Exhibitions at the Spencer Museum of Art:

knowledges, 2019

Andrew Yang, photo by Ryan Waggoner
Fatimah Tuggar, photo by Ryan Waggoner
Danielle Roney, photo by Ryan Waggoner
Assaf Evron, photo by Ryan Waggoner

Art is a form of knowledge that contributes to many fields of inquiry. knowledges rethinks the academic art museum as an active participant in a university’s research community. The exhibition’s title is intentionally lowercase and plural to emphasize that knowledge does not only happen in scholarly publications, laboratories, and lecture halls. In this spirit, the Spencer Museum of Art has commissioned four contemporary artists to make work that corresponds to four different areas of research supported by the Museum’s Integrated Arts Research Initiative: data visualization, immigration, social histories, and ecologies, all broadly conceived. The exhibiting artists who have made work in conversation with these areas of research are Assaf Evron, Danielle Roney, Fatimah Tuggar, and Andrew S. Yang.

Interview with Joey Orr and Celka Straughn about the Integrated Arts Research Initiative (IARI) and knowledges.

Social Histories, 2018

This inquiry for the Integrated Arts Research Initiative (IARI) included installations, performances, and experimental lectures with Mohau Modisakeng, Adrian Stimson, and Tina Takemoto. The interdisciplinary collaborative exchange looked at how we research and understand social histories, including the history of slavery, the impact of US boarding schools and Canadian residential schools on Indigenous peoples, and the wartime incarceration of queer Japanese Americans. The work was published as “Social Histories: An Inquiry from the Integrated Arts Research Initiative” in Art Journal Open‘s Pedagogies.

photo by Ryan Waggoner. © Spencer Museum of Art
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photo by Ryan Waggoner. © Spencer Museum of Art
Takemoto Lecture
photo by Ryan Waggoner. © Spencer Museum of Art

Paul Harfleet’s Pansy Project


As a transition between Terra Anima and Social Histories, and in support of the milestone research exhibition Big Botany curated by Stephen Goddard, Paul Harfleet brought his Pansy Project to Lawrence, Kansas, where he lectured about his work raising awareness for homophobic, gender-based, and transphobic abuse, gave away 300 pansies in exchange for listening to the story of the project, and did a reading of his book Pansy Boy.

Dialogues: Christopher Beard and Elizabeth Turk

Funded by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, paleontologist and sculptor discuss their respective materials through museum display and public dialogue. Cases in the Brousseau Center for Learning were used to put their objects in conversation. After being installed, Beard and Turk arranged the objects prior to their talk.

Terra Anima, 2017

Exhibiting artists and researchers: Jost Amman, Gaston Deblaize, Stephen Hasiotis, Dan Hirmas, Ana Mendieta, Claire Pentecost, Andrew Ross, Alan Sonfist

photo by Ryan Waggoner. © Spencer Museum of Art
photo by Ryan Waggoner. © Spencer Museum of Art
photo by Ryan Waggoner. © Spencer Museum of Art
photo by Ryan Waggoner. © Spencer Museum of Art

Exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago (2016-2017):

Chicago Works: Chris Bradley

Diana Thater: The Sympathetic Imagination (curatorial lead for Chicago iteration)

China, photo by Nathan Keay © MCA Chicago
Life is a Time-Based Medium, photo Nathan Keay © MCA Chicago
Cast of Falcons, photo Nathan Keay © MCA Chicago

MCA Screen: Camille Henrot Grosse Fatigue

Grosse Fatigue, photo by Nathan Keay. © MCA Chicago
Grosse Fatigue, photo Nathan Keay © MCA Chicago

Chicago Works: Andrew Yang

BMO Harris Bank Chicago Works: Andrew Yang from MCA Chicago on Vimeo.

A beach (for Carl Sagan), photo by Nathan Keay © MCA Chicago

Emerge Selections 2016

Erratum (detail), Latifah Echakhch, photo by Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago
Installation view, Julia Dault and Amanda Ross-Ho, photo by Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago

Exquisite Exhibit: Parlour Games from the Studio Artist Program


In 2014 I was hired by the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center to curate an exhibit selecting artists from the past 10 years of their studio artist program. Using seven walls in the galleries, I assigned three artists to each and asked for a large-scale exquisite corpse. The exquisite corpse has been described as a visual (or literary) representation of the unconscious personality of the group. And so the exhibit offered an unconscious representation of the groups of artists and the ACAC’s studio program from the last decade. The exhibit opened in conjunction with the ACAC’s annual Art Party fundraiser and was supported in part by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts. Party attendees were given the chance to identify as many local artists as possible.

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A grassroots, art-in-community project that traveled through intown Atlanta neighborhoods for five years (2000-2004). Sponsored at various times by Art Papers, the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center, Dogwood Brewery, LUBO Fund, and the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia. ShedSpace was originally inspired by artist Ethel Shipton’s The Project Room Space at the Blue Star Contemporary in San Antonio, Texas.


Atlanta Celebrates Photography’s 2006 Public Art Project, Serial City

This was the first curated public art project for Atlanta Celebrates Photography in which I invited Matt Haffner to return to his wheat pasting street work.

Matt Haffner’s “Serial City” Video from matt haffner on Vimeo.

Curatorial Projects for the Museum of Contemporary Art of Georgia


Origins: Andrew Ross Installations, curator of a solo exhibit of works by Andrew Ross


The Last Taboo, exhibition director and essayist. Surviving Taboo collective member, Larry Jens Anderson, curated a final group show under the Taboo name. There was also an archival component that documented the collective’s years of work together.


Striking Comparisons, co-curator and essayist. A comparison of works from MOCA’s permanent collection.


The Georgia 7, co-curator and essayist. A selection of seven emerging artists from across the state.




“Remember Me, Forget Me” Fall 2010, Issue #3, Journal of Sexual Homos (The JOSH)

John Q guest curated this issue as a way to put our public intervention series, Memory Flash, into conversation with other queer work interested in memory and place.


“Where is the School?”

This was a three-part collaboration with artists Irina Botea, Ben Fain, and Laurie Palmer for F-news magazine at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

(c) Ben Fain


Horumuz Minina: New Interactive Video

This was an installation about the artist’s response to the war in Iraq on the advent of his daughter’s birth at Garage Projects in Castleberry Hills Arts District.



Triple Point

Two annual exhibits that exposed the work of three contemporary artists (2002: Ashley Benton, Grady Haugarud, Travis Pack; 2003: Drew Conrad, Brian Holcombe, Victoria Martin-Gilly)



Saltworks Project Room

Bi-monthly installations in the Project Room at Saltworks Gallery‘s original location on Angier Avenue.