White Gaze — New Works by Michelle Dizon with the poetry of Việt Lê
Mar
20
to Jun 30

White Gaze — New Works by Michelle Dizon with the poetry of Việt Lê

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WHITE GAZE: New Works by Michelle Dizon with the Poetry of Việt Lê

at California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS)

San Francisco; March 12, 2018:


The Arts at CIIS presents WHITE GAZE, an exhibition of works by Michelle Dizon with the poetry of Việt Lê. In this body of work, Dizon deconstructs an archive of National Geographic magazines to explore the visual and narrative structure of the magazine’s White Gaze, the Western-centric bias that informed the magazine’s editorial decision-making for decades.

With the release of National Geographic’s April 2018 issue that explicitly addresses race in
contemporary society, the magazine has embarked on a reckoning with its past and its complicity in reinforcing racist hierarchies in the white American narrative. Drawing from her archive of magazines, Dizon uses poetic subtraction, the erasure of most of the text on the page, to give us back the original language in fragments or threads that together write a decolonial counterpoint to the Western-centric focus of the pictures. For example, one image from White Gaze is taken from page 83 of a 1944 edition of National Geographic. A black and white photograph pictures a man from the Pacific Islands in an undershirt and khakis looking into the lens of the large format camera of a shirtless white American photographer. All of the original text is erased, but for a single line that reads, “the camera may be a gun.” In fact, much as photography provided the visual evidence for the racist pseudo-science of phrenology, National Geographic provided the visual language that undergirded the social, political, and economic assumptions of colonial rule. Dizon’s selection of images lay bare the white gaze, making visible the visual language of empire and the photographic medium’s role in supporting an imperialist world view.


White Gaze has also been published as a book by Bay Area-based Sming Sming Books, Chicago-based Candor Arts, and Los Angeles-based at lands edge, and includes text by Việt Lê, who uses Dizon’s work as a starting point for a poetic exploration of the legacies of war and empire.

For calendar editors:

What: White Gaze | Michelle Dizon with the poetry of Việt Lê
When: March 20-June 30, 2018
Where: California Institute of Integral Studies, 4 th floor  
1453 Mission Street (at 11 th Street)
San Francisco CA 94103  
Reception and Artist Talk: Sunday, March 25, 2018; 3:30PM; Desai | Matta Gallery
For more information on the Arts at CIIS:
http://www.ciis.edu/arts

For images, or interviews:

Arts at CIIS Curator: Deirdre Visser
dvisser@ciis.edu

About CIIS and the Arts at CIIS
California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) is an accredited university that strives to embody spirit, intellect, and wisdom in service to individuals, communities, and the earth. CIIS expands the boundaries of traditional degree programs with transdisciplinary, cross-cultural, and applied studies utilizing face-to- face, hybrid, and online pedagogical approaches. Offering a personal learning environment and supportive community, CIIS
provides an excellent multifaceted education for people committed to transforming themselves, others, and the world.

White Gaze
50.00

By Michelle Dizon and Việt Lê

PUBLISHED BY CANDOR/SMING SMING

7" x 10" x 3/8"

160 pages. Foil stamped on White Riso ink covers. Perfect bound.  

Edition of 200 numbered copies.

Design by Vivian Sming. 

Produced by Candor Arts.

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BETHANY COLLINS: OCCASIONAL VERSE
Apr
15
to Jun 30

BETHANY COLLINS: OCCASIONAL VERSE

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Organized by Alexander Campos, Executive Director & Curator of  The Center for Book Arts

Collins’ Featured Artist Project is centered around America: A Hymnal, an artist book made up of 100 versions of My Country ‘Tis of Thee from the 18th-20th c. Since its debut by the Rev. Samuel E. Smith on July 4, 1831, the lyrics of My Country ’Tis of Thee were re-titled and re-written at least one hundred times. Each re-writing in support of a passionately held cause—from temperance and suffrage to abolition and even the Confederacy—articulates a version of what it means to be American. In its many lyrical variations, America: A Hymnal is a chronological retelling of American history, politics and culture through one song. Additional works included in Collins’ Featured Artist Project are from her Contronym series, altered dictionaries and encyclopedias, each refusing in its own way a singularity of meaning.

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Book Release - falling is the one thing i by Korde Arrington Tuttle
May
31
6:00 PM18:00

Book Release - falling is the one thing i by Korde Arrington Tuttle

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Candor Arts is thrilled to announce the publication falling is the one thing i by multidisciplinary artist Korde Arrington Tuttle.

Please join us for a private gathering to celebrate the author and his release of this beautiful book. 

To RSVP and receive additional event details, please send the following:

  1. E-mail info@candorarts.com with "falling is the one thing i" in the subject
  2. Let us know how many people will be joining you. 
  3. If you'd like to reserve your copy of the book and pick it up at the event, please purchase through our shop or click the product link below and select pick up at book release event in the shipping options. 

ON FALLING IS THE ONE THING I:

Placing haiku and photography in conversation with one another, falling is the one thing i is a cumulative, seventeen-syllable exercise in surrender; an active practice of yielding to physical, emotional, and psychological environments. Spanning 2015-2017, it is comprised of poems and images, ranging in subject from the follies of institutional oppression to love in the afterlife, through a black, queer intersectional lens. This collection is an intimate inquiry into the body, dreamscapes, and the aesthetic force of sidewalk stains.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Korde Arrington Tuttle is a multi-disciplinary artist hailing from Charlotte, NC. With a primary focus in theatre and performance, his work has been developed and seen at the Obie Award-winning The Fire This Time Festival, The 24-Hour Plays: Nationals, the Obie Award-winning Harlem 9’s 48 Hours… in Harlem at The National Black Theatre, HomeBase Theatre Collective, The Movement Theater Company, Active Culture at JACK, The Each-Other Project, OnQ Productions, The New School’s 2015 AfroFuturism Conference, and The Tenth Magazine, in collaboration with the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Gay and Lesbian Art. Korde is a proud recipient of the Steinberg Playwriting Fellowship, and was selected a finalist for both the 2017 Alliance/Kendeda National Graduate Playwriting Contest and City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting Contest. In 2016, his play clarity won the 41st Annual Samuel French Off-Off Broadway Festival, and will appear in Samuel French’s successive anthology. Korde’s plays + poetry have also been published by Harlem 9’s 48 Hours… in Harlem, The Fire This Time Festival, and The Tenth Magazine. Korde is a Middle Voice Theatre Company member at Rattlestick Playwright’s Theater and received his MFA in Playwriting at The New School.

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Philadelphia Art Book Fair
Jun
2
to Jun 3

Philadelphia Art Book Fair

Presented by Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, the Philadelphia Art Book Fair is a two-day event, which showcases a wide range of exhibitors, from large and small photography and art book publishers to individual artists and institutions, local, national and international.

Entrance to the Philadelphia Art Book Fair is free, open to the public and fully accessible.

