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June 10 - 30, 2017
Roman Susan Gallery, Chicago, IL
“The crisis consists precisely in the fact that the old is dying and the new cannot be born; in this interregnum a great variety of morbid symptoms appear."
—Antonio Gramsci, The Prison Notebooks (1929 - 1935)
In a moment awash in militarized violence, white supremacy, and nationalism, the only schemes being offered by the dominant powers are the continued expansion of global capitalism, the overthrow of democratic ideals, and an embrace of authoritarianism and populism. Our recently elected chief executive and his administration are happily embracing these strategies. In contrast, people at the grassroots level are activated to resist, imagine, and create dynamic alternative.
Central to Lucky Pierre’s project at Roman Susan is a participatory timeline capturing the first 100 days of the Trump administration. This living graph collectively charts the social, economic, and cultural forces currently at play. Typically, a timeline is a tool created from a historical and emotional distance used to make connections between the past and the present. At this time of profound conjuncture, can we collectively interpret history as it is happening? This impulse to decode current events can serve as a catalyst for conversation, an opportunity for co-learning, a counter-moment of hope—and perhaps an antidote.
The Reading Project with Judith Brotman
Join Judith Brotman and six invited guests who read aloud from literature, nonfiction, poetry, and criticism. Readers will choose a personally meaningful text responding to our current historical moment. The selected texts will be revealed as read by each guest, creating impromptu juxtapositions, and textual interconnections. Each guest will read for 10 minutes. Conversation and cake will follow
At our closing event Brian Holmes and Hoda Katebi will lead a discussion addressing the question, “What does the moment in between the old dying off and the new creating itself have to offer?” Music and cookout will follow the heady discussion.
October 7 to October 29, 2017
2579 N Milwaukee Ave, Chicago,
In the name of the " Global War on Terror," the U.S. has initiated and sustained military action in Afghanistan, Iraq and beyond. After sixteen years of armed conflict, war has become normalized in the U.S., constant but distant. Now with the nation’s focus on the increasingly possible failure of the U.S. government, these conflicts have become even more invisible.
At the Comfort Station during October, 2010, Lucky Pierre will present A Thing of Great Power and Size has Gone Missing (October 7, 2001 - Present). The project will feature an extensive timeline citing historical, political, and social events occurring during the U.S. led war on terror, including the conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq. The focus will be on the human body and its destruction and exploitation during the time of these conflicts (the collective body, individual soldiers, civilian casualties and, enemy combatants held against international law). The timeline acts as a visual marker and memorial to the many bodies now disappeared due to these ongoing conflicts.
A Thing of Great Power and Size has Gone Missing (October 7, 2001 - Present) contrasts the disappearance of those bodies in the collective consciousness with the cultural saturation of the idealized bodies of popular films that act as a distraction. These movies, corresponding to the 16 years of war, will act as source material for the opening event “lectures,” and re-edited versions screened for final event. By using the highest-grossing domestic films from the war years, we will explore the interconnectedness of American values, cultural production, national/military policy, as well as official and alternative methods of historicizing.
Closing Event: 38-Hour Screening
Friday, October 27, 8:00 AM to Saturday, October 28, 10:00 PM
During our final weekend at Comfort Station, Lucky Pierre will screen for 38 hours the highest grossing films for each of the war years. The films have been re-edited to remove human bodies while maintaining the original runtimes - condensing and measuring 16 years of war into 2,280 minutes of now altered entertainment product. Join us for films, conversation and food.
Screening - starting Friday, 8am:
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
Shrek 2 (2004)
Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)
Spider-Man 3 (2007)
The Dark Knight (2008)
Toy Story 3 (2010)
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2 (2011)
Marvel's The Avengers (2012)
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013)
American Sniper (2014)
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)
Rogue One (2016)
Communities Against Islamophobia, Ally Training
Sunday, October 29, Noon - 2pm.
