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New Demands?

Project Space Installation by Lisa Vinebaum

The Green Lantern Press is pleased to present New Demands?, an exhibition by Lisa Vinebaum in and around Sector 2337’s project space. New Demands? features new neon works and a site-specific, cut-vinyl window installation exploring historical and contemporary modes of collectivity and collective organizing for better working and living conditions. Emphasizing text, typography and the adaptation of historical protest slogans, the exhibit connects past and present demands for economic, social, and racial justice. Inspired by historical labor struggles — notably those waged by the International Ladies’ Garment Workers’ Union — New Demands? reflects on ideas of “union,” “collective,” “belonging” and “mutual support.” At once angry and hopeful, the show emphasizes collectivity and community, mutual support and solidarity at a time of increased polarization, intolerance, xenophobia, and exclusion.


Artist Bio: Lisa Vinebaum is an interdisciplinary artist, critical writer, and educator. Working across art and theory, her practice explores collectivity and intersubjective relationships, working conditions and workers’ rights, and the value of artistic labor. Her art practice incorporates performance, text-based installations, textiles, print, neon, video, photography and protest tactics. Her work has been included in exhibitions and festivals internationally, including David Weinberg Photography, Rapid Pulse International Performance Art Festival, Performance Studies International 19, Open Engagement: Art & Social Practice, La Centrale, the Centre Pompidou, the UCLA Hammer Museum, Lincoln Center, and in conjunction with Grace Exhibition and Performance Space and Articule Gallery. Her scholarly work has been commissioned and published in edited anthologies, academic journals and exhibition catalogues, including Exhibiting Craft and Design: Transgressing the White Cube Paradigm 1930-present (Routledge 2017), Danica Maier: Grafting Propriety from Stitch to Drawn Line (Black Dog Books 2017), More Caught in the Act: Performance by Canadian Women (YYZ Books 2016), The Handbook of Textile Culture (Bloomsbury Academic 2015), the Journal of Modern Craft online, and Textile: Cloth and Culture. Lisa Vinebaum holds a PhD in Art from Goldsmiths, University of London. She is an Assistant Professor of Fiber and Material Studies, and affiliated faculty in Art History, Theory and Criticism at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

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This Land Again

Solo Show by Lindsey Dorr-Niro

Was a high wall there that tried to stop me
A sign was painted said: Private Property,
But on the back side it didn’t say nothing—
This land was made for you and me.
-Woody Guthrie, This Land is Your Land (1944)

The Green Lantern Press is pleased to present Lindsey Dorr-Niro’s spring 2017 exhibition, This Land Again, in the main gallery of Sector 2337. With the backside of a billboard as her starting point, Dorr-Niro interrogates the global epidemic of distracted materialism through a set of architectural interventions. These include: a floor sculpture/stage in the gallery’s center that shifts its configuration according to the needs of public programs, a site-specific screen that amplifies and undermines Sector’s storefront window, and the gallery’s adjacent hallway is additionally activated as a site of transition. The resulting environment seeks to prompt inquiry and agency among viewers and participants to ask: What does it mean to take ownership of experience within America’s 21st-century landscape of late-capitalism? What and where is “freedom”? If freedom is possible, how does it locate human dignity and citizenship on this land? Dorr-Niro’s installation is an adaptable backdrop for programs and interventions in Sector 2337’s main space that explore truth and authenticity within today’s sociopolitical environment.

Artist Bio: Throughout her work, transdisciplinary visual artist Lindsey Dorr Niro aims to make art a practice of critical consciousness, calling viewers deeper into themselves and relation with the world. Her installations disrupt and reorganize our vision and being in a way that enable us to see, imagine, and be differently — facilitating an embodied, contemplative, and ecstatic alternative to the amnesiac conditions of late capitalism. Lindsey holds her MFA from Yale University (2008) and currently works as both an artist and educator in Chicago, Illinois. Recent exhibitions include A Primacy of Perception at Indiana University’s Fuller Projects Gallery (Bloomington, IN 2016) and An Anthem for the Sun as part of Roman Susan’s No Diving! Series (Chicago, IL, 2016).