On Stage: Catherine Sullivan
Act One: Joel Parsons, reception: December 16, 6pm to 10 pm
Act Two: Michaela Murphy: January 13, 6 pm to 10 pm
Closing act: Christalena Hughmanic, January 28, 6 pm to 10 pm
I choose you. Because I love you. Because you don’t need me,
you do your thing, and I love watching it. I choose you because you are to yourself, in total, in totality, you have no boundaries. You go on and on, make things uncomfortable and lovely.
I fall for your excess and disregard. You do you and I do me. So I’ve decided to put this –my love and your desire – at test. That’s why we’re here today. I want to see how we behave. We are in the ring
As lovers, we’re gonna dance and fight. There’s no lead, no specific dance, no music that is given. It is up to us to decide how we are going to behave, what we are going make out of it and what we are going to destroy.
Me and you. Me and you.
November 29, 2017
Catherine Sullivan has created film, theater and installation work with numerous collaborators and ensembles nationally and internationally. The performers in her works are often coping with written texts, stylistic economies, re-enactments of historic performances, gestural and choreographic regimes, and conceptual orthodoxies. Her true medium is the ensemble itself. Solo exhibitions, collaborations, performances and films have been presented at venues such as UCLA Armand Hammer Museum, Los Angeles; Walker Art Center, Minneapolis; The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Metro Pictures, New York; Galerie Catherine Bastide, Brussels, Galerie Christian Nagel, Cologne; Secession, Vienna; Tate Modern, London; Opéra de Lyon, Lyon; Volksbühne, Berlin; Cricoteka, Krakow; Trapdoor Theatre, Chicago; the Whitney, Moscow and Gwangju biennials; Berlin International Film Festival and International Film Festival Rotterdam. Her work is held in public and private collections including Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Whitney Museum of American Art, New York; Tate Modern, London; Thyssen-Bornemisza Art Contemporary, Vienna; Rubell Family Foundation, Miami and Geotz Collection, Munich. Notable awards include The Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, Herb Alpert Award in the Arts, Deutscher Akademischer Austausch Dienst, United States Artists Walker Fellowship and a Chicago Dancemaker’s Forum Lab Artist Award. She holds a BFA in acting from California Institute of the Arts and an MFA in post-studio art from Art Center College of Design. She is an associate professor in the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Chicago.
Michaela Murphy lives and works in NYC. She shows in collaborative exhibitions in nontraditional spaces, including a church gymnasium, an Airbnb across from MoMA, and an office building in Koreatown. She is also a board member at New Alternatives for Homeless LBGTQ Youth, and the education and outreach manager at The Wooster Group.
Joel Parsons is an artist, curator, and teacher based in Memphis, where he is an Assistant Professor of Art and Director of Clough-Hanson Gallery at Rhodes College. His artistic practice centers queer intimacy, and has been shown at Yale University’s Greene Gallery; Western Exhibitions in Chicago, IL; and the Yerba Buena Art Center Triennial in San Francisco, CA. Along with his partner, Steven McMahon, he is the cofounder of Beige, an alternative gallery and performance space devoted to the work of LGBTQ artists. His country music band, The Dixie Dicks, will release their first album titled VERS in 2018. He received an MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Christalena Hughmanic is an artist living and working in Chicago. Born and raised in Lancaster Pennsylvania, her formative years were defined by the Amish and Shaker communities surrounding her in this area of the country. Her current approach to an art practice in performance, sculpture and textiles is is heavily influenced by the dedication to craft found in these communities. She received an MFA from the Fiber and Material Studies Department at the School of the art Institute of Chicago where she is currently a lecturer. Recent exhibition sites include Fernwey, Document, Triumph and Western Exhibitions in Chicago, SOIL Gallery in Seattle, The Kinsey Institute at Indiana University and Gorge Borge Gallery in Budapest, Hungary. She was most recently an International Artist in Residence at the Hungarian Multicultural Center in Budapest and has been awarded the Lenore Tawney Foundation Scholarship, Grainger Marburg Travel Grant and been a Northampton Arts Council grant recipient.