MFA, 1992, University of Illinois, Chicago. Exhibitions: Contemporary Art Museum / Houston; Cooper Union; Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture; Interference Archive; Art in General; Creative Time; New Museum of Contemporary Art; Kelly Writers House and VOX Populi (Philadelphia); Carnegie Mellon; Northern Illinois University Art Museum; Shedhalle, Zürich; Kunstverein and Kunsthaus, Hamburg; Chicago Cultural Center. Film Festivals and Screenings: Visual AIDS; Artists Space; Rotterdam International; Chicago Underground; London Lesbian and Gay; MIX/NYC. Publications: Revolution as an eternal dream; Walls Turned Sideways; Art AIDS America Chicago; Lesbian Art in America; The Passionate Camera; WhiteWalls. Awards: Robert Rauschenberg Artist-as-Activist Fellowship; Artadia; Illinois Arts Council; NEA. Collaborations: Chicago Torture Justice Memorials, Feel Tank Chicago. Distribution: Video Data Bank.
I am a visual artist, video-maker, writer, educator, occasional curator, and a long-time community and political activist. My interdisciplinary practice includes video, installation, writing, drawing, digital media, photography, small sculptures, and performance. In my studio work, collaborative projects, writing, and teaching, I address collisions and alignments between "politics" and art-making. The frailties of memory, speculative fiction, and the archive of the everyday are all evident in my "singular" work, where I claim authorship, fully aware that there are no wholly original ideas, that we are all shifting composites of one another.
I have also led or participated in many public, collaborative projects for over 30 years, including murals, billboards, and large scale interdisciplinary curatorial projects. I continue to be drawn to collective forms of cultural production to re-claim language, feeling, and political passions from fundamentalist thinking, to reclaim a utopia of the everyday—a way of being together in the world that allows for anger, joy, and reparative visions. Sometimes working collaboratively means slipping under the radar, but that’s a risk worth taking.
My work proceeds from the belief that the "general public" is a myth, and that audiences are constituted through engagement with cultural forms which they in turn help shape. As a maker and a teacher, I am committed to experimental modes of participation and viewership, and in spaces–including the classroom and the teaching studio–that create incitements for active and inventive engagement with art beyond its traditional presentation. A productively symbiotic relationship connects my practice, research and teaching. "What is to be un-done," an essay I wrote for Radical Teacher, draws from experiences teaching "Terrorism: a Media History," a class I designed in 2002. "Feeling in Real Time," another interdisciplinary seminar, emerged in part from work and writing with Feel Tank Chicago, and our immersion into affective politics and the politics of affect. The class is also deeply engaged with a practice of "immanent writing," touching feelings that emerge from a collective experience of watching films together in the dark.
Disclaimer: All work represents the views of the INDIVIDUAL ARTISTS & AUTHORS who created them, and are not those of the school or museum of the Art Institute.