Sullivan Galleries: 2011
Wolfgang Laib: Unlimited Ocean
October 22, 2011–January 28, 2012
More than 30,000 mountains of rice and pollen piles comprise Wolfgang Laib's installation for the expansive Sullivan North Gallery. Laib finds spirituality in the simplicity of these everyday, organic materials, which provide sustenance or engender life. Ritual also plays a central role in Laib's highly reductive and sensual art, as will be evident in his ten-day residency at the gallery where he will work with a team of SAIC students and alumni to create this installation. Born in Germany, Laib's work has been included in the Venice Biennale and documenta 7, Kassel, Germany, and the focus of many retrospectives including the Musée de Grenoble, France and Fondazione Merz in Turin, Italy.
The artist will discuss his practice and Unlimited Ocean on October 17 as part of the Visiting Artists Program.
Wolfgang Laib is represented in the U.S. by Sean Kelly Gallery. For more information, please visit: skny.com/artists/wolfgang-laib.
December 10–23, 2011
The twelve artists participating in the Video Installation course exhibition analyze and confront formal questions emerging from constructing single and multi-channel installations. Using video, they investigate the intersection of a time-based medium with space and embodied actions. Featuring: Runa A, Rebecca Frass, Hyunji Kang, Anna Leysens, Joohyun Lee, Dean Liu, Elyse Mack, Dao Nguyen, Anna Marta Orlikowska, Nick Pannozzo, Christopher Roth, and Alix Anne Shaw.
Kamin Lertchaiprasert: 31st Century Museum of Contemporary Spirit (Laboratory)
September 3–December 23, 2011
Thai artist Kamin Lertchaiprasert expands upon his on-going project 31st Century Museum of Contemporary Spirit. In collaboration with students in the Department of Exhibitions and Exhibition Studies' Advanced Curatorial Practice course, the group presents the self as museum, putting on display the contemporary spirit they have located in their experience of everyday life. They will open up this process to other participants as the museum "acquires" new works throughout the fall semester.
Kamin's practice encourages the understanding of oneself in order to understand each other and, in turn, our relation to the world. The 31st Century Museum of Contemporary Spirit project includes previous exhibitions in Chiang Mai, Thailand (2011) and Kanazawa, Japan (2008). Kamin is the co-founder of The Land Project in Chiang Mai along with Rirkit Tiravanija and will be exhibiting recent work this fall at the Museum of Contemporary Art Bochum, Germany and at the 4th Guangzhou Triennial in China. The artist will present a gallery talk on Monday, September 12 at 12:00 p.m. in the Sullivan Galleries.
Text Off the Page Reading
Saturday, December 10, 2011, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
Culminating in an exhibition at SAIC's Sullivan Galleries, Text Off the Page is a course offered through SAIC's Department of Writing that focuses on blurring the boundaries between writing and the visual arts, media, and performance. This event features readings and performances created in response to work by SAIC artists and writers in the Text Off the Page exhibition.
John H. Bryan Chair in Historic Preservation
Sabbatical Lecture: "Modernity Misbound: My Retro Active Life"
Wednesday, November 30, 2011, 4:00 p.m.
Sullivan Galleries Conference Room
Michael presents his sabbatical adventures trying to preserve and historicize the history of modernism from Palm Springs to Chicago, and elsewhere across the United States for the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
November 5–19, 2011
Through the media of photography and video, seven contemporary artists explore themes of sight, observation, and perception. Artists include Lucy Cash, Tirtza Even, Susan Giles, Jacqueline Goss, Deborah Stratman, Chi Jang Yin, and Haggith Gor Ziv.
This exhibition is curated by Graduate Curatorial Assistant Amelia Love with support from Trevor Martin and is co-sponsored by the Video Data Bank at SAIC (vdb.org). Special thanks for research assistance to Abina Manning and Lindsay Bosch.
