Cheryl Pope: WATCH YOUR STEP

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Cover: HIS EYES WERE FOCUSED ON THE MIDDLE DISTANCE, 2016 (detail)


Cheryl Pope WATCH YOUR STEP November 10 – December 23, 2016

This publication was produced on the occasion of Cheryl Pope’s second solo exhibition at moniquemeloche in fall 2016.

© 2016



Cheryl Pope WATCH YOUR STEP, 2016 Installation views





Trying Times I’ve grappled with this essay. The election of Donald J. Trump changed things within me. I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that one of the reasons I had to write and rewrite it is because it made me think, “So how do I feel about this white woman doing a body of work about the violence toward Black men in Chicago?” This wasn’t something I’d thought about before the morning of November 9th. That saddened me. Still, what I was feeling, the questions and conflicts I had, seemed minor compared to those who have to deal with the rampant violence that many African American communities contend with daily. The loss of lives and the impact of that loss is not a singular story, it is a story that affects us all. So as I eased back into myself, I was again drawn to the work, because this work matters. Now, more than ever. It is often easy to hide behind words, but in a time when words are losing their impact and false truths run rampant, we are also losing a sense of feeling and self. We become numb, shut down as a response to loss or concern ourselves with how to contend with the losses yet to come. We subconsciously hold our breath and in those moments, we are no longer alive. We are often shaken to the core, so much so that we are left with no words. Though the utilization of text has often been a starting point in Cheryl Pope’s practice, with WATCH YOUR STEP, she chose to take an aesthetic leap, to go below the surface, to work in the language of the now - to look, to see, to feel, within and through these trying times. It seems only correct that this work debuts in Chicago, where Pope works and lives; however, it could easily be shown anyplace with the same import. Chicago is a city of contradictions. Tourists stick to the gleaming Magnificent Mile, while never encountering the hard truths of the violence surrounding its African American communities just blocks away. The reality is more like walking outside during the winter. The first few steps you think, “Oh, it’s not so bad today,” then you turn the corner and the hawk slaps you into reality, you stiffen your shoulders, clench your jaw, put your head down and keep it moving, just at a different pace.


The monolithic sculpture STANDING STRONG speaks to us in parallels, like the steps of the ladder itself. For many African American men, from Jack Johnson to Muhammad Ali to Mike Tyson, boxing has been as a way out of what were often dire straits (it is interesting to note that Pope too is a boxer, holding the 2014 Golden Gloves championship and teaches boxing as self-defense in her spoken word workshops with youths). Wrapped in 481 pairs of black boxing hand wraps representing the total number of African American men killed by gun violence in Chicago from January through the October 25, 2016 opening date of the exhibition - this old, wooden, tried and true, ladder still stands strong, but begs the question “In this fight are we climbing toward the future or escaping our present?” The wraps not only weigh down the ladder, they also make the steps smaller. That limited space slows down movement, forcing each step to be more considered…481. Still, one can’t help but wonder: What would we do if more wraps were placed on the ladder? What becomes of us when there is no place left to step?


STANDING STRONG (TITLE OF A POEM BY ED ROBERSON, 2003), 2016 Wood ladder, 481 boxing handwraps 120 x 10 x 30 in. (304.8 x 25.4 x 76.2 cm)




This is the day-to-day emotional toll that African American men consider as we walk through our lives, often invisible, yet when we are seen it is not always in the best light. PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG MAN, which Pope filmed using an official police body camera, examines the very idea of the Black male body being watched, constantly on the look out and ill at ease. In many respects, this work moves beyond just watching or being watched, it acknowledges that we are living in a time of surveillance. Police cameras are supposedly meant as a correction to injustice, but instead they are a mental form of oppression that nestles in the soul. The vantage point is a constant reminder that says, “You have no power, because you lack authority. You are invisible until we need you not to be, because you match the description.” The work also begs the questions “Are we seen in Black and White or color? Are we truly seen? Will our young men live to be men or will this portrait be their last?”


PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG MAN, in Collaboration with Spencer Hoskins, 2016 HD video recorded on police body camera in custom wood frame with 23K gold leaf, police body camera on wood shelf with 23K gold leaf Overall dimensions: 36 x 39 1/2 10 inches Video duration: 18 min loop Ed. of 3 + 2 AP




Whether in the Dead Sea, where one can easily float as the salt heals, or in a Southern lake or pond, where one can be baptized and made anew, water has always had a spiritual component. In her video and photo series, THE NIGHT WAS FILLED WITH THE HUMAN FEAR OF DROWNING and HIS EYES WERE FOCUSED ON THE MIDDLE DISTANCE, Pope examines the eerie aspects of water; its darkness, its ever-changing moods, its vastness. When there is no light all we see is darkness, the horizon is lost. But is darkness something one can see, or is it merely something we sense and learn to navigate? That darkness makes us move slowly and with caution, hoping the destination, to light, to shelter, to peace, is not too far away. For many African American men, the streets of the city are like the ocean. We are aware that it is larger than we are and its temperamental waves can take us without warning, drowning dreams. Yet, we still hope that it will release us, allow us to rise, to breathe, again.


HIS EYES WERE FOCUSED ON THE MIDDLE DISTANCE, 2016 HD video on 5 monitors in custom wood frames with 23K gold leaf 39 1/2 x 119 1/2 x 4 3/4 in. (100.3 x 303.5 x 12.1 cm) Duration: 8 min loop Ed. of 3 + 2 AP


In CAUGHT A CHILL, a 6 part sound installation, Pope has turned what was once a birdcage, into a music box and wind chime, a monument to those who are no longer here, and, perhaps, in some way, free, floating in the wind. The sound encourages us to remember but, in Pope’s hands, it also calls for our need to wake up in regard to the tragedies around us. Many bird owners cover their cages when they want to calm the birds, stop them from singing or fluttering. In the bird’s world, that simulates night, a time for peace -- CAUGHT A CHILL has a similar effect.


CAUGHT A CHILL: #528, #741, #852, #639, #417, and #396, 2016 Bird cages, yarn, plastic, music boxes, auto body paint, speaker, arduino, zipper pulls, faux chain necklaces, solfeggio frequencies, gold leaf 14 x 9 x 48 in. (35.6 x 22.9 x 121.9 cm)



CAUGHT A CHILL: #528, 2016 Bird cage, yarn, plastic, music box, autobody paint, speaker, arduino, zipper pulls, faux chain necklace, solfeggio frequency, gold leaf 14 x 9 x 48 in. (35.6 x 22.9 x 121.9 cm)


CAUGHT A CHILL: #741, 2016 Bird cage, yarn, plastic, music box, autobody paint, speaker, arduino, zipper pulls, faux chain necklace, solfeggio frequency, gold leaf 14 x 9 x 48 in. (35.6 x 22.9 x 121.9 cm)


CAUGHT A CHILL: #852, 2016 Bird cage, yarn, plastic, music box, autobody paint, speaker, arduino, zipper pulls, faux chain necklace, solfeggio frequency, gold leaf 14 x 9 x 48 in. (35.6 x 22.9 x 121.9 cm)



CAUGHT A CHILL: #639, 2016 Bird cage, yarn, plastic, music box, autobody paint, speaker, arduino, zipper pulls, faux chain necklace, solfeggio frequency, gold leaf 14 x 9 x 48 in. (35.6 x 22.9 x 121.9 cm)


CAUGHT A CHILL: #417, 2016 Bird cage, yarn, plastic, music box, autobody paint, speaker, arduino, zipper pulls, faux chain necklace, solfeggio frequency, gold leaf 14 x 9 x 48 in. (35.6 x 22.9 x 121.9 cm)


CAUGHT A CHILL: #396, 2016 bird cage, yarn, plastic, music box, autobody paint, speaker, arduino, zipper pulls, faux chain necklace, solfeggio frequency, gold leaf 14 x 9 x 48 in. (35.6 x 22.9 x 121.9 cm)





THE NIGHT WAS FILLED WITH THE HUMAN FEAR OF DROWNING, 2016 Inkjet photo on Epson pearl paper in custom wood frame with 23K gold leaf and metal plaque 44 x 64 in. (111.8 x 162.6 cm)


