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The Convergence of Creativity and Censorship 

February 16, 2023 @ 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

February 16, 2023 @ 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm 

Join Regarding the Missing Objects exhibition artists Elana Adler, Tirtza Even, Ben Segal, and Maggie Taft, as they discuss what it’s like to be an artist making work within a complex political climate which often silences discourse in relation to Palenstine and Israel. The artists will explore the role that censorship plays not only institutionally but through self-censorship and omission. How does the act of resisting silencing impact the creative freedom of expression? The artists will discuss the mental and emotional labor that infuses politically-oriented art and practice. 

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Elana Adler Bio

Elana Adler (she, her) received her BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 2008 and her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2017. She currently lives in Portland, Meine. In the past, she was the co-director of a Chicago artist-run gallery, while also managing a studio collective. Adler exhibited at The Chicago Artists Coalition (Chicago, IL), Compound Yellow (Oak Park, IL), Borderline Art Collective (San Francisco, CA), Flatland Gallery (Houston, TX), Chase Public (Cincinnati, OH), Nave Annex Gallery (Summerville, MA), Calico Gallery (Brooklyn, NY), Westbeth Gallery (NYC, NY), NorthernSouthern (Austin, TX), and Woods Gerry Gallery (Providence, RI), among other places.

Tirtza Even Bio

Tirtza Even (she, her) is a documentary-maker and a video artist. She has produced both linear and interactive video work that has been shown, among other places, at the Museum of Modern Art (NYC, NY), the Whitney Biennial (NYC, NY), the Johannesburg Biennial (Johannesburg, South Africa), as well as in many festivals including the Museum of Modern Art’s Doc Fortnight, Rotterdam Film Festival, San Francisco Film Festival, New York Video Festival, Lincoln Center. Even has received numerous grants and awards, including 3ARTs Next Level and Visual Arts Awards, Fledgling Distribution Fund, Artadia Award, Media Arts Award, The Jerome Foundation; Individual Artists Program Awards, NYSCA. Even’s work is included in the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern Art (NYC, NY), the Jewish Museum (NYC, NY), and the Israel Museum (Jerusalem, Israel), among others. Even’s work is distributed by Heure Exquise, France, Video Data Bank (VDB), and Groupe Intervention Video (GIV), Canada. She is an Associate Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Film, Video, New Media, and Animation department.

Ben Segal Bio

Ben Segal (he, him) is the author of Pool Party Trap Loop and 78 Stories, co-author of The Wes Letters, and co-editor of The Official Catalog of the Library of Potential Literature. He holds degrees from Hampshire College, UC San Diego, and the University of Chicago, and has held a variety of teaching, writing, and legal positions.

Maggie Taft Bio

Maggie Taft, PhD (she, her) is an art historian and founding director of Writing Space, a community-based writing center for artists and designers. Her writing and reviews have appeared in many magazines and journals including Artforum, The Point, Texte Zur Kunste, Design and Culture, and The Journal of Design History. She is co-editor of Art in Chicago: A History from the Fire to Now (University of Chicago Press, 2018), the first single-volume history of art in Chicago from the nineteenth century through the present day, and her book, The Chieftain and the Chair: The Rise of Danish Design in Postwar America will be published by the University of Chicago Press in Spring 2023. She is curator of the forthcoming permanent exhibition at the new Shaker Museum in Chatham, New York.



February 16, 2023
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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