About

 
Hello, I’m Danny Orendorff.

I’m an independent curator, writer, teacher, and activist whose work explores the intersections of DIY and/or craft-oriented cultural production, histories of grassroots social-justice activism, and theories of gender and sexuality.

Currently, I am working as a Team Member in support of Open Engagement 2018, to be held May 11 – 13, 2018, at the Queens Museum in New York. In addition, I have begun work as Curator of Commissioned Works for the Illinois Humanities Council‘s city-wide initiative Envisioning Justice, with a culminating exhibition (co-curated with Alexandria Eregbu) scheduled to open in Chicago in May 2019.

Formerly, I worked as Curator of Public Programs for the Museum of Arts and Design in New York City, where I planned a range of discursive, cinema, workshop/demonstration, and performance programs in support of Museum exhibitions. At MAD, I also curated the 6th Floor Education Center’s Project Space, as well as special projects and exhibitions occurring either in the Museum’s main galleries or 7th Floor Event Space. Projects included the exhibition Studio Views: Craft in the Expanded Field (co-curated with Carli Beseau) and the durational performance event Kinetic Intimacies (co-curated with Angelik Vizcarrondo-Laboy).

Recent independent curatorial endeavors include a showing of new work by artist Chris Bogia at the 2018 SPRING/BREAK Art Show in New York City. In 2017, I completed work on a celebrated group exhibition and publication examining the ongoing HIV/AIDS crisis through the lens of youth, race, and pop culture titled One day this kid will get larger, held at the DePaul Art Museum in Chicago.

I have served as a Lecturer within the Fiber & Material Studies Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago; Program Director and Manager of The Propeller Fund for the Chicago non-profit gallery Threewalls; and 2013-2015 Curator-in-Residence for The Charlotte Street Foundation in Kansas City, MO, where I also assumed duties as Interim Director of Artistic Programs from mid-2014 to early-2015.

Past exhibitions I’ve curated have been presented by Antenna Gallery (New Orleans, LA), The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design (Asheville, NC), SFCamerawork Gallery (San Francisco, CA), Vox Populi (Philadelphia, PA), Glass Curtain Gallery at Columbia College (Chicago, IL), HF Johnson Gallery of Art at Carthage College (Kenosha, WI), and MU Gallery (Eindhoven, The Netherlands).

In 2017, I published an interview with artist Ramekon O’Arwisters in the anthology Queer Threads (edited by John Chaich and Todd Oldham, published by AMMO Books), the introduction to artist Jesse Harrod‘s experimental monograph Low Ropes Course (published by Publication Studio), as well as a cover-story article on Harrod’s recent work in Surface Design Journal.

Frequently collaborating with contemporary art venues around the country, I have also published catalogue/brochure essays for exhibitions of work by Simone Leigh and Kate Gilmore at the H&R Block Artspace at the Kansas City Art Institute; Sabina Ott at the Chicago Cultural Center; Phyllis Bramson at the Rockford Art Museum; and Tanya Hartman at the Daum Museum of Contemporary Art, among others. My writing has also appeared on Art in America Online, Art21, Art Practical, Bad at Sports, and in Camerawork: Journal of Photographic Arts.

Contact: dan(dot)orendorff(at)gmail(dot)com