Opening Tuesday, November 28th, from 6:30PM - 8PM
On view through Tuesday, November 28th
Join us for an artist talk featuring the 2017-18 Artists-in-Residence: Victoria Martinez, a transdisciplinary artist and educator from Pilsen; Arif Smith, a multidisciplinary artist and educator; and Brittney Leeanne Williams, a Chicago-based conceptual artist.
Moderated by Tempestt Hazel, curator, writer and founder of Sixty Inches From Center, the discussion will create an opportunity for each artist to introduce themselves and their practices, while also creating space for each to amplify their ambition for their time in residence at the University of Chicago, on the Arts Block, and in Chicago’s Washington Park community.
This event is presented by Arts + Public Life and the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture.
About the Artists:
Victoria Martinez is a transdisciplinary artist and educator from Pilsen who explores textiles, installation art, site-specific experiments, printmaking, and painting. She believes in chance and intuition, creating ephemeral experiences inspired by the urban environment, Mother Earth, and fiber, a universal material that connects us all despite of our background. Martinez works with overlooked spaces, marks and items, sewing and weaving them together to create fresh perspectives.
Arif Smith is a multidisciplinary artist and educator. His performance- and video-based work centers on diasporic citizenship and African-rooted performance practices, exploring notions of blackness, co-presence, and marronage. Smith received his BA from Oklahoma State University. He also participated in the performance studies graduate program at Northwestern University. Additionally, Smith has curated exhibitions and symposia at Williams College and Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art (Mass MoCA). He is currently a member of Bomba con Buya and serves as program manager at Changing Worlds.
Brittney Leeanne Williams is a Chicago-based studio artist who is originally from LA. She attended the School of the Art Institute of Chicago from 2008-2009. Her work has exhibited in Los Angeles, Chicago, Madison, WI, and Ann Arbor, MI. She also does conceptual work, including set design for the short film Self-Deportation (which has screened at film festivals nationally and internationally, including the 15th Annual DC Asian Pacific American Film Festival and the Pineapple Underground Film Festival, Hong Kong). She most recently has been a resident for Chicago Artist Coalition’s HATCH residency and attended Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture this past summer.
About the Moderator:
Tempestt Hazel is a curator, writer, artist advocate, and founder of Sixty Inches From Center, a Chicago-based online arts publication and archiving initiative. She is also the Arts Program Officer at the Field Foundation. Over the years she has worked in arts administration, curating, and multidisciplinary programming at Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE), Chicago Artists Coalition, Chicago Park District, and Arts + Public Life at the University of Chicago. Her exhibitions and research have been produced with the University of North Texas, South Side Community Art Center, Terrain Exhibitions, Contemporary Arts Council, Black Metropolis Research Consortium, and University of Chicago, with upcoming exhibitions at the DuSable Museum of African American History and the Smart Museum of Art.