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    royal nonesuch poppy toile by lauren adams    Royal NoneSuch Gallery

     "Bitter Harvest"

     Solo exhibition @ Royal NoneSuch in Oakland, California

     Opening March 12, 7-10pm
     Through April 3, 2010

     4231 Telegraph Ave. Oakland, CA 94608
    kemper museums of art exhibition allison smith needle work curated by lauren frances adams

   Kemper Museum of Art

     Washington University in St. Louis

     Curator tour with Lauren Frances Adams and Sabine Eckmann, of the Allison Smith exhibition Needle Work and the Sharon Lockhart show Lunch Break.

     Friday, March 5, 2010 @ 5:00 pm

    cosign projects curator st. louis gallery art    Cosign Projects

     Kicking off the winter 2010 season with a project by Matt Barton entitled YESRAD.

     Opening January 24 - March 12, 2010
    allison smith needle work st. louis military art    Needle Work

     @ the Mildred Lane Kemper Museum at Washington University in St. Louis

     an exhibition curated by Lauren Frances Adams

     Opening February 5, 2010 through April 19, 2010

     Allison Smith is known for creating large-scale installations that critically engage popular forms of historical reenactment, along with crafts and other traditional
cultural conventions, to redo, restage, and refigure historical memories. Her work often draws on “living history” museums, battlegrounds, and most recently the
     Internet to explore gendered conventions of craft, constructions of national identity, and experiences of violence. As the inaugural Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund
     Visiting Artist in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, Smith developed Needle Work in conjunction with multiple visits in fall 2009 to participate with
     Washington University faculty member Lauren Adams in her interdisciplinary course “Past Perfect, Present Tense,” which investigated the use of historical research
     as a strategy within contemporary artistic practice. Allison Smith: Needle Work is on view from February 5 to April 19, 2010, and is curated by Lauren Adams,
     assistant professor of painting in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts.
     Exhibition Support Support for Allison Smith: Needle Work was provided by Bunny and Charles Burson, the Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund Art Endowment Fund,
Washington University’s College and Graduate School of Art in the Sam Fox School of Design & Visual Arts, and members of the Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum.

     Artist Bio: Smith is an assistant professor of sculpture at the California College of the Arts in San Francisco. She has exhibited in venues throughout the US and abroad,
     including the Palais de Tokyo in Paris; the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams; the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh; the Arario Gallery in
     Cheonan, South Korea; and the P.S.1 MoMA Contemporary Art Center in Long Island City, New York. In 1999 she earned an MFA from the Yale University School of Art
     and in 1999-2000 she participated in the Whitney Museum of American Art Independent Study Program.

     A fully illustrated color catalog will accompany the exhibition. The catalog includes an essay by Wendy Vogel and interviews with the artist and faculty member Lauren Adams.


    past perfect present tense    Past Perfect, Present Tense

     An exhibition of art works by the twelve students enrolled in the eponymous course offered in Fall
of 2009 at Washington University in St. Louis, taught by
     Lauren F. Adams. The interdisciplinary course “Past Perfect, Present Tense” investigates the use of historical research as a strategy within contemporary
     artistic practice.

     Henry L. and Natalie E. Freund Visiting Artist Allison Smith interacted with the class over several sessions, including student involvement in a collaborative
     sewing bee and a provisional photo studio to assist in the production of Smith’s work. This mode of research and production is inspired by the art works
     Smith will be producing for her exhibition Needle Work at the Mildred Lane Kemper Museum in the spring of 2010.

     This course invited students to select a research topic and create a variety of works using various media strategies, culminating in final projects resulting
     from semester-long explorations. Participants in the course include a range of BFA and MFA painters, performance artists, sculptors and photographers.
     Examples of the students’ research include investigations of the 1904 Olympic games, the history of television and media violence, the evolution of
     electron technology, underground cultural ephemera, handwriting’s relationship to painting, and Bloody Island, a historic no-mans-land in the Mississippi
     Student artists exhibited in Past Perfect, Present Tense: Aemi Baggett, John Early, Virginia Eckinger, Ryan Fabel, Danielle Kantrowitz, Zak Marmalefsky
     Emily Moorhead, Kathryn Neale, Katherine Osburn, Donna Smith, Alexander Vitti and Bridgette Zou.

    Join us at the Des Lee Gallery for the opening reception Saturday, December 12, 2009 from 6-9 pm.
    The exhibition runs from December 11 – 13, 2009. The Des Lee Gallery is located at 1627 Washington Ave., St. Louis, Missouri 63103.

       Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture
     I am currently at the Skowhegan residency in Maine from June 12 - August 15, 2009.


   Past Perfect, Present Tense

     Introducing a new course offering Fall 2009
     Washington University in St. Louis

     This interdisciplinary course introduces historical research as a strategy of contemporary artistic practice.
     We will experiment in creating works that engage with alternative and marginalized political and cultural histories, representation and display,
     and site-specific context. Field trips to regional archives will form the basis of this studio seminar.
     Visiting Fellow Artist Allison Smith will augment the course over several sessions.

