A Playground Study
Jul
28
to Aug 26

A Playground Study

  • CAVE, Russell Industrial Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

A Playground Study explores children's playground culture and handclap games through a series of video, photography, and sound installation works. These folk and social music traditions are framed within the backdrop of several public schools of the south and west sides of Chicago. As an oral tradition that has survived world wars, displacement and migrations, the work queries the right to play, spaces of autonomy, and shared histories through song and play.

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A Playground Study: Closing Reception
Aug
26
5:00pm 5:00pm

A Playground Study: Closing Reception

  • Cave, The Russell Industrial Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

A Playground Study explores children's playground culture and handclap games through a series of video, photography, and sound installation works. These folk and social music traditions are framed within the backdrop of several public schools of the south and west sides of Chicago. As an oral tradition that has survived world wars, displacement and migrations, the work queries the right to play, spaces of autonomy, and shared histories through song and play.

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Ten X Ten 2017: Dual Practices
Sep
9
6:00pm 6:00pm

Ten X Ten 2017: Dual Practices

Homeroom, Spudnik Press, and Experimental Sound Studio are thrilled to annouce Ten x Ten 2017: Dual Practices. The fifth and most conceptually broad iteration of Ten x Ten, ‘Ten x Ten 2017: Dual Practices’ brings together 10 notable Chicago artists who have robust practices in both visual art and music. By considering questions about boundaries and location, Ten x Ten 2017 will investigate Chicago neighborhood identities, urban change, and comfort in space and place.  Five artist pairs have been collaborating over several months to each create a two-part work that includes a song or audio piece and an 18” x 18” screen print. The results of these partnerships will be released with a concert and gallery exhibition at Experimental Sound Studio on Saturday, September 9th. The artists will perform excerpts from their collaborations and display their prints as well as other work.  Featured artists pairs for Ten x Ten Dual Practices are: Melina Ausikaitis / Ambrosia Bartošekulva Mark Booth / Deidre Huckabay Cathy Hsiao / Damon Locks Lou Mallozzi / Joseph Clayton Mills Allen Moore / Sadie Woods Tickets and a collectible cassette compilation of the artist pairs' musical work can be reserved in advanced at https://ess.org/esscalendar/2017/7/25/ten-x-ten-2017-dual-practices-prints-and-record-release Ten x Ten is made possible with generous support from Circle Salon. and Cushing Co.

Homeroom, Spudnik Press, and Experimental Sound Studio are thrilled to annouce Ten x Ten 2017: Dual Practices.

The fifth and most conceptually broad iteration of Ten x Ten, ‘Ten x Ten 2017: Dual Practices’ brings together 10 notable Chicago artists who have robust practices in both visual art and music. By considering questions about boundaries and location, Ten x Ten 2017 will investigate Chicago neighborhood identities, urban change, and comfort in space and place. 

Five artist pairs have been collaborating over several months to each create a two-part work that includes a song or audio piece and an 18” x 18” screen print. The results of these partnerships will be released with a concert and gallery exhibition at Experimental Sound Studio on Saturday, September 9th. The artists will perform excerpts from their collaborations and display their prints as well as other work. 

Featured artists pairs for Ten x Ten Dual Practices are:

Melina Ausikaitis / Ambrosia Bartošekulva
Mark Booth / Deidre Huckabay
Cathy Hsiao / Damon Locks
Lou Mallozzi / Joseph Clayton Mills
Allen Moore / Sadie Woods

Tickets and a collectible cassette compilation of the artist pairs' musical work can be reserved in advanced at https://ess.org/esscalendar/2017/7/25/ten-x-ten-2017-dual-practices-prints-and-record-release

Ten x Ten is made possible with generous support from Circle Salon. and Cushing Co.

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A Study In Rhyme & Song: Ten Little Indians
Jun
30
to Aug 5

A Study In Rhyme & Song: Ten Little Indians

In A Study in Rhyme & Song: Ten Little Indians, Woods surveys the performance of identity as a form of social terrorism through the lens of children's rhymes and songs. The sound installation offers a critical perspective on notions of progress, of living in a post-racial nation, and of identity-based politics. Pulling from the Minstrel show tunes "Ten Little Nigger Boys" and "Ten Little Injuns," A Study in Rhyme & Song: Ten Little Indians confronts the history of media representation in education and entertainment utilized in the late 19th to mid 20th centuries.

