Presented in partnership with the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC), /Dialogues offers panel discussions, conversations and provocative artistic discourse with leading artists, curators, designers and arts professionals on the current issues that engage them.
AIDS AND EROTICISM: ART+POSITIVE ARCHIVES
Dr. Daniel Berger (Author | Militant Eroticism: The ART+Positive Archives, Collector, Founder of Iceberg Projects)
In 2015, Dr. Daniel Berger, a leading clinician and researcher in the field of HIV/AIDS as well as an avid art collector and gallery owner, acquired the previously unseen archives of ART+Positvie, an affinity group of ACT-UP New York. ART+Positive was an artists’ and activists’ response to both the AIDS crisis and to the lack of action taken to address the crisis on the part of the US Government. Many influential artists, including panelist, Nan Goldin contributed to the group’s vision over the course of the turbulent 80s and 90s. Together, in 2015 Berger and artist John Neff created an exhibition of the archives—originally compiled in the mid 90s by Hunter Reynolds—at their gallery space, Iceberg Projects. The exhibition was later translated into the book, Militant Eroticism: The ART+ Positive Archives, which includes essays by Berger & Neff as well as previously unpublished writings by Ray Navarro, Hunter Reynolds, and David Wojnarowicz. Join this panel exploring the art and activism of the AIDS epidemic in relation to the intersections of race, class, sexuality and gender at the time. Followed by a book signing.
Book Signing – MILITANT EROTICISM: THE ART+POSITIVE ARCHIVES*
Location: /Dialogues Stage
THE UNDERGROUND RAILROAD IMAGINARY
Dawoud Bey (Artist | Stephen Daiter Gallery, Rena Bransten Gallery), Leigh Raiford (Associate Professor, Department of African American Studies, University of California, Berkeley), Steven Nelson (Professor, African and African American Art, UCLA Department of Art History). Moderated by Michelle Grabner (Artist | James Cohan, Professor, Painting and Drawing | SAIC, Curator | FrontArt).
Join this discussion on the occasion of the newest commissioned work of 2017 MacArthur Fellow Dawoud Bey, entitled Night Coming Tenderly, Black, on view as part of FRONT International, the Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art. Installed in St. John’s Episcopal Church, a stop on the Underground Railroad in the nineteenth century, Bey’s recent series of photographs evoke the imagined experience of escaped slaves—moving northward through Cleveland and the surrounding area to Lake Erie, before boarding boats bound for Canada. Through brooding photographic prints, Bey seeks to reconstruct the experience of moving through a strange city and landscape under cover of night. In conversation with scholars Leigh Raiford and Steven Nelson, and moderated by Curator of FRONT International Michelle Grabner, this discussion expands on the artist’s continued interest in the ways in which history can be engaged, invoked, and materialized in the contemporary moment in relation to African American history and experience. Followed by a book signing.
Book Signing – DAWOUD BEY: SEEING DEEPLY*
Location: /Dialogues Stage
Image: Dawoud Bey photo installation at St. John’s Episcopal Church for FrontArt