Nov 3rd 2018

Heather Raquel Phillips: Short Ones | Long Ones

@ Leather Archives & Museum

6418 N Greenview Ave, Chicago, IL 60626

Opening Saturday, November 3rd, from 2:30PM - 4:30PM

On view through Sunday, November 25th

Join us on November 3 at 2:30pm for a FREE screening of “Short Ones|Long Ones: Time based work by Heather Raquel Phillips”, followed by a public conversation between Heather Raquel Phillips and Kirin Wachter-Grene, Assistant Professor of Liberal Arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and LA&M Visiting Scholar 2017-18.

This kick-off screening and discussion is FREE for the public (18+ only) to attend – no museum admission required!

“Short Ones | Long Ones: Time based work by Heather Raquel Phillips” is a month-long screening program of 11 works by multimedia artist Heather Raquel Phillips. Ranging in duration from 1 minute to 34 minutes – and from performative action videos, loops, and genre-defying experimental works – Phillips’ time-based work centers, and renders radically visible, her Philadelphia community of femme, POC, trans, and kinky rebels.

Positioning herself on both sides of the camera lens, Phillips frames (and is framed by) an intimate, critical, celebratory, and don’t-give-a-f**k gaze and sensibility that stirs the visual pot of taste, tropes, and stereotypes of various normativities.

“Short Ones | Long Ones: Time based work by Heather Raquel Phillips” program will be screened throughout the month of November, with screenings Saturdays and Sundays at 3pm, from 11/4 – 11/25. Screenings are free with museum admission.


Heather Raquel Phillips is a mixed race artist living and working in Philadelphia. Phillips explores the intersections of race, class, sexuality & gender through the use of text, video, photo, and objects. By equally employing both documentary and conceptual practices, Phillips develops her documentary research into conceptual projects.

Phillips received her BFA from Tyler School of Art (2008) and her MFA from University of Pennsylvania (2016) where she was the recipient of the prestigious Toby Devon Lewis Fellowship & the Stuart Egnal Scholarship Award. She has recently exhibited at Mama Gallery, LA, the Ice Box Project Space, Grizzly Grizzly and NAPOLEON in Philadelphia, BLAM Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, The Leather Archives & Museum, Chicago, and Hyphen Gallery in D.C. This year she has had a solo show at James Oliver Gallery and a 2 person show at Space 1026 in Philadelphia.

Phillips is a lecturer of Fine Arts at The University of Pennsylvania, a member of the artist run gallery, NAPOLEON, Ms. Philadelphia Leather 2017, and a 2017 recipient of the Leeway Foundation Art and Change Grant.

Kirin Wachter-Grene is Assistant Professor of English in the Department of Liberal Arts at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Washington with a focus on 19th -21st century African American literature and gender and sexuality studies. Dr. Wachter-Grene was the 2017-18 Visiting Scholar at the Leather Archives and Museum. While at the LA&M she conducted research into black women’s historical, manifold involvement with leather, kink, and fetish communities. Her LA&M research will inform her introduction for At the Limits of Desire: Black Radical Pleasure, a special issue of The Black Scholar she is guest editing in honor of the journal’s 50th Anniversary (forthcoming 2020). Dr. Wachter-Grene’s articles and reviews have been published in African American Review, The Black Scholar, Callaloo, The International Journal of Diverse Identities, and InVisible Culture.

Program organized by Jose Santiago Perez

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