Fall Undergraduate Exhibition
October 15–November 12, 2011
Nearly 50 talented SAIC students completing undergraduate degrees this fall exhibit their innovative work. The School of the Art Institute of Chicago promotes crossing disciplines and challenging assumptions, and the results of this approach are showcased in this exhibition. Participating students include: Josef Aguilar, Michelle Anderson, Emilie Bennett-Kjenstad, Daniel Bertner, Alexandra Calhoun, Sarah Campbell, Edward Chong, Esther Chow, Tory Christopherson-Sommerfeldt, Francisco Cordero-Oceguera, Jessee Crane, Kristina Daignault, Theodore Darst, Sam Davis, John Deardourff, Stephanie Del Carpio, Claire Demos, Ben Dimock, Lara Dorsett, Kait Doyle, Jay Fernandez, Brandy Fisher, Charles Fogarty, Jasmine Grant, Christopher Grieshaber, Alison Groh, Yo Ahn Han, Zachary Harvey, Caitlin Hennessy, Danielle Jacklin, William Joyce, Ellie Younjeong Jung, Cindy Myung Jin Kim, Minkyung Kim, Elizabeth Kovach, Hyun Jee Kwon, Youjeong Kwon, Melissa Leandro, Christina Joorie Lee, Kang Hoon Lee, Kyusun Lee, Sulhwa Lee, Sarah Legow, Jiyeon Lim, Matthew Litwin, Elyse Mack, Elizabeth Mallery, Mark Mcwilliams, Absis Minas, Caroline Moody, Alicia Moreno, Mara Mullen, Drew Noble, Eileen O'Donnell, Alp Oz, Mark Palmen, Jiha Park, Kaitlin Patterson, Heather Platen, Lou Regele, Thomas Roland, Camila Rosas, Nathan Scealf, Nicholas Schleicher, Jules Schmid, Noelle Sharp, Sam Sieger, Kollin Strand, Eric Tai, Geoffrey Thais, Claire Valdez, Sarah Welch, and Nayeon Yang.
CartoonInk!: Emerging Comics in Context
Betty Rymer Gallery
September 10–October 15, 2011
This exhibition brings together boldly idiosyncratic works showcasing the rapidly evolving landscape of contemporary comics. The past decade has brought an explosion of innovation in visual narrative culture, to which SAIC students and alumni continue to be major contributors. CartoonInk! features an international roster of breakout artists, among them highly regarded cartoonist with ties to SAIC, including Lilli Carré, Jeffrey Brown, Anders Nilsen, and Chris Ware, as well as current SAIC students setting the scene for what is to come. Curated by SAIC faculty Christa Donner, Surabhi Ghosh, and Jeremy Tinder, this timely exhibition celebrates comics as a unique and vibrant art form, featuring original works on paper, printed and exchangeable multiples, and tactile works that blur the line between comics, sculpture, and time-based media. This exhibition is generously supported by SAIC's John M. Flaxman Library and the Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection.
Marie Barrett: Artist talk
Artist, Co-founder and Artistic Director of North-55
Sullivan Galleries, conference room
Monday, October 10, 2011, 12:00 p.m.
Since the late 1980s Barrett has focused on process-based public works, aiming to combine the transformative power of collaborative public art practice with the rigor and analysis of in-depth action research. Her organization, North-55, has shaped a hybrid form of cultural practice that utilizes a multi-disciplinary approach, fusing cultural and aesthetic pursuits with community development processes. For more details visit: north-55.com
Kimsooja: Mumbai: A Laundry Field
September 10–October 8, 2011
Reception: Friday, September 9, 4:30–7:00 p.m.
Gallery talk: Monday, September 26, 12:00 p.m.
This four-channel video installation fills vast screens suspended across the length of the Sullivan North Gallery. With Chicago as a backdrop, the viewer journeys through areas of Mumbai's alleyways, laundry districts, commuter trains, and slum streets. Colors and movement connect the various scenes as Kimsooja investigates the rhythm inherent in the everyday life of this country.
Mumbai: A Laundry Field has been previous exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts, London (2011), Kunstmuseum Lichtenstein (2010), Fukoka Asian Art Museum, Japan (2009), Thessaloniki Biennale (2009), Continua Gallery Le Moulin (2009), and Continua Gallery Beijing (2008).
