Jul 16th 2016

Please join us as former artist in residence Oli Rodriguez returns to the lab to talk about his recent project The Last Seduction. The work, which examines colonialism and its impact on institutions of art, will be featured in an exhibition at Bert Green Fine Art in November-December.


Oli will be joined by critic and curator Risa Puleo. Risa attended Bard College’s Curatorial Studies Program and holds a Masters in Art History from Hunter College. She has served as Assistant Curator of American and Contemporary Art at the The Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin as well as Program Director of Artadia: the Fund for Art and Dialogue. She writes for BOMB Magazine, Art in America, Modern Painters, ART PAPERS, ART21, and other publications.

Oli Rodriguez is an interdisciplinary artist working in video, photography, performance, installation and writing. Currently, he is faculty in the Photography Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). His projects conceptually intersect and dialogue within consent, queerness, childhood and sexuality. His exhibition, The Great Refusal: Taking on New Queer Aesthetics at SAIC is the first explicitly queer show at the institution. He is apart of the monograph Confronting the Abject, named from his research themed class that he co-taught with Catherine Opie at SAIC. He just finished his book, The Papi Project, which archives the AIDS pandemic through his queer, people of color (POC) family in Chicago during the 1980’s. Rodriguez has screened, performed, lectured and exhibited his works internationally and nationally at institutions and museums such as The HI – Banff Alpine Centre, Canada; Schwarzer Kanal, Berlin, Germany; Smart Museum of Art, University of Chicago; Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL; Cornell University, Ithaca, NY; Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; and Gene Siskel Film Center of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL.

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