January 13 – March 18, 2023
Curated by Matthew Goulish, Lin Hixson, and Caroline Picard
UIC Gallery 400
400 S. Peoria St.
Chicago, IL 60607
Reckless Rolodex highlights the lasting influence of Lawrence Steger, described as “one of the most important, and most influential, performance artists in Chicago during the late 1980s and 90s.” In performance, Steger explored desire and sexuality until his early death in 1999 due to AIDS-related complications. A skilled director, writer and performer, Steger relied on the disciplines of theater and a community of collaborative artists to realize his intricately constructed performances that reflected his deep knowledge of a wide range of sources. Steger’s legacy is shared in the exhibition primarily through works by contemporary artists responding to, or evoking, his work and research practice. For more information about the exhibition, click here.
Exhibiting Artists: Susan Anderson, Lilli Carré, Edie Fake, Max Guy, Barbara Kasten, Young Joon Kwak, Devin T. Mays, John Neff, Betsy Odom, Derrick Woods-Morrow, and Cherrie Yu. With performances by ATOM-r, Sky Cubacub, Matthew Goulish, and Natasha Mijares.
Samuel Schwindt Lobby Competition Recipient
January 13 – mid-May, 2023
Art & Exhibition Hall
400 S. Peoria St.
Chicago, IL 60607
Gallery 400 is proud to announce UIC first-year MFA student Samuel Schwindt as the Spring 2023 recipient of the Lobby Competition! Samuel's work is now on view in the Art and Exhibition Hall (AEH) lobby through mid-May.
Drawing from a Chicago Tribune article detailing the glamor of the queer community on Halloween night in 1989, Schwindt's sculpture molds leather into stand-ins for bodies that danced that night away. Its suspension poses that evening’s strange charm, hedonism, and complicated context as a brief interlude against Chicago’s intolerance of the queer community. At a time when the federal government undermined the AIDS epidemic and anti-LGBTQ politics were emboldened, the Tribune's article revealed tension surrounding 1980s queer nightlife.
The Lobby Competition is a Gallery 400 initiative aimed at showcasing the work of MFA and BFA UIC students in the lobby of Art and Exhibition Hall. The competition is an opportunity for students to exhibit a site-specific work with 24-hour visibility.
Ground Floor (ft. Juan Baños Fonseca (MFA ‘22), and Nick Jackson (MFA ‘21))
December 10, 2022–March 5, 2023
Hyde Park Art Center
5020 S. Cornell Avenue
Chicago, IL 60615
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“Abolish Border Imperialism”
Harsha Walia, Moderated by NEH Veteran Fellow & Artist Eric Perez
Thursday, January 26, 2023
Virtual via Zoom • Register for free »
We are excited to announce the fourth virtual seminar in the series by Harsha Walia, author and organizer, on Thursday, January 26th, 2023 at 3:00 pm CT. The talk will be moderated by NEH Veteran Fellow and artist Eric Perez. This is the fourth lecture in a series that includes Nick Estes, Kelly Hayes, and Tiffany King.
Harsha Walia is the award-winning author of Border and Rule: Global Migration, Capitalism, and the Rise of Racist Nationalism (Haymarket Books) and Undoing Border Imperialism (AK Press). She has been involved in community-based grassroots migrant justice, feminist, anti-racist, abolitionist, anti-capitalist, and anti-imperialist movements for two decades.
This is a virtual webinar event taking place on Zoom and is free and open to the public. It will have live captioning. For any other access requests, please contact Zaynab Hilal at email@example.com.
ART 280 Student Artwork Published in Housing Justice Magazine
In the spring of 2022, William Estrada's ART 280: Collaborative Resistance Printshop class worked in collaboration with Housing Action Illinois (HAI) to reflect on questions the organization posed about the future of housing justice. Here's what HAI had to say about the experience: "While lifting up the past and present for our 35th anniversary, HAI also thought it essential to look toward our collective future. We decided to ask young housing advocates how they think about good, affordable homes and give them a platform to share their messages in Momentum: 35 Years of Housing Action.
