Episode 801: Jeffrey Michael Austin

Episode 801: Jeffrey Michael Austin

Everything Must Go, so let’s. Jeffrey Michael Austin — interdisciplinary artist and musician — joins Ryan Peter Miller and Jesse Something Malmed to talk about their reflective new exhibition at the Chicago Art Department. Hope in the dark, illusion, allusion, elusiveness, late capitalism, climate crisis, the collective, the needing-tending, the tenderness of a phrase like *help wanted* and enduring questions of scale and capacity guide our winding conversation. What else?

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1. Nadav Assor & Tirtza Even : Chronicle of a Fall May 27, 5-8PM Gallery 400: 400 S Peoria St   2. Granite Palombo Amit: THE MOVEMENT FOR THE LIBERATION OF THE NARRATIVE – Exodus and the Divine Humor May 27, 5-8PM ARC Gallery: 1463 W Chicago Ave   3....

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Episode 800: Ashanté Kindle and Josie Love Roebuck


Bad at Sports welcomes Ashanté Kindle and Josie Love Roebuck from LatchKey Gallery and their exhibition “CROWN” at Expo Chicago 2022.

Working from a place of healing, “CROWN”  explores and rejoices in the legacy of Black hair. The exhibition, named after the CROWN Act – a law that prohibits race-based hair discrimination which is the denial of employment and educational opportunities because of hair texture or protective hairstyles including braids, locs, twists or bantu knots – luxuriates in the scope, range, beauty, and legacy that is black hair.

Episode 799: Chris Larson


This week the Midwest’s greatest contemporary art podcast crew have what can only be described as an “encounter” with one of the Midwest’s greatest living artists, Chis Larson! Hailing from St. Paul Minnesota, Larson’s newest body of work started its life in Tennessee and slowly spun and wove its way to Engage Projects, Chicago. Taking up a former manufacturing space Larson asks that we consider our relationship to labor from the intimate to the global supply chain in a triumph of an exhibition. The Residue of LaborApril 8 – May 21, 2022

Episode 798: Gio Swaby


Gio Swaby is a Bahamian Toronto based visual artist whose work explores and celebrates Blackness and womanhood. Her elegant thread based portraits centres on Black joy as a radical act of resistance. Through love as liberation she explores pathways of healing and empowerment through conversation and observational drawing, allowing the strong and soft to coexist beautifully.



Episode 797: Kera MacKenzie and Andrew Mausert-Mooney


This week on Bad at Sports, Kera MacKenzie and Andrew Mausert-Mooney, the filmmakers behind Make A Distinction, join Jesse and the Block Museum’s Curator of Media Arts, Mike Metzger. Make A Distinction is an innovative, hybrid non-fiction feature that blends together strains of essayistic, observational and agitprop filmmaking into a blistering montage. Political in a capital P way, it’s urgent for most everyone, especially those of us in the so-called Chicago universe.

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1. Terrain Vague: The Promised Land May 20, 7-11PM Heaven Gallery: 1550 N Milwaukee Ave Work by: Teresita Carson, Cydney M. Lewis   2. Zarouhie Abdalian: Interregna May 20, 4-6PM Haynes Court: 1160 W 31st St   3. Yaismel Alba Garib: smooth and painful May...

Bad at Art Forum #7: The Material Immaterial

The twentieth-century saw an influx of artworks and movements de-centring objecthood in pursuit of the immaterial, from the Modernist reduction of the traditional art object, to Conceptualist and Fluxist instructions for artworks, often created in the mind. It also...

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1. Jacqueline Surdell: Score! May 14, 2-5PM Devening Projects: 3039 W Carroll Ave   2. Hope Wang: before there was a hill there was a hole May 14, 6-9PM boundary: 2334 W 111th Pl   3. Gary LaPointe Jr: D O W N S H I F T May 14, 6-9PM Roman Susan: 1224 W...


1. Parvin Peivandi: A seat for a tired ghost May 7, 6-9pm Ignition project space: 3839 W Grand Ave   2. Charlotte Fox: Sitting in Hard Chairs May 6, 5-8pm HG: 2000 W Carroll Ave   3. Rainn Thomas: Sanctified May 7, 6-9pm Co-Prosperity: 3219 S Morgan St...

Sub-rural #14, Interview with William Conger

Besides being one of Chicago’s most noteworthy and prodigious painters, William Conger is a repository of the city’s history, and a probing aesthetician. His knowledge and implementation of the historic complexity of abstract painting, the particular twists and turns...


1. Nyeema Morgan: The Set-Up April 30-May 28, 2022 PATRON: 1612 W Chicago Ave   2. Rachel de Cuba & Hale Ekinci: When or if I was there April 30, 12-4PM Tiger Strikes Asteroid: 2233 S Throop St, #419   3. Ella Rose Flood: Memorial Universe! April 29,...

Artist Poem #1: Zach Cahill!

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1. Springboard April 23, 3-7PM Mayfield: 505 Marengo Ave, Forest Park, IL Work by: Zespo, Yue Xu, Jess Bass, Olivia Comai, Kushala Vora, Devin T. Mays, Cecila Beaven, Joseph Josue Mora, Ricardo Vilas Freire, Jonas Mueller-Ahlheim   2. Monica Ong: Planetaria April...