September 7-8, 2018, Social Practice.Social Justice, Houston, TX
Presented by Project Row Houses (PRH), “Social Practice.Social Justice” is a day-long symposium bringing together artists, activists and thought leaders to Houston’s Third Ward. The symposium begins Friday evening with a special dinner hosted by Project Row Houses. It continues with Day 2 on Saturday morning with a panel discussion on neighborhood development and the strategies used in communities impacted by disinvestment. This session will be followed by a keynote address from Lisa Dent, thought leader and advocate for cultural workers, living artists and shape-shifters. The afternoon session will conclude the symposium, with a panel centered on utilizing creativity, imagination and engagement.
Beyond Social Practice, Afternoon Panel, moderated by Gia Hamilton, Cultural Producer
2:30 – 4:00 p.m
The panelists will present their individual practices and discuss the broad, often vague definition of "social practice" as well as their observed impact of art and creativity on the community.
- Artist Shani Peters, New York based
- Artist Nathaniel Donnett, Houston based
- Cultural worker Jen Delos Reyes, Chicago based
September 19, 2018, University Illinois at Chicago, Gallery 400
Art Education and Other Worlds
This talk will take inspiration from science and speculative fiction to re-imagine art education for K-12, art schools, and museums.
September 22, 2018, UMass Amherst, UMCA
September 22: XTCA Symposium 10 a.m. ⎼ 5 p.m
We Need to Know Where We Have Been to Know Where We Are Going.
Socially engaged art is experiencing a moment of high interest in the contemporary art world, with funders, institutions, and beyond. This way of working in the world as an artist is not new, these practices have longstanding precedents. This talk will lay out a parallel history of social art and social movements, propose methodologies, and speculate on the future of the field.
August 3, 2018, Iowa Arts Summit
Rethinking Art Education for Everyone
What should art education look like today? This session will take a broad historical look at approaches to art education that will touch on K-12, art schools, and museum education. Taking inspiration from radical approaches to education and alternative structures, audience members will be asked to reconsider tried and true approaches and be given suggestions of other ways.
May 9, 2018, 12:00pm - 1:00pm, Chicago Style: Do Touch The Art: Outstanding Menu Design
Natasha David (Nitecap; New York), Iain Griffiths (Trash Tiki, Dandelyan; London), Morgan Schick (Trick Dog, Bon Vivants; San Francisco)
Moderated by Jen Delos Reyes (School of Art + Art History, University of Illinois; Chicago)
May 11, 2018 , 7:30pm -9:30pm, The Bronx Museum of the Arts
Examining SUSTAINABILITY internally, the core team behind Open Engagement (Jen Delos Reyes, Crystal Baxley, and Latham Zearfoss) will be in conversation with Laura Raicovich and Paul Ramirez Jonas to reflect on the conference, now in its 10th iteration. Together they will examine the conference’s history and model, and reflect on how to move the project forward.
Open Engagement 2018 will take place May 11 – 13, 2018 at the Queens Museum and a constellation of sites throughout New York City. In addition to exploring the intersections of art and activism, this year’s conference will explore the expansive theme of SUSTAINABILITY and will feature presenters Lucy Lippard and Mel Chin.
Interview in Tom Tom Magazine December 2017
November 16-19, 2017, Open Engagement at the Chicago Art Book Fair
Chicago Athletic Association, 12 S Michigan Ave
The first Chicago Art Book Fair will showcase emerging directions and diverse legacies within small press arts publishing. The fair will feature an international group of approximately 100 arts publishers, small presses, book artists, comics artists, zinemakers and printmakers. The CABF will connect artists and publishers with each other and to a public audience, through programming, workshops, and of course through the temporary book market that serves as the fair's focal point and main gathering space. CABF will be free and open to the public.
November 2, 2017, The Therapy Sessions w/ Dushko Petrovich, Jen Delos Reyes
Hungry Brain, 2319 W Belmont Ave, Chicago, Illinois
A lecture and listening party based on my therapeutic record shopping habit.
July 27, 2017, In Conversation: Paul Druecke and Jen Delos Reyes, Milwaukee Art Museum
6 PM, 700 N. Art Museum Drive
Participate in a conversation about the social practice of art: art as a means
to engage and build community. Jen Delos Reyes is a community arts organizer
and associate director of the School of Art and Art History at the University
of Illinois, Chicago. This event is in conjunction with the exhibition Paul
Druecke: A Social Event Archive.
July 27, 2017, In Conversation: Paul Druecke and Jen Delos Reyes, Milwaukee Art Museum
6 PM, 700 N. Art Museum Drive
Participate in a conversation about the social practice of art: art as a means
to engage and build community. Jen Delos Reyes is a community arts organizer
and associate director of the School of Art and Art History at the University
of Illinois, Chicago. This event is in conjunction with the exhibition Paul
Druecke: A Social Event Archive.
June 13-25, 2017, Art Lessons: What I Never Thought I Would Learn About Life From Contemporary Art, Adobe Books Gallery, San Francisco, CA
Jen Delos Reyes has known she wanted to be an artist since she was a child. She spent 7 years in higher education studying art, spent over a decade teaching in art schools, and has spent countless hours at museums, art fairs, biennials, and galleries.
Art is a major part of her life, yet for some reason it is always unexpected when she felt she has really learned something from art. In those moments that art really connected to her life, it managed to illustrate deep and meaningful connections, and the result were life lessons that got to the core of our humanity, connections, and complexities.
For this exhibition Delos Reyes will write a short collection of short essays and stories capturing when the art she has encountered found its way into surprising aspects of her life, an imparted life lessons in the process.
Stories and essays will include reflections on: Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Sophie Calle, Mierle Laderman Ukeles, Paul Ramirez Jonas, and Diane Borsato
For a portion of the exhibition Delos Reyes will be in residence in the Adobe Books space writing these reflections and sharing the results each day. Full schedule of writing hours and programming for June as Follows:
Tuesday June 13th
Writing hours 12–5PM
Kick off happy hour with the artist featuring cocktails inspired by the featured artists 7pm-8pm
Wednesday June 14th
Writing hours 12–5PM
Reading with Artist Lori Gordon 7pm-8pm
Join Lori Gordon for a reading of a story of an artwork that taught her a valuable life lesson.