Kimsooja, born in South Korea, currently works between New York, Paris, and Seoul. She has exhibited extensively throughout Asia, America, and Europe, including site-specific installations at the Palacio de Cristal at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, and Nuit Blanche at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris.
Experience is Never Unattached
August 16–September 22, 2011
Reception: Friday, September 9, 4:30–7:00 p.m.
By favoring experience over interpretation, Experience is Never Unattached is rooted in exploratory and collaborative modes of making and viewing. This exhibition showcases new work by current MFA students and recent alumni and is curated by Leah Oren (MA 2013), curatorial assistant, Department of Exhibitions and Exhibition Studies and Jeannette Tremblay (MA 2011).
Featured artists include Andrew Barco, Eric Baskauskas, Marissa Lee Benedict, Victoria Bradford, Craig Butterworth, Scott A. Carter, Federico Cattaneo, Benjamin Chaffee, Al Díaz-Palacios, Vicki Fowler, Steven Frost, Alex Gartelmann, Katya Grokhovsky, Antonia Gurkovska, David R. Harper, Akemi Hong, Ji Youn Hong, Kelly K. Jones, Cheng-Yung Kuo, Ei Jane Janet Lin, Ivan Lozano, Alfredo Martinez, Su Hyun Nam, James Alured Powers, Matthew Schlagbaum, Charlie Schneider, Jonas Sebura, Nicole Seisler, Soo Shin, Benjamin Stagl, Amber Renaye Thomas, Clare Torina, and Rafael Vega.
Ekphrasis: A Response to Jitish Kallat's Public Notice 3
Claudia Cassidy Theater
The Chicago Cultural Center
78 East Washington Street
Sunday, September 11, 2011, 3:00 p.m.
This event features performances of spoken-word poetry by youth from Louder Than a Bomb, Chicago's teen poetry festival, and Young Chicago Authors, as well as local hip-hop and dance performers. Presented on the tenth anniversary of 9/11 this project was initiated by Indian artist Jitish Kallat's invitation for response to his work Public Notice 3 on view from 9/11/10 to 9/11/11 at the Art Institute of Chicago. This innovative reply, Ekphrasis, is the result of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's [SAIC] engagement through the "Museum as Critical Curriculum" course and Louder Than a Bomb summer workshops with Chicago youth. The performances reference ekphrastic tradition: from the Greek ek ("out") and phrasis ("speak"), where art in one medium finds an essential relationship to a work in another medium, offering new meaning to the original work.
This program is presented by the SAIC Department of Exhibitions and Exhibition Studies, and Department of Art Education, and the Art Institute of Chicago's Department of Asian Art.
Where is Where: AIADO and Fashion Graduate Exhibition
Sullivan Galleries, June 11–25, 2011
Showcasing design from the Departments of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects (AIADO) and Fashion Design, this exhibition brings together work by more than 50 graduate students. Through their individual approaches, they present new design solutions, situating their works within the inter-spaces of cultural and built systems. The works explore the unseen aspects of our society—many of which have been forgotten or overlooked—by reinhabiting space, challenging perceptions of interiority, and redefining values.
Curated by AIADO faculty Felicia Ferrone and Jess Giffin, the exhibition features work from the following programs at SAIC:
Master of Architecture
Master of Architecture with an Emphasis in Interior Architecture
Master of Fine Arts in Interior Architecture
Master of Design in Designed Objects
Master of Design in Fashion, Body and Garment
Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Fashion, Body and Garment
Participating students include Brian Anderson, Amma Aning Odum, Catherine Arreaza, David Augspurger, Mark Augustine, Josiah Ball, Jenna Boldebuck, Robyn M Carter, Ed Chen, Michele J. Crawford, Lin Dai, Racquel Davey, Valerie DeKeyser, Nathaniel Douglass, Laura Grace Gamse, Alli Gentles, Josie Gluck, Cecilia Gomez Lauria, Rebekah Ison, Eunae Jo, Janet Kang, Ana Ut Kei, Minjung Michelle Kim, Philyoung Kim (Gabrielle), Chin-Yun Lai (Sonya), Chester Lech, Youngju Lee, Chengcheng Li, Su Li, Charlie McArthur, Cynthia Meadors, Edward Meunier, Jordan Morrell, Lauren Mosakowski, Kenneth Nelson, Louise Pan, Nathan D. Paoletta, Natalie Pfister, Brendan V. H. Post, Elaine Diana Rickles, Carlos Orlando Ruiz, Jamie Sandy, Jonathan Sondergeld, Patricia Vermeulen, Lindsey Warner, Sandra Werner, Daniel R. Whiteneck, Traci Wile, Yiwei Xu, Alena Yevdokimova, Aaron Kyle Zarychta, Zhe Zhang, and Vivian Zhou.
