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Gallery Talk: Sass, Brash, and Pizazz with Romi Crawford

Sun, Mar 3, 2013, 3–3 pm

Join Romi Crawford as she engages emerging artists Lise Haller Baggesen, Celeste Rapone, and Wolfie E. Rawk in a conversation around alternative ways of exploding the canvas in the galleries of Destroy the Picture: Painting the Void, 1949–1962.

Lise Haller Baggesen left her native Denmark in 1992 to study painting in the Netherlands, at the AKI Academy of Art and the Rijksakademie in Amsterdam. Her work has evolved from a traditional painting practice toward a hybrid practice including installation, writing, and curating. In 2008, she relocated to Chicago, where she is currently doing her MA in Visual and Critical Studies at SAIC. Her work has been shown internationally, including Overgaden in Copenhagen, the Municipial Museum in the Hague, the MoMu in Antwerp, the Wurttembergischem Kunstverein in Stuttgart, the Chinese European Art Center in Xiamen, and 6018 North in Chicago.

Romi Crawford is Associate professor of Visual & Critical and Africana Studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She was previously the Curator and Director of Education and Public Programs at the Studio Museum in Harlem. Her research revolves primarily around ideas of race and ethnicity and the relation to American visual, aesthetic, and popular culture. She holds a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago and has been published in Art Journal; Cinema Remixed and Reloaded: Black Women Film and Video Artists (University of Washington, 2008); Black Light/White Noise: Sound and Light in Contemporary Art (Contemporary Art Contemporary Art Museum Houston, 2007); Frequency (Studio Museum in Harlem, 2006); and Art and Social Justice Education: Culture as Commons (Routledge, 2011) and Service Media (Green Lantern, 2013).

Celeste Rapone was born in 1985 and raised in New Jersey. She received her BFA from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2007 and is currently a MFA candidate in the department of Painting and Drawing at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her work is interested in the phenomenon of making memories. In constructing scapes that project nostalgias, Rapone’s paintings start in a place of “pretty,” and, in examining the subject’s non-idealized environment, become increasingly violated through the use of garish color, rough texture, and a surface sediment of store-bought, celebratory trash.

Wolfie E. Rawk is a visual artist who creates hybrids of fiber, sculpture, video, drawing, sound, and installation. Wolfie uses materials such as candy, makeup, and monster costumes to explore cuteness, monstrosity, and glamour in relation to transgender bodies and identity. They have shown their work throughout the United States and have led projects funded by the Leeway Foundation and the Department of Human Services in Philadelphia. They obtained a BA in Studio Art and Art History from Hampshire College and are currently a MFA graduate student in the Fiber and Material Studies department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.