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Sandra Binion: Autobiography of Looking – Open Archive

April 26 @ 10:00 AM - 12:30 PM

Open Archive Walk-ins

This is a self-guided exploration of Binion’s archive in the company of the archivist.

Daily from 10:00–12:30, except Thursdays (April 15-26)


Sandra Binion’s archive conveys the trajectory of her fifty-year career from her early stages as a solo performance artist in the mid-1970s through her expansion into installation, video, sound, photography, painting, scent, and literature that continues unabated. It traces her path through many cities in the US, Europe, and Japan over five decades and the many encounters with the artists and communities that have shaped her acute sensibility.

The Residency will include Open Archive Sessions featuring the work of Chicago-based interdisciplinary artist Sandra Binion, offering visitors a rare, in-depth, personal engagement with the artist and the curator and archivist Mariana Meíja. During this two-week Residency, attendees will have the opportunity to handle original documents, photos, correspondence, sketches, performance props, scripts, scores, and notebooks that reveal Binion’s detailed working process and her collaborations with notable artists including musicians Lawrence “Butch” Morris, Tatsu Aoki, Leroy Jenkins, and Harrison Bankhead; performer Eponine Cuervo Moll; filmmaker Amos Poe; photographer Dirk Bakker; and architect Marc Dilet. These sessions invite fellow artists, community residents, and students to explore, engage, question, and discuss artistic process across disciplines with the artist in person. In addition, individuals are welcome to make one-on-one appointments to ensure accessibility to all who are interested. The Open Archive Sessions at HPAC complement Sandra Binion: Autobiography of Looking, a retrospective exhibition at Experimental Sound Studio and a performance series at various Chicago venues, taking place April 12 – June 9, 2024. For a complete schedule of exhibition hours and performances, please click here.

About Sandra Binion

Sandra Binion is an interdisciplinary artist based in Chicago who makes visual art works, video installations, and live performances. In a career of continuous artmaking spanning nearly five decades, she has presented performances, exhibitions, and screenings in numerous venues in the US, Europe, and Japan including the Abbaye de Noirlac in Bruère-Allichamps, France; Maison de George Sand, Nohant-Vic, France; Centre d’art contemporain de la Matmut, Saint-Pierre-de Varengeville, France; Kunstraum Stuttgart; Galleria Passaggi Arte Contemporanea, Pisa; Kyoto City University of the Arts in Japan; Los Angeles Institute of Contemporary Art; The Swedish Embassy, Washington, DC; the Evanston Art Center; Link’s Hall Chicago; The Goodman Theatre; and Durand Art Institute of Lake Forest College in Lake Forest, Illinois. Most recently her practice has manifested in multimedia exhibitions that draw together video, photography, painting, sound, and objects in dialogue with architecture, resulting in poetic refigurations of specific places, histories, and narratives, such as her multimedia project Distillé based on Gustave Flaubert’s 19th-century novel Madame Bovary, which has been shown in various iterations in the US, France, and Japan. She is currently working on a video commissioned by the Musée d’Orsay in Paris to create a transhistorical dialogue with the Norwegian painter Harriet Backer (1845–1932) which will premiere in September 2024.


About Mariana Mejía

Mariana Mejía is an arts administrator, curator and collection specialist interested in fostering international collaboration. She has a background in international relations and has pursued graduate studies in art history and arts administration and policy in Mexico City and Chicago. In her international practice, she has worked at the Mexican embassy in France and Chile, promoting cultural exchange. She has managed public, private, and museum collections in the U.S. and Mexico and curated exhibitions in galleries and international festivals. Mariana is the founder of Telar, a platform for artistic collaboration across borders. She teaches archives and collections management at the Historic Preservation Department of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.


April 26
10:00 AM - 12:30 PM
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