Strange Fire Collective Seeks Two Interns

The Strange Fire artist collective is a group of interdisciplinary artists, curators, and writers focused on work that engages with current social and political forces. We seek to create a venue for work that critically questions the dominant social hierarchy and are dedicated to highlighting work made by women, people of color, and queer and trans artists.

Our collective practice is centered around increasing the visibility of meaningful work and creating dialogue and community through publications, exhibitions, and events.  We are committed to making our projects accessible, affordable, and socially relevant.

We are currently seeking two interns to join our team.  We welcome applicants with a passion for equity, social justice, and diversity and an interest in working with contemporary artists, curators, and writers.  Interns will receive feedback and mentorship from the collective members, partake in the Collective’s activities, be responsible for individual projects, be publicly credited for their work, be listed on our website, and grow their network through our contacts.

The Strange Fire Collective is a passion project formed in 2015 by Jess T. Dugan, Rafael Soldi, Zora J. Murff, and Hamidah Glasgow.  The Collective is run entirely on a volunteer basis, and as such, these positions are unpaid.  This is a great opportunity for students, artists, or writers looking to grow and gain experience in the field.

 

Internship Start Date: February 2017
Duration of internship: 12 months (with 6 month review)


Social Media Intern:

We are seeking an intern to manage and contribute to the the collective’s social media platforms.

Responsibilities:

  • Seek out and re-post content that is relevant to our mission, including articles, essays, news, opportunities, etc.
  • Coordinate instagram “take over” with featured artists.
  • Maintain Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter platforms and generate ideas for growing the Collective’s social media presence
  • Post weekly interviews on social media platforms
  • Contribute to the Strange Fire Collective blog, “Musings”
     

Content  Intern:

Strange Fire publishes one interview every Thursday.  We are seeking an intern to develop content for and conduct these interviews.  

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct one interview per month and post it to the Strange Fire Collective website
  • Contribute to the Strange Fire Collective blog, “Musings”
  • Assist with planning of public programs, publications, or exhibitions

APPLY:

Please send a resume and short cover letter to strangefirecollective@gmail.com
Application Deadline: January 15

6 months of Strange Fire Collective!

Dear Friends,

March has five Thursdays, March also marks SFC's six month anniversary. In lieu of a fifth interview this month, we're taking today to reflect on all the exciting things that we've accomplished so far with you by our side. 

© D'Angelo Lovell Williams


© D'Angelo Lovell Williams

© Ethan Folk

© Ethan Folk

©Meghann Riepenhoff

©Meghann Riepenhoff

We have published 24 original interviews, including conversations with renowned artists such as Richard Renaldi and Karine Laval, as well as emerging artists like D'Angelo Lovell Williams, Claire A. Warden, and Natalie Krick, among others. We have also brought you interviews outside of the photographic field, such as conversations with curator Jordan Rockford, AXIS Gallery founders Lisa Brittan & Gary van Wyk, visual artist Jessica Gispert, and performance-makers Ethan Folk and MKNZ.

Lastly, there has been a strong focus on social justice with interviews featuring Mark Strandquist, Taylor Yocom, and Krista Wortendyke. Through these conversations we hope you'll join us in sharing work that engages with current political forces, and/or made by women, people of color, queer and trans artists. Thanks for stopping by the site, engaging your friends with us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

In addition to our weekly interviews, SFC organized AGENCY, an exhibition at the Center for Fine Art Photography in Ft. Collins, CO. An accompanying publication was also created, featuring the work of the exhibiting artists: Caleb Cole, Laurence Rasti, Krista Wortendyke, Ervin A. Johnson, and Zackary Drucker.

Thank you to everyone engaging in meaningful conversations around the themes and artists featured on SFC. Stay tuned for some exciting things we have planned for 2016!

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Chat Room with Catherine Edelman and Curator Barbara Tannenbaum

Chat Room is a new web series created by the Catherine Edelman Gallery featuring Catherine in discussion with curators, artists and industry professionals. She will talk about artists, trends, the politics of the business and offer the public an inside view about what goes on in the gallery and museum worlds. 

