Loyola University Chicago


Human Human

Curated by Jessica Cochran
Oct – Nov 2017

Above: Danielle E. Campbell, from the series Chicago, January 21, 2017.

Opening reception: Thursday, October 19, 5-7 pm

Curator's Talk, Jessica Cochran, Tuesday, November 14, 4:30-5:30 pm at RAA 117

Against the backdrop of a discordant presidency, Human Human considers the array of ways that recent artworks register as political, and responsive.
Some works were created as a means of retreat, regeneration, or peace. Restorative for the artist, as well for the viewer, these works mobilize a new imaginary, or simply find a space apart. Other works directly engage an aesthetics of activism. They visualize models, ethics, or actions of political engagement. 
By bringing together works across a spectrum of making, Human Human creates a space to consider art and affect in relation to the twin impulses of escapism and action. What is the role of art in relation to world-making, from the studio to the street?  What is the dimensionality of citizenship within chaos?
"To make a revolution, people must not only struggle against existing institutions. They must make a philosophical / spiritual leap and become more human human beings. In order to change/transform the world, they must change/transform themselves.”

-Gwendolyn Brooks 

Participating Artists:

Danielle E. Campbell
Jeff Carter
Helen Maurene Cooper
Barbara Koenen    
Kathryn O'Halloran
Kirsten Leenaars
Ernesto Pujol
Aram Han Sifuentes
Mary Simpson    
Pedro Velez
Rhonda Wheatley   
Scott Wolniak