When viewing WE LEAVE OFF THE ENDINGS, the lead image for the exhibition, it is hard to know that it is a picture of scorched earth. To many it will merely appear as some unknown stain, which is what makes this small photograph so powerful. When we deal with the deaths, atrocities, genocide (for which we don’t even have the words to describe), these too frequent events that happen, not only in Chicago, but throughout the world, something is lost and that loss lingers. We are forever scarred and no salve can heal the trauma, but the scorched earth will eventually heal on the surface. The bedrock of Pope’s practice has always been grappling with the world we live in and how our bodies navigate within it. WATCH YOUR STEP is a confrontation, an embrace, and a healing. It’s an examination of what becomes of the discarded, while also understanding that nothing is truly discarded, for, even in absence, memories linger. Still, as we deal with the pain found in those memories, we must continue to seek the strength to persevere, to move forward, one step at a trying time.

Brian Keith Jackson Harlem, 2016.


WE LEAVE OFF THE ENDINGS, 2016 Inkjet photo on Epson Pearl paper 26 x 18 in. (66 x 45.7 cm) Ed. of 3 + 2 AP



WHEN I GET OUT, in Collaboration with Youth from Juvenile Detention Center, Washington, D.C., 2016 Embossed text on paper 11 x 9 inches Edition of 3 + 2 AP


WHEN I GET OUT, in Collaboration with Youth from Juvenile Detention Center, Washington, D.C., 2016 Embossed text on paper 11 x 9 inches Edition of 3 + 2 AP


I REMEMBER WHEN I ASKED YOU WHAT WAS FOREVER, In Collaboration with Youth from Juvenile Detention Center, Washington, D.C., 2016 Embossed text on paper 11 x 9 inches Edition of 3 + 2 AP


WHEN I GET OUT I'M GOING TO START BY BEATING SOMEONE UP, in Collaboration with Youth from Juvenile Detention Center, Washington, D.C., 2016 Embossed text on paper 11 x 9 inches Edition of 3 + 2 AP


WHEN I GET OUT I AM GOING TO GET A DOG, in Collaboration with Youth from Juvenile Detention Center, Washington, D.C., 2016 Embossed text on paper 11 x 9 inches Edition of 3 + 2 AP


WHEN THE ROOM CAN HOLD SILENCE WHY CAN'T IT HOLD MY SCREAM, in Collaboration with Youth from Juvenile Detention Center, Washington, D.C., 2016 Embossed text on paper 11 x 9 inches Edition of 3 + 2 AP




on the wall Cheryl Pope in collaboration with the Homan Square Community at SAIC’s Tower Residency 'Sometimes I think I be dreamin', 2016 Batique-dyed fabric, felt, denim, children's T-shirts, shoelaces, mirror, adhesive, spray paint, glitter, fabric paint, tape, record player Overall: 10 x 25 x 3 feet


Arising out of her time as the SAIC’s current Tower Artist in Residence at Homan Square in North Lawndale, “Sometimes I think I be dreamin” is an homage to the strength of community ties and its many voices. Indeed, the installation will feature ALWAYS HERE, a memorial quilt that expresses the personal stories of Chicago’s West Side. Utilizing Batik dyeing as a technique to share with others while also building a metaphor of resistance, Pope arranges individual stories into an integrated narrative composition born out of community workshops in which knowledge and skills in a variety of crafts, such as hand- and machine-sewing, embroidery, quilting, dying, and graphic design, are shared and exchanged. After its presentation at moniquemeloche, ALWAYS HERE will be on display at Homan Square and given back to the community.








