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Division of Labor: Chicago Artist Parents examines the aesthetics, materiality and meaning of an artists work in relation to parenthood. Combining creative approaches to art making-while-parenting with community-building, interactivity, and activism, Division of Labor addresses the impact of parenthood on an artist's creative practice and career.

The exhibition’s reading room, housed within Lise Haller Baggesen’s Mothernism installation, features artist books, exhibition catalogues, zines and comics.

Online, our virtual reading room provides context, criticality, information and entertainment, expanding the exhibition and its physical reading space by offering an archive of complementary materials online that include selected artist projects, videos and essays on the themes that run through the exhibition. It also serves as an online platform for continued conversation surrounding the artworks and ideas that comprise Division of Labor. 





Division of Labor Exhibition Chicago

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Exhibiting Artists: Alberto Aguilar, Candida Alvarez, Claire Ashley, Lise Haller Baggesen, Michelle Grabner and Brad Killam, Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford, Heather Mekkelson, Paul Nudd, John Preus, Brittany Southworth-LaFlamme, Tony Tasset, Ann Toebbe, Jim Trainor, Selina Trepp, and Andrew Yang.


Publications in the physical Reading Room include work by: Anorak, AREA Chicago, Susan Bright, Jeffrey Brown, Myrel Chernick + Jennie Klein, Cultural ReProducers, Patricia Dienstfrey + Brenda Hillman, Michelle Grabner + Brad Killam, Andrea Francke, Lise Haller Baggesen, Ayun Halliday, Michi Jigarhian + Quiana Mestrich, Lars Bang Larsen, Bee Lavender + Maia Rossini, Nikki McClure, Original Plumbing, Palle Nielsen, Paul Nudd, Cathy, Melissa Potter, Rad Dad, Keiler Roberts, Fred Sasaki + August Sasaki, Mira Schor + Susan Bee, Andrew Simonet, and Chris Ware.


Anchor (Documents/ Exhibitions/ Artist Projects)


Artist Projects

Video Anchor



Michelle Grabner NY times review - image courtesy Grabner, Cohan Gallery

Michelle Grabner NY times review - image courtesy Grabner, Cohan Gallery

In the gallery’s foyer, a five-minute video by David Robbins called “A Few Minutes With ... Michelle Grabner” orients viewers to the bland art and enviable lifestyle of Michelle Grabner, a professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and best known lately for being one of the curators for this year’s Whitney Biennial.

Michelle Grabner gives a tour of the presentation she curated for the 2014 Biennial at the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York. Mary Louise Schumacher of the Journal Sentinel

a Model for a Qualitative Society

a Model for a Qualitative Society

The Mythological Quarter revisits Palle Nielsen's 1968 utopian adventure playground installation, The Model.



Division of Labor : Chicago Artist Parents

Glass Curtain Gallery, Columbia College Chicago

1104 S Wabash Ave, first floor, Chicago, IL 60605


November 20, 2014 – February 14, 2015



Curated by Christa Donner and Thea Liberty Nichols




TRACERS Feminism: Motherhood Panel

TRACERS Feminism: Motherhood Panel

organized by TRACERS for ThreeWalls, 2013, with panelists Lorelei Stewart (moderator), Christa Donner, Brittany Southworth Laflamme, Judy Ledgerwood, Laura Letinsky, Romi Crawford, Julie Rodrigues Widholm, Christine Tarkowski.

CAR video archive

CAR video archive

MOCA Cleveland's online archive of videos by CAR, the collective formed by Michelle Grabner and Brad Killam with their young sons in the 1990s.

Sasaki & Sasaki How To Fix You

Sasaki & Sasaki How To Fix You

the animated version of Fred, Fred Jr. and August Sasaki's intergenerational series of how-to booklets.

The M Word

The M Word

The M Word: The Feminist Art Project Day of Panels at the College Art Association Conference, 2013.

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