Thursday June 15th
Writing hours 12–5PM, Artist talk 7pm-8pm
Friday June 16th
Writing hours 12-5PM, Reception 5-7pm
May 2017, Woven Magazine Issue 03: The Maker's Impression
Issue Three examines the unique capacity of the artist and designer to reflect the times in which we live, to express values and beliefs, and make small nudges towards a more inclusive and thoughtful world. Whether through a photograph, a canvas, or a finely tooled leather boot, art and design wield the power to challenge accepted norms, put life in perspective, connect communities, or dive into a deeper view of time. From a multitude of approaches and tools, we look at the way artists, entrepreneurs, and craftsmen and women leave their mark with a lasting impression.
From Brooklyn, New York to Costa Mesa, California; from Marfa, Texas to Chicago, Illinois, we share the impressions eight artists and craftsmen are leaving with their work, including photographers Bee & Rog Walker, painter and illustrator Kyle Steed, textile designers Jenna Wilson and Cary Vaughan of Ace & Jig, and Open Engagement's Jen Delos Reyes.
May 13-July 1, 2017, The Dangerous Professors, Triumph Gallery, Chicago, IL
The Dangerous Professors, a curatorial project exhibiting over one hundred and fifty artists–educators, acts as a counter-action to the pervasive rightwing impulse whose spirit jeopardizes civil, artistic and academic freedom by calling out, shaming, and harming those it opposes. The exhibition responds by first inviting artists who define themselves as educators to participate, the result of which creates a list of art-educators that can be deemed, in the current political climate, as dangerous. Second, the exhibition portrays the spectrum of art done by the presumably “dangerous” educators, and has the potential to become “dangerous art.” Third, the exhibition will provide a publication that voices the individual concerns of the artists-educators participating in the show. The text will structure a platform for public dialogue that furthers the development of strategies toward radical education.
April 21, 2017, Say It While You Still Mean It: Conversations on Art and Practice, Book Release
Open Engagement in Print is proud to release Say It While You Still Mean It: Conversations on Art and Practice.
Open Engagement is an annual artist-led conference dedicated to expanding the dialogue around and creating a site of care for the field of socially engaged art.
Bad at Sports is a weekly podcast, a series of objects, events, and a daily blog produced in Chicago, San Francisco, and New York City, which features artists and art worlders in conversation about art and the community of makers.
Bad at Sports and Open Engagement are two of the principle spaces from which artists witness and investigate the scope of an emerging practice. Say It While You Still Mean It: Conversations on Art & Practice presents nine luminaries, fellow travelers in conversation about a dynamic meaning making.
April 21-23, 2017, Open Engagement: JUSTICE, Chicago. IL
Open Engagement (OE) is an annual artist-led conference dedicated to expanding the dialogue around and creating a site of care for the field of socially engaged art. The conference highlights the work of transdisciplinary artists, activists, students, scholars, community members, and organizations working within the complex social issues and struggles of our time.
Open Engagement 2017 — JUSTICE will take place at the University of Illinois at Chicago and a constellation of sites across the city. This year’s conference, guided by the curatorial vision of Romi Crawford and Lisa Yun Lee, will feature presenters including Theaster Gates, Maria Gaspar, Maria Varela, Ai-jen Poo, Marisa Jahn and Laurie Jo Reynolds.
April 18, 2017, Radio Free Bridgeport, Lumpen Radio, Chicago. IL
April 16, 2017, The Arts Section, 90.9 FM Chicago, IL
March 29, 2017, Art 21: Open Engagement Interview
March 23, 2017, Art Practical Issue 8.3 Art Can't Do Anything If We Don't
March 18, 2017, Lillian Smith Symposium, Keynote Speaker, Athens, GA
Through presentations and conversation with special guest speakers and artists moderated by acclaimed scholar and writer Barbara Brown Taylor, this symposium will explore art in the public arena as a form of cultural expression and an inspiration for social change. Genres will include murals, graffiti, outdoor art installations, performances in public spaces, and more.
"To find the point where hypothesis and fact meet; the delicate equilibrium between dream and reality; the place where fantasy and earthly things are metamorphosed into a work of art . . . this is what man’s journey is about, I think.” –Lillian Smith, The Journey
February 23, 2017, Duke University, DURHAM NC
FHI Social Practice Lab and Duke Vice Provost for the Arts Collateral Fund present A Public Lecture with Jen Delos Reyes (performed with drums, bass, and electric guitars)
6:00 pm - 7:15 pm THE CARRACK 947 E. Main St, Durham, NC
Drums, voice, and visuals: Jen Delos Reyes (artist and guest speaker) Guitars & vocals: Trey Richardson and Scott McSwain, bass: Tim Bryant
Join Jen Delos Reyes for a performance and artist talk in collaboration with local musicians, students, faculty, and staff. Her lecture will be delivered throughout a set list of songs they will perform together that reference utopian leanings, relationship breakdowns, and leading a meaningful life. The songs will serve as anchor points to discuss her own socially engaged art practice, as well as content to contemplate collaborative impulses, and the potential artists have of imagining new ways of being in the world together.
February 8, 2017, University of Chicago
November 17, 2016, Lecture University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
A performance and artist talk in collaboration with local musicians/UIUC students, faculty, and staff. The lecture will be delivered throughout a set list of songs they will perform together that reference utopian leanings, relationship breakdowns, and leading a meaningful life. The songs will serve as anchor points to discuss her own socially engaged art practice, as well as content to contemplate collaborative impulses, and the potential artists have of imagining new ways of being in the world together.
October 11, 2016, Primer No.11, Chicago
7pm-11pm, 2033 W North ave
October 3, 2016, Lecture GVSU, Grand Valley
Lecture as part of the GVSU lecture series, Art and the Radical.
October 1, 2016, Sputnik Press Cooperative Benefit
7pm-10pm 1821 West Hubbard, Chicago
September 12 2016, Trunk Show Chicago, IL
As part of Trunk Show Delos Reyes will create a bumper sticker about collectively, exclusivity, and group dynamics.
TRUNK SHOW is a mobile exhibition space usually located in Chicago. They feature monthly solo shows for which artists are commissioned to design a limited edition bumper sticker. The sticker lives, rides along with, and helps propel the medium beat up 1999 forest green Ford Taurus owned by Raven Falquez Munsell and Jesse Malmed. In addition to the month-long exhibitions, the editioned bumper stickers are sold (from the trunk) for a collector-friendly price and by annual subscription. Openings follow a nomadic, symbiotic logic and include a public affixing, cool tunes and road snacks.
