MARCH 10 – APRIL 22, 2017 • La Esquina • KANSAS CITY, MO
Sensible Disobedience considers the way images, words, symbols, and signs—forms of representation—inundate public and private spaces and shape personal experience in the age of neoliberal capitalism. More specifically, the exhibition investigates semiotics, the study of how meaning is created and communicated through signs and symbols, and the politics of representation in contemporary society.
The works of Lyndon Barrois Jr., Brandon Forrest Frederick, Christopher K. Ho, Alex Savage, Oli Watt, and Jordan Weber examine the relational and social role of representation through subtle modes of interruption and disruption. These artists consider what is represented in contemporary media, the ways images and objects infiltrate our daily experience, and how cultural assumptions inform the navigation of a world heavily mediated by the screen. Responding to inescapable amount of images to enter the collective consciousness, the artists in the exhibition present analytical and formal works that shift the viewer’s experience of an image, while finding the humor, futility, and urgency in the human condition.
Sensible Disobedience makes the unseen visible, discovers the absurd in the mundane, and underlines the paradox of existing within capitalism.
Curated by Lynnette Miranda
¿Qué Pasa, USA?
November 18, 2017 – January 7, 2017 • La Esquina • KANSAS CITY, MO
Taking its title from the late 1970s bilingual sitcom of the same name, ¿Qué Pasa, USA? is a group exhibition of eleven national artists that considers a spectrum of experiences reflecting and responding, specifically through humor, absurdity, and joy, to what it means to be a citizen in this country today. In the ethos of culturally specific sitcoms, the artists in this exhibition challenge dominant narratives through lightheartedness and candor to highlight nuanced experiences of difference, and expand definitions of identity in relationship to our American citizenry. Through abstracting and translating cultural symbols and materials they reflect on the “Other” in a society that values and privileges Whiteness above all.
Each artist in the exhibition presents a different approach to addressing and deepening identity, using satire, humor, and joy as strategies for survival and self-preservation in a society where difference is at best a tolerable nuisance and at worst a condemnable offense. ¿Qué Pasa, USA? expands on the notion that American identity today is based on plurality and, through a critically conscious approach, each artist presents work that broadens our definitions of that identity.
Silvia Beatriz Abisaab, Damali Abrams, Dominique Carella, Michelle Lee Delgado, Jacquelyn Carmen Guerrero, Melissa Leandro, Victoria Martinez, Maya Grace Misra, Enzo Antonio Moscarella, Carlos Ortiz-Gallo, and Kayla Quan
Curated by Lynnette Miranda
EXHIBITION + Programs
present futures: strategies toward emancipation (part one)
August 11–26, 2016• DEnny Gallery • New York City
The 2016 mass shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, and the senseless murders of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile (and the others that the media hasn’t covered) at the hands of police officers have left us with an overwhelming feeling of helplessness. With the exception of a few, there is a generally muted response among the art community to this ongoing violence, injustice, and oppression. But silence and indifference are tools of oppression.
In moments of injustice, how do we think about the future when the present is so daunting and fraught? Present Futures: Strategies Toward Emancipation (Part One) brings together artists and cultural producers whose practices and work are grounded in the present moment while generating and expanding artistic strategies for making change. The exhibition will enact these strategies through a programmatic component that offers a space for arts practitioners to convene and exchange ideas around, questions about, and methodologies for self-preservation, self-determination, and collective organizing. Together, we can call for cultural spaces to offer us more than a site for reflection, but one for action. As a community, we can strategize through our artistic lens and create a hopeful, yet determined and focused space that pushes for progress.
Pamela Council, James T. Green, Ivan Forde, Tiona McClodden, Kameelah Janan Rasheed, J. Soto, and Diamond Stingily
Curated by Lynnette Miranda
Co-organized by Suhaly Bautista-Carolina, Teal Baskerville, Henry Murphy, and Kathy Cho
January 8–31, 2016• ACRE Projects • Chicago, IL
The artists in Fragile States, Kate Conlon, Bryan Volta, and Jenyu Wang, challenge established structures in an attempt to understand the uncertain, the uncanny, and the unknown. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, these three artists create physical manifestations of invisible phenomena, evoking familiarity, absurdity, obsession, and futility. Through their work, each artist constructs pieces of an imagined reality as if in a parallel universe, positing alternative narratives through these new representations and creating a generative space for repressed instincts and intuitions.
Curated by Kathy Cho, Lynnette Miranda, and Etta Sandry
EXHIBITION + PROGRAMS
Shifting Impressions: City Souvenirs
March 28 – April 26, 2015• Cuchifritos Gallery • New York City
Shifting Impressions consists of three public walks in the Lower East Side (LES), and an exhibition that highlights a collection of objects and tools developed from City Souvenirs, an ongoing collaborative project by artists Liene Bosquê and Nicole Seisler. Created in 2009, City Souvenirs focuses on a series of participatory walks through city neighborhoods, where public audiences are invited to make direct impressions of the built landscape with fresh blocks of clay. Blending their mutual site-specific practices, the artists utilize the contemplative action of walking as an artmaking tool that enables audiences to slow down and notice the small details that amount to our daily urban experience.
Through the lens of the Essex Street Market and its impending redevelopment in 2018, audiences will have a chance to join the artists on an expedition through the neighborhood, where they will investigate the multiple histories of the Lower East Side and create impressions of forgotten and overlooked spaces. The newly reshaped objects will accumulate in the gallery, located inside Essex Market, and create an abstract record that conflates both personal and collective memory of the market and its surrounding areas.
Shifting Impressions bridges public space and the gallery space to inspire exchanges between audiences that examine the historically shifting identity of LES, existing points of contention and possibilities for the future.
Curated by Lynnette Miranda
November 16 – December 1, 2014• acre Projects • Chicago, IL
Futile Divide presents contrasting works by Cory Imig and Wolfie E. Rawk, placing them in dialogue with one another to examine the implications of personal, conceptual, and social structures. Pointing at existing systems, each artist explores various materials and processes to enhance the futility of these constructs and to break down established boundaries.
In her most recent work, Imig experiments with balloons as an approach to document and illustrate time. Her minimal installations have an intentionally flawed, yet concealed, design that uses everyday materials to attempt to control intangible factors like air, gravity, and space. Rawk questions the meaning of “being” and the roles and classifications that objectified subjects are placed in and measured by, pointing to the inequities between different bodies, genders, and species. Looking at the behaviors of zoo animals, the artist draws a connection between the captivation and oppression of these non-human animals and the oppression of objectified human populations.
Through their inquiry-driven and process-based methods, the artists set up experiential platforms that invite audiences to ask their own questions and make personal discoveries. Yet, no simple resolution to these questions is ever obtained. The artists introduce new ways for us to engage with the dichotomies that we take for granted, and leave us wandering amidst a tense balance.
Curated by Lynnette Miranda and Etta Sandry
Curatorial Advisor: Kathy Cho
Make Space IRL
NOVEMBER 9–11, 2012 • mdw Fair, mana contemporary • Chicago, IL
For MDW Fair 2012, the Make Space exhibition booth highlights the works of Jeff Austin, Daniel Baird, Billy Buck, Marissa Lee Benedict, Sofia Leiby, Holly Murkerson, Casilda Sanchez, Clare Torina, Erin Washington, and Allison Yasukawa—previously featured on the Make Space website. Through continuous collaboration, the exhibition expands beyond the bounds of the Internet and bridges the gap between space and screen, to bring artists and audience together IRL.
Curated by Jason Judd, Lynnette Miranda, and Etta Sandry