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Updated project website: (Re)Housing the American Dream

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(Re)Housing the American Dream is an ongoing community based, performative documentary project which started in 2015. It provides a collective forum for refugee and American born children to engage critically with their intersecting issues of immigration, segregation, housing, and happiness. It is structured as a three-week summer camp in Milwaukee’s Near West Side during which the young adults produce a collective video work that is exhibited at the Haggerty Museum of Art in Milwaukee. Lead Artist: Kirsten Leenaars. Curator: Emilia Layden

Check out the updated project website with all the latest work from summer 2018!

 

 

Exhibition Catalog (Re)Housing the American Dream, 2018

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VIEW: Exhibition Catalog

Design: Sonia Yoon
Essays by Steven L. Bridges and Sameena Mulla
Release Date: August 17, 2018

This catalog was published on the occasion of the exhibition Kirsten Leenaars: (Re)Housing the American Dream, commissioned by the Haggerty Museum of Art (Milwaukee, WI).  Read more on the exhibition and museum.

Link to project website: https://rehousingtheamericandream.wordpress.com

Exhibition York College Galleries: (Re)Housing the American Dream, September 6 – October 12, 2018, York (PA)

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(Re)Housing the American Dream, installation views, York College Galleries, York (PA)

(Re)Housing the American Dream at York College Galleries, York (PA), September 6 –October 12, 2018. The exhibition shows the collection of drawings, video and text work that make up (Re)Housing the American Dream; a cumulative documentary project (2015-ongoing) that explores the role of film as political action. This experimental multi-year documentary project follows a group of American and refugee youths in Milwaukee, growing up in the time of Trump. Through the collective making of video and text based work the construct of the American Dream is explored. The production period is structured as an annual summer camp in which the works are developed through collaborative processes with the participants. The produced work reflects on current socio-political issues, their lived experiences, individual perspectives and their collective imagination. The annual works cumulatively inform each other and tell the story of a resilient, diverse, opinioned group of youngsters living in divisive times.
Project website: https://rehousingtheamericandream.wordpress.com/

Artist Lecture:
Wednesday October 10, 5:30 pm
Demeester Recital Hall, 441 Country Club Rd, York College
York, Pennsylvania

Exhibition:
Kirsten Leenaars: (Re)Housing the American Dream
September 6 – October 12, 2018, York College Galleries
Wolf Hall, 441 Country Club Rd
Hours:
Mon., Tue., Fri.: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Wed., Thu. 9 a.m.- 9 p.m.
Sat. 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
https://yorkcollegegalleries.com/future-exhibitions/

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(Re)Housing the American Dream: Freedom Principles, video still

(Re)Housing the American Dream: Freedom Principles. Link to video: https://vimeo.com/290212255

 

Opening Reception (Re)Housing the American Dream: Freedom Principles, Thursday Sept 20th, Haggerty Museum of Art, Milwaukee

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(Re)Housing the American Dream: Freedom Principles, 2018, video still

Invitation opening reception (Re)Housing the American Dream: Freedom Principles at the Haggerty Museum of Art in Milwaukee. This exhibition is an overview of all the work produced during this 3-year performative documentary project, including the new 3 channel video installation, produced this summer.

Opening Reception
(Re)Housing the American Dream: Freedom Principles
Thursday Sept 20th from 5 – 8 pm. Gallery Talk 6 pm: Artist Kirsten Leenaars in conversation with filmmaker Jesse McLean.
Haggerty Museum of Art, at Marquette University
530 N 13th St, Milwaukee

Exhibition Rehousing the American Dream: Freedom Principles runs: August 17, 2018 – January 17, 2019 at the Haggerty Museum of Art
Link to show: http://www.marquette.edu/haggerty/kirsten-leenaars3.php
Project website: https://rehousingtheamericandream.wordpress.com/

(Re)Housing the American Dream 
is a cumulative performative documentary project (2015-ongoing) that explores the role of film as political action. This experimental multi-year documentary project follows a group of American and refugee youths, growing up in the time of Trump, through the collective making of performative video and text based work exploring the construct of the American Dream. The production period is structured as an annual summer camp in which the works are developed through collaborative processes with the participants. The produced work reflects on current socio-political issues, their lived experiences, individual perspectives and their collective imagination. The annual works cumulatively inform each other and tell the story of a resilient, diverse, opinioned group of youngsters living in divisive times.

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(Re)Housing the American Dream: Freedom Principles, 2018, video still

(Re)Housing the American Dream: Freedom Principles explores the historical, cultural and personal notions of freedom through performative actions that have been developed collectively during a one-week intensive film production. The group spent a significant amount of their time exploring the roots to various freedom struggles in Milwaukee, specifically looking to the speech and actions of the youth chapter of the NAACP, who were instrumental in leading a number of civil rights protests in the city in the 1960s. Together, the artist and participants moved throughout the city, visiting the different historical sites where important civil rights actions took place. Marking, building, commemorating, (re)claiming, imagining, occupying, embodying, framing, performing, transmitting many facetted ways freedom can take form. Link to video: https://vimeo.com/290212255

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Director/Editor: Kirsten Leenaars; Assistant Director: Lindsey Barlag-Thornton; Camera: Ellie Hall and Orlando Pinder; Sound: Jimmy Schauss; Production Assistants: Li Ming Hu and Zachary Hutchinson; Composer: Paul Deuth
Performers: Isa Ali Ahmad, Nur Ali Ahmad, Yusof Ali Ahmad, Rokimah Ali Ahmad, Alanis Aranda-Salgado, Javon Amin Barker, Elsa Grace Berner, Paw Htoo Boe, Iman Fatmi, Nina Jackson, Vittoria Patricia Lucchesi, Amina Mohamed, Rahma Mohamed, Malechi Moore, Matthew Moore, Grace Elaine Ohlendorf, Ju Hta Paw, Hannah Plevin, Paw Boe Say and Naw Tha Da.

