Tamms Year Ten Campaign Office

Image courtesy of Tamms Year Ten


Sullivan Galleries
October 4, 2012–January 11, 2013
Reception: Friday, October 5, 4:30–8:00 p.m.

This exhibition serves as the Tamms Year Ten (TY10) campaign office. TY10 is the campaign launched in 2008 to persuade legislators and the Illinois governor to reform or close the notorious supermax prison in Tamms, Illinois. It was designed to hold men in solitary confinement under conditions of sensory deprivation. As a result of the courageous decision by Governor Pat Quinn, Tamms was scheduled to close on August 31, 2012. The campaign office—on view and in action in the Sullivan Galleries—consists of a desk, table, chairs, computers, binders, files, lobbying materials, letters, posters, banners, props, photographs, and art ephemera. One wall will display snapshots of every man in Tamms Closed Maximum Security prison in 2008, with updates about their current fate. Organizer-artist and SAIC alumna Laurie Jo Reynolds will also keep scheduled hours.

 


Detroit, USA: Material, Site, Narrative

Corine Vermeulen, Skyline with Renaissance Center, 2007

Sullivan Galleries
Through January 5
Reception: Friday, September, 14, 4:30–7:00 p.m.

Detroit, USA explores the dynamic and ever-shifting creative, cultural, and physical topography of Detroit. Engaging the city as material, site, and narrative, the artists in this exhibition form a dialogue with the city's social, cultural, built, and natural environment.

Curated by SAIC faculty Kirsten Leenaars and Kevin Kaempf with guest curator Kerstin Niemann, the exhibition includes work by Detroit-based artists and designers; ephemera from the city's historical collections; the Living Archive from the research residence FILTER DETROIT; and works by SAIC students developed during their summer study trip to Detroit. Through the work on view, Detroit, USA examines how the narratives created by residents, visitors, and the media come to represent the Motor City, considering how they are chosen and which ones are left out.

Detroit USA features historical ephemera, as well as:

Detroit artists and designers: Danielle Aubert and Maia Asshaq, Jon Brumit, Kate Daughdrill and Mira Burack, Design 99, Scott Hocking, Chido Johnson, jessica Care moore, Catie Newell, Gilda Snowden, Corine Vermeulen.

The Living Archive from the research residence FILTER DETROIT: Fieke van Berkom (The Netherlands), New Hard Entertainment (United States), and Nina Könnemann (Germany).

Work by SAIC students developed during their recent study trips to Detroit: Kendall Martin Babl, Lise Ross Baggesen, Anna Rose Castellanos, Inah Choe, Jacob Dimuzio, Eunsil Drew, Jason Matthew Friedes, Tucker Brooks Hugge, Brittany Hayward, Kennedy Howard Jones, Tara Lynn Morton, and Erin T. Toale.

The Gene Siskel Film Center will also screen the documentary Detropia (2012, Heidi Ewing and Rachel Gray, USA, 91 min.) September 21–27.

 


The Art of Connection

Sullivan Galleries
December 8, 2012–January 4, 2013
Reception: Friday, December 7, 4:30–7:00 p.m.

The Art of Connection showcases artwork by graduate Art Therapy students and the individuals they work with at their internship sites. Artwork in the show reflects the varied settings, populations, and practices of art therapy, representing a culmination of the Master of Arts in Art Therapy program at SAIC.

 


Mythologies

Sullivan Galleries
December 8, 2012–January 4, 2013
Reception: Friday, December 7, 4:30–7:00 p.m.

This exhibition explores the attitudes of artists compelled to locate themselves within the mythology of identity through the lens of popular culture and mass media. As the center of global cultural production shifts, so does our relationship to the results of that cultural production. The exhibiting artists cultivate a contemporary revision in attitudes towards "otherness" through a variety of approaches. Many of the works in Mythologies reference the vernacular of pop culture and mass media in projects ranging from fiber, installation sculpture, photo, video, and scheduled performances, as these media have legacies that are ripe for continued engagement in a discussion about identity.

