Multicultural Affairs: Past Events

Ninibah Chacon & Raven Chacon

Wednesday, November 29 Joint artist talk:

The LeRoy Neiman Center, 37 S. Wabash Ave., 1st floor

Q&A discussion

Sharp Building, 37 S. Wabash Ave., suite 205 F.

Light food and refreshments provided

Indigenous Chicanx siblings from New Mexico Nanibah and Raven Chacon both have similar themes around their cultural identity in their art practice. However, they approach these themes in vastly different approaches. Nani is a painter and muralist, and Raven is an experimental sound artist who recently showed at the Whitney Biennial.


Diwali 2017

Thursday, October 19

MacLean Ballroom, 112 S. Michigan Ave.

Celebrate the festival of lights with Namaste SAIC! Join us for music, food, dance and drink


Hillel Shabbat Dinner

Friday, October 13

MacLean Ballroom, 112 S. Michigan Ave.

This will be a Metro Hillel event including students from other nearby schools.


Korean Cultural Festival

Friday, Oct. 6

MacLean Ballroom, 112 S. Michigan Ave.

Special performance by the Korean Traditional Music Ensemble of Chicago

KSA DUCKIZ—dance performance Hanbok Tryouts—Korean traditional clothing

Ddak-Ji Chi Gi & Jae-Gi Cha Gi—Korean traditional games


Somos Sur/Somos Norte/ Somos: UNIDXS

Part I—Heritage:February 27–March 12

Creative Writing / Spoken Word Reading

March 3

Columbus Drive Building Café, 280 S. Columbus Dr.


Part II—Memory: March 27–April 12

Exhibition Opening Reception

March 27

McClean Center, 112 S. Michigan Ave., 13th floor lounge

Part III—Territory: May 1–16

Performance Event

May 12

Sharp Building, 37 S. Wabash Ave., 2nd floor


Queer Salon

May 10

The LeRoy Neiman Center, 37 S. Wabash Ave.

Queer Salon will be an event devoted to opening Queer conversations amongst SAIC students and faculty. This event will draw from faculty members whose work/teachings directly touch on Queer topics. From these perspectives, we will have a better foundation to open the discourse with anyone who decides to participate. Apart from open conversations happening in a open, Socratic circle, there is the possibility that SAIC Mavericks will have Queer zines to distribute.


Asian Pacific Islander Heritage Month Dinner Celebration

May 8

The LeRoy Neiman Center, 37 S. Wabash Ave.

To honor the first week of Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage month in a time of great political tension, Asian and Asian American Student Group will host a dinner inviting three guest speakers of varying professional backgrounds to talk about issues concerning art and activism within the Asian American context.


Screening Sins Invalid's Birthing, Dying, Becoming Crip Wisdom

Monday, April 24, 6:00–9:00 p.m.

The LeRoy Neiman Center, 37 S. Wabash Ave. 2nd floor

Sins Invalid is a performance project that incubates and celebrates artists with disabilities centralizing artists of color and queer and gender variant artists as communities who have been historically marginalized. Organized by Nothing About Us, Without Us ability/disability student group.


Voices from Standing Rock Teach-In: Panel Discussion

April 17, 4:15–6:00 p.m.

The LeRoy Neiman Center, 37 S. Wabash Ave.

A series of special gatherings of scholars, activists, and leaders from the Lakota Nation's Standing Rock protest against the "Dakota Access Pipeline" (#NoDAPL). Special Guests from Standing Rock Lakota Nation: Dr. Kelly Morgan, Tribal Archeologist; Doug Crow Ghost, Water Resource Director; Starla Andrews, Education Department. This public event is hosted by The School of the Art Institute's Office of Multicultural Affairs in collaboration with The University of Illinois Chicago, Gallery 400, and Trickster Art Gallery.

Related event:

Voices from Standing Rock Intersectionality Critique Exchange

April 18, 4:15–6:00 p.m.

