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MAE 2013: Soap Factory and Springboard for the Arts, Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

Pictured:  2012-2013 BOLT Residents Joseph G. Cruz, Helen Maurene Cooper, Azadeh Gholizadeh, Adebukola Bodunrin, Jennifer Mills, Madeleine Bailey in front of Dan Graham’s “Two-Way Mirror Punched Steel Hedge Labyrinth” (1996), in the Walker Art Center Sculpture Garden. Accompanied by Andy Sturdevant of Springboard for the Arts, and Jacqueline Chao and Jason Judd of Chicago Artists Coalition. May 2013.
Pictured: 2012-2013 BOLT Residents Joseph G. Cruz, Helen Maurene Cooper, Azadeh Gholizadeh, Adebukola Bodunrin, Jennifer Mills, Madeleine Bailey in front of Dan Graham’s “Two-Way Mirror Punched Steel Hedge Labyrinth” (1996), in the Walker Art Center Sculpture Garden. Accompanied by Andy Sturdevant of Springboard for the Arts, and Jacqueline Chao and Jason Judd of Chicago Artists Coalition. May 2013.

In 2013, CAC partnered with Soap Factory and Springboard for the Arts in Minneapolis.  The tours took place over two weekends in May 2013, this time involving the 2012-13 BOLT Residents and Minneapolis-based artists identified through the partner organizations.

In St. Paul, events included a visit to the studio of artist Ta-Coumba Aiken, meeting with representatives of the Northern Spark Festival, the Minnesota Museum of American Art, and Big Table Studio.  In Minneapolis, the tour included visiting and meeting representatives of Franklin Artworks, Midway Contemporary, Soo Visual Arts Center, Walker Art Center, Public Functionary, Location Books, and a discussion with the curators of the 2013 Minnesota Biennial.

In Chicago, events included a tour of the Renaissance Society with then exhibiting artist William L. Pope, followed by tours of Theaster Gates’ Dorchester Projects, Aspect Ratio with Jefferson Godard, threewalls with Lauren Basing, Johalla Projects with Anna Cerniglia, Spudnik Press with Angee Lennard, and Comfort Station with Jessie Devereaux and Jordan Martins.

 

The Exchange Exhibition

Through the Midwest Artist Exchange between the Chicago Artists Coalition and The Soap Factory and Springboard for the Arts, the Chicago and Minneapolis participants gained a mutual appreciation and respect for one another's visual practice. The artists agreed to produce two culminating exhibitions for the added benefit of exposing the artists' work to new audiences.

In August 2014, Addendum was the result of ongoing conversations between the Chicago Artists Coalition and The Soap Factory, and includes many of the Minnesota-based artists who participated in the 2013 Midwest Artist Exchange. Curated by John Marks and David Petersen, Addendum is one of many potential postscripts to the 2013 Minnesota Biennial, presenting the work of 18 artists at CAC: Luke Aleckson, Allen Brewer, Casey Deming, Kristina Estell, Katelyn Farstad, Isa Gagarin, Peter Happel Christian, Jess Hirsch, Jonathan Kaiser, Tynan Kerr, Andie Mazorol, Ben Moren, Michael Mott, Stefanie Motta, Scott Nedrelow, Natasha Pestich, Andy Sturdevant, and Pamela Valfer.

In February 2015, CAC proudly presented at The Soap Factory in the exhibition The Party's Over, featuring work by Chicago-based artists Madeleine Bailey, Sarah and Joseph Belknap, Adebukola Bodunrin, Joseph G. Cruz, Helen Maurene Cooper, Laura Davis, Azadeh Gholizadeh, Jennifer Mills, Christopher Ottinger and Stacia Yeapanis, and curated by CAC Director of Exhibitions & Residencies, Teresa E. Silva.