Shannon Finnegan, Here to Lounge, 2020.
Cushions, cut-out letters, lazy susans, artist multiples by Alex Dolores Salerno, Carly Mandel, Christine Sun Kim, Jeff Kasper, Jillian Crochet, Pelenakeke Brown, Rebirth Garments, Sandra Wazaz, and Yo-Yo Lin.
Photo by Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo
Shannon Finnegan will create an expanded iteration of their experiments with seating-centric exhibitions. In this show, the artwork comes to the visitor, and all things can be picked up and touched. Audience members become participants in this experiential exhibition. Encouraging visitors to handle the works presented has the potential to bring them deeper into the exhibition, forming their own relationships with the artists.
The project includes works by artists from the disability arts ecosystem that has nourished Finnegan’s practice and with whom Finnegan often collaborates. Placing these individuals directly in conversation demonstrates the importance of community and the ways in which connections—both between artists and between artworks—inform how audiences make meaning.
Additional support provided by the Cuyahoga County Board of Developmental Disabilities.
About the Artist
Shannon Finnegan (b. 1989, Berkeley, CA) is a project-based artist. They experiment with forms of access that intervene in ableist structures with humor, earnestness, rage, and delight. Some of their recent work includes Anti-Stairs Club Lounge, an ongoing project that gathers people together who share an aversion to stairs; Alt-Text as Poetry, a collaboration with Bojana Coklyat that explores the expressive potential of image description; and Do You Want Us Here or Not, a series of benches and cushions designed for exhibition spaces. They have done projects with Banff Centre, Queens Museum, the High Line, MMK Frankfurt, the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver, and Nook Gallery. Their work has been supported by a 2018 Wynn Newhouse Award, a 2019 residency at Eyebeam, 2020 grant from Art Matters Foundation, and a 2022 grant from The Canada Council for the Arts. Their work has been written about in Art in America, BOMB Magazine, The Believer, and the New York Times. They live and work in Brooklyn, NY.
Shannon Finnegan; Photo: Sylvie Rosokoff
co-curated by Shannon Finnegan
Jul 7-Dec 31, 2023