Barbara DeGenevieve : “To be alive is to move from the known to the unknown” (1947-2014) – an evening of dedications.
Katya Grokhovsky Curatorial Fellowship
Saturday, April 18th 2015
Alan Labb's performance in the kick off event of “Call of the Wild: Pioneers, Rebels and Heroines” – an evening of dedications to Barbara DeGenevieve.
Alan Labb’s performance in the kick off event of “Call of the Wild: Pioneers, Rebels and Heroines” – an evening of dedications to Barbara DeGenevieve.


Katya Grokhovsky kicked off her programming with a tribute to artist Barbara DeGenevieve featuring a screening of DeGenevieve’s film “The Panhandler Project (2004-2006)”, Grokhovsky’s artist lecture, and a performative lecture from Lisa Wainwright and Alan Labb.

Artist Statements

Barbara DeGenevieve: The Panhandler Project (2004-2006)
The Panhandler Project is the outcome of the artist finding 5 men, all homeless and African American, who agree to model nude. DeGenevieve compensated each of the five men involved in the project with $100, new clothing, meals, and a one-night stay in the hotel room which had served as the shooting location.

Mentor to Mentee – Legacy?
Grokhovsky presented a lecture on the importance of mentorship and its lasting influence on her artistic and curatorial practice and her interest in the exploration of limits.

Barbara DeGenevieve and the pornographic sublime–a tribute?{or 50 shades of fuck}?
Lisa Wainwright and Alan Labb gave a performative lecture, celebrating the work, writing and spirit ofBarbara DeGenevieve. Exploring DeGenevieve’s writings on art, porn and permission, as well as utilizing a splendiferous and promiscuous array of visual aids and props, Wainwright and Labb told the tales of DeGenevieve’s life and art.

Katya Grokhovsky Video Documentation

Lisa Wainwright and Alan Labb Video Documentation

Photo Gallery


Barbara DeGenevieve completed an MFA in photography from the University of New Mexico, Albuquerque (1980) and taught at the School of the Art institute of Chicago from 1994 until her death in 2014. She was awarded a grant and residency at the Pingyao International Photography Festival in Pingyao, China in 2004; Illinois Art Council Artists Fellowships in 1987, 1996, and 2000; and National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artists Fellowships in 1988 and 1994, though the latter was revoked by the National Council on the Arts. Her work is in the collections of the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum of Photography; Seattle Museum of Art; University of New Mexico Fine Arts Museum, Albuquerque; Arizona State University, Tempe; State of Illinois Art Acquisition Collection, Chicago; and Center for Creative Photography, Tucson.

Lisa Wainwright is the Dean of Faculty and Vice President of Academic Affairs at the?School of the Art Institute of Chicago. For the past 15 years, Lisa has served in major leadership roles for the institution, including Dean of the renowned Graduate Program. As a professor in the Department of Art History, Theory and Criticism, Lisa has authored numerous articles in books and international professional journals, as well as developed an extensive list of exhibition catalogues. She has lectured on topics from Rauschenberg and the history of the found object in art, to Contemporary Art and the rise of a neo-decadent movement at the turn of the 20th Century, and has?curated multiple exhibitions. Lisa Wainwright received her Bachelor of Arts, cum laude, from Vanderbilt University, and earned both a Masters and a Ph.D. from the University of Illinois.

Alan Labb is both the Associate Provost of Educational Technology and Innovation; and Associate Professor, Photography Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. He received his BFA, Cum Laude, in Photography in 1988 from the University of New Mexico, and his MFA in Photography in 1990 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. His work explores the dynamics between autobiography, body image and gender and in his most recent work, historical contextualization through site-specifc installation. Labb’s work has been exhibited at: Avu Academy of Fine Arts Gallery, Prague; SF Camerawork, San Francisco; Schneider Gallery, Chicago; Contemporary Art Gallery, University of Connecticut; University of Indiana; Temple Art Gallery, Tyler University; and the Bridge Center of Contemporary Art, El Paso, among others. Labb has been featured in numerous publications including SF Camerawork Quarterly, Luna Cornea Quarterly, AfterImage, Hyphen Magazine, Chicago Reader, Te Albuquerque Journal, and many more. He received an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship in 2000, and was named an Apple Distinguished Educator in 2003.