Dawn Weleski’s art practice administers a political stress test, antagonizing routine cultural behavior by re-purposing underground brawls, revolutionary protests, and political offices as transformative social stages. Recent projects include City Council Wrestling, a series of public wrestling matches where citizens, pro-am wrestlers, and city council members personified their political passions into wrestling characters and Conflict Kitchen (with Jon Rubin), a take-out restaurant that serves cuisine from countries with which the U.S. government is in conflict, which was the 2015 North American finalist for the International Award for Public Art.
Weleski has exhibited at The Mercosul Biennial, Hammer Museum, San Jose Museum of Art, Anyang Public Art Project, CCA Wattis Institute for Contemporary Art, Project Row Houses, Townhouse Gallery (Cairo), Festival Belluard Bollwerk International, The Mattress Factory Museum, Arts House (Melbourne) and 91mQ (Berlin); has been a resident at The Headlands Center for the Arts, SOMA Mexico City, and The Atlantic Center for the Arts; and is a 2017 Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts Curatorial Fellow.
Currently, Weleski is NEH Visiting Assistant Professor of Art & Art History at Colgate University. In collaboration with CNY and Upstate New York residents, she is investigating the aesthetics and dramaturgy of historical and contemporary mutual aid societies, which will culminate in a participatory, public initiative that highlights how mutual aid contributes to belonging and othering and will problematize definitions of resiliency, community, and the rural radical.
This event was first published on October 7, 2019 and last updated on December 2, 2019.