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Incense Sweaters & Ice Opening Reception
Martine Syms
Sep 26, 2018 (6pm)
Opening Reception

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Please join us for a reception with artist Martine Syms as we celebrate the opening of her new installation, Incense Sweaters & Ice.

The exhibition is presented through Martine Syms’ nomination as a 2018 Graham Foundation Fellow—a new program that provides support for the development and production of original and challenging works and the opportunity to present these projects in an exhibition at the Foundation’s Madlener House galleries in Chicago. The Fellowship program extends the legacy of the Foundation’s first awards, made in 1957, and continues the tradition of support to individuals to explore innovative perspectives on spatial practices in design culture. This presentation of Incense Sweaters & Ice follows the 2017 grant Syms was awarded to produce the film which was shown in the exhibition of the same name at The Museum of Modern Art, curated by Jocelyn Miller, as part of the Elaine Dannheisser Project Series.

Martine Syms works in video, performance, and publishing. She received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has been shown at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Camden Arts Centre, London; Sadie Coles HQ, London; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Berlin Biennale; Manifesta, Zurich; the ICA London; Bridget Donahue, New York; the Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago; White Flag Projects, St. Louis; the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Her work was featured in Surround Audience, the New Museum’s 2015 Triennial. From 2007 to 2011, Syms was codirector of Golden Age, a project space in Chicago focused on printed matter; she is also the founder of Dominica, an independent publishing company dedicated to exploring blackness as a topic, reference, marker, and audience in visual culture. Syms is represented by Bridget Donahue, New York; and Sadie Coles HQ, London.


Image: Martine Syms, Incense Sweaters & Ice (still), 2017, Los Angeles.  Courtesy of the artist and Bridget Donahue, New York

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Case Studies on Commissioning
Jochen Volz
Sep 27, 2018 (10:45am)
Talk

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Introducing examples of his experience organizing projects at the Venice Biennial, the São Paulo Biennial, the Aichi Triennial, Inhotim or at Pinacoteca de São Paulo, Volz will speak about art experiments that set out to produce reality, promote diversity, exercise critical argument and open new ways of engaging the audience.

Jochen Volz
is the Director of Pinacoteca de São Paulo and the curator of the Brazilian Pavilion at the 57th Biennale di Venezia (2017). He was the chief curator of the 32nd Bienal de São Paulo (2016). Between 2012 and 2015 he was Head of Programmes at the Serpentine Galleries in London. Prior, he was a curator at the Instituto Inhotim, Minas Gerais, since 2004, where he has served as General Director between 2005 and 2007 and Artistic Director between 2007 and 2012. Furthermore, he has contributed to many exhibitions throughout the world, including Terra ComunalMarina Abramović in SESC, São Paulo (2015); Planos de fuga, Centro Cultural Banco do Brasil, São Paulo (2012); Olafur Eliasson – Your Body of Work, as part of the 17th International Festival of Contemporary Art, São Paulo (2011); and The Spiral and the Square at Bonniers Konsthall, Stockholm, at Gråmølna Kunstmuseum, Trondheim, and at Sørlandets Kunstmuseum, Kristiansand (2011), the 1st Aichi Triennale in Nagoya (2010) and the presentation of Cinthia Marcelle at the Biennale de Lyon (2007). As a critic he writes for magazines and catalogues and is a contributing editor to Frieze.

This event is presented as a part of the 2018 Curatorial Forum in collaboration with EXPO CHICAGO and Independent Curators International (ICI).

Image: Photo Christina Rufatto, courtesy Pinacoteca de São Paulo

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Montage and the Metropolis: Architecture, Modernity, and the Representation of Space
Martino Stierli
Oct 11, 2018 (6pm)
Talk

Montage has been hailed as one of the key structural principles of modernity, yet its importance to the history of modern architecture and urbanism has not been adequately explored. This presentation, derived from the newly-published Graham-funded book by the same title, introduces key concepts that chart the history of montage in late-nineteenth-century urban and architectural contexts, its application by the early twentieth-century avant-gardes, and its eventual appropriation in the postmodern period. Focusing on a specific case study, the talk demonstrates the centrality of montage in modern explorations of space and in conceiving and representing the contemporary city. After the talk join us for a reception celebrating the publication of Montage and the Metropolis: Architecture, Modernity, and the Representation of Space (Yale University Press, 2018).

