The Calmest of Us Would Be Lunatics

Jan 22–May 8, 2016
Rochester Art Center, Rochester, MN

 

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Installation view of Gallery 1
The Calmest of Us Would Be Lunatics, 2016, Photo credit: Erin Young

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Installation view of Gallery 4
The Calmest of Us Would Be Lunatics, 2016, Photo credit: Erin Young

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Opening reception view of Gallery 4
The Calmest of Us Would Be Lunatics, 2016, Photo credit: Erin Young

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Installation view of Gallery 4
The Calmest of Us Would Be Lunatics, 2016, Photo credit: Erin Young

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D.O.B. Double (The Ladder and the D.O.B. newsletter), Digital print on canvas, grommets, wallpaper, 84 x 126 inches and 192 x 251 inches, 2016, , Photo credit: Erin Young

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Installation view of Gallery 1 Entrance
The Calmest of Us Would Be Lunatics, 2016, Photo credit: Erin Young

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Gallery visitors investigating vitrine with artworks and archival materials from the Tretter Collection
The Calmest of Us Would Be Lunatics, 2016, Photo credit: Erin Young

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Installation view of Gallery 1
Foreground: So You’ve Heard About A.S.K.*, Digital print on canvas, 90 x 38 inches, 2016
*A.S.K. stands for The Association for Social Knowledge, a Vancouver-based non-profit organization formed in 1964 “by a group of homosexuals concerned about the problems facing the homosexual community.” From the scanned brochure: (A.S.K. is) “...seeking to enrich the lives of its members and contribute to social understanding of the homosexual minority.” (Tretter Collection, Barbara Gittings Papers 1963-2006)
The Calmest of Us Would Be Lunatics, 2016, Photo credit: Erin Young

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Installation view of Gallery 1
The Calmest of Us Would Be Lunatics, 2016, Photo credit: Erin Young

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Installation view of Gallery 1
The Calmest of Us Would Be Lunatics, 2016, Photo credit: Erin Young

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D.O.B. Wallet Bags, Digital print on canvas, grommets, 96 x 60 inches, 2016
The Calmest of Us Would Be Lunatics, 2016, Photo credit: Erin Young

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Qui Vive (On Alert)* and Calm Lunatics, 2016
*Early motto and logo of the Daughters of Bilitis
The Calmest of Us Would Be Lunatics, 2016, Photo credit: Erin Young

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Rear view of So You’ve Heard About A.S.K.*

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Installation view of Gallery 1
The Calmest of Us Would Be Lunatics, 2016, Photo credit: Erin Young

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Installation view of Gallery 2, looking towards Gallery 1
The Calmest of Us Would Be Lunatics, 2016, Photo credit: Erin Young

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Installation view of Gallery 2
The Calmest of Us Would Be Lunatics, 2016, Photo credit: Erin Young

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The Calmest of Us Would Be Lunatics, 2016, Photo credit: Erin Young

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Installation view of Gallery 4
The Calmest of Us Would Be Lunatics, 2016, Photo credit: Erin Young

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Installation view of Gallery 4
The Calmest of Us Would Be Lunatics, 2016, Photo credit: Erin Young

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Installation view of Gallery 4
The Calmest of Us Would Be Lunatics, 2016, Photo credit: Erin Young

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The Calmest of Us Would Be Lunatics, 2016, Photo credit: Erin Young

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The Calmest of Us Would Be Lunatics, 2016, Photo credit: Erin Young

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The Calmest of Us Would Be Lunatics, 2016, Photo credit: Erin Young

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The Calmest of Us Would Be Lunatics, 2016, Photo credit: Erin Young

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The Calmest of Us Would Be Lunatics, 2016, Photo credit: Erin Young

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The Calmest of Us Would Be Lunatics, 2016, Photo credit: Erin Young

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The Calmest of Us Would Be Lunatics, 2016, Photo credit: Erin Young

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The Calmest of Us Would Be Lunatics, 2016, Photo credit: Erin Young