Also on view is the advanced studio group project Loaded: SAIC in Milan presented during the Milan International Furniture Fair; Industry Partners: Living in a Smart City; and a five-year GFRY Design Studio retrospective, including the 2010/11 project Com(m)a and finalists of the "Designers of Tomorrow" competition sponsored by Delta Faucet.
Art of Connection
Betty Rymer Gallery, May 14–27, 2011
Art of Connection showcases work by graduate Art Therapy students and the individuals they work with during their internships. Participating students include Cate Barrington-Ward, Nicole Brown, Sophie Ann Canadé, Amy Cronk, Sofia Yusuf Daneshyar, Theresa Reardon Dewey, Alberto Ramón Gutiérrez, Rachel Julia Harrison, Caroline Rosalie Heller, Katharine Joy Houpt, Anikka Abigail Knick, Ling Cheun Bianca Lee, Alisha Erin Monypenny, Megan Morrison, Mónica Guzmán Pérez, Sangeetha Ravichandran, Brittlyn O'Brien Riley, Callie Rimmel, Emerald Grace Smith, Mandy Kay Sproul, Annie Tabachnick, Tarah Thommes, and Jovana Torres.
Boomerang Space, April 27–May 27, 2011
Sharp Building, 37 South Wabash Avenue, Ground floor windows
Recent work by students in the Master of Design in Fashion, Body & Garment program. Artists: Ana Kei, An Na Kim, Justin LeBlanc, YoungJu Lee, Chengcheng Li, Su Li, Kristina Sparks, KC Winter, Yiwei Xu, Aaron K. Zarychta
Christina Long: Miseducation
Gallery X, May 5–20, 2011
Christina Long's (MFA 2012) graffiti-inspired wall paintings reflect her experience growing up as a young, black woman and caricatures generalized ideas of black community and culture.
Graduate Thesis Exhibition
Sullivan Galleries, 33 S. State St., 7th floor
Wabash Galleries, 22–28 S. Wabash Ave.
April 30–May 20, 2011
A must-see presentation of the next generation of artists and designers, this exhibition features work by more than 130 students—SAIC's largest graduating class to date. New this year, guest curators Juan William Chávez, Jessica Cochran, Bryce Dwyer, and Gregory Harris transform the galleries into a series of shows-within-a-show. These thematic sections unfold throughout the space in a sequence of visual encounters and unconventional experiences.
Visit Graduate Thesis Exhibition Curator's blog site: blogs.saic.edu/gradexhibition2011.
Download the: Performances at the Graduate Thesis Exhibition Schedule [PDF].
Andrew Norman Wilson: Workers Leaving the Googleplex
LG Space, April 28–May 20, 2011
Andrew Norman Wilson (MFA 2011) questions Google's approach to global expansion in Workers Leaving the GooglePlex, a narrative video installation that subjectively investigates a top secret, marginalized class of workers at the international corporation's headquarters.
The Design Show
Visual Communication Design Department
37 S. Wabash Ave., 11th floor
Thursday, May 19, 2011
Explore everything from print to new media at the fifth annual Design Show, celebrating the work of SAIC's graduating Visual Communication Design students.
Graduate and Undergraduate Film, Video, New Media, Animation,
and Sound Festival
Gene Siskel Film Center
164 N. State St.
May 11–13, 2011
Encounter the next generation of film, video, new media, animation, and sound artists as SAIC students present their thesis projects in this festival of innovative live-action shorts, animation, feature-length narrative and nonfiction works, and experimental digital and audio pieces.
