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Floating Museum is an arts collective that creates new models exploring relationships between art, community, architecture, and public institutions. Using site-responsive art, design, and programming we explore the potential in these relationships, considering the infrastructure, history, and aesthetics of a space.  Floating Museum is co-directed by Avery R Young, Andrew Schachman, Faheem Majeed and Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford.  



Avery R. Young
Andrew Schachman

Best known as a poet, songwriter, and performer, multi-disciplinary artist Avery R. Young is also an award-winning teaching artist who mentors youths in the crafts of creative writing and theater. He has been an Arts and Public Life Artist-In-Residence at the University of Chicago and has written curriculum for Columbia College Chicago, Young Leeds Authors, True Star Magazine, and Chicago Public Schools Art Integration Department. Young’s poems and essays on HIV awareness, misogyny, race records, and art integration have been published in The BreakBeat Poets, The Golden Shovel Anthology: New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks, AIMPrint, and other anthologies

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avery@floatingmuseum.org

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Andrew Schachman designs environments, infrastructures, and installations. He is the executive co-director of two organizations that are experimental spaces for delivering arts and culture within existing metropolitan networks: Floating Museum and Fieldwork Collaborative Projects. Trained as an architect, he designed and managed projects for the offices of Zaha Hadid, Perkins and Will, Carol Ross Barney, and Doug Garofalo. His projects have received numerous awards including the Distinguished Building Award from the American Institute of Architects and the Richard H. Driehaus Foundation Award for Architectural Excellence in Community Design.  Principal of Studio Andrew Schachman, he recently completed the design for the Palais de Tokyo’s exhibition, “Singing Stones,” in the roundhouse of the DuSable Museum of African American History. Andrew is a Studio Associate Professor in the College of Architecture at the Illinois Institute of Technology.

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andrew@floatingmuseum.org
Faheem Majeed is an artist, educator, curator, and community facilitator. He blends his unique experience as a non-profit administrator, curator, and artist to create works that focus on institutional critique and exhibitions that leverage collaboration to engage his immediate, and the broader community, in meaningful dialogue. Majeed received his BFA from Howard University and his MFA from the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC).

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Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford is a visual artist and Assistant Professor of Sculpture at Indiana University Northwest.  He is also a co-director and founder of the collective Floating Museum.  His work has been shown at the American Academy of Arts and Letters, The UCSD Art Gallery, The Glass Curtain Gallery and The Hyde Park Art Center, among other spaces.  He has held fellowships at the Sculpture Space, the MacDowell Colony, Vermont Studio Center, the Brown Foundation Program at the Dora Maar House, and the Skowhegan School of Sculpture and Painting.  His work has been supported by grants from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, the Harpo Foundation, the Propeller Fund, the Chauncey and Marion Deering McCormick Foundation, an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship and a Fulbright Fellowship in Sicily.   

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jeremiah@floatingmuseum.org




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Conversational Structures / Austin Town Hall Park / 2016



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In collaboration with Summer of 2015 Austin Town Hall Festival, the Floating Museum facilitated “Sticks and Tape.”  This collaborative building exercise invtes participants to collectively work to build a large three-dimensional structures referencing their interpretation of the Austin Town Hall Park Museum’s collection.

Participating Organizations /

City of Chicago Park District / Austin Town Hall Park

Current: Cultural Transit Assembly / CTA Green Line / Chicago Illinois USA / 2018-19 /






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Floating Museum is partnering with the Chicago Transit Authority and Chicago Park District to transform the Green Line into a moving cultural destination, activating several parks along the south and west ends of the line. Cultural Transit Assembly serves both to celebrate the cultural work being done in these neighborhoods as well as to strengthen the ties between these spaces. This project is also an opportunity for Floating Museum to continue to foster collaborations between local, municipal, and community based organizations with larger city institutions.

Floating Museum has developed site-specific exhibitions that highlight local histories with complimentary public programs including live musical performances, panel discussions, neighborhood walking tours, film screenings, and more.