September 22-25, 2016, EXPO Chicago, IL
As part of the UIC booth at EXPO Chicago Delos Reyes will create an interactive installation.
Friday, September 23 | 11:00am–7:00pm
Saturday, September 24 | 11:00am–7:00pm
Sunday, September 25 | 11:00am–6:00pm
600 E Grand Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
October 5, 2016, #Drakestudies, Chicago, IL
Featured speakers: Kevin Coval, Angel Ysaguirre, Felicia Mings, and Anthony Steptor
Drakestudies explores the cultural significance and phenomenon that is Aubrey “Drake” Graham. The hashtag #Drakestudies has been applied to posts in which within the academy there is an instance, experience or example that emerges in which a Drake reference, lyric, or move can be applied, or used to understand, further, or enhance. In the same way that the loose framing of "Lebowski studies" emerged to define how hundreds of scholars and cultural critics were using the Cohen brothers’ film The Big Lebowski as a tool for analysis on a number of issues, #Drakestudies is an area that can encompass a range of subjects and concerns from gender studies, philosophy, pop-culture, to economics
5:00pm-6:00pm Soho House Chicago
April 1 to May 8, 2016, LocuStLed
Woodland Pattern 720 E Locust Street Milwaukee, WI
curated by Paul Druecke
Alec Finlay Anika Wilson Anne Bray Arijit Sen Assaf Evron Brenda Cárdenas Chuck Stebelton Dan Torop Debra Brehmer Donna Stonecipher Jason S. Yi Jennifer Delos Reyes Joshua Martin Ballew Kate Sierzputowski Margaret Noodin Martha Wilson Matt Cook Alderman Michael J. Murphy Michelle Grabner/Brad Killam Monique Meloche Nick Tobier Nirmal Raja Riverwest Coop Riverwest Yogashala Robert J. Baumann Roberto Harrison Roger White Sabina Ott Santiago Cucullu Sara Krajewski Sector 2337 Shalem Healing Inc. Stacy Szymaszek Stephanie Barber Temporary Art Review Thalia Field Theresa Columbus Thomas Hellstrom Tyanna Buie Zach Hill
April 29-May 1, 2016 Open Engagement: Power, Oakland, CA
Open Engagement 2016 — POWER will take place April 29–May 1, 2016 at the Oakland Museum of California and additional sites throughout the Bay Area. The conference theme will be guided by the curatorial vision of René de Guzman and feature keynote speakers Angela Davis and Suzanne Lacy.
Oakland Museum of California
June 22, 2016 Lecture: I'm Going to Live the Live the Life I Sign About in My Song- Pittsburgh, PA
To celebrate the release of I’m Going to Live the Life I Sing About in my Song: How Artists Make and Live Lives of Meaning join us for a lecture that traces the social and historical influences that have informed artists whose work sought to connect art and daily life and examines in a parallel fashion the social movements, cultural theory, and philosophies that were influencing these artists from political activism, intentional living, and Eastern philosophies. This lecture will highlight in depth a selection of artists from the book who use daily acts of living to connect their artistic practice to their life values and philosophies, and situate these everyday tasks in relation to larger political and social issues including labor, economics, food production, ways of living, and education.
Neu Kirche Contemporary Art Center
1000 Madison Avenue
July 3-9, 2016, Visiting Artist/Scholar Ox-Bow, Michigan
In addition to its talented faculty, Ox-Bow hosts a series of distinguished visiting artists, art historians, and critics each summer. These Visiting Artists have been chosen to complement the program offerings. Visiting Artists give slide presentations of their work, are available for individual and group critiques, and visit classes to talk with students and faculty. They share their work and ideas, their success, and their insight with both students and staff.
July 28-31, 2016, The Art Gym, Portland, OR
The Art Gym presents its first summer outdoor project, I’m Going to Live the Life I Sing About in My Song, by Jen Delos Reyes, from July 29 to 31, 2016. Inspired by her newly released book, I’m Going to Live the Life I Sing About in My Song: How Artists Make and Live Lives of Meaning, the summer project will take place in a small geodesic dome on the Marylhurst University campus. Each day, Delos Reyes will serve cocktails in the dome during happy hour and will be on hand to discuss the ideas in the book. Invited artists will also host events and talks each day, and on Sunday, July 31, Delos Reyes will give a reading from her book.
The Art Gym’s 2016 summer programming is generously funded by the Collins Foundation and Jen Delos Reyes’s book received support from the Regional Arts & Culture Council. This special edition of I’m Going to Live the Life I Sing About in My Song: How Artists Make and Live Lives of Meaning is The Art Gym’s 75th publication.
The Art Gym is supported by the Robert and Mercedes Eichholz Foundation, the Collins Foundation, the Oregon Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts. The Art Gym’s publication fund is supported by the Harold & Arlene Schnitzer CARE Foundation and Linda Hutchins and John Montague. Other individuals and businesses provided additional support.
August 5-26, 2016, Distant Friends at Raygun Projects Toowoomba, Australia
Solo exhibition exploring personal email correspondence.
August 11, 2016, Discussion at Gallery 400 with Randall Szott, Chicago, IL
To celebrate the launch of I'm Going To Live the Life I Sing About In My Song: How Artists Make and Live Lives of Meaning, I will be in conversation with Randall Szott about art and everyday life.
March 30, 2016, Expanded Art History for Plants, Chicago, IL
"How Does an Archive Think?" with Chris Collins, Jen Delos Reyes, & Matthew Jesse Jackson.
EAHFP is a monthly pseudo-lecture series (as part of Uptool's series of ongoing programming at the UIC greenhouse) that imagines a premise in which Art History is designed for anyone: kids, animals, plants, scholars; the Pizza Hut waiter as much as the Frankfurt School. The presentations in this series are therefore "expanded" in the sense that they are not only made somewhat more art historically general, but also entered into arenas of playing with its form and limitations. Which is to lead to a pontification following this hyphen - how do we talk about art history without a powerpoint or a stack of papers in front of our face outside of a classroom or conference? Answers are not necessarily expected, powerpoints are not necessarily denied, and papers will most certainly be used. The provocation is simply: play with all these things to make a potentially generative mess.
