Jun 3rd 2018

Infrastructures of Encounter: The Sidewalk Workshop

@ Compound Yellow

244 Lake St, Oak Park, IL 60302

Opening Sunday, June 3rd, from 10AM - 6PM

On view through Sunday, June 3rd


Hannah Barco is a performance artist, walker, writer, sculptor and image maker. She works from a Fluxus sense of humor and poetry, a Surrealist obsession with the uncanny, and stands firmly within the Feminist legacy that the personal is political. In her research into the materiality and praxis of everyday life there is an urgent call to reconsider what is at stake in the quotidian. In what ways are we culpable in the social-political systems that make up our neighborhoods, countries, world? How can we regain our agency in these narratives? Currently a Chicago-based artist, Barco was raised in Durham, NC and received a BFA from The School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and an MFA in Performance from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago where she currently works as Assistant Director in the Department of Exhibitions. Barco has exhibited and performed her work in Chicago at the Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago Artist Coalition, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Sullivan Galleries, the Out of Site Public Performance Series, Defibrillator, and out on the streets. Barco was included in the survey exhibition “Walking Sculpture 1967-2015” at the de Cordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, MA and recently the Arizona State University Art Museum hosted her as an artist in residence to create the exhibition “Fathomings” in Tempe, AZ.


This one-day intensive workshop will use the observation and sculptural reproduction of urban sidewalk to examine the systems that create, shape, and maintain both the infrastructure and culture of public space. Through a morning of observation and an afternoon of making, workshop participants will discuss their experiences of, hopes for, and concerns about public space, while creating a new sidewalk path to welcome people into the front yard at Compound Yellow. How might the sidewalk play a vital role in contemporary democracy?

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