Cultural Transit Assembly is happening up and down the CTA Green Line and includes Founders which is a mobile monument and collaboration between Floating Museum, Chris Pappan and Monica Rickert-Bolter. Founders will pop up on once a week on Wednesdays (July 2019 - September 2019) in community sites adjacent to the Chicago Transit Authority Green Line. The sculpture is part of a series by Floating Museum highlighting historical figures that elevate the stories of indigenous people and people of color, honoring the often-overlooked roles they’ve had in shaping our contemporary world.

Floating Museum will also be presenting public installations outside of Austin Town Hall, next to the Central Green line Station and Garfield Park, next Conservatory-Central Park in August. 

Floating Museum is presenting Soul El, on regular service Green Line trains and it will inlcude live musical performances weekly on Thursdays.  Two traincars will feature art installations on the inside and outside of the cars.     


This project is partially supported by ComEd, Indiana University’s New Frontiers in the Arts & Humanities Program, and grants from the Field Foundation, the Gaylord and Dorothy Donnelley Foundation and the Terra Foundation as part of Art Design Chicago.

               



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Founder / Chicago Illinois USA / 2017-

    


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Founder was created by Floating Museum as part of the larger, multifaceted River Assembly project.  Founder is a 12' yellow-colored styrofoam rendering of Jean Baptiste Pointe du Sable, the first known non-indigenous settler of Chicago.  Founder was milled from foam using a 3D-scan of Erik Blome's sculpture of Jean Baptiste Point Du Sable, installed on Michigan Avenue in 2009.   River Assembly was conceived in part to draw attention to the infrastructure, history and aesthetics of the Chicago River and its importance as a Chicago cultural asset.

Founder, 2017, foam, wood, aqua resin, paint, hardware, 12’ x 10’ x 10’



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Echo Location / Chicago Expo / Palais de Tokyo Exhibition / Singing Stones / Chicago Illinois USA / 2017




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Singing Stones, curated by the Palais de Tokyo’s Katell Jaffrès, brought together 11 emerging artists from both the French and Chicago art scenes, as part of the first Hors les Murs exhibition in the United States, in partnership with the Institut français. Presented within The Roundhouse—a 17,000 sq. ft space built in 1881 and designed by Burnham & Root—at the DuSable Museum of African American History, the exhibition presented an intimate dialogue between original productions and pre-existing works that opened during the sixth edition of EXPO CHICAGO (September 13–17), and ran concurrently through the 2017 Chicago Architecture Biennial (September 16, 2017–January 7, 2018). The exhibition design involved a strong architectural component through a partnership with the Graham Foundation with Guest Designer Andrew Schachman, to collaborate with Jaffrès on a singular approach to the space and exhibition design.

Echo Location is a hybrid of exhibition, architectural infrastructure, and sculpture.  The materials for the work referenced the idea of echo to imagine the interior envelope of the Roundbarn as a sonic material chamber utilizing an interactive kit of parts.  The installation was materially mimetic and the logic of the physical kit materials behaved like sonic waves moving around, bouncing off and appropriating the physical surfaces of the building. The round barn materials-- wood, aluminum, brick and cement were mimicked through in the material of the framework and via 3D scans, image captures and an approximation of material lengths, connective joints, horizontal surfaces and vertical screens.  This infrastructure  displays the ghost of works by other artists participating in the exhibition in addition to transformations of the DuSable Museum’s collection.

In Miwon Kwon’s book One Place After Another: Site Specific Art and Locational Identity, she writes of Lucy Lippard working to define a sense of place amidst the uprooting of our lives from specific local cultures and places due to voluntary migration, itinerant work or forced migration as a kind of text of humanity.  Floating Museum’s kit of parts will explore locational identity and site responsiveness while being interactive and textual.  Echo location is in part inspired by Etienne-Jules Marey, a physiologist and contemporary of Eadweard Muybridge who developed chronophotography, a precursor to the motion picture camera.  

Participating Organizations /

Palais de Tokyo / DuSable Museum of African American History / Chicago Expo / Consulate Général de France à Chicago / Studio Andrew Schachman

River Assembly / Chicago Illinois USA / 2017 /




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Floating Museum exists in the continuum of artists examining their relationship to institutions, and responds to the evolution of museums; ranging from the cabinet of curiosities or Wunderkabinett between the sixteenth and eighteenth centuries, transitioning to the dense accumulations of time-capsule vitrines in nineteenth century museums, and finally to the complete contrast of the highly self-conscious, contemporary art space. The idea and practice of a mobile museum might be traced from the Wunderkabinett  to Marcel Duchamp’s Boite-en-Valise (Portable Museum) from 1941 in a briefcase.  

