CHICAGO — The CTA is enlisting the help of Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates to design artwork for its planned $240 million terminal at the 95th and Dan Ryan Red Line station.
The project, expected to cost $1.3 million, would be the largest art project in the CTA’s history, according to the agency. Ten people would be hired for the project that would also establish an apprenticeship program for local students.
For this week’s podcast, our faithful correspondent Patricia Maloney sat down with former US Congressman Pat Williams and his son Griff Willams at Gallery 16 in San Francisco earlier this month to discuss the turbulence of the Culture Wars during the late ’80s and early ’90s. Patricia finally learned how legislating works in a conversation that ran the gamut from explaining Piss Christ to conservative parents and why Poker Jim Butte is the best place to catch some Shakespeare to how the NEA is vital to cultural production in rural communities and why now might be the moment to demand the return of federal grants for individual artists.
The week began with Dana Bassett’s second person plural. bi-monthly rag mag, What’s the T? featuring a wrap up of the Milwaukee Arts Festival, info on how to get your nails done at the MCA, I-spys of Chicago Alderman, and even more art. Joshua Herrington had an article woven into the fray called, “Finding Sustenance at CAC’s Starving Artist:”
Starving Artist. It’s a charged phrase that elicits reaction from our guts – whether artist, admin or educator – so it was no mistake Chicago Artists Coalition (CAC) chose it as the banner to hold over their annual artist+chef mash-up, raising funding and awareness for its mission to build a sustainable marketplace for artists and creative’s.
Billed as “the experiential artist and culinary event of the year,” CAC pairs a handful of chefs from foodie institutions across the city with esteemed visual artists to inspire one another in creating edible “installations” to be enjoyed by the crowd and new works of art to be auctioned off the night of the event. 2013 saw collaborations between Jordan Martins and Abraham Conlon (Fat Rice), Sabina Ott and Bill Kim (bellyQ), Theaster Gates and Erick Williams (MK), Cody Hudson and Jared Wentworth (Longman & Eagle), and Marissa Lee Benedict with Benjamin Newby (Hennessy Black.) Additionally, Claire Ashley and Andrea Morris transformed CAC’s main gallery into an ethereal, celestial-like space, perfect for the obligatory after-hours dance party.
Let’s all open a bottle of champagne for Jeriah Hildwine who recent accepted of a full-time teaching position at Northern Arizona University. If you want to know how teaching positions happen, at least what Hildwine’s experience was like, his post is for you. Hildwine adeptly describes the struggle and dedication of application, his collection of rejection letters, close calls, and statistics. Perhaps what got me most, however, was the amazing list of questions that one should anticipate in an interview. The list is infinitely longer than the following excerpt:
I reposted a provocative article by Sarah Gram called “The Young-Girl and The Selfie:”
When we talk about selfies, what we are really talking about is teenage girls. “Teenage girls” here is more of a concept than a biological necessity; the age is primarily arbitrary and the girl-ness is semiotic at best. But the disgust at the moral failures of kids today, with their iPhones and their Instagrams is a gendered disgust — it is disgust for bodies whose worth is determined not by those who inhabit them, but by those who look at them. It is disgust for bodies that run in emulation, whose primary labour is dedicated to looking a particular way rather than making a particular thing.
Bad at Sports’ coverage of the greater Midwest continues via I AM A CITIZEN OF NO MEAN CITY, what might otherwise be called “A Month in the Life of Wendy Spacek” or “The Indianapolis Dispatch,” featuring favorite murals, art shows missed and seen, and the youth projects that color everything else. For instance, with regard to Megan Hart’s show with Beth Eisinger, Spacek writes:
We also got a report about Kansas City’s Middle of the Map Fest from Carolyn Okomo:
For the first time since premiering in 2011, the Map Fest incorporated a five-day film event that featured over 25 films. The event kicked off on May 1 in Kansas City’s Alamo Drafthouse with a screening of 1986 cult fantasy film Labyrinth (and opened with a David Bowie set by local band Soft Reeds). The film fest’s curator, Kansas City-bread filmmaker Mark Harrison, says he began the process of identifying films for the event at the beginning of the year after being commissioned by The Record Machine to help out. The process included building a dream list of films the planners hoped to screen during the festival then individually pitching either the filmmakers and movie distribution companies.
