PARSE and Antenna are co-hosting a curatorial lecture and dinner with Joey Orr, September 16, 2016 from 7:00 - 9:00pm at Antenna. Dinner and drinks will be provided by 1000 Figs. Please RSVP (firstname.lastname@example.org) as limited space is available.
Joey Orr’s work in the collective, John Q straddles the line between artistic and research practices. His current curatorial projects at the MCA Chicago pull together works by artists Camille Henrot, Diana Thater, and Andrew Yang to reflect on the overlap of research and artistic production. He is also conducting research for a journal article on artist Dread Scott’s Slave Rebellion Reenactment, which is scheduled to take place in New Orleans in 2017. Although each of these projects share the general subject of art and research, they variously conjure the roles of artist, curator, and critic. These distinct activities make different claims when shored up into their discrete disciplines than when used more fluidly as hybrid and expanded practices. The question of method is similar to formal considerations artists’ make in their creative practices and, in fact, formal considerations may be a contribution art can make to research practices.
Joey Orr’s work explores social practice, art, and research. He is a founding member of the idea collective, John Q, whose projects investigate public scholarship and archival practices. He served on the advisory board for Art Papers magazine, as an associate editor for the Journal for Artistic Research, co-editor for “Participatory Research,” a special issue of Visual Methodologies, and is currently co-editor for “Inhabiting Cultures,” a special issue of the Journal of American Studies. Joey holds an MA in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a practice-based, interdisciplinary PhD from Emory University’s Graduate Institute of the Liberal Arts. He currently serves as the Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Curatorial Fellow at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. In 2017, he begins his new post as the Andrew W. Mellon Assistant Curator of Research at the Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas.