My performance project A Study in Rhyme & Song will be featured in Danztheatre's Full Circle Festival at Ebenezer Lutheran Church Auditorium. Featured performers Omari Ferrell, Tyran Freeman, and Osiris Khepera. Choreography by Ricardo Gamboa.
Fridays, October 14 & 21 @ 8:00pm
Tickets available at www.danztheatre.org. Mention "Sadie Woods" at check out.
Artist Aram Han Sifuentes calls all who are disenfranchised to come officially unofficially vote at the MCA on November 8 as part of a larger project hosted by Jane Addams Hull-House Museum. I'll be playing a special DJ set alongside a performance by Roberto Sifuentes. We will be broadcasting the US Presidential Election, come watch with us.
For more information, visit www.mcachicago.com.
This series of live performances - on Thorndale Ave's Lane Beach Park - responds to and highlights Chicago’s proximity to water. The compositions and scores, involving multiple performers and solo performances, reflect, react to, or personify the sounds of water.
Sound and performance artists include:
Simon Anderson, Alejandro Acierto, Jim Bosing and Helen Gilette, Maria Casimir, Jonathan Chen, Jamie Kempkers, Jeff Chan, Norman Long, Fred Lonberg-Holm and Aaron Zarzutzki, Lou Mallozzi, and Sadie Woods.
LeRoy Nieman Gallery Opening and Celebration.
De Nue is an exhibition featuring emerging BLACK artists from the SAIC community, curated by Da’Niro Elle Brown (BFA 2017), with Janelle Miller (BFA 2017), and Brianna McIntyre (BFA 2017). Participating artists were chosen by a jury including the curators and a selection of Chicago arts professionals. Filling the LeRoy Neiman Center Gallery, Gallery X and the display cases of the Flaxman Library and the Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection, this exhibition is a confrontation, challenging SAIC and the public to complicate its ideas of Blackness and what it means to make BLACK art.
Jurors include, Faheem Majeed (artist), Aymar Jean Christian (OPENTV), Felicia Mings (AIC), and Beatrix Brooks (ARC Gallery, MAE SAIC).
DJ set by Sadie Woods from 10pm-12am.
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.
Featured artists Janice Bond, Ricardo Gamboa, Amanda Gutiérrez, Roberto Martinez, Oli Rodriguez, Darryl Terrell, and Darius Thomas. Curated by Sadie Woods.
Reception Thursday, August 18, 2016 from 5-8PM. Special performance by Sol Patches and Eiigo.
Show runs from Saturday, August 6- Sunday, September 25, 2016
Collaborating with artists Ricardo Gamboa and Sean James William James Paris on sound for new Free Street Theater production "Space Age." See more information below.
A journalist once asked James Baldwin if being poor, black, and gay had made him feel disadvantaged as a young writer. “No,” Baldwin replied, “I thought I had hit the jackpot. It was so outrageous, you had to find a way to use it.” In this two-man show, real-life intimate partners Ricardo Gamboa and Sean James William Paris explore how they came to understand and harness their queerness as gay Black and Brown boys growing up in marginalized communities where there were no models for it and no promise that it gets better.
SPACE AGE: two boys, one bathtub and explosive, highly physical re-performances of pop cultural influences and scenes of communion between two lovers combine to celebrate queer imagination and intimacy in this play about really gay shit like resilience, love, and hope.
The Black Experience is the first annual event that provides a cross pollination of inter-generational, multidisciplinary art exchange through a Black cultural lens, and provides a deeper awareness around the plurality of artistic practices within SAIC’s Black community. The African Diaspora in Chicago holds great significance, and is one of the reasons why Chicago is considered an internationally recognized cultural hub. In addition to engaging the SAIC community, The Black Experience will integrate the artistic histories and practices of graduating Black SAIC students within their greater Chicago community.
Shané K. Gooding
Darryl DeAngelo Terrell
avery r young & de deacon board
The Black Experience X M A X P O E T I C S X The Weekly Holiday
With Free Radio hosts Anthony, Darryl, and Eshovo and co-organizers Elle, Norman, Sadie, and Wisdom of #TheBlackExperience first annual event at SAIC. DJ set by Sadie Woods.
Tune in at www.freeradiosaic.org
Secular Studies, a HATCH Projects exhibition of new works by Alejandro T. Acierto, Kayla Anderson, Ali Aschman, LeRoy Bach, Blair Bogin, and Hyounsang Yoo.
Secular Studies surveys performativity of marketing technologies and social sciences rooted in 19th and 20th century art and visual culture. Through their work, each artist considers the plurality of narratives and discourse, intersecting politics and aesthetics of display, and appropriation and cultural production within contemporary pop-culture. Secular Studies is curated by Sadie Woods.
Opening reception, Friday, March 4th from 6:00-9:00 pm features a durational performances by participating artist LeRoy Bach.
This exhibition examines the notion of community and what it means to thrive with regard to issues and perspectives unique to diasporic Latino 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. Their work highlights perspectives of what it means to be alive in a time/space of intersecting histories, geographies, and subjectivities providing a local homegrown narrative. Featuring Orlando Camacho, Ricardo Gamboa with Andrew Gonzalez, Amanda Gutiérrez, Josué Pellot, Alvaro Ramirez, Oli Rodriguez, and Vanessa Sanchez. Curated by Graduate Curatorial Assistant Sadie Woods.
