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Untitled 13: SooVAC’s 13th Juried Exhibition

Opening Reception:

Saturday February 11, 2017 6-9PM

Show Runs:

February 11 – March 25, 2017

Participating Artists: Byron Anway, Deidre Argyle, Josette Ghiseline, Lindsy Halleckson, Anders Johnson, Daniel McCarthy-Clifford, Erica Meier, Terrence Payne, Tim Portlock, Christopher Rowley, Susan Solomon, Laura Stack, Gabriel Strader Brown, Holly Streekstra, Joshua Stulen, and Sam Van Vo

Untitled 13 is dedicated to the memory of our dear friend and board member Craig Seacotte in honor of his passion to increase access to arts through his work at Walker Art Center, Soo Visual Arts Center, and Target, as well as his friendship and support to artists everywhere. He will be profoundly missed.

Untitled 13 marks the thirteenth year of SooVAC’s juried exhibition series. Untitled provides opportunities for artists working in any medium and at any stage of their career, resulting in a survey of varied perspectives and provocative work. Each year SooVAC invites guest jurors to select the work, this year it was Dean Otto and Astria Suparak. Every juror provides a unique aesthetic and curatorial viewpoint, giving the public an opportunity to view fresh artistic voices with every new installment of Untitled.

This year’s exhibition will feature work of 16 artists from many disciplines, compelling materials and thought provoking concepts-ranging from a sculpted replica of Abraham Lincoln Funeral car covered in the dirt dug from the site where the Abraham Lincoln Funeral car burned in 1911 and is buried, (corner of Quincy and 37th Ave, Columbia Heights, MN) to a found apartment door from a search warrant executed in July of 2008.

About this Year’s Jurors:
Dean Otto is the new Curator of Film at the Speed Art Museum. Prior to his arrival at the Speed, Dean had been with the Walker Art Center for over 24 years in various positions from Program Manager to Associate Curator, Film/Video. During his 20 years in Moving Image at Walker he has programmed then 19-part Rainer Werner Fassbinder film retrospective, co-curated the exhibition The Parade featuring the work of Nathalie Djurberg and Hans Berg which toured to the New Museum and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, managed the international tour of the series Magnetic North at 17 sites, and coordinated the residencies of Arthur Dong, Christian Marclay and Craig Baldwin. Through the Premieres: First Look program he has hosted artists such as Spike Lee, Miranda July, Debra Granik, Jem Cohen, Rahmin Bahrani and Guy Maddin. He has co-curated the Expanding the Frame series at Walker introducing audiences to new work by Bruce McClure, Daniel Barrow, Luther Price and Ben Russell and co-curated the Artists’ Cinema series which has brought artists and curators to the Walker such as Gillian Wearing, Michael Robinson, Kerry Tribe and Ed Halter. In addition, Otto co-curated MNTV, an annual series of work by Minnesota-based on Twin Cities Public Television. He curated the Walker’s Queer Takes program after serving as the programmer for the Minneapolis/St. Paul LGBT Film Festival for several years for Minnesota Film Arts.

Astria Suparak has curated exhibitions, screenings, live music events and performances for art spaces, film festivals, and academic venues internationally, including PS1, Museo Rufino Tamayo (Mexico City), The Kitchen, Eyebeam Art+Technology Center, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, The Liverpool Biennial 2004, and Exposition Chicago 2014 as well as for non-art spaces such as roller-skating rinks, elementary schools, sports bars, rock clubs, and ferry boats. Suparak was the director of the Pratt Institute Film Series and Syracuse University’s Warehouse Gallery. As the director and curator of Carnegie Mellon’s Miller Gallery she curated Keep It Slick: Infiltrating Capitalism with The Yes Men, the first solo exhibition of the internationally renowned culture-jamming group; Whatever It Takes: Steelers Fan Collections, Rituals, and Obsessions, which explored sports fanaticism as a significant form of cultural production; and Alien She, on the lasting impact of the global punk feminist movement Riot Grrrl, among other exhibitions. She is currently editing the next issue of INCITE Journal of Experimental Media with the theme of Sports.

Special thanks to our jurors, Dean Otto and Astria Suparak, for all of their work and care with selecting the artists out of hundreds of submissions.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Metropolitan Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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