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Paris Photo-Aperture PhotoBook Awards Exhibition at Photo-Basel, Switzerland
Jun
12
to Jun 17

Paris Photo-Aperture PhotoBook Awards Exhibition at Photo-Basel, Switzerland

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Initiated in November 2012 by Aperture Foundation and Paris Photo, the Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards celebrate the photobook’s contribution to the evolving narrative of photography, with prizes in three categories. The initial short-list selection was made by Christophe Wiesner, Artistic Director of Paris Photo; Kathy Ryan, Director of Photography at The New York Times MagazineLesley A. Martin, creative director of Aperture Foundation and publisher of The PhotoBook ReviewJoel Smith, Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography at the Morgan Library & Museum; and Gregory Halpern, photographer and 2016 Winner of PhotoBook of the Year Award.

All the short-listed books are profiled in issue 013 of The PhotoBook Review, Aperture Foundation’s biannual publication dedicated to the consideration of the photobook. The PhotoBook Review is available for free at Aperture Gallery and Bookstore and is mailed to all Aperture magazine subscribers.

The short-list exhibition also includes the winning books: Monsanto: A Photographic Investigation by Mathieu Asselin is the winner of $10,000 in the First PhotoBook category. New Realities: Photography in the 19th Century by Mattie Boom and Hans Rooseboom is the winner of the Photography Catalogue of the Year and Dayanita Singh’s Museum Bhavan is PhotoBook of the Year. A special mention goes to La Grieta (The Crack) by Carlos Spottorno and Guillermo Abril.

A jury in Paris selected this year’s winners: Florencia Giordana Braun, founder of Rolf Art gallery; Krzysztof Candrowicz, artistic director of the Triennial of Photography Hamburg; Mitch Epstein, award-winning photographer; Nathalie Herschdorfer, director of Museum of Fine Arts, Le Locle, Switzerland; and Cristiano Raimondi, head of development at the New National Museum of Monaco.

Read more about the winners.

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Paris Photo-Aperture PhotoBook Awards Exhibition at Triennial of Photography, Hamburg
Jun
12
to Jun 17

Paris Photo-Aperture PhotoBook Awards Exhibition at Triennial of Photography, Hamburg

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Initiated in November 2012 by Aperture Foundation and Paris Photo, the Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards celebrate the photobook’s contribution to the evolving narrative of photography, with prizes in three categories. The initial short-list selection was made by Christophe Wiesner, Artistic Director of Paris Photo; Kathy Ryan, Director of Photography at The New York Times MagazineLesley A. Martin, creative director of Aperture Foundation and publisher of The PhotoBook ReviewJoel Smith, Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography at the Morgan Library & Museum; and Gregory Halpern, photographer and 2016 Winner of PhotoBook of the Year Award.

All the short-listed books are profiled in issue 013 of The PhotoBook Review, Aperture Foundation’s biannual publication dedicated to the consideration of the photobook. The PhotoBook Review is available for free at Aperture Gallery and Bookstore and is mailed to all Aperture magazine subscribers.

The short-list exhibition also includes the winning books: Monsanto: A Photographic Investigation by Mathieu Asselin is the winner of $10,000 in the First PhotoBook category. New Realities: Photography in the 19th Century by Mattie Boom and Hans Rooseboom is the winner of the Photography Catalogue of the Year and Dayanita Singh’s Museum Bhavan is PhotoBook of the Year. A special mention goes to La Grieta (The Crack) by Carlos Spottorno and Guillermo Abril.

A jury in Paris selected this year’s winners: Florencia Giordana Braun, founder of Rolf Art gallery; Krzysztof Candrowicz, artistic director of the Triennial of Photography Hamburg; Mitch Epstein, award-winning photographer; Nathalie Herschdorfer, director of Museum of Fine Arts, Le Locle, Switzerland; and Cristiano Raimondi, head of development at the New National Museum of Monaco.

Read more about the winners.

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Maren Celest - Book Release + Concert
Jun
30
to Jul 1

Maren Celest - Book Release + Concert

Candor Arts is very excited to announce the publication and vinyl LP of I Saw the Sun by Maren Celest.

ON I SAW THE SUN

I Saw the Sun is an invitation to explore a sure-footedness that is paradoxically rooted in the recognition of the precariousness of life. It looks to distill empathy, awe, urgency and gratitude from the wild desires, fears, and limited time we share together.

This book and album are meant to perform publicly a private confrontation and catharsis of fear, sometimes powerfully, sometimes on its hands and knees—in hope of seeing seductive mystery in the unknown, and to turn fear into a tool.

The words offered have been carefully shaped like knives—sharpened by humor and tempered by the urgency of mortality, with the sharpest ones brought to you in a soft melodic sheath… tools not for violence, but to cut away disillusionment and the unnecessary.

On days one needs to cut loose, it hopes to be a book of pocket knives. And, in a more substantial moment,  “A long curved blade in the hand of a sweetheart”.

...Or, at least, a good swift kick in the butt from a friend that wants to see you be true.

ABOUT MAREN CELEST

Maren Celest, direct result of a moment of passion on February 2nd, 1987. Born October 29, night 'fore devil's night. That may or may not mean a thing. She is a storyteller that employs a broad skill set; vocal work, musical composition, all kinds of visual design, and writing. She has shown her photography and short films internationally, and collaborates with many amazing musicians in Chicago to create visuals on their behalf. She performs live digital foley (sound effects), vocals, narration and some instrumentation for Manual Cinema, a performance collective, design studio, and film/video production company that combines handmade shadow puppetry, cinematic techniques, and innovative sound and music to create immersive visual stories for stage and screen. She created and runs Law of Ice, a vintage shop focused on gender-neutral clothing. She has previously released two albums and an EP with the band PhotographersI Saw the Sun will be her first official LP and vinyl record as a solo songwriter/composer, though her tracks have had lovely collaboration added by some of her favorite musicians.

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Toronto Art Book Fair
Jul
5
to Jul 8

Toronto Art Book Fair

The Toronto Art Book Fair | TOABF is a free public festival that celebrates and explores artists' books and printed matter. Taking place from July 5-8 at Chinatown Centre Mall (222 Spadina Avenue), TOABF 2018 will feature curated exhibitions, installations, Canadian and international exhibitors, and community programming that includes panel discussions, readings, talks, launches, and workshops.

The Toronto Art Book Fair is dedicated to increasing the visibility, dissemination, appreciation, and understanding of the artists' book and its contemporary manifestations within the visual arts field in Toronto and abroad. Independent artistic print culture has a rich narrative in Canadian art history, and is an often overlooked aspect of Canadian cultural identity. The goal of TOABF is to highlight these personal and collective stories, and elevate the artistic integrity of artists’ books by presenting artists’ books, multiples, and printed matter to a wide audience. The ongoing vision for TOABF is to represent the diversity of cultural production and creative expression. 

Fair Hours

Thursday, July 5 6-8pm

Friday, July 6 12-8pm

Saturday, July 7 12-8pm

Sunday, July 8 12-6pm

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EXPO Chicago
Sep
27
to Sep 30

EXPO Chicago

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EXPO Editions + Books showcases a cross-section of established and emerging artists. From limited editions to publications, the exhibitors offer a diverse array of print media and object-based practices that span across photography, sculpture, and monographs, and other multiples.

