Organizations, curated shows & exhibitions
Dill Pickle Club (visit Website)
(Portland, OR, 2009-present)
The Dill Pickle Club is a creative cultural center dedicated to providing an experimental forum for critiquing contemporary culture, politics and humanities. Since June 2009, we have led programs in which academics, political activists, artists and the inquisitive public have come together to uncover and explore Oregon and its many points of interest. Focusing on experiential and participatory learning, the Dill Pickle Club also produces and sells publications documenting local culture and history.
Tough Stuff from the Buff (visit mini-site)
(NW bike film tour, Summer 2009)
Out of the postindustrial ghostlands of Buffalo, NY a media scene has emerged with an urgency, tradition and aesthetic all its own. With roots in early media activism of the 1970s, and supported by a network of artist-run initiatives, Buffalo has only recently started to become recognized for its lo-fi, experimental and, above all, uncompromising body of film and video. This collection acknowledges the origins of this tradition, while focusing on contemporary examples of those persevering against the odds of creating media in a dying rustbelt town.
Brains, Brilliancy, Bohemia (visit mini-site)
(Mess Hall, Chicago, IL, April 2009)
The first exhibition focusing on hobohemian culture, Brains, Brilliancy, Bohemia presents photocopies from Chicago’s ill-forgotten radical nightclub, The Dill Pickle Club, hobo gatherings, a documentary on “Clap Doctor” Ben Reitman and 1910s-20s ephemera, providing a timely look at the origin of American counterculture and working class art leading up to the Great Depression.
A Not Too Distant Past
(6+ city tour, 2008-2009)
From the Haymarket martyrs, to late ‘60s radicals, to today’s cultural resisters, A Not Too Distant Past examines Chicago’s radical past through activist, experimental and underground representations of the city’s social movements. Filmmakers include: Vanessa Renwick, Kartemquin Films, Dara Greenwald, Frédéric Moffet, The Videofreex, Marc Moscato.
From Zine To Screen
(Liberty Hall, Portland, OR, 2006)
Drawing the bridges between indie zine culture and indie media culture, From Zine To Screen features an accomplished group of media artists (all of whom are zine makers), and proves you can make great movies without a lot of money. Filmmakers include: Greta Snider, Vanessa Renwick, Erick Lyle, David Gracon, Gretchen Hogue, Stephanie Gray, Vladamir and Bill Brown.
Visions & Decisions
(Buffalo, NY, 2004)
Co-curated a four day film festival about the 2004 presidential election. Presented in conjunction with Squeaky Wheel and Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center.
A Secret History of Eugene
(Eugene, OR, 2003-2004)
Organized online web project, archiving and sharing the city of Eugene’s lesser-known community history through an interactive Web site and art exhibition.
(10 city tour, 2003)
A 10 city tour of labor-related music, spoken word and video, featuring zine writer Dave Roche (On Subbing), Jasper the Singing Boy & His Old Man Jake (an 8 yr old and dad singing IWW hobo songs) and Be a Cog!.
(Eugene, OR, 2001-2003)
Co-founded arts center that presented 40 events, ranging from film screenings, pancake breakfasts and punk rock shows, to workshops, lectures and discussions.