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Institutional Garbage

September 1, 2016 | Curatorial, Exhibitions

Institutional Garbage is an online exhibition presented by The Green Lantern Press + The Hyde Park Art Center; it is published here until Dec 31 (use command +/- keys to assist with zooming and and out)

Sep 01 – Dec 31, 2016

and launches officially on Sep 01, 7-9pm  at Sector 2337, 2337 N Milwaukee Ave., Chicago IL during Wasted hours – an evening of performance (curated by Every house has a door) with commissioned works by Michal Samama and Alberto Aguilar 
Participating artists include: Alberto Aguilar, Brit Barton, Mara Baker, Kevin Blake, Zippora Elders, Rami George, David Hall, Kuras and MacKenzie,  Josh Rios and Anthony Romero,  Michal Samana, Naqeeb Stevens, Tina Tahir, Anna Martine Whitehead; writers: Lise Haller Baggesen, Daniel Borzutzky, Isaiah Dufort, Patrick Durgin, Tricia Van Eck, Jane Lewty, Jill Magi, Nam Chi Nguyễn, Rowland Saifi, Suzanne Scanlon, Mia You and Maarten van der Graaf with Fiep van Bodegom and Obe Alkema; & curators: David Ayala-Alfonso, Britton Bertran, Rashayla Marie Brown, Every house has a door, Lucia Fabio, João Florêncio, Stevie Greco, Jeanine Hofland, Renan Laru-an, La Keisha Leek, Sofia Lemos and Vincent van Velsen. Online Exhibition Design: Pouya Ahmadi.

Institutional Garbage is an online exhibition that presents the administrative residue of imaginary public institutions produced by artists, writers, and curators. This residue includes but is not limited to contracts, email correspondences, documented unproductivity, syllabi, scanned objects, and obstacle courses; collecting such fragments in one place, Institutional Garbage illustrates the backend activities of imaginary bureaucracies in an effort to trace the private life of institutional endeavors. What comes to the fore is not a cohesive, singular agenda, but instead a cross-section of often misfired objects that, once assembled, try to tease out new strategies for community arts production, education, sustainability, and value assessment. The resulting website will launch on September 1st, 2016 on the occasion of Wasted Hours, a live performance event at Sector 2337 curated by Every house has a door. Institutional Garbage is curated by Caroline Picard and Lara Schoorl with support from The Center Program, in response to a 2014 invitation RISD students posed on the occasion of the Hyde Park Art Center’s 75th anniversary. 


“Collectively, Institutional Garbage’s selections of work comment on the emotional strain of working in a capitalist society that measures productivity at the expense of the personal, such as feelings of love and exclusion. In doing so, it demonstrates how trials and tribulations are inherently embedded within institutional successes that can lead up to the large-scale programs like biennales, fundraisers, galas, and blockbuster exhibitions.” —Sabrina E. Greig, Sixty Inches from Center.

“I like this idea of siteness, or location because it goes back to the digital realm for me again. Institutional Garbage is a “real” place and it’s a place we can all visit, but somehow I feel like it nevertheless remains remote. I wonder if that just echoes through the way we privilege material things.” — Caroline Picard in conversation with Lara Schoorl, The Conversant.

“…you asked for just an institution, and its trash, leaving it malleable and via that vagueness inviting the artists and writers and curators to contribute in shaping a possible impossible institution.” — Lara Schoorl in conversation with Caroline Picard, University of Arizona Poetry Center

“…the show’s scrappy ambition is a testament to the promise of online exhibitions and their capacity to expand the discourse of contemporary art. ” — Luke A. Fider, NewCity