2016 News

SUMMER

My curatorial project with Neysa Page Lieberman called The Longest Revolution: Feminist Social Practice received a travel and research grant from Jane Saks and the Nathan Cummings Foundation. The project will launch during Chicago Open Engagement in Spring 2017.

A book called Invisible Makers is on exhibition in the education lobby entrance to the Kerry James Marshall exhibition at the MCA. The project explores the invisible labors of collaborators and fabricators who made the work featured in Gardner's Art Through the Ages possible.

My collaboration with Maggie Puckett, Seeds InService received a Chicago MAKER Grant in spring 2016. Funding is supporting an interdisciplinary project on kombucha and thematic gardening around topics of war, diaspora, and feminism. Check out the Seeds InService website for events.

SPRING

A billboard featuring artworks and interviews from the Homeland: Chicago and Belgrade Diasporas project is now on view at the intersection of Milwaukee and Irving Park in Chicago, in the heart of the Serbian neighborhood. Up through February 8.

My colleagues Miriam Schaer, Laura Anderson Barbata and Janet Goldner will be presenting with me at the 2016 Open Engagement conference in Oakland. This is a four-person panel examining issues of power and privilege in socially engaged collaborations involving artist/facilitators from communities dramatically different from those of the participants. The panelists, artists and educators all, will describe a series of socially engaged collaborations with professional artists and artisans in the West African nation of Mali, with rural felt artisans in the Republic of Georgia, with Yanomami tribal artists from the Venezuelan rainforest, and the extraordinary repatriation from Norway of the body of a 19th-century Mexican woman exhibited in Europe and the U. S. as a sideshow freak, a signal event encompassing art, memory, power, politics, the law and human dignity.

WINTER

My film, Like Other Girls Do is featured in the exhibition, He, She, They, Ze curated by Anna Rathman.

With traditional hand papermaking at its core, Pulped Under Pressure (first exhibition at the Tidewater Community College Visual Arts Center January 16 - March 3, 2016) underscores important contemporary issues steeped in history and craft.  Enticed through touch, these works encourage a contemplative slowing down even as they urge acknowledgement of some of the most pressing issues (environmental crisis to global marginalization) facing civilization today.