Hélio Labs

Documentation from SAIC summer course “Experimentaction” with Jessica Gogan, 2016

August 30—December 17 
Sullivan Galleries

This series of rotating experiments and provocations explores the work of Hélio Oiticica (1937–1980) and his legacy as an educator, artist, activist, and social provocateur. Transformed into working laboratories the Hélio Labs engage guest artists and class projects in social propositions and spatial negotiations. Visiting faculty Jessica Gogan revisits a 1972 curriculum by Oiticica entitled "Experimentaction" for the 92nd Street Y in New York, exploring critical histories and emerging discourses around anarchy, anthropophagy, and alternative pedagogy. Artist Amy Yoes presents a portable animation studio working with color, form, and the gallery's changing light to create participatory performances. Collaborators Kevin Kaempf and Lora Lode examine the multi-year correspondence between Oiticica and Lygia Clark, responding to their creative dialogue and interrogating the ways in which world events and lived experiences inform an artist's practice over time. Drea Howenstein's class "Art as a Social Force" considers exercises of freedom with a series of gallery interventions. In November, the Hélio Labs host Puerto Rican artist Bea Santiago Muñoz (MFA 1997) as she begins a multi-year project examining the history of Chicago's Puerto Rican community. These are just some of the highlights of labs that will unfold all fall.

Beginning February 18, 2017, the Art Institute of Chicago will present Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium, the first U.S. retrospective of the the artist's groundbreaking achievements, from early works influenced by European Modernism to large-scale installations meant to be experienced. Running through May 7, 2017, the highly anticipated exhibition will be accompanied by a host of engaging lectures and performances. Learn more at artic.edu.


Fall BFA Show

Nataliya Kotlova, Yesenia Bello, 2016. Installation view from 2016 BFA Show

November 19–December 9
Sullivan Galleries

More than 200 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.


Painting in Time: Part Two

Robert Chase Heishman and Megan Schvaneveldt, Still from ibid., 2013

August 30–December 3
Sullivan Galleries

Following a first iteration of the exhibition at The Tetley, Leeds in 2015, Painting in Time: Part Two explores the relationship between time and contemporary painting. The artists in this cross-generational, international exhibition destabilize the idea of painting as a static object. Paintings will be produced by machines, performed, choreographed, instructionalized, staged as films, encourage spectator participation, evolve throughout the exhibition, and be presented as events.

Artists include: Polly Apfelbaum, Paola Cabal, Susie Choi, Debo Eilers, Dylan Fish, Kate Hawkins, Robert Chase Heishman and Megan Schvaneveldt, Natasha Kidd, Rob Leech, Billy McGuinness, Jaclyn Mednicov, Sanjana Mehra, Lisa Milroy, Yoko Ono, Sophia Padgett Perez, Jeremy Sublewski, Maryam Taghavi, and Vincent Tiley. The exhibition will have a second phase beginning in early November, when works by artists Kayla Cook and Cindy Zhang will join the show.

Painting in Time: Part Two is guest curated by artist Sarah Kate Wilson and organized by SAIC faculty member and artist Claire Ashley (MFA, 1995). With special thanks to The Tetley, Leeds, who co-curated and supported the first iteration of the project. This exhibition is supported, in part, by University of Leeds, Leeds Researcher Mobility Award, Bath Spa University, and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

Related Programs:

Curator's Talk
Thursday, September 22, 12:00–1:00 p.m.

Painting in Time: Performance Night
Friday, October 28, 6:00–8:00 p.m.
An evening of performances and activated sites that explore the relationship between paint, duration, and the body. Featuring a performance by Boston-based artist Jeff Huckleberry and works by SAIC students Chloe Cucinotta, Micah Dillman, Juan Camilo Guzmán, Aichi Hsu, and Zhiyuan Yang.

New Blood Ten: Student Performance Festival

November 19
Links Hall, 3111 N. Western Ave.

Free and open to the public.

New Blood T E N is the tenth annual festival of student performance, live art, and time-based work at SAIC. This year's festival is coordinated by Jordan Murray, Maire Witt O'Neill, and Lauren Sternberg with Alumna Producer Lindsey Barlag Thornton.

