Sep 28th 2015

How can socially minded cultural workers infiltrate museums and prioritize social justice? What can a museum learn from DIY approaches and riot grrrls? What happens when exhibition makers site their work outside of institutions? And how can being on the peripheries of institutional power be leveraged as an asset?

Join Astria Suparak and Jen Delos Reyes for a conversation at Gallery 400, where they will explore their work within and without institutions, and discuss how to create self-organized modes of exhibition making and distribution, make allies and glean strategies and energies from social movements to rethink the exhibition as form.

Astria Suparak has curated exhibitions, screenings, live music events and performances for art spaces, film festivals, and academic venues internationally, including PS1, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, The Kitchen, Eyebeam Art+Technology Center, Participant Inc, Museo Rufino Tamayo (Mexico City), The 50th Internationale Kurzfilmtage Oberhausen, The Liverpool Biennial 2004, and Exposition Chicago 2014, as well as for non-art spaces such as roller-skating rinks, elementary schools, sports bars, rock clubs, and ferries. Suparak has directed galleries and event series at Carnegie Mellon, Syracuse University, and Pratt. Suparak is the curator of the nationally touring exhibition Alien She, which examines the impact of the punk feminist movement Riot Grrrl on contemporary artists, and Keep It Slick, the first survey of activists-artists The Yes Men. In the last fifteen years she has presented 300 shows in 10 countries.

Jen Delos Reyes is a creative laborer, educator, writer, radical community arts organizer, and author of countless emails. Her practice is as much about working with institutions as it is about creating and supporting sustainable artist-led culture. Delos Reyes worked within Portland State University from 2008-2014 to create the first flexible residency Art and Social Practice MFA program in the United States and devised the curriculum that focused on place, engagement, and dialogue. The flexible residency program allows for artists embedded in their communities to remain on site throughout their course of study. Jen is currently the Associate Director of the School of Art and Art History at UIC.

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