November 21-22, 2015The MCA Chicago, Cage Unrequited, Chicago, IL
In collaboration with Lisa Yun Lee we will be contributing a 15 minute segment to Cage Unrequited, a 25-hour marathon reading of experimental composer John Cage’s influential book Silence: Lectures and Writings (1961) that will take place at the MCA on Sunday November 22.
Organized by visual artist Pope.L, the performance reimagines the book for contemporary audiences by filtering a bit of the past through the voices and attitudes of a diverse community of more than 100 invited readers from Chicago.
220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, Illinois
December 2, 2015 University Illinois at Chicago, Trivial Pursuits
Lecture : #DrakeStudies: Life, Love, and Aubrey in the Academy.
Trivial Pursuits is a weekly lunchtime lecture series where UIC School of Art & Art History faculty, staff, and students give talks on things they are passionate about, it just can't be their own work!
Henry Hall, 106, UIC
June 13, 2015, The Wassaic Project Summer Preview Party, Wassaic, NY
Maxon Mills Porch
37 Furnace Bank Rd
Wassaic NY 12592
June 19, 2015, San Francisco, CA
Lecture, “What Can an Exhibition Do (beyond the institutional context)?” at SFAI.
March 13, 2015, Berkeley, CA
Questioning Aesthetics Symposium
308A Doe Library
History of Art Department, UC Berkeley
Free and open to the public
In conjunction with the launching of the second, fully revised and expanded six volume edition of the Encyclopedia of Aesthetics (July 2014), the Arts Research Center will co-host a full day symposium on Friday, March 13, 2015, looking at aesthetics as both the subject and object of critique, and as a way to explore and expand new forms of aesthetics research in many disciplines.
Shannon Jackson (UC Berkeley), Moderator
Grant Kester (UC San Diego)
Dee Hibbert-Jones (UC Santa Cruz)
Ted Purves (California College of Art)
Susanne Cockrell (California College of Arts)
Jen Delos Reyes (Artist, Educator and community arts organizer)
March 26, 2015, Sacramento, CA
Join the Crocker Art Museum, Verge Center for the Arts, and Sacramento Metropolitan Arts Commission for the first panel discussion of a series of free hands-on workshops exploring innovative forms of artistic engagement in our community. Learn how artists across the country respond to social taboos, constructs, and challenges through their artwork as a way to stimulate meaningful conversation.
Panelists will share a variety of bold, participatory, and innovative artistic projects and processes that incorporate relevant social issues as a way to engage community. Panelists include Jen Delos Reyes, Professor of Art and Social Practice at Portland State University's Social Practice MFA program and Sacramento-based artist Seyed Alavi.
Free and open to the public.
March 5, 2015, Los Angeles, CA
Thursday, March 5, 2015, 4pm
Big City Forum
MDP Design Dialogues: Territories and Storylines
Curated by Leonardo Bravo
Big City Forum Wind Tunnel Residency will feature visual makers, thinkers, and activists who are creating new storylines, exploring un-chartered territories, and reshaping their practice.
Featuring: Jen Delos Reyes, Sarah Williams, Jaitip Srisomburananont.
In this presentation we will explore practices around sustainable artist-led culture that focus on place, engagement, and dialogue. Big City Forum advocates direct engagement, appearing in person, speaking truth, taking risks–no matter how large or small. Past, present, future. It’s the doing that matters. The Wind Tunnel Art Center College of Design South Campus 950 S. Raymond Avenue Pasadena, CA 91105 Big City Forum (BCF) founded by Los Angeles-based artist, educator, and activist Leonardo Bravo, is an independent, interdisciplinary project that explores the intersection between design-based creative disciplines within the context of public space, the built environment, and social change.
February 4, 2015, Alfred, NY
Alfred University, Conversation Series. 9:00am.
December 19, 2014, Portland, OR
I will be giving a talk about education for Creative Mornings Portland on December 19th at the Lab at the Museum of Contemporary Craft. What should an arts education look like today? Can education change the role of artists and designers in society? Hoe does teaching change when it is done with compassion? How does one navigate and resist the often emotionally toxic world of academia? With the rising cost of education what can we do differently? You can register here.
November 6-8, 2014, Cleveland, OH
I will be in Cleaveland from November 6-8 for the Unruly Engagements conference the Cleveland Institute of Art. I will be the closing respondent for the event on Saturday evening. For more information on the conference and keynote speaker Shannon Jackson click here. You can register here.
September 23, 2014, Pittsburg, PA
5pm Kresge Theater
Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh
October 9, 2014, Stockton, CA
12pm Tillie Lewis Theater
San Joaquin Delta College, Stockton
Lecture in conjunction with the Art and Social Change exhibition October 9 – November 6, 2014
OCTOBER 4–11, 2014, Portland, OR
THE LAST WHOLE EARTH CATALOG LIBRARY, DESIGN WEEK PORTLAND
For Design Week Portland 2014 Jen Delos Reyes has assembled a Whole Earth Catalog reading room geared toward design thinking, education, and meaningful living. The non-lending resource library features over three dozen titles originally listed in the catalog that focus on thinking through form, utopian experiments, cost effective living, survival, radical pedagogy, architecture without architects, nature, and philosophy.
Delos Reyes will be available for library consultation throughout the week to discuss how these titles connect to her current book project I’m Going to Live the Life I Sing About in My Song: How Artists Make and Live Lives of Meaning.
The library is located in Design Week Portlandʼs Head Quarters in Pioneer Square.
October 7, 2014 11:00am-12:30pm
October 10, 2014 4:30pm-6:00pm
I’m Going to Live the Life I Sing About in My Song: How Artists Make and Live Lives of Meaning is made possible through the generous support of the Regional Arts and Culture Council.
OCTOBER 23–NOVEMBER 30, 2014, TOKYO, JAPAN
SHEROS, LAMP GALLERY
SHEROS is an homage to our role models, mentors and muses. The exhibition will consist of letters written by artists to their female heroes, with accompanying images and artwork.
Gallery visitors will also have the opportunity to write letters and bring images to hang in the exhibition.
NOVEMBER 6-8, 2014 Unruly Engagements: On the Social Turn in Contemporary Art and Design,
Shannon Jackson as keynote speaker and Jen Delos Reyes as special respondent.
