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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.

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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Richard Rezac: Address
Jul 26, 2018 (6pm)
Book Launch

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Please join us to celebrate the launch of Richard Rezac: Address, a new publication documenting and expanding on the artist’s recent Renaissance Society exhibition, supported by a grant from the Graham Foundation. The catalogue features a generous selection of images, a conversation between the artist and curator Solveig Øvstebø, and new texts by Jennifer R. Gross, James Rondeau, and Matthew Goulish. Hosted in partnership with the Renaissance Society, this evening features a reading by Matthew Goulish.

Richard Rezac lives and works in Chicago. His sculpture has been shown nationally and internationally, most notably in a 2006 survey of his work at the Portland Art Museum. He has recently exhibited at James Harris Gallery, Seattle (2017), the DePaul Art Museum, Chicago (2016), Galerie Isabella Bortolozzi, Berlin (2015), Marc Foxx, Los Angeles (2015), and Rhona Hoffman Gallery (2014). Rezac has received fellowship grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Joan Mitchell Foundation, and the Tiffany Foundation, and in 2006, the Rome Prize from the American Academy in Rome. He is an adjunct professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Matthew Goulish is co-founder and dramaturg of the performance group Every house has a door, and teaches in the Writing Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. 

The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago presents contemporary art exhibitions, events, and publications. “The Ren”—as it is known by many—is an independent, non-collecting museum driven by an uncompromising commitment to artists and their ideas. All exhibitions and events are free and open to the public.

Related Graham Foundation supported projects:
2017 Exhibition Grant to The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago for Richard Rezac: Address

Image: Richard Rezac: Address (cover), 2018

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Architecture and Liquidity with Ron Henderson
Wynter-Wells Drawing School for Environmental Liberation
Jul 11, 2018
Workshop

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Workshop: 1–5 p.m., sold out
Talk: 6 p.m.

What types of energy are available to us and why should we diversify and use less? This intimate afternoon workshop session will be followed by a public evening presentation investigating diverse sources of energy and their site-specific pros and cons.

Led by landscape architect Ron Henderson and artist Torkwase Dyson, the workshop considers hydroelectric power and the gravitational potential of energy as a way to examine state changes in matter and liquid. Participants use the fundamental logic of elevation drawing to think through the science of water and the way in which it shapes space.

Ron Henderson is professor and director of the graduate program in landscape architecture and urbanism at Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. He is also founding principal of L+A Landscape Architecture, which has received many international, national, and regional awards, including nominations in 2013 and 2017 for the European Union Urban Prize. He is Fellow of the American Society of Landscape Architects, a Creative Artist Fellow at the US–Japan Friendship Commission, Senior Fellow of Garden and Landscape Studies at Dumbarton Oaks, and author of The Gardens of Suzhou, published by the University of Pennsylvania Press. He received a Graham Foundation grant in 2018 for the program series, "Alfred Caldwell and the Performance of Democracy.”


Image: Excerpt from Henderson's orihon, or folding sketchbooks, include an investigation of water sequences at Ise Shrine in Japan

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Nomadicity, Movement, and Improvisation with Andres L. Hernandez and Zachary Fabri
Wynter-Wells Drawing School for Environmental Liberation
Jun 29, 2018
Performance

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Workshop: 1–4 p.m., sold out
Performance and Panel Discussion: 6 p.m.


At a time when mass migration due to the effects of climate change has become a critical concern, artist, and designer Andres L. Hernandez, and artist and dancer Zachary Fabri ask how drawing can can be used as an interpretative act of movement to address pressing global issues.

Workshop
Through cross-disciplinary collaboration, drawing exercises, and discussion, this workshop led by Torkwase Dyson in partnership with Andres Luis Hernandez and Zachary Fabri asks participants to reconsider “the things the mind already knows,” a principle Dyson borrows from the artist Jasper Johns regarding innovation in approaching familiar objects or concepts.

No artistic experience is required for the workshop, though willingness to participate in both the discussions and artistic exercises is expected. All workshops are free, but RSVP is required and space is limited.

