Tuesday May 30 – Transit/CHIPRC Welcome Reception – 630-830pm
Join us at CHIPRC (858 N Ashland Ave, Chicago) as we welcome Célia to Chicago. Find out a little more about her and her work, ask what she intends to do during her 2-week residency here, have a glass of wine…
Friday June 2 – Clit Club Workshop – 7-9pm, at CHIPRC $5 (donations appreciated)
The Clit Club Manifesto. A discussion on the importance of creating networks, spaces and collaboration opportunities amongst women artists.
Illustrator Célia Marquis, Transit’s Artist in Residence at CHIPRC this year, is one of the founding members of the Clit Club, a Montreal-based collective for the promotion of art made by self- identified women. CHIPRC invites all female and female identifying artists to join her in a friendly round-table to discuss how and why feminist spaces and organizations like the Club can benefit women in the arts.
About The Clit* Club
Serves as collective space that frames and encourages the growth and the affirmation of self-identified women** in their artistic practices. It believes in the importance of solidarity and the multiplicity of perspectives, and believes in women’s right to pleasure, counter- productivity and irrelevance.
So far, still in its first year, the Clit Club is responsible for publishing a collective zine, holding an afternoon of performances and readings in the park, organizing an art and craft market, and more recently, curating an exhibition and selling artwork to raise money for a non-profit feminist organization.
*Here, the word “clit” is used with reference to the symbolic clitoris. It is a way of expressing the feminine force and the creative cerebral, more than biological, emancipatory pleasure.
**The Clit Club recognizes gender as being complicated and dynamic, so it wants to be clear that by self-identified women, it also includes womyn, trans and queer folks who identify along that spectrum.
Saturday, June 3 – Risograph Printing Basics Workshop – 6-8pm, at CHIPRC
Célia will be attending this CHIPRC workshop, too! Join her!!
Chicago walking tour drawing workshop! Making zines with a journalistic and autobiographical approach lead by CHIPRC AiR Célia Marquis. Artist and illustrator Célia Marquis from Montreal, Québec invites you to join her on an afternoon walking tour around CHIPRC’s West Town neighborhood/Ukrainian Village where you’ll get an insight on her process of collecting and collaging information, memories and memorabilia as an alternative means of storytelling.Attendees will then take time to draw personally significant details about this outing, and assemble a collective zine. Bring your paper, pen, pencils and paint (some materials provided). Participants will receive a copy of the collective workshop zine compiled by Célia.Sign up: http://chiprc.org/event/walking-tour-drawing-workshop-2017-transit-artist-in-residence-program/
Tuesday June 6 – Two Cookie Minimum” Reading event – 8-10pm, at CHIPRC $5
Zine friendly reading series Two Cookie Minimum enters its 7th year this spring holding only 5 events, this being the first. True to form, this reading welcomes zinesters, comics creators, students and self publishers to share their work. The featured reader is CHIPRC Artist-in-Residence, illustrator Célia Marquis.
Saturday June 10 & Sunday June 11 – Chicago Alternative Comics Expo (CAKE) – 11am-6pm both days, at Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted St, Chicago FREE! Join a vast collection of comics artists and comics fans as we gather for another year’s exhibiting and programming at CAKE. This is TRANSIT’s third year partnering with CHIPRC and CAKE to bring an artist to participate in CAKE, and Célia Marquis will be tabling (visit her at table 103a), as well as leading a workshop on Saturday (see below).
Saturday June 10 – My So-Called Comics Life: Developing Comics Alter Egos, with Célia Marquis, at CAKE (Center on Halsted, 3656 N Halsted St, Chicago) – 12-1pm
Comics is a great medium for telling personal stories, be they funny, contemplative, or traumatic. Its combination of images and text allows creators to tackle personal stories of considerable complexity and depth while challenging readers both visually and intellectually. In comics narratives, authors’ alter egos may resemble them physically and/or psychologically, but they may also possess traits that their makers don’t have, or that are exaggerated for various reasons. Join TRANSIT recipient Celia Marquis, a Montreal-based cartoonist, as she walks you through the process by which she develops her own alter egos and then leads you through exercises to help you conceptualize and develop your own.”