ALPHABETIZATION: Featuring the work of Brandon Alvendia, Scott Carter, Eric Fleischauer, Brookhart Jonquil and Daniel Lavitt
Guest Curator: Ania Szremski

May 7-June 4, 2010
Opening Reception: Friday, May 7, 6-10 pm
Noble & Superior Projects
1418 W. Superior Chicago IL

Noble & Superior Projects is pleased to announce its upcoming exhibition ALPHABETIZATION, opening Friday, May 7, featuring the work of Brandon Alvendia, Scott Carter, Eric Fleischauer, Brookhart Jonquil and Daniel Lavitt and guest curated with Ania Szremski.
These five artists explore methods of transforming language—through speech, academic texts and historical narrativevs—into experiences.

Daniel Lavitt’s GRAPEVINE is both a metaphor for informal transmission and dissemination of communication as well as a tangible interactive telecommunications network.

Brandon Alvendia’s REMAINDERS is a site of dissemination for books pulled from the public domain, printed inexpensively then bound by hand, emphasizing the contemporary condition of swift and economical propagation of information.

ON MATTER, ON MEMORIES is Scott Carter’s installation exploring the way shifting patterns of words affect memory of an event: a fan blows strips of text narrating the explosion of the Challenger spacecraft which mix with fragments of Bergson’s “Matter and Memory” and accrue indiscriminately throughout the gallery.

Brookhart Jonquil’s Untitled (Essay Without Words no. 1) creates a delicate, physical relationship with printed matter, one where the texts are reduced to identically deformed pieces of paper communicating only their fragile, carefully crafted, aesthetic existence.

Eric Fleischauer’s Assigned + Recommended is a large-scale digital animation of academic texts. Blurry, photocopied pages with underlining and marginalia are rendered even more illegible as they pulsate across the wall at a pace too swift to read, forming an overwhelming swarm of knowledge.

Noble & Superior Projects is a contemporary art gallery featuring emerging and established artists who challenge the boundaries of their medium. We are devoted to juxtaposing works of art in reproducible media with works that highlight the irreproducibility of experience. Co-Curators Patrick Bobilin and Erin Nixon employ their combined experience and expertise to create unique interactions with innovative and accessible media.

Patrick Bobilin has exhibited internationally and has worked for galleries in NY, Berlin, and Massachusetts.

Erin Nixon has worked as an arts administrator and educator for nonprofit galleries and museums in the Midwest.

Noble & Superior Projects
1418 W. Superior St., Chicago, IL


Access to Unemployment Insurance Benefits for Contingent Faculty: A manual for applicants and a strategy to gain full rights to benefits by Joe Berry, Beverly Stewart, and Helena Worthen is now available in print or you may download it as a PDF at Chicago COCAL.

“DESPITE THE COMMON PERCEPTION that college professors enjoy the good life—pursuing their academic interests for weeks and even months on end, summers off, long breaks between semesters—more than fifty percent of those teaching on the college level are retained under tenuous conditions. Their employment is tied to student enrollment, budget allocations, institutional need, and other unpredictable events that may occur to either create a class or cancel it. They are, in other words, hired on a contingent basis: from year to year, semester to semester, or class to class. They do not have, to use the language of federal unemployment legislation, “reasonable assurance of re-employment.” Thus, much of their so-called free time is spent looking for other temporary work or worrying about their next semester’s income. During this open time they should be receiving unemployment insurance benefits.

This book is directed at all those who participate in the unemployment insurance benefits process —contingent academics who apply, unemployment personnel who take the claims, university and college administrators who approve or disapprove claims, and policy makers —all who have some power to improve these uncertain economic conditions, or one small piece of it, by ensuring unemployment insurance benefits to the substantial portion of the six to seven hundred thousand non-tenure track college teachers while they are between semesters. This booklet also aims to help unemployment insurance officials, higher education administrators, court and appeals process personnel, legislators and other elected officials understand the financial and emotional challenges the current system imposes on those charged with educating college students.”

– via Access to Unemployment Insurance Benefits for Contingent Faculty: A manual for applicants and a strategy to gain full rights to benefits

There will be two unemployment filing parties this May, both scheduled for the week of May 10. Basic info is below. Follow the links to download the flyers.
– Wednesday, May 12 at 2:00 pm – “High Tea” at the Russian Tea Time,  77 E. Adams, Chicago. RSVP to More info
– Saturday, May 15 at 1:00 pm at the IEA Chicago Office, 230 W. Monroe, Suite 2640. RSVP to More info

Read more about unemployment benefits and higher education:
– Joe Berry on unemployment insurance, college faculty, and the new economy in higher education: Unemployment Insurance, A Million College Faculty, and the New Economy in Higher Education
– Marc Bousquet on unemployment benefits and academia: How The University Works
– Listen to the WBEZ interview for Eight Forty-Eight about a report Dr. Bunsis, Professor of Accounting at Eastern Michigan University, prepared for UIC: Is University of Illinois Financial System Working?