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Ceramic vessels by Erik Scollon and Tangram Table by Welly Fletcher
The Calmest of Us Would Be Lunatics, 2016, Photo credit: Erin Young

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Ceramic vessels by Erik Scollon and Tangram Table by Welly Fletcher
The Calmest of Us Would Be Lunatics, 2016, Photo credit: Erin Young

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Ceramic vessels by Erik Scollon and Tangram Table by Welly Fletcher
The Calmest of Us Would Be Lunatics, 2016, Photo credit: Erin Young

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CLAMS napkins, screenprint on fabric, open edition, 2014-date
The text and color scheme recreate leaflets anonymously dropped in downtown NYC in 1919: REMEMBER, WE WILL NOT TOLERATE, ANY LONGER, FREE THE POLITICAL PRISONERS, OR IT WILL BE, SURE DEATH FOR ALL OF YOU. AMERICAN ANARCHIST FIGHTERS
Ceramic vessels by Erik Scollon and Tangram Table by Welly Fletcher
The Calmest of Us Would Be Lunatics, 2016, Photo credit: Erin Young

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CLAMS napkins, screenprint on fabric, open edition, 2014-date
The text and color scheme recreate leaflets anonymously dropped in downtown NYC in 1919: REMEMBER, WE WILL NOT TOLERATE, ANY LONGER, FREE THE POLITICAL PRISONERS, OR IT WILL BE, SURE DEATH FOR ALL OF YOU. AMERICAN ANARCHIST FIGHTERS
Ceramic vessels by Erik Scollon and Tangram Table by Welly Fletcher
The Calmest of Us Would Be Lunatics, 2016, Photo credit: Erin Young

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Eff (Purple), Acrylic on dyed fabric, 48 x 36 inches, 2015

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Coraje, Conejo, Acrylic on canvas, zebra wood and stretcher bars, 61 x 45 inches, 2015

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L to R: Eff (Adrienne Rich), Eff (Tommie Smith), Eff (Black), and Eff (Leather)

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Eff (Flo Jo), Dye, alginate, canvas, and wood, 82 x 30 x 24 inches (approximate and variable), 2014

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ERNEST and Demos video, Gallery 5
The Calmest of Us Would Be Lunatics, 2016, Photo credit: Erin Young

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ERNEST, Demos publication and Coyote Hole lithograph print, Gallery 5
The Calmest of Us Would Be Lunatics, 2016, Photo credit: Erin Young

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ERNEST, Demos publication detail, Gallery 5
The Calmest of Us Would Be Lunatics, 2016, Photo credit: Erin Young

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Lending Library, organized by curator Susannah Magers with books and four-month long reading group discussions about issues of intersectionality, feminism, and abstraction.
The Calmest of Us Would Be Lunatics, 2016, Photo credit: Erin Young

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Lending Library, organized by curator Susannah Magers with books and four-month long reading group discussions about issues of intersectionality, feminism, and abstraction. Guerrilla Girls posters on center wall.
The Calmest of Us Would Be Lunatics, 2016, Photo credit: Erin Young

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Art as Social Activism: An Intergenerational Conversation with the Guerrilla Girls and Amanda Curreri, Jan 22, 2016
The Calmest of Us Would Be Lunatics, 2016, Photo credit: Su Leggit

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Early motto and logo of the Daughters of Bilitis

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The Calmest of Us Would Be Lunatics
Jan 22–May 8, 2016
Rochester Art Center, Rochester, MN
Solo Exhibition with collaborations with Erik ScollonLlewelynn Fletcher, and ERNEST.
Opening Reception, Jan 22, 6:30-9pm
Panel Discussion with the GUERRILLA GIRLS, Jan 22, 7:30pm
CLAMS dinner event, Mar 18, 7pm

Drawing from both archival materials and contemporary content, Curreri’s practice investigates, re-contextualizes, and reflects aspects of cultural production and social histories within actual and constructed radical, feminist, and queer historiographies. For her first solo exhibition in Minnesota, The Calmest of Us Would Be Lunatics emphasizes the active role of the archive, the power of the past to inform the future, and presents a call to action through engagement.

