May 15th 2016

Personal Preferences // Neo-Judson Open Labs I

@ Home & Hung Jury

526 Wesley Ave., Oak Park, IL 60304

Opening Sunday, May 15th, from noon - 6PM

On view through Friday, July 1st

Art from the Private Collections of Michael Workman & Diane Ponder // Open Participation Dance & Performance Art Showcase

526 Wesley Ave., Oak Park, IL 60304
EXHIBITION May 15-July 1, 2016
OPENING RECEPTION May 15, noon-6pm
Additional viewings by appointment

PERSONAL PREFERENCES is a private event; RSVP is required for admission. The first in two private exhibitions at the HOME project space in Oak Park, Illinois, over an eight-week period, Personal Preferences will exhibit artworks from the private collections of Michael Workman and Diane Ponder. Curated by Michael Workman. Artists include:

Jen DeNike
Sabina Ott
Edra Soto
Bruce High Quality Foundation
Ralph Syverson
Michele Beck and Jorge Calvo
Harrell Fletcher, Elizabeth Meyer, David Harvey, Chris Johanson, Alexis Van Hurkman
Jim Trainor
Erik Fensler
Darrell Roberts
Gabriel Fowler
Tom Palazzolo
Chuck Jones
Scott Roberts
Wendy Jo Carlton
Sterling Ruby
David Cronenberg
Miranda July
Kirsten Stoltman
Van McElwee
Emily Vey Duke and Cooper Battersby
Masahiro Sugano
Alex Roper
Tom Burtonwood
Matthew Hoffman
Vivien Park
Michael X. Ryan
Jeanne Dunning
Greg Stimac
Chris Ofili
Anne Wilson
& others


In addition to the private art collections, a selective number of performance art and dance works will be presented as part of a separate program, “Seedbeds: Defining the Neo-Judson.” The Judson Church scene, long recognized as its own seedbed in the development of important dance and performance works, from Carolee Schneeman to Deborah Hay, Steve Paxton and many others, is ripe for reimagining. For more information on the Seedbeds programming, please visit our separate page for the event at

Diane Ponder is an artist and curator with a studio in the Cornelia Arts Building. Working with mud and sand, ball point pen and pencil early on, she continues to expand into a variety of materials, including salt, wax, string and linen. Her emphasis on natural and non-toxic materials benefit both the artist and collector. Photography and video are also recently incorporated, and including poets, dancers and musicians in interactive work. This September, Ponder had a show at Gateway Gallery at Bryant Park in NYC. She has shown nationally and internationally in art fairs and galleries. Only woman in Saudi Arabian Gallery first abstract art show. She recently was in an art fair in Hong Kong and featured in November at her gallery, Studio 26 in the East Village. She was featured in the Select Art Fair in NYC 2015, and Aqua and Art on Paper in Miami in December. Previously, she was artist in residence with Oak Park, Illinois space The Art House, and appeared in a PBS broadcast about an arts project in support of Sarah’s Inn, a womens’ shelter. She has been featured in shows at the Cultural Center Peace Tower of Mark do Suervo in Chicago, and in a long term exhibit at the visitors center at Navy Pier. She has exhibited and curated several shows at the Hyde Park Art Center.

Most recently, Ponder moderated a program for the CAN TV Senior Network on the subject of the Cornelia Arts Building and Chicago Artists Month, including artists at the current Robert Morris College show. Ponder was included in Art From Excess, a show curated by Chris Toepfer in the Marshall J. Gardner Center for the Arts in Mills Park, Indiana. Her education includes a Visual Arts Certificate from the Graham School of the University of Chicago, where she also studied as an undergraduate. In addition, she also participated in the Bridge and Center Programs at the Hyde Park Art Center, which partnered with the Graham school.

Michael Workman is a dance, performance art and sociocultural critic, theorist, dramaturge, choreographer, reporter, poet, novelist, artist, curator, manager and promoter of numerous art, literary and theatrical productions. Over the last two years, Workman has been working on a series of books, and the “Sophie Allen” dance notation and choreographic system, all part of a collection of nine largely book-based works over a projected decade, called the Mortal Dreams Cycle. Characters for the Sophie Allen system, and subsequent performances generated from the system, are drawn from an ensemble of the more than 40 whom appear in his graphic novel, “Envy the Dead,” his children’s book for adults, “The Darkness Sings Songs of Itself,” a literary novel, “American Hell,” and a long-form poetry collection with accompanying watercolor drawings, “Hollow Harvest.” Future works in the cycle include “Rustaire,” “Burn It Down,” “The Journeys of Allen the Chalk-Line Ghost,” a “Sophie Allen” graphic novel, and an additional, undetermined novel to mark the cycle’s end. In addition to his work as dance, performance art and socio-cultural critic at Newcity, Chicagoist and elsewhere, Workman has also served as a staff writer for Gaper’s Block, reporter for WBEZ Chicago Public Radio, and as Chicago correspondent for Italian art magazine Flash Art. He is currently producing exhibitions, films and recordings, dance and performance art events under his curatorial umbrella, Antidote Projects, the last exhibition for which he produced a ‘zine, False Love, with original work by artists and writers including AA Bronson. Formerly, he was Director of Bridge, NFP, a Chicago-based 501 c (3) arts publishing and programming organization. Bridge, NFP published the Pushcart-prize winning bimonthly Bridge Magazine, for which he served as Publisher and Editor-in-Chief. Bridge, NFP also organized the annual Artboat exhibition during Art Chicago for two consecutive years at Navy Pier, The Nova Art Fair for another two, and launched the Bridge Art Show from 2004-2008 in New York, Miami Beach and Chicago in 2007, in cooperation with Art Chicago at the Merchandise Mart, as well as the Verge Art Fair in NY, Miami and Berlin, Germany from 2009-2012. He has also worked in supporting roles on a number of other exposition and exhibition programs around the globe.

Workman has lectured widely at universities including Northwestern University, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and The University of Illinois at Chicago, and served as advisor to curators of the Whitney Biennial. His reporting, criticism, and other writing has appeared in New Art Examiner, the Chicago Reader, zingmagazine, and Contemporary magazine, among others, and his projects have been written about in Artforum, The New York Times, Artnet, The Financial Times, The Huffington Post, The Times of London, The Art Newspaper, The Wall Street Journal, New York Magazine, Art In America, Time Out NY, Chicago and London, The Gawker, ARTINFO, Flavorpill, The Chicago Tribune, NYFA Current, The Frankfurter Algemeine, The Chicago Sun-Times, The Village Voice, Monopol, and numerous other news media, art publications and countless blog, podcast and small press publishing outlets throughout the years. He currently resides in Chicago.

The two-story house where the collections will be presented, formerly Ponder’s family home, is currently under renovation by Workman. The entire white-cube first, and parts of the second floor of the house, will be used for dispay of the collection.

HOME & HUNG JURY is located walking-distance from both blue and green line CTA stations, and south of the east-bound Chicago Avenue bus line.

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