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Friday, August 7 • 12:15pm - 1:15pm
4B - Reframing History: Opening Up Archives to Artists

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Archives are great sources of inspiration. When given direct and generous access to a repository's holdings, artists have found ways to recontextualize, interpret, and breathe new life into archival materials. This panel will highlight the Chicago Archives + Artists Project organized by Sixty Inches From Center and feature visual artists, curators, and writers who have collaborated with archivists, librarians, and other collection caretakers for their research-based creative practices to commission new artworks and curate exhibitions.

Hazel: Introducing "Reframing History: Opening Up Archives to Artists"
Grandgeorge: Newberry Library's Chicago Protest Collection and Collaboration with Artist H. Melt
Lopez: Working as an independent artist and the Ayer Indigenous Studies Librarian at Newberry Library
LOZANO: Working with the Media Burn video archives for the Chicago Archives + Artists Project
Melt: Working with the Newberry Library's Chicago Protest Collection for the Chicago Archives + Artists Project
Patiño Cervantes: Sixty Inches From Center's history doing archiving work and the Chicago Archives + Artists Project
Toftness: The development of Sixty Inches From Center's Chicago Archives + Artists Project

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Tempestt Hazel

Founder, Sixty Inches From Center
Tempestt Hazel is a curator, writer, and founder of Sixty Inches From Center, a Chicago-based arts publication and archiving initiative that has promoted and preserved the practices of BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ artists, and artists with disabilities across the Midwest since 2010. Focusing... Read More →


Catherine Grandgeorge

Manuscripts and Archives Librarian, Newberry Library

Jennifer Patiño Cervantes

Director of Archives and Operations, Sixty Inches From Center
Jennifer Patiño Cervantes is a librarian, community archivist, writer, editor, and poet. She is the Director of Archives at Sixty Inches From Center and Data and Digital Scholarship Diversity Resident Librarian at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
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Analú Lopez

Indigenous studies librarian, The Newberry Library
Analú María López (Xi’úi/Guachichil) is a Librarian, Archivist, and Photographer living in Zhigaagoong (Chicago). Interested in underrepresented Indigenous narratives dealing with identity, language, and decolonization she writes and creates photographic-based projects exploring... Read More →


Ivan LOZANO is an artist and co-founder of the feminist video collective Austin Video Bee, the net art blog CTRL+W33D, founder of the digital press IMAGE FILE PRESS, and founder of Latinx/Indigenous artist podcast interview series ARCHIVES + FUTURES.

H. Melt

Poet, Artist, Educator
H. Melt is a poet, artist, and educator. They are the author of On My Way to Liberation and editor of Subject to Change: Trans Poetry & Conversation. In 2018 they worked with the Newberry Library as part of the Chicago Archives + Artists Project.
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Kate Hadley Toftness

Director of Chicago Archives + Artists Project, Sixty Inches From Center
Kate Hadley Toftness is Sixty's Director of the Chicago Archives + Artists Project. In 2015, she managed collections for the artist Theaster Gates at the Stony Island Arts Bank and is currently Special Projects Associate at Northwestern University's Block Museum of Art.

Friday August 7, 2020 12:15pm - 1:15pm CDT
Live (Will Be Recorded)