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Filter Photo Festival
Sep
27
to Sep 30

Filter Photo Festival

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Filter Photo Festival is a multi-day celebration of photography that takes place every autumn in Chicago. Festival programming includes workshops, lectures, artist talks, exhibition receptions, and much more. The majority of events take place at the Festival’s hotel headquarters, Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel, and evening activities primarily take place at galleries and partner institutions around the city.

Portfolio reviews are a central element of the Festival. During a portfolio review an artist is able to share work directly with local, national, and international photography professionals, including gallery directors, curators, editors, and publishers. Emerging and established photographers are welcome to sign up for these twenty-minute, one-on-one sessions.

An important part of the Chicago arts community since 2009, Filter Photo Festival has hosted an impressive roster of established artists and photographers as Festival Keynote Speaker including Joel-Peter Witkin, Penelope Umbrico, Carrie Mae Weems, Debbie Flemming Caffrey, and John Chiara, among others.

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Paris Photo-Aperture PhotoBook Awards Exhibition at Medium Festival of Photography, San Diego
Oct
18
to Oct 21

Paris Photo-Aperture PhotoBook Awards Exhibition at Medium Festival of Photography, San Diego

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Initiated in November 2012 by Aperture Foundation and Paris Photo, the Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards celebrate the photobook’s contribution to the evolving narrative of photography, with prizes in three categories. The initial short-list selection was made by Christophe Wiesner, Artistic Director of Paris Photo; Kathy Ryan, Director of Photography at The New York Times MagazineLesley A. Martin, creative director of Aperture Foundation and publisher of The PhotoBook ReviewJoel Smith, Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography at the Morgan Library & Museum; and Gregory Halpern, photographer and 2016 Winner of PhotoBook of the Year Award.

All the short-listed books are profiled in issue 013 of The PhotoBook Review, Aperture Foundation’s biannual publication dedicated to the consideration of the photobook. The PhotoBook Review is available for free at Aperture Gallery and Bookstore and is mailed to all Aperture magazine subscribers.

The short-list exhibition also includes the winning books: Monsanto: A Photographic Investigation by Mathieu Asselin is the winner of $10,000 in the First PhotoBook category. New Realities: Photography in the 19th Century by Mattie Boom and Hans Rooseboom is the winner of the Photography Catalogue of the Year and Dayanita Singh’s Museum Bhavan is PhotoBook of the Year. A special mention goes to La Grieta (The Crack) by Carlos Spottorno and Guillermo Abril.

A jury in Paris selected this year’s winners: Florencia Giordana Braun, founder of Rolf Art gallery; Krzysztof Candrowicz, artistic director of the Triennial of Photography Hamburg; Mitch Epstein, award-winning photographer; Nathalie Herschdorfer, director of Museum of Fine Arts, Le Locle, Switzerland; and Cristiano Raimondi, head of development at the New National Museum of Monaco.

Read more about the winners.

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Vancouver Art Book Fair
Oct
18
to Oct 21

Vancouver Art Book Fair

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Free and open to the public, VABF is a multi-day festival of artists’ publishing featuring over one hundred local, national and international publishers, as well as a diverse line-up of programs, performances and artists’ projects.

Featured artists travel to Vancouver from across Canada and the globe, and produce everything from books, magazines, zines and printed ephemera to digital, performative or other experimental forms of publication.

Canada’s first art book fair, VABF is the longest-running international art book fair in the country. In 2017 the event is anticipated to attract more than 5,000 visitors from across the Greater Vancouver Area and beyond.

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'Anthology 2014-2016' Chicago Reception
Apr
13
7:00 PM19:00

'Anthology 2014-2016' Chicago Reception

Please join us for a cocktail reception on April 13, 2018 to celebrate the release of Anthology 2014-2016 by Tony Lewis. 

Anthology 2014-2016 is a collection of thirty-four poems written by Tony Lewis between 2014 and 2016, and was produced on the occasion of an exhibition Anthology 2014-2016, a corresponding group of thirty-four collages at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, D.C. in the Spring of 2018. It also marks the conceptual completion of the collages that are themselves a collection of smaller text drawings culled from the pages of Calvin and Hobbes, a comic strip by Bill Watterson. Each collage was part of the writing process, and represents a tangible commitment to the words that make each poem. The publication is the liberation of original writing, and a personal commitment to understanding the relationship between drawing, collage, and writing.

ABOUT TONY LEWIS

Tony Lewis (1986, L.A.), currently lives and works in Chicago. Solo exhibitions of his work have been recently held at the Shane Campbell Gallery, Chicago; Massimo de Carlo, London; Blum and Poe, Los Angeles; Museo Marino Marini, Florence; and Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland. He has participated in recent group exhibitions at Boston University Art Galleries; Aspen Art Museum; HOME Manchester, UK; LAXART, Los Angeles; Studio Museum Harlem, New York, and Bowdoin College Museum of Art in Maine. He is the recipient of the 2017-2018 Ruth Ann and Nathan Perlmutter Artist-in-Residence Award at the Rose Art Museum at Brandeis University, where his work is on view in a site-specific project through June 2018, and his work is currently on view in the solo exhibition Anthology 2014-2016 at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington, DC.

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Paris Photo-Aperture PhotoBook Awards Exhibition at Venice Arts, Los Angeles
Apr
8
to May 5

Paris Photo-Aperture PhotoBook Awards Exhibition at Venice Arts, Los Angeles

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Initiated in November 2012 by Aperture Foundation and Paris Photo, the Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards celebrate the photobook’s contribution to the evolving narrative of photography, with prizes in three categories. The initial short-list selection was made by Christophe Wiesner, Artistic Director of Paris Photo; Kathy Ryan, Director of Photography at The New York Times MagazineLesley A. Martin, creative director of Aperture Foundation and publisher of The PhotoBook ReviewJoel Smith, Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography at the Morgan Library & Museum; and Gregory Halpern, photographer and 2016 Winner of PhotoBook of the Year Award.

All the short-listed books are profiled in issue 013 of The PhotoBook Review, Aperture Foundation’s biannual publication dedicated to the consideration of the photobook. The PhotoBook Review is available for free at Aperture Gallery and Bookstore and is mailed to all Aperture magazine subscribers.

The short-list exhibition also includes the winning books: Monsanto: A Photographic Investigation by Mathieu Asselin is the winner of $10,000 in the First PhotoBook category. New Realities: Photography in the 19th Century by Mattie Boom and Hans Rooseboom is the winner of the Photography Catalogue of the Year and Dayanita Singh’s Museum Bhavan is PhotoBook of the Year. A special mention goes to La Grieta (The Crack) by Carlos Spottorno and Guillermo Abril.

A jury in Paris selected this year’s winners: Florencia Giordana Braun, founder of Rolf Art gallery; Krzysztof Candrowicz, artistic director of the Triennial of Photography Hamburg; Mitch Epstein, award-winning photographer; Nathalie Herschdorfer, director of Museum of Fine Arts, Le Locle, Switzerland; and Cristiano Raimondi, head of development at the New National Museum of Monaco.

