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Chicago Works: Amanda Williams

Installation Director and Collaborator | Amanda Williams
Exhibition at Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
Summer, 2017

In collaboration with Amanda Williams for her first museum solo show, I helped facilitate the design of many of the sculptural works as well as the layout and flow of the gallery itself. Many of the key concepts of Williams’s past work was taken into consideration for the new works: incorporating reclaimed Chicago Common Brick, mapping of the Chicago South Side, and repurposing found materials into sculptural pieces.

Much of the fabrication of the works was under my lead from constructing the full scale map of Englewood [White House Form] and the gold brick pallet to laser cutting paper maps and gold leafing walls and bricks.

View exhibition details here.

Uppity Negress

Designer and Installation Director | Amanda Williams
Garden Sculpture for Arts Club of Chicago
Summer, 2017

With this site-specific installation, in collaboration with Amanda Williams, the architecture of the garden of the Arts Club of Chicago was transformed to highlight questions of institutional authority and layered gender roles.

After a number of iterations, the sculpture consisted of a secondary fence, inserted next to the existing, “getting out of line” and breaking into fragmented pieces. These pieces lead the viewer to a fabric banner, displaying instances of black women being “uppity”, addressing the role gender and race have played historically in black women’s ability to navigate their position in urban space.

View exhibition details here.

SMALLroom Gallery

Founder and Curator
Illinois Institute of Technology
Summer, 2012 - Summer, 2016

SMALLroom Gallery was founded and launched with the intention of activating the life of the Illinois Institute of Technology campus. I created the student organization with the goal to bring thought-provoking artwork in our otherwise artless school campus, which is surrounded by a thriving art community spread throughout the city of Chicago.

5 Years of Shows and Collaborations
Summer, 2012 | SSCAC & 10 Resident Artists | Women of a Certain Age
Fall, 2012 | FUSEDChicago & 24 Resident Artists | Tactile Encounters
Spring, 2012 | Jennifer Cronin & Sara Goldenberg White | On the Fringe
Winter, 2013 | 13 Student Artists | IIT Student Show
Spring, 2013 | Serene Wise | les études
Summer, 2013 | Pawel Kupiec | Pawel Kupiec : Solo Show
Fall, 2013 | Sally Ko | Pouring It Out
Fall, 2013 | 14 Faculty Artists | IIT Faculty/Staff Show
Winter, 2014 | Rine Boyer | Rine Boyer : Solo Show
Winter, 2014 | Jill McLean | Breaking the Chains that Bind Me
Spring, 2014 | Marian Carow | Works On Paper
Spring, 2014 | Mat Rappaport | Touristic Intents
Summer, 2014 | The Blanc Gallery & IIT Architecture Students | The City as a Neighborhood: Architectural Exploration
Spring, 2016 | Amanda Williams & Cyrus Dowlatshahi | A New Portrait: Englewood with Takin’ Place Film Screening

Free Association Magazine

Creator and Publisher
Fall, 2015 - present

Free Association Magazine (Free Ass. Mag.) is an anti-architecture/architecture magazine, founded in an agitated response to the isolated nature of architecture, in order to view the built environment through the lenses of varying media and ideas. I established and published this collection of work, by artists around the world, discussing topics of the inhabitable realm triggered through a single theme for each preceding issue.

Listen to hear more about the making of Free Ass. Mag. and the latest issue, “Home”.

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Amanda Wills, 2020