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DECEMBER 5th,2020 2pm CST

Archive Acts

Archive Acts

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OK #1 and Archive Acts present... For the Record: Archives as Reparative Technology, streaming this December at .

Join us for three conversations with artists exploring archival practice as a means to counter historical narrative, claim power, and assert new realities.


Artists Archiving Artists

with Hailey Loman and Black Lunch Table
December 1st at 2pm CST

On December 1st, join us for Artists Archiving Artists, a conversation with Hailey Loman, founder of the Los Angeles Contemporary Archive (LACA), and Jina Valentine and Heather Hart, co-founders of Black Lunch Table. We’ll explore how artists working outside traditional art institutions can produce lasting archives for artists and art communities that have been underacknowledged. We’ll consider the limits of the art historical canon, how art historical narratives are produced, and how artists can assert themselves into the historical record to expand, alter, and correct these hierarchies.


Hailey Loman

Hailey Loman is a multi-disciplinary artist working in sculpture, installation and performance. She is the Co-Founder and Director of Los Angeles Contemporary Archive (LACA), an artist-run archive and non-circulating library in which contemporary creative processes are recorded and preserved. She founded Autonomous Oral History Group (AOHG) a cooperative that examines the ethics that operate in leadership roles. Interviews, recordings, transcriptions and ephemera are collected during the process, assembled and made accessible as an oral history collection.


The Black Lunch Table

The Black Lunch Table (BLT) is an ongoing collaborative project founded by artists Jina Valentine and Heather Hart. The project was first staged in 2005 at the preeminent artist residency Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture. The BLT has since taken the form of oral archiving sessions, salons, peer teaching workshops, meetups and Wikipedia edit-a-thons. BLT has been hosted by Storm King Art Center in New York, Dorchester Projects in Chicago, Eastern Washington University in Spokane, Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts in Omaha, the Creative Time in Brooklyn, UNC Chapel Hill, Kohler Art Center in Sheboygan, University of Toronto, Scarborough, Elsewhere Museum in Greensboro, the Joan Mitchell Center in New Orleans, the McColl Center for Art + Innovation in Charlotte, The Tarble Art Center at Eastern Illinois University and Weeksville Heritage Center in Brooklyn among others.

Black Lunch Table is funded by The Andy Warhol Foundation for Art, the Wikipedia Foundation, Rutgers University Faculty Research Grant, Creative Capital and generous individual donors. We have received support from Awesome Foundation, Tusk, Inc, Foundation for Contemporary Art, Common Fields, UNC Institute for Arts & Humanities, and the Rema Hort Mann Foundation.We published an article in Art21 Magazine, chapters in “Wiki@20” and “Bridging Communities through Socially Engaged Art.” BLT received coverage from Artsy, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and Hyperallergic. Hart received her MFA from Rutgers University and Valentine received her MFA from Stanford University.

Heather Hart

Heather Hart, based in New York, is a Guest Lecturer at Rutgers University and an interdisciplinary artist exploring the power in thresholds, questioning dominant narratives, and creating alternatives to them through viewer activation. She was awarded grants from Anonymous Was A Woman, the Graham Foundation, Joan Mitchell Foundation, and the Jerome Foundation, NYFA, and Harpo Foundation. Hart’s has exhibited at the Queens Museum, Storm King Art Center, The Kohler Art Center, Eastern Illinois University, Seattle Art Museum, Brooklyn Museum, and University of Toronto, Scarborough. She studied at Skowhegan, Whitney ISP, Cornish College of the Arts, Princeton University and received her MFA from Rutgers University.

Jina Valentine

Based in Chicago, Jina Valentine is an Associate Professor of Printmedia at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her interdisciplinary practice is informed by the intuitive strategies of American folk artists and traditional craft techniques, and interweaves histories latent within found texts, objects, narratives, and spaces. She has exhibited at venues including The Drawing Center, The Studio Museum in Harlem, the CUE Foundation, MCA Chicago, the DiRosa Preserve, Southern Exposure, and Marlborough Gallery. Her work has received recognition and support from Art Matters, Joan Mitchell Foundation, and the Graham Foundation. Jina received her BFA from Carnegie Mellon University and her MFA from Stanford University.

Geo Archives

with Tia Simone Gardner and Latipa
December 5th at 2pm CST

Join us December 5th at 2pm for Geo Archives, a conversation with artists Latipa (formerly known as Michelle Dizon) and Tia Simone-Gardner. With migrations from the Phillipines to Los Angeles and floating the Missisippi River from Alabama to Minneapolis, we'll explore the cartography of place through feminist geo-political lenses. These artists, whose scholarly research centers their multidisciplinary creative praxes, will speak on interrogating lands and landscapes, decolonizing historical gazes, and centering intimacy, critical listening, and survivance.


Latipa (née Michelle Dizon) is a visual artist, theorist, and Associate Professor of Media and Cultural Studies at the University of California, Riverside. Her work summons sites of memory and resistance in the wake of historical dispossession, migration, and diaspora.

