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First Friday Craft Night & Artist-led Workshop: Maria Gaspar’s Disappearance Jail

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Event Series Event Series: Visualizing Abolition

February 2 @ 5:00 pm 7:00 pm

Drop in from 5–7 p.m. for hands-on activities this First Friday, February 2, 2024!

Award-winning Chicago-based artist Maria Gaspar and collaborator Michael De Anda Muñiz will be leading a free workshop in conjunction with her exhibition, Compositions, currently on view at the IAS. Guests will be invited to participate in Gaspar’s work Disappearance Jail (2021-Ongoing), an archive the artist has been building of more than 300 images of jails, prisons, and detention centers across the US. At the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, Gaspar started carefully perforating the images of Illinois’s facilities with a hole punch to remove the institutions. During this workshop, participants will be invited to “disappear” or “undo” the images of Californian carceral system facilities by perforating them.

Sip on abolitionist punch provided by New Orleans-based artist jackie sumell and participate in this collaborative work.  

Maria gaspar, disappearance jail,

Along with this drop-in workshop, enjoy an after-hours viewing of the exhibitions, button-making, and screen-printing! Bring your own blank t-shirt or item to print, or take home a freshly printed tote bag that we provide. 

Workshop is free and open to the public but space is limited. No prior experience needed. RSVP below.

Maria Gaspar is a Chicago-born interdisciplinary artist whose practice addresses issues of spatial justice to amplify, mediate, or divert structures of power through individual and collective gestures. Gaspar is the recipient of Guggenheim Fellowship for the Creative Arts, Latinx Artist Fellowship, United States Artists Fellowship, Frieze Impact Prize, Art Matters Award, Imagining Justice Art Grant, Robert Rauschenberg Artist as Activist Fellowship, Joan Mitchell Emerging Artist Grant, and Creative Capital Award. Gaspar has exhibited at venues including MoMA PS1, New York, NY; the Contemporary Arts Museum, Houston, TX; and the Abroms-Engle Institute for the Visual Arts, Birmingham, AL. She is an Associate Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, holds an MFA in Studio Arts from the University of Illinois at Chicago, and a BFA from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY.

Dr. Michael De Anda Muñiz (he/him) is an Assistant Professor in the Latina/Latino Studies Department at San Francisco State University. He received his Ph.D. in Sociology from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 2020. His research and teaching focuses on art and culture, Latina/x/o communities, community engagement, and knowledge production. Additionally, Dr. De Anda Muñiz has experience teaching inside jails and prisons, performing at community art spaces, galleries, and museums, and collaborating on public art projects. He has published on his research, teaching, and community work in various venues. He and members of the Policing in Chicago Research Group, an abolitionist activist research collective, have a forthcoming book on the production and weaponization of data by local police, federal immigration authorities, and national security agencies to target Black, Latinx, and Arab/Muslim communities in Chicago.

This event is part Compositions, Gaspar’s solo exhibition on view at the Institute of the Arts and Sciences until March 2, 2024.

Image: Maria Gaspar, Disappearance Jail, (2021-Ongoing). 165+ perforated archival Inkjet prints on rice paper, 5 x 7 inches. Courtesy of the Artist – Photo by Anne Martinete.

100 Panetta Avenue
Santa Cruz, California 95060 United States
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