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Judy Ledgerwood,
Alice Welsh Skilling Professor of Art,

Judy Ledgerwood is painter whose canvases and wall painting installations confront the history of abstract painting. Her work simultaneously considers domestically created decorative work made by women across cultures. Compositions consist of motifs that are derived from symbolic shapes associated with Paleo and Neolithic Goddess cultures throughout Europe. The vocabulary of shapes featured in her work is comprised of circles, quatrefoils, and a seed-like shape organized within triangles and chevrons that she perceives as a womanly ciphers symbolic of feminine power.

Born in 1959, Ledgerwood lives and works in Chicago, Illinois. She received a BFA from the Art Academy of Cincinnati and a MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She has held numerous solo exhibitions worldwide, most recently at Tracy Williams Ltd, New York, NY (2016); Barbara Davis Gallery, Houston, TX (2015); Hausler Contemporary, Austria (2015); The Graham Foundation, Chicago, IL (2014); Smart Museum of Art, Chicago, IL (2014); Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago, IL (2013); among many others. She is the recipient of several awards including The Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award, an Artadia Award, a Tiffany Award in the Visual Arts, a National Endowment for the Arts Award, and an Illinois Art Council Award. Her work is included in prominent public collections including the Art Institute of Chicago, IL, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Museum of Contemporary Art Los Angeles, the Milwaukee Museum of Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and the Kunstmuseum St. Gallen Switzerland, among others. In 2015, Ledgerwood was commissioned by the Embassy of the United States in Vientiane, Laos to create a monumental site-specific painting. Her major monograph, Judy Ledgerwood, published by Hatje Cantz in 2009 is available on Amazon.


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JUDY LEDGERWOOD, “BLOOD RED RISING”, 2015,
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JUDY LEDGERWOOD, “WONDER BOY”, 2015,
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Tea Project

From sunrise to sunset, A,T,P is proud to host the Tea Project.

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Sunrise (5:16AM): Installation (placing the cups)
10:30AM: Tea Performance
2:30PM: Teach-in
4PM: Tea Performance
5:30PM: Teach-in & Deinstallation (returning the cups)
concluded by Sunset (8:22PM)

The Tea Project is an ongoing dialogue that traverses a variety of landscapes. From the tea sipped at a family gathering, to a cage in Guantanamo Bay, to a motor pool in Iraq, tea is not only a favored drink but a shared moment that transcends cultural divides and systems of oppression. When someone sits, sips, and reflects over a cup of tea there is space to ask questions about one’s relationship to the world: a world that is filled with dehumanization, war, and destruction; a world that is filled with moments of beauty, love, and humanity.

Amber Ginsburg and Aaron Hughes work collaboratively to uncover moments of beauty, poetics, and shared humanity within little known military histories. Taking as its starting point the curious love story of a Guantanamo Bay guard, who fell in love with the drawings carved by detainees on Styrofoam cups, the Tea Project is an ongoing series of installations and performances that offers counter-narratives to disrupt the numbing effects of war and detention. Through the Tea Project, Ginsburg and Hughes create scenarios that allow audiences a role in telling the story of our current involvement in war and torture.

The Tea Project will host a day-long exhibition and performance series that will investigate the connections between Chicago based institutions and the perpetuation of torture and extralegal detention at Guantanamo Bay Detention Camp. These relationships will be explored through Tea Performances and Teach-ins that highlight the work and personal narratives of veterans, academics, activists, and community members.

Setting the stage for this event will be 779 porcelain cast Styrofoam teacups, one for each individual that has been or is held in extralegal detention in Guantanamo since 2001. The cups are a lasting collection of artifacts reflecting a global conflict while also being individual vessels that easily lift out of display and into your hands for a cup of tea. You are invited.

DATES & LOCATIONS,

Saturday, June 4, 5am
South Lawn
Arts Circle Drive
Evanston, IL 60208



Strangers

We are looking for a place that resembles the bar at the beginning of Andrei Tarkovsky’s Stalker. Murky, anonymous, illicit; a place where strangers conspire to trespass in pursuit of higher rewards. Locations like these are central to certain online practices including hacking and trolling, motivations for which span from ‘doing it for the lulz’ to radical polemic disruption. How can these strategies of ad-hoc organization and intervention be leveraged by practitioners in different fields? Bringing together figures from cultural anthropology, media theory and contemporary art, this symposium will propose methods by which the urge to disrupt corporate, governmental and media narratives might be channeled into productive (or unproductive) forms of arbitration.

Presentations by Erkki Huhtamo, Rob Horning, Devin Kenny, and Beate Geissler.

This symposium is made possible through support by The Myers Foundations and The Graduate School, and is sponsored by the Department of Art Theory and Practice, the Kaplan Institute for the Humanities, the Department of Radio/Television/Film, and the Department of French and Italian.

DATES & LOCATIONS,

Saturday, May 30, 1pm
Art, Theory, Practice,
640 N Lincoln St
Evanston, IL 60208



Amy Sillman,
2002

Amy Sillman is an American painter. Her artistic practice also includes drawings, cartoons, collage, iPhone video, and zines. She lives with her dog Omar in Brooklyn, where she also maintains a studio. Sillman is Co-chair, Painting at the Milton Avery Graduate School of the Arts at Bard College. 