 


The Fifth Wall

Sullivan Galleries
December 8, 2012–January 4, 2013
Reception: Friday, December 7, 4:30–7:00 p.m.

This exhibition features new works as developed in the Department of Film, Video, New Media, and Animation’s Video Installation course. Students examine the diverse languages of this practice through experimentation with monitors, projectors, and other media, working to address concerns of site and scale, issues of narrative, identity, reception, and audience and the relationship between private and public space.

Featuring artists: Kayla Anderson, Carolina Fernandez Del Dago, Reilly Drew, Snow Yunxue Fu, Tim Grover, Sanglim Han, Li-Hui Huang, Slaveya Minkova, Marina Pfenning, Thao Nguyen Phan, Omid Shariat Razavi, Brittany Southworth-LaFlamme, Vincent Tiley, Calum Walter, Ting Tifa Zhou, and Fabienne Zuijdwijk

 


Preview: A Segment from Natural Life (a work in progress)

Tirtza Even, Still image from Natural Life (a work in progress), 2011


Sullivan Galleries
October 4–December 21, 2012
Reception: Friday, October 5, 4:30–8:00 p.m.

Natural Life (work in progress) is a feature-length documentary produced by SAIC faculty Tirtza Even alongside the legal efforts of the Law Offices of Deborah LaBelle. The work challenges the inequities in the juvenile justice system by telling the stories of several individuals sentenced to die in prison since youth. The project's goal is to depict the experiences of these youths who receive the most severe sentences available for convicted adults—a sentence of "natural life" or life without parole—against the contexts of social bias, neglect, apprehension, and alienation.

 


atom-r (Anatomical Theatres of Mixed Reality): The Breaking Wheel

Sullivan Galleries
December 21, 2012, 4:22 p.m.–6:03 p.m.

atom-r (Anatomical Theatres of Mixed Reality): The Breaking Wheel is a durational live installation that engages histories of forensics and anatomical science, placing the crudeness of early surgery in relation to the 21st century vision of a body enhanced by data and augmented by computation. The site-specific solstice performance for the exhibition Opening the Black Box, now on view in the Sullivan Galleries, marks the closing of the show and the turning of the year with a ceremonial homage to the broken body.

Live solstice performance timing:
Sunset Start: 4:22 p.m.
Twilight: 4:54 p.m.
Twilight Nautical: 5:29 p.m.
Twilight Astronomical End: 6:03 p.m.

atom-r (Anatomical Theatres of Mixed Reality) is a new performance collective whose members include: Mark Jeffery (choreography), Judd Morrissey (systems), Justin Deschamps, Sam Hertz, Christopher Knowlton, and Blake Russell(collaborators/performers).

 


Opening the Black Box: The Charge is Torture

Flávio Rodrigues, I Am a Memory, proposed memorial project

Sullivan Galleries
October 4–December 21, 2012
Reception: Friday, October 5, 4:30–8:00 p.m.

This exhibition of the Chicago Torture Justice Memorials Project (CTJM) presents a selection from more than 70 submitted proposals for how to memorialize reported cases of torture by Chicago Police. Over the last year CTJM has held a series of workshops, discussions, lectures, and exhibitions to share knowledge about this history and to consider how to memorialize more than 100 reported cases of torture. Responses to CTJM’s open call for proposals include a multitude of forms created by artists, architects, writers, educators, and justice seekers all over the world. By exhibiting and distributing these speculative monuments and art works, Opening the Black Box: The Charge is Torture seeks to honor the survivors of torture, their family members, and the affected African American communities, while amplifying the voices calling for justice.

This exhibition is made possible in part by support from The Propeller Fund and the Crossroads Fund.