Participating artists include: Santina Amato, Chase Calloway, Eve Clark, Caroline Joy Dahlberg, Violet Eckles-Jordan, Lorena C. Barrera Enciso, Fenella Gabrysch, Christopher Gambino, Sophie Leddick, Jonathan Leib, John Lincoln-Vogel, Imani Love, Maria Luìsa, Mev Luna, Kristín Morthens, Tannaz Motevalli, Michelle Marie Murphy, Danny Pagnanimous, Caleb Smith, Rainier Hugo Smith, Misael Soto, Adrian Stein, Eda Sutunc, Marcela Torres, Falak Vasa, Ji Yang, and Xiaoqing Zhu.


New Work

 Zhiyuan Yang, BABA MAMA Project (Series #2), inkjet print, 2016


September 19–October 15
Sullivan Galleries

New Work showcases projects by current MFA and BFA students as selected through portfolio reviews by the SAIC Exhibitions and Exhibition Studies Committee. This year's exhibition is rooted in exploratory and critical modes of making and viewing. Featuring work by Da'Niro Elle Brown, Oscar Gonzalez-Diaz, Rosabel Kurth, Melissa Leandro, Luis Enrique Mejico, Lucia Novoa, and Zhiyuan Yang. Curated by Graduate Curatorial Assistants Alice Ashiwa (MAAH 2017) and Asha Veal Brisebois (MAAAP 2017).


Faculty Projects

Richard Rezac, Study for Untitled (15-09), 2015, graphite and colored pencil on paper

September 19–October 15
Sullivan Galleries

Faculty Projects is an annual exhibition that presents work by SAIC faculty who have recently completed sabbatical leave. By sharing their current work with the school community, faculty can communicate how their research, projects, and practices relate to the local, national, and international art and design community.

The 2016 Faculty Projects exhibition features work by Werner Herterich, Doug Huston, Claire Pentecost, Dan Price, Tyson Reeder, Richard Rezac, Michael x. Ryan, Jim Trainor, and Amy Vogel. Organized by Graduate Curatorial Assistants Zoe Carlson (MAAH 2017) and Máire Witt O'Neill (MFA 2017).


Dr. Irene V. Small:
"Hélio Oiticica: Folding the Frame"

September 12
SAIC Ballroom, 112 S. Michigan Avenue

As an associated program with the Helio Labs, Dr. Irene V. Small will speak about her recent book Hélio Oiticica: Folding the Frame (University of Chicago Press, 2016), which examines the emergence of a participatory art paradigm in mid-1960s Brazil. Dr. Small is Assistant Professor of Art and Archaeology at Princeton University, where she currently holds the Harold Willis Dodds Presidential University Preceptorship. This event is presented in partnership with the Department of Art History, Theory, and Criticism.

Dr. Irene V. Small teaches modern and contemporary art and criticism with a transnational focus and is an associated faculty member of the Programs in Latin American Studies, Media & Modernity, and the Department of Spanish & Portuguese at Princeton University. Her research interests include historical and neo-avant-gardes; modernism in a global context, particularly Brazil and Latin America; abstraction; temporalities of art; problems of methodology and interpretation; relationality and the social implications of form. Her book, Hélio Oiticica: Folding the Frame (University of Chicago Press, 2016), examines the emergence of a participatory art paradigm in mid-1960s Brazil, and was supported by the Creative Capital and Andy Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant, the Getty Foundation, the Dedalus Foundation, and the Barr Ferree Fund. Her essays and criticism have appeared in publications including Artforum, October, Art Asia Pacific, Getty Research Journal, Res: Anthropology and Aesthetics, Third Text, and numerous exhibition catalogues. As a curator, she organized Verbivocovisual: Brazilian Concrete Poetry at Sterling Memorial Library, Yale University in 2006, co-curated Multitude at Artists Space, New York, in 2002, and Blind Field, at the Krannert Art Museum and Eili and Edyth Broad Museum, in 2013.

Beginning February 18, 2017, the Art Institute of Chicago will present Hélio Oiticica: To Organize Delirium, the first U.S. retrospective of the the artist's groundbreaking achievements, from early works influenced by European Modernism to large-scale installations meant to be experienced. Running through May 7, 2017, the highly anticipated exhibition will be accompanied by a host of engaging lectures and performances. Learn more at artic.edu.


Micromodern Memories in Tokyo and Chicago

Jiangshen Huang and Yi-wen Wang, rubbing from course workshop, 2016


August 30–October 1
Sullivan Galleries

This exhibition features the work of students from SAIC and the Tokyo University of the Arts (TUA) who participated in a collaborative summer intensive course held in Tokyo and Chicago.

