Lora Lode (Chicago) received an MFA from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and currently teaches at the School of the Art Institute. Her background is sculpture with an emphasis in collaboration and social practices.
She has experience working in museums, commercial and non-profit galleries, and as a member of several artist collectives, including co-managing and curating experimental art spaces and organizing public projects. She has worked with Temporary Services (1999-2003), People Powered (2006-2012) and Mess Hall (2007-2013), an experimental cultural center in Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood.
In 2014-15 Lode co-facilitated a multi-disciplinary research and design program at Archeworks for their Postgraduate Certificate in Public Interest Design. She is inspired by and engaged in community-driven, imaginative uses of public space and has managed a NeighborSpace community garden in Chicago since 2008 and is the co-leader for the Chicago Chapter of the Bionutrient Food Association.
Lode is currently co-curating an exhibition for the Sullivan Galleries at the School of the Art Institute and collaborating on an initiative to start an artist cooperative in the Chicago area, called Compound Yellow.
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Q: What is Mess Hall?
A: Mess Hall is an experimental cultural center. It is a place where visual art, radical politics, creative urban planning, applied ecological design and other things intersect and inform each other. We host exhibitions, discussions, film screenings, brunchlucks (brunch + potluck), workshops, concerts, campaigns, meetings (both closed and open) and more