About the Speakers
Carl George is an artist and activist working in experimental film, painting, and collage. His short experimental films have shown in festivals internationally and are in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney, the Guggenheim Museum, and the New York Public Library. His 1989 film, DHPG Mon Amour, documenting the radical advances made by people with AIDS in developing their own health care, is a classic of AIDS activist filmmaking and was incorporated into the Oscar-nominated documentary How to Survive a Plague, (2012). His visual art can be seen on the Visual AIDS Artist Registry.
Patric McCoy was an environmental scientist for the United States Environmental Protection Agency for 30 years. As an activist art collector, he cofounded Diasporal Rhythms, an organization for art collectors, in 2003. McCoy was an amateur photojournalist during the 1980s and captured thousands of images of the denizens of Black gay Chicago’s downtown social scene while commuting to work on a bicycle and moving around the Loop’s hot spots after work, inadvertently documenting an overlooked community just as the AIDS crisis was unfolding.
Risa Puleo curated fierce pussy: for the record for Visual AIDS' Day With(out) Art in 2013. Her exhibition, Walls Turned Sideways: Artists Confront the American Justice System, was curated for the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston and will open at Tufts University Art Gallery in January 2020. She curated Monarchs: Brown and Native Contemporary Artists in the Path of the Butterfly for the Bemis Center for Contemporary Arts during her year as curator-in residence. The exhibition traveled through the summer of 2019 to Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami; Blue Star Contemporary and Southwest School of Art in San Antonio; and the Nerman Museum of Contemporary Art in Kansas City. Other exhibitions have been hosted by the Leslie-Lohman Museum of Art in New York City; Franklin Street Works in Stamford, CT; ArtPace San Antonio; Charlotte Street Foundation in Kansas City; and more. Puleo has masters degrees from the Center for Curatorial Studies at Bard College and Hunter College and is a doctoral candidate in Northwestern University’s art history program. She has written for Art in America, Art Papers, Art 21, ArtAsiaPacific hyperallergic.com, Modern Painters, and other art publications.
Derrick Woods-Morrow’s work is a meditation on deviation and disruption. Currently based in Chicago, his artistic practice deploys a wide variety of media, including photographic transfers, digital video collage, ceramics, and narrative performance. Exploring modes of representation, he salvages, displaces, and removes raw material from sites of historical significance and trauma, reimagines their future purpose and denies their perceived function, while actively interrogating the correlation between labor and play. A recipient of the 2018 Artadia Award, Woods-Morrow received his MFA in Photography from the School of Art Institute of Chicago in 2016, and was most recently an Adjunct Assistant Professor of Photography and Teaching Artist at the University of Illinois at Chicago. His work appeared in the 2019 Whitney Biennial in collaboration with Paul Mpagi Sepuya and his recent works were shown at YNCI V: Detroit Art Week Expo, in a solo exhibition curated by Darryl Terrel.