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Michelle Grabner in conversation with John Riepenhoff, Jennifer Reeder, Anne Wilson, Tony Tassett and Nate Young
FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art
Mar 26, 2018 (6pm)
Panel Discussion

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Join us for an evening with Graham grantee FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art in anticipation of its inaugural edition, An American City, taking place throughout the summer of 2018 with new work by over 60 artists, six major exhibitions, and site-specific installations around the city of Cleveland and Northeast Ohio.

Artistic Director Michelle Grabner will be in conversation with FRONT participating artists John Riepenhoff, Jennifer Reeder, Anne Wilson, Tony Tasset and Nate Young to discuss how artist projects are shaped within the triennial structure in addition to the ever-changing, politically urgent conditions of An American City.

Michelle Grabner is a celebrated American painter and conceptual artist. Her work has been featured in notable national and international collections. Grabner co-curated the 2015 Whitney Biennial and recently curated the Portland 2016 Biennial. Grabner is the Crown Family Professor of Painting and Drawing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. With her husband, Brad Killam, she co-directs the the Suburban in Milwaukee and the Poor Farm in Little Wolf, Wisconsin.

Related Graham Foundation supported projects:
2017 Publication Grant to FRONT Exhibition Company for An American City: Exhibition Catalogue and Guide

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Keep Walking Intently: The Ambulatory Art of the Surrealists, the Situationist International, and Fluxus
Lori Waxman
Mar 19, 2018 (6pm)
Book Launch

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Please join us for a series of ambulatory performances to launch Lori Waxman's new Graham-funded book Keep Walking Intently: The Ambulatory Art of the Surrealists, the Situationist International, and Fluxus, just out from Sternberg Press, Berlin. Throughout the evening works by Vito Acconci, William Anastasi, La Monte Young, Anna Halprin, Daniel Buren, Irena Haiduk, and George Brecht, among others, will be performed.

Performers include Aram Atamian, Jane Thompson, Udita Upadhyaya, Phoebe Chin, Sophie Leddick, Mie Frederikke Fischer Christensen, Calla Dobmeyer, Maryam Faridani, Jordan Miller, Jose Perez, Solomon Salim Moore, Yewen Dong, Nanna Rosenfeldt-Olson and Lori Waxman.

Lori Waxman has been art critic for the Chicago Tribune for eight years. She teaches art history and criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and has a PhD from the Institute of Fine Arts, New York University. She is coauthor of Girls! Girls! Girls! in Contemporary Art (2011) and Talking with Your Mouth Full: New Language for Socially Engaged Art (2008). She received a Warhol Foundation Arts Writers Grant for her performance 60 wrd/min art critic, which was included in dOCUMENTA (13) and later published as an artist’s book by Onestar Press.


Image:“Free Flux-Tours,” poster, designed by George Maciunas, 1976.

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Performance: The Master and Form
Mar 10, 2018 (1pm)

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Please join us for the next performance related to our current exhibition, Brendan Fernandes: The Master and Form featuring dancers from the Joffrey Academy of Dance. The durational performance will activate the installation, designed in collaboration with Norman Kelley.

The Joffrey Academy of Dance, Official School of The Joffrey Ballet, is committed to providing students of all ages, levels and backgrounds who have a desire to dance with a world-class education built on a foundation of classical ballet. With the talents cultivated at the Joffrey Academy, students can pursue careers as professional dancers at companies throughout the world, higher education opportunities in dance, or success in other fields. Through the Joffrey Academy’s programs, students develop a diverse set of skills including artistry, creativity, discipline and confidence, among others. The Joffrey Academy’s high-quality, educational programming forms future audiences and support for the Joffrey and builds the organization’s reputation worldwide.

Image: View of "Brendan Fernandes: The Master and Form." 2018, Graham Foundation, Chicago. Installation in collaboration with Norman Kelley; dancers: Satoru Iwasaki, Yuha Kamoto, Andrea de León Rivera, Antonio Mannino, Leah Upchurch; photo: RCH

For more information on the exhibition, Brendan Fernandes: The Master and Form Installation in collaboration with Norman Kelley, click here.