Opening night reception, Friday, February 26 from 6:00-9:00 pm, features performances by Lily Be, Melissa DuPrey, and Ricardo Gamboa. Guest deejay set by Soulphonetics.
Spinning for Elevate with John Hernandez!
RSVP by calling the Foundation Room Host Stand Concierge (312) 923-7050 or (312) 923-2035 after 6:00pm.
I'm kicking off a year's worth of Speaker Series for Red Line Service and will be having some special guests join me. Open to all with an extend a special invitation to Chicagoans currently experiencing homelessness. Lunch will be served!
Red Line Service: Speaker Series is inspired by the Chicago Hobo College that operated during the early part of the 20th Century, offering basic services to homeless and itinerant workers, plus lectures and presentations by leading minds of the day. Building on that history, providing informal artistic and intellectual programming to Chicagoans currently experiencing homelessness (along with their “housed” counterparts), Red Line Service strives to create a community of care wherein all citizens enjoy access to the cultural riches that fire the imagination and feed the human spirit.
Whether overtly and dynamically, or in subtle, subliminal ways, objects, symbols, and people speak to us. Gateway examines these transmissions, multiple dimensions of reality interweaving biological anatomy with spiritual energies and the psychoerotic.
The connection between mathematics, the human form, and art goes back thousands of years. For example, the Garay alphabet that was devised in 1961 by Assane Faye, a Senegalese artist, is used often as the written language of the Wolof. Abstract signs, ideographs, cosmograms, and symbols are deeply significant in indigenous expression, yet such were often long dismissed as either devoid of meaning or merely ornamental. In a relatively recent paradigm shift, it is now widely acknowledged that abstract or nonrepresentational pattern languages and body gesturing of non-Western traditions often provide cohesive, versatile, complex, and sometimes subversive systems of meaning that inscribe core cultural themes and knowledge.
This exhibition invites the viewer to explore the anatomic to academic; ancestral to abstract channels we utilize to access and communicate with each other.
Featuring Jason McPhillips, Jerome Lagarrigue, Liz Mares, Lucy Slivinski, Marcus Leslie, Natasha Kohli, Raub Welch, Sadie Woods, Sonja Henderson, and Vaughn Spann. Curated by Janice Bond.
It's that time of year again!! The School of the Art Institute of Chicago's Graduate students in MFA and Design programs open their studio doors to the general public! I will be sharing some work in my studio in the Lakeview Building, studio #1116.
Columbus Building, 280 S. Columbus Dr., basement & mezzanine
MacLean Center, 112 S. Michigan Ave., floors 10, 12, 15, 16, & 17
Lakeview Building, 116 S. Michigan Ave., floor 11
Sharp Building, 37 S. Wabash Ave., floors 2 & 12
Sullivan Center, 36 S. Wabash Ave., floors 3, 7, & 14 (Refreshments served on the third floor.)
Ricardo Gamboa and OPEN TV - beta team up to bring you BRUJOS, a web series following four gay, Latino grad students--that are also witches.Our protagonists will navigate magic, nightlife, relationships, sexuality and final papers all while trying to survive a witchhunt led by a secret society of descendants of the first New World colonizers.
Join us on All Soul's Day (11/1) for a reading of Season 1 of BRUJOS in Chicago's Day of the Dead capital Pilsen at La Catrina Cafe for an evening of sexy, witchy counter-hegemonic fun.
Featuring haunting sounds by Sadie Woods. Sipping elixirs provided (or bring your own).
Doors open at 6:30. Reading begins at 7:00.
OPEN TV is is a Chicago-based web platform for television by queer, trans and cis-women and artists of color, currently a research project by Aymar Jean Christian, assistant professor of communication at Northwestern University.
A collaboration between SAIC and the Shapiro Center, the Chicago Architecture Biennial, and Kunlé Adeyemi
Chicago native Sadie Woods has had a prolific career as a sound artist, deejay, and curator. For her Halloween performance at the ROCK installation she will be presenting new work that collects and remixes children's playground song. The songs have been pulled from the Smithsonian's Folkways collection. Woods will be playing musical selections that include themes of children's culture and ritual magic.
To close the performance, a light installation will be set up surrounding the rocks
Free to attend. Public event.
Designed by Kunlé Adeyemi as part of the Chicago Architecture Biennial, ROCK will be a pop-up pavilion—a public sculpture—that will eventually be installed in Montrose Beach.
Public programming for ROCK is created by Kate Dumbleton, Jameson Paige, Asha Veal Brisebois, Emily Monasterio, Minghui Huang, Gloria Wang, Paulina Budzioch from the SAIC Arts Administration and Policy program. The event is produced in partnership with The Earl & Brenda Shapiro Center for Research and Collaboration at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
More info about:
Chicago sound artist, deejay and curator.
