I interviewed Zeke Reich about his MAPH experience and his current position at the Veterans Administration in Washington, DC. Here’s what he had to say:
What were your goals upon entry into MAPH?
I came into MAPH with the primary intention of connecting with a constellation of people and ideas that can be found in the U of C Philosophy Department and almost nowhere else. There were a group of professors (Conant, Finkelstein, Pippin, Haugeland, Lear…) and interlocutors (Wittgenstein, Heidegger, Cavell, Austin, Putnam, Baz, McDowell, Brandom…) whom I felt I needed to connect with in order to make my basic education as a philosophical person complete. I’m happy to say that that intention was met: I was welcomed into advanced classes and workshops, and spent time with upper-level graduate students who were having all the conversations that I had wanted to be part of. And I still feel that the U of C Wittgenstein/Cavell/Heidegger/pragmatism axis plays an extremely important role in my sensibility and worldview. Continue reading
HEADS UP, Alums!
This Thursday evening from 6-9 pm (or however long you want to hang out and reminisce about the good old MAPH days), we’ll be holding a get together at Clark Street Ale House (742 N. Clark Street, 60610). You’ll recognize it by the neon “Stop and Drink” sign out front. The first round of beers is on MAPH’s dime. Significant others and friends are welcome to join! Shiny Christmas outfits are not required… though I’m sure no one would object if you are so inclined.
Kristen Wahl Hagan entered MAPH in the Fall of 2005 after having received Bachelor’s degrees in Clothing and Textile design (Virginia Tech University) and Art History (Indiana University). She came to MAPH intending to apply for PhD programs in Art History, but her experiences working in the art world also gave her a sense of the benefits of the MAPH degree on its own. As she put it, “Jobs in the art world are few and far between and they’re often very coveted, so even though you know that you don’t need a PhD or a Masters degree to do the job, having that gives you a competitive edge in the job market.”
Hagan’s plans began to change pretty quickly once she got to MAPH. She was surprised to find that the two professors of modern art history that she had most wanted to work with were on sabbatical. Though initially disappointed, Hagan came to view this set-back as an opportunity to make her MAPH experience truly interdisciplinary, embracing the chance to become involved with other departments. Hagan says that after taking a class at the Booth graduate school of business, she began to realize that she had more of a business mind and that becoming an academic was not for her.
Hagan’s thesis, advised by Booth Professor Tanya Menon, was the product of Hagan’s cross-disciplinary interests. By using the thesis project to explore how art museums make themselves accessible to people (or often fail to do so, as Hagan argues), she began a line of thought which is directly connected to her daily work life now. Speaking of her current position as Assistant Director at Gallery KH, Hagan says, “I deal directly with people a lot. In other museum or gallery settings, people are not always willing to speak to you. I’m very conscious of that in how I deal with people.”
When asked what advice she would give to current MAPH students interested in pursuing careers in the art world, Hagan had this to say: “Because I got pushed out of my comfort zone and was fortunate enough to have success with that, I would say to get outside of your comfort zone, so that you can come back to your discipline with a fresh perspective.” Hagan also suggested that taking advantage of internships and opportunities around Chicago is a great way to figure out early on what kind of work you enjoy.
For more information about Gallery KH, check out their website here.
MAPH and the 64th Street Print Shop are very pleased to announce that we’ll be holding a screening of the documentary film TYPEFACE this coming Friday (10/22) at 6:30 in Social Sciences 122. Several 2004 MAPH alums collaborated in the making of TYPEFACE including producer and director Justine Nagan. It was recently nominated for a regional Emmy for best documentary. The film focuses on a museum and print shop in Two Rivers, Wisconsin, as a central location in the continuing evolution of printmaking, and it raises questions about the connection between past and future craft practices, the convergence of modern design and traditional technique. You can read more about the film by checking out their website. OR check out the official trailer here!
After the screening, several MAPH alums who took part in the making of the film will be available for a brief Q&A session. Participants will include Justine Nagan, Associate Producer Starr Marcello, Director of Cinematography Tom Bailey, and researcher/photographer Brendan Kredell. Do not miss this opportunity to learn more about the great work that other MAPH alums are doing (and to see a wonderful film as well)!
AND since you’re already heading to Hyde Park for the screening, why not grab a drink at social hour beforehand? As you may recall, it starts at 4pm in Classics 110 and the drinks and snacks are free as always. Come meet the exuberant 2011 class of MAPHers, share your infinite post-MAPH wisdom, and reconnect with each other!
This news is a bit delayed, but is nonetheless exciting. Kiki Petrosino, poet and 2004 MAPH graduate, published her first book of poetry, Ford Red Border, in 2009. Fort Red Border has been reviewed in The Believer and Rain Taxi, and was shortlisted for the Forward Book of the Year Award in Poetry. Most recently, the Poetry Foundation has honored Petrosino’s book by including it in a list of the top five small press books of poems. You can read the article here. Petrosino has also been profiled in Poets and Writers as part of the 2010 Dubut Poets Roundup. She currently teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Louisville.
After studying art history in MAPH, recent graduate Emma Stein ’10 is now the Gallery Director of Robert Bills Contemporary. Robert Bills Contemporary is a new gallery located in Chicago’s prestigious West Loop gallery district. Named one of the top ten new galleries featured at Next 2010 on the Chicago Tribune’s Next Hotlist, the gallery opens its doors for the first time on September 10th. The owner, Robert Bills is also a University of Chicago graduate. He completed his MBA in ’89.
The gallery’s first exhibition, oil, toil, WALLS, and foil, examines the tactics four artists employ to negotiate the fine line that divides figuration and abstraction. The exhibition investigates how each artist demonstrates his or her unique artistic vocabulary in a way that challenges the longstanding art-historical binary. While the individual artists each represent a dramatically different approach to the problem, the common thread that binds them together is the clarity of their distinctive artistic vision as it is demonstrated with remarkable skill.
Emma and Robert Bills Contemporary invite all MAPH graduates and their friends and family to attend the gallery’s fall opening reception on September 10th, from 6-9 pm. The gallery is located at 650 West Lake Street, on the lower level. For more information about the gallery or inquires about the reception, please contact Emma at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beth Ferrari Morris ’03 went back to UChicago to get her law degree, graduating in 2008. She’s happily practicing in Chicago and living in the city with her husband Greg and their three crazy dogs. Anyone who remembers Beth from her MAPH and mentor years probably remember how much she loved to cook and to bake (and leave the products in the MAPH office). Now, Beth has combined writing and baking to create a fun new hobby: blogging! Follow along on Veg Baker, J.D. to see how Beth is figuring out how to go vegan while still whipping up yummy treats – or to give her helpful tips! Omnivores and vegetarians alike are welcome.