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Torkwase Dyson, “Looking for the People (Water Table Ocular #3),” 2017. Polymer gravure on Hahnmuhle Copperplate White paper. Published by Brodsky Center. Collaborating Master Printer Randy Hemminghaus. Photograph courtesy of Brodsky Center. Copyright Torkwase Dyson and Brodsky Center. Photo by Peter Jacobs

Opening Reception: Torkwase Dyson and the Wynter-Wells School
May 03, 2018 (6pm)

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Please join us for a reception with artist Torkwase Dyson as we celebrate the opening of her new installation.

Torkwase Dyson, born in Chicago, is an artist based in New York whose practice draws on her interest in abstraction, social architecture, and environmental justice. She began engaging social architecture through her project Studio South Zero (2014–ongoing), a mobile studio that relies on solar power and supports multidisciplinary artmaking. Recent solo exhibitions of Dyson’s work have been presented at the Drawing Center, New York City; Landmark Gallery, Texas Tech University, Lubbock; Eyebeam, Brooklyn; and the Meat Market Gallery, Washington, DC. Her work has also been included in exhibitions in New York at the Whitney Museum of American Art; the Studio Museum in Harlem; Martos Gallery; Postmasters Gallery; and We Buy Gold, Brooklyn as well as at the Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, Philadelphia, and the National Museum of African Art, Washington DC. Dyson’s work has been supported by the Joan Mitchell Foundation; Nancy Graves Foundation; Nicholas School of the Environment, Duke University; and the Lower Manhattan Cultural Center. She is on the board of the Architectural League of New York and is a visiting critic at the Yale University School of Art. She is represented by Davidson Contemporary, New York; and Rhona Hoffman Gallery, Chicago.

For more information on the exhibition, Wynter-Wells School, click here.



Sarah Davachi
Lampo Performance Series
Apr 21, 2018 (8pm)

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Canadian composer Sarah Davachi returns to Chicago and presents new work for reed organ, violin, viola da gamba and electronics. Based upon variously displaced melodic movements that were originally developed through a series of improvisations for pipe organ, this piece attempts to balance instances of consonance and dissonance, both in frequency content and physical gesture between its three players.

The open strings of the violin and viola da gamba—a Renaissance-Baroque instrument with seven strings tuned in a manner similar to the lute and modern guitar—are often isolated in order to fully emphasize the natural harmonics of the resonating body. The electronic component, originally derived from an EMS Synthi synthesizer, reinforces many of these pitches but occupies a subtle and unstable presence in the mix, slightly blurring the source of the effect.

Joining Davachi in this performance are Chicagoans Whitney Johnson on violin and Phillip Serna on viola da gamba.

Sarah Davachi
(b.1987, Calgary, Canada) is a composer of electronic and electroacoustic music. Trained at Mills College, she is engaged in practices of analog synthesis, psychoacoustic manipulations, multi-channel sound diffusion, and studio composition. Her compositional projects are primarily concerned with disclosing the antiquated instruments and forgotten sonics of a bygone era in synthesis, with concurrent treatment of acoustic sources—particularly organs, strings and woodwinds. Since 2007, she also has worked for the National Music Centre in Canada as a researcher and archivist of their collection of acoustic and electronic keyboard instruments. She has held artist residencies at the Banff Centre for Arts; EMS, Stockholm; OBORO, Montreal; and STEIM, Amsterdam. Davachi currently lives in Los Angeles, where she is a doctoral student in musicology.

Sarah Davachi made her Chicago debut at Lampo in January 2017, with a new composition for vintage synthesizers, harmonium and two cellos.

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.



Dysfunctional Plans
Fosco Lucarelli
Apr 19, 2018 (6pm)

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Renewed Archetypes, Endless Enclosure, Mystical Grid, Transient Monument, Inhabitable Wall, Dysfunctional Plan

Join us for a talk by Fosco Lucarelli, the 2017–18 Douglas A. Garofalo Fellow from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC) School of Architecture.