SEPTEMBER 5–7, 2014, CALGARY, AB
KEYNOTE SPEAKER INTERSITE VISUAL ARTS FESTIVAL
I will be the keynote lecturer at Intersite Visual Arts Festival: in Dreams I Walk With You.
Intersite Visual Arts Festival (IVAF) actively engages an unsuspecting public and advocates for contemporary art practices through the decentralized presentation of exhibitions, happenings, and performances outside of the traditional gallery setting.
AUGUST 13, 2014, TORONTO, ON
IN CONVERSATION WITH DIANE BORSATO AT THE POWER PLANT
Socially Engaged Art
Jen Delos Reyes and Diane Borsato
Wednesday, 13 August, 7:30 PM
Studio Theatre, Harbourfront Centre
JULY 14–15, 2014, Michigan
UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN PERSONAL AND SOCIETAL TRANSFORMATION THROUGH SOCIAL WORK AND THE ARTS
As part of the Personal and Societal Transformation through Social Work and the Arts symposium I will be speaking about my work developing programs that foster art as a force for social change.
JULY 12, 2014, Los Angeles, CA
VISITING ARTIST SUNDOWN SCHOOLHOUSE SUMMER 2014: THE LOS ANGELES SEMINARY FOR EMBODIED AND CIVIC ARTS
As part of my current book project featuring Fritz Haeg I will be a visitor at the Sundown Schoolhouse summer 2014: THE LOS ANGELES SEMINARY FOR EMBODIED AND CIVIC ARTS.
JUNE 27, 2014, PA
MILDRED’S LANE GUEST LECTURE
Artist Lecture on current book project—I’m Going to Live the Life I Sing About in my Song: How Artists Make and Live Lives of Meaning
JUNE 16–22, 2014, Iowa City, Iowa
PROBLEM SOLVING SOCIAL PRACTICE IN ART: VARIATIONS, INSTANCES, TENDENCIES, TRAJECTORIES, AND DISCOURSES
From June 16 to June 20, 2014, a group of scholars, community organizers, and artists will meet to cast a wide net on the idea of “social practice in art,” examining and exposing gaps in the topic both in scholarly terms and in how those terms relate to community actions and organizations. Through a potpourri of practitioners and perspectives, this working group will contribute to a collaborative conversation and document a unique cross section of the current trends on the subject.
JUNE 1–31, 2014, Portland, OR
TALKING ABOUT MUSEUMS IN PUBLIC
Talking About Museums in Public is organized by Jen Delos Reyes and brings together a group of Portland artists to encourage public conversation and thinking about the role of museums in people’s lives in the 21st century. Projects will take place in the month of June throughout the city and at the Portland Art Museum.
MAY 15, 2014, Queens, NY
A CONVERSATION WITH KEYNOTE PRESENTERS J. MORGAN PUETT AND MIERLE LADERMAN UKELES.
May 15, 2014, A conversation with keynote presenters J. Morgan Puett and Mierle Laderman Ukeles.
Open Engagement 2014, May 16-18
FEBRUARY 13, 2014, Chicago, IL
CAA CRITICAL CRAFT FORUM CRAFT AND SOCIAL PRACTICE
Time: 2/13/2014, 5:30 PM—7:00 PM
Location: Hilton Chicago, 2nd Floor, Boulevard C, 720 South Michigan Avenue (Map)
JANUARY 31, 2014, Los Angeles, CA
BOOK LAUNCH LA ART BOOK FAIR
‘Scottish publishers Bronze Age Editions and Museums Press will launch two new publications by Nina Hartmann and Jen Delos Reyes. Presented by Good Press.’
The Geffen Contemporary at MOCA,
152 North Central Avenue, Los Angeles, CA, 90012, USA.
JANUARY 18, 2014, PITTSBURGH, PA
PUBLIC ART 101
Public Art 101 is a day-long workshop for artists ready to learn more about how to work in the public realm.
It is organized by the Greater Pittsburgh Arts Council, and also features portfolio reviews on January 17th.
PORTLAND ART MUSEUM ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
I am excited to announce that I am the 2014 Artist in Residence at the Portland Art Museum. This Artist in Residence term is specifically targeted towards increasing the presence of socially engaged art practices supported by the Portland Art Museum.
MINDFUL SOCIAL MEDIA
Follow me on Instagram where I will be sharing my work, what and who inspires me, and current research.
#Book of the Week
#Record of the Week
GETTING TO KNOW YOU(TUBE): THE BOOK, Portland, OR
Getting to Know You(Tube) founders Crystal Baxley have published a book on the project – featuring essays and reflections by Crystal & Stefan, Jen Delos Reyes, Sean Schumacher and Justen Harn, and Jamie Edwards’ infamous alien comments script.
OCTOBER 7, 2013, PORTLAND, OR
OPENING PARTY DESIGN WEEK
I will be spinning Motown and Soul records with the fabulous Will Bryant for the opening of Design Week Portland.
Monday, October 07
7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
OCTOBER 8, 2013, PORTLAND,OR
SHARE DOCUMENT, DESIGN WEEK
Join us for an evening of readings from five Portlanders, each applying their perspective to the broad topic of design. Limited-edition books containing the evening’s writings and published by Ampersand will be available for purchase at the event.
SEPTEMBER 12, 2013, Portland, OR
PORTLAND ART MUSEUM ARTIST TALK
As part of the Artist Talks series at the Portland Art Museum, in which local artists discuss work on view in the galleries that delight, puzzle, or inspire them, I will be talking about Bruce Nauman’s Record from the portfolio 7 Objects/69.
SEPTEMBER 16, 2013, Portland, OR
GETTING TO KNOW YOU(TUBE) AT TBA
As part of PICA’s TBA Festival I will be presenting at Getting to Know You(Tube) at the Works.
AUGUST 9–11, 2013, Wisconsin
From August 9-11, 2013 I will be at ACRE conducting studio visits and leading a reading group.
JUNE 27, 2013, Chicago, IL
SPEED IDEATING & SERVICE MEDIA
From 7 – 8pm, Jen and collaborator Ariana Jacob will lead a public session of SPEED IDEATING around content from Service Media. SPEED IDEATING takes the same format as speed dating but with a different goal: instead of determining romantic compatibility, short, directed conversations aim to expand participants’ networks and spark new ideas.
