Exhibitions

 

Start your own Sunday Soup, Designed by FEAST MASS

Feast: Radical Hospitality in Contemporary Art
Smart Museum of Art, curated by Stephanie Smith
February 16-June 10, 2012 (traveling 2012-2013)

Since the 1930s, numerous artists have used the simple act of sharing food and drink to advance aesthetic goals and to foster critical engagement with the culture of their moment. These artist-orchestrated meals can offer a radical form of hospitality that punctures everyday experience, using the meal as a means to shift perceptions and spark encounters that aren’t always possible in a fast-moving and segmented society.

Feast surveys this practice for the first time, presenting the work of more than thirty artists and artist groups who have transformed the shared meal into a compelling artistic medium. The exhibition examines the history of the artist-orchestrated meal, assessing its roots in early-twentieth century European avant-garde art, its development over the past decades within Western art, and its current global ubiquity. Through a presentation within the Smart Museum and new commissions in public spaces, the exhibition will introduce new artists and contextualize their work in relation to other influential artists, from the Italian Futurists and Gordon Matta-Clark to Marina Abramović and Rirkrit Tiravanija. Feast addresses the radical hospitality embodied by these artists and the social, commercial, and political structures that surround the experience of eating together.

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In Search of the Mundane, threewalls (October 16, 2009 – November 8, 2009) http://www.three-walls.org/calendar/2009/10/in-search-of-the-mundane.php

Coffee first!In Search of the Mundane, organized by Randall Szott and InCUBATE will feature extended conversation and programming about the arts of living. This exhibition’s activities focus on mundane life, drawing upon the spirit of Allan Kaprow, Michel de Certeau, Jane Addams, John Dewey, and others. These  artists, activists, and thinkers will serve as a jumping off point to consider what constitutes “the good life.” In addition to  considering the perceived divide between art and everyday life, we hope to highlight how ordinary creative strategies in day to day life might enhance one’s living conditions.  What might mark the difference between thinking of art as a career and living life creatively?  Associated programming will bring together a range of people engaged with this question to share their own strategies for artful living.

Program of Events:

October 16th: Opening “New Knowledge” Team Trivia Night, 6 – 9 pm
October 18th: “Saturday & Sunday”, Maxwell Street Market tour with Robert Gardner, 10 am meet time at Des Plaines and Roosevelt
October 22nd: Public Culture lecture: “Storytelling as an Everyday Art” with Megan Stielstra, 7 pm
October 27th: “Doing Cooking,” Boozy Brunch and Trekkies 1, 11-5ish
October 29th: “Doing Cooking,” Boozy Brunch and Trekkies 2, 11-5ish
November 1st: “Envisioning One’s Living Conditions,” Tour of the Artist and Exhibition Ephemera Collection of Anthony Elms, meet at threewalls at 2 pm
November 5th: Public Culture lecture: “Optimism and Everyday Life” with Claire Pentecost, 7pm
November 8th: “Wine and Time” lecture and tasting with David Tamarkin, 7 pm

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Conversation Pieces, curated by Sean Donaher and Mariam Ghani, CEPA Gallery, Buffalo, NY (September 11 – December 19, 2009) http://www.cepagallery.org/exhibitions/Conversation_Pieces/index.html

3951380855_c801815032_bIn collaboration with Material Exchange and Adam Bobbette, we temporarily transplanted ourselves to Buffalo to collaborate with each other and local non-profit Buffalo Re-Use to build out CEPA’s FLUX Gallery as an evolving and performative installation called “Repair Shop.”

Description: The Repair Shop is a platform for experimentation. Repair is a process of transformation, determined through conversation, problem solving, and making-do. When an object, or and infrastructure appears to break (fall apart, peter out, decay, lose steam, or simply change), an opportunity is provided to reconsider our relationships to these things and re-make them in a way that pushes in a different direction. The Repair Shop addresses a number of things in need of repair (ordinary objects, the infrastructures of our everyday lives, and how the larger artistic community is supported in the current arts funding system). The strategies we use: an object repair service, a temporary space for non-profit use, a soup café and bar, all generate money for artist projects through the Repair Shop Grant. The grant is a means to facilitate new projects. These divergent yet resonant strategies experiment with the opportunities and constraints of broken things.

