Carla Fisher Schwartz in Conversation with Kate Pollasch

Oct 21, 2017

Please join us at THE MISSION on Saturday, October 21 at 1pm for an artist talk between Carla Fisher Schwartz and Kate Pollasch. Schwartz and Pollasch will discuss Schwartz’s art practice and her current site-specific installation in THE SUB-MISSION, True North.

KATE POLLASCH is an art historian, writer, and curator. Pollasch holds a MA in Modern art History and Theory and an MA in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She holds a BA in Studio Art and Art History from Saint Mary’s College of Maryland. She has held positions with The American Visionary Art Museum, The Art institute of Chicago, the Roger Brown House Museum, Sullivan Galleries, and Rhona Hoffman Gallery. She has lectured at The Chicago History Museum, The Art Institute of Chicago, The Logan Center, Chicago, and The University of Chicago and is a contributing writer for New City, The Seen, and Elite Daily. She was a 2015-2016 HATCH Curatorial Resident at Chicago Artists Coalition and winter, 2017 Terrain-HATCH Public Art Curatorial Resident. She is the current 2017 Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation Curatorial Fellow.

Her curatorial practice interrogates preexisting notions of history and normativity through queer tactics, network theory, archival studies, and considerations of affect and digital pedagogy. In 2012, she curated the exhibition “Roger Brown: This Boy’s Own Story” of Chicago Imagist artist Roger Brown’s artistic relationship to HIV, sexuality, mortality, and Chicago’s gay leather community. The exhibition unearthed previously censored artworks and archival materials from Brown’s career and resulted in Brown’s induction into the Visual AIDS Artist Registry.

CARLA FISHER SCHWARTZ is a visual artist and educator based in Chicago, IL. She received a MFA in Visual Arts from Washington University (St. Louis, MO) and a BA in Studio Art from University of California, Santa Cruz (Santa Cruz, CA). She has recently exhibited solo shows at Arrowhead Gallery (Sugar Grove, IL) and McKendree University Gallery of Art (Lebanon, IL). Her work has recently been included in Fiction Within and for no space, group exhibitions curated by Sharmyn Cruz Rivera at Chicago Artists Coalition (Chicago, IL). Her work has also been featured in group exhibitions at Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago, IL), the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum (St. Louis), and the Kala Art Institute (Berkeley, CA). Schwartz was an artist resident at ACRE (Steuben, WI) and Hatch Projects at Chicago Artists Coalition (Chicago, IL). Schwartz was also a studio fellow at Spudnik Print Cooperative (Chicago, IL) and was selected for The Center Program at Hyde Park Art Center (Chicago, IL). She is currently a lecturer in the Department of Art and Architecture at Harold Washington College.