WBEZ | Museum of Contemporary Art http://www.wbez.org/content/museum-contemporary-art Latest from WBEZ Chicago Public Radio en Plaza Talk: Amanda Ross-Ho in conversation with Julie Rodrigues Widholm http://www.wbez.org/plaza-talk-amanda-ross-ho-conversation-julie-rodrigues-widholm-107678 <p><div><strong>Amanda Ross-Ho</strong> and <strong>Julie Rodrigues Widholm</strong>, Pamela Alper Associate Curator, discuss the new MCA plaza project, <em>THE CHARACTER AND SHAPE OF ILLUMINATED THINGS</em>, including its inspirations, background, and construction.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Amanda Ross-Ho was born in Chicago in 1975. She received her BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1998 and her MFA from the University of Southern California in 2006. Recent solo exhibitions include:</div><div><em>TEENY TINY WOMAN</em> at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, in 2012, and <em>Amanda Ross-Ho: The</em> <em>Cheshire Cat Principle</em> at the Pomona Museum of Art in 2010. Her work has been included in <em>New Photography</em> at The Museum of Modern Art (2010), the <em>Whitney Biennial </em>(2008), and Production Site: <em>The Artist&rsquo;s Studio Inside and Out</em> at MCA Chicago (2010), among numerous others. She currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>More information about this event <a href="http://www2.mcachicago.org/event/plaza-talk-amanda-ross-ho-in-conversation-with-julie-rodrigues-widholm/">here</a>.&nbsp;</div></p> Thu, 13 Jun 2013 12:39:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/plaza-talk-amanda-ross-ho-conversation-julie-rodrigues-widholm-107678 Film Screening and Talk: Cadaver with Tavi Gevinson and Jonah Ansell http://www.wbez.org/film-screening-and-talk-cadaver-tavi-gevinson-and-jonah-ansell-106371 <p><p>Longtime family friends and Oak Park natives <strong>Tavi Gevinson</strong> and <strong>Jonah Ansell</strong> discuss their work on <em>Cadaver</em> and the transformation of the story from short film to graphic novel. <strong>Heidi Reitmaier</strong>, <strong>Beatrice C. Mayer</strong> Director of Education, moderates the screening and conversation. The Cadaver graphic novel is sold by the MCA Store at the event and a book signing follows the program.</p><div><em>Cadaver</em> is an award-winning animated short film (long-listed for a 2013 Academy Award) and a graphic novel for adults (Academy Chicago Publishers, 2013). The bittersweet love story features Back to the Future&rsquo;s <strong>Christopher Lloyd</strong>, <em>Rookie magazine</em>&rsquo;s Tavi Gevinson, and Academy Award winner <strong>Kathy Bates</strong>. It tells the tale of a cadaver who wakes up to say a last goodbye to his wife but discovers a truth in death he didn&rsquo;t know in life. Inspired by the wit of <strong>Shel Silverstein </strong>and the wisdom of William Shakespeare, it is a twenty-first-century love sonnet that seeks to awaken the hopeful romantic within even the harshest cynic.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Tavi Gevinson is the voice of Lynn, the protagonist in Cadaver. A writer, editor, actress, and singer, Tavi is the founder and editor-in-chief of <em>Rookie magazine</em>. Tavi started her personal blog, Style Rookie, in 2008, when she was 11 years old, and writes with a humble but keen authority on such serious topics as body image, self-esteem, and first encounters with street harassment. To date, Tavi has written for multiple publications, has been profiled in the <em>New York Times</em> and the <em>New Yorker</em>, and has presented at venues such as IdeaCity, TEDxTeen, L2 Forum, and the Economist World in 2012 Festival. Last year Lady Gaga called her &ldquo;the future of journalism.&rdquo; She is the youngest guest to ever be featured on The Colbert Report and was recently named to Forbes 30 under 30 for Media.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Jonah Ansell is writer and director of the animated film Cadaver, starring Tavi Gevinson, Christopher Lloyd, and Academy Award winner Kathy Bates. He currently serves as CEO and Chief Storyteller at JAMS, a LA-based production company where he develops stories for film and TV. He wrote and produced the award-winning film First Bass, shot on-site at Chicago&rsquo;s Wrigley Field, and is currently directing an anti-gun animated film that will be released in early 2014. He and his creative work have been featured in the <em>New York Times</em>, <em>Los Angeles Times</em>, <em>Vogue</em>, <em>Elle</em>, and <em>Entrepreneur</em> and on<em> MTV</em> and <em>HBO</em>, among others.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>More about this event <a href="http://www2.mcachicago.org/event/event-past-11/">here.