In Progress: Brendan Fernandes

  • The Commons
    Second Floor, East Side
    220 E Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60611
Brendan Fernandes, The Master And Form, 2018. Performance and sculptural installation designed in collaboration with Normal Kelley Architects. Pictured: Satoru Iwasaki, Yuha Kamoto, Andrea de León Rivera, Antonio Mannino, and Leah Upchurch. Photo: Brendan Meara. Image courtesy of the Graham Foundation, Chicago.


Dancer, choreographer, and visual artist Brendan Fernandes engages with audiences and movers as he works through ideas for his upcoming Commons Artist Project at the MCA set to open in June 2019.

In Progress is a series designed to give patrons a look into the process of artists, thinkers, and curators organized by Curator of Public Programs January Parkos Arnall and Assistant Curator of Public Programs Christy LeMaster.


About the Artist

Brendan Fernandes (b. 1979, Nairobi, Kenya) lives and works in New York and Chicago. His work has been exhibited and performed at venues such as the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; The Museum of Modern Art, New York; the J. Paul Getty Museum; Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal; National Gallery of Canada; the Brooklyn Museum; The Studio Museum in Harlem; MASS MoCA, Massachusetts; The Andy Warhol Museum; Deutsche Guggenheim Berlin; Bergen Kunsthall; Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam; SculptureCenter, New York; Manif d’art¬–The Québec City Biennial; and the Guangzhou Triennial. Fernandes is currently represented by Monique Meloche Gallery in Chicago and recently presented solo projects with the High Line, New York (summer 2018) and the DePaul Art Museum (fall 2018). He is currently an artist-in-residence and faculty member at Northwestern University in the Department of Art Theory and Practice.

Joe Musiel was born in Buffalo, New York and studied contemporary dance at Indiana University, receiving his BS in Kinesiology. During his time at Indiana University, he had the opportunity to work with a variety of renowned artists and companies including Larry Keigwin and Nicole Wolcott, Parsons Dance Company, Eisenhower Dance Detroit, American Dance Festival, Ballet Chicago, and Deeply Rooted Dance Theater. In 2013, Musiel moved to Chicago to accept a second company position with Giordano Dance Chicago allowing him to learn from artists such as Brock Clawson, Roni Koresh, and Autumn Eckman. Most recently, Musiel finished his first season as an ensemble dancer with Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre. He will be entering his third season as a company member with SueMo: A Dance Experience and is a founding company member of South Chicago Dance Theatre. Performance credits also include the Joseph Jefferson award-winning production of West Side Story at Paramount Theatre and principle dancer with the Lyric Opera of Chicago. In addition to performing on stage, he has found a knack for choreography. His work has been seen at events including the Carnival Choreographers Ball, College of DuPage Dance Department’s Choreography Showcase and Competition, Alluvion Dance Chicago Emergence Showcase, and Deeply Rooted’s Emerging Choreographers Showcase. He has also had the opportunity to set work on Inaside Chicago Dance and Noumenon Dance Ensemble.