Working Title’s first installment of 2024 - Artists and Art Historians Conversations

We invite you all to attend Working Title’s first installment of the spring semester’s Artists and Art Historians Conversations (AAH) series, which will take place February 23, 2024 from 4:00-6:00 PM in MacLean 707.

Nothingness is the end/And all things are here features spotlight artist Yimei (Emair) Zhu (MFA Art and Technology Studies ‘23), and panelists Arielle Schnur (MA Art History ‘25) and Caira Moreira-Brown (MA Art History ‘25). The conversation will focus on Zhu’s practice, disability (especially in the low-vision community), and the role of multisensory and technology in art in encouraging and including new ways of seeing, feeling, and engaging.

The Conversations series aims to bring together graduate MFA and MA students at SAIC as a forum for discussion and meeting points for collaboration and connection. We hope to see you there!

About the Participants:
Yimei(Emair) Zhu is an interdisciplinary artist with a passion for Senses, Disability, and Posthuman Bodies. She holds an MFA in Art and Technology Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Her art challenges traditional views on disability and imperfection through a wide range of media such as interactive wearables, weaving installation, bio-art, and programming. Her work aims to redefine human perception and interaction, promoting a future where art and technology unite to enhance bodily experiences and explore uncharted sensory worlds. Yimei advocates for a deeper understanding of posthumanism and the human condition, inviting audiences to experience the world from unique, inclusive perspectives.

Arielle Schnur (she/her) is a victim’s advocate-turned-art historian and comedian from northern Minnesota currently pursuing an M.A. in Modern and Contemporary Art History at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Arielle holds a B.A. in Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies from the University of Minnesota Duluth and a B.A. in Comedy Writing and Performance from Columbia College Chicago. She is interested in the connections between joy and subversion related to portrayals of comedy in art–especially as they are exemplified by the women Surrealists in Mid-Century Mexico City. Arielle is the founder and artistic director of Art By Artist, an art history comedy show featuring all Trans, Non-Binary, and Women performers and artists.

Caira Moreira-Brown is a contemporary art writer based in Chicago. She obtained her Bachelors of Arts from The Ohio State University in History of Art, emphasizing Post-Modern and African-American Art History. She is currently a graduate student at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, pursuing a Masters in Modern and Contemporary Art History and focusing on Contemporary African-American Art. Her writing and research studies are centered on her interest in race relations and narrative transformation in the racial manifestation of “Post-Blackness”.