OUTRAGED by Muslim Ban 3.0, racist attacks and rhetoric against the Arab/Muslim community? INSPIRED by all of the protests but wondering what to do next? READY to get more involved?
Join us for this free two hour training to unpack Islamophobia and strategize around meaningful ways for allying communities to resist anti-Muslimism right now.
This workshop is being held in conjunction with Lucky Pierre art collective, whose project at the Comfort Station, A Thing of Great Power and Size has Gone Missing by Lucky Pierre features an extensive timeline citing historical, political, and social events occurring during the U.S. led war on terror. The workshop is part of the Comfort Society lecture series at Comfort Station. Facilitated by Hoda Katebi and Mary Zerkel.
THIS IS YOUR TITLE.
In preparation for an upcoming exhibition "WALLS TURNED SIDEWAYS: Artists Confront the American Justice System" curated by Risa Puleo, Lucky Pierre will be cooking and filming meals in Chicago and Austin. Upcoming Chicago filming dates are :
Saturday, March 10 (3:00 - 8:00 PM)
Saturday, April 7 (3:00 - 8:00 PM)
Final Meals is a community-based performance, event, and video installation. Each final meal requested by Texas death row inmates and published online by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice since 1982 is prepared, consumed, and filmed. To date, Lucky Pierre has re-created 197 of the 310 final meals published by the State of Texas.
Lucky Pierre and volunteers from the community cook the final meal to recreate as faithfully as possible the original request. Then, alone in a quiet room, a volunteer is videotaped eating the meal, creating a singular, solitary and contemplative performance for one.
At the conclusion of each filming, Lucky Pierre and project volunteers join together for a community dinner to screen selections from the archived final meals and to eat a shared meal. Local scholars, artists, and activists lead discussions to unravel issues around and mobilize resistance to the U.S. carceral state.
Final Meal Request — April 16, 1997
Bowl of butterbeans, mashed potatoes, onions, tomatoes, biscuits, chocolate cake and Dr. Pepper with ice.
Final Meal Request — September 9, 1998
None. Last minute he decided to eat a hamburger at his Mother's request.
Final Meal Request — June 26, 2001
Fried chicken, French fries with ketchup, two cheeseburgers (all the way), bag of potato
chips, apple cobbler, white cake with white
icing, pitcher of lemonade, pitcher of Sprite
Final Meals has been filmed and presented at: Gallery 400, Hull House Museum, Uri-Eichen Gallery, St. Francis House (Chicago), Entretempo Gallery (Berlin), Grand Arts (Kansas City), Luminary (St. Louis), Soo Visual Arts Center (Minneapolis), Kunstlerhaus Mousonturm (Frankfurt), CUE Foundation (New York), Kunsthaus Graz (Graz), Detroit Contemporary (Detroit), c3:initiative & Open Engagement (Portland).
A Thing of Great Power and Size Has Gone Missing (2001-Present)
a project by Lucky Pierre
The Old Is Dying and the New Cannot Be Born
a project by Lucky Pierre
Lucky Pierre is a collaborative group working in writing, performance, education, activism, events and visual forms. We work to create structures for engagement with various publics to explore issues and ideas (political, social, aesthetic) in ways that accommodate a wide range of experience, styles and approaches. The open structure allows collaborators and viewers to define their own participation; helping to create meaning and change that determine the final form and outcomes of the work.
Written and directed by Michael Thomas. Performed by Michael Thomas and Alex Stein
American Slut is an evening-length performance loosely based on the Chris Kyle autobiography and Clint Eastwood film "American Sniper." Performed at and on a table that seats 24, the piece charts the path of carnage and culture from the beginning of the AIDS epidemic through the U.S. led war in Iraq. Madonna and Nancy Reagan and gay porn and Michael's educational/sex life are invoked. The sniper scores another kill, and then another....
Back in Chicago 2018 and touring.
American Slut - Michael Thomas
American Slut - Alex Stein
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Roman Susan - Chicago