1. Much Much More lecture series and the Hyde Park Art Center presents:

    Oli Watt

    @Humboldt Park branch, Chicago Public Library 1605 N. Troy Street

    November 16, 3PM-4PM

    Oli Watt (b. 1968) is a Chicago-based artist and professor of printmedia. Exhibitions of his work have been presented at the Brooklyn Museum of Art, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, Spencer Brownstone, New York, Rocket Gallery, London, and the Terra Museum of American Art, Chicago. His work has been published and received reviews in Art on Paper, Art US, New Yorker, New Art Examiner, and the Village Voice. Watt is the recipient of the Maxine and Stuart Applebaum Award of Excellence and the Tweed Museum of Art Purchase Award. Watt received a MFA in printmaking from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where he has been Adjunct Assistant Professor since 2003.

     

    This talk is presented in conjunction with 

    Oli Watt: Here comes a regular on view from September 22, 2013 – January 12, 2014 at the Hyde Park Art Center

    Image: Oli Watt, Le Penseur, 2013, neon,48 x 36 inches

     
  2. Much Much More lecture series presents:

    Karen Reimer

    @Humboldt Park branch, Chicago Public Library 1605 N. Troy Street

    September 28, 3PM-4PM 

     

     

    Karen Reimer has a BA from Bethel College, Kansas, near where she grew up, and an MFA from the University of Chicago, the city where she now resides. Her work is rooted equally in craft and conceptual art. It has been exhibited at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; the Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, Oregon; Wallspace, New York; Rochester Art Center, Rochester MN; the School of Creative Arts, University of WestEngland, Bristol; Owens Art Gallery, Mt. Allison University, New Brunswick, Gahlberg Gallery, College of DuPage, IL; and Gallery 400, University of Illinois Chicago. She is a recipient of the Artadia and Driehaus Foundation Individual Artist awards, and the Women’s Caucus for Art’s President’s Award. Her work is published in The Object of Labor (MIT); By Hand (Princeton); Contemporary Textiles (Black Dog); Exchanging Clothes: Habits of Being II (University of Minnesota) and Limited Language: Rewriting Design: Responding to a Feedback Culture (Birkhauser). She is Instructor in the Fiber and Material Studies Department at the School of The Art Institute of Chicago, and Publications Director at The Renaissance Society at the University of Chicago. She is represented by Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago.

     
  3. Much Much More Lecture Series presents:

    Steve Badgett & Dr. Paul Cekan

    @Humboldt Park branch, Chicago Public Library

    1605 N. Troy Street

    August 24, from 3PM - 4PM

     

    [Dr. Cekan] was the husband of my Mom’s best friend and he was like an uncle, but was notably more curious, interesting, and engaged than the other adults in my life (and continues to be to this day)” says Steve Badgett. Their forty year friendship eventually culminated in the 2006 exhibition at the College of DuPage where Badgett facilitated the presentation of Cekan’s ideas. This presentation will emphasize the Dr.’s work and will include recent Cekan-influenced projects by Badgett. 

    Steve Badgett studied painting and is a founding member of the collaborative SIMPARCH who have exhibited internationally. He has also collaborated with Steve Rowell, Deborah Stratman, and The Center for Land Use Interpretation on projects.

    As what might now be best described as a meta-scholar, tying together symbols and motifs, modern and ancient, that parallel what he experienced in his own long career; from an early age Dr. Paul R. Cekan has been concerned with psych-communication, wondering why people often remain in a state of chronic misunderstanding. As psychiatrist (now retired) he strived to understand the workings of the mind, how people interrelate, and the systems that influence them including physical, mental, and cosmological aspects. 

     
  4. Much Much More Lecture Series presents: Claudine Isé 

    @ Humboldt Park branch, Chicago Public Library

    1605 N. Troy Street

    August 3, from 3PM - 4PM

    Notes on the Art of Conversation
    Claudine Isé will share notes from her in-progress research on the history of conversation as an artistic medium and an art form—from Tom Marioni’s 1970 “The Act of Drinking Beer With Friends is the Highest Form of Art,” and William Furlong’sAudio Arts series of taped conversations with artists conducted from 1973-1984, to Hans Ulrich Obrist’s The Interview ProjectJeremy Deller’s It is What it Is: Conversations about Iraq held at the MCA Chicago and other institutions, Jason Lazarus’ installation The Search,Ted Efremoff and Rebecca Parker’s 24 Hour Conversation project, the ongoing series of podcast conversations conducted by the collective Bad at Sports, and more.  
    Claudine Isé is a freelance arts writer, educator, and former editor of the Art21 Blog who is a regular contributor to the Chicago Tribune, the Chicago Reader, and Artforum.com. She has also written for Art Papers, Chicago magazine, Art Ltd., Bad at Sports (www.badatsports.com) and the Art21 Blog. Isé is an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Illinois at Chicago, where she teaches graduate courses in the Art History and Art Departments on writing for exhibitions as well as on the history of artists’ writings. Prior to moving to Chicago in 2008, she was the associate curator of exhibitions at the Wexner Center in Columbus, OH and before that, the Assistant Curator of Contemporary Art at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles, where she curated numerous Hammer Projects exhibitions. Isé has Ph.D. in Film, Literature and Culture from the University of Southern California. 
     