 


Wandering Uterus Project: A DIY Movement for Reproductive Justice

Sullivan Galleries
Through December 15, 2012

This project is influenced by ancient Greek physician Hippocrates' myth of the "wandering womb," which compared a woman’s uterus to a living creature that wandered throughout her body causing pathological emotional excess. This concept of the wandering uterus first linked female anatomy to hysteria and categorized sexual desire as an abnormality.

Hippocrates' age-old myth continues to influence our contemporary political climate. The Wandering Uterus Project is an ongoing response to recent attacks on reproductive rights and health care.

In the spirit of DIY efforts that embrace creative contributions from artists of all skill levels, participants have been invited to sew, knit, crochet, design, draw, and/or sculpt a uterus to voice their social and political concerns. This collaboration applies a feminist lens to understand reproductive justice as part of physical, emotional, social, political, and economic well being. The project explores lived experience through the art of making and storytelling in order to build a multi-generational movement that offers a space for critical dialogue regarding reproductive freedom as it relates to race, class, gender, sexuality, and ability.

Wandering Uterus Project organizers include SAIC faculty Angela Lyonsmith, Savneet Talwar, Melissa Molitor, and graduate student Jeannette Perkal.

 


Between Places: Chicago–Detroit

6018NORTH
6018 N. Kenmore, Chicago, IL
Saturday, December 8, 2012
5:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.

Between Places is an exchange and exhibition project between students from CCS (College for Creative Studies, Detroit, faculty Chido Johnson) and SAIC (School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, faculty Kirsten Leenaars) exploring the following:

The first event will be in Chicago, hosting the CCS Students at 6018NORTH on Saturday December 8. The second event will be in Detroit, hosting the SAIC students at the PLAV gallery, 3105 Holbrook St, Hamtramck, MI, on Sunday, December 16.

 


United in Anger: A History of ACT UP

Gene Siskel Film Center
Saturday, December 1, 2012, 12:30 p.m.

United in Anger: A History of ACT UP is a feature-length documentary about how ACT UP (the AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power), a small group of people, came together to change the world and save each other's lives.The film takes the viewer through the planning and execution of exhilarating major actions with additional information about these historic events that forced the U.S. government and mainstream media to deal with the AIDS crisis. United in Anger reveals the group's complex culture while also exploring the profound grief, sexiness, and incredible energy of ACT UP. Directed by Jim Hubbard.

Co-presented by the Gene Siskel Film Center with support from the Art Institute of Chicago Department of Contemporary Art and School of the Art Institute of Chicago'sDepartments of Film, Video, New Media, and Animation and the Sullivan Galleries in the SAIC Department of Exhibitions and Exhibition Studies.

Distributed for Day With(out) Art (DWA) by Visual AIDS. 

DWA began on December 1, 1989 as the national day of action and mourning in response to the AIDS crisis. Starting in 1997, Visual AIDS added the parentheses to highlight the proactive programming of art projects by artists living with HIV/AIDS, and art about AIDS, that were taking place around the world. Visual AIDS utilizes art to fight AIDS by provoking dialogue, supporting HIV+ artists, and preserving legacy, because AIDS is not over.

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Fall Undergraduate Exhibition

Sullivan Galleries
October 27–November 10
Reception: Friday, October 26, 7:00–9:00 p.m.

Nearly 50 talented SAIC students completing undergraduate degrees this fall exhibit their innovative work. SAIC promotes crossing disciplines and challenging assumptions, and the results of this approach are showcased in this exhibition.

 


Roger Brown: This Boy's Own Story


Sullivan Galleries
Through November 10
Reception: Friday, September, 14, 4:30–7:00 p.m.

This year marks the 15th anniversary of Roger Brown's death, as well as his gifts and bequests to SAIC. This exhibition explores the subjects of sexuality, homosexuality, and HIV, which Brown painted in many guises throughout his 27-year career, through the context of culture, landscape, politics, illness, and eroticism. Curated by SAIC dual degree graduate student Kate Pollasch-Thames in collaboration with SAIC's Roger Brown Study Collection, this exhibition explores a significant, as yet unexplored current in Brown's career. The show includes works from SAIC's collection, private collections from around the country, and archival materials reflecting Brown's deeply personal thoughts and experiences.