Jen Delos Reyes rounded out the week with a reflection on the Open Engagement Conference she organized in Portland this year:
Two countries. Five conferences. Seven years. 14 partnerships. Over 700 presenters. Over 1600 attendees. Since the ﬁrst Open Engagement conference in 2007 this event has become a key meeting point for people interested in socially engaged art. Open Engagement: Art After Aesthetic Distance began as a hybrid project that used a conference on socially engaged art practices as its foundation and incorporated elements including workshops, exhibitions, residencies, pedagogy, curatorial practice and collaboration. I wanted to foster a different kind of conference—one that worked in the way I wanted to see it work: with a sense of togetherness, putting emerging and established voices side by side, highlighting different ways of knowing and learning, and serving as a site of production, as well as reﬂection.
1. Co-Prosperity’s Artist-run School is still open, but the new semester starts on the 8th (aka tomorrow) so waste no time. visit http://coprosperity.org/co-prosperity-school/
2. Apply to be a Sponsored Artist – High Concept Laboratories; deadline for applications is on July 15th
HCL’s Sponsored Project Program is designed to promote the growth of artist and their work through the donation of customizable, no-cost support services including;Projects are chosen three times a year and last for a period of up to four months. Each season is curated to represent emerging and established artists from a range of artistic disciplines. We sponsor three paths of development based on different intentions for the end-result of the project. Get the scoop here.
3. Submissions are now open for the 7th Annual Mono No Aware exhibition, to take place December 6th & 7th, 2013 at LightSpace Studios in Brooklyn, NY. Open to all artists; filmmakers, performers, poets, musicians – who incorporate Super 8mm, 16mm, 35mm or altered light projections as part of a live performance, installation, sculpture or expanded cinema presentation. Details here.
4. Project Anywhere : Deadline for proposal submissions for our 2014 program is September 1, 2013.
Project Anywhere is an expanded exhibition model encompassing the entire globe (and beyond) in which the role of curator is replaced with the type of peer review model typically endorsed by a refereed journal. Emphasizing artistic projects situated outside conventional exhibition contexts, Project Anywhere is dedicated to the promotion of advanced artistic practice at the outermost limits of location-specificity.
Project Anywhere endorses a two-stage peer review system comparable with the journal-based paradigm for assessing the quality of research outcomes in the arts. Accordingly, Project Anywhere is designed to suit artist academics working anywhere in the world who are seeking independent peer validation and international web-based dissemination for practice-based research.
Please send proposals (as an attachment) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your proposal should include the following:
1. Title of proposed project.
2. Location(s), date(s) and duration for proposed project (this can be updated later).
3. A detailed project proposal clearly stating the project’s potential for creating new knowledge (please refer to the peer review guidelines at www.projectanywhere.net).
4. Images, files (under 8mg in total) and links can be included where appropriate.
NB: To be eligible for the first stage of our peer review process, it is imperative that ALL name and contact details are removed from the actual proposal document (and accompanying materials). Contact details should be included in the body of the email only. Any submissions that do not conform to the above criteria will NOT be sent out for peer review. Please note that Project Anywhere does not provide project funding nor expect exclusive hosting rights. Accordingly, we welcome multi-partnered and collaborative projects and/or projects that are hosted by other arts institutions seeking blind peer-validation. more here.
5. Sheila Heti (author of “How a Person Should Be” among other things) has recently put out an open call, inviting enthusiasts to fill out a questionaire about women in clothes:
THROUGH CONVERSATIONS, INTERVIEWS, ESSAYS, SURVEYS, DIAGRAMS AND DRAWINGS, AND WITH CONTRIBUTIONS FROM A WIDE RANGE OF WOMEN, INCLUDING ESTABLISHED WRITERS AND ARTISTS LIKE MIRANDA JULY, ZADIE SMITH, ROXANE GAY, SARAH NICOLE PRICKETT, RIVKA GALCHEN AND EILEEN MYLES, WOMEN IN CLOTHES WILL EXPLORE THE MULTIPLICITY OF MOTIVES THAT INFORM HOW WOMEN DECIDE TO PRESENT THEMSELVES, AND WHAT STYLE MEANS...IF YOU’D LIKE TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS BOOK, PLEASE FILL OUT THE DOWNLOADABLE SURVEY AND SEND IT BACK TO US. THE BOOK IS BEING BUILT PRIMARILY FROM THE ANSWERS TO THESE QUESTIONS. YOU NEEDN‘T BE A WRITER, OR CONSIDER YOURSELF FASHIONABLE, OR CARE ABOUT CLOTHES OR STYLE, TO PARTICIPATE. ALL AGES, NATIONALITIES, ETC. WELCOME. MEN, TOO. WE ARE STILL ACCEPTING CONTRIBUTORS. more info here.
