November 13th: JAS, Magic Moments, Recycling and Public Art!

UPCOMING EVENTS

Thursday November 16th - Artist talk with Sage Perrott, Star Store room 144 6:30-7:30.

Monday November 20th - Public art and writing workshop with Brittni Ann Harvey & Jesse Sullivan, room CVPA 306 6-8PM!

Tuesday November 21st - National Recycling Day Weaving Community Event with the Leduc Center for Civic Engagement, CVPA lobby 10-5PM. Join us as we weave old t-shirts into rugs.
 

In preparation for a new publication we're working on, I've been researching the New Bedford Cinderella Seagull controversy from last summer. Rayana Grace sent me a photo of these stickers that were produced in relationship to the sculpture to raise money for breast cancer research.

In preparation for a new publication we're working on, I've been researching the New Bedford Cinderella Seagull controversy from last summer. Rayana Grace sent me a photo of these stickers that were produced in relationship to the sculpture to raise money for breast cancer research.

Radical Digital Painting team Just Another System was here for a couple days last week, and they gave an amazing talk on Tuesday evening - free and open to the public!

Radical Digital Painting team Just Another System was here for a couple days last week, and they gave an amazing talk on Tuesday evening - free and open to the public!

On Wednesday, the team did studio visits with seven awesome students from CVPA! Here they are with Addie Thibeault right after their final visit of the day.

On Wednesday, the team did studio visits with seven awesome students from CVPA! Here they are with Addie Thibeault right after their final visit of the day.

On Thursday during AHA! Night in DT New Bedford, as part of CURE's programming related to the education and engagement wall at the museum, I did a two hour performance where I worked with people visiting the museum to write twelve "scores for magic moments" (free ideas for being emotional in the city). The scores were made specifically for the individuals who co-authored them, and each one begins with the participant selecting one of six objects from the table. I ask which object makes you feel most comfortable, and from there, a series of questions unfolds to help me understand what a magic moment might look like for you - as you talk, I write. Once the score is done, it goes into a tiny envelope, sealed, dated, and identified as yours. The envelope should only be opened when you're in dire need of a magic moment.

When CURE was starting to develop, I thought it might make sense to have a uniform for public engagements. Over the last couple months, Addie Thibeault, a junior textiles student in CVPA, and I discussed various artist uniforms, and through conversation, we decided this dress would be the perfect garment to start with since I already have a similar linen dress that I wear for most public events. She selected the fabric and made the dress for me.

When CURE was starting to develop, I thought it might make sense to have a uniform for public engagements. Over the last couple months, Addie Thibeault, a junior textiles student in CVPA, and I discussed various artist uniforms, and through conversation, we decided this dress would be the perfect garment to start with since I already have a similar linen dress that I wear for most public events. She selected the fabric and made the dress for me.

November 6th: Critical Literacy, Public Speaking, Microutopias, and Installations

Last Monday, I gave a lecture about the Center in Maureen Hall's graduate level education class called Critical Literacy. I also talked about some other recent work that deals with literacy, communication, and education.

Last Monday, I gave a lecture about the Center in Maureen Hall's graduate level education class called Critical Literacy. I also talked about some other recent work that deals with literacy, communication, and education.

Today I returned to Dr. Hall's class to give a talk called, "Where does learning happen?" This is a photo of my graduate cohort in 2016 when we went to California to visit Fritz Haeg's Salmon Creek Farm project.

Today I returned to Dr. Hall's class to give a talk called, "Where does learning happen?" This is a photo of my graduate cohort in 2016 when we went to California to visit Fritz Haeg's Salmon Creek Farm project.

On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, I led a workshop called "This isn't good enough" in Thomas Stubblefield's honors class called Scholarship in the Community. We started the workshop by learning about Miranda July's New Society and Public Doors and Windows' Collective Museum in Santa Cruz. We talked about alternative models for living, for education, and for research. As a group, we decided to use the rest of our time together to create a microutopia that might function as a university. We read excerpts from Mary Jane Jacob's Culture in Action, and Ted Purves' What We Want is Free. By the end, we created a new university called Rosalind Franklin University (the second - because there's already a university named after Rosalind Franklin), and we thought critically about what we would want in our dream institution.

On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, I led a workshop called "This isn't good enough" in Thomas Stubblefield's honors class called Scholarship in the Community. We started the workshop by learning about Miranda July's New Society and Public Doors and Windows' Collective Museum in Santa Cruz. We talked about alternative models for living, for education, and for research. As a group, we decided to use the rest of our time together to create a microutopia that might function as a university. We read excerpts from Mary Jane Jacob's Culture in Action, and Ted Purves' What We Want is Free. By the end, we created a new university called Rosalind Franklin University (the second - because there's already a university named after Rosalind Franklin), and we thought critically about what we would want in our dream institution.