Building on the development of the Modernology movement in Japan, Micromodern Memories reintroduced the art of city observation as a tool for uncovering and recording the history of modernism in small absences, traces, and remnants that, though well preserved, no longer serve a function. This course is part of TUA's Global Art Joint Curriculum, a three-year initiative in collaboration with international art schools, focusing on research, education, and the practice of contemporary art within a global context.

Tokyo University of the Arts
Students: Masashi Echigo, Miho Kobayashi, Kumaya Sato, Reira Takemura, Muyi Wang,
Yi-wen Wang, Yohei Watanabe, Haruka Yoshino
Faculty: Toyomi Hoshina, Mitsuhiro Kanada, Masato Kobayashi, Hiroshi Sugito
Assistants: Sakura Alice Motomura, Yusuke Nishimura

School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Students: Yu Gong, Jiangshen Huang, Simin Lin, Jessica Marshall, Robert Martin Teetsov, Sherry Wang, Sharlene Yulita, Yizhi Zou
Faculty: Jonathan Solomon with visiting faculty Thomas Daniell and Mejay Gula
Assistant: Alice Ashiwa (MAAH 2017)


The Black Experience: Best Practices Panel Discussion



May 18
Sullivan Galleries

The Black Experience: Best Practices serves as a culminating event for the MFA Show programming that will inform best practices in the art world from Black art professionals. This dialogue will engage personal insights and critical pedagogy in regards to what it means to successfully practice art after school.

D. Denenge Akpem, Rashayla M. Brown, Ross Jordan, Faheem Wafeeq Majeed, Felicia Mings, Jefferson Pinder, Lavie Raven. Musical performance by Ryan Blocker at 4:00 p.m.

The Black Experience is co-organized by Wisdom Baty, Norman Teague, Sadie Woods, Da'Niro Elle Brown, and Sabrina Greig.


MFA Show 2016

Yvette Mayorga (MFA 2016), Welcome to America, 2015, mixed media installation and performance

April 30–May 18
Sullivan Galleries

The MFA Show is the culminating public presentation of more than 115 MFA candidates' new and ambitious work. Graduating students work for more than six months with three guest curators and 12 graduate curatorial assistants to envision the exhibition, an approach that allows for dialogue, process, and collaborative decision-making among the curatorial teams and artists.

The 2016 guest curators are: Irene Hofmann (MA 1994), Phillips Director and Chief Curator, SITE Santa Fe, New Mexico; Michal Raz-Russo (Dual MA 2009), Assistant Curator, Department of Photography, Art Institute of Chicago; and Kelly Shindler (Dual MA 2011), Associate Curator, Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis.

Graduate curatorial assistants are: Frances Dorenbaum (MA 2016), Annalise Flynn (MA 2016), Zoe Goldman (Dual MA 2017), Lydia Gordon (Dual MA 2017), Jacelyn Kee (MA 2016), Ariella Miller (MA 2016), Zeenat Nagree (MA 2016), Lara Schoorl (MA 2016), Veronica Sines (MA 2016), Sarah Skaggs (MA 2016), Xinqi Tao (MA 2016), and Ian (Gabe) Wilson (Dual MA 2017).  

Visit the MFA Show website


MFA Show: Double-Take

Friday, May 6, 4:15–6:00 p.m.

Join us at the Sullivan Galleries for an evening of music, movement, and reflection as we gather for a "Double Take" of the MFA Show.

4:15–5:15 p.m.: Ongoing Activations and Special Performances
Featuring: Chanhee Choi, Matty Davis, Yinjie Deng, Noel Madison Fetting-Smith, Brian M. John, Zach Lovitch, Anna Orlikowska, Joshi Radin, Greg Ruffing, Miko?aj Szatko, and Cole Walker

5:15 & 5:45 p.m.: Artist Panel Discussions
Moderated by Graduate Curatorial Assistants Zoe Goldman and Sarah Skaggs

5:30 p.m.: Performative Lectures
Carolina Faller Moura and Udita Upadhyaya

6:00 p.m.: "Encore" Performances
Portia Roy and Brian M. John 


Master of Arts in Modern and Contemporary Art History Graduate Talks

May 3–5
Sullivan Galleries

Tuesday, May 3
12:00 p.m.: Frances Dorenbaum, "Reading and Rereading: Images and Text in Moyra Davey's Burn the Diaries"
4:00 p.m.: Lara Schoorl with Elena Ailes, Laura Eve Engel, Lindsay Garbutt, April Martin, Elizabeth van Loan, Daniel Woody, "Influent. everyone is everywhere is everything to me."
5:00 p.m.: Denise Joseph, "Construction Ahead: Saadiyat Island Cultural District, a Case Study in Becoming a Cultural Capital"