Contributor Biographies Cheryl Pope (American b. 1980, lives and works in Chicago) received a Master’s in Design from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2010. Her recent solo exhibitions include Objects for Listening, Onsite Gallery, Ontario College of Art and Design (OCAD), Toronto (2016); Community is Built on Empathy, Gund Gallery, Kenyon College, OH (2016); JUST YELL: (UN)TOLD, Central Utah Art Center (CUAC), Salt Lake City (2015); From Within, The Poetry Foundation, Chicago, (2015); Just Yell: Levelling the Playing Field, Chicago Cultural Center (2015); and Museo d’Arte Gallarate, Italy (2014). Additionally, Pope’s work has been included in many group contexts, including Broken Flag, curated by Dr. Daniel Berger and Omar Kholeif, Iceberg Projects, Chicago (upcoming, 2016); A Dark Matter…, Tarble Arts Center, Eastern Illinois University, Charleston, IL (2016): This Heat, Weinberg/Newton Gallery, Chicago (2016); March Madness, curated by Hank Willis Thomas, Fort Gansevoort, New York (2016); CHICAGO STATEMENTS, Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL (2015); and Celebrate, Kunsthalle Osnabrueck, Germany (2015). Pope has also presented a number of public performances at events such as Justice and Opportunity: The Power of the Arts at the White House, Washington D.C. in October 2015 (in collaboration with the Chicago poets of JUST YELL/POETRY as SELF DEFENSE) and The Cultivist’s May 2016 anniversary party, New York. In December 2016, she will present a new sound piece as part of Untitled Miami’s Radio program. Pope is in the collections of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art, CA; the Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA; the Honolulu Museum of Art, Hawaii; and the United States Embassy, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. In 2015, Pope received a 3Arts Award, as well as being named the first Mellon Foundation artist-in-residence at the Gund Gallery, Kenyon College, OH; and an artistin-residence at the Chicago Cultural Center. Currently, she is a SAIC Tower artist-in-residence at Homan Square, North Lawndale, Chicago and teaches in the Fashion Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Brian Keith Jackson (American, b. 1968, lives and works in New York) is a bestselling and prizewinning author, essayist and arts and culture critic. His novels include, “The View From Here,” “Walking Through Mirrors,” and “The Queen of Harlem.” His art and culture writing has appeared in The New York Times, New York, Nylon, Leap (China), The London Observer Magazine, L’Officiel, O magazine, and Whitewall, among others, as well as exhibition catalogues for international galleries and museums. His work has been translated in French, German, Italian, Mandarin and Portuguese.


CHERYL POPE American, b. 1980, lives Chicago Education 2008-10 2003

Masters in Design: Fashion, Body, and Garment, School of the Art Institute, Chicago Bachelors in Fine Arts, School of the Art Institute, Chicago

Solo Exhibitions 2017 Solo Exhibition, Kunsthalle Osnabrueck, Germany Solo Exhibition, Galleria Bianconi, Milan, Italy 2016 Watch Your Step, Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago, IL Broken Flag, Curated by Dr. Daniel S. Berger and Omar Kholeif, Iceberg Projects, Chicago, IL (UN)TOLD, CUAC Arts Center, Utah COMMUNITY IS BUILT ON EMPATHY, Kenyon College, Ohio Objects for Listening, Ontario College of Art, Toronto, Canada SIDE by SIDE, Williams Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA 2015 Art of the Americas, Denver Biennial, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, CO From Within, Poetry Foundation, Chicago, IL Unfolding the Folds, Harold Washington College, Chicago, IL 2014 Museo d’Arte Gallarate, Italy Speculum Speculorum, Galleria Bianconi. Milan, Italy Chain Reaction, Mark Moore Gallery, Culver City, CA 2013 Just Yell, Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago, IL 2012 (In)Voluntary Acts, Julian Navarro Projects, Mandragoras Art Space, New York, NY 2011 Matter of Fact, Dorsch Gallery, Miami, FL A Silent I, On the Wall,Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago, IL Selected Group Exhibitions 2016 And Who is My Neighbor: Stories from the Margins, Biola University, La Mirada, CA This Heat, Weinberg / Newton Gallery, Chicago, IL A Dark Matter, Eastern Illinois University, Bloomington, IL March Madness, Fort Ganesvoort, NYC Messages in the Street, Public Art Project curated by Allison Glenn, Chicago, IL Jumbo Collection, Milan, Italy Winter Experiment, Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago, IL On Word, Spinello Projects, Miami, FL 2015 I AM THE MANY, The White House, Washington, D.C. CHICAGO STATEMENTS, Biennale, Elmhurst Art Museum, Elmhurst, IL Celebrate, Kunsthalle Osnabrueck, Germany Substrate, Boulder Museum of Contemporary Art, Boulder, CO Temporary Autonomous Zone, Museum of Contemporary Art, North Miami, FL Tangency, Public Installation, Osnabrueck, Germany 2014 Prizm Art Fair, Museum of Architecture and Design, Miami, FL AUTO BODY, Spinello Projects, Miami, FL Public Art Commission and Commonwealth Games 2014, Glasgow, Scotland, UK Harder Glorious, Capital Skyline Hotel, Washington D.C. Empathy and Risk, Columbia College, Chicago, IL Between Me and You, Vanity Projects. New York, NY 2013 The American Dream: (W)holy Grail, Chicago, IL Landmarks Public Art Program, University of Austin, Austin, TX A Digital Tale, Galleria Bianconi, Milan, Italy Second Street Gallery, Charlottesville, VA