I made a PDF booklet incorporating everyone's ideas which was distributed back to the class.

I made a PDF booklet incorporating everyone's ideas which was distributed back to the class.

A few of us from the Center are creating a publication about public art on UMass Dartmouth's campus, and as part of their final project in Dr. Rebecca Uchill's Processing Place class, some students are making studio projects that reflect on the public art. We will have a release party for the publication in December!

A few of us from the Center are creating a publication about public art on UMass Dartmouth's campus, and as part of their final project in Dr. Rebecca Uchill's Processing Place class, some students are making studio projects that reflect on the public art. We will have a release party for the publication in December!

In the last two weeks, I've been meeting with students from Cristina Mehrten's World History classes to help them design their posters and timelines about a tour they went on with National Park Service in New Bedford. It's been really fun learning more about the Underground Railroad and the whaling industry in New Bedford through the lens of these students.

In the last two weeks, I've been meeting with students from Cristina Mehrten's World History classes to help them design their posters and timelines about a tour they went on with National Park Service in New Bedford. It's been really fun learning more about the Underground Railroad and the whaling industry in New Bedford through the lens of these students.

I've been working with these super self-motivated folks to create a call for public art on campus! We're looking for students who want to propose a collaborative, public artwork for one of the buildings outside of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. This should launch in the next few weeks.

I've been working with these super self-motivated folks to create a call for public art on campus! We're looking for students who want to propose a collaborative, public artwork for one of the buildings outside of the College of Visual and Performing Arts. This should launch in the next few weeks.

On Thursday we had the official unveiling of the Center's wall at the New Bedford Art Museum! We opened with the Social Justice Hero Portrait project, and Mark Kayanja who inspired the installation gave a very moving speech about why he thinks people who do social justice work are important.

On Saturday, I volunteered at the Thornton House site dig organized by Lee Blake from the New Bedford Historical Society. This site is across the street from the Nathan and Polly Johnson House, and it will become the new Abolition Row Park!

On Saturday, I volunteered at the Thornton House site dig organized by Lee Blake from the New Bedford Historical Society. This site is across the street from the Nathan and Polly Johnson House, and it will become the new Abolition Row Park!

Ellen Mueller and I facilitated a co-authored story project on the cork board in CVPA as part of the Open House scavenger hunt on Sunday! Each prospective student got the chance to add one word to the story. This cool idea came from Adam Carlin at the Greensboro Project Space in North Carolina.

Ellen Mueller and I facilitated a co-authored story project on the cork board in CVPA as part of the Open House scavenger hunt on Sunday! Each prospective student got the chance to add one word to the story. This cool idea came from Adam Carlin at the Greensboro Project Space in North Carolina.

We just released our second newsletter!

We just released our second newsletter!

As part of the Fine Art Faculty Show on main campus, I created this installation about being present in the moment. It comes from a much larger body of work which includes all kinds of documents of my life. This excerpt is called Part II 2006-2013: Times when the people are absent, actually when I was the absent person. Thanks to the gallery attendents for helping to recoil the rope after people check-out the binoculars.

October 16th: Mark Dion, Teaching Social Practice, Shared Voices, Portraits!

I want to acknowledge that Monday Updates is inspired by Monday Memos which is a blog that one of my favorite artist people, Zoë Sessums, writes and publishes every Monday. I'm always excited about the music, fashion, and food that appears on her blog. Plus, I think Monday is a good time to read updates about the previous week.

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In Rebecca Uchill's ARH 390 class I gave a very brief tour of public art on UMass Dartmouth's main campus. We talked about the Center for Undisciplined Research, “The Living Gallery Project” featuring Gerry’s Window by Ron Rudnicki, The Fabric and Nature of Industry by Angelina Marino Heidel and collaborating artist Joel Heidel, the Robert Karam Campanile, and Spinwinder by Nancy Holt.

In Rebecca Uchill's ARH 390 class I gave a very brief tour of public art on UMass Dartmouth's main campus. We talked about the Center for Undisciplined Research, “The Living Gallery Project” featuring Gerry’s Window by Ron Rudnicki, The Fabric and Nature of Industry by Angelina Marino Heidel and collaborating artist Joel Heidel, the Robert Karam Campanile, and Spinwinder by Nancy Holt.

