A conversation between the artist and Tempestt Hazel

Faheem Majeed

Virtual Lecture

 

Faheem Majeed (American, b. 1976) is a Chicago-based artist, educator, curator, and community facilitator. He blends his unique experience as an artist, non-profit administrator, and curator 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). He has had solo exhibitions at the Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Tufts University, Boston; and the Hyde Park Art Center, Chicago. From 2005-2011 Majeed served as executive director and curator for the South Side Community Art Center and is currently Co-Director and Founder of the Floating Museum. Majeed is a recipient of a Field Foundation and the MacArthur Foundation collaborative Leaders for a New Chicago Award (2020), Joyce Foundation Award (2020), the Joan Mitchell Painters and Sculptors Grant (2015), and the Harpo Foundation Award (2016).

 

Tempestt Hazel is a curator, writer, and co-founder of Sixty Inches From Center, a Chicago-based arts publication and archiving initiative that has promoted and preserved the practices of BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ artists, and artists with disabilities across the Midwest since 2010. Her curatorial work and work with Sixty was recently recognized with a J. Franklin Jameson Archival Advocacy Award from the Society of American Archivists. She is also the Arts Program Officer for the Field Foundation. Her work at Field explores the ways in which Chicago’s artists, cultural workers, and their communities can challenge the systems that stifle their ability to thrive, and to develop alternative models that encourage self-determination, benefit communities, and align with community-identified needs, culture, and values. Tempestt was born and raised in Peoria, Illinois, spent several years in the California Bay Area, and has called Chicago her second home for over 12 years.

 

From the Center, a retrospective of Faheem Majeed’s works from the past 20 years will be on view at the South Side Community Art Center (SSCAC) from January 16–March 27, 2021.

 

Following, Majeed creates an ambitious new installation for the Hyde Park Art Center that furthers his investigation of culturally specific institutions by focusing on the history and memory of the historic South Side Community Art Center (SSCAC). Majeed will produce a monumental charcoal rubbing of building façade of the SSCAC as the central focus of his first large-scale solo exhibition. In addition to this new fabric work Majeed will also be incorporating his ongoing series of reused wooden planks entitled Planting and Maintaining a Perennial Garden repurposed from the SSCAC’s Burroughs Gallery. For this installation the wooden planks will take the form of a platform that will both raise the massive building sized fabric rubbing on a pedestal and be host to performance and discussion. The exhibition will be on view from April 15–July 11, 2021.

       

 

Faheem Majeed, “Board-up” and “Lean-to”. Installation view of Tuned Mass, Chicago Cultural Center, 2018-19. Photo Credit: James Prinz.