Closing Program: “Meet and Greet” with SAIC Faculty
Saturday, December 3, 4:00–6:00 p.m.
SAIC Galleries, 33 E Washington
Take a break from early holiday shopping or work off your post-Thanksgiving abundance with a visit to SAIC Galleries to experience the work of SAIC faculty on the closing day of the Faculty Sabbatical Triennial. Several exhibiting faculty members will be in the gallery. **Unfortunately, Ruth Margraff is not able to be present as originally planned.
Friday, September 9, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m.
SAIC Galleries, 33 E Washington
This gathering celebrates the occasion of the first SAIC Faculty Sabbatical Triennial at the new SAIC Galleries and the first all-faculty exhibition at SAIC in three years. The evening includes remarks by SAIC President Elissa Tenny and the new Dean of Faculty T. Camille Martin-Thomsen. The public is invited to attend. Face masks are required.
Friday, October 7 and Saturday, October 8
Hypocrisy of Justice: Sights and Sounds from the Black Metropolis
Reva & David Logan Center for the Arts, University of Chicago, 915 E 60th St
The Hypocrisy of Justice performances and symposium are an extension of a 2015 collaborative project by Dana Hall, Cheryl Lynn Bruce, and Kerry James Marshall, inspired by Richard Wright’s 1940 novel, Native Son. The free day-long symposium on October 8 is the outcome of an interest expressed by the artists, the Hyde Park Jazz Festival, the Logan Center, various South Side organizations, and several departments at the University of Chicago, in building a convening in connection with the performances to engage in cross-sectoral conversations centering the many structural issues the novel brings forth, particularly intersecting inequities within systems and institutions, along with the lived experience of confinement, redemption, hope, and the idea of home. Symposium topics include housing rights, public health, environmental justice, food justice, criminal justice reform, and radical imagination towards social and racial justice. The Chicago community is invited to participate in four 75–minute moderated discussions and other activations with activists/organizers, scholars, journalists, practitioners, and artists.
The symposium is curated and organized by SAIC faculty member Kate Dumbleton, Executive/Artistic Director of the Hyde Park Jazz Festival in partnership with Dana Hall, the Hyde Park Jazz Festival, the Logan Center, and University of Chicago Presents, with additional support from the Jazz Institute of Chicago Dr. Timuel Black Grant Program, Illinois Humanities Envisioning Justice, and the National Public Housing Museum. Additional thanks to SAIC graduate students in Arts Administration and Policy.
Tuesday, November 1, 4:30 pm
Conversation in the Form of a Hedge Lay and a Cow Lick
A Hybrid Presentation.
Featuring Mark Jeffery, Lucy Cash, Judd Morrissey, and Sara Jane Bailes
SAIC Galleries Conference Room, 33 E Washington, Lower Level 1
‘Conversation…’ is a carefully scored conversation and screening of a film by Mark Jeffery and Lucy Cash – Winterage: Last Milk. The film, which combines performance to camera, animation, and observational footage, considers the thousand-year history of a farm in rural Doveridge, in Derbyshire, UK, and how it folds around the childhood and later life of queer, Chicago-based artist Mark Jeffery.
Parsing the vernacular of Mark’s childhood – hedgelaying, tending to cattle and land – within the vocabulary of expanded choreography, Winterage: Last Milk considers the film image itself as a collaborator as well as a material akin to fabric or clay. Returning to his childhood home in December 2019 to memorialize personal loss and extending his body via the wearable sculptures of Grace Duval, Mark’s choreography brings forward the mineral and animal in all of us within a film composition that considers connections and interdependence between place, language, loss, and movement.
This event will present a screening of the film, a conversation between three artists (Lucy, Mark, and Judd) and an artist-scholar (Sara Jane), and a discussion with the audience.
Thank you to the Performance Department for helping to host this event.