Currently pursuing her MFA at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
The Earl & Brenda Shapiro Center for Research and Collaboration at SAIC
Sadie Woods and Ricardo Gamboa present "Black N Tan," a one-night revolution where art, activism, and party get intimate. Join us for an evening of performance art by artists of color and difference scrambled with DJ's spinning 90's classics, Freestyle, Hip-Hop, R&B and more. The revolution will be celebrated.
Sean James William Paris
Vikki Omega Stokes
Blair Bogin, Non-Stop King Rats, 2015, Video still
SAIC's Reframing Visibility Keynote Address with Henry Louis Gates, Jr. takes place this Thursday, October 8th at the Rubloff Auditorium, 230 S. Columbus Dr. from 4:30–5:45 p.m. Free and open to the public.
I'll be spinning the after party celebration at the MacLean Ballroom, 112 S. Michigan Ave. from 6:00–9:00 p.m.
View full schedule here goo.gl/ZvxgVT.
This Thursday, Marwen reopens it's doors after the completion of it's recent expansion. I will be spinning some tunes from 4-7p. Come get a tour of the newly renovated space, photobomb the photobooth, create your own memorabilia, eat a cup cake, and get dancey.
Marwen is a place where I've spent a significant amount of time as a student, former staff member, and alumna. Many important relationships were made here that have grown with me throughout my career, it is also one of the first places where I began DJing publicly. I look forward to seeing some familiar faces!
Come celebrate 28 years of a nationally recognized art education organization providing free fine art programs to Chicago youth.
For more info, visit www.marwen.org.
Before Ferguson, Eric, Baltimore or Sandra… On February 10, 2014, a 16 year-old boy attempted to rob an off-duty Cook County Sheriff at gunpoint. That boy, Deonta Mackey, was shot dead. Media coverage figured Mackey as another Chicago kid turned criminal, message boards referred to him as a “dumb nigger,” and many even championed the officer as “heroic” in his self-defense. Free Street Theater’s radically politicized ensemble of young performers The Young Fugitives felt differently.
The Young Fugitives’ TRACK 13 takes the death of Deonta Mackey as a launching pad to explore the history of crime and policing, the present-day realities of relentless racialized state violence, and the impact of growing up in Chicago in communities under pressure. Written and performed by young adults of color too often in the line of fire, TRACK 13 grapples to understand: Why is it that fifty years after the Civil Rights Act youth are being shot by those enforcing the laws their grandparents fought to change? As we chant #blacklivesmatter, are some deaths easier to rally behind than others? How does state violence against Black women, Latinos or queer and trans people fit into this equation? Are some youth really just “thugs?” TRACK 13 approaches these questions in a 50-minute physical theater piece directed by Ricardo Gamboa with Sean J.W. Parris and with an original soundtrack composed by Sadie Woods.
TRACK 13 first premiered to standing-room only crowds during January-February, 2015 and marked the one-year anniversary until Mackey’s death. While that run came to an end, police violence against people of color has not. Free Street reunites Gamboa and The Young Fugitives to kick-off their 2015-2016 season with an updated version of this urgent, provocative play.
Fridays, September 18 - October 23
Doors 6:30pm, Shows 7:00pm
The Comfort Station and the Chicago Artist Coalition are pleased to announce MISCHMASCH, an olla podrida of performance, sound, and video works, an exploration of life cycles, social role-play, and esoteric allusions. Featured artists include HATCH Projects Residents Alejandro T. Acierto, Kayla Anderson, Ali Aschman, LeRoy Bach, Blair Bogin, and Hyounsang Yoo. MISCHMASCH is curated by Sadie Woods and happening at the Comfort Station on Monday, August 17, from 7 - 9 pm. Comfort Station is located at 2579 North Milwaukee Avenue in Chicago. This event is free and open to the public.
Working on outdoor sound design for Free Street's production of Ricardo Gamboa's The Real Life Adventures of Jimmy de las Rosas coming July-August! See details below.
This summer, join Free Street Theater for Ricardo Gamboa’s The Real Life Adventures of Jimmy de las Rosas, a play that uses real world toxic spills and sweatshops in Little Village as the jumping off point for a new kind of superhero story. Performed by a multigenerational cast, this play for all-audiences will be performed outdoors, for FREE, in seven Chicago parks. Bring your friends, your parents, your cousins, and your neighbor down the street!
ALL SHOWS AT 6:30p.m.
Humboldt Park: Mon, July 27*
(Near )Boat House
This is technically a dress rehearsal! Be prepared for the possibility of technical difficulties.
Gage Park: Thurs July 30
2411 W. 55th St. Chicago, Illinois 60609
Piotrowski Park: August 31
4247 W. 31st St. Chicago, Illinois 60623
Calumet Park: Tues Aug 4
9801 S. Avenue G Chicago, Illinois 60617
La Villita Park: Wed Aug 5
2800 S. Sacramento Chicago, Illinois 60608
Davis Square Park: Wed Aug 12
4430 S. Marshfield Ave. Chicago, Illinois 60609
Avondale Park: Thurs Aug 13
3516 W. School St. Chicago, Illinois 60618
For more information, visit Free Street Theater.