Join us for the closing celebration of our fall exhibition.
See A Proximity of Consciousness: Art and Social Action—last chance before the exhibition closes!
Shop at Temporary Services’ pop-up bookstore. Publishing Clearing House will have a full array of booklets created this fall.
Hear Hamza Walker in conversation with Ronne Hartfield, Edward Maldonado, and Robert Peters, 1:00–2:00 p.m.
Meet Publishing Clearing House authors, 2:00–4:00 p.m.
Experience Pocket Guide to Hell’s exhibition tour, 3:00 p.m.
Purchase artists’ project objects:
Enjoy holiday cookies and hot chocolate.
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The Artists in Dialogue and A Tea Performance
Artists Aaron Hughes and Michael Rakowitz discussed their work together and apart in the midst of the Iraq War, its aftermath and continuations. Discussion was followed by a participatory performance by Hughes.
When someone sits, sips, and reflects over a cup of tea, there is space to ask questions about one’s relationship to the world: a world that is
filled with dehumanization, war, and destruction; a world that is filled with moments of beauty, love, and humanity. Hughes’s Tea Project is an
ongoing dialogue that traverses a variety of these landscapes, from the tea sipped in a quaint coffee shop, to a cage in Guantanamo Bay, to a
motor pool in Iraq; tea is not only a favored drink but a shared moment that transcends cultural divides and systems of oppression. That is not
meant as a clichéd utopian statement, but as a reminder of a shared humanity that is so often overlooked.
Students from SAIC’s partner school presented key concepts and aesthetics of Japanese art and culture with reference to art practice characterized by approaches to nature. Lectures touched on fine art and aesthetics, traditional cultures of Noh and Kabuki, question of “Japanese-ness”, and use of “ambiguity,” self/others, inside/outside, life/death, and space/time in Japanese contemporary Art. Taking place in Pablo Helguera’s Addams-Dewey Gymnasium, this event allowed students of both SAIC and Tokyo University of Arts to exchange ideas and share their projects.
Lived Lives, started in 2006, emerged from a collaborative research process between an artist, a scientist, 104 Irish suicide bereaved families, and many others. Taking place in Pablo Helguera’s Addams-Dewey Gymnasium, this event was presented in collaboration with SAIC’s Wellness Center. With informed consent and active engagement of participating families, a series of site-specific interactive installations and public conversations were co-created, co-curated, and presented to the wider public. Through truthful collaboration and without judgment or censure, this work intended to move people towards an empathic position, creating an alternative space to understand, reflect upon, and challenge the silence and stigma around youth suicide.
Seamus McGuinness is an Irish artist, researcher and educator. He lives and works in Co. Clare, on the west coast of Ireland and lectures in Contemporary Textiles at Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology. His practice is deeply rooted in life and cloth, encompassing research, durational social intervention, interac-tive installations, public conversations, and collective democratic acts. In 2010 he was awarded a PhD for Lived Lives, which was conducted within the School of Medicine and Medical Science, University College Dublin.
As part of their Publishing Clearing House, Temporary Services collaborated with Project NIA to create a publication titled Chiraq & its Meaning(s), which includes visual and written submissions from youth and adults across Chicago. Its goal is to document how some Chicagoans are thinking and talking about violence and safety in the city at this historical moment.
Project NIA and Temporary Services hosted a release party for the publication in the Proximity of Consciousness exhibition on October 30, which included readings, poetry, audio and visual contributions, along with special performances by members of Kuumba Lynx and other collaborators.
The publication is available for purchase here.
A large group of community members including the SAIC-convened College Consortium for Art in Society, local government officials, and collaborative artist group Lucky Pierre gathered in the Residents’ Dining Hall of the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum. Co-organized by SAIC’s Department of Exhibitions and Exhibition Studies and the Hull-House Museum, the guests gathered around a “final meal” and conversation about prison reform.
To learn more about this event, read the full story here.
Photo: Ricardo Phillips (MA 2015)
Photo: Abel Berumen
Artist Rirkrit Tiravanija created several shared lunches as part of his project Untitled 2014 (recycle, lunch break) for students from various SAIC, UIC, and Columbia College classes. A collaboration between Tiravanija, Ken Dunn, and Dan Peterman, these group meal took on several manifestations, each evolving in a different mode based on Dunn’s resources and the artists’ combined ingenuity. Each meal was composed of food rerouted by Dunn’s Resource Center—a South Side nonprofit that collects surplus food from local establishments and urban farms to redistributes it to places like soup kitchens and community centers. Several of the meals also involved Tiravanija creating new recipes with Dunn’s rerouted ingredients, assisted in preparation by Peterman—finding a use for these food resources that often go to waste.
Artist Jim Duignan with Lavie Raven, artist and Prime Minister for Education at the University of Hip-Hop, worked with a group of students from the North Lawndale College Preparatory Charter High School’s debate team to engage topics presented in the Proximity of Consciousness exhibition. This group also worked with students from SAIC’s MAT/MAAE programs, enacting body movement exercises and collective activities in Pablo Helguera’s Addams-Dewey Gymnasium installation that explored the demonstration of democracy through lived experience.
This dialogue continues a season of critical thinking around social practice developed by SAIC to address this burgeoning and much-debated field. Claire Bishop is an art historian and critic based in the PhD program in Art History at CUNY Graduate Center, New York. Her books include Installation Art: A Critical History, Artificial Hells: Participatory Art and the Politics of Spectatorship, and Radical Museology, or, What’s Contemporary in Museums of Contemporary Art?. Claire Doherty is founder and director of Situations, and renowned for pioneering new forms of public art in unexpected locations across the world.
For more information, visit the SAIC Visiting Artists Program page.
This event is free and open to the public, and presented in collaboration with SAIC’s Visiting Artists Program
Nearly 300 Northwestern undergraduates explored Chicago’s neighborhoods through the Center for Civic Engagement’s fall NU in Chicago event. Students on the Arts in Chicago trip were given a tour of A Proximity of Consciousness, led by co-curator Kate Zeller (NU WCAS ‘02). In its third year, NU in Chicago’s interactive excursions give students the opportunity to explore various Chicago neighborhoods and civic resources. While many students were familiar with the city’s most popular destinations before the event, the specialized themes allowed freshmen and upperclassmen alike to visit parts of Chicago that often go unexplored.
Coordinated by SAIC Admissions, this workshop focused on collaboration and the opportunity for art educators to work across disciplines and within their school neighborhoods. Discussion focused on ways to develop lesson plans that bring students’ work outside of the art classroom into the school and broader community. The 193 teachers in attendance from 120 different high schools in 7 different states had the opportunity to network, share and problem solve with SAIC faculty and high school educators, and engage with works on view in the Proximity of Consciousness exhibition.
Street-Level Youth Media hosted their 19th annual benefit night, “TuneIn TurnItUp” in the Proximity of Consciousness exhibition. The evening included performances by members of Street-Level.
Street Level Youth Media was established in the early 1990s by a group of artists, educators, and community activists interested in affecting change in their local Chicago West Town neighborhood. Artist Inigo Manglano-Ovalle, who is part of the Proximity exhibition, is among the founding artists of Street-Level. Today, Street-Level remains committed to educating Chicago urban youth in using media arts for self-expression, communication, and social change. Their teaching practice emphasizes artistic excellence and challenges youth to think critically about media and how it influences their lives. Through process-oriented, socially-conscious media art-making, youth learn to develop their creative ideas, articulate their unique point-of-view, and see how their art can positively engage and change the world.
Find out more about the event and SLV here.