During our No Reserve Midwest road trip we sat down with Kanas-based artist Jonathan Christensen Caballero at his exhibition “La Gente/The People,” at Belger Crane Yard Studios. He told us the story of his hard-working parents and how they are the inspiration behind his art which has a strong focus on labor, both in subject matter and materials. Jonathan weighs in on being part of his first museum exhibition.
We also sit down with Jade Powers, assistant curator at the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, to discuss “The Regional”, a group exhibition that features Jonathan’s work. The exhibition is currently at the Contemporary Art Center in Cincinnati and will travel to The Kemper in June of this year. Jade is co-curator of the show along with Senior Director of the CAC, Amara Antilla.
“The Regional” is the first major multi-museum survey dedicated to contemporary artists based in the Midwest and will feature new and recent work, including several site-responsive commissions, by approximately 25 artists working across painting, photography, installation, and performance. The artists come from a variety of backgrounds and are currently based in Detroit, Cincinnati, Chicago, Cleveland, Columbus, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Madison, Minneapolis, and Saint Louis, among other locales throughout the Midwest. Celebrating the artistic and cultural complexity of the region, the exhibition provides a platform for a generation of artists who are shaping the current and future discourses of contemporary art and culture.
The Regional Artists:
Matthew Angelo Harrison, Hellen Ascoli, Lyndon Barrois, Jr., Jonathan Christensen Caballero, Rachel Cox, Mara Duvra, Conrad Egyir, Isa Gagarin, Rashawn Griffin, Dan Gunn, Pao Houa Her, Anissa Lewis, Dakota Mace Diné, Gisela McDaniel, Lorena Molina, Huong Ngo, B. Ingrid Olson, Yvonne Osei, Natalie Petrovsky, Devan Shimoyama, Alice Tippit, Jordan Weber, Margo Wolowiec, and Nikki Woods.
Check our video with fellow “The Regional” artist, Jordan Weber, if you haven’t already.