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Hot Seven: The Chicago Breakdown
By Sadie Woods
Hot Seven: The Chicago Breakdown
Curated by Sadie Woods
August 6–September 25, 2016
Presented by the Gene Siskel Film Center and The School Of the Art Institute Chicago
Hot Seven: The Chicago Breakdown examines the notion of community and what it means to thrive with regard to issues and perspectives unique to diasporic populations in Chicago. Re-examining social responsibility and cultural agency, this exhibition will survey a conceptual and visceral people’s history with power structures, navigating dominant narratives and representation, and possibilities for resistance. These works highlight perspectives of what it means to be alive in a time/space of intersecting histories, geographies, and subjectivities providing a local homegrown narrative. Exhibition runs from Saturday, August 6th through Sunday, September 25th, 2016.
Featured artists: Janice Bond, Ricardo Gamboa, Amanda Gutiérrez, Roberto Martinez, Oli Rodriguez, Darryl Terrell, and Darius Thomas.
About the Curator
A Chicago native with a childhood steeped in performing and visual arts training, Sadie Woods has had an exciting career, showcasing her talents everywhere from academia to nightclubs, boutiques to museums. As an award winning artist, curator, and deejay, Woods’ work focuses primarily on cultural memory and preservation and producing collaborations within communities of difference.
Awards and residencies include: 3Arts Make A Wave grantee; 3Arts Artist Projects grantee; Propeller Fund grantee; Ecole du Magasin Curatorial Program and Harald Szeemmann Independent Methodology publication, Grenoble, FR; Hyde Park Art Center Program; ACRE Artist-In-Resident & Marwen Alumni Scholarship recipient; Arts + Public Life Resident Curator; Nichols Tower Homan Square Resident Artist; High Concept Labs Sponsored Artist; Chicago Artists Coalition’s HATCH Projects Resident Curator; Independent Curators International Collaborator, Dakar, SN & Joyce Foundation Scholarship recipient; Bemis Center for the Arts Artist-In-Residence program recipient; Terrain-Hatch Projects Resident Curator; Terrain Biennial Curator and Artist; Ragdale Foundation Artist-In-Residence. She has exhibited her work at Adds Donna; Chicago Cultural Center; Art NXT Level Projects, Zhou B Art Center; Compound Yellow; Washington Project for the Arts; The Submission; Roman Susan Gallery; Krasl Art Center; The New Gallery, NC. She has had featured curatorial projects at Special Exhibitions EXPO; Gene Siskel Film Center Exhibition Program, among others.
Woods received her BA in Music from Columbia College and MFA in Sound from The School of the Art Institute. Sadie is currently Faculty at the School of the Art Institute, the Residents Orchestrate Project Manager at the Chicago Sinfonietta, resident dj at TAO and radio dj at WLPN-LP Lumpen Radio 105.5FM.