UIC Gallery 400 and Great Space, 400 S. Peoria St.


Intersectionality Critique Exchange: The Vixen

March 29, 4:00–6:00 p.m.

Sharp Building, 37 S. Wabash Ave., room 216

The Intersectionality Critique Exchange (ICE) program creates safe, open, and engaging environments for discussing art across disciplines, identities, and histories. ICE offers a place for our community to come together in a more intimate critique setting. Critiques are open to artists at all levels however participants can join the conversations without presenting work. Works in progress are also encouraged to be presented for constructive dialogues.

The Vixen is a powerhouse performer, shaking things up throughout the midwest, from places like Berlin Nightclub to the Hyde Park Art Center. Since 2012 the South Side Chicago drag queen has been creating an image that celebrates Blackness and criticises the segregation within the LGBTQ scenes. Her elaborate genderbending image highlight the DIY culture in drag by advocating "Drag Queens Make Things".


Beyond Missiles: Human Rights in North Korea

Tuesday, March 21, 4:00–6:00 p.m.

The LeRoy Neiman Center, 37 S. Wabash Ave., 1st floor

Featuring: Morse Tan, Northern Illinois University professor; Grace Jo, Vice President of NKinUSA and a defector-activist; Andrew Hong, founder of Emancipate North Koreans (ENoK)—a North Korean resettlement center in Hyde Park.

Through the perspectives of North Korea expert and first-hand experienced lecturers, the symposium will address the current socio-political state of North Korea and the significance of the Korean unification.

Please join a short reception with the panelists after the event. Korean food will be served.


Tracing Networks: José Esparza Chong Cuy

Merging the Global North and South

Friday, February 24, 2017, 4:15 p.m.

MacLean Center, 112 S. Michigan Ave., suite 1307

José Esparza Chong Cuy is the current Pamela Alper Associate Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, and the former Associate Curator at the Museo Jumex. Esparza received his bachelors in architecture from Western Institute of Technology and Higher Education in Guadalajara, Mexico and his MS in Critical, Curatorial, and Conceptual Practices in Architecture from Columbia University in 2012. He also studied at the Superior Technical School of Architecture of Madrid in Spain.

Tracing Networks: Foreign & Localized Art of Latin America is a lecture series exploring the merge between the Global North and South art environments.

Sponsored by the Department of Arts Administration and Policy, the Department of Art History, Theory and Criticism, and Multicultural Affairs.


Spring 2017 Advisory Committee Meetings

Tuesday, February 14

Wednesday, March 15

Thursday, April 20

Tuesday, May 2

4:30–5:45 p.m.

Sharp Building 37 S. Wabash Ave., suite 1216

The Multicultural Advisory Committee (MAAC) is a student-focused monthly meeting space fostering engagement between international students, cultural groups, faith-based groups, LGBTQIA people and allies, community-engagement groups, and other campus leaders.

Discusss what kinds of programs you want to see from Multicultural Affairs and the Diversity Advisory Group. Email for more information.

Faculty and staff are welcome to join our dialogue.


Intersectionality Critique Exchange: Edra Soto

Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 4:15–5:45 p.m.

Sharp Building, 37 S. Wabash Ave., room 216

Edra Soto is a Chicago-based artist, educator, curator, and co-director of the artist-run outdoor project space THE FRANKLIN.

Soto is interested in understanding the world and creating work relevant to that reality. She tends to draw upon childhood memories and religious upbringing for inspiration, as they are strongly embedded in the humanity of her expression. They also explore ideas of transformation through social engagements. She aims to create a space of reflection by bringing together a rich environment of images and shapes that were made in a simple and basic manner.

Open critiques will be guided by visiting artist Edra Soto to students who register in advance through Multicultural Affairs, at These critiques are open to artists at all levels. Participants can also join the conversation without presenting work.


Tracing Networks: Edra Soto and Dianna Frid

Tuesday, February 7, 2017, 4:15 p.m.

