Lecture Series

RESCHEDULED Aram Han Sifuentes talk in Fibers for MARCH 15!

Aram Han Sifuentes uses a needle and thread as her tools to examine immigration, citizenship, race and craft, drawing on both personal experiences and shared cultural identity. Her work has been exhibited and performed at the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum in Chicago, Illinois; Chicago Cultural Center in Chicago, Illinois; Whitney Museum of American Art in NYC, New York; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Wing Luke Museum of Asian Pacific American Experience in Seattle, Washington; Chung Young Yang Embroidery Museum in Seoul, South Korea; Centro de Textiles del Mundo Maya in Chiapas, Mexico; and the Center for Craft, Creativity and Design in Asheville, North Carolina. 

Aram was a 2014 BOLT Resident and 2015 BOLT Mentor at the Chicago Artists Coalition. She is a 2016 Smithsonian Artist Research Fellow and a 2016 3Arts Awardee. She earned her BA in Art and Latin American Studies from the University of California, Berkeley, and her MFA in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is currently a Lecturer at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Padmini Govind, Artist Talk

Padmini Govind, Direct of Tharangini Studios in Bangalore, India, will speak about this unique family run block printing studio, sustainable practices, and how they work with the largest collection of blocks in India with an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary prints. Established in 1977 by her mother, Tharangini Studios services a worldwide clientele including Anthropologie, FabIndia, Trenery, Lili Pepper, Artha Collections and Indigo Wills as well as independent boutiques. Tharangini's outreach programs are integral to their mission to provide vocational training to underprivileged groups. They are committed to fair trade practices and uplifting artisan communities throughout the country.

Kirsty Robertson Artist Talk

Join us for a talk by Kirsty Robertson titled, Oil Futures and Petrotextiles!

Critical Dialogues Lecture Series in partnership with the Fibers and Materials Studies Department- Jeffrey Gibson

Jeffrey Gibson grew up in major urban centers in the United States, Germany, Korea, England and elsewhere. He is also a member of the Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians and half Cherokee. This unique combination of global cultural influences converge in his multi-disciplinary practice of more than a decade since the completion of his Master of Arts degree in painting at The Royal College of Art, London in 1998 and his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in painting from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1995.

Gibson’s artwork intermingles elements of traditional Native American art with contemporary artistic references. Thus powwow regalia, 19th century parfleche containers, and drums are seamlessly merged with elements of Modernist geometric abstraction, Minimalism, and Pattern and Decoration. Here there is an echo of Frank Stella and Josef Albers – canonized in our current dialogue which has little or no inclusion of Native American art which Gibson provides comparable weight and equivalence.

Gibson’s artworks are in the permanent collections of many major art museums, including the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, the Smithsonian, the National Gallery of Canada, the Nasher, the Nerman, Crystal Bridges, and the Denver Art Museum. Recent solo exhibitions include SCAD Museum of Art (Savannah and Atlanta), the National Academy Museum in New York, The Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston, and the Cornell Museum of Fine Art. The Denver Art Museum will mount a traveling mid-career survey in the Spring of 2018, to be followed by a smaller solo exhibition at the Ruth and Elmer Wellin Museum of Art in the fall of 2018. He has participated in Greater New York, Prospect New Orleans, the Everson Biennale, and Site Santa Fe. Gibson is a member of the faculty at Bard College and a past TED Foundation Fellow and Joan Mitchell Grant recipient.

J.J. McCracken Visiting Artist Lecture

J.J. McCracken creates messy situations where performers grovel for access to resources. They
are socially disconnected and eternally hungry. They are martyrs, misanthropes, thieves, ghosts,
and the wronged.

Absurd and often painful tasks are endured as stress cracks form and failures reveal the body's
limitations. Wet, shivering, clay-covered women eat potatoes made of clay for hours; blindfolded
women hoard water, hauling it in pots that leak or break; a timekeeper fills a one-directional
hourglass that slowly drains.

Built from the details of extensive research, these characters interrogate our corporate, political,
and social landscapes while examining the artist’s own patterns of consumption. Recurring
themes include malnutrition, water rights, free speech, and shouldering the weight of passing


Black Quantum Futurism Lecture

Black Quantum Futurism (or BQF) is a new approach to living and experiencing reality by way of the manipulation of space-time in order to see into possible futures, and/or collapse space-time into a desired future in order to bring about that future's reality. This vision and practice derives its facets, tenets, and qualities from quantum physics, futurist traditions, and Black/African cultural traditions of consciousness, time, and space. Inside of the space where these three traditions intersect exists a creative plane that allows for the ability of African-descended people to see "into," choose, or create the impending future.