Panel Discussion: Three Perspectives on Senga Nengudi's "Improvisational Gestures"

November 30 | 5:30pm

DPAM Director and Chief Curator Julie Rodrigues Widholm moderates a discussion on Senga Nengudi’s “Improvisational Gestures.” Artist and poet Krista Franklin, photographer and 2017 McArthur Fellow Dawoud Bey, and Naomi Beckwith, Marilyn and Larry Fields Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, will give presentations followed by a conversation. The panelists will address various aspects of Nengudi’s practice including her poetry and written works, her involvement in New York’s Black art community in the 1980s, and her approach to working with performance and ritual.

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Bric-A-Brac: Object Lessons from the Chicago Imagists

December 10 | 3-5pm

The compulsion to collect was a passion shared by many of the Chicago Imagists, who regularly drew inspiration from found objects, ranging from comic books to folk art figurines. These artists, who were famous for criss-crossing the wires of high art and popular culture, offer an opportune gateway for thinking about the practice of collecting vis-à-vis art making. In Suzanne Simpson’s long-lost gem “Karl Wirsum,” recently digitally restored by Pentimenti Productions, the titular artist muses on the influence of mass-produced toys and the work of self-taught artists while fashioning marionettes that blur the line between fine art objects and ludic playthings. “The Individuality of the Inanimate Object,” directed by Seton Coggeshall, examines the prolific collection of artist, teacher, and Maxwell St. Market enthusiast Ray Yoshida, which included dolls, African masks, garments handmade by Japanese farmers, and more. Tom Palazzolo’s “At Maxwell Street” offers a window onto Chicago’s historic bustling flea market, home to a treasure trove of miscellaneous trinkets and ephemera that served as a creative catalyst for many of the Imagists. Tom Palazzolo will be joined in conversation by Lisa Stone, Curator of the Roger Brown Study Collection at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Panel moderated by Pentimenti Executive Director, Harrison Sherrod.

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