The LeRoy Neiman Center, 37 S. Wabash Ave., first floor

Edra Soto is a Chicago-based artist, educator, curator, and co-director of the artist-run outdoor project space THE FRANKLIN. She obtained her Master of Fine Arts degree at SAIC in 2000, as well as attending Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Beta-Local in Puerto Rico and the Robert Rauschenberg Residency Program in Captiva, Florida.

Dianna Frid is a Chicago-based Mexican artist and educator at the School of Art and Art History at the University of Illinois. Her works are both corporeal and philosophical reflections on the ways in which materialsphysical and lexical— produce aesthetic and contemplative experiences and, by doing so, shape our sense of reality. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally at institutions such as PS1-MOMA, in New York, the Drawing Center in New York City, The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, and the Neues Kunstforum in Cologne.

Tracing Networks: Foreign & Localized Art of Latin America is a lecture series exploring the merge between the Global North and South art environments.

Sponsored by the Department of Arts Administration and Policy, the Department of Art History, Theory and Criticism, and Multicultural Affairs.


Lunar New Year Celebration

Friday, February 3, 2017, 4:30–6:00 p.m.

MacLean Ballroom, 112 S Michigan Ave.

Sponsored by:

Campus Life Chinese Students & Scholars Association (CSSA) Chinese Student Liaison International Affairs Korean Cultural Center of Chicago Korean Student Advising Korean Student Association (KSA) Multicultural Affairs Nuveen Center for International Student Learning Residence Life Student Government


Tracing Networks: Sérgio R. Martins

Thursday, February 2, 2017, 4:15 p.m.

Sharp Building, 37 S. Wabash Ave., Student Leadership Suite

Sérgio R. Martins is a critic and art historian focusing on Brazilian art ranging from the 1950s to the 1970s. He is currently a professor in the history department at PUC-Rio. Martins received his MA and his PhD in the history of art from University College London. He is the first guest lecturer at the Art Institute of Chicago for Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium.

Tracing Networks: Foreign & Localized Art of Latin America is a lecture series exploring the merge between the Global North and South art environments.

Sponsored by the Department of Arts Administration and Policy, the Department of Art History, Theory and Criticism, and Multicultural Affairs.


Artist Talk: Jay Boogie

Monday, December 5, 2016, 4:30–6:00 p.m.

The LeRoy Neiman Center, 37 S. Wabash Ave.

Recording artist, self-love enthusiast, fighter and activist Jay Boogie hailing from Brooklyn, East New York has taken Hip Hop by the pigtails. With two compilations under his belt and a European tour, Jay Boogie continues to serve us the soundtrack to a flamboyantly rugged and unapologetic lifestyle. At the close of 2015, Boogie dropped My H.O.E.—a free mixtape follow-up to his critically acclaimed debut album Allure. Boogie has several upcoming projects, including a Fall 2016 European tour and North American College tour, along with the release of new singles and visuals that he describes as "blazing hip-hop and R&B with a splash of pop." Boogie has cultivated an organic and passionate fanbase through his intellect and self-awareness by living up to his lyrics and motto, "do you and I'll do me, then we can both be free."


2nd Annual Decolonization Dinner

Friday, November 18, 2016, 4:00–8:00 p.m.

The 2nd annual Decolonization Dinner aspires to highlight issues of "Migration, Displacement, & Gentrification" by carving a space for underrepresented narratives to evoke a shared dialogue between people and their social impacts on macro, micro, and localized scales. Created for the extended SAIC community and organized entierly by collaborating affinity groups: UNIDXS, Indigenous@SAIC, Asian & Asian Americans @SAIC, Black@SAIC, and the Student Wellness Support Group.


Self Care: Navigating Traumatic Social Media as a Person of Color

Tuesday, November 15, 2016, 6:30 p.m.

