EXHIBITION: In This Body of Mine

Strange Fire Collective at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design

October 18–December 7, 2019
Reception and Keynote Lecture by Strange Fire Collective: October 25, 2019
Frederick Layton Gallery at
Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design
273 E. Erie Street | Milwaukee, WI 53202
Nydia Blas, Andre Bradley, Ria Brodell, Widline Cadet, Kei Ito, Rachel Jessen, Tarrah Krajnak,  Natalie Krick, Birthe Piontek, Kalen Na’il Roach, Gabriel García Roman, Leonard Suryajaya, Paula Wilson, and American snapshots from the collection of Robert E. Jackson.
Since its inception in 2015, the Strange Fire Collective has centered on providing accessible and socially relevant content that engages with current social and political forces. Through weekly interviews, publications, book reviews, exhibitions, and public programs, Strange Fire champions women, people of color, and queer and trans artists, writers, and curators. Each week, Strange Fire releases an original in-depth interview, which collectively form a growing archive of over 200 conversations that critically question the dominant social hierarchy and tell the story of our time.

In this body of mine,  an exhibition at the Frederick Layton Gallery at the Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design (MIAD), featured 14 artists from the Strange Fire archive. The exhibition was organized in conjunction with the Society for Photographic Education’s Midwest Chapter Conference. As part of MIAD’s Creativity Series, the founding members of Strange Fire gave a keynote lecture on Friday, October 25, 2019, focusing on the core issues addressed through the work of the collective. They also engaged directly with students through class and studio visits as part of a short residency on the MIAD campus.