Artist in Residence: Mitchell Squire
EXHIBITION OPENING: Friday, August 13, 5-7pm
Sanitary Tortilla Factory is proud to announce our Summer 2021 Artist in Residence Mitchell Squire will be joining us July-August, 2021. Squire is a multidisciplinary artist, educator, and curator whose practice encompasses architecture, visual art, and the study of material culture. He has mounted solo exhibitions at CUE Art Foundation (NY), White Cube (London), Bemis Center for Contemporary Art (Omaha), and the Des Moines Art Center, and has had work included in signature group exhibitions across the United States such as Richard Gray Gallery (Chicago), Everson Museum of Art (Syracuse), and Minneapolis Institute of Art. His work is in the permanent collections of the Des Moines Art Center and the Minneapolis Institute of Art as well as major private collections worldwide. He has completed residencies at Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency, and Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, and has been an invited participant in educational programs at Museum of Modern Art (NY), New Museum (NY), and Pérez Art Museum Miami. Squire currently holds the position of Professor of Architecture at Iowa State University where he took both undergraduate and graduate degrees, and has been visiting professor at Bernard & Ann Spitzer School of Architecture at City College New York (2020/21), University of Tennessee (2020), University of California Berkeley (2012 and 2015), University of Michigan (2009), and University of Minnesota (2000), and has taught abroad in Rome, Italy (2004, 2007). He has received awards from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) for New Faculty Teaching (2005) and Creative Achievement (2009).
In 2020, Squire co-curated the exhibition “Black Stories” at the Des Moines Art Center, which was his first major curatorial effort, and founded the Gateway Fund, a self-sustained, self-funded public art project that distributes micro grants to emerging BIPOC artists, designers, activist, and public intellectuals living and working in Iowa. He also initiated the Black Chapel project, an on-going site-specific installation that is his largest sculpture to date. The project is a creative emplacement within a 3-story antique corn-sheller located at Black’s Heritage Farm in Ames, Iowa, about 1.5 miles south of Hwy 30. Built in 1965/66, Squire intends the site be used for explorations in Black spatial practice, specifically Black performance and sound art, in addition to a sculptural repository for antique jewelry.
Another on-going project, which Squire began in 2020 under the annoyingly academic title “Self Portraits on the Socio-Sexual Effects of Extractive Economies and the Material Geophysics of Race” but which he has since coined “the sexuality of the thicket”, he plans to pursue during residency at Sanitary Tortilla Factory through drawing, photography, and performance. This project marks Squire’s formal return to self-portraiture which he began in the 90s, through which he hopes to assert a set of ever-shifting imaginaries of sexualities of the ‘field’, in the materiality of a ‘wilding’ Blackness, in the Black Outdoors. Examples of this work will be featured in the upcoming Issue #15 of Aint-Bad, an independent publisher of contemporary art.
Thank You for Your Courage, Commitment, Sacrifice – Christine Wong Yap
Former Sanitary Tortilla Factory Artist in Residence Christine Wong Yap created portraits of real New York City medical workers as messages of gratitude during the COVID-19 crisis. Thank You for Your Commitment will be displayed on electronic billboards in Times Square from May 15 to early June: 1551 Broadway at 46th Street (map), 1585 Broadway between 47th and 48th Streets (map), and 20 Times Square at 47th Street and Seventh Ave (map). Artworks may also appear on an electronic billboard above Lincoln Tunnel, and on 1,800 LinkNYC kiosks across all five NYC boroughs.
Learn more about Christine’s beautiful and moving gesture of gratitude to New York City below.
Credit: Christine Wong Yap, Thank You for Your Sacrifice, Thank You for Your Courage, Thank You for Your Commitment, 2020, commissioned by Times Square Arts with For Freedoms, Poster House, and PRINT Magazine, images courtesy the artist. Photos by by Maria Baranova for Times Square Arts.
Artist in Residence 2020 Announcement
We are excited to announce Mitchell Squire will be STF’s Artist in residence this summer. Mitchell Squire is a multidisciplinary artist and educator. His practice encompasses architecture, visual art, and the study of material culture. He is best known for his elegiac assemblages and his examinations of the afterimage recorded onto the backs of spent law enforcement firearms training targets. He has mounted solo exhibitions at CUE Art Foundation (New York), White Cube (London), Des Moines Art Center, Bemis Center for Contemporary Art (Omaha), and various university galleries.
His work appears in the permanent collections of the Des Moines Art Center and the Minneapolis Institute of Art and notable corporate and private collections. He has completed residencies at the Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture, Ox-Bow School of Art and Artists’ Residency, Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, and Cannonball (Miami), and was an invited participant in educational programs at MoMA, The New Museum, Pérez Art Museum, and La Biennale Architettura di Venezia (2014). While in residence, Mitchell’s work will be focused on “the autotelic body”, “an ongoing series of self-portraits, drawings, and paintings which explore the socio-sexual effects of extractive economies and the material geophysics of race.” Squire will be using the residency “as a base to research the American southwest desert in relation to the Black body and race.” Special thanks to our esteemed jurors: Candice Hopkins + Raven Chacon.
Fathoms and Measures by A.I.R. Alex Branch
Friday, September 29th from 6-9pm
The closing of Fathoms and Measures by our current artist in residence Alex Branch.
Artist Alex Branch came to the desert to build a musical boat. What she created was an orchestra. Using found materials, Branch re-purposes broken musical instruments to create pieces that function in new ways. Rebuilding what is broken, she uses pieces from pianos, clocks, cellos and crutches to reinvent music making. And yes, there is a boat.
7pm performance by Bryce Fletcher Hample of REIGHNBEAU and Hedia. Hample will play the sculptural instruments.
The Sanitary Tortilla Factory residency program is generously supported by the Fulcrum Fund in partnership with the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts and The FUNd at Albuquerque Community Foundation.
Belonging by A.I.R. Christine Wong Yap
Friday, July 7th, 6-9pm
Zine Release & Open-Studio-in-Closing
“The goal of Belonging is to reveal the pivotal experiences that shape one’s sense of belonging and connectedness to a place and country, and how it ultimately defines our authentic selves; and to say, We All Belong Here.”
The Sanitary Tortilla Factory residency program is generously supported by the Fulcrum Fund in partnership with the Andy Warhol Foundation for the
Visual Arts and The FUNd at Albuquerque Community Foundation.