more »

2022 SAAH Open House/Open Studios

Friday, November 11th
Arts and Exhibition Hall,
400 South Peoria St., Chicago IL, 60607

Mark your calendars for November 11th, 5:00–9:00pm as we open our doors for our first in-person Open House/Open Studios event since 2019!

The School of Art & Art History at the University of Illinois Chicago is excited to invite our greater community to explore and learn what our school is about and interact with our faculty, students and staff. Experience and engage with all aspects of our school including: Gallery 400, Art History, Museum and Exhibition Studies, Art Education, Interdisciplinary Education in the Arts, BFA Thesis, and MFA Program.

Full schedule of events TBA.
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Jennifer Reeder: "Made for Horror: Favorite Genre Films, Led By Women" in Newcity

Professor Jennifer Reeder was featured in Newcity listing her favorite genre films led by women. "This is a significant moment for women working in genre films. Women are very well suited for horror in particular. We have a personal relationship to fear from a very young age and we are able to bleed for days and not die. Additionally, I know from direct experience that there is something distinctly genre about childbirth. Here is a selection of some of my most favorite genre films which also happen to be led by women."
Read the full list »

Carlos Bossard (MUSE '22) Featured on WTTW - ‘We Walk’ Exhibit Celebrates Black History and Culture

Carlos Bossard (MUSE '22) was recently featured on PBS affiliate WTTW. Bossard is the director of the Haitian American Museum of Chicago and helped organize the traveling exhibit ‘We Walk’ a celebration of Black History and Culture. The exhibition has partnered with the Lawndale Pop-Up Space (co-founded by MUSE alums Chelsea Ridley and Jonathan Kelly) to debut the exhibit in North Lawndale this month. View the segment here »

Internship Opportunity at Fulton Street Collective

The Fulton Street Collective, a beautiful gallery that holds monthly exhibitions, artist talks etc. at the Hubbard Street Lofts, is looking for interns to help install shows on Saturdays and Sundays with the possibility to be involved in curation. In addition, they are looking for interns to help with setup and be on-hand during weekly jazz performances. Times vary, though events are always in the evening.

Internships are unpaid, but available for college credit. There is no firm deadline and interns can apply on a rolling basis. Approximate start date is early 2023. Interested students can email Jessica Wagner, Coordinator at FSC, at with any questions or to send both a resume and cover letter.

Seeds In My Pocket

October 14–November 14, 2022

Chicago Art Department
1926 S. Halsted St.
Chicago, IL 60608

Seeds In My Pocket, an exhibition that showcases the stories and cultures that people within Chicago neighborhoods carry with them. The neighborhoods’ complicated histories have always been an underlying point of contention; and this exhibition seeks to shed light on that through the work of eight artists living and working in Little Village and North Lawndale. Artists featured in the exhibition are William Estrada, Dre Rodriquez, Marcus Alleyne, Gerado Duran, James Freeman, Alan Moreno, Andre Rodriguez, and Isaac Ayala. Full press release »


November 4, 2022–January 13, 2023

Alan Koppel Gallery
806 North Dearborn Street
Chicago, IL

Opening Reception:
Friday, Nov 4, 6:00–9:00pm
Artist conversation with Dianna Frid and John Neff:
Friday, Dec 2, 6:00–8:00pm

ALAN KOPPEL GALLERY is pleased to present Time is Textile, a solo exhibition of new works by artist Dianna Frid. The works in Time is Textile—seven books and three wall pieces—grapple with themes of mortality, surrender, disaster, awe, and singing. Sewn text is prevalent in these mixed-media artworks. And yet, as much as Frid’s work intersects with and borrows from written language, it also wrestles with language and its limits.

For Each Other

September 9–December 17, 2022

UIC Gallery 400
Art & Exhibition Hall
400 S. Peoria St.
Chicago, IL 60607

Learn more »

Fortune and Folly in 1720

co-curated by Nina Dubin, Circle Associate Professor
September 23–February 19, 2023

New York Public Library
Stephen A. Schwarzman Building
476 5th Ave,
New York, NY 10018

Learn more »
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