The Roger Brown Study Collection will also be showing Afterimage, a series of micro-exhibits featuring artwork, art collections, and source material in concert with Roger Brown's collection preserved on premises curated by Chicago artists Carl Baratta (MFA 2005), Onsmith, and Edra Soto's (MFA 2000). On view September 14–November 18 at 1926 North Halsted Street.

This show is part of Afterimage at the DePaul Art Museum.

 


The Great Refusal: Taking on New Queer Aesthetics

Jamie Steele, Spray, 2012

Sullivan Galleries
Through November 10, 2012
Reception: Friday, September, 14, 4:30–7:00 p.m.

The Great Refusal: Taking on New Queer Aesthetics interrogates and explores the concept of queerness in this cultural moment through the work of more than 50 contemporary artists. Through themes of Misuse and Dislocation, Restraint and Indulgence, Progressive Rituals, and Bad Values, this exhibition considers the term "queer" as it intersects with race, class, sexuality, and gender and suggests conceptualizations of what queer aesthetics could be. The exhibition will include a series of performances, film screenings, and panel discussions held at the Sullivan Galleries, as well as at cultural organizations throughout the city.

Curated by instructor Oliverio Rodriguez in collaboration with current SAIC undergraduates and recent alumni: Jordan Avery, Beatriz Aquino, Shandi Hass, Kiam-Marcelo Junio, Nicole Ricket, Jackie Rivas, Hannah Rodriguez, Ali Scott, Jannah Tate, Dana West, Sky White, and Nikki Woloshyn.

The exhibition will include a series of performances, film screenings, and panel discussions held at the Sullivan Galleries, as well as at cultural organizations throughout the city:

 


Faculty Sabbatical Lecture by Ben Nicholson, Associate Professor, AIADO

Image courtesy of the artist


Sullivan Galleries
Monday, October 29, 2012, 4:30 p.m.

The World: Who Gets It? (Gold, caves, soil, temples, clitordectomies, crop circles, swastikas, oil, stone, water, oh yes, and guns!)

In this presentation Nicholson reflects on his six month circumnavigation of the world, thinking of the globe as a singular spinning ball, upon which there are all manner of ways of being, and where taboo for one is not necessarily for the other.

 


Graphics Fight Torture, A screen-printing workshop with Josh MacPhee

Detail: Winter in America by Josh MacPhee

Sullivan Galleries
Part 1: Monday, October 22, 2012, 4:15–7:30 p.m.
Part 2: Wednesday, October 24, 2012, 4:15–7:30 p.m.
Reception: Friday, September 14, 2012, 4:30–7:00 p.m.

This two-part workshop features artist, printmaker, author, and activist Josh MacPhee from the Justseeds Cooperative and the Interference Archive in Brooklyn, New York. This workshop is presented in conjunction with the exhibition "Opening the Black Box: The Charge is Torture" now on view in the Sullivan Galleries, and is a Chicago Torture Justice Memorials project.

 


Drawings for Sculpture

Juan Chavez, Digital drawing for Speaker Project

Sullivan Galleries
Through October 6, 2012
Reception: Friday, September, 14, 4:30–7:00 p.m.

Generating and visualizing ideas is an important part of any artistic process. It can be especially challenging for those artists working in the dimensional world as they contend with issues of materiality, structure, scale, space, site, labor, time, and expense.

Drawings for Sculpture, curated by SAIC faculty Carolyn Ottmers, explores the various ways in which sculptors use drawing as an opportunity to play, research, and communicate their concepts before committing them to three dimensions. This exhibition is presented in conjunction with the 20th International Sculpture Conference being held in Chicago October 4–6 and features work by SAIC faculty and alumni including: Marissa Lee Benedict, Juan Angel Chávez, Yong Choi, Preston Jackson, David R. Nelson, Carolyn Ottmers, A. Laurie Palmer, Stephen Reber, Richard Rezac, and Frances Whitehead. The show will also serve as an informational hub for Plural Zone, a series of sculptural interventions and performances happening across SAIC's campus throughout the fall semester, coordinated by SAIC visiting artist Torkwase Dyson.

