CAPE Dialogue Series (Archived)

CAPE Dialogue: Looking and Listening in Slow Motion

CAPE’s Dialogue series was created for educators and artists to have conversations about shifts in approaches to teaching, art making, and artistic research brought on by the pandemic.

For this installment of the CAPE Dialogue Series, we took into consideration looking and listening practices that intentionally slow down the experience of observing, describing, understanding, and making of art. We discussed how these practices could offer alternative, emergent modalities for teaching and learning as schools begin to reopen with hybrid remote and in-person classrooms. Joining CAPE for this discussion was Annie Storr, museum educator and resident scholar at Brandeis Women’s Studies Research Center, who created the guided-looking method “Exercises for the Quiet Eye”; Stephan Moore, sound artist, designer, composer, improviser, coder, curator, and instructor of sound arts at Northwestern University will discuss his work in deep listening techniques; and Timothy Rey who is playwright, performer, and teaching artist for CAPE, the Poetry Center and the Poetry foundation will share insights from the classroom. Our three guests lent their expertises and perspectives on slowing down curriculum through slowing looking and listening.

This conversation was moderated by CAPE Associate Director of Education, Mark Diaz.

CAPE Dialogue: What is the Body?

CAPE Dialogue: What is the Body? took place April 12th, 2021 from 4-6 PM CT.

Scholars have discussed the intentional boundaries surrounding certain bodies in art: what bodies are seen, what bodies do, and what bodies can look like. CAPE Dialogue: What is the Body? aims to explore the many interdisciplinary ways in which we can center our bodies within others and our environment to reimagine equity within the arts. If art is a product of a time, place, and culture that influences how narratives are constructed, then how can we (re)envision the possible futures and imaginations that could be evoked through the exclusion or inclusion of certain bodies and relationships? This event celebrates the following panelists: multimedia artist, michelle miles; Artistic Associate and Co-Leader of Shawngram Institute for Performance & Social Justice, Kealoha Ferreira; and choreographer and artistic director of Ayako Kato/Art Union Humanscape, Ayako Kato.

CAPE Dialogue: What is the Body? was hosted by CAPE Program Coordinator, AmBer Montgomery, and CAPE Research Program Coordinator, Jenny Lee.

CAPE Dialogue: What is Publicness? Featuring Abbéy Odunlami, Sanaz Sohrabi, and Trica Van Eck

CAPE Dialogue: What is Publicness? took place on February 4, 2021, from 4:00 PM–6:00 PM CST.

Abbéy Odunlami Ph.D. is a cultural theorist and curator specializing in contemporary urban history and visual culture. He lectures on urbanism and critical theory in the Contemporary Practices & Photography Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Odunlami’s research analyzes the socio-political nature of urban societies and infrastructures by analyzing the paradoxical nature of the avant-garde, hierarchical structures within conspicuous consumption practices, and postcolonial globality. Through this work, he examines the interdependencies that form conditions that produce the techne of and inform the built environment.

Sanaz Sohrabi (b. 1988, Tehran) is a research-based artist, filmmaker, and essayist. Her work at large engages with the politics of recovery in photographic archives and the role of photography and film as technologies of public-making and subject positioning. Navigating the archival condition vis-à-vis the image dispositif, Sohrabi’s work seeks to unearth and map the superstructures wherein ideological formations emerge as nodes and spaces of spectatorship, visuality, and erasure. Since 2017, she has embarked on an expansive artistic research project which traces the colonial legacies of petroleum industrial complex in Iran and their entanglement to a wide array of representational mediums, such as architecture and the built environment, photography, film, and visual media.

Tricia Van Eck founded 6018North, an art space that is in what is a former residential home in the Edgewater community of Chicago, after 13 years as an Associate Curator at the Museum of Contemporary Art. With 6018North, Van Eck creates an “experimental cultural space that increases opportunities, visibility, and audiences for Chicago artists.” She has curated over 70 exhibitions at the MCA and much of her curatorial projects were engaged and interactive: A Four Month Series of Artist and Audience Activations as a companion to Without You I Am Nothing: Art and Its Audience; Jan Tichy’s Project Cabrini Green; Theaster Gates: Temple Exercises; and Tino Sehgal’s Kiss, to name a few. She curated presentations of the work of Buckminster Fuller, Kerry James Marshall and other Chicago artists as well as emerging Chicago artists through the UBS 12 x 12: New Artists/New Work exhibitions.

CAPE Dialogue: What is a Network?

CAPE Dialogue: What is a Network? occurred on December 16, 2020, from 4 PM–6 PM.

Maria Velazquez (community organizer and the Executive Director of TCEP in Little Village), Rob McKay (Co-Owner at Connect Gallery in Hyde Park and Director of Production for The Silver Room Sound System Block Party), and Kate Bowen (Executive Director of ACRE Residency) will explore how communities come together in teaching, learning and working networks, both before and during the pandemic, to create knowledge and resources for one another and the community at large. Also, the group will discuss how networks can evolve and work towards larger goals in the future.

The panel was moderated by Joseph Spilberg, Associate Director of Education at CAPE.

CAPE Dialogue: What is a Classroom?

CAPE Dialogue: What is a Classroom? Tuesday, November 17, 4 PM–6 PM

In this session, panelists will deconstruct classroom and learning space as phenomena, examining such topics as home and neighborhood space, indigenous concepts of learning space, space as described by mapping and textiles, emotionality and contexts of learning, and design thinking for learning environments. The panel will include Gustavo Jardim, artist and educator in Brazil and Chicago; Bianca Castillero, M.A., art educator and artist based in Mexico City; Dr. Juana Reyes, Assistant Professor, College of Education and Social Sciences at Lewis University; and Dr. Erica Halverson, Professor of Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

The panel was moderated by Scott Sikkema, Education Director, CAPE.