&nbsp;</a></div></p> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 15:34:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/film-screening-and-talk-cadaver-tavi-gevinson-and-jonah-ansell-106371 Culture Catalysts: Cultivating Talent http://www.wbez.org/culture-catalysts-cultivating-talent-106370 <p><p>Each month, get to know different cultural innovators in Chicago. Join <strong>Beth Kligerman</strong>, Director of Talent &amp; Talent Development at Second City, and <strong>Dylan Rice</strong>, Program Director of Creative Industries-Music at the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events in a conversation about the mechanics of cultivating talent and building infrastructures that allow and encourage artists to remain in Chicago.</p><div>Beth Kligerman has been with The Second City since 1993. In that time, she has helped produce countless Second City revues in Chicago. Other Second City producing credits include work at: Vienna&rsquo;s English Theatre, Vienna, Austria; Arkansas Repertory in Little Rock; numerous appearances at Charleston; Norwegian Cruise Line; South Carolina&rsquo;s Piccolo Spoleto Festival; and USO tours that have included stops in Saudi Arabia, Alaska and Bosnia. As Director of Talent, Kligerman oversees casting for the three Second City Touring ensembles based in Chicago, as well as a variety of other projects. Beth is honored to have nurtured some of today&rsquo;s comedy stars, such as <strong>T.J. Miller</strong> (Comedy Central&rsquo;s Mash Up), <strong>Keegan-Michael Key</strong> (Key &amp; Peele, MAD TV) and <strong>Jason Sudeikis</strong> (Saturday Night Live, Horrible Bosses).</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Dylan Rice joined the Chicago Deptartment of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) in September 2012 as the Director of Creative Industries-Music. As head of the new Music Office, Dylan helps to promote and create policy for the economic growth of Chicago&rsquo;s music industry. Rice spent seven years at as a production coordinator for cultural programming Navy Pier/Metropolitan Pier &amp; Exposition Authority where he planned and produced hundreds of public events in music and dance. At Navy Pier, he launched the Neighborhoods of the World festival and oversaw the booking and operations of the Beer Garden Summertime Concerts. Prior to Navy Pier, Dylan spent five years as a public programs associate at the Department of Cultural Affairs under the Chicago Cultural Center Foundation, coordinating music, theater, and family programs. Dylan is also an accomplished rock singer-songwriter/guitarist, performing with a band at multiple local and national venues and festivals, and releasing two albums independently. He has opened for<strong> Paula Cole</strong>, <strong>Shelby Lynne</strong> and <strong>Eric Hutchinson</strong>. Currently he is lead vocalist of the band Software Giant.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>More on this event <a href="http://www2.mcachicago.org/event/event-past-15/">here.</a></div></p> Thu, 28 Mar 2013 13:01:00 -0500 http://www.wbez.org/culture-catalysts-cultivating-talent-106370 Urban Documentaries and Social Change: Where are we? http://www.wbez.org/urban-documentaries-and-social-change-where-are-we-105734 <p><p>How do we socially understand urban media and how has the contemporary political landscape impacted documentary filmmaking?</p><div>Organized by the Society for Cinema and Media Studies and presented in partnership with the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. The first panel features <strong>Gordon Quinn</strong> and <strong>Allan Siegel</strong>, moderated by <strong>Mark Shiel</strong>. A second panel features <strong>Michelle Citron</strong> and <strong>Steve James</strong>, moderated by <strong>B. Ruby Rich</strong>. A final roundtable discussion, with all panelists and moderators, will moderated by <strong>Brendan Kredell</strong>.</div><div>&nbsp;</div></p> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 14:44:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/urban-documentaries-and-social-change-where-are-we-105734 Culture Catalysts: Martin Kastner of Alinea http://www.wbez.org/culture-catalysts-martin-kastner-alinea-105301 <p><p>Each month, get to know different cultural innovators in Chicago. Learn about sculptor <strong>Martin Kastner</strong>&rsquo;s serviceware concepts that helped put Alinea and Chef <strong>Grant Achatz</strong> at the pinnacle of contemporary cuisine.</p><div>Martin Kastner is the founder and principal of Crucial Detail. Kastner, born in the Czech Republic, trained as a blacksmith and spent some time restoring historical metalworks at a castle in Western Bohemia before moving onto natural materials design and sculpture. He founded Crucial Detail in 1998 shortly after his arrival in the U.S. He is best known for his Alinea serviceware concepts, which landed him on The Future Laboratory&rsquo;s list of 100 most influential individuals in contemporary design. Alinea book, which he designed in collaboration with Naissance Inc., was one of the winners in</div><div>2009 Communication Arts Design Annual for Best Book Design and is included in Altitude&rsquo;s <em>The Best of Cover Design</em>. His work has been featured in numerous publications running the gamut from Gourmet to Fast Company.