6. Special shout out to Chicago Artist Writers, Frieze writer’s prize for up-and-comers, the closing date for entries is 22 July 2013.
Frieze Writer’s Prize is an annual international award to discover and promote new art critics. Entrants must submit one unpublished review of a recent contemporary art exhibition, which should be 700 words in length. Entries must be submitted in English, but may be translated (this must be acknowledged). Entrants must be over 18 years of age. To qualify, entrants may only previously have had a maximum of three pieces of writing on art published. The winning entrant will be commissioned to write a review for frieze and will be awarded £2,000. Entries should be emailed as a word attachment to email@example.com. Please do not send images. go here!
In reality, the Young-Girl is only the model citizen such as commodity society has defined it since WWI, as an explicit response to the revolutionary threats against it — Tiqqun,Preliminary Materials for a Theory of The Young-Girl
A woman must continually watch herself. She is almost continually accompanied by her own image of herself — John Berger, Ways of Seeing
1. U-Chicago Artist in Residence is now open for Letters of Interest. DUE July 7th.
The Artists-in-Residence have studio space in theWashington Park Arts Incubator facility, creating an internal network and engaging the community on that site while becoming fully immersed in the artistic and intellectual life of the University, primarily through our programmatic partner, the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, & Culture.
Artists have access to the University for research resources, courses, master classes, and workshops appropriate to each artist’s discipline, and for conversations and collaborations with faculty and students. In addition, there will be ongoing interaction between the artists and the Logan Center, which will be another locus for presentation of the artists’ works. More info on that here.
2. AREA Chicago: As Mairead Case pointed out last week, AREA is looking for submissions on the subject of kids.
We want to explore the social, political and cultural dimension of [Kids!]. How does our society define what it means to be a child, who counts as a child and who does not? How do kids participate in the world in general, in social justice struggles in particular? What does it mean to be growing up in Chicago? We want to see how children and adults come together to challenge and re-imagine ideas of “child” and childhood as a basis for to building more just communities and relationships. Over the next few months we will be organizing events, community discussions and special projects — and we want to hear from you! Check that out here.
3. Platform Residencies 2013-14 – Site Gallery, Sheffield, UK with a Deadline: 19 July 2013.
Site Gallery is now accepting applications from visual artists for its acclaimed Platform residency programme. Artists are invited to propose an idea for which they need time, space and investment to develop to proof of concept stage. Each residency is worth £6,000. Go here for more info.
4. SHAME: OPEN CALL FOR ARTIST IN RESIDENCE PROGRAM 2014/2015 Deadline: 30 September 2013
In 2014/2015, Center for Contemporary Arts (Celje), Miroslav Kraljevic Gallery (Zagreb) and the feminist curatorial group Red Min(e)d (Sarajevo/Ljubljana/Munich/Belgrade) are initiating a collaborative research project focused on the topic of Shame. Go here for details.
5. Want to go to Portugal? Last 2013 Call for Artists (Multidisciplinary) – ARTErra Deadline-15th September
ARTErra is a residency for artists placed in a small village in Portugal. This structure as several work rooms, resources tools and partnerships that are able to provide to artists exceptional conditions to develop their work and projects. Please check out our webpage (www.arterra.weebly.com) to learn more about ARTErra. Or go here to read the bi-lingual residency handbook.
6. And finally: OO FREQUENCY: AN OBJECT-ORIENTED MEDIA CHANNEL
OO Frequency welcomes short object-oriented videos, virtual presentations, and webinars. Submissions are open to anyone, although all videos will be screened for comportment with the journal’s academic standards. Specifications: Videos must not exceed 10-minutes, will be shared both on the journal’s website and YouTube, and are subject to editing for length requirements. Please send queries regarding submitting material for the Channel to firstname.lastname@example.org.