Brendan Fernandes

We Came to Dance
Tuesday, February 28, 6:00 p.m.7:30 p.m.

The Art Institute of Chicago, Fullerton Hall, 111 S. Michigan Ave.

Join us in person for a lecture by artist Brendan Fernandes followed by an audience Q&A. 

This event will be live captioned by Communication Access Realtime Translation services. 

Brendan Fernandes is an internationally recognized Canadian artist working at the intersection of dance and visual arts. Currently based out of Chicago, Fernandes’s projects address issues of race, queer culture, migration, protest, and other forms of collective movement. Always looking to create new spaces and new forms of agency, Fernandes’s projects take on hybrid forms: part ballet, part queer dance party, and part political protest, they’re always rooted in collaboration and fostering solidarity. 

Fernandes is a graduate of the Whitney Independent Study Program (2007) and a recipient of a Robert Rauschenberg Fellowship (2014). In 2010, he was shortlisted for the Sobey Art Award and is the recipient of a prestigious 2017 Canada Council for the Arts New Chapters grant. Fernandes is also the recipient of the Artadia Award (2019), a Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation grant (2019), and a Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship (2020). His projects have been shown at the 2019 Whitney Biennial, New York; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles; National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; and Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, among many others. Recent and upcoming projects include performances and solo presentations at the Munch museum, Oslo, Norway; a collaboration with Danish National Radio, Copenhagen, Denmark; a group show at the National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa; and a two-person show at Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art, North Adams, Massachusetts.

View the Brendan Fernandes SAIC Flaxman Library Resource Guide for additional information about the artist.