    Image: Tom Marioni, “Café Society,” San Francisco, 1979
     
  5. Much Much More Lecture Series presents: Erik Frydenborg

    Humboldt Park branch, Chicago Public Library

    1605 N. Troy Street

     July 20th, from 3PM - 4PM

    Erik Frydenborg builds constellations of interrelated objects, creating oblique narrative environments. His sculptures often resemble abstractions of natural history displays or educational models, exploring the effects of omission on such forms by stripping them of contextual clues and language. Operating like a specialist in the morphology of his own modified and handmade objects—fossil-like casts, eccentric machines, scrambled scholastic graphics, and ambiguous exhibition architecture—Frydenborg explores a formal syntax that merges classification and subjectivity.
    Using various modes of replication—mold making, scanning, and printing among them—Frydenborg produces compositions from samples of de-commissioned materials. Tracing and manipulating conventional details of junked objects and images, Frydenborg reconstructs their component parts, conjuring queasily unfamiliar surrogates. For Frydenborg, recording and reproducing data– and highlighting variations in the copy from the original—are analogous to the processes of time’s distorting effects on memory and understanding.
    And while Frydenborg’s work often revisits remote legacies of assemblage and sculpture—quoting or resembling the mechanical lyricism of early Surrealists, or the unornamented physicality of Post-Minimalism—his project is ultimately a broader investigation into idioms of display, coded languages, and the peculiar challenges of interpreting the arcane.
    Erik Frydenborg lives and works in Los Angeles. He received his BFA from the Maryland Institute, College of Art, and his MFA from the University of Southern California. His work has been reviewed in Artforum, Flash Art, and the Los Angeles Times, among other publications. Frydenborg’s work recently appeared in Set Pieces at Cardi Black Box, Milan, Italy, Art 43 Basel: Statements in Basel, Switzerland, and in the solo exhibition Dr. (illegible) at Cherry and Martin, Los Angeles. His work will be featured in upcoming exhibitions at Night Gallery and Public Fiction in Los Angeles.

     
  6. Much Much More Lecture Series presents: Nicholas Frank

    Humboldt Park branch, Chicago Public Library

    1605 N. Troy Street

    July 13th, from 3PM - 4PM

    Nicholas Frank is an artist, curator and writer residing in Milwaukee. He currently teaches in the Integrated Studio Arts program at Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design, and was curator at the Institute of Visual Arts (Inova) from 2006-2011. He co-founded the Milwaukee International in 2006 and ran the Hermetic Gallery in Milwaukee from 1993-2001. His curatorial projects and artworks have been exhibited internationally including at the Tate Modern (London); Kölnischer Kunstverein (Cologne); Swiss Institute, Gavin Brown’s Enterprise’s Passerby and Laurel Gitlen (New York); Institute of Contemporary Art (Philadelphia); Angstrom Gallery (Los Angeles); Locust Projects (Miami); Peregrine Program, Western Exhibitions, Suitable, Hyde Park Art Center, Rowley Kennerk and Golden Age (Chicago); MOCAD (Detroit); Poor Farm, Lynden Sculpture Garden, Green Gallery, Wisconsin Academy Gallery, Madison Museum of Contemporary Art and Milwaukee Art Museum (Wisconsin); among others. He has written on art and other subjects for Possible Press, NYFA.com, Sculpture, New Art Examiner, Purple, X-tra,Artpapers and other publications. He recently showed solo at Peregrine Program, in the project room at the new Western Exhibitions space (both Chicago), and held dual solo exhibitions at Lump in Raleigh, NC and the Green Gallery in Milwaukee (2012); and organized two touring exhibitions, Jennifer Bolande: Landmarks at Inova, Institute of Contemporary Arts (University of Pennsylvania-Philadelphia) and the Luckman Gallery (California State University-Los Angeles); and Spatial City: An Architecture of Idealism at Inova, Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago) and the Museum of Contemporary Art Detroit (MOCAD). Frank is represented by Western Exhibitions, Chicago.

     
  7. Much Much More Lecture Series presents: Heather Mekkelson

    Humboldt Park branch, Chicago Public Library

    1605 N. Troy Street

    Saturday, June 29th, from 3PM - 4PM

    Heather Mekkelson lives and works in Chicago. Solo and two-person exhibitions include Invisible Apocalypse at Roots and Culture; Heather Mekkelson at +medicine cabinet; Limited Entry at Old Gold; Debris Field at threewalls; and Out Land at STANDARD (all Chicago, IL.) Her work has also been in group shows at The Museum of Contemporary Photography (Chicago, IL), The Figge Art Museum (Davenport, IA), The Poor Farm (Manawa, WI), Raid Projects (Los Angeles, CA), and Vox Populi (Philadelphia, PA). Mekkelson’s work has been
    written about in Art Journal, Broadsheet, Time Out Chicago, New City, Chicago Tribune, Artforum.com and others. Most recently, she became an Artadia Award
    Chicago 2012 awardee.