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Zachary Cahill

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People are stupid.  Don’t misunderstand me: People are stupid in the ways that I am stupid. We are stupid in common: over-worked, over-tired, over-extended—distracted by 21st century life's whizzing communications, the decentralized self, and efforts to keep the barricades from being completely overrun by life’s ghoulish troubles. This being so, we possess precious little attention left to really know what someone's talking about who is actually sitting across the table from us or who just... [more]
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Ebony G. Patterson's Un-visible Bodies   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Ebony G. Patterson at Museum of Arts and Design November 10th, 2015 - April 3rd, 2016
Posted 3/3/16
Ebony G. Patterson’s first NY solo exhibition,  at the Museum of Arts and Design teems with light and shadow, evocations of death and new life, the sacred and the quotidian. The exhibition teems. There are flowers everywhere, carrying with them all the myriad cultural and ritual associations. Overgrown and opulent, Dead Treez connects with viewers through its palpable much-ness. With a surfeit of finely wrought materials the artist creates an affective atmosphere we often associate with loss,... [more]
What happens to the figure-ground relation in the absence of a figure? Or if it lacks a representation of a body? Can a body be represented sans figure? Is there more than one way to formulate a body and depict it in a less iconic modality? Which is to say, can the body in all its complexity be represented at all, let alone be set against a “ground”? The work of Theresa Ganz answers these questions in the affirmative. Hers is an art practice that deals with the complex body. Which might be... [more]
Danny Volk talks to artists in their studios about life and art—while they do his make-up. This concept was a new one for us, and, unsurprisingly, it produces some unique moments: see artists like Theaster Gates, Pope.L, and Jessica Stockholder working in their studios as you've never seen them before.  Revisit Season 1 as we anticipate the all-new Made-Up Season 2, to be released this Spring on ArtSlant. This week: Friend of the site Zachary Cahill talks about his fave color (pink!), day... [more]
Zachary Cahill is an interdisciplinary artist working in Chicago. He is a lecturer at the University of Chicago Department of Visual Arts and Coordinator of the Open Practice Committee. His work was recently included in the 8th Berlin Biennale, curated by Juan A. Gaitán; USSA 2012 Wellness Center: Snow, curated by Abigail Winograd at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago; and the Smart Museum of Art in a project curated by Sarah Mendelsohn. The Wellness Center is the third installment in... [more]
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Lost in the Berlin Biennale: A First Look   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Zarouhie Abdalian, Bani Abidi, Mathieu Kleyebe Abonnenc, Saadane Afif, David Chalmers Alesworth, Carlos Amorales, Andreas Angelidakis, Leonor Antunes, Julieta Aranda, Tarek Atoui, Nairy Baghramian, Bianca Baldi, Patrick Alan Banfield, Alberto Baraya, Rosa Barba, Gordon Bennett, Zachary Cahill, Mariana Castillo Deball, Carolina Caycedo, Tacita Dean, Mario García Torres, Beatriz González, Agatha Gothe-Snape, Shilpa Gupta, Cynthia Gutiérrez, Ganesh Haloi, Carsten Höller, Iman Issa, Irene Kopelman, Kemang Wa Lehulere, Matts Leiderstam, Glenn Ligon, Goshka Macuga, Santu Mofokeng, Shahryar Nashat, Olaf Nicolai, Otobong Nkanga, Christodoulos Panayiotou, Judy Radul, Center for Historical Reenactments, Jimmy Robert, Anri Sala, Michael Stevenson, Mariam Suhail, Vivan Sundaram, Gaganendranath Tagore, Slavs and Tatars, Wolfgang Tillmans, Tonel, Li Xiaofei, Danh Vo & Xiu Xiu, David Zink Yi, Carla Zaccagnini at Berlin Biennale for Contemporary Art May 29th, 2014 - August 3rd, 2014
Posted 5/29/14
ifty artists is not so many for a biennial, and we were certainly looking forward to a concentrated and focussed set of exhibitions. Spread across three venues, this Biennale sprawls, conceptually and physically. Sonja Hornung: ‪We caught the train out to Dahlem, west of Berlin, and got rained on. Once we made it into the exhibition you seemed totally uneasy, Richard – why was that? Richard Pettifer: I couldn’t work out what was from the Biennale and what were pre-existing from the... [more]
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Hauntology: Derrida and the spectral arc   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Anthony Adcock, Laura Biery, Alexis Chaney, Margaret Crowley, Erica Fagin, Katherine Harvath, Nabira Khan, Scarlett J. Kim, Alexander Kornienko, Stephanie Litchfield, Karla Martinez, Edward Menendez, Mikey Molina, Zoe Petticord, Jennifer Smoose, Megan St. John, Kelly Street, Shane Ward, Serene Yang at DOVA Temporary June 7th, 2012 - June 28th, 2012
Posted 6/13/12
The term hauntology is attributed to Jacques Derrida and his text, Specters of Marx: the State of the Debt, the Work of Mourning, and the New International. It is important to note that this text is a translation of which was an ordered collection of Derrida’s lecture notes following a conference organized in 1993 that asked, “Whither Marxism? Global Crises in International Perspective.” While the writing generated for this event was positioned through the lens of political events that... [more]
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Orphaned by the Symbol   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Zachary Cahill at Threewalls September 9th, 2011 - October 15th, 2011
Posted 10/11/11
“Yeah USSA! Go Bears, Go!” Said artist, Zachary Cahill during his Artist’s Talk at threewalls last Thursday, the night that also coincidentally coincided with the beginning of Occupy Chicago. Both this exhibition and the gathering inspired by the Occupy Wall Street movement find their origins as orphans. Ending its month-long run at threewalls this weekend, Zachary Cahill’s "USSA 2012: The Orphanage Project" is a working-through by an artist orphaned by the symbol. The anxiety produced by this... [more]
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Human Nature   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Marius Aleksa, Theresa Ganz, Sara Garth, David Giordano, Jacqueline Hendrickson, Samantha Jones, Stacee Kalmanovsky, Melanie Kassel, Jessie Mott, Jasmine Neal, Elle Opitz, Hannah Pae, Valentina Solano, Cassandra Troyan, Jan Verwoert, Erik Wenzel, May Yeung at DOVA Temporary June 29th, 2011 - July 23rd, 2011
Posted 7/25/11
“Animality” is one of the rare occasions where academia meets the road, so to speak, as the theoretical map is put to use. In the spring of 2011, Zach Cahill, a lecturer with the Department of Visual Arts at the University of Chicago and coordinator of the Open Practice Committee, taught a course entitled “Animality” as a survey of the issues surrounding the complicated and often problematic relationships between humans and animals. This exhibition is the culmination of that survey... [more]
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Total Recall   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Zachary Cahill, Theaster Gates, Matthew Paul Jinks, Aspen Mays, Cauleen Smith at Roots & Culture February 19th, 2011 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Posted 3/7/11
An artist now plays many roles outside the traditional definition of their vocation.   As educators, interpreters, critics and activists they lend their voice to issues of concern, controversy and history, bringing intellectual and generational interests to the forefront of contemporary culture.    Roots and Culture’s current exhibition, "Instruments of Resurrection", includes work from artists who act in all of these roles, including artist-as-collector. I’m not referring to the type of... [more]