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Department of Art History, Theory & Criticism

December 2021

A Note from the Chair, Daniel Quiles

Dear colleagues and students,

Kudos to all of us for collectively navigating the challenges and rewards of this decidedly "flexible" Fall semester! Among the many faculty, student and alumni achievements described below, we were thrilled to congratulate Associate Professor Bess Williamson on the Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Book Prize for Accessible America: A History of Disability and Design (NYU Press, 2019). Ming Tiampo's Lifton Lecture in October was a program highlight that attracted audiences both across and outside of the SAIC. The Art History + Practice Series brought our department into dialogue with others at the School, while the Alumni Series linked our current and former students. Many thanks to artists Hương Ngô, Lan Tuazon, Lee Blalock, Jess Tucker and Eduardo Kac, Alsdorf Professor of South and Southeast Asian Art Nora Taylor, Professor and Interim Dean of Graduate Studies Delinda Collier, department faculty Lisa Zaher and Margaret MacNamidhe (our lone faculty talk!), alumni Kelly Shindler, Dorota Biczel and Robyn Farrell, and Graduate Assistants Rebecca Goodman, Haley Bergeson and Roy Gao for helping to make these programs possible. Keep an eye out for our equally robust Spring event schedule, which will include a book release event for Associate Professor Annie Bourneuf's The Angelus Novus and Its Interleaf (University of Chicago Press, 2022), faculty talks by Deanna Ledezma, Ryan Holmberg and Lisa Zaher, alumni talks by Allison Glenn, Vipash Purichanont, Gan Uyeda and Daisy Charles, and our undergraduate and graduate programs' year-end events (keynote speakers TBA).   

 

Graduate Assistant Updates
 

Rebecca Goodman (MAHA 22) will be completing her role as a Graduate Assistant on December 20, 2021. 

Roy Gao (MAAH 23) joined the department as a Graduate Assistant in October, 2021. He will continue his work with the department in the Spring 2022 semester. Roy will also have Research Assistant duties. 

Yunyao Que (MAHA 23) will be joining the department as a Graduate Assistant in Spring 2022. 

News from Faculty


Seth Kim-Cohen completed his fourth book, That's Peanut Butter! Rock and Roll vs. Modern Life, 1965 - 1985, to be published by Bloomsbury Academic. He is also wrapping up a Mellon Collaborative Fellowship for Arts Practice and Scholarship at the Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry at the University of Chicago. His essay, "Gnostics of the North, or Music to Recolonize Your Anxious Capitalist Dreams By," appears in the journal Law, Text, Culture, while another essay, "Against a Falling Fabric: Neoliberal Acousmatics," is included in the newly published Oxford Handbook of Sound Art. Lastly, under his musical alias, names_of_music, Seth has released a new album, Conscience, Virginity, Potato, which takes its title from Marx's description of the equivalency of commodities under capitalism.

Jenny Lee has been invited to contribute an essay to the Spring 2022 Special Issue of Screen Bodies on Lu Yang 陸揚 (b. 1984), co-edited by Livia Monnet (University of Montreal), Gabriel Remy-Handfield (University of Montreal), and Ari Larissa Heinrich (Australian National University). Lee will also be chairing the panel on Asian art at the 2022 Midwest Art History Society Conference, set to take place March 10-12 at the Museum of Fine Arts in Houston, TX. Interested in giving a paper? Student participants are especially welcome! Submissions are due Friday, December 15, 2021. (Paper proposals for the Asian art panel will go directly to Jenny!)

Daniel R. Quiles' essay contribution “Between Chaos and the Furnaces: Argentine Conceptualism” was published in A Companion to Modern and Contemporary Latin American and Latino Art (Wiley-Blackwell, 2021). He was also invited to a research group on Latin American art in the Netherlands by Elize Mazadiego, Marie Skłodowska Curie Fellow at University of Amsterdam, that will plan an international conference in 2023 and co-edit an issue of Stedelijk Studies.

Mechtild Widrich was a participant, with Theaster Gates, Dieter Roelstraete, Andrew Stock and Seth Brodsky on the panel Family/Beuys and Everyone at the Gray Center, University of Chicago, on December 8th. Mechtild’s book Participation in Art and Architecture (edited with Martino Stierli, 2016) will be reprinted in paperback in spring 2022 by Bloomsbury and should then finally be available at an affordable price. 

