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Coco Fusco, a/k/a Mrs. George Gilbert, 2004. Video. Courtesy of Video Data Bank, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, copyright Coco Fusco

Coco Fusco, a/k/a Mrs. George Gilbert, 2004. Video. Courtesy of Video Data Bank, www.vdb.org, School of the Art Institute of Chicago. © Coco Fusco

Propositions on Revolution (Slogans for a Future)
Krannert Art Museum, August 31—December 22, 2017

My video, Revolutionizing Revolution, is part of this exhibition organized by Kristin Romberg. If you're near Champaign, Illinois, check it out!

Propositions on Revolution (Slogans for a Future) takes the centennial of the Russian Revolution of 1917 as an occasion to think broadly about revolution. How do radical changes in power and perception come about? Who makes them, or how do they happen?

It adopts a working method employed by early twentieth-century political organizers, who co-authored slogans as a device for developing consciousness of their contemporary situation and consensus about how to move forward. Functioning less as propagandistic directives than as propositions to be picked up and debated, these slogans were intended to be part of an ongoing process of collective self-production.

The exhibition includes works by contemporary artists and collectives Chto Delat’, Tacita Dean, Coco Fusco, Jennifer Moon, Tameka Norris, and The Propeller Group. Each work has been selected for its potential as a starting point for a discussion about a “proposition on revolution.”

Jennifer Moon, You can kill my body but you can't kill my soul, 2013

This Is Not a Selfie: Photographic Self-Portraits from the Audrey and Sydney Irmas Collection
San Jose Museum of Art, August 25, 2017—January 14, 2018

I am honored to be part of this incredible collection of self-portraits, organized by LACMA, making its debut at the San Jose Museum of Art.

This Is Not a Selfie: Photographic Self-Portraits from the Audrey and Sydney Irmas Collection is organized by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and drawn from the most significant collection devoted to the subject, which was donated to LACMA by Audrey and Sydney Irmas beginning in 1992. The exhibition comprises 66 photographs ranging from early 19th century experiments through contemporary digital techniques and includes works by Diane Arbus, Robert Mapplethorpe, Catherine Opie, Cindy Sherman, Alfred Stieglitz, Lorna Simpson, and Andy Warhol, among others. SJMA is the first venue for This Is Not a Selfie, which will later travel to Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, CA, and the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, FL.

An illustrated catalogue will accompany the exhibition. The catalogue includes an essay by photography historian Deborah Irmas as guest curator and 50 extended written entries by Eve Schillo, assistant curator, LACMA, and the curatorial team at the Wallis Annenberg Photography Department at LACMA, along with a foreword by Susan Sayre Batton, Oshman Executive Director at SJMA.

This Is Not a Selfie also includes works by Berenice Abbott, Mehemed Fehmy Agha, Lisa Anne Auerbach, Herbert Bayer, Hans Bellmer, Wallace Berman, Joseph Beuys, Ilse Bing, Christian Boltanski, Jonathan Borofsky, Claude Cahun, Henri Cartier-Bresson, Anne Collier, Eileen Cowin, Judy Dater, Robert Frank, Lee Friedlander, Simryn Gill, Nan Goldin, Douglas Gordon, Pedro Guerrero, Lyle Ashton Harris and Renee Cox, Florence Henri, Bettina Hoffmann, Peter Keetman, Martin Kersels, Yves Klein, O. Winston Link, El Lissitzky, T. Lux (Theodore Lukas), George Platt Lynes, Danny Lyon, Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Pierre Molinier, Jennifer Moon, Yasumasa Morimura, Vik Muniz. Nadar (Gaspard-Félix Tournachon), Paulo Nazareth, Bruce Nauman, Warren Neidich, Helmut Newton, Leonard Nimoy, Luigi Ontani, ORLAN, Chino Otsuka, Hirsch Perlman, Amalia Pica, Alphonse-Louis Poitevin, Sigmar Polke, Ilene Segalove, Malick Sidibé, Anton Stankowski, Ralph Steiner, Seneca Ray Stoddard, Wolfgang Tillmans, and William Wegman.

Naming Rights at Thomas Dane Gallery, 22 Aug - 20 Sept 2017

Naming Rights at Thomas Dane Gallery
Thomas Dane Gallery, 22 August—20 September 2017

I'm part of this interesting group show in London, organized by Naming Rights. If you're in the UK, check it out!

To produce the exhibition Naming Rights at Thomas Dane Gallery, the arcane rules of an artists run project space are displaced into the context of a West End commercial gallery. The exhibition will process these seemingly conflicting material systems, resolving into a presentation of works by artists including: Juliette Blightman, Appau Jnr Boakye-Yiadom, Matthew Collings and Emma Biggs, Liz Craft, Abraham Cruzvillegas, Charles Gaines, Jennifer Moon, Jeff Ono, Simon Popper, Lari Pittman, Mike Rogers, Dean Sameshima, Paul Thek (b.1933, d.1988), and Milly Thompson.

For the first three weeks of the exhibition, each artist's works will be shown as a solo presentation in the main exhibition space for a little more than one day each in turn. Then on the 12th of September, all the works will return together, re-placed to their ‘original position’. Naming Rights’ office and studio will use the rear gallery as a publicly accessible working space, and any works not currently on display will be kept in an open storeroom between the galleries.

The selection principle for all works in the show introduces a specific enquiry: How does the content or material, which is ‘not art’, become part of an artwork? The methods and ways of presenting this condition might allow us to think about the path of art's accretion. Their examination might allow us to determine what is really left from their origins and their partial or complete idiosyncrasies.

Venn diagram with questions for the Queer Artist Dinner at The Main Museum, July 25, 2017

I made this Venn diagram with Dan Bustillo for the Queer Artist Dinner at The Main Museum, organized by Paul Pescador and Christopher Mangum-James and co-hosted with Eve Fowler, Monica Majoli, Amir Nikravan, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, and me. The questions on the sides of the diagram were questions proposed by members of the cohost committee. The diagram with questions was printed as placemats for the dinner with the hope that guests would add to it and offer their perspectives, experiences, and feelings of what this Queer Artist Dinner is doing and can do. The red circle around the Queer Artist Dinner are state-identifications, i.e., ways in which we can be identified by the state (which can also be self-identification) within a 5% universe rooted in binaries, hierarchies, and capital that lead to oppressive systems like cisheteropatriachy, racism, ableism, colonialism, classism... And then to think of the potentials of a Queer Artist Dinner within this. There's something that sometimes happens when attempting to create inclusive spaces to celebrate marginalized identifications or a diagram that attempts to propose the potentials for such gatherings where it begins to resemble the systems one is hoping to counter or expand beyond! Click on image to enlarge.

drawing of Mr. Snuggles fanny pack

OMG! ✨Mr. Snuggles FOREVER✨ is fully funded!!! THANK YOU everyone who helped make this happen! 🙏🏼❤️❤️❤️😊🐶💕 Mr. Snuggles is now in the caring hands of Divya Anantharaman of Friends Forever Taxidermy. He will return anew as an enchanted fanny pack soon! I am so very grateful for everyone's support with this. THANK YOU!!!!

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photo of Jennifer Moon dancing in her office while Mr. Snuggles sleeps on her chair