Wednesday, May 4
4:00 p.m.: Lauren Johnson, "Breaking Typography's Glass Window: Materiality as Mode in Robert Massin's Typographic Redesigns of French Postwar Experimental Literature"
5:00 p.m.: Miriam Ruiz, "Small but Ours: Picture Poems and the Czech Avant-Garde"

Thursday, May 5
12:00 p.m.: Zeenat Nagree, "Writing Fiction, Collecting Fact: A Reading"
3:00 p.m.: Paula Calvo, "Materiality and Reproduction: Photographs of the Disappeared Recovered by Víctor Basterra"
4:00 p.m.: Annalise Flynn, "Something in the Water: The Sea, the Slabs, and Leonard Knight's Salvation Mountain"


Spring Undergraduate Exhibition

Edin Cook and Kaleigh Moynihan, All of the Things in this Entire Room, 2015, mixed media

March 12–April 1
Sullivan Galleries

More than 270 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.


Presentation: Leap into Spring

March 18
Sullivan Galleries

Shapiro Fellow Researchers: Katrin Schnabl, and Saumitra Chandratreya

The presentation will focus on the collaboration between the Katrin Schnabl's studio and DanceWorks Chicago and the unconventional way for a fashion studio and a dance company to mutually support each other's visions. Schnabl will present her process book along with sharing an opportunity to go watch DanceWorks perform. The process book highlights the role of research in the collaboration while showcasing inspirational styling, the cohesiveness of the group, style guides, fittings, as well as stepping stones like photo shoots, live studio events and planning a future European tour.

Presented as a part of the The Shapiro Center Week++ of Research Symposium


The Art of Connection

Dustin Ryan Yu


January 30–February 13
Sullivan Galleries

The Art of Connection exhibition showcases artwork by graduate students in the Department of Art Therapy 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 represent a culmination of the Master of Arts in Art Therapy program at SAIC.


Cicatrices: Works by Sally J Morgan

January 30–February 13
Sullivan Galleries

Cicatrices are marks resembling scars, especially when caused by the previous attachment of an organ. In this exhibition, Morgan explores traumatic states of memory as moments of metaphor and affect. Included are a series of works arising from her father's untimely death from a brain tumor. He had been a bomb-aimer in WWII and spent his last days reliving wartime. Also presented are video and performance works that mine her childhood experience of near drowning as a powerful analogy for the vulnerability of lovers on the brink of commitment.

A performance of Morgan's Drowning/Undrowning will take place in the galleries on Wednesday February 3 at 4:15 p.m.

This exhibition is presented in partnership with IN>TIME 2016 A Winter Long Performance Festival for Chicago, curated by Mark Jeffery.


Artist Talk: Sarah Kate Wilson

Sarah Kate Wilson, Zumba, 2014. Photo: Jules Lister


February 9
Sharp Building, 37 S. Wabash Ave., room 214

Sarah Kate Wilson is an artist and curator based in London. Wilson is currently working towards her PhD at The University of Leeds, UK. Her research takes as its focus, paintings that continue to evolve as they exit the studio through a variety of strategies, such as paintings that are performed, made using machines, instructionalized, created site specifically and only exist for the duration of an exhibition. This summer, Wilson will be curating a large-scale exhibition for SAIC's Sullivan Galleries and will speak about this project at her lecture.

Wilson's recent exhibitions include: Iris, BALTIC 39, Newcastle, UK (solo); Projected Paintings, The Armory Arts Center, Pasadena, LA, USA (solo); The Jerwood Drawing Prize, UK touring and a three person exhibition at The Newlyn Gallery, Cornwall. She was nominated for the 2014 MKCF New City Prize Visual Arts and shortlisted for the 2016 Jerwood Painting Fellowships. Wilson is currently teaching at Camberwell College of Art, UAL, London; Brighton University and The University of Leeds.


Performance: Drowning/Undrowning by Morgan + Richards


February 3
Sullivan Galleries

A visceral childhood memory of near-drowning in shallow water is used as the trigger point for this performance work that becomes an examination of trust and fear in the context of "love".  This performanceDrowning / Undrowning is presented as part of the exhibition Cicatrices