Closing Celebration

Free and open to the public
Saturday, December 20, 11:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m.
Sullivan Galleries, 33 S. State, 7th floor

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:

  • Rirkrit Tiravanija’s Thai steel lunchboxes, signed by the artist (unsigned also available)
  • Pablo Helguera’s gymnasium mats and Indian clubs
  • Morgan Puett’s Mildred’s Lane Crow Ware

Enjoy holiday cookies and hot chocolate.

Chicago Torture Justice Memorials and Amnesty International's 1st Annual Participatory Memorial Action, 2014. Photo: Sarah Ross

Creative Resistance in a Prison Nation

Thursday, December 11, 7:00 p.m.
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, 800 S. Halsted St.

In the last decade, a growing number of artists, organizations, and activists in the Chicago area have created artwork and developed responses to what is now termed a “prison nation.” The US locks up more people than… Read more »

Photos: Grace Johnston

Aaron Hughes and Michael Rakowitz: What Does It Mean to Consider Survival As a Part of Our Practice?

Tuesday, December 2, 5:00 p.m.
Sullivan Galleries, 33 S. State St., 7th floor

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.

Supporting the Expanding Practices of Individual Artists

Tuesday, December 2, 2:30 p.m.
Sullivan Galleries, 33 S. State Street, 7th Floor

Held in Pablo Helguera’s Addams-Dewey Gymnasium, this conversation hosted by the organization Donors Forum considered: how does the arts community and the philanthropic institutions that support it currently serve individual artists, considering practices that extends across and beyond artistic disciplines? This discussion brought together funders, artists, and practitioners in the field, and featured panelists: Jim Duignan, Abigail Satinksy, Roelle Schmidt, and Encarnacion Teruel.
The Donors Forum is the premier resource for networking and education, information and knowledge, and leadership and advocacy on behalf of philanthropy and nonprofits in Illinois. As a membership association of grantmakers, nonprofits, and advisors, Donors Forum serves its constituents by promoting an effective and informed philanthropic and nonprofit sector. Find out more about the Donors Forum here.
Photo: "Sunset" by Alexandre Arrechea

Tokyo University of Arts: Student Lectures

Thursday, November 13, 12:00 p.m.
Sullivan Galleries, 33 S. State Street, 7th Floor

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.

Photo credit: Robert Ellis

Lived Lives: Empathetic Encounters

Wednesday, November 12, 4:30 p.m.
Sullivan Galleries, 33 S. State Street, 7th Floor

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.

City Farm, Chicago. Photo: Patricia Evans

A Lived Practice Symposium

November 6–8
The Art Institute of Chicago, Fullerton Hall, 111 S. Michigan Ave.

Learn More

Mauricio Pineda with his drawing for "Chiraq and its Meaning(s)." Photo courtesy of Temporary Services.

Project NIA: Chiraq & its Meaning(s) Release

Thursday, October 30, 6:00 p.m.
Sullivan Galleries, 33 S. State Street, 7th Floor

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.

Please visit the #chiraq and its meaning(s) website for more information and the Publishing Clearing House website for images.

The publication is available for purchase here.

Photo: Emerson Granillo (BFA 2011)

Final Meals by Lucky Pierre

Saturday, October 25
Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, 800 S. Halstead Street

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.

Class Convenings with Rirkrit Tiravanija

Friday, October 10, 12:00 p.m.
Sullivan Galleries, 33 S. State St., 7th floor



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.



Photo: Jim Duignan

Exhibition as project space led by Jim Duignan and Lavie Raven

Tuesday, October 7
Sullivan Galleries, 33 S. State St., 7th floor

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.

Futurefarmers, Flatbread Society Mobile Bakeoven, 2013. Photo © Max McClure

In Dialogue: Claire Bishop and
Claire Doherty

Thursday, October 2, 6:00 p.m.
Rubloff Auditorium, 230 S. Columbus Dr.

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 HistoryArtificial 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

Photo Courtesy of Northwestern University Center of Civic Engagement: NU in Chicago

Northwestern University in Chicago: Center for Civic Engagement

Sunday, September 28
Sullivan Galleries, 33 S. State Street, 7th Floor

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.

Teacher Toolbox Workshop

Friday, September 26, 10:00 a.m.–3:30 p.m
Sullivan Galleries, 33 S. State Street. 7th Floor

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 Gala

Wednesday, September 24, 6:00 p.m.
Sullivan Galleries, 33 S. State Street, 7th Floor

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.

A Proximity of Consciousness Opening Reception

Friday, September 19 6:00 p.m.
Sullivan Galleries, 33 S. State St., 7th floor

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All photographs by Tony Favarula