Curator Danny Orendorff uses humor to explore social justice issues.
Curator Danny Orendorff uses humor to explore social justice issues.
October 25

Alum’s “Engaged Activist Vision” Set to Energize the Midwest Art Scene

On October 19, the Kansas City Star profiled SAIC alum Danny Orendorff (MA 2012). Recently named the 2013–14 curator-in-residence at the Charlotte Street Foundation, Orendorff is expected to “energize the Kansas City art scene with an infusion of talent and an engaged activist vision,” says writer Alice Thorson. His inaugural exhibition, We’ll Make Out Better Than Okay, at the foundation’s La Esquina gallery through December 20, takes a “playful” look at the human cost of the recession. “Over the course of the last year, I’ve paid a lot of attention to absurdities relating to health care and property that reminded me of existential fiction,” Orendorff says. “I’ve always had a foot in social justice causes. I like artists who do things with street-level language, not the ivory tower. Humor (is) a great entryway to discuss problems.” Orendorff is the previous assistant director of Chicago’s Renegade Craft Fair and was featured among Chicago magazine’s list of “Six Young Art Curators You Should Know” in June.