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A Magician, a Soldier, and Two Figures Watching a Burning Skull
Cherry and Lucic

4077 NE 7th Avenue
Portland, OR 97212
Exhibition opening Saturday, September 17, 6:30–10pm
Exhibition continues by appointment through October 1

Poor & Needy
Curated by Lise Haller Baggesen and Yvette Brackman
The Great Poor Farm Experiment
Manawa, WI
Through July 2017 by appointment
Rashayla Marie Brown, Christa Donner, Jim Duignan, Michelle Eistrup, Anja Franke, Nanna Lysholt Hansen, Hannah Heilmann, Krabbesholm Højskole, Anni Holm, Ulla Hvejsel, Henrik Plenge Jakobsen, Jenny Kendler, Kirsten Leenars, Sofia Leiby, Tony Lewis, Josh Mittelman, Mobil Kultur Bureau, Matt Morris, Skovsnogen, Edra Soto, The Third Rail, Andrew Yang

Fiction (With Only Daylight Between Us) v. 2
Curated by Jeffrey Cortland Jones
An exhibition originating at Corridor in Dayton, OH including works by more than two hundred artists will travel to Boeckercontemporary in Heidelberg, Germany in October with additional stops in the works. Images of the works in the exhibition can be found here.

Curated by Jason Lazarus + Sean Ward
Mana Contemporary
2233 S Throop St.
Chicago, IL 60608
Continues through October 1 before traveling to Berlin in 2017.

Kevin Maginnis: Spun
Stuart & Co. Gallery
2250 W Ohio Street
Chicago, IL 60612
September 24 – November 5, 2016
An installation featuring work by Nelly Agassi, Lise Haller Baggesen, Banrei, Erik Beehn, David Derish, Assaf Evron, Nicholas Frank, Julia Haw, Brad Killam, Shaina Lund, Sabina Ott, Roland Miller, Tommy Mishima, Matt Morris, John Riepenhoff, Tony Tasset, JS Wagner, CD Wu, B. Wurtz, Rodrigo Lara Zendejas

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.

My lecture Attachments + Intimacies that was presented
at the Cranbrook Academy of Art on February 16, 2016, may be viewed online.


My Essay "You May Destroy the Body" was published in accompaniment to the exhibition Habeas Corpus, curated by Michael Milano for the Indianapolis Museum of Contemporary Art featuring the work of Daniel Baird, Edmund Chia, Jessica Labatte, Kelly Lloyd, and Leah Mackin.
Exhibition continues at IMOCA through September 24.
PDF of essay available here.

My essay "How to Make an American Quilt Painting" is included in the catalogue that accompanies Sanford Biggers' exhibition 'the pasts they brought with them,' at Monique Meloche Gallery.

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 ExhibitionsSector 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 was interviewed by Melissa Potter for her blog Gender Assignment.

The web project INSIDE\WITHIN visited my studio for conversation and picture taking.

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.

Jason Foumberg interviewed me about Painting Queer, the course I am teaching at SAIC. It is currently in Newcity Art, both in print and online. Read it here.

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.

Anastasia Tasou recently asked to interview me for her blog In Your Heart Very Sad.

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. 

Aaron Delamatre invited me to contribute a panel to his web comic Dungeon Face, a pick-yr-own-adventure fantasy story that is directed by fan voting on Facebook. Click here to see my contribution.