Latipa's projects include Gaza Before the Law, a film about failure of the US legal system in matters of justice for Palestine, The Archive's Fold, a multi-image slide installation that explores the violence of the US colonial archive by reading its images through past and future ancestors, and White Gaze (with Viet Le), an artist's book and photographic installation that poses a decolonial counterpoint to National Geographic and its legacy of imperialist visuality. Past projects of note include Perpetual Peace, a multichannel video installation about extractivism and ecological disaster in the Philippines, Basing Landscapes, a single-channel video installation about the gendered violence of neocolonial occupation, and Civil Society, a three-channel video installation that considers cultural memory through the lens of two events: the 2005 uprisings in the French banlieues and the 1992 uprisings in Los Angeles. Most recently, Latipa has co-edited an issue entitled On Being Included on the politics of inclusion and gave the Keynote Lecture for the 2019 Singapore Biennale Online Symposium.

Latipa's work takes place in both the contexts of institutions and grassroots organizing. She has lectured and exhibited across the Americas, Europe, and Asia in significant cultural and educational institutions such as the Center for Feminist Studies in Zagreb, Croatia, School of Oriental and African Studies, London, UK, SalaSab, Bogota, Colombia, Caixaforum, Barcelona, Spain, Jeu de Paume, Paris, France, The Cooper Union, NYC, NY, Vargas Museum, Manila, Philippines, Para/Site Art Space, Hong Kong, and the Gothenburg International Biennial for Contemporary Art, Gothenburg, Sweden. She has also founded and developed grassroots initiatives to build and nurture community such as at land's edge (2015-18) an autonomous pedagogical platform based in South and East Los Angeles and the Memory and Resistance Laboratory (2019- present) which partners with grassroots organization to create media based in social movements. Latipa has received grants from the University of California Humanities Research, the Human Rights Center, Art Matters, the Fulbright Foundation. She has been honored with a 2017-18 Master Artist Fellowship from the City of Los Angeles.

Latipa earned an MFA in Art with a specialization in Interdisciplinary Studio from the University of California, Los Angeles, and a Ph.D. in Rhetoric with designated emphases in Film and Women, Gender, and Sexuality from the University of California, Berkeley.




Tia-Simone Gardner

Tia-Simone Gardner is an artist, educator, and Black feminist scholar from Birmingham, Alabama. Her practice is interested interdisciplinary strategies that activate ideas of ritual, iconoclasm, and geography. Gardner received her BA in Art and Art History from the University of Alabama in Birmingham. In 2009 she received her MFA in Interdisciplinary Practices and Time-Based Media from the University of Pennsylvania. Gardner participated in the Whitney Independent Study Program as a Studio Fellow and has been an invited artist to a number of national and international artist residencies including the Center for Photography at Woodstock, A Studio in the Woods, and IASPIS Sweden. She has also been awarded a number of fellowships for her work including the McKnight Visual Artist Fellowship. She is currently working on a project on Blackness and the Mississippi River as well as a photographic/writing project with her mother that addresses questions of biopolitics, Black memory and Indigineity by looking at the houses that the women in her family lived in the post-bellum South.

Ritual Archives

with Jessica Harvey and Candice Lin
December 12th at 2pm CST

Join us December 12th at 2pm for Ritual Archives, a conversation with artists Jessica Harvey and Candice Lin. We’ll explore the archival fringes found in Harvey and Lin’s work, from fictionalized artifacts and collections to new rituals for care and preservation, revealing a much less sterile, and far more human foundation of archival practice. Lin and Harvey both circumvent traditional expectations of the archive with materials as diverse as frozen urine, jarred farts, experimental fungi, and alchemical rituals of material and memory.

Jessica Harvey

Digging through public and private archives, Jessica Harvey conducts long-term investigations of natural, historical, and personal events, paying close attention to the interpretation of facts, which often changes based on the narrator. She reinterprets these stories with the use of photography, video, archival resources, and objects constructed from everyday materials. Her images and installations act as a catalyst for the fantastical exploration of the psychology that one attaches to memory and place, putting a particular emphasis on the role of women in these histories. Through humor and tragedy, Harvey creates a new way of re-evaluating life, death, and the mythology of our own history. Harvey received an MFA in Photography from Cranbrook Academy of Art and was awarded a Fulbright Grant to Iceland. She has attended residencies at Ox-Bow, Wassaic, MASS MoCA, ACRE, Anderson Ranch, Byrdcliffe Arts Colony, The Luminary, LATITUDE, and Vermont Studio Center. Recent exhibitions include shows at The Wassaic Project (Wassaic, NY), Coop Gallery (Nashville, TN), Gilcrease Museum (Tulsa, OK), Camayuhs (Atlanta, GA), Heaven Gallery (Chicago, IL), The Luminary (St. Louis, MO), Good Weather (Little Rock, AR), and ACRE Projects (Chicago, IL). She is currently a 2020 recipient of the Tulsa Artist Fellowship.




Candice Lin

Candice Lin is an interdisciplinary artist who works with installation, drawing, video, and living materials and processes, such as mold, mushrooms, bacteria, fermentation, and stains. Lin has had recent solo exhibitions at Portikus, Frankfurt; Bétonsalon, Paris; and Gasworks, London, as well as group exhibitions at the Hammer Museum (2018), LA; Moderna Museet, Stockholm (2017); New Museum, New York (2017); SculptureCenter, Long Island City, New York (2017), among others. She is the recipient of several residencies, grants, and fellowships, including the TAP (The Artists Project) (2018), Davidoff Art Initiative (2018), Louis Comfort Tiffany Award (2017), California Community Foundation Award (2014), Fine Arts Work Center Residency (2012) and Smithsonian Artist Research Fellowship (2009).

This 3-part series is supported by the Oklahoma Visual Arts Council.

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