Download: Full Screening Program Schedule [PDF].
Art from the Outside:
Lecture by SAIC Associate Professor Randy M. Vick
INTUIT: The Center for Intuitive and Outsider Art
756 N. Milwaukee Avenue, Chicago
312.243.9088 | www.art.org
May 12, 2011
Free and open to the public
Outside the Canon: Art from the Outside and its Displacement in Art History In this presentation, Randy M. Vick, Associate Professor of Art Therapy at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago shares his perspective on how this art does (and does not) find a place in the fine art canon.
Impact: Performance Festival
SAIC Performance Space & remote sites
280 S. Columbus Dr.
May 7–8, 2011
Witness the next wave of performance art as SAIC graduate and undergraduate students completing their degrees in Performance present their thesis works, which cross the borders of theater, movement, and the visual arts. IMPACT brings together a dynamic selection of contemporary performance that is visceral, conceptual and embodied. The work on view pushes the hybrid boundaries of ephemeral practices and creates a unique experiential environment in constant flux. For two exuberant evenings, the artists will engage multiple sites within the building and within the audience as they explore architecture, myth, memory, and process.
Featuring work by: Sebastian Alvarez, Lee Blalock, Vicki Fowler, Rae Langes Jennifer Mills, Anthony Romero, Stuart Schmidt, Jillian Soto, and Georgia Wall.
Distinguished Alumni Guest MC: Joseph Ravens
Producers: Marissa Perel and Michael Fleming
Artbash 2011: Contemporary Practices Exhibition
Betty Rymer Gallery, April 16–29, 2011
This annual exhibition showcases a wide range of diverse and dynamic work made by students during their first year at SAIC in the Department of Contemporary Practices.
MFA Writing Program Readings
Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection, Sharp building
37 South Wabash, room 508
March 1–April 26, 2011
In a weekly series, graduating students from the MFA in Writing program read selections from their work. Join us for a surprising series including, but not limited to, fiction, nonfiction, and text off the page. Discover what writing becomes when students adapt the practices of their studio artist peers.
Sabbatical Lecture: Therese Quinn
33 S. State St., 7th floor
Tuesday, April 26, 2011
"Every Tool is a Weapon" Privatization and Public Arts Education
Georgia Wall: Unseen Performances: November 2009–November 2010
LG Space, March 31–April 20, 2011
Georgia Wall's (MFA 2012) series of video interviews explores what happens when the body of the performer is absent from the presented work. Instead viewers who have seen the live work become the vehicles through which others experience the original performance.
SAIC Performance Space,
280 S. Columbus Dr., room 012
Friday, April 15, 2011
In conjunction with the ARTBASH 2011 exhibition, first-year students present live performance and sound works, all created in courses taught as part of SAIC's Contemporary Practices program.
BFA Writing Program Reading
33 S. State, 7th floor
Friday, April 8, 2011
Graduating students from the BFA in Writing program read and perform their work. This exciting evening includes texts generated in traditional genre, hybrid or experimental forms, including fiction, nonfiction, poetry, scripts, electronic media and performance. Experience writing as you've never heard, or seen, before!
Boomerang Space, March 14–April 8, 2011
The aWay project is a multimedia exhibition of international graduate students that aims to capture varying commentaries from SAIC artists on the subject of being away, paying particular attention to the themes of dwelling, distance, and duration. Participating artists include Nick Briz, Liene Bosque, Chiara Galimberti, Guillermo R. Gudiño, Kate Hampel, Akemi Hong, Saiko Kase, Hao-Yuan Lo, and Zihan Loo.
Wesley Wilson and Nancy Tien: Between Us
Gallery X, March 22–April 7, 2011
Using photographs, performance, and animation Wesley Wilson (MFA 2011) and Nancy Tien (MFA 2011) examine the power dynamics within their artistic partnership, dealing with intimacy, distance, and isolation through the concepts of emotional balance, argument, and compromise.