JUNE 11–AUGUST 8, 2013, Chicago, IL
HYDE PARK ART CENTER ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
While in residence, Delos Reyes plans to explore the notion of life practice as art practice and will visit a Shaker community to conduct research. Opportunities to engage with the artist during her residency include Speed Ideating & Service Media on June 27, 7-8pm and an Open Studio on July 27, 2-4pm, both at the Art Center.
PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY ART AND SOCIAL PRACTICE MFA PROGRAM LAUNCHES ART AND SOCIAL PRACTICE REFERENCE POINTS BOOK SERIES WITH PUBLICATION STUDIO
Art and Social Practice Reference Points is a book series edited by Jen Delos Reyes and produced in conjunction with current MFA students that cover three areas related to socially engaged art: people, thematic volumes, and workbooks.
COMMON PEOPLE PUBLISHED BY MUSEUMS PRESS AND BRONZE AGE EDITIONS
One hundred one sheet zines from one hundred international artists.
Published by Museums Press and Bronze Age Editions
MAY 17-19 2013, Portland, OR
OPEN ENGAGEMENT 2013
This year’s conference features keynote presenters Claire Doherty, Tom Finkelpearl, and Michael Rakowitz.
CRAFTING CONVERSATION: ART AND SOCIAL PRACTICE AND THE ART OF THE ASK, THURSDAY MAY 9, 6:30-8PM, THE LAB AT MOCC
A panel discussion that will ask socially engaged artists to reflect on how they reach out to communities, craft an ask, and otherwise manage to convince collaborators and institutions to realize projects along side them.
MIND TRAINING- JEN DELOS REYES AND JASON STURGILL, APRIL 5-JUNE 7, 2013, Portland, OR
PICA RESEOURCE ROOM
Weekly on Fridays during the PSU Resource Room Residency from 3pm-6pm
Jen Delos Reyes and Jason Sturgill will host a group reading and
research session inspired by Lojong mind training practice.
INTRODUCING: THE ART AND SOCIAL PRACTICE WORKBOOK MARCH 20 – APRIL 7 AT CIVIC SPACE IN WINDSOR, ON.
Introducing: The Art and Social Practice Workbook March 20 – April 7 at Civic Space in Windsor, ON.
The exhibition will run from March 20 – April 7 at Civic Space in Windsor, ON.
ONE PERSON SHOW, OCT 6-26, 2012 NASHVILLE, TN.
OPEN gallery is pleased to present new work by artist Jen Delos Reyes. In this exhibition Delos Reyes grapples with the role of the individual in group work and social art.
Opening reception October 6, 2012
WORLD PORTABLE GALLERY CONVENTION 2012 SEPTEMBER 1, 2012 – SEPTEMBER 29, 2012. HALIFAX, NS.
I will be participating in: Observer of Beautiful Forms. A Curatorial Project by F* Mtn.
SEPTEMBER 19-23, 2012, Chicago, IL
From September 20-23, 2012 the Hyde Park Art Center will host Jen Delos Reyes and the Center for Art and Social Practice at Expo Chicago where they will present, “Selling It.” The Center for Art and Social Practice is directed by Jen Delos Reyes and was developed out of PSU’s Art and Social Practice MFA program.
MAY 18-20, 2012, Portland, OR
OPEN ENGAGEMENT 2012
Open Engagement is a free conference that will take place May 18-20, 2012, in Portland, Oregon.
NOW AVAILABLE FROM PUBLICATION STUDIO
Open Engagement: Art and Social Practice 2007-2011 is a collection of essays, lecture transcriptions, interviews, photographs, and project documentation focused on socially engaged art that has emerged from the Open Engagement conference directed and founded by Jen Delos Reyes.
ONLY BIRDS SING THE MUSIC OF HEAVEN IN THIS WORLD, MARCH 23–JULY 7, 2012, San Francisco, CA
Thursday, March 22, 6-8pm
51 Yerba Buena Lane
San Francisco, CA 94103
(@ Mission between Third & Fourth)
LECTURE AT CONCORDIA UNIVERSITY, MARCH 8, 2012, Montreal, QB
Lecture at Concordia University, March 8, 2012
March 8, 2012
SOCIAL PRACTICE ART: A HISTORY
I am pleased to announce that the Social Practice Art: A History box sets created by my fall 2011 History of Art and Social Practice students are now available at Nationale and Reading Frenzy in Portland, OR. Some great zines on socially engaged art!
MANITOBA FOLKWAYS COLLECTION NOW AVAILABLE!
Manitoba Folkways Collection Now Available!
I am pleased to announce the release of the Manitoba Folkways Collection!
All three volumes are available for digital download are available here: http://www.canadianfolkways.com
Opening Saturday, Sept. 24th from 7-10 PM
Through Saturday, October 15th
Open gallery hours Sundays from 1-4 PM
PARTICIPATING ARTISTS INCLUDE:
-Randall Szott in conversation with Shannon Stratton, Nancy Zastudil and Duncan MacKenzie
-The Order of the Third Bird (Sal Randolph and D. Graham Burnett)
-Cheon Lee and Arthur Brum
-Jen Delos Reyes
DITCH PROJECTS-JON COHRS, JEN DELOS REYES, SARA RABINOWITZ
Ditch Projects-Jon Cohrs, Jen Delos Reyes, Sara Rabinowitz
September 3, 2011- October 1, 2011 at DITCH
Hours: 12 noon – 5 PM Saturday
Opening Reception: September 3, 2011 – 7PM
YA5 #2 RELEASE PARTY, JUNE 17, 2011
YA5 #2 Release Party
Galaxy Restaurant & Lounge
909 East Burnside Street
7p – FREE!
MAY 13-15, 2011, Portland, OR
OPEN ENGAGEMENT 2011
The Open Engagement conference is an initiative of Portland State University’s Art and Social Practice MFA concentration. Directed and founded by Jen Delos Reyes.
ART CRITICISM & OTHER STORIES, THURSDAY, MAY 19
Art Criticism & Other Stories A collection of fan fiction about contemporary art by six artists.
Thursday, May 19 from 7-9pm @ Monograph Bookworks 5005 NE 27th AVENUE at ALBERTA PORTLAND, OREGON 97211 USA
GETTING TO KNOW YOU(TUBE), APRIL 19TH, 2011
Getting To Know You(Tube), April 19th, 2011
featuring short YouTube presentations by
Jen Delos Reyes
FREE–TELL YOUR FRIENDS!
