Six week seminar for 3rd-6th graders. The kids made: smoothies, hummus w/fried pita, guacamole w/fried tortillas, Thai coconut soup, lemon/maple soda, soba noodles with almond butter sauce, Thai spring rolls, mushroom/cashew potstickers, banana/peanut butter ice cream, chocolate coconut milk ice cream, and puff pastry with chocolate stuffed cherries (2017).
The Pattern that Connects
A three month long online symposium I organized with over 40 participants discussing the work of Gregory Bateson, systems aesthetics, design, ecology, and more. Participants engaged in reading discussions and live chats (2016).
Co-organized two Sunday Soup events at AVA Gallery & Art Center with Adam Blue (2016).
"What is Sunday Soup? The Soup Grant is a grassroots model for funding small to medium sized creative projects through community meals. The basic formula is that a group of people come together to share a meal and that meal is sold for an affordable price. All the income from that meal is given as a grant to support a creative project. Grant applications are accepted up until the meal, everyone who purchases the meal gets one vote to determine who receives the grant. The grants are completely unrestricted and will be awarded at the discretion of the customers. Granting projects affiliated with Sunday Soup in different cities operate based on their own needs and context. The meals are more or less elaborate in different places and some people have presentations by potential grantees or past grantees as part of the event."
The Dinner Party
The Dinner Party with Lexa Walsh for Summer School, an event series she organized at the Williams College Museum of Art (2016).
Food Labwith Lexa Walsh for Summer School, an event series she organized at the Williams College Museum of Art (2016).
Trek to taste
Led the Prosper Valley School culinary team at Trek to Taste in Woodstock, VT. We made Hambsch Family Farm pork mini-tostadas topped with cumin slaw for their Farm to School Showcase (2016).
Curator and artist Katie Hargrave presents a series of reflections on the promise and failure of communication. The exhibition is a collection of art and non-art projects presented alongside each other that point to the promise, the unexpected nature, and the failures, of various communication experiments. These projects are situated in the mundane with a desire for the transformative. Do they work? Likely no, but collectively these explorations might function as a meter of our desire for real, lasting, meaningful communication.
Meg Cranston: Radiator, an exhibition of new sculptures and drawings where the artist uses the existing steam heat radiators on-site at he said- she said as a motif and metaphor for life, love and power.
Jessica Hagy is obsessed with visualizing relationships and buying cheap office supplies. She draws charts, graphs, and Venn diagrams drawn on index cards that reveal in a simple, often humorous and intuitive way the large and small truths of modern life at indexed.blogspot.com.
Public Culture Lecture Series
with InCUBATE (2009-2011)
"The Public Culture Lecture Series, co-organized by Randall Szott and InCUBATE, seeks to highlight examinations and enactments of public culture. Rather than following a preformed idea of what public culture actually is, the series treats it as an open question and invites attendees to explore the question with us. A variety of people and practices are drawn on to present the ways that the notion of "the public"emerges in their work and/or informs it. Past iterations of the series have included: a lecture on lyceums in nineteenth century America, a guided eating tour of the Maxwell Street Market, a group workshop on storytelling as an everyday art, and an artist-led tour of the Loop’s Pedway system."
In Search of the Mundane
with InCUBATE at threewalls (2009)
"In Search of the Mundane, organized by Randall Szott and the Institute for Community Understanding Between Art and The Everyday (InCUBATE) will feature extended conversation and programming about the arts of living. This exhibition’s activities focus on mundane life, drawing upon the spirit of Allan Kaprow, Michel de Certeau, Jane Addams, John Dewey, and others. These artists, activists, and thinkers will serve as a jumping off point to consider what constitutes “the good life.” In addition toconsidering the perceived divide between art and everyday life, we hope to highlight how ordinary creative strategies in day to day life might enhance one’s living conditions. What might mark the difference between thinking of art as a career and living life creatively?Associated programming will bring together a range of people engaged with this question to share their own strategies for artful living."
Working collaboratively on the World's Largest Crossword Puzzle.
Tour of Maxwell Street Market led by Robert Gardner.
Tour of Maxwell Street Market led by Robert Gardner.
Online conference organized with Stephen Wright on n.e.w.s (2009). Participants included: Andy Abbott, Sal Randolph, Katherine Carl, Tom Lutz, Chris Carlsson, and Sean Dockray.
Exhibition curated with Marc Fischer at Mess Hall (2008).
"Among the many subjects of these collections, archives and projects: video store identification labels on old used VHS tapes, concert set lists, artists' stamps that have made it through the mail, documentation of empty Chicago storefronts that are available for lease, a massive trove of KISS concert and TV appearances on VHS, examples of "The End" title screens from a large array of old films, documentation of crushed "Crush" cans, African-American G.I. Joe toys, collected regrets by numerous mail respondents, and dozens of representations of Geishas."
Concept Trucking was the first exhibition venue on MySpace (2006). Featured work by: Mark Cooley, Dario Solman, Guthrie Lonergan, John Michael Boling, Angie Waller, and Cab Broskoski