Spring Undergraduate Exhibition
Sullivan Galleries, March 19–April 6, 2011
The exhibition will also be open on Mondays from 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Encounter the next generation of artists and designers at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Spring 2011 Undergraduate Exhibition. More than 200 talented SAIC students completing undergraduate degrees exhibit their innovative work.
Touch and Go: Ray Yoshida and his Spheres of Influence
Sullivan Galleries, Through February 12, 2011
Over the course of a half-century, Ray Yoshida (1930–2008, BFA 1953) was one of the most vital American artistic figures to emerge from the Midwest. His singular importance is due both to his artwork and his position as an educator and colleague at SAIC where he taught from 1959 to 2003. Curated by John Corbett and Jim Dempsey, this exhibition is the first to examine Yoshida's oeuvre and its relation to his life at SAIC. Touch and Go places Yoshida's work historically at the crucial juncture of mid-century Chicago that saw a transition from an expressionist orientation to a pop idiom. It offers a chance to look at the give-and-take, the "touch and go," of this remarkable artist's generous and voracious exchange with those who surrounded him. This exhibition is supported in part by the Estate of Ray Yoshida, Ruth Horwich, Cleve Carney, and the Illinois Arts Council, a state agency. A concurrent presentation of Yoshida's work is on view in the Art Institute of Chicago's Modern Wing through May 8.
The Peculiar and the Particular: A Conversation Inspired by Ray Yoshida
Sullivan Galleries, Thursday, February 8, 2011
Curators John Corbett and Jim Dempsey in conversation with:
Art Green, Lisa Stone, Tyson Reeder, and Mary Lou Zelazny
As evidenced by both his practice that spanned over fifty years, as well as his faculty role at SAIC for over four decades—Ray Yoshida was committed to an artistic life. This panel will consider the impact of Yoshida's unrelenting vision in his work, collecting, and teaching as it extended from the artists that surrounded him to the greater Chicago art scene. His wide-reaching influence will be explored within the context of art making today and examine how his approach resonates in contemporary practices.
This program is presented in conjunction with the exhibition "Touch and Go: Ray Yoshida and his Spheres of Influence" now on view through February 12. Please note that the galleries will be closed from December 24 to January 3.
Having and Being Had
Sullivan Galleries, Through January 22, 2011
The culmination of the Department of Arts Administration and Policy's Curatorial Practice course, the student curators stage a performance on the ritual of curatorial practice and meaning-making in museums. As the title of the exhibition suggests, curators and audience are as much authors of a legitimizing narrative as they are framed by it. This exhibition complicates the viewer's expectations of museum display by inviting dynamic participation and active imaginings.
Stories of Relativity
Sullivan Galleries, Through January 22, 2011
How do we relate to one another? Nine artists explore the complex nature of human connectivity, considering how time, identity, and interpersonal tensions shape our relationships and affect our interactions. Curated by Amelia Love (MA 2013), Curatorial Assistant, Department of Exhibitions, and featuring Hope Esser, Jang soon Im, Je Je Je Jiyeon Lim, Zihan Loo, Cheryl Pope, Casilda Sanchez, Chryssa Tsampazi, Andrew Norman Wilson, and Wei-Hsuan Vicky Yen.
All the Best,
Sullivan Galleries, Through January 22, 2011
This exhibition features new work, including performances, installations, and language-based projects, as developed in the Writing course Text Off the Page. The featured artists include Shanita Bigelow, Troy Briggs, Annette Elliot, Sarah Jones, Nazafarin Lotfi, J.M. Lowe, Joel Parsons, David Scheier, Jillian Soto, Hurmat Ul Ain, and Colin Winnette.
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Sullivan Galleries, Through January 22, 2011
The eight artists participating in SAIC's Video Installation course attempt to analyze and confront various aspects of this practice by focusing on separation and contact. Their work tackles questions emerging from constructing multichannel installations, as well as from the intersection of a single-channel, time-based media with a given space and performed actions. Featuring Emilie Crewe, Lindsay Denniberg, Marco Godoy, Mikey McPariane, Brianne Milder, MZL, Wang Yefeng, and Courtney Bird Ziegler.