Sharp Building, 37 S. Wabash Ave., room 327,

Imagery of Black death consumes our televisions and social media platforms. While this may serve to bring attention to the various atrocities inflicted upon people of color it also may negatively impact the person of color viewing it. How do we start or continue our journeys of self-preservation despite all that is happening around us? What are tangible things we can do in our day to day that ensure that we thrive? Kim Katrin Milan, queer artist and advocate, will address the impact this has on the minds and bodies of people color and provide tools for self and community care.


Visiting Lecturer: Marie Watt

Thursday, November 10, 2016, 12:00–1:00 p.m.

37 S. Wabash Ave., room 327

Marie Watt (b.1967) is an American artist. Her work draws from history, biography, Iroquois proto-feminism, Indigenous principles, and addresses the interaction of the arc of history with the intimacy of memory.

Blankets, one of her primary materials, are everyday objects that can carry extraordinary histories of use. In her tribe—Ms. Watt is an enrolled member of the Seneca Nation of Indians, and other Indigenous communities—blankets are given away to honor those who are witness to important life events.


Election Day Gathering

Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 4:15–5:30 p.m.

The LeRoy Neiman Center, 37 S. Wabash Ave., 1st floor lobby

SAIC Provost Craig Barton and admin host a community gathering to provide emotional support for members of the SAIC community in what transpired from the 2016 election.


Intersectionality Critique Exchange: Baraka de Soleil

Wednesday, November 9, 2016, 5:00 p.m.


Namaste's Diwali Festival

Friday, November 4, 2016, 4:00–6:00 p.m.

Namaste SAIC for an evening filled with Indian music, dance and most importantly food as we celebrate the festival of lights.


Intersectionality Critique Exchange: Kemang Wa Lehulere

Monday, October 24, 2016, 4:00–6:00 p.m.

In All My Wildest Dreams

Wa Lehulere was a co-founder of the Gugulective (2006), an artist-led collective based in Cape Town, and a founding member of the Center for Historical Reenactments in Johannesburg.


Leila Abdelrazaq visits Students for Justice in Palestine

Wednesday, October 19, 2016, 4:00–6:00 p.m.

Artist talk and zine workshop with Leila Abdelrazaq! Chicago-born, Palestinian author and artist. Graduated from DePaul University in 2015. Leila's debut graphic novel, Baddawi, was shortlisted for the Palestine Book Awards, and she is also the creator of a number of zines and short comics. Her creative work primarily explores issues related to diaspora, refugees, history, memory, and borders. Leila has been involved in organizing around the Palestinian cause since 2011. She is currently a member of For The People Artist's Collective, and is a co-founder of Al Mirsa.


Intersectionality Critique Exchange: Juliana Huxtable

Wednesday, October 12, 2016, 4:00–6:00 p.m.

Juliana Huxtable's work explores the fragmented and mutable nature of identity by utilizing race, gender, and queerness as media to explore the possibilities of post-identity politics. She uses a range of outlets to unpack these themes including self-portraiture, text, performance, nightlife, music, and poetry. The ubiquity of social technology figures centrally in her work. She explores the ways these structures reveal and conceal certain histories while seeking ways to liberate new histories and speculative worlds. Her modes of expression are fluid, which is reflected in her musical arrangements and performance art.


Shared History

Opening Reception Friday, April 22, 2016 6:00 p.m.

Exhibition April 22–July 2, 2016

Curator Talk:

Rashayla Marie Brown and Masequa Myers
Saturday, May 7, 2016, 2:00 p.m.

South Side Community Art Center 3831 S. Michigan Ave.

Seventy-five years ago, several SAIC students helped found the South Side Community Art Center, the first black art museum in the united states. This exhibition celebrates the collective history of the South Side Community Art Center and SAIC. Student and alumni work will expand upon the rich legacy of partnership between two of America's most vital arts institutions.

Curatorial Committee:

Kevin Whiteneir Jr.