Quite a few of us went to Mark Dion speak last week at the Whaling Museum in New Bedford which is the museum he used to visit as a kid. His talk was very ocean specific, and of course, it was also very inspiring. Mark (and his project with J. Morgan Puett, Mildred's Lane) is one of the many influential figures who has seriously impacted the creation of the Center.

Quite a few of us went to Mark Dion speak last week at the Whaling Museum in New Bedford which is the museum he used to visit as a kid. His talk was very ocean specific, and of course, it was also very inspiring. Mark (and his project with J. Morgan Puett, Mildred's Lane) is one of the many influential figures who has seriously impacted the creation of the Center.

This quote from Mark Dion might be the unofficial motto of the Center for Undisciplined Research.

This quote from Mark Dion might be the unofficial motto of the Center for Undisciplined Research.

We also attended the symposium surrounding Mark Dion's retrospective at the ICA in Boston, and our very own Rebecca Uchill, Undisciplinary-Disciplinary Interdisciplinary Liaison gave the concluding remarks at the symposium!

We also attended the symposium surrounding Mark Dion's retrospective at the ICA in Boston, and our very own Rebecca Uchill, Undisciplinary-Disciplinary Interdisciplinary Liaison gave the concluding remarks at the symposium!

Toys R Us (When Dinosaurs Ruled the World), Mark Dion 1994

Toys R Us (When Dinosaurs Ruled the World), Mark Dion 1994

We helped create a scavenger hunt for the first CVPA Open House of the year! Here's our consultant, Megan Abajian with peer mentor Toni.

We helped create a scavenger hunt for the first CVPA Open House of the year! Here's our consultant, Megan Abajian with peer mentor Toni.

Megan also presented about the AIR position during the Open House welcome session.

Megan also presented about the AIR position during the Open House welcome session.

A lot of the Center's buddies were in town this week for the Teaching Social Practice conference organized by Ellen Mueller! Here's Amanda Leigh Evans, Sidney Stretz, and Adam Carlin.

A lot of the Center's buddies were in town this week for the Teaching Social Practice conference organized by Ellen Mueller! Here's Amanda Leigh Evans, Sidney Stretz, and Adam Carlin.

At the conference I discussed the Center as an artwork, and I also asked all of the artist educator people in the audience to write lists of their 100 values which will be posted on the cork board later today.

At the conference I discussed the Center as an artwork, and I also asked all of the artist educator people in the audience to write lists of their 100 values which will be posted on the cork board later today.

Only one person out of many completed their list of 100 values in seven minutes.

Only one person out of many completed their list of 100 values in seven minutes.

Chloë Bass visiting from Social Practice Queens at CUNY gave a workshop about spatial intimacy as part of the Teaching Social Practice conference and CURE's lecture/workshop series.

Chloë Bass visiting from Social Practice Queens at CUNY gave a workshop about spatial intimacy as part of the Teaching Social Practice conference and CURE's lecture/workshop series.

Our wall at the New Bedford Art Museum is looking great, and we were there for a workshop we hosted about talking politics in the classroom. The turnout was great, and in the next few weeks we will publish guidelines for political discussions in art classrooms.

Our wall at the New Bedford Art Museum is looking great, and we were there for a workshop we hosted about talking politics in the classroom. The turnout was great, and in the next few weeks we will publish guidelines for political discussions in art classrooms.

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We installed the first exhibition of the year in the Chestnut Residence Hall! It's called Shared Voices and it was made by CVPA Alum Matthew Najarian with participation from 12 UMass Dartmouth students.

We installed the first exhibition of the year in the Chestnut Residence Hall! It's called Shared Voices and it was made by CVPA Alum Matthew Najarian with participation from 12 UMass Dartmouth students.

Please join us for the opening reception of the Shared Voices exhibition!

Please join us for the opening reception of the Shared Voices exhibition!

There was a great panel about Shared Voices featuring some of the students who participated. They discussed their views on social justice and making space for political dialogues.

There was a great panel about Shared Voices featuring some of the students who participated. They discussed their views on social justice and making space for political dialogues.

We also extended the social justice hero portrait deadline to October 23rd! Please submit.

We also extended the social justice hero portrait deadline to October 23rd! Please submit.

Please plan to attend this lecture on Tuesday November 7th, 7-8:30PM!

Please plan to attend this lecture on Tuesday November 7th, 7-8:30PM!

What's been going on so far?

In my last post, I promised to let you know what I’ve been up to over the last month while preparing for the Center to launch. Now I will tell you!