Performance and Panel Discussion
After the workshop, Hernandez and Fabri will present a new collaborative performance, followed by a panel discussion with Torkwase Dyson and D Soyini Madison.

Andres Luis Hernandez is an artist and educator committed to collaborative and community-based work, currently working on a range of projects with the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago and the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. His work explores ways that private and public spaces are used to promote and sustain injustice, often taking the form of archival research, writing, public programming, participatory workshops, ephemeral interventions, and performances within the built environment. Hernandez received his Bachelor of Architecture degree from Cornell University and an MA in art education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he is an assistant professor in the Department of Art Education.

Zachary Fabri is an artist working in video, photography and drawing. He has been awarded The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award, the Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art and the New York Foundation for the Arts fellowship in interdisciplinary work. Fabri’s work has been exhibited at Art in General, The Studio Museum in Harlem, El Museo del Barrio, The Walker Art Center, The Brooklyn Museum, The Barnes Foundation, Rockelmann & gallery, and Third Streaming. He has collaborated in multidisciplinary projects with choreographer Joanna Kotze at the Baryshnikov Arts Center, and most recently with artist Torkwase Dyson at the Drawing Center in 2018. Currently, he is making drawings on napkins he stole from the Trump Soho Hotel while working as a bus boy. Fabri lives and works in Flatbush Brooklyn.

D. Soyini Madison is professor of Performance Studies, with appointments in the Department of African American Studies and the Department of Anthropology at Northwestern University. Madison has lived and worked in Ghana, as a Senior Fulbright Scholar conducting field research on the interconnections between traditional religion, political economy, and indigenous performance tactics.

Image: Andres L. Hernandez, Untitled (Study for "JRRNYYMNN" in Hammons blue), 2018. Digital edit of photocopy on paper, dimensions variable

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Global Warming, Uneven Development, and New Geographies with Amanda Williams
Wynter-Wells Drawing School for Environmental Liberation
Jun 20, 2018
Workshop

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Workshop: 9 a.m.-12 p.m., limited capacity

This workshop asks participants to consider points of entry into urgent questions, such as what is global warming? What is climate change? How are they different and what do they have to do with uneven development and geography? This open discussion addresses these questions through drawing as they relate to time, motion, and transparency, as well as the distribution of energy and resources.

Through cross-disciplinary collaboration, drawing exercises, and discussion, this workshop led by Torkwase Dyson in partnership with Amanda Williams asks participants to reconsider “the things the mind already knows,” a principle Dyson borrows from the artist Jasper Johns regarding innovation in approaching familiar objects or concepts.

Intimate afternoon workshop sessions will be followed by public evening presentations. No artistic experience is required for the workshops, though willingness to participate in both the discussions and artistic exercises is expected. Any specific instructions related to the workshop will be sent following confirmation of attendance. All workshops are free, but RSVP is required and space is limited.

Amanda Williams is a visual artist who trained as an architect. Her practice blurs the distinction between art and architecture through works that employ color as a way to draw attention to the political complexities of race, place, and value in cities. The landscapes in which she operates are the visual residue of the invisible policies and forces that have misshapen most inner cities. Williams’ installations, paintings, video, and works on paper seek to inspire new ways of looking at the familiar, and in the process, raise questions about the state of urban space in America. Amanda has exhibited widely, including the 2018 Venice Architecture Biennale, a solo exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, The Art Institute of Chicago, and the Pulitzer Arts Foundation in St. Louis. She is a 2018 United States Artists Fellow, a Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters & Sculptors grantee, an Efroymson Family Arts Fellow, a Leadership Greater Chicago Fellow, and a member of the multidisciplinary Exhibition Design team for the Obama Presidential Center. She has served as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Architecture at Cornell University and Washington University in St. Louis. She lives and works on Chicago’s south side.

Image: Color(ed) Theory Series: Flamin' Red Hots (Demolition Bus), 2018. Image courtesy of the Artist and Rhona Hoffman Gallery.

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