Caroline Woolard (Artist Talk)
@ Gallery 400
400 S. Peoria St., Chicago Il
Opening Tuesday, April 14th, at 6PM
Caroline Woolard is an artist and organizer based in Brooklyn, New York who works between the solidarity economy and conceptual art. Making media, sculptures, furniture, and events, Woolard co-creates spaces for critical exchange and forgotten histories. Her practice is research-based and collaborative. Sensing that each project transforms the people who make it, Woolard opens spaces for co-production rather than toiling alone. In 2009, Woolard co-founded three organizations to support collaborative cultural production: a studio space, OurGoods.org, and Trade School.coop. These three long-term infrastructure projects support short-term artworks and involve working with conceptual artists, educators in the solidarity economy movement, and technologists in start-ups.
Understanding artists as long-term residents, Woolard works on the rise of the BFA-MFA-PhD, the Social Life of Artistic Property, footnote systems for research-based art, socially engaged failure, compensation in the arts, and incommensurability. Forthcoming writing will focus on a project at MoMA that closed last June, as well as the implications of debt and duration for social practices. From 2008-2013, Woolard was supported by the infrastructure projects mentioned above, as well as unemployment benefits, transformative organizers she met as the media coordinator for SolidarityNYC.org, a Fellowship at Eyebeam, a residency at the MacDowell Colony, Watermill, iLAND, and a major grant from the Rockefeller Cultural Innovation Fund. Woolard is currently an Artist in Residence at the Queens Museum, a lecturer at Cooper Union, the Rhode Island School of Design, and the New School. Woolard is proud to be an organizing member of BFA-MFA-PhD, New York City, To Be Determined, Trade School, and the Pedagogy Group.
See more at: http://gallery400.uic.edu/events/voices-caroline-woolard
Image: Caroline Woolard, What is a work of art in the age of $120,000 art degrees?, 2014
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