Martino Stierli is The Philip Johnson Chief Curator of Architecture and Design at The Museum of Modern Art, a role he assumed in March 2015. Martino oversees the wide-ranging program of special exhibitions, installations, and acquisitions of the Department of Architecture and Design. His exhibition Toward a Concrete Utopia: Architecture in Yugoslavia, 1948–1980 is currently on view at MoMA. In 2016, he cocurated, with Ann Temkin, the exhibition From the Collection: 19601969.

Previously, he held a SNSF Professorship at the University of Zürich. Stierli is the author of Las Vegas in the Rearview Mirror: The City in Theory, Photography, and Film (Getty Research Institute, 2013) and coeditor of Participation in Art and Architecture (I. B. Tauris, 2016). He is the cocurator of the international traveling exhibition Las Vegas Studio: Images from the Archives of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown. His scholarship has been recognized with a number of prizes and awards, among them the ETH Medal of Distinction and the Theodor Fischer Prize from the Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Munich (2008). In 2012, he was a fellow at the Getty Research Institute in Los Angeles.He holds a PhD from ETH Zürich.

Image: El Lissitzky, Wolkenbügel, 1924-25. Photomontage. Courtesy of the Russian State Archive for Literature and Art, Moscow.

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Artist Talk and Performance
Martine Syms
Oct 18, 2018 (6pm)

This event has been cancelled due to unforseen circumstances. We apologize for the inconvenience.

Martine Syms (American, born 1988) has earned wide recognition for a practice that combines conceptual grit, humor and social commentary. Syms works in video, performance, and publishing. She received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work has been shown at the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Camden Arts Centre, London; Sadie Coles HQ, London; Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; the Berlin Biennale; Manifesta, Zurich; the ICA London; Bridget Donahue, New York; the Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago; White Flag Projects, St. Louis; the Studio Museum in Harlem, New York; the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia; and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago. Her work was featured in Surround Audience, the New Museum’s 2015 Triennial. From 2007 to 2011, Syms was codirector of Golden Age, a project space in Chicago focused on printed matter; she is also the founder of Dominica, an independent publishing company dedicated to exploring blackness as a topic, reference, marker, and audience in visual culture. Syms is represented by Bridget Donahue, New York; and Sadie Coles HQ, London.


Image: Martine Syms, 2017. Photo: Taylor Rainbolt. Courtesy the artist

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ARCHITECTURE EVENT / HORIZON
Mario Gooden
Oct 24, 2018 (6pm)
Talk

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Above all, architecture is a spatial performance. This talk suggests that if architecture engages space-making then it must engage the idea of liberation as a spatial practice or performance, much as Michel Foucault said that liberty is a practice. Gooden explores relationships between architecture and performance that liberates otherness and challenges the hegemony of Western thought and cultural imagination.

Mario Gooden is a cultural practice architect and sole principal of Huff + Gooden Architects. His practice engages the cultural landscape and the intersectionality of architecture, race, gender, sexuality, and technology.  His work crosses the thresholds between the design of architecture and the built environment, writing, research, speaking, performance, and education advocacy in the pursuit of spatial and social justice.  Gooden is also a Professor of Practice at the Graduate School of Architecture Planning and Preservation of Columbia University where he is a co-director of the Global Africa Lab (GAL). He teaches advanced architectural design and theory at Columbia University where his studios focus on performance and cultural theory relative to global topics. Gooden is the author of Dark Space: Architecture Representation Black Identity (Columbia University Press) published in 2016.

Image: Harlem Now: Architecture and Its Ghosts (model view), 2017. Courtesy Mario Gooden

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