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Thomas Lehn and Marcus Schmickler
Lampo Performance Series
Feb 17, 2018 (8pm)

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Thomas Lehn and Marcus Schmickler have worked together since 1998. In their long musical collaboration, they confront intrinsically different instruments—for Thomas, the modular synthesizer, and for Marcus, the computer—with a common understanding of real-time composition and a shared admiration for subtle degrees of musical intensity.

Here, the analog-digital duo premieres Prediction Control Allocation—a three-part improvisation and a new performance strategy, with each section exploring a different musical form. Lehn and Schmickler take their cue from Point Line Cloud by composer and researcher Curtis Roads, while referencing the formal ideas of Stockhausen, Xenakis and Ligeti. Sounds scatter, fuse and then mutate, as they flow into other sounds.

Thomas Lehn (b.1958, Fröndenberg, Germany) has been working as a performer, interpreter, composer, and improviser of contemporary music since the early 1980s. Rooted in the experience of a wide spectrum of musical fields and based on his background as a pianist, he has developed an individual "language" of electronic music. The electronic equipment he uses consists of analog synthesizers from the late 1960s, particularly the EMS Synthi A. The specific character of this modular instrument allows him to act and react spontaneously in close contact with the various structural degrees of the musical process.

Marcus Schmickler (b.1968, Cologne, Germany) studied composition and electronic music and works in both composed and improvised forms. He has won numerous prizes and honors and is closely associated with the Cologne label a-Musik. As a composer along with his many works of electronic music, he works with the ensemble recherche, the Staatskapelle Weimar, the musikFabrik, the Paragon Ensemble, the Ensemble Zeitkratzer, among others. As a musician he works with artists such as John Tilbury, Thomas Lehn, MIMEO and Julee Cruise. His discography consists of over 50 titles, and he has performed internationally. He lives and works in Cologne.

Thomas Lehn and Marcus Schmickler performed at Lampo in September 2005, later released on Navigation Im Hypertext (a-Musik). Lehn's Lampo debut dates back to May 2003. Schmickler has performed several times in the Lampo series, first in September 2002 and most recently in March 2014.

Support for this program is provided by the Goethe-Institut of Chicago and the Graham Foundation for Advanced Studies in the Fine Arts. Since 2010 the Graham Foundation has supported and partnered with Lampo to produce this performance series held at the Madlener House. Lampo, founded in 1997, is a non-profit organization for experimental music and intermedia projects.

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MASTERING FORM: Considering Architecture, Object and Body in the work of Brendan Fernandes
Hendrik Folkerts
Feb 15, 2018 (6pm)
Talk

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Please join us as curator Hendrik Folkerts reflects on architecture, object, and body in the work of Brendan Ferndandes in a new talk prepared in response to our current exhibition The Master and Form. The talk will be followed by a Q&A and conversation between Folkerts and Fernandes.

Hendrik Folkerts is the Dittmer Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Art Institute of Chicago and one of the curators of documenta 14, which took place in Kassel and Athens in 2017. He studied Art History at the University of Amsterdam, specializing in contemporary art and theory, feminist practices, and performance. From 2010 until 2015 he was curator of Performance, Film & Discursive Programs at the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam. Prior to this, Folkerts was coordinator of the Curatorial Program at De Appel arts centre in Amsterdam from 2009 until 2011. He frequently publishes in journals and magazines such as South as a State of Mind, Mousse Magazine, ArtforumThe ExhibitionistMetropolis MThe Journal for Art and Public SpaceAfterall Online, as well as monographs and exhibition catalogues. Folkerts is co-editor of Shadowfiles: Curatorial Education (Amsterdam: de Appel arts centre, 2013) with Ann Demeester; and Facing Forward: Art & Theory from a Future Perspective (Amsterdam: AUP, 2015) with Christoph Lindner and Margriet Schavemaker. He is one of the founding editors of the peer-reviewed journal Stedelijk Studies.

Image: View of "Brendan Fernandes: The Master and Form." 2018, Graham Foundation, Chicago. Design: Norman Kelley; dancers: Satoru Iwasaki, Yuha Kamoto, Andrea de León Rivera, Antonio Mannino, Leah Upchurch; photo: RCH

For more information on the exhibition, Brendan Fernandes: The Master and Form Installation in collaboration with Norman Kelley, click here.

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