On December 20 Newcity released its Top 5 of Everything 2012, a compilation of Top 5 lists covering all aspects of Chicago’s art and culture in the past year. Members of the SAIC community made a dominant showing in this year’s Art section, featured in Top Art Exhibitions—which named The Great Refusal: Taking on New Queer Aestheticsat SAIC’s Sullivan Galleries among its top five—Top Art/Design Crossovers, Total Art Escapes, Top Art Interviews, Top Art Exhibitions You Didn’t See, Top People You See at Every Art Opening, and Top People Whose Lives Are Possibly Artworks. Congratulations are in order for faculty members Deborah Boardman, Maria Gasper, Lou Malozzi (BFA 1978), and Trevor Martin, and additional praise goes to SAIC alumni Jordan Avery (BFA 2012), Benjamin Bellas (BFA 2005), Sandra Binion (MFA 1992), Troy Briggs (MFA 2012), Adam Brooks (MFA 1989), Bridgette Buckley (MFA 2002),Stephanie Burke (MFA 2009), Mariano Chavez (BFA 2005), Chelsea Culp (BFA 2007), Theodore Darst (BFA 2011), Robin Dluzen(MFA 2010), Steven Fiehn (BFA 2000), Ben Foch (NG 1999), Vicki Fowler (MFA 2011), Jeffrey Grauel (MFA 2000), Emily Green (BFA 2005), Paul Hopkin (MFA 1997), Jane Jerardi (MFA 2012), Jennifer Karmin (MFAW 2001), Joseph Kramer (MFA 2010), Alan Lerner(MFA 2003), Carron Little (MFA 1999), Eric May (BFA 2000), Heather Mullins (MFA 2008), Tyler Myers (BFA 2001), Marissa Perel(MFA 2010), Oliverio Rodriguez (MAAH 2006), Luis Romero (MFA 1999), Louisa Shields (BFA 2009), Jenni Sorkin (BFA 1999), Edra Soto (MFA 2000), Megan Sterling (MFA 2007), Brad Troemel (BAVS 2010), Vincent Uribe (BAVS-BA 2012), Heather Marie Vernon(MAAT 2013), Mathew Wilson (MFA 1993), and Molly Zuckerman-Hartung (PBS 2005, MFA 2007). Phew!
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Wednesday, December 5, 5:00 p.m.
Columbus Auditorium, 280 S. Columbus Dr.
In 1973, B. Wurtz penned Three Important Things, a drawing that served as a foundational statement for his work. Objects in Wurtz’s works have steadfastly derived from its three listed concerns (“sleeping, eating, keeping warm”), resulting in an ever-inventive profusion of sculptural objects and wall hangings that have channeled the possibilities of lowly, everyday objects. Declared “a master of the unassuming, if not completely disguised, artwork” by critic Roberta Smith, Wurtz has lived and worked in New York since the mid-1980s. He is a graduate of the California Institute of Arts and UC Berkeley. His work has been in exhibitions at MoMA P.S.1, MCA Chicago, Musée d’Art Contemporain de Lyon, RISD Museum of Art, Corcoran Gallery, and Castillo/Corrales, Paris. Recent group shows include B. Wurtz & Co. at Richard Telles Fine Art in Los Angeles and Everyday Abstract-Abstract Everyday at James Cohan Gallery in New York City, both exhibitions being curated by Matthew Higgs.
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Thursday, November 29, 5:00 p.m.
Columbus Auditorium, 280 S. Columbus Dr.
Forrest Nash is the founder of Contemporary Art Daily, which publishes a curated program of current exhibitions from around the world. Founded in 2008, the site has featured extensive documentation of more than 1,600 exhibitions and has a wide following internationally. In January, he founded Contemporary Art Group, a non-profit organization, to continue the progress ofContemporary Art Daily and to establish new projects with similar aims. The organization is currently at work on a major new project, Contemporary Art Quarterly, which will feature extensive archives of selected artists’ practices. Nash, born in 1987, has a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
REMINDER: HAPPY MLK DAY!
