June 8, 6-7pm - In Conversation with Ranu Mukherjee @ Gallery Wendi Norris, SF

I am thrilled to be heading west next month, to be in conversation with San Francisco-based, multi-media artist Ranu Mukherjee on June 8 at 6pm at Gallery Wendi Norris in San Francisco.  This program is planned in conjunction with her recently opened exhibition "Shadowtime." In this, her third solo presentation with the gallery, Mukherjee unveils a series of new yellow, orange, and purple pigment and milk-paint paintings on paper and a hybrid film installation, projected on a sculptural glass screen. 

May 7, 3-7pm - "Archival Resistance" Program @ Abrons Arts Center

Using Archival Alchemy as platform to creatively respond to the rapidly shifting political landscape, this afternoon of programming brings together artists, activist and community leaders for brainstorming sessions, skill-sharing and workshops for those seeking increased visibility or strategic invisibility within the bureaucratic and digital archives of our day. Pop-up performances and engaged art-making for all ages will be ongoing in the galleries. Program details here

April 6, 6-8pm - "Archival Alchemy" Opening @ Abrons Arts Center

I'm so excited to open Archival Alchemy, the South Asian Women’s Creative Collective (SAWCC) 20th anniversary visual arts exhibition, which I had the honor of guest curating.  The exhibition takes over all three gallery spaces at Abrons Arts Center, and features thirteen artists and collectives from throughout the diaspora, working across artistic media to investigate the resonances found in an archival past on the contingencies of the present.  All are welcome at the opening, or anytime during gallery hours until May 10. 

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Feb 17, 5:30pm - Pedagogy Presentation @ CAA, NY Hilton Midtown

On behalf of myself and co-organizer Natalie Campbell, I'll be presenting on "I want a president...(a collective reading-DC)" at the College Arts Association's 2017 conference in New York.  As part of a panel entitled State of the Art (History): Pedagogy Laboratory, my talk "Electoral Art History: Public & Personal Engagement through Agitprop" will share insights from the writing workshops that became an essential part of IWAP-DC.  The depth of engagement and energy produced through these workshops suggested to us that lessons based in agitprop—an area often skipped in canonical coursework—have great potential for bringing together art history, art making, civic discourse and purposeful writing. 

Oct 16, 5:30pm - "I want a president...(a collective reading-DC)" @ the White House, DC

The culmination of a months-long project by myself & co-curator Natalie Campbell, this collective reading is also the closing event of Creative Time Summit-DC: Occupy the Future. Artists, activists and the general public are invited to come together in front of the White House  to envision representational leadership that seems impossible from where we stand now. Inspired by a 1992 text piece by artist Zoe Leonard, this project has engaged the public in adapting her list of demands to reflect the urgencies of today through in-person workshops and online discussions. Reading these two texts in unison, we will connect the concerns of the past with the needs of the present, and collectively-voiced desires for an alternate future.

Presented in collaboration with Furthermore with thanks to the following community partners: Anacostia Arts Center, Bread for the City, Creative Time Summit, the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design at The George Washington University, the DC Public Library Foundation, Pleasant Plains Workshop, Potter’s House, Transformer, Visual AIDS

 

Sept. 29, 7pm Panel on Charlotte Moorman @ The Grey Art Gallery

I'll be participating, along with two other Moorman scholars, in "A Moorman-Eye View of New York’s Changing Avant-Gardism," a panel discussion moderated by Hannah B. Higgins, professor of Art History, University of Illinois at Chicago. I'll be sharing in-progress work from my dissertation on Moorman, Paik and erotic performances of power.  The program coincides with the Grey's exciting presentation of A Feast of Astonishment: Charlotte Moorman and the Avant-Garde, 1960s–1980s
 

Sept. 13 6-8pm "I want a President..." Writing Workshop @ Anacostia Art Center

Next up for "I want a president...(a collective reading-DC) ,  co-organizer Natalie Campbell & I will be at the Anacostia Art Center Cafe, where we'll host another writing workshop to get more voices into the mix. 

What do you want in a president? What experiences should be reflected? What do you wish to see in government that seems impossible from where we stand now?  This evening invites the public to engage with and adapt a 1992 text by artist and activist Zoe Leonard listing demands for a new U.S. president. The adapted texts from this series of workshop will be archived online and will culminate in a public collective reading on Oct 16 at 5:30 pm in front of the White House.

Aug 29, 6-8pm "I want a President..." Writing Workshop @ Potter's House, DC

Excited to be hosting the next writing workshop & discussion for "I want a president...(a collective reading-DC) with co-organizer Natalie Campbell and The Potter's House DC

What do you want in a president? What experiences should be reflected? What do you wish to see in government that seems impossible from where we stand now?  This evening invites the public to engage with and adapt a 1992 text by artist and activist Zoe Leonard listing demands for a new U.S. president. The adapted texts from this series of workshop will be archived online and will culminate in a public collective reading on Oct 16 at 5:30 pm in front of the White House.

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June 15, 6-8pm Project Launch @ Furthermore Happy Hour/Comet Ping Pong

I am thrilled to be launching my next project I want a president... (a collective reading-DC) at the next Furthermore Happy Hour.  A DC-based collective, Furthermore hosts these casual events to check in with their community and fellow creatives, see what everyone is up to, and introduce new projects.

For this gathering, my co-organizer & Furthermore co-conspirator Natalie Campbell & I will present ideas and invite feedback as we prepare for IWAP-DC.  This first US iteration of an international action inspired by Zoe Leonard’s 1992 text will take place in mid-October, leading up to the general election. Please join us as we take over the very back room of Comet Ping Pong, our gracious host venue for this launch event.

RSVP: https://www.facebook.com/events/1664994743816041/

Project info & Mailing list: www.iwantapresidentdc.com

May 19th at 3:20pm, Presenting @ the Smithsonian American Art Museum

Thursday May 19, in the afternoon session of the SAAM Fellows three-day lecture series, I'll be sharing work from my current chapter-in-progress on Charlotte Moorman's curatorial work.  Titled "Producing Platforms: Charlotte Moorman, Lucy R. Lippard and Catalytic Curating," the talk offers a comparative look at the experimental curatorial work of Moorman and Lippard in the late 1960s.

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