Sep 9th 2016

Let’s talk about it! Join Society! Artist-in-Residence, Joseph G. Cruz with Jessica Cochran and Lucas Korte as they discuss Cruz’s experimental exhibition “Across the Sky, Came a Screaming.”

“How might we learn to understand the landscape on a geologic scale?
What does the ambivalent nature of technology want in shaping our perspective?
God knows? … But, we have to start somewhere …
I know it sounds cheesey, but this is my ‘somewhere'”
– Joseph G. Cruz

For the past few years, Cruz has been excavating the hidden histories and contextual relationships that have developed the technology involved, in capturing the first image of Earth from outer space. He views this moment as a starting point for the conceptualization of the term Anthropocene. This image and the complicated context surrounding its birth is disassembled through authentic artifacts, geologic material, photography, video and sculpture, and re-presented in this exhibition, and discussed tonight.

Joseph G. Cruz received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in 2011 from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and went on to receive his Masters of Arts from the University of Notre Dame in 2016 with a GLOBES Fellowship in Environment and Society. Cruz’s book titled, “the death of god left the angels in a strange place” (volume 1) was recently published through Are Not Books & Publishing. Cruz has exhibited nationally with solo exhibitions at Comfort Station, Chicago; Chicago Artist Coalition, Chicago; SUG’s at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; and a solo project at EXPO Art Fair, Chicago. Notable group exhibitions include: Hyde Park Art Center, Illinois; Soap Factory, Minnesota; Phoenix Institute of Contemporary Art, Arizona; Slought Foundation, Pennsylvania; and Cabinet Magazine’s Exhibition Space, New York. Cruz has attended numerous residencies, lectured or paneled on his work at Kavi Gupta Editions, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Slought Foundation, and Chicago Artist Coalition. More on Joseph’s work can be found at

Jessica Cochran is a curator living and working in Chicago. She is recently completed a curatorial fellowship at the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation. Recent and upcoming exhibitions include Roman Susan (Chicago), McCormick Gallery (Chicago), Center for the Book (New York) and the Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago). After seven years spent in academic galleries, she is now a lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the curatorial manager of a growing private collection of contemporary art based in Chicago, Indiana and Palm Springs, and project coordinator for Watermarks, a city-wide public art project in Milwaukee by the New York-based artist Mary Miss. More of Jessica’s projects can be found at

Lucas Korte received his M.F.A. from the University of Notre Dame and is currently visiting professor of drawing at the University of Notre Dame. His work deals with the nonhuman generally, originally focusing on invertebrate forms as revealed by the science of biology, with an aim towards questioning the figure of the human and the central position it has held in the universe in Western culture. More on his work and ideas can be found at

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