Joey Orr’s work in the collective John Q straddles the line between artistic and research practices. His current curatorial projects at the MCA Chicago pull together works by artists Camille Henrot, Diana Thater, and Andrew Yang to reflect on the overlap of research and artistic production. He is also conducting research for a journal article on artist Dread Scott’s Slave Rebellion Reenactment, which is scheduled to take place in New Orleans in 2017.
Although each of these projects share the general subject of art and research, they variously conjure the roles of artist, curator, and critic. These distinct activities make different claims when shored up into their discrete disciplines than when used more fluidly as hybrid and expanded practices. The question of method is similar to formal considerations artists’ make in their creative practices and, in fact, formal considerations may be a contribution art can make to research practices.
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