Bess Williamson's book Accessible America: A History of Disability and Design received the Bard Graduate Center's Mr. and Mrs. Raymond J. Horowitz Book Prize for the best book on the decorative arts, design history, or material culture of the Americas published in 2019 or 2020. This fall Bess spoke virtually at Bard College's Department of Architecture, initiating the series "Future Commons," and at Stanford University's undergraduate-organized EDIT: Equitable Design in Technology conference.
Giovanni Aloi wrote an op-ed about COP26 for the Chicago Tribune titled ‘Climate change rhetoric shows how alienated we’ve become from the natural world’. With Andrew S. Yang, co-curator of the exhibition Earthly Observatory, Aloi moderated ‘Material Thinking’, a panel with artists Erin Wiersma, Rena Detrixhe, and Nandipha Mntambo. In October, with co-editor Susan McHugh, Aloi moderated the discussion among artists and scholars Ken Rinaldo, Doo Sung Yoo, and Francesca Ferrando held on the occasion of the book launch for Posthumanism or Art and Science: A Reader published by Columbia University Press in September 2021 (ed. Aloi/McHugh). Aloi has co-edited a new issue of Antennae: The Journal of Nature in Visual Culture (of which he is editor in Chief ) titled ‘Spaces and Species in collaboration with artist Linda Tegg, and architects Mauro Baracco and Louise Wright which explores new conceptions of ecological interconnectedness in architecture.

Mary Jane Jacob served as an advisor for the publication Shigeko Kubota: Liquid Reality accompanying the exhibition of the same name, currently at MoMA, New York, through January 1, 2022.

Bruce Jenkins co-authored Andy Warhol Film Catalogue Raisonné: 1963-65 with SAIC alum Tom Kalin. To celebrate the publication, the Whitney Museum of American Art presented a special program with Bruce and Tom on December 2nd. 
Eduardo Kac's video work Inner Telescope was screened at the Theatro Municipal in São Paul, Brazil on November 26, 2021. In addition, upcoming screenings of the documentary Inner Telescope, a Space Artwork by Eduardo Kac, directed by Virgile Novarina, are scheduled throughout France. The film is also available as a DVD from les presses du réel. The documentary film by Virgile Novarina will also be screened in Lithuania in December at the Institut Français in Vilnius. 

Magdalena Moskalewicz published an essay titled "Three Scenes from the Artistic Life of the Stażewski" in the catalogue accompanying the exhibition "Henryk Stażewski: Constructing Reliefs," on view at Kosciuszko Foundation in New York City from Oct 14 to Nov 15, 2021.She also conducted a professional workshop "Museums as Spaces for Recognizing Differences" for the attendees of the CIMAM 2021 Annual Conference. (CIMAM, the International Committee for Museums and Collections of Modern Art, is an Affiliated Organization of ICOM.) The Conference "UNDER PRESSURE. MUSEUMS IN TIMES OF XENOPHOBIA AND CLIMATE EMERGENCY" took place in Łódź and Gdańsk, Poland, Nov 5-7, 2021. Additionally, Moskalewicz gave two public talks: "Afterlives of Socialist Realist Monuments in Postcommunist Europe" organized by Triennial Bruges 2021: TraumA as a part of their conversation series "ON THE AFTERLIFE OF MONUMENTS" and a presentation within the research project “Socialist Exhibition Cultures” that will result in a book published in late 2022.
CIMAM 2021 Annual Conference: "UNDER PRESSURE. MUSEUMS IN TIMES OF XENOPHOBIA AND CLIMATE EMERGENCY"
Chris Sullivan has presented numerous talks throughout the year. The first was with Manifest Worm in the Netherlands, with Tess Martin, presenting the film É in motion No.2 by SUMITO SAKAKIBARA. The second was a Creative Capital presentation for his new film The Orbit of Minor Satellites.  He also hosted a podcast episode titled "Sustaining Long-Form Work in Animated Films and Other Mediums" on the Animation After Hours Podcast. 

Lori Waxman wrote about the Barbara Kruger retrospective and jointly about the Stockyard Institute and Successful Failures exhibitions for the Chicago Tribune. 

News from Students

Marley Anderson (BAAH 23) is the Senior Office Assistant for CAPX as well as a Peer Mentor for the First Gen Fellows Program. Marley is a creative director and board member for a nonprofit youth center. Marley also started a gallery to feature first-gen work in the Academic Advising Offices and will be working with the Art Institute and CP to create an exhibition that will open at AIC in February.  