Read more about the winners.

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Black Portraiture[s]: Cecil McDonald, Jr. — Representing the Photograph
Mar
24
10:45 AM10:45

Black Portraiture[s]: Cecil McDonald, Jr. — Representing the Photograph

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Black Portraitures IV: The Color of Silence will take place fifteen years after we convened an initial colloquium at Harvard on African American art. Then, we were interested in formalizing a discipline. Now, that discipline is thriving, and that first colloquium has grown over the years into the international conference series, Black Portraitures, attracting hundreds of scholars, artists, and activists from around the world. We look forward to reconvening in Cambridge to continue the conversation.

Please note: Registration is free and open to the public, but seating at each event will be on a first come/first served basis. A detailed schedule of events will be made available soon.
Click here to register to attend Black Portraiture[s] IV in Cambridge!

REPRESENTING THE PHOTOGRAPH

Moderator: MAKEDA BEST, Harvard University, Harvard Art Museum

Portrait Photography Beyond Representation

Co-presentation: ELLIOTT JEROME BROWN, (photographer) & KEARRA AMAYA GOPEE, (photographer)

Black Bodies and Documentary Portraiture Authorship: “Hoodied Up!

TITUS Brooks HEAGINS

In the Company of Black

CECIL MCDONALD, JR., Columbia College Chicago

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'Barbara Jones-Hogu: Resist, Relate, Unite' Book Release and Panel Discussion
Mar
17
2:00 PM14:00

'Barbara Jones-Hogu: Resist, Relate, Unite' Book Release and Panel Discussion

On the occasion of the exhibition Barbara Jones-Hogu: Resist, Relate, Unite the museum is publishing the first monograph on the artist’s work. Designed by Candor Arts, it features texts by art historian Rebecca Zorach, Tate Modern Curator of International Art Zoé Whitley, and artist Faheem Majeed. DPAM will host a panel discussion and book release with catalogue contributors, who will address facets of Jones-Hogu’s work from their distinct perspectives as scholars, art historians, curators, and artists.

Free and open to everyone. Register

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The Hashbrown Show Down: Spudnik’s Rootin Tootin’ Fair& Chili Cook-Off
Feb
24
5:00 PM17:00

The Hashbrown Show Down: Spudnik’s Rootin Tootin’ Fair& Chili Cook-Off

All-You-Can-Eat Chili & Tamales | Guest Juror Won Kim | Audience Choice Awards | Wild West Printmaking Games | Honky Tonk & Bluegrass by DJ Lawrence Peters

Spudnik Press is pleased to announce its eighth annual Hashbrown Chili Cook Off — The Hashbrown Showdown: Spudnik’s Rootin’ Tootin’ Fair and Chili Cook Off!

This year, we’re (fund)raisin’ hell with some of the wildest outlaws in Chicago’s art community and we reckon it’ll be more fun than shootin’ cans off a fence. Lord knows this crockpot ain’t big enough for the two of us, but Spudnik Press sure is.

Join us as 18 chefs from local organizations, businesses, and Spudnik’s own members compete for first place. Saddle up for all you can eat gullet-warming chilis in all kinds of meat and veggie varieties, be a part of the toughest guest jury west of the Loop, and try your hand at unlimited print-themed games! Not to mention you can bring your lil’ buckaroos for a discounted price! So scoot your boots on down to Spudnik Press on Saturday, February 24th from 5-9pm. We reckon you’ll have a rootin’ tootin’ time! Just like our chili fundraisers of yesteryear, this time-honored tradition will take place at Spudnik Press, 1821 W Hubbard St, Chicago, IL 60622.

Featured Chili Chefs:

Returning Chefs
Candor Arts
CHIRP Radio
Fata Morgana Press
LATITUDE Chicago
Read/Write Library

First Time Competitors
Barrel Maker Printing
Spiteful Brewing
Vichcraft

Additional contestants, include Spudnik Member teams, are  forthcoming.

Tickets

All levels include unlimited chili and games.

 VIP Package: $40 Pre-sale / $45 Door
Open bar, commemorative bandana, golden spoon

General Admission: $20 Pre-sale / $25 Door
One complimentary beverages

Youth: 12 & Under: $8 Pre-sale / $10 Door
Complimentary non-alcohol beverages

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Paris Photo-Aperture PhotoBook Awards Exhibition at Duesseldorf Photo Books, Germany
Feb
16
to Feb 18

Paris Photo-Aperture PhotoBook Awards Exhibition at Duesseldorf Photo Books, Germany

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Initiated in November 2012 by Aperture Foundation and Paris Photo, the Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards celebrate the photobook’s contribution to the evolving narrative of photography, with prizes in three categories. The initial short-list selection was made by Christophe Wiesner, Artistic Director of Paris Photo; Kathy Ryan, Director of Photography at The New York Times MagazineLesley A. Martin, creative director of Aperture Foundation and publisher of The PhotoBook ReviewJoel Smith, Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography at the Morgan Library & Museum; and Gregory Halpern, photographer and 2016 Winner of PhotoBook of the Year Award.

All the short-listed books are profiled in issue 013 of The PhotoBook Review, Aperture Foundation’s biannual publication dedicated to the consideration of the photobook. The PhotoBook Review is available for free at Aperture Gallery and Bookstore and is mailed to all Aperture magazine subscribers.

The short-list exhibition also includes the winning books: Monsanto: A Photographic Investigation by Mathieu Asselin is the winner of $10,000 in the First PhotoBook category. New Realities: Photography in the 19th Century by Mattie Boom and Hans Rooseboom is the winner of the Photography Catalogue of the Year and Dayanita Singh’s Museum Bhavan is PhotoBook of the Year. A special mention goes to La Grieta (The Crack) by Carlos Spottorno and Guillermo Abril.

A jury in Paris selected this year’s winners: Florencia Giordana Braun, founder of Rolf Art gallery; Krzysztof Candrowicz, artistic director of the Triennial of Photography Hamburg; Mitch Epstein, award-winning photographer; Nathalie Herschdorfer, director of Museum of Fine Arts, Le Locle, Switzerland; and Cristiano Raimondi, head of development at the New National Museum of Monaco.

Read more about the winners.

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Book Release: 'White Gaze' by Michelle Dizon and Việt Lê
Feb
10
4:00 PM16:00

Book Release: 'White Gaze' by Michelle Dizon and Việt Lê

Artist and filmmaker Michelle Dizon works with an archive of National Geographic magazines to explore the mechanics of the "white gaze." Through a process of poetic subtraction, Dizon works with only the language on the original page to write a decolonial counterpoint to a way of imaging the world centered on the West. Her images lay the white gaze bare, unearth a genealogy of a racist visuality, and work in the gap between image and text to write against the grain of imperialist narratives. Artist and writer Việt Lê uses Dizon's images from White Gaze as a starting point for his poetic exploration of the legacies of war and imperialism. Lê's text performs a dual work, both contextualizing Dizon's images in the history of empire and unleashing a rhythmic play with language, both visually and aurally, to cut to the core of how meaning is produced. His text speaks to absence as much as presence with a story of war and empire told in fragments, phrases, words hanging on the page—an index of both the trauma and resistance experienced by those subjected to the violence of empire.