 


Faculty Projects

Image courtesy of Shellie Flemming

Sullivan Galleries
Through October 6, 2012
Reception: Friday, September, 14, 4:30–7:00 p.m.

This exhibition features select projects by SAIC faculty who are returning from their sabbatical leaves, including Shellie Flemming, Joan Livingstone, Nicholas Lowe, and Chris Sullivan. Special lectures and screenings by other returning faculty are presented throughout the fall semester in conjunction with this exhibition.

 


Plural Zone

Sullivan Galleries
Through October 6, 2012
Reception: Friday, September 14, 4:30–7:00 p.m.

Spanning across campus, the site-specific works that comprise Plural Zone present a study of sculptural practices at SAIC, highlighting traditional, experimental, and the outermost art experiences. Curated by visiting artist Torkwase Dyson, participating artists call attention to the dynamic interdisciplinary thread that runs through the school, engaging these sites as spaces for experimentation and invention.

 


Post-Baccalaureate Studio Exhibition

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Sullivan Galleries
June 9–July 21, 2012
Reception: Monday, June 11, 6:00­–8:00 p.m.

Celebrating the work of more than 20 artists completing the Post-Baccalaureate Studio Certificate at SAIC, this exhibition highlights the myriad forms and experimentation of the SAIC student body.

 


T-E-L-E-V-I-S-I-O-N:
AIADO and Fashion Graduate Exhibition

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Sullivan Galleries
June 9–July 21, 2012
Reception: Monday, June 11, 6:00­–8:00 p.m.

Showcasing design from the Departments of Architecture, Interior Architecture, and Designed Objects, and Fashion, this exhibition brings together thesis work by graduating students that explores recent innovations in material, technology, fashion, and form.

More information is available at saic.edu/designshow2012.

 


Graduate Exhibition

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Sullivan Galleries
April 28–May 16, 2012
Reception: Friday, April 27, 8:00–10:00 p.m.

A must-see presentation of the next generation of artists and designers, this exhibition features work by more than 130 students completing their MFA degrees at SAIC. Guest curators Steven Bridges, grupa o.k. (Julian Myers and Joanna Szupinska), Tumelo Mosaka, and Pablo Helguera transform the galleries into series of visual encounters and unconventional experiences. 

Visit the 2012 Graduate Exhibition Curators' Blog.

Graduate Presentations and Events

Graduate Writing Program Readings
Mondays, through April 23, 12:00 p.m.
Joan Flasch Artists' Book Collection
37 S. Wabash Ave., room 508

IMPACT: Graduate Performance Festival
April 28 and 29, 7:00 p.m. 
SAIC Performance Space, 280 S. Columbus Dr., room 012

Graduate students completing their degrees in Performance at SAIC present their thesis works, which cross the borders of theater, movement, and the visual arts, and collectively present a vision of the next wave of performance art.

Panel Discussion: Chicago is Having a Moment
Wednesday, May 2, 4:15–5:45 p.m.

Sullivan Galleries, 33 S. State St., 7th floor

Game Night
Saturday, May 5, 4:30–7:30 p.m.

Sullivan Galleries, 33 S. State St., 7th floor

Film, Video, New Media, Animation, and Sound Festival
May 9–11, 4:30–10:00 p.m.
Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State St. 

Encounter the next generation of film, video, and new media 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 the schedule‌‌

 


ARTBASH 2012: Contemporary Practices Exhibition

280 S. Columbus Dr.
April 14–27
Reception: Friday, April 13, 4:30–7:00 p.m.

In this end-of-year exhibition first-year students from the Department of Contemporary Practices have the opportunity to propose and create site-specific work to be presented in and around SAIC's Columbus building.