River Assembly responds to history as a way to contemplate the present and speculate on the future of the Chicago River as a space in flux, drawing on its industrial past looking to its future as a valuable urban cultural asset.

Founder was created by Floating Museum as part of the larger, multifaceted River Assembly project.  Founder is a 12' yellow-colored styrofoam rendering of Jean Baptiste Pointe du Sable, the first known non-indigenous settler of Chicago.  Founder was milled from foam using a 3D-scan of Erik Blome's sculpture of Jean Baptiste Point Du Sable, installed on Michigan Avenue in 2009.   River Assembly was conceived in part to draw attention to the infrastructure, history and aesthetics of the Chicago River and its importance as a Chicago cultural asset.

Founder, 2017, foam, wood, aqua resin, paint, hardware, 12’ x 10’ x 10’

Participating Artists /

Miguel Aguilar (aka Kane One) / Tiaybe Bledsoe / Marcus Alleyne / Hebru Brantley / Marcus Davis / Asia Delores / Bill Douglas / Louis DeMarco / Kameco Dodd / Marcus Evans / Assaf Evron / Krista Franklin / Maria Gaspar / Tracie D. Hall / Jeff Harris / Adam Hines / Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford / Yashua Klos / Gabriela Ibarra / Kopano (performance) / Faheem Majeed / Christopher Meerdo / Ciera Missick / Cecil McDonald Jr / Jesse McLean / MonAerie (performance) / Derek Moore / Dan Peterman / Cheryl Pope / Pope.L / Fernando Ramirez / Kameelah Janan Rasheed / Cauleen Smith / Sheila Smith / Edra Soto / Lan Tuazon / Maria Villarreal / Roman Villarreal / JGV/WAR (J. Gibran Villalobos & Wil A. Ruggiero) / Amanda Williams / Bernard Williams / Avery R. Young & De Deacon Board (performance)

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Dusable Heritage AssociationDusable Museum of African American HistoryGraffiti InstituteHyde Park Art CenterThe Intuit Center for Intuitive and Outsider ArtProject Onward / SkyArtSoutheast Chicago Historical Society / South Side Projections  / T.R.A.C.E  / West Pullman Park

 

How to Give Life to a Mountain / DuSable Museum of African American History / Chicago Illinois USA / 2016 /




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An invitation to engage with the legacy of Dr. Margaret Burroughs and the history of the museum itself, this installation references objects from DuSable’s collection.  Dr. Margaret Burroughs’ invitation to the community to donate their own artifacts extended the value of the object to the exchange itself, to the relation between the institution and the people it represents. In this way, the institution is of the people, arising from their own histories. In this spirit, Floating Museum invites local artists and historians, young and old, to make this history their own - to participate as a maker, a recorder, and a living document of collective history.

Participating Artists /

Bella Bahhs

Participating Organizations /

DuSable Museum of African American History

Conversational Exchange / West Pullman Park / 2016



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Floating Museum coordinated a day of exchange beween the West Pullman Adult Special Needs Art Class and Project Onward, an independent nonprofit organization for professional artists with mental and developmental disabilities.  West Pullman Park is home to Ms St George and a community of educators and resources dedicated to Adult Special Needs programs.  They provide classes which are integral to their overall mission as a home of the Special Olympics. 

Participating Organizations /

City of Chicago Park District / Austin Town Hall Park / DuSable Museum of African American History / West Pullman Adult Special Needs / Project Onward

Public Artists in Residence / Cultural Center / Chicago Illinois USA / 2015


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In 2015 the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) Studio Artist in Residency Program provided the Floating Museum an artist studio in the Chicago Cultural Center), along with an honorarium and various opportunities to engage with the public.  We used this time to gain insight and feedback from city officials, civically engaged leaders, artists, and the public about the challenges and impact of our proposed initiative.

Participating Organizations /

City of Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs (DCASE)