Thursday, December 14, 2006

Caren Yusem School of the Art Institute of Chicago


Caren Yusem School of the Art Institute of Chicago
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NEGOTIATED LOCALITIESPresents Contemporary Views on Sustainability in ChicagoNEGOTIATED LOCALITIES ExhibitionSchool of the Art Institute of Chicago Betty Rymer GalleryNovember 17, 2006 – January 5, 2007NEGOTIATED LOCALITIES: Artists, Designers, and Citizens in a Green City(A Day of Related Interactive Events)Sunday, November 19, 2006The School of the Art Institute of Chicago Betty Rymer Gallery joins the City of Chicago Department of Planning and Development to present Negotiated Localities, a provocative examination of the related concepts of sustainability and locality and their impact on contemporary artistic practices.

Co-curators and SAIC faculty Cindy Coleman and Claire Pentecost have assembled ecologically sensitive artists, designers and writers who propose unexpected approaches to putting the local and the sustainable into practice through specific works and ongoing projects.

Participating artists and artists' collectives include Collective Inferno (Irina Botea, Nikko Coleman, Odile Compagnon, Drea Howenstein, Michael Holmes, Angela Lo, Jayve Montgomery, Britney Rutherford), Earthscraper (Max Reinhardt and Simon Slater), Ellen Grimes, JAM, Adam Reid Janusz, Material Exchange (Sara Black, Charles McGhee Hassrick, and John Preus), Nance Klehm, Adelheid Mers, Jeroen Nelemans, Joy Olson, SIMPARCH, Bruce M. Tharp and Stephanie Munson Tharp, and Kyoung Ok Yu. NEGOTIATED LOCALITIES ExhibitionNovember 17, 2006 – January 5, 2007Opening Reception Friday, November 17, 2006Curators' talk at 6:30 p.m.Free admissionBetty Rymer Gallery280 S. Columbus Drive Chicago, IL 60603 312.443-3711 hours: Tuesday–Saturday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m., free admissionNEGOTIATED LOCALITIES: Artists, Designers, and Citizens in a Green City (A Day of Related Interactive Events)Sunday, November 19, 2006Tickets $25, $15 with student IDReservations call 312.443-3711; space is limitedThis day of interactive events takes a dive into the subject of how a city is best sustained. Workshops and installations by leading artists and thinkers will focus on Chicago as a site for sustainable urban practices.

The symposium also features refreshments from local green eateries, an expert-guided bus tour of sustainable initiatives in Chicago, and the chance for participants to have their voices heard through an Open Mic session. Chris LuebkemanGene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street10 a.m. – 12 p.m. Chris Luebkeman is leader of the Foresight and Innovation Initiative at Arup, the UK global design consultancy, and author of Drivers for Change (2006). Educated as a geologist, structural engineer, and architect, he works with some of the world's largest companies to develop scenarios for understanding the opportunities change is creating for them in the built environment. Luebkeman will conduct an interactive workshop to identify the leading drivers of change that will affect Chicago's future. Eames DemetriosGene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Filmmaker, writer, photographer, and design consultant Eames Demetrios is the grandson of legendary designers Charles and Ray Eames and director of the Eames Office. He will bring his aesthetic and historical perspective to an interactive work session that takes a unique look at the interconnectivity of our city?its people, places, and their values?by exploring the issue of scale. Veronica Cordeiro's Roamless. A Nondetermined Composition. A Pilgrimmage to No Where.Gene Siskel Film Center, 164 N. State Street, Lobby Cafe 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. London-based Brazilian artist and writer Veronica Cordeiro's projects combine performance, interactive installations, and urban actions that question the place of contemporary art within lived experience. Roamless . . ., shot in Chicago during a residency at SAIC in 2005, documents Cordeiro's performance-pilgrimage throughout the city and surrounding regions, clad in a garment constructed from recycled blankets to be distributed to the homeless. The 58-minute video will be screened continuously.

RIDER Project InstallationState Street near Gene Siskel Film Center 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The RIDER Project is an artist-created, Brooklyn-based do-it-yourself mobile gallery located in the back of a fifteen-foot truck. Bringing contemporary work to diverse neighborhoods in New York City, the "art-on-wheels" project invites city residents to enter the truck, view the exhibited art, and interact with the artists. Founder and director Michele Gambetta will discuss the project's function as "social sculpture" that facilitates personal transformation and social change, and that works to encourage ecological sustainability in urban environments.

Chicago City TourBus departure and return at 164 N. State Street1–3 p.m.Russell L. Lewis, Executive Vice President and Chief Historian at the Chicago History Museum, will serve as guide on this tour to two hotly debated locations in the city: Northerly Island and the North Lawndale neighborhood. A box lunch will be provided to participants as they discuss how to make these locations truly sustainable. About the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC)A leader in educating artists and designers for nearly 140 years, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago ( offers undergraduate and graduate programs to nearly 2,800 students from around the world. In addition to the time-honored study of painting, sculpture, printmaking, and fashion design, SAIC embraces film and new media, electronic arts, designed objects and architecture, and visual and critical studies. Located in the heart of Chicago, SAIC hosts exhibitions, lectures, and other public programs through venues such as the Gene Siskel Film Center, Betty Rymer Gallery, Gallery 2, Video Data Bank and the Division of Continuing Studies; and in conjunction with the Poetry Center.

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