See some pictures here

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Artist-Run Chicago, curated by Britton Bertran and Allison Peters, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL (May 10-July 5, 2009)http://www.hydeparkart.org/exhibitions/2009/05/artists_run_chicago.php

InCUBATE HPAC Event

In collaboration with Alogon Gallery, InCUBATE launched the Artist-run Credit League. On view was our Memorandum of Understanding for joining the League and we hosted a panel discussion to share strategies on creative fundraising tools, learn about artist networks in Chicago, and get feedback on how the Artist Run Credit League can serve the needs of artist-run spaces. Participating panelists included Shannon Stratton, Rachel Wallis, and David Eads.

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“Sunday Soup Houston,” Organized By Nancy Zastudil and Randall Szott at SKYDIVE, Houston, TX (April 2009)

We hosted a Sunday Soup with Guest Chefs Randall Szott and Nancy Zastudil at Ariane Roesch and Sasha Dela’s SKYDIVE. As part of Soup, we had a discussion with representatives from The Idea Fund, which provides cash awards to artist-generated or artist-centered projects that exemplify the unconventional, interventionist, conceptual, entrepreneurial, participatory, or guerrilla artistic practices that occur outside of the traditional frameworks of support.

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Congrats to our 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Place winners:
1st place – Mindy Kober and students at the Houston Outdoor Learning Academy, for their interactive garden full of Texas native plants and vegetables.  Students will tend the garden, learn about environmental and community issues, and will harvest their own lunches.
2nd place – The American Wandering Club, proposed by Sean Carroll, will commission public sculpture on abandoned empty sites throughout Houston. “There is no ownership of the public art works, they are paid for and built to be disowned, left on empty properties, atrophied, potentially destroyed and possibly stolen. Bequeathed to the city’s dynamic whim, The American Wandering Club will document the creation, installation and presentation of sculptures wandering Houston.”
3rd place – Darcy Nuffer and Leah Davis propose Farm Feed to be stationed in Downtown Houston. This project proposes to “re-introduce the agrarian system, which supports Houston, back into the city the through a series of live-feed sound-enabled digital projections connected to a pasture, orchard, greenhouse, farm field, and feedlot.”

See more pictures: here

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BIN: a collective experiment, curated by SEED Collective, AVA Center in Chattanooga, TN (1/9/09 – 2/20/09) http://seedbin.wordpress.com/

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Project Description: SEED, an art collective in Chattanooga, TN is producing BIN. The motivation for BIN comes through a need to address the historical marginalization of artists and methods for overcoming this scenario. Each collective involved in this project is a vital model for alternative pathways, invention, action, and interdisciplinary approaches to making. This project is not predetermined. Instead of formulas, conventions, expectations, and objects – SEED is working with online relationships, and local negotiations.

SEED is pleased to announce the participation and/or contribution by some fantastic collectives including Basekamp (Philadelphia), BLW, Common Places Project (Tampa), DeadTech (Chicago), Fugitive Projects (Nashville), Graffiti Research Lab (New York), Guerrilla Girls, InCUBATE-Chicago (Chicago), Mess Hall (Chicago), Paintallica (Washington), RTmark, TEAM LUMP (Raleigh), Temporary Services (Chicago), 6+ , and The Yes Men.

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Democracy in America curated by Nato Thompson, Creative Time at the Park Ave Armory, New York, NY (Sept 21-27, 2008) http://www.creativetime.org/programs/archive/2008/democracy/

As part of Creative Time’s year-long programming initiative, Democracy in America: The National Campaign, InCUBATE, in collaboration with Material Exchange and Robin Hewlett, produced the Sunday Soup Cafe at the Convergence Center at the Park Avenue Armory in New York City. The completed cafe included a cashier counter, food preparation and service counter, dining tables and a small library. For one week, we ran a full-services soup cafe in this space, generating over $1500 in revenue for our granting fund.

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Photograph courtesy of James Ewing, More pictures are available: here and here

Sunday Soup chefs at Democracy in America:
Gina Badger: www.ginabadger.com
Forays (Geraldine Juarez and Adam Bobbette): www.forays.org
Carolyn Lambert & The Ohio River Lifeboat Project:
www.ohioriverlifeboatproject.org
Andi Sutton & the National Bitter Melon Council: www.bittermelon.org
Paige Saez & Anselm Hook: www.paigesaez.org
Carissa Carman & Nat Bletter: www.carissacarman.net
Anne Elizabeth Moore: www.anneelizabethmoore.com
Sal Randolph: www.salrandolph.com
Food Not Bombs NYC: www.abcnorio.org/affiliated/fnb.html
Siobhan Rigg: www.sarigg.net
Fereshteh Toosi with Matthew Michel & ‘78 Records: Erie Canal to Love Canal 1978-2008: www.fereshteh.net