Imagining a learning platform inside the DePaul Art Museum.
In partnership with artist Jim Duignan, DPAM seeks to explore the state of learning inside the museum. What are our essential experiences with objects? How does our current technological age improve, impede, or alter exchanges between visitor and exhibition?
Throughout 2023–24, the Learning Studio will serve as a space for conversations with our university students alongside artists, teachers, faculty, writers, performers, scholars, and the public to contemplate the adjustments of pacing, access, and engagement inside this museum. Together we will imagine how the exhibition might become a platform for building relationships and sharing knowledge.
During the pandemic Stockyard Institute was gifted dozens of fiberglass planters and soil, plants, and labor from Chicago and Back of the Yards businesses. The aesthetic aspect of the project was developed by Lavie Raven and Jim Duignan. Lavie Raven invited local artists to exhibit their style on sets of planters and local business would / are sponsoring the boxes with funds going to the work force development Arts program., a Stockyard Institute and University of Hip Hop collaborative venture. Ellen Shapiro has built the network and connected local business with area police and architectural and design firms as we imagine a student designed playground in 2022.
The cart was built by my brother Mike and I from scrap wood in our garage at 4044 W. Waveland with stroller and wagon wheels and a Pepsi box seat. It was the first object we made together these film stills represent a time of childhood where wonder abides and I came to know how I would fundamentally work. circa 1968.