Hello friends and colleagues! I’ve got a handful of updates I wanted to pass along related to curating/writing/art projects and teaching at Moore.
A project I started in 2011 is finally completed, “Local Control: Karl Hess in the World of Ideas,” which has screened in Chicago and New York City last fall and has some upcoming screenings in Philadelphia on March 5th, NYC on March 13th and Brighton in the UK coming up in June. Read more about Local Control and watch a trailer here https://politicalspectrum.info/localcontrol/ and let me know if you’d like to see the whole thing and I will send you a link and password. I’ll be setting up some more screenings as time allows.
Another project with a long time-frame is a kind of revisitation/repackaging which has taken my mail-art/street-art collaboration with Josh MacPhee from 2004’s The Interventionists exhibition curated by Nato Thompson and turning it into a box-set for institutional archives to acquire through Booklyn. Check it out here and see who all has been getting it! Big thanks to Josh for giving these materials that were stored in my various basements and studios a new life.
Over the last few months I’ve contributed some essays to books which were released, including one on the work of Faith Wilding edited by Shannon Stratton, for which we will have a book release on Thursday March 14th in Philadelphia at the art-book seller Ulises.
Another book contribution that is an outgrowth of research I’ve been doing with Rosten Woo for the catalog of a very important exhibition Walls Turned Sideways curated by Risa Puelo. That collaboration is on view at Moore’s Faculty Triennial exhibition which opened January 25th and is on view until March 16, 2019.
On the Curatorial front I’ve got a few bits of exciting news. One bit is that this year I will be serving as a Curator in Residence for Mural Arts Philadelphia. Look out for more news on those projects. Additionally, the exhibition I organized that has been traveling for the last few years recently landed in my hometown. Organize Your Own opened at Hite Institute of Art at University of Louisville in January 2019 and will travel to PNCA in Portland next fall. I participated in a closing event in Louisville on Feb 20th and the exhibit received a few write-ups here, here, and here. In other Organize Your Own related news, over the summer I co-taught a class on the topic with Dan S. Wang and a dialogue on the class will be published soon in ASAP Journal (out next month).
On the teaching front I am increasingly trying to have conversations about the kind of curriculum we have developed at Moore College of Art & Design. This kicked off in February at the College Art Association with a roundtable on “Education for Arts Organizing” which will also be followed up by a Common Field panel on the same topic in April 2019. This spring I’ll also be doing lectures at University of Delaware, Kutztown University and Kansas City Art Institute.
In other Moore news we have our incredible student’s thesis exhibit opening Friday March 29th and have our last public Conversations@Moore lecture on Tuesday April 2nd with Rosten Woo and Courtney Adair Johnson. Over the last few month’s we’ve had an incredible line up of visitors including Ernesto Pujol, Hito Steyrl, Zanele Muholi and an incredible panel of artist in residency leaders through a collaboration with the Alliance of Artist Communities. Read more about what our students are up to in this dialogue I published with Candice Smith, Rachel Wallis, and Christianna Fail in FWD Museums Journal last year.
Ok that is it for me. Please tell me what is up with you!?