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Back to Blog October 5, 2015

Curator Danny Orendorff, Guest Lecture

Author: Ajay Leister

Crafts Graduate Seminar class welcomed Curator Danny Orendorff to hear about his curatorial experience, participate in a round table discussion and engage in individual studio visits.

Some information about Danny taken from his website

Hello, I’m Danny Orendorff.

I am a curator, writer, researcher, and activist currently working as the 2013-2014 Curator-in-Residence and Interim Director of Artistic Programs for the Charlotte Street Foundation in Kansas City, MO, where I’ll be curating four exhibitions at their la Esquina art gallery. While in Kansas City, I have also taught college-level courses in liberal arts & professional development at the Kansas City Art Institute and University of Missouri – Kansas City.

Currently, I am working on a new exhibition titled Loving After Lifetimes of All This, which considers the connections between craft, (self-)care, and survival, as well as how intergenerational apprenticeship functions within historically disadvantaged or underserved populations. I am very grateful to both the Black Archives of Mid-America and the Gay & Lesbian Archives of Mid-America for their support of my research and their participation in the exhibition. This project is supported by a generous Craft Research Fund Grant awarded by The Center for Craft, Creativity, and Design in Asheville, NC – where the exhibition will travel following its debut in Kansas City.

I am also collaborating with performing artist Steven Reker (People Get Ready) as a dramaturge/performer within a multidisciplinary adaptation of Richard Brautigan’s short story In Watermelon Sugar, to premiere at The Kitchen (NYC, NY) in 2015.

Much of my work and research has revolved around issues of non-normativity, queerness, feminism, and DIY/craft-oriented cultural production.  Formerly the Assistant Director of the Renegade Craft Fair’s nationwide marketplaces of handmade goods, I have curated large-scale exhibitions and composed exhibition texts for international contemporary art spaces, including; All Good Things Become Wild & Free at Carthage College (Kenosha, WI), Learning to Love You More at MU Gallery (Eindhoven, The Netherlands), and There is Always a Machine Between Us at SF Camerawork Gallery (San Francisco, CA), who also hosted the Andy Warhol Foundation supported exhibition Suggestions of a Life Being Lived, which I co-curated with Adrienne Skye Roberts in 2010.

I am a contributing writer to Art in America Online & Bad at Sports, and have previously written for NewCity Chicago, Camerawork Journal of Photographic Arts, and Shotgun Review; I have also presented research at a range of universities, including American University and University of Chicago.