show presented by
Network of Crowded Art
7 through September 4, 2010
Celebration Saturday, August 7
Reception and food starts around 6pm
Performance by Project Blue at 8:30pm
Check out some of Sarah Kavages Flickr images from the opening
Friday, August 13, 6pm
Pop-up Book Academy with Red76
Pizza Party, conversation, and games for the little folks.
Bring a pizza ingredient and/or somthing you like to drink.
Utilizing The Book of Tea, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
curator Kakuzo Okakura’s early 20th century text on the history,
philosophy, and aesthetics of the Japanese Tea Ceremony, this iteration of
Pop-Up Book Academy aims at discussing the possible benefits of embodying
What do we do when confronted with a situation wherein we
find ourselves in solidarity with a particular person, issue, or living
history, yet looking at it from across a foggy divide? What reactions might
suit us positively at the intersection of indecipherability and solidarity? How
might we collectively benefit from individually embracing our difference and
contradictions (say, in a contemporary sense, being an anti-war car owner)
rather than hiding them as faults within our character? In this light, might
our contradictions, openly embraced as human, be seen as vehicles for
understanding, solidarity, and deeper consideration of our collective flaws,
and future collective virtues.
Within this conversation Okakura’s Book of Tea acts as a
means of engaging this issue through Wabi-Sabi, the core aesthetics of the
Japanese Tea Ceremony; a highly stylized and considered act which, in turn,
celebrates the motions of our everyday actions, desires, and importantly, flaws
Copies of the Book of Tea will be printed and bound at this
PBA and available for sale. Pizza will be made in Roots and Cultures fantastic
restaurant stove. We’ll make the dough, bring your own toppings and beverages.
Issues 9 and 10 of the Journal of Radical Shimming (and
maybe some more from the back catalog) will be on hand. For free of course.
Saturday, August 14 - 3pm
Meet at Roots and Culture to to particiapte in Kansas
City-based artist, Sean Starowitz's the SPEAK! Project. We'll
take Sean's custom soap box out into the neighborhood to do some public
speachifyin'! Bring a piece of your mind and give it!
Saturday, August 21 - early
We're going to ride our bicycles out to Shaumberg to visit American Indian Center's Trickster Gallery and see Linda Windell's show "We're Still Here" Call mike if you'd like to join this ride. 773-368-5875
Friday, August 27 - time tba
Lots of sound with Skything and Justin Clifford Rhody
Friday, September 3 - 8pm
Screening of Sarah Ross's "Experiements of Struggle" and
conversation with Laurie Jo Reynolds about prison reform and abolotion,
intergenerational organzing, and your first radical thought.
Saturday, September 4 - noon
Closing brunch - Remarks by the organizer, Mike Wolf, and hopefully others.
Other Events with no date yet:
Storytelling! Pennie Brinson is organizing an evening of story telling.
everyone is a dragon, but current conditionsdisallow and discourage us to express those sinuous tratis. What
conditions are needed to accommodate dragons? How many heads does a
Are All Beginners Here! is a multi-headed hydra, a trans-temporal,
trans-spatial, trans-disciplinary exhibition (a big show!) of
mutating, mutable work by a cast of talented marginal characters.
Brinson and Project Blue
is a poet, musician and performer who has worked as the Artist in
Residence at Access Living, and is a long-time contributer to the
Journal of Ordinary Thought.
Journal of Ordinary Thought
poet, graphic artist, essayist and wayward intellectual, Robin has also done time as
the editor of the late Skeleton News.
Skeleton News on Wikipedia
does more than I can surmise, for us she is cooking up some
cockamamie scheme to broaden our perception of the cultural landscape
in Chicago during the run of this show.
is the token trans-Atlantic contributor this exhibition, what she
will do is up in the air at the moment...
What we know about Park is that she will be writing about mobility... But who knows where that will lead.
Presence is Progress
Moran will use locally grown and available surplus foods to make
various delicious meals and snacks through out the course of the
Sarah, based in Urbana, Illinois is making a video about
intergeneartional work. She's interviewing people of different
ages who have been oeganizing a books to prisoners program. They will
share the lessons and experiences they've aquired over the
Sarah is presenting one of many manifestations of her sprawling,
60,000 pound initiative, Industrial Harvest. If all goes well we'll be
a collaborative body (largely directed by Sam Gould), is making
another manifestation of Pop-up Book Academy. If all goes as planned
we'll be binding and peddling all kinds of books right there at Roots
AND Culture while we learn a thing or two about our history and a our
political present. A pizza party?
Pop-up Book Academy
course Mike is taking responsibility for the whole thing. Got
issues, problems, questions, good-faith criticisms? Talk to him,
he's the head decorator and organizer. call 773-368-5875 or send an email.