Michael Kenna: Venice / China / Japan / Egypt / etc.
May 7 – July 10, 2010
Opening Reception: Friday, May 7, 5:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Catherine Edelman Gallery

Michael Kenna is undoubtedly one of the most exhibited and collected photographers working today. With more than 35 monographs dedicated to his work, Kenna has proven time and again that his vision knows no boundaries. Whether working in his native England, the Giza pyramids in Cairo, the snow covered landscape in Hokkaido, or the shores of France, Kenna seeks places of solitude which speak volumes about humanity and the haunting beauty found in nature.

His newest monograph, Venezia, is being released to coincide with a retrospective of his work at Palazzo Magnani Museum (Reggio Emilia, Italy) this Spring, and features more than 30 years of work he has done in the region. The resulting images are both romantic and eerie, two attributes often associated with Venice. From a fog-lined pier, to unoccupied gondolas waiting in the harbor, to a foot bridge shimmering in street lights,  Kenna captures the mystique often associated with one of the worlds most beloved places.

Alongside images from Venice, our current show will feature photographs from Japan, the Huangshan Mountains in China, the pyramids in Cairo, mussel and oyster beds in the Chausey Islands and rock formations in  Punta Brava. Whether photographing in his  hometown of Seattle or halfway around the world, Michael Kenna has developed a signature style this is un-mistakenly his own. Void of people, he invites viewers to meander with him through places that are both remote and heavily trafficked, reminding us of the beauty we tend to over look.

Tony Tasset: Selected Works From 1986-1996
May 1 – Jul 17, 2010
Kavi Gupta

Kavi Gupta is proud to present Tony Tasset : Selected works from 1986-1996, an exhibition of several sculptures from the artist’s early career. Working with the then recent history of Minimalism, Tasset’s sculptures address this formal apex of Modernism with the same grimace and subtle humor that come to characterize his work in the nineties and into today. For example, Display Sculpture (50%) (1991), a pale grey wedge on pedestal extends up into the above vitrine, bisecting the space and underlining the correspondence between the functional display and the museum. Located in an adjacent room, as an enhancement to exhibition, is another example. The Judd derivative Bench Stack (1987) – three wall-hung De Stijl styled leather cushions – slyly places the forms of Minimalism into the category of club accoutrements. Epitomic of the artist’s wry approach, Tony Tasset : Selected works from 1986-1996 details a practice in aesthetic drag, one where the aging Minimalist pursuit of autonomy collides with the ironic conceptualism of the day.

– via Kavi Gupta

In Search of the Mundane: What Pragmatism Means
Tuesday, May 4th, 7-9:00PM
119 N Peoria St. #2D

In Search of the Mundane seeks to extend a conversation began during an exhibition of the same name held at threewalls in 2009 and co-organized by Randall Szott and InCUBATE. It will manifest as a series of monthly events focused on the arts of living. We started this project from discussions about the philosophical tradition of Pragmatism and its potential as a tool for better understanding the everyday world of institutions and infrastructures. We view Pragmatism as a means to experiment with how these institutions and infrastructures could change in conceivable ways to better suit the needs of people who inhabit them. InCUBATE has a kinship to the notion of experience as revelation and the refusal to admit a distinction between “doing” and “thinking,” between theory and practice. Therefore, this event series is meant as a way to link the Pragmatist belief that knowledge is a social process built upon experiments in everyday life with the practical experiences we and others have in making our creative projects happen both inside and outside the pre-existing infrastructures for art and culture.

The first event will serve as the initial convening of the Pragmatist Reading Group. InCUBATE will introduce the motivations behind their interest in Pragmatism and moderate a discussion informed by two selected readings: Jane Addams’ from “A Function of the Social Settlement” (1899) and William James’ “What Pragmatism Means” (1907). Anyone is free to participate in the discussion. To receive digital copies of the reading, please email

James’ essay, first delivered as a lecture in Boston in 1906, is an attempt by one of Pragmatism’s founders to clearly explain to the philosophy to group of laypeople. James begins with an anecdote about solving a dispute among a group of campers arguing about a man chasing a squirrel around a tree. He continues on to position Pragmatism relative to other philosophies and defend its conception of “truth” from detractors.

Addams’ essay attempts to define the mission of the social settlement as something distinct from schooling or philanthropy. Instead, Addams views it as a democratic institution functioning in accord with the ideals of Pragmatism and operative at the level of actual lives.