Claire Frost

Veronica Sesana

Al-Qawi Nanavati

Anthony Folks

Itunuoluwa Ebijimi

KT Hawbaker-Krohn

Darryl Deangelo Terrell

Janelle Miller

Brianna McIntyre

Delaney Eubanks

Exhibited Artists:

Alex Bradley Cohen

Archibald Motley

Ayanah Moor

Barbara Jones-Hogu

Chanel Thomas

Charles White

Elizabeth Catlett

Faheem Majeed

Garland Martin

Taylor Kelly

Lloyd Margaret Burroughs

Rashid Johnson

Raymond Thomas

Samantha Hill

Sandra Bridges

Sanford Biggers

Tony Lewis

Al-Qawi Nanavati

Alexandra Antoine

Alexandria Eregbu

Amanda McLin

Amina Ross

André Fuqua

Andres Hernandez

Annette Jackson

Anthony Andre Smith

Auburn Ellis

Brianna McIntyre

Brittney Williams

ameron Welch Claire

Alicia Smith

Darryl Deangelo Terrell

David Alekhuogie

Gerald Griffin

Imani Love Diltz

James Britt

Jesus Miguel


Lawrence Pearson

Mark Allan Blanchard

Sabrina Grieg

Shane Gooding

Shavana Green

Sherae Rimpsey

Stephanie Lin

Tiana Mincey

Yemonja Smalls


The Wall of Respect and People's Art Since 1967—A Symposium

Friday, April 17, 2016, 5:45–8:15 p.m.

The Art Institute of Chicago, Modern Wing, Nichols Trustees Suite, 159 E. Monroe St.

Saturday, April 18,2016, 9:30 a.m.–6:00 p.m.

SAIC Columbus Auditorium, 280 S. Columbus Dr.

Free and open to the public. Registration is required for event entry. Seating is limited and on a first come, first served basis. To register, please contact Drea Howenstein at or Sonja Falke at

The Wall of Respect and People's Art Since 1967 is a symposium that launches a two-year critical conversation on the Wall of Respect that leads up to the mural's 50th anniversary.

In the summer of 1967, during a time of political turbulence, the visual artists of the Organization of Black American Culture (OBAC), together with muralist William Walker, painted a group mural on the side of a semi-abandoned, two-story building on the South Side of Chicago.

Known as the Wall of Respect, the highly visible community artwork celebrated black heroes, served as a platform for performance and rallies, and engendered a sense of collective ownership within the neighborhood, inspiring community mural movements around the US and the world.

Leading up to the Wall of Respect's 50th anniversary in 2017, this symposium invites the artists to revisit their creative political acts and to reflect on the Wall's legacy in a public conversation with other artists and educators. Through moderated roundtables, panels, and open discussions, the symposium will address the Wall's contributions to the artistic and political movements of its time and its continuing relevance to current times.

The symposium is funded by the Terra Foundation of American Art, hosted by the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the South Side Community Art Center, and supported by the University of Chicago's Smart Museum and Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture, DePaul University, and Guild Literary Complex, in partnership with cultural institutions working in solidarity to honor the original artists in the Wall of Respect 2017 celebration.

More information


Dread Scott: Public Lecture

Monday, February 15, 2016, 6:00–8:00 p.m.

MacLean Ballroom, 112 S. Michigan Ave.

Dread Scott is an interdisciplinary artist whose work is exhibited across the US and internationally. For three decades, he has made work that encourages viewers to re-examine cohering norms of American society. In 1989, the entire US Senate denounced and outlawed one of his artworks, and President Bush declared it "disgraceful" for its use of the American flag.

His art has been exhibited and performed at MoMA/PS1, Pori Art Museum (Finland), BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music), and galleries and street corners across the country. He is a recipient of grants from Creative Capital Foundation and Pollock Krasner Foundation, and his work is included in the collection of the Whitney Museum.