Michelle Dizon is an artist, filmmaker, writer, theorist, and educator based in Los Angeles, California. Born in the United States as part of the Philippine diaspora, Dizon’s life experience has been shaped by the politics of migration across the Pacific Rim. The violence of imperialism and the intimate spaces of resistance within globalization form central pivots in her work which take the form of multi-channel video installations, expanded cinema performances, essay films, photographs, discursive events, pedagogical platforms, and writing.

 

Dizon has exhibited and lectured internationally at venues such as the Center for Women’s Studies (Zagreb, Croatia), Caixaforum (Barcelona, Spain), Copenhagen International Documentary Film Festival (Copenhagen, Denmark), Jeu de Paume (Paris, France), IASPIS (Stockholm, Sweden), Metropolitan Museum of Art (Manila, Philippines), Sumaryo Art Space (Jakarta, Indonesia), Vargas Museum (Manila, Philippines), Para/site Art Space (Hong Kong, China), Queens Museum (Queens, United States), Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles, United States) and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (San Francisco, United States).

 

Dizon is the founder of at land’s edge, an experimental platform for visual research and catalyst for decolonial thought and action.  She has taught courses on documentary, visuality, postcoloniality, globalization, war, feminism, and ecology at the California Institute of the Arts and served as co-chair and core faculty in the Visual Art program at the Vermont College of Fine Arts.  She earned an MFA in Art with specialization in Interdisciplinary Studio at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Ph.D. in Rhetoric with designated emphases in Film and Women, Gender, and Sexuality from the University of California, Berkeley. www.michelledizon.com

 

Việt Lê is an artist, writer, and curator. Lê is an Assistant Professor in Visual Studies at California College of the Arts. He has been published in positions: asia critique; Crab Orchard Review; American Quarterly; Amerasia Journal; Art Journal; and the anthologies Writing from the Perfume River; Strange Cargo; The Spaces Between Us; Modern and Contemporary Southeast Asian Art; among others. Recent solo exhibitions include lovebang! (Kellogg University Art Gallery, Los Angeles 2016), vestige (H Gallery Bangkok 2015), tan nÁRT cõi lòng | heARTbreak!  (Nhà Sàn Collective Hà Nội).  Lê has presented his work at The Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada; UCLA Hammer Museum, Los Angeles, USA; DoBaeBacSa Gallery, Seoul, Korea; Japan Foundation, Việt Nam; 1a Space, Hong Kong; Bangkok Art & Cultural Center (BACC), Thailand; Civitella Ranieri, Italy; Shanghai Biennale, China; Rio Gay Film Festival, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; among other venues.

 

Lê curated Miss Saigon with the Wind (Highways, Santa Monica, 2005) andCharlie Don’t Surf! (Centre A, Vancouver, BC, 2005); and co-curated humor us(with Leta Ming and Yong Soon Min; Los Angeles Municipal Art Gallery, LA, CA, 2008), transPOP: Korea Việt Nam Remix (with Yong Soon Min; Seoul, Sài Gòn, Irvine, San Francisco, 2008-09), the 2012 Taipei Kuandu Biennale and Love in the Time of War (with Jen Vanderpool, at UC Santa Barbara and SF Camerawork). He coorganized the 2015 Artistic Interventions confererence (Ph.D. workshops and symposium) in Hong Kong.

 

Lê received his M.F.A. from the University of California, Irvine, where he has also taught Studio Art and Visual Culture courses. He received his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Southern California (Department of American Studies & Ethnicity). www.vietle.net

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Process: what it was when it wasn’t
Feb
3
6:00 PM18:00

Process: what it was when it wasn’t

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What does a practice of process look like? Does it look like your google search history? The most recent sentence underlined in the book you’re currently reading? Are your screenshots a part of this practice? Navigating process as an act created by the desire to understand and investigate, this exhibition attempts to expand on these questions. Taking a look at the process of creating through experimental reflections and studio visits, artists selected for the exhibition Process: what it was when it wasn’t will expose the conversations between the work they create and the process or research that brings that work to life.  

 

Works by_

Yesenia Bello

Jessica Bingham

Candor Arts

Amanda Cervantes

Michael Curtis Asbill

Rachel E. Foster

Tracie Hayes

Marlo Koch

Justin Nalley

Barbara Polster

Sarah H. Reynolds

John Steck Jr.

 

Curated by_

Alexis Brocchi

 

On view Feb 3-24  //  Opening Feb 3, 6-9pm

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Book Release: 'Five Fifths' by Growing Concerns Poetry Collective
Jan
26
to Jan 27

Book Release: 'Five Fifths' by Growing Concerns Poetry Collective

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Growing Concerns Poetry Collective celebrates the release of its first book, a collection of the poetry of McKenzie Chinn and Mykele Deville, published by Candor Arts. The show features readings of new work by Chinn and Deville, performances by special guest artists, and a concert by Growing Concerns Poetry Collective. The book will be available for purchase at a one-time special discount, as well as limited-run vinyl pressings of the collective's inaugural album WE HERE: Thank You For Noticing.

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2017 Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards Exhibition
Dec
8
to Feb 3

2017 Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards Exhibition

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Initiated in November 2012 by Aperture Foundation and Paris Photo, the Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards celebrate the photobook’s contribution to the evolving narrative of photography, with prizes in three categories. The initial short-list selection was made by Christophe Wiesner, Artistic Director of Paris Photo; Kathy Ryan, Director of Photography at The New York Times MagazineLesley A. Martin, creative director of Aperture Foundation and publisher of The PhotoBook ReviewJoel Smith, Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography at the Morgan Library & Museum; and Gregory Halpern, photographer and 2016 Winner of PhotoBook of the Year Award.

All the short-listed books are profiled in issue 013 of The PhotoBook Review, Aperture Foundation’s biannual publication dedicated to the consideration of the photobook. The PhotoBook Review is available for free at Aperture Gallery and Bookstore and is mailed to all Aperture magazine subscribers.

The short-list exhibition also includes the winning books: Monsanto: A Photographic Investigation by Mathieu Asselin is the winner of $10,000 in the First PhotoBook category. New Realities: Photography in the 19th Century by Mattie Boom and Hans Rooseboom is the winner of the Photography Catalogue of the Year and Dayanita Singh’s Museum Bhavan is PhotoBook of the Year. A special mention goes to La Grieta (The Crack) by Carlos Spottorno and Guillermo Abril.

A jury in Paris selected this year’s winners: Florencia Giordana Braun, founder of Rolf Art gallery; Krzysztof Candrowicz, artistic director of the Triennial of Photography Hamburg; Mitch Epstein, award-winning photographer; Nathalie Herschdorfer, director of Museum of Fine Arts, Le Locle, Switzerland; and Cristiano Raimondi, head of development at the New National Museum of Monaco.

Read more about the winners.

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Photobook Club Madrid at Ivorypress
Nov
29
to Jan 19

Photobook Club Madrid at Ivorypress

Paris Photo has been hosting the Paris Photo & Aperture Foundation Photobook Awards since 2012. For the fifth consecutive year, Ivorypress and Photobook Club Madrid will present and discuss the nominees a few days before this year’s winning book is announced.

On 6 November at 7 p.m., attendees are invited to study the photobooks nominated in every category for half an hour, during which they will get to know and select their favorites from the official selection. After the vote there will be a discussion in which each participant will get the chance to present their choice for best photobook of the year, beyond the official lists.

Although attendees are welcome to bring suggested books from home, the Ivorypress bookshop will make their wide selection of titles available in order to search for publications that have been overlooked by the Paris Photo & Aperture Foundation Photobook Awards 2017.

http://www.ivorypress.com/en/photobook-club-madrid-paris-photo-aperture-foundation-photobook-awards-2017-session/

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Chicago Art Book Fair
Nov
16
to Nov 19

Chicago Art Book Fair

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The first Chicago Art Book Fair (CABF) will showcase emerging directions and diverse legacies within small press arts publishing. The fair will feature an international group of approximately 100 arts publishers, small presses, book artists, comics artists, zinemakers and printmakers. The CABF will connect artists and publishers with each other and to a public audience, through programming, workshops, and of course through the temporary book market that serves as the fair's focal point and main gathering space. CABF will be free and open to the public.

 

Dates:

November 16-19, 2017
preview night: Thursday Nov. 16
fair hours: Friday Nov.17 - Sunday Nov. 19

Location:

Chicago Athletic Association

12 S Michigan Ave
Chicago, IL 60603

The main vendor space(s) are the Stagg Court and "The Tank" at the Chicago Athletic Association, a former athletic club restored as a hotel and event space, centrally located in downtown Chicago. The two halls were originally the club's basketball court and pool...we think it's pretty cute. Additional programming and satellite events will occur at Chicago galleries and printshops, linking visitors to local print culture. 

Who's putting this on? 

The CABF is organized primarily by No Coast - since you're already on our website, you probably know already, but....we are a collaborative project focused on introducing emerging and mid-career artists to a contemporary audience via alternative publishing, printmaking, and the creation of affordable artists’ multiples. No Coast is run by visual artists Aay Preston-Myint and Alexander Valentine.

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Paris Photo 2017
Nov
9
to Nov 12

Paris Photo 2017

In the Company of Black by Cecil McDonald, Jr. has been shortlisted for the Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation 2017 PhotoBook Awards!

The selection of the 35 pre-selected works will be exhibited at Paris Photo and presented in issue 13 of The PhotoBook Review (magazine published by Aperture Foundation) together with the comments of the jury members. The magazine will be distributed during the fair. The winners will be announced Friday, November 10, 2017 at 1 pm in Paris Photo. 

The shortlist selection was made by Gregory Halpern, whose ZZYZX won the Paris Photo–Aperture Foundation PhotoBook of the Year Award in 2016; Lesley A. Martin, Creative Director, Aperture Foundation and Publisher, The PhotoBook Review; Kathy Ryan, longtime director of photography at the New York Times Magazine; Joel Smith, Richard L. Menschel Curator of Photography at the Morgan Library & Museum in New York; and Christoph Wiesner, artistic director of Paris Photo.

Established in 2012, the Paris Photo-Aperture Foundation PhotoBook Awards celebrate the photobook’s contribution to the evolving narrative of photography, with three major categories: First PhotoBook, Photography Catalogue of the Year, and PhotoBook of the Year.

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2017 Silver Eye Book Fair
Nov
3
to Nov 4

2017 Silver Eye Book Fair

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Join us for the 2017 Silver Eye Book Fair on Friday, November 3 and Saturday, November 4! The event includes a curated selection of innovative publishers and artists who are making beautiful, strange, and utterly unique books. This year's fair includes a number of local and national photo book publishers, makers, and artists. 

Vendors:
Bo Books
Candor Arts
Gratuitous Type
My Idea of Fun
Nomadic Bookshelf
Oranbeg Press
Spaces Corners
University of Pittsburgh, Library Special Collections

Hours:
Friday, November 3, 4:00 - 10:00 pm
Saturday, November 4, 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

With the pace of self-published and small press, photography books, it can be difficult to sift through all of the titles. Silver Eye has made it easier for you by curating a selection of presses, booksellers, and artists for a two-day immersion into photographic printed matter. Silver Eye will also offer up a selection of books from our collection, as well as signed and limited edition prints from Silver Eye Editions.

On Saturday, November 4, join artists and publishers Dan Boardman, founder of Bo Books, and Melissa Catanese, founder of Spaces Corners, for a conversation with David Oresick on the current ecology of and market for photo books. Registration for this event opens soon.

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2 / edition Art Book Fair
Oct
27
to Oct 30

2 / edition Art Book Fair

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2 ⁄ edition is dedicated to the promotion of art book publishing in all forms, and building an appreciation for artworks produced in editions of more than one.

The 2 ⁄ edition Art Book Fair runs from Friday, October 28 to Monday, October 30, 2017 in conjunction with Art Toronto, Canada’s international art fair.

Last year, over 8,000 art and book enthusiasts visited 2 ⁄ edition, and perused a wide range of artist’s books, publications, editions and ephemera presented by local and international exhibitors.

New and return visitors to 2 ⁄ edition will find an expanded roster of vendors, and continue to have their eyes and minds opened to alternative ways of looking at and collecting art. A stimulating and engaging series of talks, panels and special exhibitions will also be presented throughout the weekend in conjunction with the fair’s programming partners.

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Sara J. Winston Artist Talk at Filter Festival
Sep
22
3:00 PM15:00

Sara J. Winston Artist Talk at Filter Festival

Sara J. Winston will discuss her practice and 2017 book project published with Candor ArtsA Lick and a Promise, in which family portraits, landscapes, photographs of objects, and writing by the author and her father outline the impact of chronic inter-generational illness within her family. Book signing to follow.

Sara J. Winston uses the language of photography and photobooks to explore the cycles of illness and wellness caused by chronic autoimmunity. She earned her MFA in Photography from Columbia College Chicago in 2014. Winston’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally, including The Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, DC and The Pingyao International Photography Festival in China. Her publications are included in the collection of The Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and The Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library at Yale University.

Image: A Lick and a Promise (Monroe 013), 2016

Presented by: Sara J. Winston
Date: Friday, September 22
Time: 1:00 pm –2:00 pm
Cost: FREE
Location: Millennium Knickerbocker Hotel

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In/Situ: EXPO CHICAGO 2017
Sep
13
to Sep 17

In/Situ: EXPO CHICAGO 2017

Curated by Florence Derieux, the 2017 IN/SITU program explores the idea of time in various ways. Evoking terms such as immediacy, instantaneity, simultaneity, ubiquity, imminence, permanence, impermanence, chance, probability, memory, remembrance, these artists’ works question the temporal conditions, or episodes, that disturb our traditionally linear understanding of time and progress. In doing so, they allow us to experiment, evaluate, imagine, and reimagine our own relation to the real.

