Friday, August 27, 2021

Chicago Humanities Festival >> Don't Miss Out on these Member-Exclusive Events





Between the Lines is an exclusive series programmed as a benefit for our members and donors at the Associate-level ($50) and up. Supporters can look forward to 3 interactive events over the fall season, where they’ll enjoy live, interactive, and intimate conversations with leading authors and host Alison Cuddy, CHF’s Marilynn Thoma Artistic Director.

We’re thrilled to present Maggie Nelson, Marisel Vera, and Karla Cornejo Villavicencio this Fall season. Don’t miss out on these and other upcoming member exclusive opportunities—if you haven't already, we hope you’ll consider making a gift today!

Tuesday, September 14 | 6:00PM (CDT)
Marisel Vera: The Taste of Sugar

Chicago writer Marisel Vera’s latest novel, The Taste of Sugar, is about a young couple who leave their coffee farm in Puerto Rico for the sugar plantations of Hawaii in the aftermath of the 1899 San Ciriaco Hurricane. Vera will discuss how the novel depicts the parallels between these two catastrophic events, the task of translating history into heart-wrenching fiction, and themes of alienation and exodus.

Tuesday, October 5 | 7:00PM (CDT)
Karla Cornejo Villavicencio: The Undocumented Americans

When her first book was named a National Book Award finalist for nonfiction in 2020, Karla Cornejo Villavicencio became the organization’s first undocumented author to hold that title. Villavicencio’s The Undocumented Americans goes beyond the often incomplete media narratives surrounding immigration to explore the day-to-day experiences of undocumented people.

Thursday, December 9 | 6:00PM (CDT)

Maggie Nelson: On Freedom

Poet, scholar, and nonfiction writer Maggie Nelson makes cross-genre writing look easy and feel accessible. Known for The Argonauts, Nelson’s latest book asks: what does freedom mean, especially as it relates to art, sex, drugs, and climate? Join Nelson for a conversation about the limits, complexities, paradoxes, and potential of freedom as both a rhetorical device and lived practice in our current moment.

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Silver Eye Center for Photography New Exhibitions Opening September 2, 2021 (Pittsburgh, PA.)

Silver Eye Center for Photography

Fall Exhibitions Opening
Join us for an Artist Talk on Sep 2nd, 2021, 6:30pm
Images: Jacob Haupt, Batman Wept, 2016 (right), Jet Pack Man, 2018 (left)
Jacob Haupt: Real to Me
Sep 2–Oct 23, 2021
Jacob Haupt uses lovingly handmade props and costumes to explore pop culture and what he calls, “the tragedy of becoming an adult.” Using himself, his wife and daughter, and his friends as performers, Haupt creates pictures that are absurd, funny, and poignant tableaus of monsters, heroes, villains, and devils.

Through these images he shares his feelings, weighs the value of nostalgia, and basks in the enduring appeal of Batman and The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. Though his work celebrates the staged, the fictitious, and the performed Real to Me is also a sincere, peculiar, joyful, delirious, and real family portrait.

Register for the Artist Talk, Thursday, Sep 2nd, 2021, 6:30pm EST

Images: Hernease Davis, Bare With Me, Foundation, 8 (right), Bare With Me, Foundation, 13 (left)
Hernease Davis: Recapitulation 
Sep 2–Oct 23, 2021

Brooklyn based artist Hernease Davis will present new multi-media work with silk cyanotypes, sound installation, and silver gelatin prints. Davis' studio practice has been influenced by a love and study of music and the crafting of environments that allow the artist to explore responsive improvisation and repetition as a means of growth and healing. As Davis says, "I change, the work changes. As the work changes, it changes me..."

Recapitulation, refers to an element of musical theory, where a musical theme is presented again later on, after its initial appearance. The word recapitulation can also mean an act of summarizing, restating the main points of an idea or event. Fusing these notions of restarting and renewing, this exhibition looks to personal modes of processing, calming, and coping as a means of confronting personal experiences of trauma.

Register for the Artist Talk, Thursday, Sep 2nd, 2021, 6:30pm EST

Upcoming This Fall @ Silver Eye
Sacred Connections: Photography and Spirituality with Hannah Altman

Online, Sep 14 - Oct 5
This workshop invites participants to explore ideas of spirituality, religion, ritual, community, family, and storytelling through photography. Participants will be encouraged to consider various aspects of their own spirituality that can be translated into narrative photographs.

Fairies, Fiends, and Phantoms:
How Ralph Eugene Meatyard, Julia Margaret Cameron, and Other Photographers Used Their Families To Create Their Art

Thur, Sep 23, 2021
Barbara Tannenbaum, Curator of Photography at the Cleveland Museum of Art and editor and contribution author to Ralph Eugene Meatyard: An American Visionary, will explore how Julia Margaret Cameron and Ralph Eugene Meatyard used their families and friends to stage scenes for their cameras. Were Meatyard and Cameron collaborators or auteurs? Do their fictionalized images reveal unintended truths about the models’ relationships with the photographer? What is the dividing line between the personal and the pictorial?

Silver Eye Book Fair 2021

Fri, Oct 1, 5-10pm & Sat, Oct 2, 11-6pm
The annual Silver Eye Book Fair celebrates the beautiful, strange and utterly unique things happening in the world of photobooks. Shop the most innovative publishers, vendors, and artists from across the country. The fair also features presentations from the publishers and artists on their latest projects and panel discussions about the state of the art of photobooks.

Lost & Found: Autobiography and the Found Photograph with Laura Larson

Online, Oct 12 - Nov 16th, 2021
Delve into the generative possibilities between writing and photography in this online workshop. Lost & Found will explore the use of appropriated photographs as the basis for making autobiographical projects.

Radial Survey, Vol. II

Nov 4, 2021 - Feb 19, 2022

Silver Eye is thrilled to announce the second edition of our regional biennial survey. 

This biennial was created to fill a gap in the cultural landscape; we needed to share the work of the very best photographers in our region, (which we decided to define as the wide and rich space between the art capitals of New York City and Chicago, with Pittsburgh at its center.) We needed this show to be thorough, thoughtful, and engaging, and we needed it to be more than a picture on the walls. We needed it to be a deep, fun, and provocative conversation with our community. The result is Radial Survey, a biennial exhibition of the preeminent emerging and mid-career photo based artists working within 300 miles of Pittsburgh

Radial Survey, Vol. II Opening Party

Thur, Nov 4, 2021, 6:30pm EST

Join us for the Opening Party of Radial Survey Vol. II!

The Radial Survey Opening Party includes a first look at the exhibition, cocktails plus beer and wine, food by Sprezzatura and a chance to mingle with the artists and curators themselves as well as other supporters of Silver Eye.

Tickets are On Sale Now!

Radial Survey Vol. II Symposium

Nov 5 - 6, 2021
The Radial Survey Symposium will be held at Silver Eye on Fri, Nov 5 and Sat, Nov 6. Join artists from the exhibition and scholars from around the region for two days of conversations on the exhibition's work and the survey’s broader implications. Registration will open later this summer, 
make sure you're signed up for our mailing list to be be notified.

Performing At Home with Trisha Holt

Online, Nov 4 - Dec 2, 2022
Using the artist’s own home and body as a site of discovery, this online workshop will explore the nuances of creating performances for the camera. Patricia Voulgaris will lead participants in exploring and realizing the possibilities of performance in their own photographic practice. 

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