Call for Artists

The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) is seeking student and alumni work for display in the 150th/75th Joint Anniversary Exhibition produced by the School of the Art Institute (SAIC) and the South Side Community Art Center (SSCAC). Artists will work with a curatorial committee to show work celebrating the history between the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and the South Side Community Art Center, the oldest Black arts center in America, for an opening on April 22, 2016.

The history of the SSCAC is woven within that of SAIC through its founders, many of whom were graduates of SAIC. Work submitted should encompass themes related to the founding of SSCAC, the life and art of SAIC alums who worked with SSCAC, or Black art history on Chicago's South Side in general. For more info about SAIC alumni integral to SSCAC history, please visit

Accepted works will be juried by the curatorial committee managed by Rashayla Marie Brown, Masequa Myers, and Kevin Whiteneir.

Artists are expected to:

  • Communicate with the curatorial team in a timely manner,
  • Submit pieces for consideration in the exhibit (proposed or completed),
  • Deliver and retrieve works during the weeks of April 17th and July 3rd, and
  • Provide an artist bio and a work statement (up to 150 words each).

Artists should submit three images, an artist bio, and a work statement of the work to be shown by March 4, 2016 to with "SSCAC Submission" in the subject line.

Submissions without this information will not be considered.

Please address all questions to


Intersectionality Critique Exchange: Collectivity

Friday, October 31, 2014, 4:30–6:30 p.m.

Sharp Building, 37 S. Wabash Ave., room 327

The Intersectionality Critique Exchange is a series of dialogues that will bring together students from SAIC and other schools around Chicago to discuss their work and themes of cultural importance in art world and beyond. This ongoing series will include collaboration across departments as well as faculty from other institutions, such as Northwestern, University of Chicago, DePaul, and UIC.

Guest Presenters: YAMS

For this installment, SAIC is collaborating with University of Chicago to bring the YAMS Collective to Chicago. Yams is shorthand for HowDoYouSayYaminAfrican? (translation: How Do You Say Yam in African?), the playful, provocative name for a band of 38 musicians, poets, actors, writers and visual artists from around the world. Mostly black and mostly queer, they convened in New York to complete their first public project for the Whitney Biennial. This is the first time many audiences will be able to see their work since they withdrew their opus, Good Stock on the Dimension Floor, from the Biennial.

There are a finite number of seats available, to attend this event, you must RSVP to


The Art of Transformative Justice: Alexis Martinez

Thursday, October 30, 2014, 4:15–5:45 p.m.

The LeRoy Neiman Center, 37 S. Wabash Ave., first floor

The Art of Transformative Justice is an interview lecture series that will bring Chicago-based trans activists to SAIC to discuss their organizing work, their triumphs, and their stories with an SAIC audience.

Alexis Martinez is a trans woman who was born and raised in Chicago. She has a history of working in human rights activism in Chicago and across the United States. She has helped organize Chicago's Dyke March for many years, and last year she was recognized by TRANS100 for her inspiring community organizing and activism work. She has sat on numerous panels as an educator for trans healthcare needs and awareness.


The Art of Transformative Justice: Jen Richards

Thursday, October 16, 2014, 4:00 p.m.

The LeRoy Neiman Center, 37 S. Wabash Ave., first floor

The Art of Transformative Justice is an interview lecture series that will bring Chicago-based trans activists to SAIC to discuss their organizing work, their triumphs, and their stories with an SAIC audience.

Jen Richards has spent the last several years working to highlight the triumphs and resilience of the trans community. Her most recent project: she created and organized the Trans 100, a platform to appreciate and celebrate 100 trans activists across the United States who are doing amazing work. She will share her perspective on creating large-scale events, her organizing techniques, and her dreams for her activism in the future.


Here + Now: Tirtza Even in Conversation with Claire Pentecost

Tuesday, October 14, 2014, 4:15–5:45 p.m.