Happening at Field Work
1101 SW Jefferson, Portland OR
check out previous GTKYT events at
THE CONFERENCE OF CONFERENCES, SATURDAY FEBRUARY 26, 2011, Vancouver, BC
CONFERENCE OF CONFERENCES Listening in & talking back to art discourse Saturday February 26, 2011 Conference of Conferences is a day long symposium of curated selections from recent art & theory conferences around the world. Recordings of lectures, podcasts & panels will be re-presented to conference participants, and will be followed by local respondents.
CONFERENCE ON CONFERENCES, SFU, MARCH 4-5, 2011, Vancouver, BC
I will be presenting on Open Engagement at THE CONFERENCE ON THE CONFERENCE March 4th and 5th, 2011 Simon Fraser University A School for the Contemporary Arts Graduate Candidate’s Symposium/Exhibition Vancouver, BC. Canada http://theconferenceontheconference.ca/
THE OPEN DAY BOOK, NOVEMBER 2, 2010, Los Angeles, CA
I have work that will be featured in The Open Day Book, edited by David Earle.
The Open Day Book serves as a perpetual calendar that can be used in a traditional manner, but also lets you interact with the work of more than 300 of today’s most captivating artists, all of whom have visually responded to a day of the year.
MILDRED’S LANE FUNDRAISER OCTOBER 30, 2010
I will be contributing work to a fundraiser for Mildred’s Lane. The auction is scheduled to take place October 30th 2010. For more information visit www.mildredslane.com
SHINE A LIGHT, PORTLAND ART MUSEUM, OCT 15, 2010
Shine a Light presents a different kind of museum experience by re-imagining the galleries, lobbies, courtyard, and other spaces in unexpected ways and challenging traditional notions of art-making. This year’s event will let Museum-goers touch—and even tie the knot with—works of art, enjoy break dancing and music in the galleries, and see nude wrestling performances.
MILDRED’S LANE JUNE 24-28, 2010
I will be traveling out to Mildred’s Lane to give a seminar titled “Land, Music, People: People’s Songs, Alan Lomax, and “folk” in Contemporary Art.”
Mildred’s Lane is collaboration between artists Mark Dion, J. Morgan Puett and their associates. This Project is a long-term experiment in large-scale project , research and event based practices with a living museum and an educational institution attached. This active site is a 92+-acre compound in the upper Delaware River Valley region of Pennsylvania near New York City.
127 PRINCE: ON THE ART OF SOCIAL PRACTICE AND THE SOCIAL PRACTICE OF ART.
127 Prince is a new journal named after the location of artist Gordon Matta-Clark’s 1971 restaurant FOOD.
Like FOOD, 127 Prince hopes to function as a site for conversation.
The journal will present and examine ideas on the art of social practice,
and the social practice of art.
CONDENSATIONS OF THE SOCIAL, SMACK MELLON, NY, JUNE 19-AUGUST 1, 2010
Curated by Sara Reisman
Pablo Helguera, Portland State University’s Social Practice MFA Program, Mary Mattingly, Mladen Miljanovic, Tim Rollins + K.O.S., and Mierle Laderman Ukeles
June 19 – August 1, 2010
Saturday, June 19, 5 – 8 pm
LATERAL LEARNING CURATED BY PAUL BUTLER, PUBLISHED BY VANTAGE
A book about pedagogy, community, disaster and art.
ARTS ENGAGE! SYMPOSIUM, HALIFAX, NS, JUNE 18-20, 2010
The Arts Engage! Symposium and Training Intensive will take place in Halifax, Nova Scotia from June 14 to June 20, 2010 inclusive. Speaker http://www.artsengage.com/
EARCOS 2010, MANILA, PHILIPPINES
Date: March 25-28, 2010
Venue: International School Manila, Philippines
PORTRAIT PROJECTS, LOS ANGELES
FEBRUARY 13, 2010 – MARCH 6, 2010
A group exhibition consisting of video, photography, sculpture, and installation. The show examines intimate and historical relationships with subjects such as friends, strangers, and animals.
PEOPLE NEVER NOTICE ANYTHING READING, APEXART, New York, NY
Thursday, February 18, 2010
4-5pm: Volunteer public reading of People Don’t Notice Anything notebooks, a project by Jen Delos Reyes.
OPEN ENGAGEMENT CONFERENCE 2010, Portland, OR
May 14-17, 2010
THE INCIDENTAL PERSON AT APEXART, New York, NY
The Incidental Person at apexart
Curated by Antony Hudek, the show runs from January 6 to February 20, 2010.
PARTIES PRENANTES AT BÉTONSALON, Paris, FR
Parties Prenantes at Bétonsalon
A proposal of Mélanie Bouteloup (Bétonsalon), Julien Lanchet & Sara Martinetti (students at Université Paris Diderot – Paris 7)
NOVEMBER 30, WE NEED TO KNOW WHERE WE HAVE BEEN TO KNOW WHERE WE ARE GOING: A HISTORY OF SOCIALLY ENGAGED ART PRACTICE
In the spring of 2009 I taught a course on the history of socially engaged art practice at Portland State University. The outcome of this course is a mass written collaboration between over 20 art and social practice students along with contributions by artists and writers including Paul Butler, Harrell Fletcher, Ted Purves, Helena Keefe, Joseph del Pesco and more.
OCTOBER 23, AMPERSAND INTERNATIONAL ARTS, 7:00PM, “SEE HOW THEY SHINE”, San Francisco, CA
As part of Lori Gordon’s upcoming solo exhibition “Snippets” I will be organizing a choral performance titled “See How They Shine.”
JESSICA JAMES LANSDON’S PARTY ANIMAL! Regina, SK
As part of the current exhibition at the Sherwood Village Dunlop Gallery, Block Party, Jessica James Lansdon’s “Party Animal” was just completed.
OCTOBER 3, NUIT BLANCHE, Toronto, ON
I will be participating in a billboard project organized for Nuit Blanche by Paul Butler. The exhibition will take place in dozens of 4 x 6 ft advertising poster-frames throughout downtown Toronto for one night only in October, 2009.
