Here we are at the end of this cycle of the Social Practice (SoPra) interviews from Open Engagement 2011 and just in time we received this posting from the magical land of Portland…
is an international conferenceÂ that sets out to explore various perspectives onÂ art and social practice and expand the dialogueÂ around socially engaged art making. The OpenÂ Engagement conference is an initiative of PortlandÂ State Universityâ€™s Art and Social Practice MFAÂ concentration. Directed and founded byÂ JenÂ Delos ReyesÂ and planned in conjunction withÂ Harrell FletcherÂ and the Art and Social PracticeÂ students, this yearâ€™s conference features keynoteÂ presentersÂ Tania Bruguera,Â Shannon Jackson, andÂ Paul Ramirez Jonas. The work by these artists andÂ scholars touchÂ on subjects including politics,Â economies, education, and representation.
Through conversations, presentations, workshops, interviews, open reflections, andÂ related projects created for or presentedÂ at the conference, we will be investigating,Â questioning, celebrating, and challenging theÂ current state of art and social practice. ThisÂ conference is a site where an intergenerationalÂ exchange can occur between emerging artists andÂ established artists. This is also a site whereÂ transdisiplinary conversation is possible.
You are invited toÂ contributeÂ to OPEN ENGAGEMENT:Â Art and Social Practice by submitting yourÂ proposals for projects, performances, tours,Â interventions, presentations, or panel ideasÂ (other formats are also welcomed).
We are organizing thematic groupings throughoutÂ the conference, so if applicable markÂ your submission under one of the followingÂ categories:Â Politics
SUBMISSIONS ARE DUE JANUARY 3, 2012.
GO TOÂ WWW.OPENENGAGEMENT.INFOÂ TO SUBMIT A PROPOSAL FORM.
is a free conference that willÂ take placeÂ May 18-20, 2012, in Portland, Oregon.
Contributors are not asked to pay a registrationÂ fee and the public will not be charged to attend. Â Contributors to the event will be supported in theÂ following ways: participants from out of town willÂ be housed in Portland homes, select meals duringÂ the conference will be provided emphasizingÂ community dining, and a variety of transportationÂ will be provided drawing on Portlandâ€™s bike cultureÂ and public transportation.
Good news for long time friend of Bad at Sports, Anthony Elms, he is heading to Philadelphia to curate for the Institute of Contemporary Art!
We say Hell Yes!
Anthony’s departure will be a major loss to this community but our loss, is there gain and it is nice to know that the Philadelphia recognized what we had. We are sure that this is just theÂ beginning of some fabulous things for our friend and regular contributor, Anthony.
Photo: Erin Leland
INSTITUTE OF CONTEMPORARY ART APPOINTS
ANTHONY ELMS AS NEW CURATORÂ Â
The Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania, is pleased to
announce that Anthony Elms will be joining the ICA as Associate Curator. Anthony
has worked as an independent curator and writer, and he was Assistant Director
of Gallery 400 at the University of Illinois at Chicago for six years. He edits and is
the curator of WhiteWalls, an alternative space for artistsâ€™ publication projects
founded in the 1970s. Anthony is just completing work as part of the organizational
team behind this yearâ€™s PERFORMA visual art performance biennial in New York.
â€œIt is common to think of museums like the ICA as non-collecting, but that isn’t true,â€
Anthony said. â€œThey do not have art objects, but they collect histories and
experiences with the artists that have exhibited. In that sense, I could not be
happier to join a museum with the distinguished and energetic collection of the ICA.â€
â€œI am looking forward to having Anthonyâ€™s vision, and his passion for publications,
enrich the work of our stellar curatorial team,â€ says Robert Chaney, Interim Director.
â€œWe met Anthony when he co-curated the Sun Ra exhibition that ICA hosted,
organized by Hyde Park Art Center,” adds Senior Curator Ingrid Schaffner. “This is a
wonderful outcome to our first collaboration,â€ adds Senior Curator Ingrid Schaffner.
Anthonyâ€™s recent projects includeÂ Blast Counterblast;Â More Alive Than Those Who
Made Them;Â Glenn Ligon / A People on the Cover,Â andÂ Unicorn Basking in the Light
of Three Glowing Suns.Â He was a co-curator ofÂ Pathways to Unknown Worlds: Sun
Ra, El Saturn and Chicago’s Afro-Futurist Underground 1954-1968, which enjoyed
enormous success when it traveled to ICA in 2009. His writings have appeared in
Afterall, Art Asia Pacific,Â Art Papers,Â Artforum,Â May Revue,Â Modern Painters,Â New
Art Examiner, andÂ Time Out Chicago, and he has also written essays for numerous
catalogues. He received a BFA in painting from Michigan State University and an
MFA from the University of Chicago, and he continues to exhibit as an artist. In
addition, Anthony is an enthusiastic drummer and record collector. He is also
interested in ghosts.Â
Tomorrow Tonight Richard Holland and Duncan MacKenzie host a live discussion with some amazing folks at the De Paul Art Museum…
Come check it out!!!
Making it in Chicago:
Building an Art Career in the Second City
September 19, 2011
Monique Meloche, Director â€“ moniquemeloche Gallery
Shannon Stratton, Executive Director â€“ Three Walls
Shane Huffman, Artist
Oli Watt, Artist
Rob Davis & Michael Langlois, Artists
Moderated by Duncan Mackenzie and Richard Holland of the Bad at Sports Podcast
This seems like it is worth checking out…
Monday, September 26, 6:00 p.m.
SAIC Columbus Auditorium, 280 S. Columbus Dr.
Type A is a collaboration between Adam Ames and Andrew Bordwin. Working together since 1998, Type A create videos, video installations, photography, sculptures, and drawings that deal with issues of masculinity, territory, competition, and collaboration in contemporary society. Though competition runs through every element of existence, the demand put upon men to be competitive can be especially severe. This is initiated in childhood and continuously intensified; if one is â€œtype a,â€ then these challenges are not only expected but also necessary to the definition of oneâ€™s character. Type A explores the ways in which men compete, challenge and play, and the resulting social and psychological imbalances, in works ranging from psychologically disarming to profoundly absurd. Type A has exhibited extensively at institutions including the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indianapolis; Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, Ridgefield, CT; Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery, Saratoga Springs, NY; DeCordova Sculpture Park & Museum, Lincoln, MA; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; List Visual Arts Center at MIT, Cambridge, MA; Centrum Beeldende Kunst, Rotterdam, The Netherlands; Centro de la Imagen, Mexico City; Contemporary Art Center, New Orleans; Institute of Contemporary Art Palm Beach, FL; UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, in addition to numerous other venues.
September 2, 2011 · Print This Article
First the “Good News:”
You might not know this, but for the last 6 months the Bad at Sports has been doing a once a month art â€œgabfestâ€ for the Art 21 blog. One of the folks we do that “gabfest” with is a former guest of the show, Dan Gunn, and he has a 12 x 12Â exhibition that will open to the public tomorrow.Â We can’t wait to see it and I am sure you feel the same.
The “Bad News.”
I got an inexplicable e-mail this week from Jim Kempner, all it said was “Gallery Closed.” Now this might not strike many of you Midwesterner’s as important or relevant news (what is one more closed New York space) but that is where you, my friend, are wrong. Â The reason is that Jim Kempner is also the purveyor of â€œThe Madness of Art.â€ Which began with this episode of raw genius and the Chicago legend Tony Fitzpatrick. We can only wonder if there will be more of â€œthe madnessâ€ to come.
UPDATE: Seems like the gallery is still out there killing it big style. Also the Madness’s third season just dropped. Â Check it out at…Â http://themadnessofart.com/category/season-3/