This week Duncan sneaks into The School of the Art Institute of
Chicago to interview Mary Jane Jacob, Professor and Executive Director of Exhibitions. Mary Jane Jacob’s name is synonymous with the phrase “art as social practice” or the field of art that is now more widely known as “Relational Aesthetics.” Jacob was at the center of the nineties debate about what was and could be considered an art object/experience and was putting on festivals, exhibitions, and public art programming that expanded our art consciousness long before Bourriaud “sexy-ed” up the field with his now seminal book.
Aside from being a former Chief Curator at the MCA Chicago and LA MoCA, Jacob was also the person behind “Culture in Action,” Chicago’s progressive, but widely debated 90’s public arts program. She is the author/co-author of several books including, “Learning Mind: Experience into Art,” “Buddha Mind in Contemporary Art,” “Culture in Action: A Public Art Program of Sculpture Chicago,” “Conversations at The Castle: Changing Audiences and Contemporary Art,” and “On the Being of Being an Artist.” She is the recipient of many grants, awards, fellowships and residencies, amongst the most notable are the Peter Norton Family Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities and National Endowment for the Arts, Rockefeller Foundation, Bellagio Study Center Residency, and the Getty Residency Program. Read more
Not to beat it over your head but we turned four this week (cheer). To celebrate, Kathryn Born has posted a behind the scenes history of the BAS organization. In the post she demystifies how the show gets out every week, introduces you to some not so public members, and brings to light some achievements we have made along the way. Kathryn writes, “It has a larger archive of artists than PS1, and if you judge by the metric of “unique visitor” traffic, it has double the readership of the New Art Examiner at its peak.”
On a side note: Did anyone else notice that in the first photo of Duncan, Amanda, and Richard you can clearly see lingerie in the window’s reflection? Just an observation.
Read Kathryn’s post here
The Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival, not to be confused with the Cannes International Film Festival, recently awarded Belgian agency Boondoggle with 5 awards this year. After winning such a prestigious award you would think they would be worth something right? Wrong.
Bloody freaking hell! I have been loosing my shit lately. Sorry for the delay of the Top 5, I know ya’ll were standing around with baited breath to get the word from on high. Well, you weirdos, here you go, my Top 5 for this week:
1. Open House at Argonne National Laboratory!
WTF? That’s not art you say? Shut up. The laboratory is open to the public for one day only, and since it seems like pseudo-science is all the rage in art these days, go over and get some inspiration. Or just head for the nanotech department and pretend like your living in The Diamond Age.
Saturday 9-4:30. Argonne National Laboratory is located at 9700 South Cass Ave. Lemont, IL.
2. Open House at…Open House?
Everyone likes new apartment galleries, right? Well, if not, move on to #3. If you do, check out this place. I cannot guarantee the quality of the show, or the quality of the place, but apartment galleries are always a crapshoot. Take a chance, you may be rewarded. The show (is it also titled Open House? Who knows?) is curated by Evan Lenox, Andre Lenox, and Lynnette Miranda, and features to work of a bunch of people I’m not going to name because I’d have to transcribe ’em all.
Friday 5:30-9pm. Open House is located at 3106 W. Fullerton Ave. #1.
This show seems like a crazy clusterfuck somehow involving Barbara & Barbara, The Post Family, and the (I quote) “man/beast continuum.” How could you not be curious? A full Chicago crew to dazzle you, including Ben Speckmann, Timothy Pigott, Brian Yates & Tony Francesconi. Oh, and the show is called Pardon me, I am just not feeling like myself today, thus my silly title. Just thought you’d like to know.
Saturday 6-10pm. Barbara and Barbara is located at 1021 N. Western Ave.
4. Everybody’s Got (More) Money Issues With InCUBATE
InCUBATE is closing down Everybody’s Got (More) Money Issues at Mess Hall with one final meet-up kaBLAMO event. If you haven’t kicked it with InCUBATE yet, you’re missing out. They are the awesome crew that brought you Sunday Soup. Go and enjoy the final iteration of Everybody’s Got (More) Money Issues and discuss how the hell were going to (financially) survive these days.
Sunday 6-9pm. Mess Hall is located at 6932 N Glenwood Ave.
Yes, you get their banner as the photo. Why? No photo relating to Zummer Tapez on their site. Don’t like it? Oh well. This seems like a fun way to spend an hour or two on Sunday night. The show consists of a video mixed tape by Kent Lambert. It has a “suggested donation” of $5, you know what that means, so if you want to cough up the cash, go see the show.
Sunday 8pm. Roots and Culture is located at 1034 N Milwaukee Ave.
On this weeks roundup we look at some really bad art of Obama, Paul McCarthy speaks with the people over at BOMBSITE, and Art Observed checks in to see the love Steve Powers is spreading. Have a good weekend everyone.
Paul McCarthy interviewed by Benjamin Weissman on BOMBSITE.
Preservationists attempt to save Chicago’s Gropius architecture threatened by Olympic planning.
Jerry Saltz’s picks for Fall shows in NYC.
Tribune covers what Chicago galleries are doing to get by.
I know it doesn’t say “Best New Websites of 2009” but Time’s picks feel unbelievably obvious.
NoCoast will be hosting a silkscreen workshop this Saturday and Sunday.
Watching the trailer for The Mockumentary.
Chicago Printers Guild is currently offering a mystery pack of prints. via The Post Family
Art Observed discusses the “Love Letter Project” with Steve Powers.