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

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

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 …

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

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 …

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

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/  

I don’t know what you are going to say; a conversation between Erik Hagoort and Kirsten Leenaars, Sector 2337, March 15, 2018

How to be together in a non-polemical way? That question will be the start of a conversation by Amsterdam based artist Erik Hagoort and Chicago based artist Kirsten Leenaars, on the occasion of the launch of Hagoort’s book I don’t know what you are going to say. I don’t know what you are going to say (2018) provides a picture of the ‘thinking together aloud’ that went on during several conversations initiated by Hagoort in recent years. The book also contains a series of essays in which Hagoort builds on ideas on closeness that originate from philosophers Ilse Bulhof, Emmanuel Levinas, Cornelis Verhoeven and others. Erik Hagoort invites the participants of the conversations to follow conditions of speaking and thinking that might stimulate to develop together lines of thought, without taking positions. Kirsten Leenaars shows a likewise interest in developing ways to be together in a non-polemical way. In her ongoing project (Re)Housing the American Dream (since 2010) she provides a collective forum for refugee and American born children in which they approach hospitably one …

Boulvard Dreamers at the Poetry Foundation

  Pegasus & Mermaids Opening: Boulevard Dreamers Friday, September 23rd, 6:00 PM Poetry Foundation 61 West Superior Street Free admission The Poetry Foundation presents Boulevard Dreamers, a performance and opening event for Pegasus & Mermaids, a group exhibition featuring work by Poetry magazine cover artists depicting Pegasus and mermaids from poetry immemorial. The exhibit will be displayed in the Poetry Foundation Gallery through December 16, 2016. 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 Boulevard Dreamers. 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 …

(Re)Housing the American Dream, solo show opening at the Haggerty Museum of Art

Director Susan Longhenry invites Friends of the Haggerty Members to a reception previewing the museum’s fall 2016 exhibitions Image from Happiness-Home-Milwaukee: (Re)Housing the American Dream Gendron Jensen Series on Resurrection in Nature Religion and Neo-medievalism in Rouault’s Miserere Jason Salavon The Master Index Watermarks An Atlas of Water and the City of Milwaukee Kirsten Leenaars (Re)Housing the American Dream Wednesday, August 17, 2016 6-8 pm Gallery talks by exhibiting artists Kirsten Leenaars, Mary Miss and Jason Salavon Beer, Wine and Appetizers To register for this event, to become a Friends of the Haggerty member, or to update your membership please contact Mary Dornfeld at 414-288-7290 or mary.dornfeld@marquette.edu. .     Support for these exhibitions and accompanying programs is provided by the Milwaukee Arts Board and the Wisconsin Arts Board with funds from the State of Wisconsin, the Marquette University Strategic Innovation and Andrew W. Mellon funds, Spirit of Milwaukee, the Astor Street Foundation, and other supporters. Copyright © 2016 Marquette University, All rights reserved. Our mailing address is: Marquette University Haggerty Museum of Art P. O. Box 1881 Milwaukee, WI  53201-1881

Tele-novela HIGHLIGHTS Watching Party

Join us for a Tele-novela HIGHLIGHTS Watching Party and see some of the great work featured in our current ACRE TV program Tele-novela. Tele-novela HIGHLIGHTS Watching Party October 25, 2-4 pm UIC Space at Mana Contemporary (5th floor) 2233 S Throop St Tele-novela is a genre of limited-run drama series popular on Latin American, Portuguese, and Spanish television networks. The term combines tele, short for televisión or televisão (Spanish and Portuguese words for television), and novela, a Spanish and Portuguese word for “novel”. Symbolic, social, or technological, Tele-novela mimics the serial and structural nature of the pop cultural programs, but moves from linear story to abstracted narrative, and experimental play by electronic means. Arranged in three-part acts and ranging in media–video, sound, animated GIFs–and durational formats, the sequential productions on ACRE TV present a departure from their operatic tradition in favor of abstracted realities and dispersed fictions that simultaneously explore and avoid the notion of formal narrative on screen. Tele-novela includes work by Laure Provoust, Marisa Olson, Sara Ludy, Michael Robinson,Alfredo Salazar-Caro, Brenna Murphy, Megan …