Selected Group Exhibitions continued 2012 Echo Park Film Festival, Los Angeles, CA 2nd Street Gallery, Charlottesville, NC Koffer Kunst Chicago + Detroit, Künstlerhaus Speckstrasse. Hamburg, Germany Mind the Gap?! Cheryl Pope and Carlo Zauli. Galleria Bianconi. Milan, Italy A Silent I, Renas Gallery, Chicago , IL 'NU' (= 'now', 'naked') and 'Identity'. Designers Open, Leipzig, Germany 'NU' (= 'now', 'naked') and 'Identity'. Redfish Factory. Antwerp, Belgium This Side of Paradise, No Longer Empty, New York, NY Next Generation, Contemporary Wing, Washington D.C. Wedding Crashers, Deering Estate, Miami, FL 2011 Shift Shape, Diefibrillator, Chicago, IL Bubble Raft, Dorsch Gallery, Miami, FL Stories of Relativity, Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL Through the Looking Glass, Evanston Art Center, Chicago, IL 2010 AIADO and Fashion Design Graduate Exhibition, Sullivan Galleries, Chicago, IL Storefront, School of the Art Institute, Chicago, IL Curiouser and Curiouser, Tom Robinson Gallery, Chicago, IL Conscious<Infiltration/Intervention. School of the Art Institute, Chicago, IL D’Mention, Creative Lounge. Chicago, IL A Silent I. Lindblom Math and Science Academy. Chicago, IL 2009 War as Art / Art as War, The Morgan Conservatory. Cleveland, OH Change, South Side Community Art Center. Chicago, IL Robin Richman. Chicago, IL 2008 Artist as Teacher / Teacher as Artist, Museum of Contemporary Art. Chicago, IL Artwork 5, Gallery 2. Chicago, IL 2007 Pivot, Chicago, IL 2004 Chicago Fashion Week, Chicago, IL Distribution, Public Performance. Kansas City, KS 2003 Bachelors of Fine Arts Graduation Show, School of the Art Institute, Chicago, IL Deconstruct/Reconstruct, Gallery 2251. Chicago, IL Selected Performances and Screenings 2016 It’s still the same in my neighborhood, in collaboration with Lady Lake Shore Drive, moniquemeloche, Chicago, IL WITH / WITHOUT SENSE, The Cultivist, New York, NY WITHHELD, Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago, IL SIDE by SIDE, Williams College Art Museum, Williamstown, MA ONE- OFF: A Night of Poetry, Tom Robinson Gallery, Chicago, IL 2015 TRUTH as EVIDENCE, The White House, Washington, D.C. JUST YELL: DC Team of Poets, The White House, Washington, D.C. JUST YELL: Chicago Team of Poets, The White House, Washington, D.C. JUST YELL: POETRY as SELF DEFENSE, The Poetry Foundation, Chicago, IL WALK WITH ME #3 Ft. Phoenix Military Academy, The Poetry Foundation, Chicago, IL DISTANCE of TIME, Kunsthalle Osnabruek, Germany STACKS, Kunsthalle Osnabruek, Germany 2014 Ingravesco, Gallery 400, University of Illinois, Chicago, IL Silence the Silence, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL Walk with me, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL Bring in the Light, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, IL 2013 Up Against, Museum of Contemporary Art Kunsthalle, Detroit Drive by in 5 Acts, Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago


Selected Performances and Screenings continued 2013 I am / We are Creed, Monique Meloche Gallery, Chicago 2012 Stacks, Chance, Museo Sperimentale d’Arte Contemporanea, L’Aquila, Italy Balancing Stacks, Isolda Arts Foundation, LaReta Projects and Galleria Bianconi. Milan, Italy Up Against, Echo Park Film Festival, Los Angeles, CA Up Against, Heavy Rotation, Franklin Arts Center, Stamford, CT 2011 Balancing Stacks, Locust Projects, Miami, FL Selected Bibliography 2016 Barton, Brit. “Performing the Weight of Healing: A Review of Cheryl Pope at Monique Meloche Gallery”, Newcity Art, November 3. Bowen, Alison. “Artwork on gun violence can’t keep up with Chicago’s shootings”, Chicago Tribune, July 20. Yablonsky, Linda. “When It Rains It Pours”, Artforum, May 11. Boucher, Brian. “Hank Willis Thomas Turns Curator, Mixing Politics and Sports in ‘March Madness’”, artnet news, March 16. Boyd, Bently. “Creative Collaboration: Along the Middle Path,” Kenyon News, April 25. Zhang, Lisa. “Pope talks campus controversies”, The Williams Record, March 9. Hill, Scotti. “Contemporary art gallery CUAC addresses inner-city gun violence in latest exhibition”, Deseret News, February 20. 2015 Mettam, Laura M. “Cheryl Pope is Making Change Happen”, Chicago Gallery News, Sept 1. Herman, Max, “Student poets talk about violence”, Catalyst Chicago, June 16. “My Double Life”, Windy City Live, June 29. Bullmann, Tom, “Cheryl Pope shambles in Osnabruck Kunsthalle”, Osnabrucker Zeitung, March 1. Luddenmann, Stefan, “’Balancing Stacks’ in the Kunsthalle Osnabuck”, Osnabrucker Zeitung, February 27. Rinaldi, Ray Mark, “At BMoCA, wonders of execution and demolition”, The Denver Post, February 15. 2014 Ryzik, Melena, “Art Is a Splash, Grand and Tiny, in Miami”, New York Times, December 5. “Provocative and Sexually Explicit Content Defines Miami Performance Project”, artnet, December 4. Callis, Violet, “Silencing Silence: Just Yell at the MCA”, Fnewsmagazine, February 17. 2013 Foumberg, Jason. “Gun Violence Wears a Cheerleading Uniform in Cheryl Pope’s New Exhibit”. Chicago Magazine,June 21. Kuennen, Joel. “An Artist’s Responsibility”. Artslant. June 28. Meneghetti, Paolo. “Mind the Gap”, Aesthetics Review, Venice Culture Web TV, Venice Italy 2012 Goukassian, Elena. “No Longer Empty and Art in Odd Places: Unconventional Public Art in New York.” Sculpture Magazine, Sept., Vol. 31. No.7, p.20 Rojo, Jamie and Harrington, Steven. “Poorhouse for the Rich” Revitalized by the Arts. March 27. VF AGENDA, “This Side of Paradise”, Vanity Fair. April 24. Kennedy, Randy. “Uptown Palazzo Project”. Art and Design. New York Times. March 19. Ramanathan, Lavanya. “Next Generation: Selections by Artists from the 30 Americans Collection”, The Washington Post, February 3. 2011 Hollingsworth, Annie, Art Papers, Review, November/ December p.56-57 Aguirre, Abby. “The Place, Florida, Part Five”, New York Times Magazine, November 17. “Critics Choice: Top 3”, Time Out Chicago, July 28-August 3, p.2 Rabel, Eduardo Alexander, “Three for the Course”, ArtSlant Miami, September.