I moved here from Portland, Oregon on August 15th after “co-curating” the KSMoCA International Art Fair in collaboration with Amanda Leigh Evans, Lisa Jarrett, and Harrell Fletcher. I was exhausted from that project, but very excited to embark on this new adventure—in a town where I don't know anyone! Starting with knowing no one and nothing about this place, I’ve been meeting people from all over the region, trying to find out what kinds of things are happening around here, looking for places where the Center can intersect with great people and events, and trying to make sense of my role in UMass Dartmouth—trying to find my space in this place. I’ve also been thinking about why I wanted to make a Center in the first place, investigating exactly what brought me here, why I am so drawn to being “undisciplined,” especially in an education setting. Questioning what it means to be undisciplined, thinking about the conversation I had with Spencer Byrne-Seres, my partner and frequent collaborator, on Mount Tabor before I left Portland as we were trying to imagine the perfect name for this project.

Here is a list of potential titles we started with:

Center for investigative practices
Bureau for research and investigative practices
Office of chaos and investigative practices
Center for lateral thinking and investigative research
Center for history, place, and practice
Local knowledge and outsider perspective
Center for exploratory behavior and uncertainty
Center for open investigation
Center for exploratory behaving
Center for inventive curiosity
Center for open inquiry
Center for open inquiring
Center for inventive inquiring
Center for interdisciplinary, multidisciplinary, and trans disciplinary inquiry
Center for disciplinary and undisciplinary studies
Center for disciplined and undisciplined studies
*Center for Undisciplined Investigation
Center for Undisciplined Research and Understanding
Center for Undisciplined Research and Investigation
Center for uncentering
Center for peripheral investigation
Center for immediate studies
Center for peripheral and immediate studies
Center for peripheral research
Center for experiential education and peripheral research
Center for public undisciplinary research

We were looking for a title that would let the audience know this Center is to be infused with gravity and chaos. Something intellectual and playful. We also considered the history of other artist-run Centers, and tried to acknowledge that this Center would be within the context of a university.

Once I got here, I started meeting people and visiting places right away - trying to figure out how to create a structure for the Center that would allow room for students to fill it in with their interests and ambitions; I've included a list of the highlights below.

On August 17th, I met Rayana Grace at the YMCA and later that day, I accompanied her to the Trustees of Reservations event where I met a lot of great people.

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I started getting set up in my new room in the freshman residence halls (where I'm living as part of this project).

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I attended the amazing Third Eye Unlimited event in downtown New Bedford where I watched a break dancing competition.

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During the solar eclipse on August 21, I went to see the Sea Pageant, a community performance for the sea, in Newport, Rhode Island which was produced by Strange Attractor.

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I went to a member's event at the New Bedford Whaling Museum where I learned about knots and whaling.

I participated in Resident Assistant training events as part of my position within Housing and Residence Education.

I met Senator Elizabeth Warren.

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I considered adopting a puppy from the humane society.

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I attended a anti-oppression workshop as part of the RA training.

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I met with Adi (the Center's lead textile designer) to talk about artist uniform designs.

I checked out the National Park's education center with Ranger Andy and Cristina Mehrens from the Office of Faculty Development.

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I went on a tour about the Underground Railroad in New Bedford with tour guide Rufai.

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Consultant Megan Abajian helped secure the first remote location of the Center!

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I met with Carrie Hawthorne from the education department of the Buttonwood Park Zoo to talk about possible ways we might work together in the future.

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I did a studio visit with local artist Harry Gould Harvey to learn more about his work.

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I attended the first year student convocation ceremony on campus.

I was a judge for this year's Corsair Olympics in the first-year quad.

I played scrabble with Chancellor Johnson and two first year students.

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I attended a beautiful fundraiser for Watershed Ceramics residency at Chris Gustin's home here in Dartmouth.

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Darley taught me how to salsa in front of Ellen Mueller's Freshman Seminar class.

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I saw Lee Blake, president of the New Bedford Historical Society, give a talk about the Underground Railroad.

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The Center signed up to be a member of AHA! Night in DT New Bedford, and I did a drawing performance to meet students and faculty.

Our first official remote location was established, and I've started planning the first exhibition - a history of this cork board (built in 1992).

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I attended a planning meeting for the first CVPA open house of the year!

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Of course, there have been a lot of other meetings with a lot of other people including (but not limited to) folks from E! For All, Groundwork!, TDI, the Community Economic Development Center of New Bedford, the Leduc Center for Civic Engagement, the Office of Faculty Development, the Unity House of UMass Dartmouth, and the Center for Women, Gender, and Sexuality. Anyway, what a great experience this has been so far. Can't wait to keep moving forward.