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Tempestt Hazel

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I remember being the only person in the screening room at the Block Museum as I watched (2013), the first piece that greeted me at the entrance of the exhibition Wangechi Mutu: A Fantastic Journey. The animation looped almost two complete times before anyone else joined me in the room. During the first loop, I squinted at the image until I realized that the beautiful head from which these living-locks or tentacles were growing, the head attached to this swelling, insatiable creature’s body was... [more]
I spoke with artist Maria Gaspar about her upcoming project RADIOACTIVE: Stories from Beyond the Wall on the Fourth of July. We talked about mass incarceration, a central subject of Gaspar’s work, on a day that asks people in the US to reflect on freedom. Days after Gaspar shared her thoughts on art and disruption, names like Alton Sterling and Philando Castile started to break open the stitches of old and new wounds and raise questions about freedom. I couldn’t ignore the timing.  In The... [more]
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To You, From Me // Meditations on the Poetics of Revolution: A Letter to Kerry James Marshall   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Kerry James Marshall at Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) April 23rd, 2016 - September 25th, 2016
Posted 4/29/16
I. [1] Sometimes it’s hard to see everything when you’re standing so close. But then again, sometimes closeness leads to clarity. Maybe this is why I gravitated toward color field paintings in the first place. When possible (and likely to the horror of security guards and conservationists everywhere), I stand really close to the canvases, allowing my entire view to be engulfed by vibrating colors. I find something liberating and unabashedly human within myself when indulging my senses—in... [more]
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Thinking Through Recess: Blackness Now and Then   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Caitlin Cherry, Krista Franklin, James T. Green, David Legget, Christina A. Long, Cecil McDonald, avery r. young at South Side Community Art Center October 11th, 2013 - November 9th, 2013
Posted 10/18/13
–Archibald Motley Jr. in a 1978 interview, describing the figures in his paintings Recess, the current exhibition from guest curator Tempestt Hazel at the South Side Community Art Center (SSCAC) in Bronzeville, taps into both the past and the present. In the show, the work of seven contemporary artists is presented alongside pieces from nine artists from the SSAC’s permanent collection. According to the promotional write-up: Recess is a group exhibition that uses images associated with youth... [more]
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Sixty Inches From Center: Well Played: A Collaboration between Angela Bryant and Diana Gabriel   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
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Angela Bryant, Diana Gabriel at R & D Gallery June 22nd, 2013 - July 31st, 2013
Posted 7/21/13
Tucked away in River North is R&D Gallery, an exhibition space run by Justin Pauly and Dave Sharma featuring local and international artists who work primarily in new media. Currently on view is which features the work of Angela Bryant and Diana Gabriel. Serving as the first collaboration between the two artists, this exhibition is curated in a way that shines a light on the distinct qualities of each artists, but then blends to the elements that overlap within the two artists’ styles.... [more]