February 3, 2014

RISK: Empathy, Art and Social Practice

Glass Curtain Gallery at Columbia College Chicago
Kirtsen Leenaars, Not in Another Place, But This Place… (Happiness), 2013. Video still from 3-channel video.

College Art Association Conference: An evening at Columbia

RISK considers the interdependent role of empathy and risk in socially engaged art as practiced by Chicago contemporary artists. The exhibition focuses on artists who work in a public arena to foster connections between individuals and to activate communities. The work is divergent in medium, content and scope, but shares and interest in initiating and negotiating relationships through personal interaction. Working with cultural partners and sites across the city, RISK highlights some of the most exciting projects emerging in this field and explores artists’ motivations and viewer’s expectations of social art practice.

Artists include Alberto Aguilar, Jim Duignan, Industry of the Ordinary, Samantha Hill, Kirsten Leenaars, Faheem Majeed, Cecil McDonald, Jr., Jennifer Mills, Cheryl Pope, Museum of Contemporary Phenomenon, Potluck: Chicago, and Fereshteh Toosi.

RISK is curated by Amy M. Mooney and Neysa Page-Lieberman with collaboration from Hyde Park Art Center, 6018North, and Rebuild Foundation. Generously supported by a grant from The Joyce Foundation.

For programming and additional information, visit the following webpages:
Department of Exhibitions, Performance and Student Spaces
RISK exhibition

Exhibition information: Justin Witte, [email protected], T+1 312 369 8177
Press inquiries: Cara Birch, [email protected], T +1 312 369 8695


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