CAPE Presents: A Dialogue on Investigating Social Emotional Learning & Trauma

Join us for a discussion on the intersection of Social Emotional Learning (SEL), Trauma Informed practices, and Restorative Justice.

As a licensed school social worker, Brian Calhoun will discuss the intersection between SEL and trauma-informed teaching and the importance of creating space for listening shaped by an understanding of students and families’ social and cultural environments. Dr. Elena Quintana will shed light on how social inequities and trauma are systemic phenomena and also discuss the area of epigenetics that demonstrates trauma as genetically encoded, and something that mutates and manifests itself through consecutive generations. Jennifer Mannebach, artist and educator, will speak about her experience working with diverse learners and adult special needs population, and using the arts as a means to promote self and social awareness and inter-relational skills among her participants. She will also discuss the challenges remote learning has placed on developing those skills virtually. As classrooms have moved to virtual spaces, how do educators and artists mindfully support the social emotional well being of their students? How does studying systemic oppression and its institutions that produce and reproduce trauma guide educators and artists to articulate and enact more meaningful interactions and collaborations with students and communities?

CAPE Presents: A Dialogue on Family Learning and Art Making During the Pandemic

As school districts around the country plan remote/online learning this Fall, the home is now the site of learning and family members are taking on critical roles in education.

This scenario creates enormous stresses and challenges for parents, grandparents, siblings and the students themselves, but also offers opportunities for family engagement and learning. This dialogue explored multiple perspectives on the intersection of art making and family learning, and includes presentations from and conversation between Aram Atamian (Interdisciplinary artist), Mara Flores (Ecologist/Community Educator), Jessica Mueller (Interdisciplinary artist), Leticia Ramos (Teacher, Chicago Public Schools), Ricarose Roque (Researcher/Assistant Professor, University of Colorado, Boulder), Geralyn Yu (Researcher/Assistant Professor, University of New Mexico).

The conversation was facilitated by Joseph Spilberg, CAPE Associate Director of Education.

CAPE Presents: Musicians and Music Educators in Dialogue

Regardless of genre or locality, musicians around the globe have responded creatively and quickly to the pandemic. At this public online event, John Foster (Jazz Institute of Chicago), Lional Brother El Freeman (The Beat Bank), Jordan Knecht (Interdisciplinary Artist), Rachel Maxwell (Music teacher, Oswego IL), and Anne Huynh McTighe and Karen Mari (Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra) discuss morphing and adapting their practices to online spaces.

The conversation was facilitated by Joseph Spilberg, Associate Director of Education, CAPE.

CAPE Presents Artists in Dialogue: Marc Fischer and Nick Wylie

This is a recording of a public dialogue event that was hosted by Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE) that took place over Zoom on July 14, 2020.

Marc Fischer is the administrator of Public Collectors, an initiative formed in 2007. Public Collectors aims to encourage greater access and scholarship for marginal cultural materials, particularly those that museums ignore. Public Collectors’ work includes the Library Excavations publication series and web project, the Tumblr blog and publication series, Hardcore Architecture, about underground music in America, and Malachi Ritscher—a project about the late Chicago documentarian and activist, produced for the 2014 Whitney Biennial. In 2019, Public Collectors initiated the Courtroom Artist Residency. For this project Fischer brings artists to observe Criminal Court in Chicago followed by a discussion over a meal at Taqueria El Milagro in Chicago’s Little Village neighborhood. The conversations that happen after court, along with additional writings, have been turned into a publication series: The Courtroom Artist Residency Report. In addition to Public Collectors, Fischer is also a member of the group Temporary Services (founded in 1998) and a partner in its publishing imprint Half Letter Press (ongoing since 2008). Temporary Services and Half Letter Press have produced over 125 publications and Fischer has created nearly 45 publications under the Public Collectors imprint. Most recently he published 100 daily one-page zines with Public Collectors under the name QUARANZINE as a daily response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Nicholas Wylie is an artist, organizer, and educator based in Chicago. He is Managing Director of Public Media Institute, where he helps take care of an art center (Co-Prosperity), broadcast platforms (Lumpen Radio, Lumpen Twitch), an anti-capitalist store in the Chicago Cultural Center (Buddy), and various publications (Lumpen Magazine, Quarantine Times, etc). From 2015–2018 he served as Associate Director of Southern Exposure, a 45-year-old artist-run nonprofit in San Francisco. Wylie received his BFA from Carnegie Mellon University, a post-baccalaureate in Art History at Northwestern University, and an MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago. In 2006, he co-founded Harold Arts, a Chicago-based non-profit arts organization with a residency in Ohio, and was its co-director until early 2010. He then co-founded ACRE (Artists’ Cooperative Residency and Exhibitions) which programmed exhibitions in a gallery in Chicago and artist residencies in rural Wisconsin. Wylie served as co-director of ACRE until moving to San Francisco and joining its Board of Directors in 2015. Wylie was also Founding Artistic Director at Mana Contemporary Chicago, a large art center in Pilsen from 2012–2015. He has taught artmaking and administration courses at Chicago High School for the Arts, The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Illinois at Chicago, and the University of St Francis. Wylie’s art practice, which investigates queer time travel through video technology, performance, & drawing, has haunted galleries in Chicago and the digital and geographical beyonds for the past 20 years.

CAPE Presents Artists in Dialogue: Patricia Nguyen and William Estrada

Wed, June 24, 2020 3:30 PM – 5:00 PM CDT

This was the first CAPE Presents Artists in Dialogue event with Patricia Nguyen and William Estrada in conversation about changing arts practices, pedagogy, and community engagement in the time of pandemic and revolution.

This conversation was facilitated by Joseph Spilberg, Associate Director of Education at Chicago Arts Partnerships in Education (CAPE).