Press Release: GOLD * TERRAIN BIENNIAL 2015 * TERRAIN DK

Press Release: GOLD is the first and only exhibition scheduled at TERRAIN DK, to concur with the TERRAIN BIENNIAL 2015, as well as the golden wedding anniversary of Jubsi and Laust Baggesen, who will host the exhibition in the garden of their home at Lyngdalen 21 in Viborg. The exhibition will be open from August 23rd till September 30th, and will be visible from the street. Tours by appointment only, please contact Jubsi or Laust Baggesen: baggesen@mail.tele.dk GOLD will celebrate LOVE in its many-splendored variations and manifestations, from the domestic to the orgiastic, the co-dependent to the self-reliant, the fleeting to the durational. Participating artists: Iris Bernblum Yvette Brackman Jessica Caponigro Kirsten Leenaars Curated by: Lise Haller Baggesen WORKS IN THE EXHIBITION: Iris Bernblum’s contribution to the TERRAIN BIENNIAL DK will be strung gold text spanning the length of the roof in honor of the golden anniversary “TAKE ME WITH YOU.” Yvette Brackman’s red-hot CAMP (1999) is an invitation to inmate encounters between lovers and beautiful strangers, considering the seat as social positioning. The work …

Notes on Empty Chairs (part 3)

Video stills, Notes on Empty Chairs (part2), performed April 14, 2015, at the MCA, Chicago, camera: Paul Deuth – Tuesday May 19, from 6 – 7 pm. FREE event Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60611 www2.mcachicago.org Taking place over three Tuesday evenings, Notes on Empty Chairs is a series of three interactive performances by Chicago-based artist Kirsten Leenaars, with assistance of Lindsey Barlag, that explore themes of empathy, loss, and remembrance in response to the exhibition Doris Salcedo. The performances are cumulative and collaboratively developed with Chicago community members. This third performance, Notes on Empty Chairs (part 3), responds to Cathy Park Hong’s recent essay “Against Witness”. This essay about Salcedo’s work was commissioned on the occasion of the Doris Salcedo exhibition and published in the May 2015 issue of Poetry. Through a poetic performance involving spoken word, choreographed movement, and the use of digital technologies, Notes on Empty Chairs (part 3) explores the act of witnessing today in light of such recent events in America as the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, and Freddie Gray. The performers for Notes on …

Notes on Empty Chairs (part 2)

video stills, Notes on Empty Chairs (part1), performed March 24, 2015, at the MCA, Chicago, camera: Paul Deuth Tomorrow, April 14,  from 6 – 7 pm. FREE event Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, Illinois 60611 www2.mcachicago.org  – Taking place over three Tuesday evenings, Notes on Empty Chairs is a series of three interactive performances by Chicago-based artist Kirsten Leenaars, with assistance of Lindsey Barlag, that explore themes of empathy, loss, and remembrance in response to the exhibition Doris Salcedo. The performances are cumulative and collaboratively developed with Chicago community members.  – This second performance, Notes on Empty Chairs (part 2), responds to the terms absence and presence. Both describe fundamental states of being. Through a simple choreography in relationship to Salcedo’s installations the performers explore the notion that a body in totality is much more than a physical presence. Whether representing, presenting, or standing-in, the performers negotiate what it means to occupy or create a space, as subject or object. The human body is not a concept. It is irreplaceable.  – …

#thisistomorrow at DCAC, Washington DC

#thisistomorrow Work by Kirsten Leenaars Curated by Jose Ruiz March 20 – April 19 Opening reception: Friday, March 20, 7-9 pm Artist talk & closing reception: Sun., April 19 at 5 pm In her first solo exhibition in Washington, Chicago-based artist Kirsten Leenaars presents a suite of video installations and text-based works that taken as a whole are both a starting point and departure from our current political climate. #thisistomorrow brackets recent events such as Ferguson and Charlie Hebdo, among others, in order to form a sociopolitical space that can exist outside of the media and in the hands of a community. In her newest video piece, especially conceived for DCAC and filmed in DC, Leenaars mines the tradition and format of the protest song – and protest poem – as an open call that brings together a range of local performers, musicians and poets to cathartically respond with their own artistic inflections and concerns. Re-mixed as a narrative sequence rather than a series of auditions, the video acts as a form of creative reportage uncovering …