Curated by Ruslana Lichtzier
The project was precipitated by professorwatchlist.org, a website initiated in November 21st, 2016 that aims to compile a list of instructors who “advance a radical agenda in lecture halls.” The Dangerous Professors project reads this website as symptomatic of the deep and widespread forces which work to jeopardize civil, artistic and academic freedom by calling out, shaming, and attempting to hurt those that it opposes.
Through an open invitation, The Dangerous Professors encourages artists-educators who the watch list could deem as dangerous for promoting a progressive or transgressive dialogue and cultural production, to self-identify and exhibit their work as an act of resistance. The exhibition and accompanying publication include the work of nearly one-hundred artist-educators.
The first iteration of the project opened at Triumph Gallery in Chicago, IL on May 13th, 2017 and featured over one hundred and fifty participants. This second staging places emphasis on artists from the surrounding community of Houston and Texas at large.
Artists included in the exhibition are: Noor Abed, Alejandro T. Acierto, Elana Adler, David O. Alekhuogie, Gal Amiram, Keliy Anderson-Staley, Laura August, Jeffrey Michael Austin, Lynn Basa, Monika Bravo, Joey Cannizzaro, Cara Chan, Henry Chapman, Julietta Cheung, Roger Colombik, Lily Cox-Richard, Jamal Cyrus, Jennifer Ling Datchuk, Julie De Vries, Mark Alcazar Diaz, Alejandro Figueredo Diaz-Perera, Will Douglas, Rob Duarte, Grayson Earle, Coming Edge, Earl Elowsky, Eva Engelbert, Julie Escoffier, Maria Bang Espersen, Fidencio Fifield-Perez, Noah Fischer, Dianna Frid, Steven Frost, Casey Galloway, Juan R. Garcia, Johannes Gierlinger, Matthew Girson, Hannah Givler, Gina Grafos, Ben Hagari, Joe Harjo, Natilee Harren, Kelsey Harrison, Emily Hermant, Dan Herwitt, Shana Hoehn, Allison Hunter, Kasumi Iwama with Rubén Darío Díaz Chávez and Bastián Díaz, Meredith Jack, Tán Jiànguāng, Devin Kenny, Bradley Kerl, Katie Kirk, Paul Kittelson, Chad Kouri, Lisa Lapinski, Laura Latimer, Sterling Lawrence, Jaewook Lee, Luftwerk, Massa Lemu, Ella Littwitz, Lauren Lohman, Maya Manvi, Noelle Mason, Abinadi Meza, Delilah Montoya, Matt Morris, Virginia Lee Montgomery, Jeroen Nelemans, John Opera, Geof Oppenheimer, Ellen Orseck, Joel Parson, Emily Peacock, David Politzer, Porcelain Power Factory, Kaveri Raina, Emilio Rojas, Deirdre Sargent, Carrie Schneider, Anna Shteynshleyger, Rana Siegel, Catherine Sullivan, Terry Suprean, Ryan Takaba, Marcela Torres, Jenyu Wang, Elizabeth Webb, Anna Wehrwein, Derrick Woods-Morrow, Nick Wylie, Allison Yasukawa, Joe Yorty, Jave Yoshimoto, and Peng Zuqiang.