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◼ Jul 16, 2021-Jan 9, 2022


Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A.

Thu. Nov 16, 6-7PM

Artist Conversation w/ Kaveri Raina & Cass Davis


ONsite at moCa

Join A soft place to land artists as they discuss their work and relationships with the materials they use in their creative practices.

Cass Davis (they/them) is a Chicago-based artist with an MFA in Fiber and Material Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Their solo shows include Out of Time at Engage Projects, Revelations at University of Southern Indiana, HEARTLAND at G-CADD St. Louis, No Body on Earth But Yours with the Chicago Underground Film Festival, and Of Roses and Jessamine at SITE gallery, Chicago. Davis has shown in group exhibitions and screenings at the Design Museum Chicago, IL, Bemis Center in Omaha, NE, York St. John University, UK, Tile Blush in Miami, FL, The Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago, The American Medium in NYC, UIS Visual Arts Gallery, Springfield, IL, Terrain Biennial Oak Park and Springfield, IL, Mana Contemporary Chicago, Chicago Artists Coalition, 062 Gallery, Sullivan Galleries, and the Mary Elizabeth Dee Shaw Gallery, Utah. They have been awarded the Praxis Fiber Arts Residency, HATCH Residency, Oxbow Artist's MFA Residency, Roger Brown Artist's Residency, IOTO Residency, and the Shapiro Center Eager Research Grant. They have been lecturing faculty in the Fiber and Material Studies department at SAIC.

Kaveri Raina (she/her) lives and works in Brooklyn, NY. She received her MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2016 and her BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art in 2011. Raina has had solo and two-person exhibitions at Chapter NY, New York; Twelve Gates Arts, Philadelphia, PA; PATRON Gallery, Chicago, IL; M+B Gallery, Los Angeles, CA; Abattoir Gallery, Cleveland, OH; Annarumma Gallery, Naples, Italy; Assembly Room, New York, NY; Rata Projects, New York, NY; Permanent Collection/Co-Lab Projects, Austin, TX; Permanent Collection/Co-Lab Projects, Austin, TX; Irvine Fine Arts Center, Irvine, CA, among others. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at the National Indo-American Museum, Lombard, IL; Deli Gallery, Brooklyn, NY; Klaus von Nichtssagend, New York, NY; Luhring Augustine, New York, NY, among others. Raina is the recipient of several fellowships and awards including the James Nelson Raymond Fellowship, the Ox-bow Residency Award, and the Skowhegan School of Painting & Sculpture Fellowship Award. She is represented by PATRON Gallery, Chicago, IL.

Using natural materials like burlap and straw, these artists make work that bring them closer to their pasts. Together, they will discuss what it means to use artwork as a vehicle to trigger lost memories; hold on to faint memories; and explore the complex feelings of comfort, trauma, and joy that are brought to the surface during the process.

This conversation will be moderated by moCa Curator Lauren Leving.

Presented in partnership with Cleveland Institute of Art Reinberger Gallery.

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Kaveri Raina. Photo: Zhiyuan Yang; Cass Davis. Photo: Gillian Fry

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◼ Jul 16, 2021-Jan 9, 2022


Axis Mundo: Queer Networks in Chicano L.A.

Presented in partnership with Cleveland Institute of Art Reinberger Gallery

Generous support provided by the Jackson Lewis Foundation

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