Take a look at the first episode featuring Catherine in dialogue with Barbara Tannenbaum, Curator of Photography at the Cleveland Museum of Art:

Our Prisons In Black And White

In lieu of this week's interview with Mark Strandquist, which has been temporarily postponed, here is an article from The Marshall Project  looking at the growing race gap in the juvenile criminal justice system. 

From Eli Hager for The Marshall Project: After swelling for decades, the number of Americans in prison is finally, gradually beginning to shrink. For the first time since 1978, populations in both state and federal prisons are getting smaller, the result of an overall decline in crime, an easing of the War on Drugs, and reform efforts on the part of many states. But what about the racial disparity in incarceration? Is it easing, too?

For adults, the answer is yes — slightly. In 2002, black men were 7.6 times more likely than white men to go to prison; as of 2014, that number had dropped to 5.9. Among women, it shrank even more. But when it comes to juvenile incarceration, according to the latest statistics from the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the opposite has been true: Despite a precipitous decline in the overall numbers of children in detention, the racial disparity has worsened. 

You can read the full article and others regarding the American juvenile criminal justice here.

Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor, Via Getty Images

Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor, Via Getty Images

Queer Resistance, Queer Resilience: The 'Mo-Wave Art Exhibition

A lovely writeup by Steven Dolan on Seattle's ‘Mo-Wave Artist Exhibition.
Check it out on Vignettes.

Since its inception in 2013, ‘Mo-Wave, a queer arts and music festival in Seattle, has been about disruption and resisting assimilation. By exhibiting artists that challenge and transcend normative ways of being, the festival has cultivated community that honors a queer heritage and imagines a compassionate, vital queer future. 

Naomi's Birthday Song | Leigh Riibe & Lynda Sherman 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" | Movable type on doilie,text by Rosie "Awesome Witch of Rad" Melero | 2014


Naomi's Birthday Song | Leigh Riibe & Lynda Sherman
4 1/2" x 4 1/2" | Movable type on doilie,text by Rosie "Awesome Witch of Rad" Melero | 2014

Looking Deeply at the Art of Rashid Johnson

From the New York Times: Mr. Johnson's new Manhattan show explores African-American identity while engaging in rich dialogue with other artists and art forms, including work that can be seen elsewhere in the city. Here is a visual tour of "Anxious Men" and its influences.
Read more here.

Three untitled works in "Anxious Men." CreditRashid Johnson/Hauser & Wirth

Three untitled works in "Anxious Men." CreditRashid Johnson/Hauser & Wirth

On Curating, and Translating, Latin American Art

An interesting conversation on curating, and translating, Latin American art. Elisa Wouk Almino in conversation with Gabriel Pérez-Barreiro.

"Art is a language. As a curator you’re more fluent in that language because that’s what you do all day, and most of the time you’re dealing with an audience that is less fluent than you are. There is a lot of resistance to the idea of the curatorial world, that you don’t need any interpretive apparatus, that you should just let the work speak for itself. That’s like saying let’s go to a conference with people speaking Chinese and let them speak for themselves. But that doesn’t mean I’m going to understand it, I’m going to need a translation. The act of cognition is different, I think. And it has to be mediated."

Mira Schendel, Sin título, de la serie Objetos Gráficos (1967)   (courtesy of Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros)

Mira Schendel, Sin título, de la serie Objetos Gráficos (1967)  
(courtesy of Colección Patricia Phelps de Cisneros)


Welcome!

Welcome to the Strange Fire artist collective. 

Our collective was born out of a perceived need for more diverse representations within the art world (and beyond).  Our initial conversations took place nearly a year ago, and since then, we’ve been figuring out what this collective will look like and what we are hoping to contribute to the world around us. 

We are excited to bring you weekly interviews with artists and curators, to organize physical and online exhibitions, and to create publications.  We are looking forward to making something larger together than any of us can make on our own. 

This is only the very beginning- we look forward to being in touch and collaborating with you in the future.  

-Jess, Hamidah, Rafael & Zora