Reception for 'How to Make A Hood' Book Release
Mar
4
6:00 pm18:00

Reception for 'How to Make A Hood' Book Release

  • In House

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.

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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.

SPE 2017 — 'Family Values'
Mar
10
Mar 11

SPE 2017 — 'Family Values'

  • Hilton Orlando

We will be representing Victor Yañez-Lazcano's de, which will be available for purchase in its softcover edition.


Hashbrown Chili Cook-Off
Feb
25
6:00 pm18:00

Hashbrown Chili Cook-Off

  • Spudnik Press

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.

Artist's Book Fair @ The Pitch Project
Feb
4
10:00 am10:00

Artist's Book Fair @ The Pitch Project

  • The Pitch Project

The Pitch Project Artist’s Book Fair will gather local and regional artists, designers, and makers alike to showcase and celebrate all forms of book as object and art form.  Featuring individual artist publications, independent publishers, zines, presses, collectives, and curators.

Publishing, Bookmaking, Storytelling
Oct
13
12:30 pm12:30

Publishing, Bookmaking, Storytelling

  • Harmony House

The Stanford Institute for Diversity in the Arts and Stanford Career Education BEAM: Bridging Education, Ambition & Meaningful Work presents lunch and conversation with Matt Austin, founder and director of Candor Arts. Candor Arts designs, handcrafts, and publishes books that focus on living, learning, and healing. Recent releases include Moonwork by A-lan Holt (‘11) and De by Victor Yañez-Lazcano (MFA ‘18). Austin will speak candidly about the nuts and bolts of publishing, how artists move from ideas to finished product, the elegance of handmade books, as well as intimate stories of finding purpose in the workplace. Event is free and open to the public. Lunch is provided.

Candor: The quality of being open and honest in expression.


Matt Austin is an artist, educator, and publisher based in Chicago, IL. He is the founder and director of  Candor Arts, a press that focuses on life, learning, and healing. The output of Austin's creative practice ranges widely in form, but share a focus on the importance of honesty and learning from others. Inspired by failure and often motivated by fear, he demonstrates his enthusiasm for living by trying things out. Austin currently teaches at the School of the Arts Institute of Chicago. 

'Moonwork' Reading + Signing
Sep
18
3:00 pm15:00

'Moonwork' Reading + Signing

  • Visitor Welcome Center

Candor Arts is thrilled to announce the softcover release of 'Moonwork,' a publication written by prolific and compassionate poet and playwright A-lan Holt. 

Please join us on September 18, 3pm at Visitor Welcome Center to celebrate the release in the poet's hometown, Los Angeles.

Books will be available for purchase and refreshments will be served.

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3pm — Readings by the author from 'Moonwork'
4pm — Author in conversation + Q&A

Reading by Moonrise: A-lan Holt & Dana Johnson
Sep
16
6:00 pm18:00

Reading by Moonrise: A-lan Holt & Dana Johnson

  • Bowtie Project

Join us at the Bowtie Project for an evening around the fire while authors A-lan Holt and Dana Johnson read new and favorite works as the full moon rises over the LA River.  This event will feature a special performance by Nevenka, an Eastern European folk ensemble.

Guests are encouraged to bring picnic items. S’mores will be provided between readings.

Reading By Moonrise is a fireside reading series held at the Bowtie Project on the eve of the full moon.

A-lan Holt is a poet and playwright who imagines new worlds for intimate audiences. A former writer at the Public Theater in New York City, Holt’s newest play The Bottom of Heaven was developed starring Lupita Nyong’o and Tonya Pinkins. Holt currently serves as the Associate Director of the Institute for Diversity in the Arts (IDA) at Stanford University. At IDA she develops curriculum and experiences that explore the relationship between art practice, spiritual practice and social justice. This year, Holt will premiere two new works: Moonwork, a collection of poetry published by Candor Arts and Inamorata, a new film produced by TRUE MVMNT.

Dana Johnson is the author of the short story collection In the Not Quite Dark, recently released by Counterpoint Press. She is also the author of Break Any Woman Down, winner of the Flannery O’Connor Award for Short Fiction, and the novel Elsewhere, California. Both books were nominees for the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. Her work has appeared in The Paris Review, Callaloo, The Iowa Review and Huizache, among others, and anthologized in Watchlist: 32 Stories by Persons of InterestShaking the Tree: A Collection of New Fiction and Memoir by Black Women, and California Uncovered: Stories for the 21st Century. Born and raised in and around Los Angeles, she is a professor of English at the University of Southern California.

