BACK MATTER, SAIC’s Visual and Critical Studies Masters Exhibition
April 19-28 at Co-Prosperity Sphere, curated by the Happy Collaborationists.
Friday, April 19 6pm-10pm
3219 South Morgan Street
Chicago, IL 60608
Sunday, April 21 12pm – 6pm
Tuesday, April 23 – Friday, April 26 12pm – 6pm
Sunday, April 28 12pm – 6pm
Saturday, April 27 4pm-8pm
Happy Collaborationists present Back Matter, the epilogue to the School of the Art Institute’s 2013 Visual and Critical Studies Masters class.
VCS, a 2 year program, combines two cultural pursuits: criticism and visual arts, challenging the candidates to commit to research and criticism, as well as the creation and exhibition of their ideas.
To work both as a critic and an artist changes an individual’s perception of both these related, but often divided practices. When understanding is achieved through critical evaluation and creation, the processes affect one another- critical observations perpetuate constant dialogue between appraisal and practice. This exhibition presents the illustration of that narrative; the imprint that these artists and their actions have left, as well as hints at how this shared time may continue to influence their works.
It may be impossible to divide the minute ways that the proximity to one another has altered their perspectives or the final product of this exhibition, but it is undeniably a testament to a process undertaken together. This is the end of a chapter, their summing up as a whole – an epilogue … BACK MATTER.
The Department of Visual and Critical Studies was founded in 2000 to provide a home for interdisciplinary study at SAIC. The Visual and Critical Studies program is not only concerned with the study of visual media across many different disciplines, but also the development of hybrid research practices, particularly the overlap between studio and scholarly production. The program is part of an evolving paradigm that addresses the complexity of visual and critical practices in the 21st century—it is designed for students who are committed to working, writing, and creating in an environment of interdisciplinary, trans-disciplinary, and post-disciplinary practices.
Contact: Meredith Weber
Hi-res digital images available on request