This is the second edition of Talking Cure—a four part series initiated by Tony Tasset, sculptor and University of Illinois at Chicago professor, in collaboration with Lorelei Stewart, Director of Gallery 400, Anthony Elms, Assistant Director of Gallery 400, and now joined by University of Illinois at Chicago graduate student, Tim Nickodemus.
Talking Cure brings together University of Illinois at Chicago individuals, as well as guests and friends from the city, for informal discussions on topics in visual art—be they current issues, stereotypes, archetypes, common misconceptions, hard facts, or all of the above.
Following on the heels of the first discussion on artists and anguish, we tackle working with institutions, or not. While the discussion will surely hit upon the politics of institutional engagement and the histories of institutional critique, hopefully it will also lay out the practical and strategic methods of working within or circumventing myriad institutions. We hope, too, that more generally, conceptions of public and private, and autonomy will be shared and examined.