Dysfunctional Plans is a theoretical inquiry based on seven design exercises made in collaboration with a group of Lucarelli’s students. The project’s unwieldy brief provides no a priori function, content, strategy, site, or hypothetical condition apart from the arbitrary definition of seven oxymoronic images.

More an experiment than a manifesto, this talk and accompanying exhibition at UIC questions whether architecture might be a discipline autonomous enough to create its own narrative, content, function, purpose, and imagination—and therefore, meaning—stemming solely from its bare form.

Fosco Lucarelli is an Italian architect and educator based in Paris. He holds a Bachelor and Master of Architecture from the School of Architecture of Rome (Roma Tre) and from the ETSAM in Madrid. With his partner Mariabruna Fabrizi, he co-founded the architectural practice Microcities, and conducts independent research through the website SOCKS. He has taught at the École d'architecture de la ville et des territoires in Marne-La-Vallée in Paris, and at the École Polytechnique Fédérale in Lausanne. Together with M. Fabrizi, Lucarelli was the content-curator for "The Form of Form", the main exhibition at the 2016 Lisbon Architecture Triennale, and he is part of the chief curatorial team for the 2019 Lisbon Triennale.

About the Douglas A. Garofalo Fellowship
Named in honor of architect and educator Doug Garofalo (1958–2011), this nine-month teaching fellowship—supported with a grant from the Graham Foundation—provides emerging designers the opportunity to teach studio and seminar courses in the undergraduate and graduate programs and conduct independent design research. The fellowship also includes a public lecture at the Graham Foundation and an exhibition at the UIC School of Architecture. To learn more about the fellowship, click here.



Final Performance: The Master and Form
Apr 05, 2018 (6pm)

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Please join us for the final 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



Chicago Art Critics Forum: Salon Review
Apr 03, 2018 (6pm)
Panel Discussion

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THE SEEN and EXPO CHICAGO, in collaboration with the Graham Foundation, present the Chicago Art Critics Forum. Now in its seventh edition, Salon Review convenes a live panel of contemporary critics to discuss exhibitions currently on display in Chicago. Centered around the materiality of experience, Howardena Pindell’s retrospective at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Mounira Al Solh’s work at the Art Institute of Chicago, the experimental paintings of Sam Gilliam, Alan Shields, and Frank Stella at the Block Museum of Art's Katz Gallery, and the group exhibition Unthought Environments at the Renaissance Society will be discussed. 

Panelists include Elliot Reichert (Newcity), Abigail Winograd (, and Ruslana Lichtzier (THE SEEN). Hosted by Stephanie Cristello, Editor-in-Chief of THE SEEN.


THE SEEN, Chicago’s International Journal of Contemporary & Modern Art, features in-depth writing on exhibitions, as well as highlight essays, artist profiles, and reviews. Publishing twice a year in print, in addition to monthly online issues, the free, full-color, 150+ page journal is produced in a limited-edition 10,000-count run, and is available for distribution at multiple public locations throughout the city of Chicago, as well as select national and international distribution.

With a network of Staff Writers reporting from around the world, THE SEEN features exclusive pieces and new commissions on the best in international contemporary art. THE SEEN is published by EXPO CHICAGO and led by Editor-in-Chief, Stephanie Cristello. Issue 06 will launch in print April 2018, with exclusive pieces and new commissions on the best in international contemporary art, featuring Brendan Fernandes on the cover to align with his recent exhibition, The Master and Form, at the Graham Foundation.

Free copies of Issues 04 and 05 of THE SEEN will be available for distribution.

Image: Howardena Pindell, Video Drawings: Swimming, 1975. Chromogenic development print; framed: 13 15/16 × 16 1/16 in. (35.4 × 40.8 cm). Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Anixter Art Acquisition Fund, 2016.6. Courtesy the artist and Garth Greenan Gallery, New York.


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