A site-specific intervention for the College Art Association Conference Chicago, with contributions from Chris Basmajian, Michael Damm, Anthony Discenza, Charles Gute, Jamie Hilder, Scott Oliver, Susan O'Malley, Zachary Royer Scholz, Zefrey Throwell, Christine Wong
Public Art Dialogue Session: Site Variations: The Shifting Grounds of Public Art Featuring "Invisible Venue(s): Alternatives to the Institution" an overview of Invisible Venue by Christian L.
Frock Friday, February 12, 9:30am -
Noon Regency D, Gold Level, West Tower, Hyatt Regency Chicago Chaired by Dr Harriet F. Senie and Dr Cher Krause Knight
Susan O'Malley's site-specifc installation "Hey Cupcake" is at once emphemeral and lasting. Her day-long installation of 100 decadently frosted pink cupcakes in the Invisible Venue office drew references to the candy spills of the late Felix Gonzalez Torres and presented visitors with the option to either admire the simple aesthetic beauty of the installation or to consume the artworks. (The artist's preference was for the latter.) An installation of pink felt letters, spelling out "Hey Cupcake," continues to greet guests on the landing--a series of smaller, framed endearments ("You are the sweetest cupcake, cupcake") are scattered throughout the domestic space, confusing the untouchable notions of fine art and daily life. At the conclusion of the private view, the remaining cupcakes were delivered to neighboring homes--further inverting the semi-private, semi-public space of IV while spreading the "sweet nothings" that people still remember with affection.