This was a commissioned by the Hull-House Museum to build a swing which they referred to as the ‘Jolly Romp’ for a year-long exhibition called The Right to Play’. The swing is a symbol of my childhood and a memorial for the Hull House where my great-grandmother taught.
Hyde Park Art Center welcomes back artist Jim Duignan to expand on his previous work at the Art Center highlighting art and education in the city in PUBLIC SCHOOL on view in Gallery 1 and 2. Duignan, of the Stockyard Institute, works collaboratively with artist and educator Rachel Harper, of Seen + Heard to create a imagination-inducing installation of curious objects – including a fort, a stage, a tower, a piano, and a decommissioned school bus – to construct a new playground for all ages. At a moment when the Public Education System struggles to exist, Chicago artists ask: where is learning actually happening in this city and who gets to determine what we should know?
This series of written conversations between artists, curators, and writers on the prompt of general curiosities we all had on our most immediate environment, sponsored by A Blade of Grass Foundation.
I find the see-saw a perfect symbol of cooperation, a self-education object of my youth. It is always a reminder of the magical spaces in Chicago where I figured so much out myself realizing school would from then on supplement my education.
Sullivan Galleries, Proximity of Consciousness exhibition in Chicago.
reinstalled at 6018North, Chicago for the children of the neighborhood.