SEPTEMBER 19, THE PORTLAND ART MUSEUM REVEALS SHINE A LIGHT: A NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM
For one night only, on Saturday, September 19 from 6 p.m. to midnight, the Portland Art Museum hosts Shine a Light: A Night at the Museum. The event consists of six hours of performances, installations, tours, workshops, and games by 15 artists drawn from the PSU MFA Art and Social Practice concentration.
AUGUST 10, S.A.S.E PRESENTED BY ASDF, New York, NY
S.A.S.E. uses the idea of the self addressed stamped envelope as its foundation (a method of distribution within the postal mail system that is always initiated by the one who wants to receive the information).
This method of distribution was (futilely) translated into a digital communication system, e-mail.
Eleven people were asked to organize an exhibition of images that would be contained within the space of an e-mail.
Ten e-mail exhibitions were created (each includes a selection of images, a statement, and a works list).
To receive the e-mail exhibition one would initiate the process by sending a request e-mail.
BLOCK PARTY AT THE DUNLOP ART GALLERY AUGUST 1-OCTOBER 11, 2009, Regina, SK
Block Party is a playful experiment in community formation through the socially-engaged art practices of three artists. Jen Delos Reyes has invited collaborators Jessica James Lansdon and Lori Gordon to take part in an exhibition that will develop out of the encounters between the artists, the Sherwood Village Branch Library, and its neighbourhood.
AUGUST 1, ARTIST TALK AT THE DUNLOP ART GALLERY, Regina, SK
Artist Talk with Jen Delos Reyes
Saturday, August 1, 2:00 pm
Dunlop Art Gallery, Regina, SK.
JUNE 14, IT’S POSSIBLE, Portland, OR
Graduate exhibition catalogue for the upcoming PSU MFA Social Practice show at Disjecta is back from the press.
Features an essay I wrote for the catalogue titled “The Quirky Ones”
JUNE 5, PDF: PUBLIC DOCUMENT FILES AT PSONE, Iowa City, Iowa
30 artists/artist groups were invited by me to produce a PDF file on their own work as well as 10 files on artists or subjects they think are related to ideas surrounding public and social art work.
PDF opens June 1st, 2009, at Public Space One in Iwowa City
MAY 21, GUEST LECTURE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF CINCINNATI
Noon hour lecture at the University of Cincinnati, “You Can Have It All: Social Practice 1993-”
ART TALK AM BOX SET
I am featured in a beautiful box set of transcripts from Art Talk AM on the Radio.
The set features Cyrus W. Smith in conversation with contemporary artists on KPSU Radio from 2008-2009.
Including: Regine Basha, Dan Attoe, Patrick Rock, Courtney Fink, Chris Johanson, Calvin johnson, Lucky Dragons, Daniel Bozhkov, Harrell Fletcher and Jen Delos Reyes
APRIL 30, NO GALLERY LEFT BEHIND, Cincinnati, OH
Opening of group show No Gallery Left Behind at Reed Gallery, DAAP, Cincinnati
Show includes some of the following artists: Ryan Mulligan, Harrell Fletcher, Miranda July, Annie Schorgl and many more
APRIL 23, GUEST LECTURE, WILLAMETTE UNIVERSITY
April 23, 12:30 pm. Guest lecture, Willamette University. Salem, OR
FEBRUARY 7, SOCIAL PRACTICE WEST, San Francisco, CA
Saturday February 7, 2:00 pm. Social Practice West at the SF MoMA. Ted Purves, chair and assistant professor, Graduate Program in Fine Arts, California College of the Arts Jen Delos Reyes, adjunct Assistant Professor, Portland State University Randall Szott, writer. Panel discussions as part of The Art of Participation 1950- Phyllis Wattis Theater 2:00 p.m.
FEBRUARY 7, SOCIAL PRACTICE JAM SESSION AT SOUTHERN EXPOSURE, San Francisco, CA
Saturday, February 7, 7:30 pm. Social Practice Jam Session at Southern Exposure. Party moderator and DJ with Jessica James Lansdon
JANUARY 30, TALK AT CAMOSUN COLLEGE, Vancouver, BC
January 30. 2:30 pm. Talk at Camosun College with Harrell Fletcher and the PSU Social Practice students.
JANUARY 30, ASSUME NOTHING: NEW SOCIAL PRACTICE SYMPOSIUM, Vancouver, BC
Friday, January 30, 2009. Talk at U Vic with the PSU Social Practice students in conjunction with Assume Nothing: New Social Practice Symposium
HOW TO WRITE A SHORT STORY
How To Write a Short Story or How I Spent My Summer Vacation,
featured in Issue #16 of
I Left This Here For You To Read
MATTHEW HIGGS FAN ZINE
Curated a Matthew Higgs fan zine.
Contributors include: Paul Butler, Ashley Neese, Lori Gordon
Ana Gray and Ryan Wilson Paulsen, Hannah Jickling
NOVEMBER 24, IN CONVERSATION WITH MATTHEW HIGGS, Portland, OR
Interviewed Matthew Higgs on KPSU for Art Talk AM
NOVEMBER 5, FREE PUBLIC RENTALS, CHICO, CA
Free Public Rentals Wednesday, November 5, 2008
SEPTEMBER 29, ARTIST TALK AT PORTLAND STATE UNIVERSITY
Jen Delos Reyes- Artist Talk Monday, September 29 7:00 pm at Shattuck Hall Annex
SEPTEMBER 7, CHORAL SOCIETY (FOR WEDNESDAY LUPYPCHIW), Calgary, AB
September 7th, Art City Festival, Calgary, AB. 2 pm at Olympic Plaza, ‚ Choral Society for Wednesday Lupypchiw‚(photo credit Marc Hutchinson)
SEPTEMBER 6, ARTIST TALK AT TRUCK GALLERY, Calgary, AB
Jen Delos Reyes—On the Soapbox
Saturday, September 6, 6:00 pm
Truck Gallery, Calgary, AB
AUGUST 9, PROVFLUX FESTIVAL, New York, NY
I organized a project for Provflux Festival called Satellite Festivals.
JUNE 6, INFINITE EXCHANGE GALLERY, SAN JOSE, CA
Infinite Exchange Gallery at San Jose ICA as part of 01 Biennale. Zero1 2008: San Jose, California in collaboration with San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) June 6, 2008, from 6-11 pm