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(Re)Housing the American Dream: Freedom Principles, 2018, video still

Support for this exhibition and accompanying programs is provided by the Beatrice Haggerty Endowment Fund, the Frederick A. and Mary Ellen Muth Program Endowment, the Haggerty Museum Sommerich Fund, the Joan Pick Endowment Fund, the Lillian Rojtman Berkman Endowment Fund, the Marquette University Women’s Council Endowment Fund, the Martha and Ray Smith, Jr. Endowment Fund, the Mary Martha Doerr Endowment Fund, the Nelson Goodman Endowment Fund, the Richard P. Herzfeld Endowment Fund, the Spicuzza/Hambling Quasi-Endowed Fund, the Stackner Family Endowment Fund, and Greater Milwaukee Foundation.

 

Living Architecture: Opening Celebration, September 3, 2018, Chicago

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“New and Definitively Improved”, video still, 2016

Monday, September 3 // 3-7 PM at 6018 North Kenmore Avenue

Living Architecture is a large-scale, multidisciplinary exhibition focusing on the influence and impact of immigrant artists in Chicago. The exhibition responds to the current political climate to highlight how Chicago was built with immigrant labor, particularly in the arts, and is continuously shaped today by exemplary immigrant artists.

Join us on Labor Day for the opening date of the exhibition at 6018North, with works on view by Alberto Aguilar, Kioto Aoki, Amanda Assaley and Qais Assali, Axis Lab, Tizziana Baldenebro, Gregory Bae, Yesenia Bello, Irina Botea, Yvette Brackman, Tom Burtonwood and Maryam Taghavi, Verónica Casado Hernández, Derek Chan, Chapuisat Brothers, Eugenia Cheng, Julietta Cheung, Alex Chitty, William Estrada, Silvia Gonzalez with Joseph Josue Mora and Patricia Nguyen, Óscar I González Díaz, Daniel Haddad, Irena Haiduk, Lise Haller Baggesen, Aram Han Sifuentes, Soohyun Kim, Rodrigo Lara Zendejas, Benjamin Larose, Kirsten Leenaars, Frances Lightbound, Wen Liu, Ivan LOZANO, Junxi Lu, Luftwerk, Sheika Lugtu, Carlos Matallana, Esperanza Mayobre, Yvette Mayorga, Jesus Mejia + Ruth, Harold Mendez, Frédéric Moffet, Julie Oh, Claes Oldenburg, Sherwin Ovid, Roni Packer, Jorge Pardo, Emilio Rojas, Moises Salazar, Leonard Suryajaya, Jan Tichy, Orkideh Torabi, Andrew Yang, Ji Yang, and others.

For more on the show: http://www.6018north.org/living-architecture/

Living Architecture, September 3, 2018 to December 23, 2018. Open Hours Saturdays and Sundays 12-5 PM.

Boulevard Dreamers at the Art Institute of Chicago, July 21, 2018

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Clockwise: ​Fffoney Fffarian: Boney M Tribute, Fred Sasaski, The Sensational Travelers of Zion, Phaedra Darwish

Boulevard Dreamers

Saturday July 21, 11:00 am – 4:45 pm, Art Institute of Chicago (North Garden), 111 South Michigan Ave, Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago presents Boulevard Dreamers as part of AIC’s Block Party! Boulevard Dreamers is a traveling installation and variety show responding to the specific narratives and communities of the sites and venues it visits. This collaborative project by artists Lise Haller Baggesen and Kirsten Leenaars consists of three parts: a site-specific stage set, a series of performances, and an installation of the growing collection of portraits of the Boulevard Dreamers performers. Boulevard Dreamers questions and celebrates the production of self in a society dominated by one spectacle alone: desire. Through a little glamour, a little glitter, and with a little help from their friends, Baggesen and Leenaars explore how we are moved by the agency of desire and the magical allure of being in the spotlight. Previous iterations were held at The Franklin, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Poetry Foundation in Chicago. Performers at AIC include: Green / Shriner, Emily Hooper Lansana, Rebirth, Fred and Pearl Sasaki, Henry Barrett, Toni Asante Lightfoot, Post Studio Band, H1BA, Summer Tribble, Anni Holm, The Sensational Travelers of Zion, Fffoney Fffarian: Boney M Tribute, I Yell Because I Care, Jose-Luis Moctezuma, Riya Jain, Witnesses for Christ, Jessica Cambell, Joe Barrett, Phaedra Darwish, Dina Frigo, Naomi Harvey-Turner, Angela Gawthrop, Becky Aspell, Country Priest, Christopher Gambino, Chicago Gamelan Gadhon

For more information: http://www.artic.edu/blockparty

Lecture: (Re)Housing the American Dream at Urban Matters: Material Engagements with Communities and Borders in Times of Movement conference at the University of Utrecht, June 21, 2018

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(Re)Housing the American Dream: Freedom Principles, 2018, video still

As we are moving into an Urban Age in which the majority of the world population lives in cities, questions of co-existence increasingly have to be thought in relation to high density, proximity and heterogeneity. This urban condition brings to the forefront the question how super-diversity is maintained and reproduced in relation to the built environment and technologies of mediation. Interventions in the field of urban studies suggest to approach this question by means of an ‘infrastructural’ perspective that understands the reproduction of social life in terms of socio-material assemblages that shape the fabric of urban life.

Lecture: (Re)Housing the American Dream: Community in cities, migration, and the materiality of media at 3:30 pm, Utrecht University, Drift 13, 3512 BR Utrecht, the Netherlands.

More on Urban Matter Conference: https://urbanmatters.sites.uu.nl/home/cfp/