Artist Michael Genovese will participate in the TOTH Artist in Residence program to help prevent and intervene in youth violence through ongoing, multi-disciplinary arts education workshops at schools and community-based sites in underserved neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles County. Genovese will be working with over 200 students at four locations for 24 weeks in Pico Rivera, Compton, and Whittier, California (2018-19). His work with the students will include workshops and lectures that address language and text in art, Japanese “Ma” philosophy, California art and design history, and collaborative art making.
Institutionalized was a project conceived for the Museum of Contemporary Art of Chicago's winter artist in residency wherein Michael Genovese set up a studio in the museum for a 6 week program. The work included engaging the museum visitors and staff through language and text where different mediums combined with studio work reflected the voices of the public during a time of "Change." Participatory works involved translating American literature, automatic writing samples and social commentary into foreign languages that allowed for the interpretations to change and morph. The results were made into text based paintings, collaborative drawings on aluminum composite panels, and performances of solicitation. Other works included a push cart designed to provide museum visitors and staff with free fresh fruit and water.