Curator, writer, and artist advocate Tempestt Hazel will give a lecture and lead a discussion/Q&A session with Chicago artist Stephanie Graham, whose work will be exhibited in the UIS Visual Arts Gallery concurrent with the ECCE Speaker Series event. As an African-American artist, Graham’s photographs, videos, and installations are armed with humor, satire, and soul in an effort to make easier and more comfortable otherwise difficult conversations about race and gender in an increasingly divisive political and cultural climate. Hazel will give a brief talk about the work she has done independently and collaboratively through various organizations such as Sixty Inches from Center to promote art and artists who work along the margins outside of mainstream historical narratives across the spectrum of gender, race, ability, and being. She will then sit down with Stephanie Graham to discuss the content of her work in general, her exhibition at the Visual Arts Gallery in particular, and its timeliness amidst recent developments in art, politics, and society.
Stephanie Graham is a Chicago-based artist who makes work about subcultures, social class, relationships and Black America. Her projects have been presented at the Hyde Park Art Center, Mana Contemporary (Chicago), Chicago Artist Coalition, and Terrain Exhibitions, and the Gene Siskel Film Center. Graham’s work has been featured in Studio Photography Magazine and the Chicago Alliance of African American Photographers. Her work is held in the public collection of the Chicago Historical Society.
Tempestt Hazel is a curator, writer, and founding editor of Sixty Inches From Center. She is the Art Program Officer for the Field Foundation of Illinois. Hazel has developed programming for Chicago’s Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, Chicago Artist Coalition, and the University of Chicago. Exhibitions and research have been produced with the University of North Texas, South Side Community Art Center, and Black Metropolis Research Consortium. Her writing has been published by UChicago Press, Candor Arts, and for Artslant, the Broad Museum (Lansing), and Duke University.