Juniors and Seniors in the Sam Fox School (both Art and Architecture) and MFA program are encouraged to enroll.



  John Hope Franklin Center for International Studies at Duke University

  Panel on the Bail Out Biennial

  With curator elin o'Hara slavick and local artists David Tinapple, Maria DeGuzman and Stacy Waddell

  January 28, 2009
  Room #240 at 12:00 noon until 1pm (lunch provided)
  At Duke University in Durham, North Carolina




  Bailout Biennial

  @ Golden Belt Arts
  January 15, 2009 — March15, 2009
  Opening Thursday, January 15

  807 East Main Street, Durham, NC

  26 Artists, 10 States, 4 Countries, 1 Crisis
  With Clare Britt, Andrew Johnson, Susanne Slavick, David Tinapple, Becca Albee, and Severn Eaton plus others.
  Curated by elin o'Hara slavick and Jeff Waites.

  This charged, provocative exhibition delves deeply into capitalism, the global economy, post- industrialism, and greed. And unlike most
  biennials—blockbuster affairs with multi-million dollar budgets, superstar artists, and pavilions—this one was organized from a simple
  call for submissions and has absolutely no budget. This biennial is a spirited collective of global artists willing to bear the expense of
transporting and insuring their own art—all in the name of shedding light and poking holes in the dull screen of our economic condition.
  No frills, no $$, and no time to plan—yet a clear, striking message.


  National Library of Argentina

  El Ultimo Libro: The Last Book
  October 31, 2008 — March, 2009

  Agüero 2502, Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires

  Organized by Luis Camnitzer
  719 pages, 698 artists, from 53 nations




  Blogroll! The Pro/Con: Political Craft show has been mentioned on various blogs and websites, like CasaSugar and Chronicle Books Blog
   out of San Francisco, so I have added images from the series here.


    pro/con flyer

  Rebus Works

  Pro/Con: Political Craft
  October 3, 2008 — November 29, 2008
  Opening Friday, October 3

  301-2 Kinsey Street , Raleigh, NC

  With Lesley Patterson-Marx, Combat Paper, and Joe Grant




  Allegheny College Art Gallery

  8-Hour Projects
  August 30 , 2008 — September 30, 2008
  Opening September 2

  Meadville, PA



    rat king event

  Mattress Factory

  Space Invaders: An Afternoon with the Rat King
  August 3 , 2008,  2 - 5 p.m.

  Pittsburgh, PA

  Space Invaders is an open structure event in the gallery space where participants will be able to interact with various experts and
researchers. The theme of this event is "Better Living Through Robots," and will feature demonstration stations that will teach
  visitors different interpretations of how robots and rat kings can benefit their lives. Presenters include Internet spammers
  demonstrating online revenge tactics, a hip hop dancer teaching visitors how to "do the robot," and the Pittsburgh debut of the
  Chiara, CMU roboticists Dave Touretzky and Ethan Tira-Thompson's open source educational robot, and more.   




  Mattress Factory

  Meet the Made: Robot 250
  July 11, 2008 — September 1, 2008
  Opening July 11

  Sampsonia Way, Pittsburgh, PA




  Jentel Artist Residency Program

  June 13, 2008 — July 13, 2008

  Banner, Wyoming


  CUE Art

  Joan Mitchell Foundation: 2007 MFA Grant Recipients show

  June 12, 2008 — August 2, 2008
  Opening June 12

  511 West 25th Street, Ground Floor



   Looking Back: Regional Emerging Artists in Residence 2000-2004

   March 7 - April 11, 2008
   Reception: First Friday, March 7, 6-10pm

   Established in January 2000, the Regional Emerging Artist program provides emerging visual artists with time and space to explore their work in a supportive, thriving, artistic    environment. Artspace grants two 6-month residencies per year, twice a year selecting an artist in his or her early professional career from a regional pool of applicants. From    2000-2004, eleven artists took part in the residency program; nine were able to participate in this exhibition: Lauren F. Adams, Laura Hatcher Allen, Luke Miller Buchanan,    Tisha Edwards, André Leon Gray, Stacey Kirby, Huong Ngo, Anna Podris, and Meredith Sutton.

   Regina Gouger Miller Gallery


   MFA 2007 Thesis Exhibition
   April 13 - May 4, 2007

   Featuring the work of Lauren F. Adams, David Halsell, Ian Ingram, David Tinapple, Jan Descartes, and Gunhildur Jonsdottir

       Skinny Building

   You Wouldn't Know Until You Ask Them, These Are the Things They Hold Dear to Their Hearts

February 24 - May 1, 2007

   Students from my Carnegie Mellon Pre-College Collaborative Installation course conceived, planned, and installed an exhibit in downtown Pittsburgh's Skinny Building. The    project involved interviewing elderly people about their memories and loss, which resulted in large-scale photographic and hand-drawn posters.