BETHANY COLLINS
Written by the Rev. Samuel F. Smith in 1831, 'My Country ’Tis of Thee' (also known as 'America') debuted on July 4, 1831 by a children’s choir at the Park Street Church in Boston, Massachusetts. Long before Smith’s lyrics were sung aloud, the tune for 'America' served as the national anthem for at least six other countries, including the United Kingdom’s 'God Save the Queen.' And since Smith’s writing, the lyrics of 'My Country ’Tis of Thee' have been re-titled and re-written at least one hundred times.

Each re-writing was in support of a passionately held cause—from temperance and suffrage to abolition and even the Confederacy— each song articulating a particular version of what it means to be American. In 1839, the familiar lines of “My country ‘tis of thee / Sweet land of liberty,” morphed into the mournful verse:

My country! ’tis of thee,
Stronghold of Slavery,
Of thee I sing:
Land where my fathers died,
Where men man’s rights deride,
From every mountainside,
Thy deeds shall ring.


LECTURE:
IN/SITU: CHRONOPOLITICS
Saturday, September 16th, 12:00–1:00pm: Bethany Collins (Artist, PATRON, Chicago), Lavar Munroe (Artist, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco), and Dan Peterman (Artist, Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago). Moderated by Florence Derieux (2017 IN/SITU Curator).

BETHANY COLLINS (b. 1984 Montgomery, AL) lives and works in Chicago, IL. Collins received an MFA from Georgia State University in Atlanta Georgia, a BFA from the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, AL and attended the Glasgow School of Art, Capstone International in Glasgow, Scotland. Recent solo exhibitions includeAnother Country, Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum, Michigan State University, MI;Gray Matters: Art en grisaille, Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio;Eye of the Beholder , Tarble Arts Center, Charleston IL;Beyond Boundaries, Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia;Excerpt, Studio Museum in Harlem, New York NY;In Evidence, Van Every/ Smith Galleries, Davidson College, Davidson, North Carolina; The problem we all live with, Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL; with the exception of the sky, Hudgens Center for the Arts, Duluth, Georgia, and Inquiry’s End, Richard Gray Gallery, Chicago, IL. Her work is included in the public collections of the Birmingham Museum of Art, Birmingham, AL; High Museum of Art, Atlanta , GA; Montgomery Museum of Arts, Montgomery, AL; The Studio Museum in Harlem, New York, NY; Zuckerman Museum of Art at the Kennesaw Stats University, Kennesaw, GA; Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Montgomery, AL; and the Agnes Scott College, Decatur, GA.

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Toronto Art Book Fair
Jun
15
to Jun 18

Toronto Art Book Fair

We will be participating in the Toronto Art Book Fair this year, featuring Moonwork by A-lan Holt and How to Make A Hood by La Keisha Leek. 

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THE TORONTO ART BOOK FAIR | TOABF IS A FREE PUBLIC EVENT TAKING PLACE JUNE 15TH - 18TH 2017 AT ARTSCAPE YOUNGPLACE. THE FAIR FEATURES CURATED EXHIBITIONS, 80 CANADIAN AND INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITORS, AND COMMUNITY PROGRAMMING THAT INCLUDES PANEL DISCUSSIONS, READINGS, TALKS, LAUNCHES, AND WORKSHOPS. NOW IN ITS SECOND YEAR, TOABF 2017 WILL SHOWCASE HUNDREDS OF NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL ARTISTS, PUBLISHERS, SMALL PRESSES, ARCHIVES, GALLERIES, CRITICS, DESIGNERS, CURATORS, BOOKMAKERS, WRITERS, AND PERFORMERS.

THE TORONTO ART BOOK FAIR IS DEDICATED TO INCREASING THE VISIBILITY, DISSEMINATION, APPRECIATION, AND UNDERSTANDING OF THE ARTIST'S BOOK AND ITS CONTEMPORARY MANIFESTATIONS WITHIN THE VISUAL ARTS FIELD IN TORONTO AND ABROAD. INDEPENDENT ARTISTIC PRINT CULTURE HAS A RICH NARRATIVE IN CANADIAN ART HISTORY, AND IS AN OFTEN OVERLOOKED ASPECT OF CANADIAN CULTURAL IDENTITY. THE GOAL OF TOABF IS TO HIGHLIGHT THESE PERSONAL AND COLLECTIVE STORIES, AND ELEVATE THE ARTISTIC INTEGRITY OF ARTISTS’ BOOKS BY PRESENTING ARTISTS’ BOOKS, MULTIPLES, AND PRINTED MATTER TO A WIDE AUDIENCE.

THE ONGOING VISION FOR TOABF IS TO REPRESENT THE DIVERSITY OF CULTURAL PRODUCTION AND CREATIVE EXPRESSION. THE THEMATIC FOCUS FOR TOABF 2017 IS: ARCHIVES AND ALTERNATIVE NARRATIVES.

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Philadelphia Art Book Fair
May
5
to May 6

Philadelphia Art Book Fair

Co-presented by Philadelphia Photo Arts Center and The Print Center, the Philadelphia Art Book Fair 2017 is a two-day event, which showcases a wide range of exhibitors, from large and small photography and art book publishers to individual artists and institutions, local, national and international.

Entrance to the Philadelphia Art Book Fair is free, open to the public and fully accessible.

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Photographing Black Life — Cecil McDonald, Jr. & Dawoud Bey
Apr
29
2:00 PM14:00

Photographing Black Life — Cecil McDonald, Jr. & Dawoud Bey

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  • Public: $15
  • Students and Teachers: $10

Cecil McDonald, Jr. is trying to right what he sees as a representational wrong: depictions of black people as either victims or heroes. His award-winning photographs focus on capturing the “extraordinarily ordinary” contours of black life. His debut monograph In the Company of Black, depicts artists, business owners, and teachers conducting their lives in the spaces they have created for themselves. McDonald is joined by famed photographer Dawoud Bey for a probing presentation of the way photography can diminish or enhance our experience of others.

A book signing will follow this program.

The annual Richard Gray Visual Art Series recognizes a significant gift from founding CHF board member and distinguished art dealer Richard Gray. This program is presented in partnership with the Art Institute of Chicago.

PRESENTERS:

Cecil McDonald Jr. uses photography, video, and text to explore masculinity, familial relations, and the artistic pursuits of Black culture. McDonald received his MFA in Photography at Columbia College Chicago, where he is an adjunct professor. He has works in the permanent collection of The Cleveland Museum of Art, Chicago Bank of America LaSalle Collection, and the Harris Bank Collection. He’s received the Joyce Foundation Midwest Voices & Visions Award, the Artadia Award, and the 3Arts Teaching Artist Award. In the Company of Black, his debut monograph, is due for spring 2017.

Dawoud Bey began his photography career in 1975 in Harlem, New York. His debut exhibition, "Harlem, USA" opened at the Studio Museum in Harlem in 1979. His photographs have been displayed in the Museum of Modern Art in New York, the Bibliothèque nationale de France in Paris and the Whitney Museum of American Art. A twenty-year survey of his photographs was organized by the Walker Art Center in 1995, which toured museums throughout the United States and Great Britain through 1998. He is represented by galleries in Chicago, New York, and Stockholm, Sweden.