The LeRoy Neiman Center, 37 S. Wabash Ave., 1st floor

In this series, we bring a practitioner and a discussant together for a live, critical conversation on work in which issues of identity, difference, and culture are present in some form. We hope to provide examples of accomplished practitioners discussing their practice with a faculty member in an open, thorough, and provocative manner for the entire SAIC community.

Tirtza Even (producer/director/camera/editor) is a practicing video artist and documentary maker for the past fifteen years. Even has produced both linear and interactive documentary video work representing the less overt manifestations of complex and sometimes extreme social/political dynamics in specific locations (e.g., Palestine, Turkey, Spain, the United States, and Germany, among others).

Even's work has appeared at the Museum of Modern Art, NY, at the Whitney Biennial, the Johannesburg Biennial, as well as in many other festivals, galleries and museums in the United States, Israel and Europe, and has been purchased for the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (NY), the Jewish Museum (NY), the Israel Museum (Jerusalem), among others. She has been an invited guest and featured speaker at numerous conferences and university programs, including the Whitney Museum Seminar series, the Digital Flaherty Seminar, Art Pace annual panel, ACM Multimedia, The Performance Studies International conference (PSI), The Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts conference (SLSA) and others.

Claire Pentecost's work engages collaboration, research, teaching, writing, lecturing, drawing, installation and photography in an ongoing interrogation of the institutional structures that organize knowledge. Her projects often address the contested boundary between the natural and the artificial, focusing in recent years on food, agriculture and bio-engineering. She has collaborated with Critical Art Ensemble and the late Beatriz daCosta, and since 2006 she has worked with Brian Holmes, 16Beaver and many others organizing a series of seminars to articulate the interlocking scales of our existence in the logic of globalization. In the Midwest, she collaborates with Compass, initiating a series of public hearings on the activities of the Monsanto Corporation. Recently Pentecost has exhibited at dOCUMENTA(13), Whitechapel Gallery, and the 13thIstanbul Biennial. She is represented by Higher Pictures, New York, and is a Professor in the Department of Photography at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


The Art of Transformative Justice

The Art of Transformative Justice is a lecture series involving Chicago based artists and activists doing work in the city involving the transgender community. This will be an interview/lecture series that occurs throughout the 2014 fall semester. Each of our esteemed guests will give an interview on stage, and a Q&A session at the end.


André Pérez

September 26, 2014

The LeRoy Neiman Center, 37 S. Wabash Ave.

André Pérez is a mixed-race community organizer, oral historian, documentarian, and formerly homeless youth. He founded the Trans Oral History Project in 2008 when he created a multimedia exhibit chronicling the history of transgender activism in the United States.


Drag and Burlesque WERKshop Series

In advance of SAIC Drag and Burlesque Show, these lectures provided a deeper historical and cultural context to drag and burlesque performance. We collaborated with local events curator, JRV Majesty, to invite several local well-known and devoted practitioners to share with us their knowledge of the politics, activism and aesthetics of these art forms.\

Shea Couleé

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The LeRoy Neiman Center, 37 S. Wabash Ave.


Precious Davis

Friday, April 18, 2014

The LeRoy Neiman Center, 37 S. Wabash Ave.


Red Hot Annie + Mister Junior

Friday, April 25, 2014

The LeRoy Neiman Center, 37 S. Wabash Ave.



Intersectionality Critique Exchange

This series of dialogues brings together faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, and alums from SAIC and other schools to discuss their work and themes of cultural importance in the art world and beyond. Topics such as social practice, politics, gender, or cultural appropriation are chosen for each exchange and led by Chicago's prominent artists and scholars. The critiques all take place in Contemporary Practices classrooms.



Monday, October 14, 2013

SAIC faculty member Delinda Collier and Columbia College faculty member Denenge Akpem present their work, then invite students to show art using futuristic themes.

Politics & Propaganda

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

University of Chicago Fellow Daniel Tucker and SAIC faculty Lisa Vinebaum discuss themes of activism and political commentary in their work and that of students.