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>For more information click <a href="http://mcachicago.org/programs/now/talks/2013/p1342">here.</a></div></p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 14:14:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/culture-catalysts-martin-kastner-alinea-105301 Paul Schimmel on Destroy the Picture: Painting the Void, 1949-1962 http://www.wbez.org/paul-schimmel-destroy-picture-painting-void-1949-1962-105300 <p><p>Destroy the Picture: Painting the Void curator <strong>Paul Schimmel</strong> discusses the show&rsquo;s conceptual framework and highlights individual artists and their work.</p><div>Paul Schimmel was the Chief Curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles (MOCA), from 1990 to 2012, and previously served as the Chief Curator of the Newport Harbor Art Museum, Newport Beach, CA (1981&ndash;89), as well as the Curator (1975&ndash;77) and Senior Curator (1977&ndash;78) of the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX. While at MOCA, he curated Helter Skelter: LA Art in the 1990s (1992), Hand-Painted Pop: American Art in Transition 1955-1962 (1992), Sigmar Polke Photoworks: When Pictures Vanish (1995), Robert Gober:</div><div>Untitled (1997), Out of Actions: Between Performance and the Object,</div><div>1949-1979 (1998), Charles Ray (1999), Willem de Kooning: Tracing the Figure (2002), Ecstasy: In and About Altered States (2005), Robert Rauschenberg:</div><div>Combines (2006), &copy; MURAKAMI (2008), Under the Big Black Sun: California Art,</div><div>1974-1981 (2011), and Destroy the Picture: Painting the Void, 1949-1962 (2012). He has won numerous awards, including two awards from the Association of Art Museum Curators (AAMC), six awards from the International Association of Art Critics (AICA), and the Award for Curatorial Excellence given by The Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College (2001). Schimmel currently serves on the Committee for the Preservation of the White House, the La Caixa Contemporary Art Collection Acquisition Committee, and is a co-Director of the Mike Kelley Foundation for the Arts.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Learn more about this event <a href="http://mcachicago.org/programs/now/all/2013/p1338">here.</a></div></p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 14:08:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/paul-schimmel-destroy-picture-painting-void-1949-1962-105300 Culture Catalysts: "Lasting Local Venues" with Carolina Jayaram and Abigail Satinsky http://www.wbez.org/culture-catalysts-lasting-local-venues-carolina-jayaram-and-abigail-satinsky-105299 <p><p>Each month, get to know different cultural innovators in Chicago. The landscape of platforms that present art and culture is always changing. Join <strong>Carolina O. Jayaram</strong> of Chicago Artist Coalition and <strong>Abigail Satinsky</strong> of threewalls in a conversation on how a venue puts down community roots and weathers a shifting arts climate.</p><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Carolina O. Jayaram is a licensed attorney and community activist who creates ambitious programming geared towards empowering artists to thrive in the creative sector. She serves as the Executive Director of the Chicago Artists&rsquo; Coalition where she has revitalized the thirty eight year old organization into a vital resource offering a critically acclaimed residency, exhibition and educational programs, and earning the organization &ldquo;The Most Auspicious New Start Award&rdquo; from the Chicago Tribune and &ldquo;The Top 5 Reinventions in Everything in Art&rdquo; from NewCity. She recently oversaw the acquisition of the Chicago Artists Resource website from the City&rsquo;s Department of Cultural Affairs which further expands the organization to serve the theater, dance, literary and music communities. Before joining CAC, Jayaram was the founder and Executive Director of LegalArt in Miami, which manages a live/work residency in the Wynwood Arts District for eight national and international artists and curators. She served on the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan Advisory Committee, and sits on the boards of threewalls and LegalArt. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from the New School University and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Miami School of Law, where she was a H.O.P.E. Award recipient and a Miami Fellows Initiative Fellow.