Led by artist and activist William Estrada, the class practiced creating graphic images within a social and political context to amplify the stories and concerns of historically marginalized groups. Their work spotlights the struggles that marginalized communities face when it comes to housing access and calls for a tomorrow in which good homes are available to all." Congratulations to ART 280 artists Arta Amiti, Ashley Holiday Perez, Afnan Ellythy, Guillermo Zacharias, Maggie Reynolds, Brock Vander Wrigley, and Alejandro Valdez.
Teri Carson's (MFA '23) project space Intersect awarded an Artists Run Chicago 2022 Grant
The ARC Fund acknowledges the important contributions of artist-run platforms to the Chicago art community, strengthens artist to artist support networks, and encourages the emergence of new artist-run spaces. The ARC Fund has awarded eighty five $8,000 grants to artist-run galleries, community studios, festivals, art writing and programming platforms, infusing Chicago’s visual art ecosystem with flexible financial support to strengthen their diverse and experimental programs.
Museum and Exhibition Studies Receives Postgraduate Fellowships Through Partnership with Beloit College on Successful NEH Proposal
Therese Quinn, Director of the Museum and Exhibition Studies Program (MUSE), has partnered with Nicolette Meister of Beloit College's Center for Collections Care on a proposal to the National Endowment for the Humanities that has been awarded $349,947. This award will fund two twelve-month postgraduate fellowships for emerging collections professionals of color from the MUSE Program, as well as online courses and scholarships for staff and volunteers at smaller cultural heritage organizations.
Laurie Jo Reynolds featured in WBEZ and Chicago Sun-Times Story
Laurie Jo Reynolds, Associate Professor at the University of Illinois Chicago and the coordinator of the Chicago 400 Alliance is featured in a WBEZ, and front-page Chicago Sun-Times story about the thousands of people in Chicago who are on a criminal conviction registry, including registries for gun crimes, sex offenses and murder and violence against youth. The story focuses on how police are turning away people who are trying to register, leaving them at risk of arrest and how victims are being failed by the system as well.
“People have gotten jobs, they’re taking care of their families, they’re doing their best and they’re constantly having to come back to the police station to be treated like they’re in custody,” said Laurie Jo Reynolds, an associate professor at the University of Illinois Chicago and the coordinator of the Chicago 400 Alliance. “So they’re really tied down in the weight of this impossible system.”
Work with the Chicago 400 Alliance Campaign
The Chicago 400 Alliance campaign is seeking two graduate or undergraduate hourly employees for SPRING and SUMMER 2023 to work on the following projects:
Media, Art, and Archives
If you are interested in learning more and applying, please email Laurie Jo Reynolds at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CALL FOR ART
UIC Museum and Exhibition Studies graduate student, Claireasa Golden, will be organizing an art exhibition as part of their thesis project. See attached for more information regarding this Call for Art. A judging panel will be held in early February.
To enter your artwork for consideration, please email Claireasa at email@example.com with the required information listed on the PDF.
Open Call for Fwd: Museums 2023 - [Redacted] - Deadline Extended
Link to submissions portal: https://tinyurl.com/FwdSubmissions
Deadline (Extended): Feb 15, 2023 by 11:59 (CT)
Questions? Email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
Condensing a confidential memo from 25 pages to one paragraph. A form of editing to prepare a text for publication. The altering of information. What does it look like to censor? A notable absence, a muting, making invisible. Redaction extends beyond the simple black squares as incomplete redactions – stamps marked with ‘deleted’ covering the text– white squares, and handmade notations. Each black square signifies absence. It serves as a reminder for enforced forgetfulness. Uncovering the secret behind the mask and discovering the text underneath seems like a daring task, but is the redacted information really gone?
What is visible in cultural spaces, and what is invisible? In attempts to appeal to the public, what is redacted?
We accept any theme that explores the theme of CENSORSHIP.