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Visual and Critical Studies: Recent Accomplishments

Department Highlights

BAVCS graduate Karen Archey has been named Curator of Contemporary Art for Time-Based Media at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam.

MAVCS graduate David Ayala-Alfonso has been appointed Editor of Book Reviews at the Journal of Visual Culture.

Associate Professor Romi Crawford has co-curated the exhibition "The Wall of Respect: Vestiges, Shards and Legacies" at the Chicago Cultural Center, and she has co-authored the book Wall of Respect: Public Art and Black Liberation in the 1960s (Northwestern University press, forthcoming 2017). Under the auspices of MOVA, the Museum of Vernacular Arts, which she founded to serve as a project based platform and repository for art forms that are a part of every day lived experience, she has also curated "Radical Relations!" at the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality at the University of Chicago.

MAVCS graduate student Zhengfan Yang received a Jury Award from the China Independent Film Festival (China) in 2017, and a NETPAC Award Nomination from the Rotterdam International Film Festival (The Netherlands) in 2016 for the film Where Are You Going, which he directed. He also served as producer and cinematographer for the film Another Year, directed by Shengze Zhu, which won the top prize at both the RIDM Montreal International Documentary Film Festival (Canada) and the Visions du Réel International Film Festival (Switzerland) in 2016.

Assistant Adjunct Professor Kristi McGuire is the Spring Critical Studies and Humanities Fellow at the Cranbrook Academy of Art.

MAVCS graduate Joey Orr has taken a position as the Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Curator for Research at the Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas.

During the past year, Professor Joseph Grigely had solo exhibitions at Grazer Kunstverein, Graz; Kunstverein in Hamburg, Hamburg; Francesca Pia Gallery, Zurich; Nadine Gandy Gallery, Bratislava; and Marian Goodman Gallery, London.

Professor Maud Lavin, together with her co-editors Ling Yang (Xiamen) and Jing Jamie Zhao (CUHK), has completed the book Boys' Love, Cosplay, and Androgynous Idols: Queer Fan Cultures in Mainland China, Hong Kong, and Taiwan; it will be published by Hong Kong University Press in Spring 2017.

During her sabbatical, Associate Professor Karen Morris started a research project on the role of culture in new forms of medical care for gender non-conforming children and adolescents that empowers these youth to begin the process of medically transitioning before puberty.

Adjunct Professor Terri Kapsalis's short film "Open Hearing" (a collaboration with Brian Ashby and John Corbett) premiered at the 2016 Maryland Film Festival and was also screened at the 2016 Chicago Underground Film Festival.

Assistant Professor Kamau Amu Patton will participate in The Shape of CO – to Come, an exhibition, symposium, publication, study circle, proposal, and research based site, at the ABF house in Stockholm, Sweden in September 2016.

Professor Shawn Michelle Smith co-edited a book with Sharon Sliwinski, Photography and the Optical Unconscious, forthcoming from Duke University Press in 2017, and delivered a keynote address at the Photography.Ontology symposium in Sydney, Australia.

Adjunct Assistant Professor Patrick Durgin published an artist's book, Zenith, with Green Lantern Press, has work included in the Sector 2337/Hyde Park Art Center online exhibition Institutional Garbage in fall 2016, and has an essay on Hannah Weiner forthcoming in the edited collection The Matter of Disability (University of Michigan Press).