Exhibition runs through August 5, 2017. Visit themissionprojects for more information and gallery hours.
  

 

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50 x 50 Invitational: People, Places, Possibilities
Feb
11
to Apr 9

50 x 50 Invitational: People, Places, Possibilities

I'll be exhibiting my work series A Playground Study in group exhibition "People, Places, Possibilities" at the Chicago Cultural Center for the Year of Public Art, featuring works by 50 artists. Exhibition opens February 11th and runs through April 9th.

For more information, visit www.cityofchicago.org.

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Chicago on My Mind: Selections from Private Chicago Collectors
Jan
20
to Feb 26

Chicago on My Mind: Selections from Private Chicago Collectors

New Curatorial Residency + Exhibition!

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Arts + Public Life’s inaugural Resident Curatorial Collective present Chicago On My Mind, an exhibition which shares a story of many Chicagos. Expanding on the intended curatorial vision of the 1969 exhibition Harlem on My Mind presented at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Chicago on My Mind explores cultural values driven by Chicago-based social and civic-minded collection practices. 

This exhibition takes form through a collaborative spirit between Curatorial Collective residents La Keisha Leek and Sadie Woods, and ten private collectors who are practicing artists, curators, cultural producers, educators, and founders of independently run arts organizations. Each participant, having stakes in the Chicago arts community, is treated as co-curator throughout the selection process of works featured in the exhibition. Chicago on My Mind creates a documented history and contemporary narrative that links to feminist and civil rights movements, the erasure of black masculinity through the prison industrial complex, immigrant rights, displacement, hope, and resilience. 

A key focal point to the practices of Leek and Woods is to further the reach of the local. Curation, as a point of departure, inserts the artist and social understandings of the city into a larger discourse of the intersections of art and politics. Chicago on My Mind features select works from the collections of Janice Bond, Dwamina K. Drew, Lou Mallozzi, Rob McKay, Cesáreo Moreno, Sabina Ott, Edra Soto, Tricia Van Eck, Raub Welch, and Eric Williams. Amongst a group ranging from emerging to established artists featured in the exhibition are Hebru Brantley, Shani Crowe, Stephen Flemister, Lamont Hamilton, Dayo Laoye, Harold Mendez, Melissa Potter, and Kara Walker.

Presented by the University of Chicago’s Arts + Public Life Initiative. Additional exhibition support is provided by the Department of Exhibition and Performance Spaces (DEPS) at Columbia College Chicago.

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From Chicago to Cuzco NYE 2017
Dec
31
to Jan 1

From Chicago to Cuzco NYE 2017

NEW YEAR'S EVE AT BOLEO

From the streets of Chicago, Illinois to the streets of Cuzco, Peru - experience a unique blend of cultures at Boleo Rooftop and Lounge this New Year's Eve, Saturday, December 31. 

Spend the night dancing to an eclectic variety of musical talent like DJ Sadie Woods and DJ Madrid with Miss Edith on violin. Be entraced by Poi Dancers, Live Art by  SLANG, and an array of other sense-stimulating pop-up features, live music, and more.

Open bar from 10PM to 1AM, heavy passed Peruvian inspired bites until midnight, vibrant and interactive dessert offerings and a sparkling toast at midnight.

Cash bar from 1AM to 2AM, music and dancing until 2AM

Purchase tickets here.

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A Study in Rhyme & Song
Dec
18
3:00pm 3:00pm

A Study in Rhyme & Song

Norman Teague presents A Study in Rhyme & Song

Free, All ages

"A Study in Rhyme & Song: Then There Were None" surveys the performance of identity through the lens of children’s rhymes and songs. The performative sound installation offers a critical perspective on notions of progress, living in a post-racial nation, and identity-based politics.