Sillman began showing at the Brent Sikkema Gallery in New York in 2000. She is represented by Sikkema Jenkins & Co., New York, and shows at Capitain-Petzel in Berlin, at Thomas Dane Gallery in London, at Campoli Presti in Paris and at Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects, Los Angeles. The first large scale survey of her work, curated by Helen Molesworth, premiered at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston in October 2013. The exhibition also travelled to the Aspen Art Museum and the Center for Curatorial Studies and Art in Contemporary Culture at Bard College. Her solo show “Third Person Singular,” the exhibition of a year-long project of portraiture and abstract painting, was on view at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington, DC, and travelled to the Tang Museum at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, New York, until 2009. Her work was included in the 2014 Whitney Biennial.

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Helen Mirra,
2002, 2018

Helen Mirra presently maintains a rhythm of working in a sustained relation to walking. Solo exhibitions include those at the Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago, the Berkeley Art Museum, Kunst-Werke Berlin, and Haus Konstruktiv Zurich, and she participated in the 50th Venice Biennial, the 30th Sao Paulo Bienal, and the 2015 Havana Bienal. Recent music releases are the CD Maps of Parallels 41 N and 49 N with Ernst Karel (Shhpuma, 2014), and the LP Kwangsi-Quail with Fred Frith (Shhpuma, 2015). Mirra has received awards from the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation, the Driehaus Foundation, and has been a guest of the DAAD Kunstlerprogramm in Berlin, the Laurenz Haus in Basel, IASPIS in Stockholm, and OCA in Oslo, and was artist-in-residence with the Consortium of the Arts at the University of California at Berkeley. She has held teaching positions as Associate Professor in Visual and Environmental Studies at Harvard University and Senior Lecturer in Visual Art and Cinema and Media Studies at the University of Chicago.



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Joseph Grigely,
2002

Joseph Grigely studied at St Anselm’s College, 1978 before being awarded a DPhil from Oxford University in 1984. His work has been exhibited at the Kunstverein Hamburg, Germany (2016); the Kunstmuseum, Bern, Germany (2011); the Centre Pompidou Metz, France (2011); Douglas Hyde Gallery, Dublin, Ireland (2009, 1997); the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, USA (2008); the Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris, France (2001); the Whitney Museum of American Art, New York, USA (2001); De Appel, Amsterdam, the Netherlands (1997) and the Musée d'art Moderne de la Ville de Paris, France (1996). His work has been included in the Whitney (2014, 2000), Berlin (2001), Sydney (1998), Istanbul (1997) and Venice (1995) Biennials. He is Professor of Visual and Critical Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and lives and works in the city.



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Chris Sperandio,
2007

Simon Grennan and Chris Sperandio are noted for their fusion of High and Low Art. Simon Grennan and Christopher Sperandio have built a career creating interactive, collaborative community portraits ranging from comic books that tell the stories of social groups to a candy bar designed with the Chicago Confectioner's Union. They are currently collaborating on artworks for media internationally, including such diverse venues as WIRED magazine, London's Channel Four and DC Comics, as well as for such museums as the Museum of Modern Art/PS1, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, New York's Public Art Fund, the BALTIC Centre in Gateshead, England, and London's Institute of Contemporary Art. A survey of their work, titled "The Greatest Hits of Grennan and Sperandio," was recently mounted by the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow, Scotland. They have also exhibited at American Fine Arts in New York, and their last TV venture was a pair of pilots for MTV Animation.Grennan and Sperandio both received MFAs at the University of Illinois, Chicago. After teaching briefly at Princeton University, Sperandio joined the faculty at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, where he still teaches as a visiting artist. Grennan is currently completing his Ph.D. in Art History and lives in the south of England. Sperandio is based in Manhattan.



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Simon Grennan,
2002

Simon Grennan and Chris Sperandio are noted for their fusion of High and Low Art. Simon Grennan and Christopher Sperandio have built a career creating interactive, collaborative community portraits ranging from comic books that tell the stories of social groups to a candy bar designed with the Chicago Confectioner's Union. They are currently collaborating on artworks for media internationally, including such diverse venues as WIRED magazine, London's Channel Four and DC Comics, as well as for such museums as the Museum of Modern Art/PS1, the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, New York's Public Art Fund, the BALTIC Centre in Gateshead, England, and London's Institute of Contemporary Art. A survey of their work, titled "The Greatest Hits of Grennan and Sperandio," was recently mounted by the Gallery of Modern Art in Glasgow, Scotland. They have also exhibited at American Fine Arts in New York, and their last TV venture was a pair of pilots for MTV Animation.Grennan and Sperandio both received MFAs at the University of Illinois, Chicago. After teaching briefly at Princeton University, Sperandio joined the faculty at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago, where he still teaches as a visiting artist. Grennan is currently completing his Ph.D. in Art History and lives in the south of England. Sperandio is based in Manhattan.



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Michael Corris,
2002

Corris began working in late-1971 with the Conceptual art group, Art & Language, in New York; his work was published in 1973 in the group’s journal, Art-Language. With Mel Ramsden, Ian Burn, Joseph Kosuth, Sarah Charlesworth and others, Corris was a founding editor of The Fox; an artists-run journal that addressed the political and social dimensions of contemporary artistic practice. Following the dissolution of Art & Language in New York in late-1976, Corris continued to pursue his artistic practice, dividing his energies between the production of artist's books inspired by typographic design and lecturing and writing on contemporary art and art theory. As a member of Art & Language and as an individual artist, Corris's work has been widely exhibited internationally and is part of the permanent collection of, among others, the Museum of Modern Art (New York City), the Whitney Museum of American Art (New York City), the Victoria and Albert Museum(London), Le Consortium (Dijon) and the J. P. Getty Museum (Los Angeles).

 



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