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Chicago Architecture Biennial: Abraham Cruzvillegas

Abraham Cruzvillegas (b. 1968) is one of the most important conceptual artists of his generation to come out of the vibrant art and architecture scene in Mexico. Over the past 15 years, Cruzvillegas has developed a riveting body of architectural constructions that investigates what he calls autoconstrucción, or “self-construction,” a platform for architectural work informed by the sociopolitical contexts of Latin America and inspired by improvised building materials and techniques.

In conjunction with the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial Cruzvillegas will speak about a new series of work, The Water Trilogy, which comprises a set of exhibitions in Paris, Tokyo and Rotterdam. The constructions within The Water Trilogy focuses on water in urban contexts, including specific issues of pollution and water shortage.

Presented in partnership with the Northwestern McCormick School of Engineering and the Northwestern Block Museum of Art

DATES & LOCATIONS,

Wednesday, October 25, 6pm
at BLOCK MUSEUM OF ART
40 ARTS CIRCLE DR
EVANSTON, IL,  60202



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Visiting Artist Talk: Fred Moten, Three Short Lectures on Indiscretion

Fred Moten is Professor of English at the University of California, Riverside, where he teaches courses and conducts research in black studies, performance studies, poetics and literary theory. He is author of In the Break: The Aesthetics of the Black Radical Tradition (University of Minnesota Press, 2003); Hughson’s Tavern (Leon Works, 2009); B. Jenkins (Duke University Press, 2010); The Feel Trio (Letter Machine Editions, 2014), which was a poetry finalist for the National Book Award and Los Angeles Times Book Prize and winner of the California Book Award for poetry; The Little Edges (Wesleyan University Press, 2015), which was a finalist for the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award and The Service Porch (Letter Machine Editions, 2016), A Poetics of the Undercommons (Sputnik and Fizzle, 2016) and a three volume collection of essays whose general title is consent not to be a single being (Duke University Press, 2017, 2018). Moten is also co-author, with Stefano Harney, of The Undercommons: Fugitive Planning and Black Study (Minor Compositions/Autonomedia, 2013) and, with Wu Tsang, of Who touched me? (If I Can’t Dance, I Don’t Want to be Part of Your Revolution, 2016). Moten has served on the editorial boards of Callaloo, Discourse, American Quarterly and Social Text; as a member of the Critical Theory Institute at the University of California, Irvine; on the board of directors of the Center for Lesbian and Gay Studies, City University of New York; and on the advisory board of Issues in Critical Investigation, Vanderbilt University. Moten has been the Whitney J. Oates Fellow in the Humanities Council and the Center for African American Studies at Princeton University, the Sherry Memorial Visiting Poet at the University of Chicago and a Visiting Artist at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts, Bard College. In 2016 he was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship and the Stephen E. Henderson Award for Outstanding Achievement in Poetry by the African American Literature and Culture Society.

This event is presented in partnership with the Black Arts Initiative, the Critical Theory Cluster, the Department of African American Studies, and the Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences Dean's Collective Fund for Critical Race Studies.

The Visiting Artist lecture series is supported by the Myers Foundations and The Jerrold Loebl Fund for the Arts.

 

DATES & LOCATIONS,

Wednesday, November 8, 5pm
at HARRIS HALL, ROOM 108
1881 SHERIDAN RD
EVANSTON, IL,  60202



Visiting Artist Talk: Adrián Villar Rojas

"The Argentinean artist Adrián Villar Rojas offers his audience a mash-up of the adolescent iconographies that have fascinated him since he was a teenager: that of sci-fi, with its robots and spaceships; that of the postapocalyptic, derived from graphic novels and video games; and that of the prehistoric, with its dinosaurs and primitive tools." -Jens Hoffman, Artforum, 2016

Known for his unique mixture of clay and concrete sculptures that crumble and decay over time, Adrián Villar Rojas's installations draw on the history of Minimalist sculpture and Modernist architecture, creating works that refer back to classical antiquity as well as forward towards a future archaeology. In his 2012 installation for dOCUMENTA (13), Return the World, held in both Kassel, Germany and Kabul, Afghanistan, Villar Rojas created a filmic narrative of post-apocalyptic survival in a public garden. In his 2013 installation for MoMA PS1, La inocencia de los animales ("The Innocence of Animals"), he built a large, amphitheater-like riser indoors as well as several smaller works that appear to be invading the space. The cracked and crumbling surface is reminiscent of Roman ruins and late 20th century earthworks.

