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Wednesday, February 21, 2018
5:00 PM


Centers for Gender/Race Studies, Community Room (105)


Free and open to the public

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Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality


Please join us for an artist's talk and celebration of Can’t Wait: Participate. Angela Davis Fegan will discuss her lavender menace project from a critique of the Human Right Campaign to resistance of the current administration.

Fegan’s hand-printed wood type letterpress posters explore the theme of participation as demonstrated care, as part of the CSGS’s series Care@Chicago in February 2018. This exhibition is an extension of an ongoing series of posters that Fegan has produced over the last four years, the lavender menace poster project, which is a public messaging and infiltration project produced through handmade paper production, letterpress printing and laser cut text. The paper production process involves incorporating organic and recycled/repurposed materials for symbolic/emblematic and grotesque results. Letterpress printing is used as subversion of traditional means of mass commercial communication, and the current quaint production of wedding invitations. The goal of the work is to produce multifaceted alluring/repulsive handmade objects that stand out from the slick media saturated environment and announce resistance from the status quo. The project stems from a desire to voice institutional critique and run interference on mainstream leftist organizations that market tolerance as freedom and rights as consumer choices. Fegan’s interest, in these specific mediums, stems from her committed desire to craft handmade objects in the time of the supremacy of ephemeral digital experience. It is these types of handmade objects that lend themselves to the tactile viewing experience and to distribution through a network beyond that of a single location. It is meant for viewing in public space, such as bar bathrooms, community health centers, alleys, and hair salons.

Angela Davis Fegan is a native of Chicago’s South Side. A graduate of Chicago’s famed Whitney Young High School, she received her BFA in Fine Arts from New York’s Parsons School of Design and her MFA in Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts from Columbia College Chicago. She has mounted shows at the University of Illinois at Chicago’s Montgomery Ward Gallery, Galerie F, Chicago Artists’ Coalition, the DePaul Art Museum, The Center for Book Arts (NY) and the Hyde Park Art Center. Her work has been selected for book covers including How to Seduce a White Boy in Ten Easy Steps by Laura Yes Yes, The Truth About Dolls by Jamila Woods, Secondhand by Maya Marshall, Where Brooklyn At by Roger Bonair-Agard and All Blue So Late by Laura Swearingen-Steadwell. Her work has been written about in The Offing (LA Review of Books), Hyperallergic, Chicago Magazine, the RedEye and the Chicago Reader.

Free and open to the public.

Event photo by Jasmine Clark.

Care@Chicago, a series organized by the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality (CSGS) and co-sponsored by the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture (CSRPC), will run throughout the month of February 2018.