Social Practice

Thursday, December 9, 2013

SAIC faculty Cheryl Pope, Maria Gaspar, and Nicole Marroquin discuss their community-oriented projects. Alums and local Chicago artists present their work as well.

Sustainable Practices with Theaster Gates and Hamza Walker

February 10, 2014

Theaster Gates (Cultural practitioner and Director of Arts + Public Life at the University of Chicago) and Hamza Walker (Director of Education and Associate Curator for the Renaissance Society) review the works of students and alums on themes of sustainability, including collectives 3rd Language and West Side Art Chicago.

Sex and the Nation with Kiam Marcelo Junio and Sandra Frink

March 25, 2014

Kiam Marcelo Junio discusses the intersectional relationship of sexuality and nationality in his work and Sandra Frink discusses the history of literature and its relationship to the women's sexuality in the 19th century.


September 24, 2014

Featuring guest speakers Najjar Abdul-Musawwir (faculty from Southern Illinois University Carbondale), Alpha Bruton (SAIC alumni MA 2001), and Peter Cuong Nguyen (Museum Director at Southeast Missouri State University).


Here + Now: Dean's Lecture Series

This series brings a practitioner and a discussant together for a live, critical conversation on work in which issues of identity, difference, and culture are present in some form. It provides examples of accomplished practitioners discussing their practice with a faculty member in an open, thorough, and provocative manner for the entire SAIC community. Co-sponsored by Multicultural Affairs and the Deans' Office.

Anne Elizabeth Moore + Terry Kapsalis

Monday, November 11, 2013

The LeRoy Neiman Center

SAIC Visual and Critical Studies Instructor Anne Elizabeth Moore presents her work about gender and historical documents, then discusses critique strategies with Terry Kapsalis fellow.

Jefferson Pinder + Roberto Sifuentes

Wednesday, December 11, 2013

The LeRoy Neiman Center

Pinder presents his work regarding black masculinity, and Sifuentes asks questions about Pinder's choices as a performer and video artist.

George Aye + Andres Hernandez

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

The LeRoy Neiman Center

AIADO Faculty Aye presents the work of his social design studio, Greater Good, and discusses the present, past and future of design with Art Education Faculty member Hernandez.

D. Denenge Akpem + Delinda Collier

Thursday, April 17, 2014

The LeRoy Neiman Center

Columbia College Faculty and SAIC Alum D. Denenge Akpem and SAIC Art History Faculty Delinda Collier discuss Afro-futurist themes in Akpem's work.


Chicago is a Multicultural City 

Bill T. Jones Performative Lecture

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago


Hyde Park and Bronzeville Tour

Saturday, September 28, 2013

DuSable Museum of African American and University of Chicago's Logan Center for the Arts



Pilsen Tour

Saturday, October 12, 2013

National Museum of Mexican Art and the studio of renowned graffiti artist Hebru Brantley


Holocaust Museum Tour

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Illinois Holocaust Museum

SAIC Hillel and friends tour the Museum’s collection of art and speak to a Holocaust survivor.


Trip to Prop Theater in Avondale

Saturday, February 15, 2014

Students go to see the workshop reading of pygMALI, a play written by Tsehaye Hebert (MFAW, 2014) and a winner of Rhinofest 2014.


Black Radical Imagination

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Columbus Auditorium

Friday, February 28, 2014

Washington Park Arts Incubator

A collaboration with University of Chicago's Arts + Public Life, curated by Erin Christovale and Amir George. A screening of short films exploring futuristic and surrealist ideas, along with a discussion with the curators and directors including Sundance alum Terence Nance and SAIC alums Lauren Kelley and Martine Syms. 


Trans at SAIC Panel

Monday, November 18, 2013

The LeRoy Neiman Center, 37 S. Wabash Ave.

Students and faculty talk about their experiences as trans* and gender nonconforming people at SAIC, also providing insight into strategies for building a trans-inclusive environment at SAIC.