Villar Rojas has been exhibiting worldwide for a number of years, including shows at the Venice Biennial (2011) and the Istanbul Biennial (2015). His project for the Roof Garden Commission at the Metropolitan Museum in New York opens on April 14 2017.

DATES & LOCATIONS,

Monday, April 3, 6pm
at BLOCK MUSEUM
40 ARTS CIRCLE DR
EVANSTON, IL,  60208



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Visiting Artist Talk: Lynette Yiadom-Boakye

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye is an artist and writer of Ghanaian descent based in London. She is represented by the Corvi-Mora Gallery in London and the Jack Shainman Gallery in New York. Her work is included in the permanent collections of a number of institutions including the Tate Collection, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Miami Art Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Nasher Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the National Museum of African Art, and the Museum of Modern Art Warsaw. Recently she has mounted solo shows at the Serpentine Gallery, London (2015), Haus der Kunst, Munich (2015), Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland (2016–17), and the New Museum in New York (forthcoming this May). In 2006, Yiadom-Boakye won the Arts Foundation Fellowship for Painting. In 2012, she won the New Museum's Pinchuk Foundation Future Generation Prize, and in 2013 was shortlisted for the Turner Prize for her 2012 exhibition at Chisenhale Gallery in East London.

DATES & LOCATIONS,

Thursday, April 6, 7pm
at GRAHAM FOUNDATION
4 W BURTON PLACE
CHICAGO, IL,  60610




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Visiting Artist TALK: Kameelah Janan Rasheed

Kameelah Janan Rasheed (b. 1985, East Palo Alto, CA) is an artist, writer, and former public school social studies teacher. A 2006 Amy Biehl U.S. Fulbright Scholar to South Africa, Rasheed holds an Ed.M (2008) in Secondary Education from Stanford University as well as a BA (2006) in Public Policy and Africana Studies from Pomona College.

She has exhibited her work at Studio Museum in Harlem, Bronx Museum, Queens Museum, BRIC Art Gallery, Weeksville Heritage Museum, Smack Mellon Gallery, Vox Populi Gallery, TOPAZ Arts, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, The Leroy Neiman Gallery, etc. 

Selected residencies, fellowships and honors include: Keyholder Residency at Lower East Side Print Studio (2015), Commissioned Artist, Triple Canopy Commissions at New York Public Library Labs (2015), Artadia: The Fund for Art and Dialogue Grant (2015), A.I.R. Gallery Fellowship, Queens Museum Jerome Emerging Artist Fellowship (2015), Process Space Lower Manhattan Cultural Council Residency (2015), Artist in the Marketplace - Bronx Museum Participant (2015), Art Matters Grantee (2014), Rema Hort Mann Foundation Grantee (2014), New Museum R&D: Choreography Seminar Participant (2014), Vermont Studio Center Residency (2014), Working Classroom Teaching Artist (2014), The Center for Book Arts Residency (2013), The Laundromat Project Fellow (2013), Visual Artist Network Exhibition Residency (2013), Visual Artist Network Community Fund Expansion Grantee (2013), Center for Photography at Woodstock Residency Juror (2013), STEP UP Emerging Artist Awardee (2012) and Center for Photography at Woodstock Residency (2012).

Her work has been reviewed and written about in The New York Times, Art 21, Wall Street Journal, ArtSlant, and Hyperallergic

Rasheed has spoken on panels and symposiums at universities including School of Visual Arts, Parsons, The New School, New York University, Columbia University, and the University of Illinois; arts institutions such as the Brooklyn Museum, Queens Museum, The Museum of the City of New York, Christie's, Museum of Contemporary African Diasporan Art, the Center for Book Arts, Residency Unlimited and Creative Time; and archival institutions including the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, the Weeksville Heritage Center, and Interference Archive. 

Her long form interviews and essays have been published in The New InquiryGawker, The Guardian, Creative Time Reports and featured on the Creative Time Funk, God, Jazz, and Medicine: Black Radical Brooklyn's radio station, Otabenga Jones & Associates (OJAK Radio). 

Currently, she is the Arts Editor for SPOOK Magazine and a contributing editor at The New Inquiry

DATES & LOCATIONS,

Tuesday, February 28, 6pm
at FORUM ROOM
1515 KRESGE HALL
1880 CAMPUS DRIVE
EVANSTON, IL, 60202



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