The galleries visually and conceptually correspond with three elements of communication present in the work: language, color, and action. Curreri will present new and recent works including paintings, sculpture, prints, video, and performance. Beginning with an archival room featuring materials from the University of Minnesota’s Jean-Nickolaus Tretter Collection, the show charts a course that mirrors the artist’s process of discovering past and present models that demonstrate cross-cultural, intergenerational and diverse examples of resistance, organizing, ‘the everyday activist’ and the activity of collecting as preservation, and empowered world-making. The collaboration with the Tretter Collection serves as an intentional decentering of queer history from canonized centers such as New York and San Francisco, to illuminate how Minnesota was and continues to be a site of many ‘firsts’ and pivotal moments in queer history.

A new series of paintings, Eff, will be exhibited around the theme of effigies to various individuals that hold significance for the artist, including the late writer Adrienne Rich, Flo Jo, Tommy Smith and John Carlos. Curreri will also present an iteration of CLAMS, a series of intimate dinners prepared and hosted by the artist where the public is invited to sign up to participate in a dinner of mussels inspired by Italian-American Anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti. The work is as much a catalyst for creating conversation around self-organizing communities, neighborhood education initiatives, and local economies, as it is an excuse to spend quality time with people.

From a cancelled Korean television show named Club Daughters of Bilitis (after the first lesbian civil and political rights organization in the United States formed in San Francisco in 1955) to the Black Lives Matter movement, to ERNEST (a group that Curreri is a member of that employs non-hierarchical collaborative working models) the exhibition and related programming are exercises in exploring and encouraging collaboration, calling on the participation of many additional entities such as c3: Initiative, Portland, OR; Tretter Archivist Lisa Vecoli; Shawn(ta) Smith-Cruz, writer, archivist, and librarian. From an Art and Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, to readings that have informed and inspired Curreri’s work, engagement with the show is fostered throughout, the efforts combining to demystify the process of creating community by incorporating the exhibition itself as a platform for dialogue and connection.

 

RELATED PROGRAMMING

Saturday, February 27, 2016, 2 pm
Minnesota NICE!: A Presentation by Lisa Vecoli

Lisa Vecoli, Curator of the Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies at the University of Minnesota, will present Minnesota NICE! Making GLBT History in the Heartland. While almost everyone has heard of Stonewall and Harvey Milk, GLBT history was made in big and small ways all over the country. Minnesota has played a role in many important moments in GLBT history. Please join us for this brief survey of Minnesota GLBT history, and the contents of the Tretter Collection in GLBT Studies at the University of Minnesota Libraries.

Saturday, March 5, 2016, 10 – 5 pm
Grand Lobby at Rochester Art Center
Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon

Join us for an all-day communal updating of Wikipedia entries on subjects related to art and feminism. We will provide tutorials for beginner Wikipedians, reference materials, and refreshments.

Friday, March 18, 2016, 7 pm
CLAMS: A Socially-Minded Dinner
Burton and Judy Onofrio Galleries

Curreri often works in a more social and participatory way. The CLAMS dinner is a re-occurring hosted event and discussion facilitated by the artist and RAC. Sign up in the gallery space to participate in a dinner of mussels prepared by the artist and inspired by Italian-American Anarchists Sacco and Vanzetti.

Lending Library Talks, 3:30 – 4:30 pm
Every 2nd and 4th Saturday each month, January 30 through May 8, 2016
Burton and Judy Onofrio Galleries

Examining ideas, theories and activist ideologies reflected in the work of Amanda Curreri, the Lending Library Talks are an informal reading group that will meet to discuss specific texts the second and fourth Saturdays of each month. Join us for an informal and relaxed discussion of the work in the show and ideas found therein. Check the RAC Facebook group for details on reading list for each meeting.