Division of Labor: Chicago Artist Parents
November 20, 2014 – February 14, 2015
Opening Reception November 20, 2014, 5-8pm
Division of Labor addresses the impact of parenthood on an artist's creative practice and career. Featuring a select group of emergent to internationally recognized contemporary artists working across media, a diversity of perspectives and approaches are represented. Division of Labor examines direct links between the aesthetics, materiality and meaning of an artist’s work in relation to parenthood while also revealing unexpected moments at the intersection of art-making and family life.
Inventive modes of display, all-ages events and advocacy-based auxiliary programming combine the creative approaches to art-making-while-parenting.
Artists include: Alberto Aguilar, Candida Alvarez, Claire Ashley, Lise Haller Baggesen, Michelle Grabner and Brad Killam, Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford, Heather Mekkelson, Paul Nudd, John Preus, Brittany Southworth-LaFlamme, Tony Tasset, Ann Toebbe, Jim Trainor, Selina Trepp, and Andrew Yang.
Chicago Artists in the Reading Room include: AREA Chicago, Susan Bright, Jeffrey Brown, Cultural ReProducers, Christa Donner, Poetry Magazine, Melissa Potter, Keiler Roberts, Fred Sasaki & August Sasaki and Chris Ware.
Curated by: Christa Donner and Thea Liberty Nichols
Catalog available at the opening
Thursday, November 20th, 5 – 8pm
Tiny Cover Band + Family Friendly Opening Party:
Saturday, November 22nd, 10am
Get a fresh look at the show and mingle with artists and their families at this morning opening featuring Tiny Cover Band performing pop music played on toy instruments.
Co-Occupations: Readings from Division of Labor
Wednesday, December 10th, doors at 7pm, reading at 7:30pm
Sector 2337, 2337 N. Milwaukee Ave, Chicago IL 60647
Sector 2337 hosts a reading and curated bookshelf that explores personal reflections on the impact of parenthood on an artist’s personal and professional lives. Co-organized by Caroline Picard, this event features readings by artists including Cándida Alvarez, Christa Donner, Lise Haller Baggesen, Thea Liberty Nichols, Keiler Roberts and Fred Sasaki. Sector 2337 hosts an affiliated shelf in the bookstore with titles from these readers available for purchase. For more information: www.sector2337.com
Cultural ReProducers \\ Making It What We Need:
Saturday, January 31st, 10am Glass Curtain Gallery, 1104 S. Wabash, Chicago IL 60605
Cultural ReProducers invites you to participate in a workshop and conversation generating concrete ideas about how cultural institutions can support the work of cultural producers who are also working it out as parents. Led by Cultural ReProducers organizers Christa Donner and Selina Trepp with the participation of students, arts administrators, exhibiting artists and others, Making it What We Need considers alternate models for living, making, and making a living as artists. This conversation will be relevant to anyone working toward a sustainable life in the arts, and non-parents are welcome to join the conversation.
Gallery Hours: M-W,F: 9am to 5pm, Th: 9am to 7pm, Sat: 12pm - 5pm
Press and Reviews
Chicagos Best Visual Art in 2014, Chicago Tribune
Division of Labor artist Ann Toebbe reviewed in NYTIMES
Children welcome: Art by parents at Columbia College Gallery, Chicago Tribune