Celebrate art commemorating the life and work of Dr. King at the Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Mural Competition artists’ reception TODAY, 1/16, 5:00-8:00 p.m. at Hostelling International Chicago. Free and open to the public.
Art that commemorates the life and work of Dr. King, and explores the struggle of social justice today.
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Monday, January 16, 2011 5:00-8:00 p.m.
Hostelling International Chicago
Free and open to the public
Artists’ Reception, 5:00-7:00 p.m.
Meet the artists and discuss their work
Open Mic, 7:00- 8:00 p.m.
Join Louder Than a Bomb poets in spoken word performances
Student artists are creating murals commemorating the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr. on the large second floor windows of Hostelling International Chicago. The paintings both honor the work of Dr. King and highlight the continuing struggle for social justice today.
The Artists’ Reception is an opportunity to hear from the artists about their work and 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place Prizes will be awarded. The Reception will also feature performances from Louder Than a Bomb poets, who will be hosting the open mic.
Light refreshments will be served.
The exhibition will be on display January 16 through March 31, 2011, at:
Hostelling International Chicago, www.hichicago.org
24 East Congress Parkway, Chicago, IL USA
Free, open to the public, 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., 7 days a week
For more information, visit www.hichicago.org/mlk.shtml or contact Arielle Semmel: firstname.lastname@example.org / 312-583-2226
Shana Moulton at SAIC Thursday, December 8th, 6:00pm
Video & Performance artist Shana Moulton will visit the Eye & Ear Clinic presenting video work and participating in a panel to discuss her fantastic and internationally celebrated oeuvre.
Panelists: Melika Bass, Kent Lambert, Catherine Pancake, Lindsay Denniberg
Room 1307 Mclean 112 South Michigan SAIC
Visiting Artist Program presents: Suzanne Lee : Tuesday 6-9pm
Suzanne Lee is the Director of The BioCouture Research Project and Senior Research Fellow in Fashion at Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design (University of the Arts London). BioCouture is a research project harnessing nature to propose a radical vision for future fashion. It investigates the use of microbial cellulose grown in a laboratory to produce clothing with the ultimate goal of growing a dress from a vat of liquid. Suzanne is collaborating with scientists to unite design with cutting edge bio and nano technologies.
She is the author of the groundbreaking book Fashioning the Future: Tomorrow’s Wardrobe (Thames & Hudson 2005/7) and lectures and exhibits internationally. BioCouture is exhibiting as part of the Victoria and Albert Museum’s Power of Making exhibition and the Craft Council’s Block Party (UK). She is a 2011 TED Fellow.
Free and open to the public!
For more information: http://www.saic.edu/vap
Gallery Talk by Kimsooja
Monday, September 26, 12:00 p.m.
Sullivan Galleries, 33 S. State St., 7th floor
Kimsooja’s Mumbai: A Laundry Field is on view through October 8 at the Sullivan Galleries. This four-channel video installation fills vast screens suspended across the length of the Sullivan North Gallery. With Chicago as a backdrop, the viewer journeys through Mumbai’s alleyways, laundry districts, commuter trains, and slum streets. Colors and movement connect the various scenes as Kimsooja investigates the rhythm inherent in the everyday life of this country.
Mumbai: A Laundry Field has been previously exhibited at the Royal Academy of Arts, London (2011); Kunstmuseum Lichtenstein (2010); Fukoka Asian Art Museum, Japan (2009); Thessaloniki Biennale (2009); Continua Gallery Le Moulin (2009); and Continua Gallery Beijing (2008).
Kimsooja, born in South Korea, currently works between New York, Paris, and Seoul. She has exhibited extensively throughout Asia, America, and Europe, including site-specific installations at the Palacio de Cristal at the Museo Nacional Centro de Arte Reina Sofia in Madrid, the Teatro La Fenice in Venice, and Nuit Blanche at the Théâtre du Châtelet in Paris.
For more information on Kimsooja’s work, please visit http://www.kimsooja.com.