Sara Jane Bailes is a theatre artist, scholar and writer. She works internationally with artists as dramaturg, mentor, consultant and co-creator. She’s interested in the social, political and ethical modes of friendship and alliance that develop through art practice and its collaborative methodologies. She’s author of Performance Theatre and the Poetics of Failure (2011), co- editor of Beckett and Musicality (2014) and publishes widely on contemporary experimental performance and live art practices in print, live and web-based contexts. She’s Associate Professor and teaches in the Drama, Theatre and Performance programme at the University of Sussex.
UK-based Lucy Cash in an interdisciplinary artist, curator and educator working within and through choreographic processes, and across form. Her commissioned work often involves social exchange and has taken place in galleries, museums, libraries, housing estates, on water and in the air. Her works have shown in both cinema & installation contexts and in galleries including Sophiensaele and Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin; Hyde Park Art Center; Cultural Center and Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, USA; Tramway, Glasgow; Whitechapel Gallery, Tate Modern, Siobhan Davies Studios, and the Natural History Museum, London, UK. She was an associate member of Goat Island 2005 – 2009. www.luminous-cloud.com
Judd Morrissey is a writer and code artist who creates poetic systems across a range of platforms incorporating electronic writing, internet art, live performance, and augmented reality. He teaches in art and technology studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and co-founded the performance collective Anatomical Theatres of Mixed Reality (ATOM-r).
Mark Jeffery is a Chicago-based queer performance/installation artist, curator and Full Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Mark co-founded ATOM-r in 2012 a performance/technology group where he is a choreographer and performer in the company. He is the organizer of IN>TIME, a Tri-Annual performance festival hosted by multiple venues in Chicago. Mark was a former member of the internationally renowned Goat Island Performance Group from 1996 – 2009.
Thursday November 3, 6:00 pm
Conversations at the Edge: Screening of Andy Warhol’s Batman Dracula with presentation by SAIC faculty member Bruce Jenkins
Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N State
SAIC Professor Bruce Jenkins, co-author of The Films of Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonné, and Greg Pierce, Director of Film and Video at The Andy Warhol Museum, present an extended excerpt of Andy Warhol’s film Vampire Batman, 1964, along with stills and period anecdotes, contextualizing it both within Warhol’s overall body of work and recent preservation efforts.
Andy Warhol was an extraordinarily prolific filmmaker, making hundreds of Screen Tests, and dozens of feature-length films in the mid to late 1960s. With recent restoration projects and the publication of The Films of Andy Warhol Catalogue Raisonné 1963-65, the full scope of his cinematic project is just now coming to light. Among the revelations is the unfinished–and virtually unseen–Batman Dracula, an ambitious feature project Warhol shot with legendary performer Jack Smith in 1964. Loosely assembled onto two reels, the film is a fascinating departure from his other projects of the time, involving multiple shooting locations, elaborate sets and costumes, a narrative with intertwining plotlines, and a title character that veers from Gothic demon to free-spirited vagabond.
Tuesday, November 15, 4:30 pm
David Raskin Lecture on Artist Jose Dávila
Neiman Center Lobby, Sharp Building, 37 S Wabash
SAIC’s Mohn Family Professor of Contemporary Art History David Raskin discusses the recent art of Jose Dávila, born in Guadalajara, Mexico in 1974, where he remains based. In this talk, Raskin explains how Dávila shares a creative sensibility with a number of artists who came of age at the end of the Cold War and built their practices in the global ebb and flow of capitalism – a cohort that includes Oscar Tuazon, Rachel Harrison, Liam Gillick, Shinique Smith, and Alicja Kwade, among others. These artists shift the frame of reference from media to the supply chain, scattering on-the-move materials across the language of modernism. With the rise of ethnonationalism, Raskin contends that art’s urgent project is no longer simply to provide aesthetic satisfaction but also to reveal the socioeconomic parameters of where we find it. Jose Dávila’s solo exhibition, Memory of a Telluric Movement, was held at the Museum Haus Konstruktiv, Zurich, Switzerland, in summer 2022.