Sunday, August 25th (3-5 p.m.)
244 Lake St.
Oak Park, IL 60302
free and open to the public, all ages
You are invited to come to “Radical Gestures of Resistance” at Compound Yellow, led by Maggie Leininger, for the August 2019 edition of the Radical Pedagogies series.
Resist means to withstand, counter, combat, endure or outlast an action or impact of something. Within the political context of our day, what does a radical gesture of resistance look like? What actions can be taken within our daily lives consumed with to-do lists a mile long? How can a simple gesture impact the greater good, like a stone’s ripple in a pond?
Maggie Leininger will lead a discussion that ponders mindful gestures of resistance as she demonstrates various resist techniques on fabric contemplating the connection between the meditative actions of stitching and binding fabric to the daily acts of resistance in our life. Maggie will also discuss the socio-political systems of cloth production, from indigo to cotton and the systemic role that these systems continue to play in our lives today.
Participants are invited to bring a piece of fabric of their choice (cotton, wool, or silk), and try their hand at creating a unique resist pattern as they consider what resist means to them. Once stitched or bound, participants will be able to submerge their fabric in an indigo dye vat. Additional materials will be available on a first-come-first-serve basis, with a request for donations to Compound Yellow for anyone who wishes to come might not have any materials.
Specializing in community engagement utilizing textile-based techniques, Leininger has been awarded numerous grants, fellowships, and artist residencies. Notable artist residencies and fellowships include support from Kala Institute in Berkeley, CA, The Present Group in San Francisco, CA, Scottsdale Public Art Commission, the Kentucky Historical Society, Mansfield Institute of Social Justice, Illinois Arts Council, and the Arizona Commission on the Arts. Leininger has exhibited her work nationally including the Center for Contemporary Art in Santa Fe, NM, South Bend Museum of Art, and the Bridgeport Art Center in Chicago, IL. Maggie Leininger currently teaches at DePaul University connecting students to the rich and varied permaculture of the Chicago art community. Previously, Leininger served as the Director of the International Honor Quilt at the University of Louisville. A collection of over 500 quilts, the International Honor Quilt was a community-engaged companion work to Judy Chicago’s The Dinner Party. In addition to designing an award-winning exhibition of the collection, Leininger created numerous public programs and workshops with artists such as Suzanne Lacy. Publications related to this position include research focusing on the impact of second wave feminism and its role in the development of socially engaged practice. Previous academic service include teaching at Arizona State University, and Roosevelt University.
This program is part of the Radical Pedagogies series, which happens at Compound Yellow on the fourth Sunday of the month. This series is co-presented by Borderbend and Compound Yellow.