Boulevard Dreamers at The Art Institute of Chicago
Boulevard Dreamers at The Art Institute of Chicago, 2018
The Art Institute of Chicago presents Boulevard Dreamers as part of AIC's Block Party! Boulevard Dreamers is a traveling installation and variety show responding to the specific narratives and communities of the sites and venues it visits. This collaborative project by artists Lise Haller Baggesen and Kirsten Leenaars consists of three parts: a site-specific stage set, a series of performances, and an installation of the growing collection of portraits of the Boulevard Dreamers performers. Boulevard Dreamers questions and celebrates the production of self in a society dominated by one spectacle alone: desire. Through a little glamour, a little glitter, and with a little help from their friends, Baggesen and Leenaars explore how we are moved by the agency of desire and the magical allure of being in the spotlight. Previous iterations were held at The Franklin, the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Poetry Foundation in Chicago.
Performers at AIC include: Green / Shriner, Emily Hooper Lansana, Rebirth, Fred and Pearl Sasaki, Henry Barrett, Toni Asante Lightfoot, Post Studio Band, H1BA, Summer Tribble, Anni Holm, The Sensational Travelers of Zion, Fffoney Fffarian: Boney M Tribute, I Yell Because I Care, Jose-Luis Moctezuma, Riya Jain, Witnesses for Christ, Jessica Cambell, Joe Barrett, Phaedra Darwish, Dina Frigo, Naomi Harvey-Turner, Angela Gawthrop, Becky Aspell, Country Priest, Christopher Gambino, Chicago Gamelan Gadhon
Boulevard Dreamers interview at Bad at Sports: