A.I.R. GALLERY | 155 Plymouth Street
Curated by Anthony Elms
Do You Hear What I Hear?
Curated by Anthony Elms
An open call to all artists identifying as women and/or transgender for works that address alternative economies in love, trade, power, knowledge and collectivity.
Deadline: Friday, June 12, 2015, at 11:59 p.m.
"Do You Hear What I Hear?"
The title of the next edition of Currents, "Do you hear what I hear?" is a question posed by one person to another. Behind "Do you hear what I hear?" is a request-hope-for a connection between individuals responding to their environment. Work in all media will be accepted, or listened to, even as listening is directly alluded to in the title. How do you listen? It depends on who you are. Current affairs routinely offer tragic examples of the many-sided responses to actions and events in the world at large. Recent books such as Rebecca Solnit's Men Explain Things to Me and Claudia Rankine's Citizen: An American Lyric, directly speak to race and gender in the American social sphere, and elucidate how both race and gender too often render many citizens unheard, unseen, and unattended to.
Respecting the varied ways races, genders, sexualities and classes interpret the world around us, let's learn to listen to the stories, histories, and traditions of many. This is an open appeal, to ask, "Do you hear what I hear?" to fight the dismissals and silences, because something is happening, even if you aren't always sure what it is.
Anthony Elms is Associate Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Philadelphia, the Editor of WhiteWalls Inc., and writes. In 2014 he was a co-curator of the Whitney Biennial. At the ICA, his organized exhibitions include "White Petals Surround Your Yellow Heart," and the upcoming "Christopher Knowles: In a Word" (with Hilton Als). His writings have appeared in Afterall, Art Asia Pacific, Art Papers, May Revue, and New Art Examiner, among other periodicals. He has also written essays for many catalog. He has independently curated many exhibitions, including: "Sun Ra, El Saturn & Chicago's Afro-Futurist Underground, 1954-61" (with John Corbett and Terri Kapsalis); "Interstellar Low Ways" (with Huey Copeland); "Can Bigfoot Get You a Beer?," and "A Unicorn Basking in the Light of Three Glowing Suns" (both with Philip von Zweck). Recent publications with WhiteWalls include Karen Reimer: Endless,, Helen Mirra: Edge Habitat Materials, and John Miller and Richard Hoeck: More Alive Than Those Who Made Them. Trained as an artist, Elms has shown at Gahlberg Gallery (Glen Ellyn), Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago), Mandrake (Los Angeles), Mess Hall (Chicago), Randolph Street Gallery (Chicago), and VONZWECK (Chicago), among others.