 


Spring Undergraduate Exhibition

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Sullivan Galleries
March 17–April 4, 2012
Reception: Friday, March 16, 7:00–9:00 p.m.

More than 200 talented SAIC students completing undergraduate degrees this spring exhibit their innovative work. SAIC promotes crossing disciplines and challenging received assumptions, and the results of this approach are showcased in this exhibition.

 


Faculty Projects

Sullivan Galleries
January 28–February 18, 2012

This exhibition features select projects by SAIC faculty who are returning from their sabbatical leaves. Special lectures and screenings are presented throughout the fall semester in conjunction with this exhibition.

 


Lim Tzay Chuen: extended classroom

Sullivan Galleries
December 10, 2011–February 18, 2012

Works by artist Lim Tzay Chuen act as prompts and provocations in this exhibition organized by SAIC's Curatorial Models/ Experimental Contexts class, led by visiting faculty and guest curator Weng Choy Lee. Born in Singapore and residing in Beijing, Lim's work often questions institutional practices and explores gaps of perception. Lim has participated in numerous solo and group exhibitions, as well as the Venice, Gwangju, Singapore, and Sydney biennales. Weng Choy Lee has devoted extensive research to Lim's work; born in Malaysia and based in Singapore, he is an art critic and former artistic co-director of Singapore's The Substation arts center.

 


And then a pause

Sullivan Galleries
December 10, 2011–February 18, 2012

This exhibition features new work from the Text Off the Page class including performances, installations, and language-based projects by Zia Anger, Alexis Buryk, Lesley Dixon, Rebecca Elliott, Laurel Foglia, Alex Gartelmann, Ruslana Lichtzier, Michaela Murphy, Aimee Norris, Chansavanh Phanthalangsy, Jillian Schiavi, Annan Shehadi, and Antona Stanley.

 


Text Off the Page and Video Installation

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Sullivan Galleries
December 10, 2011–February 18, 2012
Video Installation: December 10–23, 2011
Reception: Friday, December 9, 4:30–7:00 p.m.

This exhibition features new works as developed through these two fall semester courses. The Department of Writing's Text Off the Page course focuses on blurring the boundaries between writing and the visual arts, media, and performance. Film, Video, New Media, and Animation's Video Installation course examines the diverse languages of this practice through experimentation with monitors, projectors, and other media, working to address concerns of site and scale, issues of narrative, identity, reception and audience, and the relationship between private and public space. A reading event will also take place in conjunction with this exhibition on Saturday, December 10 at 7:00 p.m. in the Sullivan Galleries.

View 2010 Text Off the Page video feature.

 


Art of Connection

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Sullivan Galleries
December 10, 2011–February 18, 2012

This exhibition showcases artwork by graduate art therapy students and the individuals they work with at their internship sites. Artwork in the show reflects the varied settings, populations, and practices of art therapy, and represents a culmination of the Master of Arts in Art Therapy program at SAIC. Participating Art Therapy graduate students include April Abesamis, Avery Blair-Wilson, Rifi Bleichman, Amy L. Cavazos, Cassie Lynn Dobbs, Michelle Ettlinger, Katrina Funk, Joyce Garside, GraceAnn Goll, Jae Hoon Kim, Charlotte Kimlick, Terri Kuberski, Stephany Latham, Emily MacArthur, Cass Magiera, Giselle Pagani, Jeannette Perkal, Kate Pfeiffer, and Hannah Shinozaki. For more information about the program, visit saic.edu/arttherapy.

 


Creative Capital

January 30, 2012, 5:00 p.m.
SAIC Ballroom, 112 S. Michigan Ave. 

Artist Grants Information Session with Ruby Lerner, President and Executive Director.

In 2012 Creative Capital will be considering proposals in Emerging Fields, Literature, and Performing Arts. The onine Letter of Inquiry from opens on February 1, 2012 and closes on March 1, 2012.