Selected Bibliography continued 2011 Suarez De Jesus, Carlos, “Review: Dorsch Gallery Presents Winning Trifecta of Exhibits”. Miami New Times, September 8. Tischda, Anne, “Three Strikes Your In at Dorsch”, Knight Arts, September. 2010 Jow, Tiffany. “Thesis Report”, Surface Magazine. December, p.60 Klein, Paul. Art Letter. April 29. Klein, Paul. Art Letter. April 30. “NEXT Art Fair at the Merchandise Mart - Part 1”, Chicago Now. April 29. 2009 Cochran, Jessica. “Rising Stars,” CS Interiors, Fall, p.58. Max Otter, Douglas. “Strange Fruit”. Cleveland Scene. July 29. La Ferla, Ruth. “Fashion Boutiques Are All Dressed Up Like Art Galleries.” New York Times. January 28, p.E1 Collections Santa Barbara Museum of Art, CA Museum of Contemporary Art San Diego, CA Honolulu Museum of Art, Hawaii UCR Sweeney Art Gallery, CA Poetry Foundation, Chicago Workshops/Lectures/Residencies 2016 Art-Port Foundation, Tel Aviv, Isreal Fountainhead Residency, Miami Homan Square, Shaperio Research Residency, School of the Art Institute, Chicago Liminal States: Conversations with Artists and Klaus Ottman, Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C. Artist talk, Stateville Penitentiary, Illinois Artist Lecture, Kenyon College, Ohio Artist Lecture, Ontario School of Art and Design, Toronto Artist Workshop, Ontartio School of Art and Design, Toronto Artist Lecture, Williams College, Massachusetts Unlacing Sneakers, Panel discussion, Soho House Chicago 2015 DCASE, Chicago Cultural Center Studio Artist Resident, Chicago, IL Artist in Residence, Harold Washington College, Chicago, IL 2014 Museum of Carlo Zauli, Faenza, Italy 2013 Lecture, Altos De Chavon School of Design, La Romano, Dominican Republic 2012 Panelist, Nick Cave Soundsuits, Denver Art Museum, Denver Artist Talk, Mandragoras Art Space, New York 2011 Visiting Artist, Mark Bradford Residency Project, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Lecture, Creative Agency Teen Program, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Lecture, Marwen Arts Organization, Chicago Lecture, Pictoplasma, Nick Cave and Soundsuitshop, Berlin 2010 Re-Wind and Respond. Professional Development Workshop: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Presenter for the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago at the National Arts EducationAssociation Conference, Baltimore Re-act, Respond, Re-Impress, School Partnership Professional Development Workshop: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Artist in Residence, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Critiquing Critique, Professional Development Workshop. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 2009 Designer and Facilitator, Summer Teacher Institute. Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago


Workshops/Lectures/Residencies continued 2009 One of Many. Professional Development Workshop, Chicago Public School System This I Am. Professional Development Workshop, Chicago Public School System, Chicago 2008 Me in Another Life. Professional Development Workshop: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, partnered with Chicago Public School Department of Fine Arts, Chicago Anar-Interruption. Professional Development Workshop: Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 2007 Fashion Forward, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago Looking through Pinholes, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago 2006 Soundsuits and You. Cultural Center, Chicago National Arts Education Association, Presenter, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago Curatorial Projects 2016 WITH / WITHOUT SENSE, The Cultivist, NYC, NY 2015 THE WINNER’S CIRCLE, Art Loop Alliance, Chicago Lightscape, Art Loop Alliance, Chicago Soho House Chicago Fight Nights and Performances Sip, Smoke, Wear, Soho House Chicago Fashion Event Walking Still Life, Soho House Chicago Fashion Event Back Yard Battles, Soho House Chicago Scholarships and Awards 2016 Mellon Fellowship Recipient, Kenyon College, Ohio Homan Square Artist Resident Recipient, Shapirio Research Center, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL 2015 3 Arts Award Recipient, Chicago, IL Cramum Prize, Italy 2014 DCASE Studio Artist Residency Recipient, Chicago Cultural Center, Chicago, IL 2013 Art Verona 2014 Collectors Celeste Award, Italy 2008-10 Full Tuition Merit Scholarship, School of the Art Institute. Chicago 2009 Arthur J. Levitt ’52 Artist In Residence, Williams College, Nominee, Massachusetts Graduate Selected for Exhibition of New Insight Nationwide Selection of Top Graduates, Art Chicago Fair, Chicago 2003 Nippon Steel Award Recipient, Chicago 2002 Studio Space Recipient, School of the Art Institute, Chicago Public Commissions United States Embassy, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic




moniquemeloche was founded in October 2000 with an inaugural exhibition titled Homewrecker at Meloche’s home, and officially opened to the public in May 2001. Working with an international group of emerging artists in all media, the gallery presents conceptually challenging installations in Chicago and at art fairs internationally with an emphasis on curatorial and institutional outreach.



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