Oct 18th 2022

Tanda: Monastic Making: Public Grieving and Vernacular Art Environments

Date: Wednesday, 10/18/2022
Time: 6:30-8:30pm ct / 7:30-9:30 et / 4:30-6:30pm pt
Zoom Registration Link: bit.ly/3S5iKwQ

Monastic Making: Public Grieving and Vernacular Art Environments | Gabriel Chalfin-Piney

Vernacular and artist built environments are often constructed by hermetic makers or within isolated religious communities as acts of devotion. Monastic Making explores the ways in which these sites outlive their original constructors, embodying the myth of the monastic artist, while serving as sites of mourning and spiritual communing for individuals and groups alike.

Monastic Making mines the following questions: How do vernacular and artist built environments operate as public sites of religious and spiritual practices? What roles can these environments serve in understanding craft, labor, and hermetic histories? How have spiritual pilgrimages and graveyard social gatherings shifted as the role of religion and mourning shifts?

Gabriel Chalfin-Piney Gabriel Chalfin-Piney is a performance artist and organizer, with a background in cohort creation and public programming. They are interested in making by way of olfactory, gustatory, and tactile experiments, prompting audience members to participate as co-creators. Co-creation, co-learning, co-authorship, and failure are central to the projects that they participate in. Gabriel holds an MA in Arts Administration and Policy from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. They are the founder of Care-Full Histories, an Oral History Archiving, Food + Performance Residency.


Join us in any of these Tanda sessions to share conversations, resources, and knowledge.

09/28 : Labor, Care, Rest and the Maternal Roots of the Gift Economy | Jessica Caldas
10/05 : Ecologies of Impairment: Farm labor and Disability | Cielo Saucedo
10/12 : Urban Palimpsest, Collaged Spatiality: Mapping the Mecca | Roland Knowlden
10/19 : Monastic Making: Public Grieving and Vernacular Art Environments | Gabriel Chalfin-Piney
10/26 : Cumbia/Truth Teller and Backbone | Esperanza Cortés
11/09 : Video Game Non-Architecture: Digital Spaces and Their Impact | Jalyn Haynes

No session on 11/02. Sessions are virtual, free and open to the public. Closed captioning available. Recordings of Tandas are not posted online.


Tanda is a cohort program that aids individuals with their research and practice through self-directed and collective learning. It is a program providing time and space to gather, share, think and exchange conversations, resources, and knowledge on participants’ chosen topics and practices.

Chuquimarca is an art library project tasked to gather and share resources related to contemporary art and art histories. They offer a seasonal research group program known as Tanda and a summer art writing program known as Muña. Chuquimarca is based in Chicago, IL.

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