Made Up w/ Danny Volk
Featuring Matt Morris
Season 3, Episode 2
One of my favorite art phenomena is this web series by artist Danny Volk, in which he asks artists and cultural producers to do his makeup while he interviews them. I'm elated to be included in the current season, and my episode recently went live online.
Elmhurst Art Museum Biennial: Chicago Statements
December 12, 2015 – February 21, 2016
150 Cottage Hill Ave.
Elmhurst, Illinois 60126
Lise Haller Baggesen, Tom Burtonwood and Holly Holmes, Doug Fogelson, Maria Gaspar,Matthew Hoffman, Jesse Howard, Jenny Kendler, Kirsten Leenaars, Faheem Majeed, Billy McGuinness,Christopher Meerdo, Matt Morris, Cheryl Pope, John Preus, Alison Ruttan, Aram Han Sifuentes, Edra Soto, Amanda Williams
CAA Annual Conference
Thursday, February 4, 2015
Washington Marriott Wardman Park Hotel
2660 Woodley Rd NW
Washington, DC 20008
Harding, Mezzanine Level
Chair: Juliet Bellow; Discussant: David Raskin
Panel: Caroline Jones, Philip Kennicott, Rosalind McKever,
Matt Morris, Leon Wieseltier, Chloe Wyma
Lecture: Attachments and Intimacies
Tuesday, February 16, 2015, 6:00pm
Cranbrook Academy of Art
39221 Woodward Avenue
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304
Chicago and Vicinity
Shane Campbell Gallery
March 5 – April 23, 2016
2021 S Wabash Ave.
Chicago, IL 60616
Matt Morris + Lauren Michelle Rawlings
March 20 – April 10, 2016
Poor and Needy
The Great Poor Farm Experiment IIX
Curated by Lise Baggesen Ross + Yvette Brackman
Opening weekend: August 5–7, 2016
Cherry & Lucic Fine Arts
4077 NE 7th Ave.
Portland, OR 97212
One of the biggest accomplishments for me in 2015 was realizing the book for The Perfect Kiss (QQ)* *questioning, queer. Essays by Steven Matijcio, Gordon Hall, Annie Nocenti, and Steve Reinke, as well as an interview between Matt Morris and the curatorial collective Triple Candie. Designed by Frederick Eschrich and Rob Wilson. The book is available for purchase in Cincinnati at the Contemporary Arts Center, and in Chicago at Western Exhibitions, Sector 2337, Shane Campbell Gallery, and Kavi Gupta's Editions bookstore.
My essay "An Effect of Power" is included in the catalogue for Finocchio, an exhibition in which I was grateful to be included, curated by Scott Hunter at The Franklin in Chicago's Garfield Park. A digital version of the book is available online, with the print version expected for release later this year.
My essay "Power Up and Party Downer" is included in the stunningly produced Platforms: Ten Years of Chances Dances. Copies are available at Quimby's in Chicago, or you can order a copy here.
My essay "The Reproduction of Certain Scenes" was published in the exhibition brochure for Laura Davis' The Legacy of Loneliness at Threewalls. An extended version of the essay is available online here. Since we've gotten into 2016, Threewalls has been going through difficult times, and I'm honored to have been able to work with their amazing staff on Laura's show.
My essay "Bonus Holes" was included in the catalogue published for Zoe Nelson's fall exhibition at Cleve Carney Gallery at the College of DuPage. Print copies are available from the gallery, and a digital version is available online here.
I will have an essay in the forthcoming digital catalogue that will accompany Sanford Biggers' upcoming exhibition at Monique Meloche Gallery, the pasts they brought with them. Biggers' exhibition opens on Thursday, February 11, with a reception from 5–7:30pm, and continues through April 2, 2016.
Western Exhibitions hosted an exhibition I curated in December and January entitled Effeminaries featuring the work of Cameron Crawford, Danielle Dean, Chris Edwards, Greg Ito, Kacie Lambert, and Joel Parsons.
I curated Miss Kilman and She Were Terrible Together at the Hills Esthetic Center (May 10–June 6), a group exhibition that coincided with the conclusion of the Painting Queer course I taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Exhibition included Shinsuke Aso, Luis Miguel Bendaña, Poy Born, Alex da Corte, Dana DeGiulio, Hunter Foster, Jesse Harrod, Richard Hawkins, Matthew Landry, Tony Luensman, Miller & Shellabarger, Ulrike Müller, William J. O’Brien, BD Pack, Daisy Palma, Eric Ruschman, Ryan Shubert, Amy Sillman, and Joan Snyder. A free zine was released in conjunction with the exhibition and featured contributions from David Getsy, Richard Hawkins, Andrew Holmquist, Ulrike Müller, Lisi Raskin, and myself. Collin Pressler wrote a thoughtful review of the exhibition for Chicago Artist Writers.
I have written one of the nine contributions to “Art School: Peer Review” featured in the current issue of The St. Claire out of Philadelphia, PA. It draws together questions and responses about the state of MFA programs in the U.S.
My essay “Neither Queer Nor There: Categories, Assemblages, and Transformations” appears in the Jan/Feb 2014 issue of Art Papers. In it, I consider recent rap music projects from House of LaDosha, Le1f, Cakes da Killa and others, and how these artists intersect with issues around “queer.”
Pleased as punch to have been brought on as an Editor-in-Residence at Chicago Artist Writers. The group of texts that I have edited has taken Susan Sontag’s call for replacing a hermeneutics of art with “an erotics of art” as its point of departure. Contributions include Caroline Carlsmith writing about Doug Ischar and JT Bruns writing about B Ingrid Olson.