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Dangerous Professors

Typographies of Hope (April 7, 2017, NY Times), 2017 Saturday May 13, 6 PM – 9 PM Triumph, 2055 W Cermak Rd, Chicago, IL 60608 https://www.facebook.com/events/427346977630466/?active_tab=about The Dangerous Professors, a curatorial project exhibiting over one hundred and fifty artists–educators, acts as a counter-action to the pervasive rightwing impulse whose spirit jeopardizes civil, artistic and academic freedom by calling out, shaming, and harming those it opposes. The exhibition responds by first inviting artists who define themselves as educators to participate, the result of which creates a list of art-educators that can be deemed, in the current political climate, as dangerous. Second, the exhibition portrays the spectrum of art done by the presumably “dangerous” educators, and has the potential to become “dangerous art.” Third, the exhibition will provide a publication that voices the individual concerns of the artists-educators participating in the show. The text will structure a platform for public dialogue that furthers the development of strategies toward radical education. Public event for the release of The Dangerous Professors Publication: Thursday, May 25, 6pm to 10pm Curator: …

Standards Variance

​how are you feeling America, 2017 Friday May 12, 6 PM – 9 PM   Public Access, 3306 W. North Ave, Chicago, IL 60647 Exhibition continues until June 10th, 2017. Gallery open hours on Saturdays from 12-6pm. https://www.publicaccess.biz/standards-variance/ Standards Variance is a group show of speculative proposals around what is possible for urban space (empty lots, abandoned buildings, storefronts, green-space, etc.) in Chicago. Julia Arredondo, Stella Brown, William Camargo & Yvette Mayorga, Monica Chadha & Carlo Parente, Raul De Lara, Angela Davis Fegan, Alejandro Jimenez Flores, Alfredo Garcia, Danny Giles & Sharmyn Cruz Rivera, Jaclyn Jacunski, Leo Kaplan, Morten Kvamme, Kirsten Leenaars, Ruslana Lichtzier, Fran Lightbound, Kelly Lloyd, Lora Lode, John Lusis, Jesse Malmed, Nicole Marroquin, Victoria Martinez, Gabriel Montero, Nuria Montiel, Josh Rios, Bailey Romaine, Luis Rodriguez Rosario, Edra Soto, Third Object (Ann Meisinger, Raven Falquez Munsell, Gan Uyeda), Selina Trepp, Rafael E. Vera, Lisa Vinebaum, Aaron Walker, and Latham Zearfoss. Organized by Brandon Alvendia and Greg Ruffing.

“I’ve Got The Best Words”

  Details wall drawing (20x12ft)  “I’ve Got The Best Words”, 2016. Evanston Art Center, 1717 Central Street, Evanston ​ Based on linguistic research and google searches around the language and words used by both candidates in the upcoming elections this work addresses the notion of language as something elusive, fleeting, troubled, tainted and at times powerful, ultimately questioning word’s power to align themselves with authenticity and meaning. And when are words ever “just a few words”? “Words matter when you run for president,” as Hillary Clinton reminded her opponent during the first presidential debate. Clinton was clearly admonishing Donald Trump for a season of off-the-cuff remarks and tweets which have been routinely misleading, false, hateful, derogatory, inflammatory, juvenile, and—most recently—“lewd.” Trump’s counter, at once boastful and inscrutable, is that he has “the best words.” For example Trump used most first person singular pronouns (I, me, my) while Clinton was more likely to use first person plural pronouns (we, us). Trump used twice as many empty words (e.g. anybody, everybody, nothing, thing) as Clinton. “I’ve Got the Best …

Happiness, the Elusive American Dream and Lots of Cardboard

Artist-in-residence Kirsten Leenaars engages children in the search for home and happiness on Milwaukee’s Near West Side. By Megan Knowles Students display protest signs exploring the American ideal of happiness and proposals for a new Constitution. On a vibrant and sunny June afternoon, an enthusiastic bunch of middle school students chatted on an empty lot near 27th street. Holding onto white balloons and gathering around the remnants of a large structure made of decorated cardboard and brightly colored tape, they brought a DIY-scrapbook vibe to a street where underused spaces are giving way to development plans and relatively new arrivals such as Daddy’s Soul Food & Grille. Overcoming the feelings of awkwardness and skepticism young teens can bring to group projects, the students formed a line, balloons in hand, amidst conversations about TV shows and summer plans. Each balloon carried a piece of the cardboard construction waiting to be sent to the sky, many scribbled with personalized messages ranging from smiling cartoon faces to pointed political messages. What appeared to be an activity for a day …

Oct 6: Artists Kirsten Leenaars and Fo Wilson in conversation + catalog presentation at Haggerty Museum

  Image from Kirsten Leenaars: (Re)Housing the American Dream  Photo Credit: Clare Britt House/Home: Artists Kirsten Leenaars and Fo Wilson in Conversation Moderated by Dr. Jasmine Alinder Thursday, October 6, 3 p.m. Haggerty Museum of Art Join us for a public conversation with artists Kirsten Leenaars and Fo Wilson, moderated by Director of UWM’s Urban Studies Programs Dr. Jasmine Alinder. This program is presented in collaboration with Imagining America’s 16th Annual National Conference, themed At the Crossroads. Kirsten Leenaars: (Re)Housing the American Dream, is a three-channel video installation on view at the Haggerty Museum of Art, and is the result of Leenaars’ year-long exploration of the notions of home, belonging and happiness in context of the American Dream in Milwaukee’s Near West Side. Leenaars created this piece in collaboration with students from two neighborhood schools—Highland Community School and the International Newcomer Center at the Milwaukee Academy of Chinese Language. Personal stories from the students serve as metaphors to explore the real and imagined reality of this Dream. Delving into the complex notions of place, person, community, family, country, origin, land, or a moment of time …

(Re)Housing the American Dream Exhibition Catalog

   VIEW: Exhibiton Catalog (Re)Housing the American Dream Design: Sonia Yoon Essay by Steven L. Bridges Release Date: October 6, 2016 This catalog was published on the occasion of the exhibition Kirsten Leenaars: (Re)Housing the American Dream. Chicago-based performance and video artist Kirsten Leenaars has created participatory works of art that explore a quintessential American ideal: the pursuit of happiness. (Re)Housing the American Dream is an extension of Leenaars’ earlier investigations. Commissioned by the Haggerty Museum of Art (Milwaukee, WI), this latest work is the result of Leenaars’ year-long exploration of the relationship between home and happiness in Milwaukee’s Near West Side. Haggerty Museum of Art, Marquette University Learn more »