   Petersen Automotive Museum
   Rat Fink's Revenge: Custom Monster Collection

   October 28, 2006 - June 2007
   opening reception October 28
   6060 Wilshire Blvd (at Fairfax)
   Los Angeles CA

   Lauren Adams collaborates with Jake Peterson to participate in this show that honors the legacy of Ed “Big Daddy” Roth and his many curious car and comics inventions. A    catalogue will be published and the show will travel to New York and Japan.


   University of Maryland at College Park Union Gallery

   Fly-Over State Perspectives

   August 10 - September 14, 2006
   Three-person exhibit with Zoe Charlton and Steve Jones

   A cross-section of ideas about life in areas of the country that are often overlooked by urban elites. Curated by University of Maryland Masters of Fine Arts candidate, Brian    Sykes, the show hopes to demonstrate the humorous, self-critical and reflective qualities of culture that exist in geographies between the northeast and west coasts.

   An artists panel, entitled "Identities: Personal Perspectives", will be held on Tuesday, September 5 th from 5-7 p.m. The panel will by hosted by Jeffry Cudlin, adjunct professor    of Art and Art Theory in the University of Maryland's Department of Art and Art Critic for the Washington City Paper.

       Ex-Turkish Bath

   Hair Piece

   June 2006

   A performance in Belgrade, Serbia, on the occasion of the residency Outside Project, led by Michelle Illuminato and featuring the work of over thirty artists from the United    States, Italy, and Serbia.

   Kresge Theatre


   November 29, 2006, 7:30 pm
   Carnegie Mellon University, College of Fine Arts

   The graduate students in the School of Art at Carnegie Mellon University have collaborated to bring you META-MUSE-ICAL!


   Fraction Workspace

   Jungle Tender

   April 21 - May 26, 2006
    opening April 21 7-10pm

   On the 100th anniversary of Upton Sinclair's The Jungle, Stacey Kirby and Lauren Adams present their installations Jungle Tender in Chicago, IL.
   A Fraction Workspace Workshop will be held on April 22 at 2pm, with informal conversations with the artists.


   Future Tenant

   Showing Signs of Life

April 8 - 29, 2006

    2nd year MFA show: Lauren Adams, Gunhildur Jonsdottir, David Halsell, Jan Descartes, David Tinapple, and Ian Ingram


   Mint Museum of Craft and Design

   Crosscurrents: Art, Craft, and Design in North Carolina

   January - August, 2006
   Charlotte, NC

, presented in collaboration with The Mint Museums in Charlotte, N.C., is a juried exhibition of works by North Carolina artists workingin various media.    Crosscurrents includes a broad range of works by 28 artists. The works address political and cultural issues of worldwide significance and present-day urgency; they give    attention to the human body, the specific individual and ultimately aesthetic matters such as beauty and perception. The exhibition includes much work that has never been    shown before as well as several pieces created especially for the show.
   Curators: Huston Paschal, curator of modern art at NCMA; Linda Johnson Dougherty, curator of contemporary art, NCMA; Carla M. Hanzal, curator of contemporary art at the    Mint Museum of Art; Melissa G. Post, curator of craft and design at the Mint Museum of Craft + Design

     Raleigh Municipal Building

Municipal Building Art Exhibition

September 21 - November 17, 2005
opening Friday, September 23, 2005 from 5-7 pm

Featuring the work of Lauren Adams and Clare Britt, Sarah Blackmon, Luke Miller Buchanan, David Connell, Trick Pollock Creta, Greg GIles, Shonna Greenwell, Gayle Scott Lowry and David Simonton
Curator: Lee Moore
    North Carolina Museum of Art

Crosscurrents: Art, Craft, and Design in North Carolina

September 25, 2005 - January 8, 2006
opening Saturday September 24, 2005
Raleigh, North Carolina

Future Tenant

Vaguely Positive

April - May 2005

Featuring the work of first-year Carnegie Mellon School of Art MFA students Lauren Frances Adams, David Tinapple, Jan Descartes, Ian Ingram, Gunhildur Jonsdottir, and David Halsell.


The Warhol Museum

Seeing Double: Encounters with Warhol

February 20 - May 1, 2005
opening reception February 20, 7-10 pm
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvnia

Featuring the work of Lauren Frances Adams, Antony and the Johnsons, Assume Vivid Astro Focus, Kota Ezawa, Rob Pruitt, Tracey Moffat, Collier Schorr, Takehito Etani, Jeremy Scott, John Bankston, and more.


    Dollars for Drivers

March 2005
Pittsburgh, PA

A collaborative performance with David Halsell on the occasion of the 2nd anniversary of the Iraq war.

    Rebus Works Gallery


July 3 through August 27, 2005
Opening reception: Sunday July 3, 2pm
Gallery talk: Saturday, August 27 4pm

Photo-a-Go-Go: installation and works by Clare Britt and Lauren Adams exploring Raleigh using Dave Justus' van as a Camera Obscura.
Office Walls Gallery: Prints by Jen Coon and Carrie Knowles; Paintings by David Connell
    last update november 2008