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12 Openings/Part 4: Michael Borowski/Elana Marte Adler Opening Reception

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We are excited to invite you to the fourth installment of an exhibition titled 12 Openings, a yearlong experiment in collaborative curation with unpredictable results.

Over the course of the year there will be 12 shows, each having its own two titles, culminating in a group show of 24 artists.

Each month two artists are invited to install an artwork in or around the home of Laura Shaeffer, Andrew Nord, and their sons Sebastian and Jasper, making the private public and extending our understanding of home, family, and community. Both artists are then asked to extend the invitation to one more artist to do the same, thus adding two more works, and two more show titles each month. Each new artwork multiplies the connections between the existing artworks and, overall, constructs a cumulative exhibition that subverts the traditional top-down nature of curating exhibitions, replacing it with a model of artist-driven co-curation. The narrative arc of the show is not predetermined, but rather built upon the robust and criss-crossing networks of artists in this collaborative city. 12 Openings showcases the artists that other artists are curious about and allows these connections to shine as the exhibition grows. At the end of the run, the 12th opening, viewers will be able to see 24 original works by 24 artists, selected and inspired by their peers. 

We are thrilled to announce our fourth participating artists and their titles:

Michael Borowski

Michael Borowski works with photography, installation, sculptural objects, and performance to examine the contentious spaces of home and community, addressing themes of migration, intimacy, and queer space. He holds an M.F.A. from the University Michigan, and is currently an Assistant Professor of Photography at Virginia Tech.

Elana Marte Adler

Elana Adler is an interdisciplinary artist and organizer whose work primarily focuses on questions of perception, signaling, and existence from both epistemological and ontological ways of thinking. Combining digital with analog craft techniques, she manipulates material in order to translate abstract concepts of space and time. 

She received her MFA in 2017 from the Art Institute of Chicago and her BFA in 2008 from the Rhode Island School of Design and co-organizes a contemporary art space called Adler & Floyd. 

Adler is currently living and working in Chicago,IL. 


Earlier Event: September 17
Later Event: October 15