Pulling from the Minstrel show tunes “Ten Little Nigger Boys” and “Ten Little Injuns”, "A Study in Rhyme & Song" confronts the history of propaganda in education and entertainment. Sound recordings and audio collages are played while concurrent choreographed movement explores themes of the school-to-prison pipeline, gun culture in America and social justice hashtags, masculinity and queer culture, and comic relief.

Featuring performers Steven Beaudoin, Eliijah Blanton Omari FerrellTyran Freeman, and Osiris Khepera. Choreography by Ricardo Gamboa.

Following the performance, join us for a talkback moderated by Norman Teague.

This event is ADA accessible.

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A Study in Rhyme & Song
Dec
11
3:00pm 3:00pm

A Study in Rhyme & Song

  • High Concept Labs @ Mana Contemporary, 4th FL (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

$10, $5 for students and seniors, free for children under 12

"A Study in Rhyme & Song: Then There Were None" by High Concept Labs Sponsored Artist Sadie Woods surveys the performance of identity through the lens of children’s rhymes and songs. The performative sound installation offers a critical perspective on notions of progress, living in a post-racial nation, and identity-based politics.

Pulling from the Minstrel show tunes “Ten Little Nigger Boys” and “Ten Little Injuns”, "A Study in Rhyme & Song" confronts the history of propaganda in education and entertainment. Sound recordings and audio collages are played while concurrent choreographed movement explores themes of the school-to-prison pipeline, gun culture in America and social justice hashtags, masculinity and queer culture, and comic relief.

Featuring performers Omari FerrellTyran FreemanOsiris KheperaErick Heir McGee, and Sean James William Parris. Choreography by Ricardo Gamboa.

Following the performance, join us for a talkback moderated by art critic and curator Sabrina Greig.

This event is ADA accessible.

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Official Unofficial Voting Station: Voting for All Who Legally Can’t
Nov
8
6:00pm 6:00pm

Official Unofficial Voting Station: Voting for All Who Legally Can’t

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.

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Danztheatre's Full Circle Festival
Oct
14
to Oct 21

Danztheatre's Full Circle Festival

  • Ebenezer Lutheran Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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.

 

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Water Music on the Beach
Sep
11
1:00pm 1:00pm

Water Music on the Beach

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.

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Official Unoffical Voting Station: Voting for All Who Legally Can't
Sep
8
to Apr 23

Official Unoffical Voting Station: Voting for All Who Legally Can't

  • Jane Addams Hull-House Museum (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

As a collaborator, I created a voting themed sound installation for Aram Han Sifuentes's Official Unofficial Voting Station: Voting for all who legally can’t. Be sure to check out the exhibition, sound installation, and related programming from September through April.

For more info, visit www.hullhousemuseum.org.

Listen to the playlist here.

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De Nue
Sep
2
to Sep 3

De Nue

  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago (map)
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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.

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Hot Seven: The Chicago Breakdown
Aug
6
to Sep 25

Hot Seven: The Chicago Breakdown

  • Gene Siskel Film Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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

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Space Age
Jul
11
to Aug 1

Space Age

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.

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The Black Experience: MFA After Party
Apr
29
to Apr 30

The Black Experience: MFA After Party

  • School of the Art Institute - LeRoy Neiman Center (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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.

Featured Artists:
Wisdom Baty
Courtney Cintron
Alexandria Douziech
André Fuqua
Shané K. Gooding
Sherae Rimpsey
Yemonja Smalls
Darryl DeAngelo Terrell
Naimah Thomas
Derrick Woods-Morrow
Norman Teague
Darius Thomas
Omar Velázquez
Bruce Wilson
Sadie Woods

Special Guest:
avery r young & de deacon board

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Secular Studies
Mar
4
to Mar 24

Secular Studies

  • Chicago Artist Coalition (map)
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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.

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Hot Seven: The Chicago Brown
Feb
26
to Mar 20

Hot Seven: The Chicago Brown

  • LeRoy Neiman Center, FL.1 (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

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.

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Red Line Service: Speaker Series Vol.3
Jan
29
2:00pm 2:00pm

Red Line Service: Speaker Series Vol.3

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!

redlineservice.org
d-weinberg.com
sadiewoods.com

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.

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