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'In the Company of Black' by Cecil McDonald, Jr. — Book Release at Filter Photo
Apr
28
8:00 PM20:00

'In the Company of Black' by Cecil McDonald, Jr. — Book Release at Filter Photo

In the Company of Black is a book of photographs by multi-disciplinary artist Cecil McDonald Jr. For the past seven years, McDonald has developed a body of work focused on what he describes as “extraordinarily ordinary” people: educators, artists, administrators, business owners, teachers, and students, “I’m bringing together images of Black people who represent everyday folks.” Complemented with an essay by Tempestt Hazel and poems by avery r. young, McDonald’s In the Company of Black addresses and responds to the vast inaccuracies of Black humanity depicted within American society.

“When it comes to Black people, America is fascinated with extreme poles: either showing victims of violence, pain, and poverty (Black misery) or famous athletes and entertainers, and icons of popular culture (Black exceptionalism). This false dichotomy denies Black people the individuality and full spectrum of humanity that is so readily offered to the white population in this country. The photographs that I’ve been making ask the question: where are the people who make up the space in between? Here they are, they are important, they must be seen!” — Cecil McDonald, Jr. on In the Company of Black. 

Published by Candor Arts in a handmade artist book edition of 100 copies, In the Company of Black will be released on April 28th at Filter Photo; a larger softcover edition is scheduled to release in the Fall of 2017. Books will be available for purchase and signing. Artist will share a few words on the project and there will be a reading of some texts from the book.

 

Cecil McDonald Jr. uses photography, video, and text to explore the intersections of masculinity, familial relations, and the artistic and intellectual pursuits of Black culture. McDonald studied fashion, house music, and dance club culture before receiving an MFA in Photography at Columbia College Chicago, where he currently serves as an adjunct professor and a teaching artist at the Center for Community Arts Partnerships. His work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally, with works in the permanent collection of The Cleveland Museum of Art, Chicago Bank of America LaSalle Collection, and the Harris Bank Collection. He was awarded the: Joyce Foundation Midwest Voices & Visions Award, the Artadia Award, The Swiss Benevolent Society, Lucerne, Switzerland, Residency and the 3Arts Teaching Artist Award. McDonald participated in Light Work’s Artist-in-Residence program in July 2013. Most recently, McDonald completed the DCASE residency where he began work on his most recent body of work Cuts and Beats, a project that montages performance photography from the floors of dance festivals and nightclubs with late 19th-century imagery from stage and theater advertisements, sheet music covers, and celebrity portraiture.

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Clamshell Box-Making Workshop at Filter Photo
Mar
19
2:00 PM14:00

Clamshell Box-Making Workshop at Filter Photo

Part of the Making It Work series, this workshop is focused on learning the construction of a clamshell portfolio box. Clamshell boxes can be customized to hold just about anything, but they are especially great for a clean professional presentation and solid protective housing for portfolio prints. Each participant will choose from a variety of book cloths and construct a clamshell box that has an 8.5 x 11″ tray size. Through this workshop, participants will learn the skills and steps necessary to make custom clamshell boxes of any size to enhance their professional presentation.

 

This workshop is limited to 8 students and registration includes the cost of materials.
 
Image © Matt Austin of artist Mariah Karson’s clamshell box

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ART PARTY: March On
Mar
10
to Mar 11

ART PARTY: March On

We'll have a table at this event and will be selling our books!

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MUSIC, DRINKS, POP UP SHOPS & ART TOURS

Join us at Lacuna Artist Lofts for ART PARTY, our monthly second Friday art opening!

This month's feature, MARCH ON, is a building-wide open house and juried craft fair! Featuring 20 individuals & businesses with a DIY attitude who are excited to showcase their original artwork, products, and services in a creative, pop-up style event.

As always, enjoy a Self-guided tour, and help yourself to the 5 floors of curated public spaces, with new murals in and outside of the building.

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Reception for 'How to Make A Hood' Book Release
Mar
4
8:00 PM20:00

Reception for 'How to Make A Hood' Book Release

Join us at In House to celebrate the recent release of 'How to Make A Hood' compiled by La Keisha Leek. 

Books will be available for purchase, drinks and snacks will be served, and La Keisha will share a few words about the project.

RSVP Here.
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About the publication: 

'How to Make A Hood' is a published extension of an exhibition unfolding a wide canon of stereotypes that foster misconceptions as they relate to Black bodies and their environments. The artists in this exhibition produce works that explore the multi-faceted characteristics of the word ‘hood’ in some fashion: a slang term for a Black neighborhood; a suffix in cultural theory concepts like 'objecthood,' 'personhood,' 'negrohood;' and Trayvon Martin's hoodie, which, along with his being an objectified young Black male, served as a signifier in an act of radical injustice.

Contributors include: Rashayla Marie Brown, Ashley J. Finigan, Amir George, Allison Glenn, James T. Green, Eboni Hawkins, Caroline Kent, Emily Hooper Lansana, Tony Lewis, Jasmine Murrell, Eliza Myrie, Jacqueline Najuma Stewart, Casey Winkleman, Avery R. Young. 

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About La Keisha Leek:

La Keisha Leek is the Exhibitions and Community Programs Manager at Mana Contemporary Chicago. As an independent collaborator and exhibition-maker, select projects include: The Petty Biennial, the Arts Incubator in Washington Park (2017); Yelling At the Sky, Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation (2016); an Artistic Producer, the 4th annual Chicago Home Theater Festival (2016); Closer Still, Chicago Artists Coalition (2015); Another Plan, Terrain Exhibitions and Terrain South (2015); How to Make A Hood, the Arts Incubator in Washington Park (2014). From 2012-2015, she was the Executive Administrator and Special Projects Manager to artist Theaster Gates where she coordinated many artist-led programs and research residencies with artists such as Leslie Hewitt and Bethany Collins, and was Curatorial Assistant for Retreat co-organized by Theaster Gates and Hamza Walker at Richard Gray Gallery. She has held other position with artist Maria Gaspar and Open Engagement, a conference dedicated to the field of socially engaged art. She was a 2014-2015 Chicago Artists Coalition Curatorial Resident, 2016 Gaylord & Dorothy Donnelley Foundation Curatorial Fellow; 2016 participant of Independent Curators International's Curatorial Intensive in Dakar, Senegal; and 2017 Arts + Public Life Curatorial Collective Resident with Sadie Woods. She received her BA in Art History from Columbia College Chicago.

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Hashbrown Chili Cook-Off
Feb
25
to Feb 26

Hashbrown Chili Cook-Off

Chicago has a long connection with chili, beginning with The San Antonio Chili Stand, in operation at the 1893 Columbian Exposition in Chicago. (This was one of the first venues introducing chili to a national audience.) In keeping with that history, Spudnik Press is pleased to announce for a seventh year running, the 2017 Annual Chili Cook-Off. The 2017 event will be introducing new swag; “the Spud Mug”, plus discounted tickets for kids and unlimited free carnival games.

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