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Abigail Satinsky is the Program Director at threewalls in Chicago and a member of InCUBATE, a research collaborative dedicated to art economies. She&rsquo;s a regular contributor to Bad at Sports podcast and blog, and has written for <em>Proximity</em> Magazine, AREA Chicago, Journal of Aesthetics and Protest, The Artist-Run Chicago Digest, Temporary Services&rsquo; Art Work: A National Conversation about Art, Labor and Economics, as well as the forthcoming exhibition catalogue for Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art. She co-edited the most recent <em>PHONEBOOK</em>, a directory of artist-run spaces and projects across the United States (published by threewalls, formerly by Green Lantern Press) and co-organized the Hand in Glove conference, a national convergence on grassroots arts organizing and administration. She was a Fellow at the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage at Brown University and received her Master&rsquo;s in Art History and Art Administration from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2009.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>More about this event <a href="http://mcachicago.org/programs/now/talks/2013/p1340">here.</a></div></p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 13:36:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/culture-catalysts-lasting-local-venues-carolina-jayaram-and-abigail-satinsky-105299 MCA Store Presents: Peter Hook of Joy Division http://www.wbez.org/mca-store-presents-peter-hook-joy-division-105298 <p><p>&nbsp;&ldquo;It&rsquo;s very strange. Over the years Joy Division has become a huge part of music culture. A lot of people think they know what happened. But they don&rsquo;t. Anyone who&rsquo;s ever written a book or made a film about Joy Division, unless they were sat in that van or car with us, they don&rsquo;t know anything about it. Me, Barney, Steve, Ian, Rob, Twinny, Terry and Dave. Only us lot know what really happened&hellip;&rdquo;</p><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp; &ndash;<strong>Peter Hook</strong> in <em>Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Joy Division&rsquo;s bass guitarist Peter Hook reflects on the band he helped cofound and his new book Unknown Pleasures: Inside Joy Division. Covering the band&rsquo;s friendships and fallouts, their rehearsals and recording sessions, Hook gives a truly fascinating insight, as only an insider can, into the larger-than-life characters that formed a vital part of the Joy Division legend. The conversation is led by <strong>Joe Shanahan</strong> who booked Peter Hook (with New Order) at The Metro in their first Chicago appearance 30 years ago.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>A book signing follows the talk.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Peter Hook was born in 1956 in Salford, England. He was a founding member of Joy Division and New Order and currently DJs internationally, as well as tours Joy Division&rsquo;s music with his new band The Light.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>More information <a href="http://www.mcachicago.org/programs/now/all/2013/p1347">here.</a></div></p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 13:32:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/mca-store-presents-peter-hook-joy-division-105298 Teacher as Conceptual Artist (Educator Salon) http://www.wbez.org/teacher-conceptual-artist-educator-salon-105253 <p><p>Through an examination of contemporary art works that are recognized as primarily conceptual, this salon proposes the radical notion that a teacher&rsquo;s curricular and pedagogical practice(s) can also be their creative practice. Durational, performance, and socially-based artworks present a wider conceptual and even aesthetic language for a pedagogy/art hybrid practice. <strong>Jorge Lucero</strong>, Assistant Professor of Art Education at The University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, leads a panel of educators whose teaching practice is also their creative practice.</p><p>For more information click <a href="http://www2.mcachicago.org/event/teacher-as-conceptual-artist-educator-salon/">here.&nbsp;</a></p></p> Thu, 31 Jan 2013 13:08:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/teacher-conceptual-artist-educator-salon-105253 Curriculum As Creative Practice http://www.wbez.org/curriculum-creative-practice-103962 <p><p>Artists and educators <strong>Rachel Harper</strong>, <strong>Avi Lessing</strong>, and <strong>Jason Lukasik</strong> approach the design of curriculum as a creative endeavor with direct parallels to contemporary art. If curriculum is a design for ordering experience, how do contemporary curricularists approach this in a living classroom? How do contemporary art forms help us reach beyond teaching with art and towards a deepened understanding of the art of our own teaching? What happens when the theoretical ideal of the &ldquo;art of teaching&rdquo; comes into conflict with the constraints of real classroom life?</p><p>More details to this event are&nbsp;<a href="http://www2.mcachicago.org/events/category/teachers/">here.</a></p></p> Wed, 21 Nov 2012 11:20:00 -0600 http://www.wbez.org/curriculum-creative-practice-103962