In Conversation: AIR Oli Rodriguez, Risa Puleo, & Dan Paz

Oli Rodriguez,  La nina sorprendida , from the series The Last Seduction

Oli Rodriguez, La nina sorprendida, from the series The Last Seduction

What: Talk with June 2016 AIR Oli Rodriguez + more

When: Saturday, July 16, 6:30-7:30 PM

Former artist in residence Oli Rodriguez returns to the lab to talk about his recent project The Last Seduction! The work, which examines colonialism and its impact on institutions of art, will be featured in an exhibition at Bert Green Fine Art in November-December.

Oli will be joined by critic/curator Risa Puleo and artist/educator Dan Paz. 

RISA attended Bard College's Curatorial Studies Program and holds a Masters in Art History from Hunter College. She has served as Assistant Curator of American and Contemporary Art at the Blanton Museum of Art at the University of Texas at Austin as well as Program Director of Artadia: the Fund for Art and Dialogue. She writes for Bomb, Art in America, Modern Painters, Art Papers, Art21, and other publications.

DAN is an artist and educator working in video, photography, and performance. Dan uses the labor of production to explore how performances of belonging are staged between the image-idea and the lived experience. Selected exhibitions include: Fábrica de Arte Cubano, Havana, Cuba; Hayward Gallery, London, UK, Angels Gate Cultural Center, CA; The Media lab @ The College Art Association in NYC; In Chicago, IL: The Museum of Contemporary Art, The Gene Siskel Film Center, Gallery 400, Weinberg/Newton Gallery, Chicago Artist’s Coalition, The Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts, Evanston Art Center, Peregrine Program, Roots and Culture Contemporary Art Center, The Franklin, Johalla Projects.

In 2010, Dan was the recipient of the Ann Metzger National Award for Prints. In 2012, Paz was the recipient of The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur’s Connection grant for Arte no es fácil in addition to the Links Hall Link Up residency and grant for the co-creation of the project Arte no es fácil. In 2012. Dan has work is compiled in the collection of video art, Eyeball Witness. Residencies include: Harold Artist Residency in Chesterhill, Ohio; Acre Artist residency in Steuben Wisconsin; El Centro Desarollo de Artes Visuales Residency in Havana, Cuba, Chicago Artist Coalitions’ Hatch Residency, The Luminary in St. Louis, MO and The Studios of Key West Artist Residency in Key West, FL. Dan is  Assistant Professor of Art at Harry S. Truman College teaching photography, video, and art history.

OLI is an interdisciplinary artist working in video, photography, performance, installation and writing. Currently, he is faculty in the Photography Department at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). His projects conceptually intersect and dialogue within consent, queerness, childhood and sexuality. His exhibition, The Great Refusal: Taking on New Queer Aesthetics at SAIC is the first explicitly queer show at the institution. He is apart of the monograph Confronting the Abject, named from his research themed class that he co-taught with Catherine Opie at SAIC. He just finished his book, The Papi Project, which archives the AIDS pandemic through his queer, people of color (POC) family in Chicago during the 1980’s. Rodriguez has screened, performed, lectured and exhibited his works internationally and nationally at institutions and museums such as, The Banff Centre, Schwarzer Kanal, Berlin, Germany, Smart Museum, University of Chicago, Bridge, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, The Gene Siskel Film Center, Chicago, IL.