It’s a big month for dance, poetry, and conferences–we’ve got that and the other exhibitions, performances, screenings, and talks you need to see this month.
A reflection on the exhibition and an interview with curator Jonathan David Katz.
A conversation about navigating a hybrid practice that oscillates between art, design, art history, curating, environment, and teaching.
Hot pinks and sugary detritus dominate the installations of Chicago-based artist Yvette Mayorga. In her most recent show, entitled The Politics of Desire and presented at the Chicago Artists Coalition, she uses a variety of mediums to comment on the inaccessibility of the American Dream for Mexican immigrants crossing borderlands. Her ongoing project, Borderland Series, communicates a narrative that encompasses the experiences of immigrant citizens from a variety of oppressed ethnicities. Through a wide array of media, ranging from acrylic painting to found objects, The Politics of Desire invites viewers to engage in a socio-political dialogue that would ordinarily be invisible in the white walls of a gallery space. Within the excessive layering of frosting and found objects, Mayorga presents a bold critique of American capitalism, state-sanctioned violence, and the uncertainty of Mexican citizenship. By using strategies that actively silence the white American male gaze, her work overwhelms the viewer with signifiers that represent immigrant rituals of celebration. Mayorga’s art practice originally began as an artistic venture to re-contextualize the board game Candy Land as …
Movement Matters investigates work at the intersection of dance, performance, politics, policy, and issues related to the body as the locus of these and related socio-cultural dialogues on race, gender, ability, and more. For this installment, we sit down with movement artist and thinker Nic Kay to discuss growing up in the Bronx, depression, the intellectual forbears who inform their work’s foundations, and the active, moral urgency of fundamentally infusing the black body into our notions of performativity. Please note that Kay will reprise their performance of Lil BLK at Hamlin Park Fieldhouse from March 16th to 18th as a part of the fourth annual OnEdge program by The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE). Michael Workman: How did you make your way to Chicago? You’re originally from… Nic Kay: I was born in The Bronx. Though I grew up in between The Bronx, Brooklyn, and Manhattan, which was REAL. Not easy. Not romantic. Just simply very R A W. New York City is unforgiving, especially unforgiving if you or your parental guardians are working paycheck to …
An archivist tête-à-tête with Stacie Williams and Analú López on the significance of and strategies for artists and activists to document their work.
Join us on April 22nd for a panel featuring Fontaine Capel (Hume), Maggie Crowley + Javier Bosques (Produce Model Gallery), Tracie Hall (Rootwork Gallery), Claudine Isé (Goldfinch), Mashuska Matthews + Torie McMillan (+ Gallery), moderated by Caroline Picard (Sector 2337).
Join us on April 22nd for a panel featuring Jane Beachy (Salonathon), Rae Chardonnay (Party Noire), Ciera McKissick (AmFm), Aay Preston Myint (Chances Dances), Eric Williams (The Silver Room), moderated by Abra Johnson (Honey Pot Performance).
A look into the salvaged doors from one of Chicago’s city colleges, currently on view at the Chicago Cultural Center.
An interview with Washington, D.C.-born and now Chicago-based filmmaker, animator, painter, sculptor and sound artist.
A look into the thriving artist community that’s been built in Springfield in the shadow of inevitable demolition.