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Monadnock, "Marketsquare," Nieuw Bergen, 2015. Photo: Stijn Bollaert.

Make No Little Plans
Monadnock
Mar 30, 2017 (6pm)
Talk

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Job Floris, architect and co-founder of the Dutch architecture firm Monadnock, will present a talk about the firm's practice and their participation in Spaces without drama or surface is an illusion, but so is depth, on view at the Graham Foundation February 16–July 1, 2017.

Monadnock is a Rotterdam-based architecture practice led by Job Floris and Sandor Naus. Monadnock designs, researches, writes, and produces discourse in the fields of architecture, urbanism, interiors, and staging. Their work shifts between the scale of the city, the street, and the interior. Monadnock creates contemporary buildings that embed architecture in the cultural production of their generation as a whole. By examining key themes such as the contemporary and tradition, convention and banality, constructive logic, and illusionary representation, Monadnock aims for an architecture that combines beauty, efficiency, and the transfer of architectural knowledge. Landmark, Monadnock's viewing tower project developed for the municipality of Nieuw Bergen (NL), was shortlisted for the 2017 Mies van der Rohe Award.

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Lynette Yiadom-Boakye, "The Work," 2015. Oil on canvas.

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye
Northwestern University Dept. of Art Theory & Practice Visiting Artist Talk
Apr 06, 2017 (7pm)
Talk

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As part of our continuing collaboration with Northwestern University's Department of Art Theory and Practice, the Graham is pleased to host artist and writer Lynette Yiadom-Boakye.

Lynette Yiadom-Boakye is an artist and writer of Ghanaian descent based in London. She is represented by the Corvi-Mora Gallery in London and the Jack Shainman Gallery in New York. Her work is included in the permanent collections of a number of institutions including the Tate Collection, the Victoria and Albert Museum, the Miami Art Museum, the Studio Museum in Harlem, the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, the Nasher Museum of Art, The Museum of Modern Art, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, the National Museum of African Art, and the Museum of Modern Art Warsaw. Recently she has mounted solo shows at the Serpentine Gallery, London (2015); Haus der Kunst, Munich (2015); Kunsthalle Basel, Switzerland (2016–17); and the New Museum in New York (forthcoming this May). In 2006, Yiadom-Boakye won the Arts Foundation Fellowship for Painting. In 2012, she won the New Museum's Pinchuk Foundation Future Generation Prize, and in 2013 was shortlisted for the Turner Prize for her 2012 exhibition at Chisenhale Gallery in east London.

This lecture is part of the Department of Art Theory and Practice at Northwestern University Visiting Artist Lecture Series, and is made possible with generous support from The Myers Foundations and the Jerrold Loebl Fund for the Arts.

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Jacob Kirkegaard, “AION,” 2016.

Jacob Kirkegaard
Lampo Performance Series
Apr 08, 2017 (8pm)
Performance

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In his first Chicago performance, Jacob Kirkegaard presents AION—recorded and filmed in four abandoned spaces inside the radioactive zone around the former nuclear power plant in Chernobyl, Ukraine.

AION—“infinity” or “eternity” in ancient Greek—was inspired by the groundbreaking sound work I am sitting in a room (1969), by artist Alvin Lucier, in which Lucier recorded himself saying, “I am sitting in a room, different from the one you are in now. I am recording the sound of my speaking voice.” He then played these phrases back and re-recorded them, until the different layers of his voice began to merge. Kirkegaard has taken Lucier’s action a step further, recording the resonance of an empty swimming pool, concert hall, gymnasium and church, inside the Chernobyl exclusion area.

Kirkegaard put up a microphone and speaker in each space, started the recording and left. After ten minutes, he returned, stopped the recording, played it back into the same room, and made a re-recording. With each new layer, subtle sounds enlarged and deepened until they turned into one rich hum with many overtones. In effect, he has recorded the voices of rooms.

Jacob Kirkegaard (b.1975, Esbjerg, Denmark) is an artist focused on the scientific and aesthetic aspects of resonance, time, sound and hearing. His installations, compositions and performances deal with acoustic spaces and phenomena that usually remain imperceptible. Using unorthodox recording tools, including accelerometers, hydrophones and home-built electromagnetic receivers, Kirkegaard captures and contextualizes previously unheard sounds from a variety of environments: a geyser, a sand dune, an empty room, a glacier, and even the human inner ear itself.

Based in Berlin, Kirkegaard is a graduate of the Academy for Media Arts in Cologne. He has presented his works at exhibitions, festivals and conferences throughout the world, including the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark; KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin; Museum of Contemporary Art, Denmark; the Menil Collection, Houston; Rothko Chapel, Houston; Aichi Triennale, Nagoya; and the Mori Art Museum, Tokyo. He has released several albums on Touch, Important Records and other labels. He is also a member of the sound art collective freq_out.

Artist Talk: Jacob Kirkegaard discusses his audio-video work in Chernobyl as well as similar projects in Fukushima and other nuclear power plants. Lampo Annex, Monadnock Building, 53 W. Jackson Blvd. #1656. Friday, April 7, 6pm. RSVP HERE.

This performance is presented in partnership with Lampo. Founded in 1997, Lampo is a non-profit organization for experimental music and intermedia projects.

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Pezo von Ellrichshausen, "Casa Meri," Florida, Chile, 2014. Photo courtesy Pezo von Ellrichshausen.

No More No Less
Pezo von Ellrichshausen
Apr 20, 2017 (6pm)
Talk

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Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen will discuss their work and their participation in the exhibition Spaces without drama or surface is an illusion, but so is depth.

Pezo von Ellrichshausen is an art and architecture studio founded in 2002 by Mauricio Pezo and Sofia von Ellrichshausen. They currently teach at the Universidad Catolica in Santiago and at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago. Among other venues, they have lectured at the Tate Modern, the Victoria & Albert Museum, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Alvar Aalto Symposium, and Harvard University’s GSD. In 2008, they curated the Chilean Pavilion at the Venice Biennale.

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Image courtesy of Fala Atelier

Portraits
fala atelier
May 04, 2017 (6pm)
Talk

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Filipe Magalhães, architect and co-founder of the architecture firm Fala Atelier, will present a talk about the firm's practice and their participation in Spaces without drama or surface is an illusion, but so is depth, on view at the Graham Foundation February 16–July 1, 2017.

fala atelier is an architecture firm founded in 2013 by Filipe Magalhães, Ana Luisa Soares and Ahmed Belkhodja. The group describes themselves as a naïve architecture practice based in Porto, Portugal. Tackling a wide range of projects, from renovations to bird houses, fala engages with architectural questions through the built environment, public engagement, exhibitions, and academics.

Image courtesy of Fala Atelier

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