Elise Butterfield (MAHA 22) co-curated with the artist the upcoming project "I Invited Myself Vol.1, Eiko Otake." From January 26 - February 5, 2022, movement-based interdisciplinary artist Eiko Otake will occupy one whole floor of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) exhibition space. Working closely with her co-curator Elise Butterfield, Eiko will use this rare access to gallery space, approximately 15,000 square ft, to explore new possibilities of her performance-based practice together with her media works. Eiko’s project will be on view to the SAIC community from Monday, January 31 – Thursday, February 3, 2022. It will be open to the public on Friday, February 4 and Saturday, February 5, 2022. To visit Eiko’s project during gallery hours, please make an appointment here. Eiko will be performing live with selected collaborators of her Duet Project at the Dance Center of Columbia College Chicago the week following this residency, with performances on February 11 and 12 at 7:30pm. More information can be found at dance.colum.edu.
Movement-based interdisciplinary artist Eiko Otake
Ethan Kennemer (BAAH 22) has continued his curatorial work with Jargon Projects, the project space which he founded in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago. This winter Jargon Projects will be participating in the second iteration of BAITBALL, an international, collectively curated group exhibition held at Palazzo San Giuseppe in Polignano a Mare, Italy, where Kennemer will be exhibiting work by artists Graham Wiebe and Ella Rose Flood.

Taylor Payton (BAAH 23) unrolled her living room to the public with the opening of Sulk Chicago, an apartment gallery in Printer's Row. The inaugural exhibition, "Innocence" is a solo-show of works by Chicago based painter and recent School of the Art Institute BFA alum, Jake Fagundo. The paintings serve as evidence of a child-like innocence lost in the wake of federal indictment. Replications of stills from home videos sit opposite investigative documents, emphasizing the unequivocal terror and ensuing trauma activated by the U.S. carceral system. The show was reviewed by Riley Yaxley for ADF Magazine and by international web magazine, Munchies Art Club. Taylor serves as founder, director, and curator of Sulk Chicago. 
Ethan Kennemer (BAAH 22) has continued his curatorial work with Jargon Projects, the project space which he founded in the Uptown neighborhood of Chicago. This winter Jargon Projects will be participating in the second iteration of BAITBALL, an international, collectively curated group exhibition held at Palazzo San Giuseppe in Polignano a Mare, Italy, where Kennemer will be exhibiting work by artists Graham Wiebe and Ella Rose Flood.

Taylor Payton (BAAH 23) unrolled her living room to the public with the opening of Sulk Chicago, an apartment gallery in Printer's Row. The inaugural exhibition, "Innocence" is a solo-show of works by Chicago based painter and recent School of the Art Institute BFA alum, Jake Fagundo. The paintings serve as evidence of a child-like innocence lost in the wake of federal indictment. Replications of stills from home videos sit opposite investigative documents, emphasizing the unequivocal terror and ensuing trauma activated by the U.S. carceral system. The show was reviewed by Riley Yaxley for ADF Magazine and by international web magazine, Munchies Art Club. Taylor serves as founder, director, and curator of Sulk Chicago. 
Installation Photograph of "Innocence" at Sulk Chicago. All Paintings by Jake Fagundo. 
Peily Yan (BAAH 24) studied remotely throughout 2020-2021 and acquired an internship at Shenzhen Wangye Museum, China. She received the job as the curator's assistant. Peily participated in calibrating ancient artworks' orientation placement in two exhibitions held in May and June 2021. She also rendered the abstract of the curator's academic paper to English for the academic symposium held at The Institute for Advanced Studies in Humanities and Social Sciences of Shaanxi Normal University on June 26, 2021. In September 2021, Peily contacted The National Museum of Korea and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in regards to permission for rights to reproduce their images for the curator's dissertation publication. 

Where are they now?

Recent alumni accomplishments


Margaret Eckstein (BAAH 20) started a new job as an Assistant Archivist at Project SAVE Armenian Photographic Archives. Her responsibilities include supporting the Archivist in managing all aspects of the physical archive and developing long-term planning efforts, including establishing procedures for the digitization of the collection. Margaret was recently accepted into multiple graduate programs focusing in Information Science and Technology, and she intends to minor in Computer Science.   

Madalen Claire Benson (MAAH 19) is a PhD Student in Visual Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

Lasondra Kern (MAHA 21) is Co-Director of Programs at Threewalls. 

Corinna Kirsch (MAAH 09) is a PhD Candidate in Art History and Criticism at Stony Brook University where she is writing a dissertation on the ephemerality of technology in "Les Levine: Disposable Art, Technology, and Media, 1964–1974." She will be a Visiting Assistant Professor at Pratt Institute in Spring 2022.

Jake Matthews (MAAH 21) is working at Altman Siegel in San Francisco. Jake's essay “Saltwater Dreams, Fragmented Visions: iPhone Aesthetics in the Karrabing Film Collective’s Wutharr, Saltwater Dreams” will be published in Sequitur in January, 2022. 

Meg Onli (BFA 08) is Director and Curator at the Underground Museum in Los Angeles. Meg was previously a Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Philadelphia. 

Shannon Hebert Waldman (MAHA 20) was recently published on hyperallergic.com

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