who are the speculators

Carole Frances Lung Through her alter ego Frau Fiber, Carole utilizes a hybrid of playful activism, cultural criticism and historical research crafting of one off apparel production performances, investigating the human cost of mass production and consumption. Her performances have been ex­hibited at Museum of Contemporary Craft Portland, Sullivan Galleries, Chicago IL, Ben Maltz Gallery, Craft and Folk Art Museum, OTIS College of Art /Design, LA CA, Catherine Smith Gallery, Appalachian State Universi­ty Boone NC and the Ghetto Biennale Port Au Prince Haiti. Publications include: Chicago Modern, American Craft Council: Shaping the Future of Craft, Art in America, and Art Papers. She has lectured at Museum of Contemporary Art Denver; Creativity and Ingenu­ity Symposium, at Haystack Mountain School of Craft, in Deer Isle, Maine, Made in Haiti, Textile Society of America symposium. She is currently Assistant Professor Department of Art, Fashion and Textile option at California State University Los Angeles.

Ellen Rothenberg’s work is concerned with the politics of everyday life and the formation of communities through collaborative practices. Her installations and public projects often employ the iconography of social movements and their residual documents to interrogate contemporary political engagement and social dialogue. Her work has been presented in the US and Europe at Neues Museum Weserburg, Bremen; The National Museum of Contemporary Art, Bucharest; Royal Festival Hall, London; Brukenthal National Museum, Sibiu; The Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; The Institute of Contemporary Art and Museum of Fine Arts, Boston; The Portland Museum of Art, Maine; The Contemporary Jewish Museum, San Francisco -among others.  Awards include: Warhol Foundation and Propeller Fund, NEA Artists Projects, Illinois Arts Council Fellowships, Bunting Institute Fellowship Radcliffe, Crossroads Fund, CEC Artslink Grant, Charles Engelhard Foundation Grant, LEF Foundation Grant.  Rothenberg is an Adjunct Professor at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

Christine Tarkowski is a Chicago based artist who works in a variety of mediums including sculpture, printed matter, photography and song. Works range in scale from the ordinary to the monumental. Equally variable is scope of production, incorporating the making of permanent architectural structures, cast models, textile yardage, and temporary printed ephemera. Recent works point toward the flotsam of western culture relative to systems of democracy, religion and capitalism.

Exhibitions: Chicago Cultural Center, Priska Juschka Fine Art, NY; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Mass MoCA; Manilow Sculpture Park, Governor’s State University, IL; Socrates Sculpture Park, NY; Renaissance Society; Franconia Sculpture Park, MN; Contemporary Art Museum, St. Louis; UCLA, Gallery of Architecture and Urban Planning; Cooper-Hewitt Museum. Awards: Driehaus Foundation; Creative Capital Foundation; Illinois Arts Council, Ellen Stone Belic Institute for the Study of Women and Gender in the Arts and Media Fellowships: Cite’ Internationale des Arts, Paris; Kohler Arts in Industry


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