Nevenka is a Los Angeles-based women’s folk chorus performing songs from Eastern Europe. Nevenka’s repertoire includes songs from Bulgaria, Macedonia, Croatia, Albania, Russia, Greece, and Georgia, as well as Ladino Sephardic and Rom (Gypsy) songs. The group was formed in 1976 by women who shared a common interest in the complex harmonies and compelling rhythms typical in Balkan music. Very much in the Eastern European tradition, Nevenka includes women of all ages making music together.

Book release of 'de' by Victor Yañez-Lazcano
Jul
30
2:00 pm14:00

Book release of 'de' by Victor Yañez-Lazcano

  • Bracket Studios

ON DE, WORDS FROM THE AUTHOR:

de, which is Spanish for “of” or “from” is an ongoing body of photographic work that explores my family’s identity in the United States as it grows into a second generation of citizens. Predominantly settled in the Midwest, my family has grown to over 100 individuals, many of whom I have yet to meet, spanning a diverse socioeconomic spectrum with varying degrees of assimilation. In 2009, inspired by the myriad of oral histories, I began to document the members of my family and re-imagine narratives of transition as a way to better understand the social implications of our Mexican-American identity. Veiled in new traditions and sometimes accompanied by thick accents, my family’s brief history in the United States has allowed for me to witness a cultural shift that I believe is unique to the rural Midwestern Mexican immigrant experience.  

Artist Book Release of 'Moonwork' by A-lan Holt
Jun
26
9:00 pm21:00

Artist Book Release of 'Moonwork' by A-lan Holt

  • In House

Candor Arts is thrilled to announce the release of 'Moonwork,
a publication written by prolific and compassionate poet and playwright A-lan Holt

Please join us on June 26 to celebrate the release of the first edition handmade artist book of Holt's debut literary publication 'Moonwork.' 

Books will be available for purchase and refreshments will be served.
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4pm — Writing Workshop inspired by Audre Lorde's seminal essay, Uses of the Erotic: The Erotic as Power
7pm — Readings by the author will begin

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This first edition of 28 handmade artist books are 7.25" x 7.5" hardcover, hand-bound books that comprise 100 pages of poetry. 

Copies from this handmade edition will be available for $120. 

Pre-orders for the softcover edition of 'Moonwork' will be available as well for $20, and scheduled for release in October 2016. 

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MOONWORK by A-lan Holt:

Comprised of poems from 2011-2014, 'Moonwork' carries us on a journey of personal growth through the spectrum of love and its all-consuming qualities of comfort and concern, vulnerable states of bliss and pain, and the powerful transformation that takes place when love is embraced most deeply. Moonwork is a book about cycles.

A deeply personal collection about the state of being interconnected with another human being; the poems in this book, written in real-time, are portraits of a poet rising and falling in love.

Words from the author:

"In 2011, I received a prompt: “Invest a narrative in someone you do not know.” A few days later I met someone. That morning, I began to write him poems. Wild how creativity conspires, ‘cause our relationship would break. open. my. world… and I would write it all down. The poems are vestiges of the most intimate moments we spent together; bodies attempting to make the moon work in our favor..."

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A-lan Holt is an artist whose work imagines new worlds for intimate audiences. The landscapes of her written and visual work root itself in themes of loss, love, and utopian desires. From here, she crafts stories about humans and their spiritual relationship with other humans, particularly during moments of upheaval and transformation.

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Learn more: 

A-lan Holthttp://a-lan.me/

Candor Artshttp://candorarts.com/

HtMAH at LAABF with Black Lives Matter
Feb
13
1:00 pm13:00

HtMAH at LAABF with Black Lives Matter

  • Geffen Contemporary at MOCA

As part of the panel series The Art of Movement Building organized by Black Lives MatterLa Keisha Leek will lead a discussion around the concepts covered in How to Make A Hood. 

How to Make A Hood unfolds a wide canon of stereotypes that foster misconceptions as they relate to black bodies and their environments. The artists in this catalogue 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.

'How to Make A Hood' Catalogue Release
Aug
8
3:00 pm15:00

'How to Make A Hood' Catalogue Release

  • Arts Incubator

One year after the exhibition 'How to Make A Hood', curator La Keisha Leek celebrates the release of the catalogue by inviting contributors to participate in a public panel to revisit the exhibition’s work and themes. Panel 3–5 pm; wine reception 5 pm.