Installation Director and Collaborator | Amanda Williams Exhibition at Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
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.
Designer and Installation Director | Amanda Williams
Garden Sculpture for Arts Club of Chicago
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.
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 Global 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”.