Before and After: Pedro Cabrita Reis at Arts Club Chicago & Doris Salcedo at MCA Chicago, and one to see…

 

In two newly opened exhibitions in Chicago both showcasing sculptural works, one at The Arts Club of Chicago featuring the work of Pedro Caritas Reis and the other Doris Salcedo at MCA Chicago, the viewer is made aware of spatial implications that exist alongside the work of art. In both, the totalizing presence of either the artist or the work is omnipresent, justly so. In both, the effects of either, the artist or the work, are lasting albeit for different reasons.

Of my visit, I’ll simply note the comments of those in attendance, whether out of interest or circumstance….

Arts Club:

– “It’s cool….I think being here on opening night would’ve been better…I heard that there, that he kinda did this performative thing that woulda been cool to see

– “No, the lights are not on or left on after hours.”

– “Is there anything upstairs?” “No. It was for a private event.”

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MCA Chicago:

– “If not working here, we, wouldn’t be seeing this or understand it. I gotta read [this] catalogue. But, it’s really interesting!”

– “I don’t think some of them [the artists] care anymore…more like reacting to an interest [of theirs] but it’s too complicated – make it simple again.”

– “[I get it] contemporary=everything…it’s programmatic.” “Do they, the gallery/museum/curator ask your opinion?

– “They don’t think it’s important [that we understand] or like it…only in protecting/watching it… we get a quick walk through.”

– “Oh man, we had  like an hour or more [information session]… too long.”

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Related/Upcoming:

Opening March 8 runs through April 5

At Peregrine Program

3311 W Carroll Ave, Suite #119     Chicago, IL 60624

Several Swallowing Egg Sounds     Anne Eastman  Rob Halverson  Lili Huston-Herterich  Heinz Peter Knes, Danh Vo, and Amy Zion  Becky Kolsrud     organized by Yuri Stone    Several Swallowing Egg Sounds is about the exchange of ideas and the nature of collaboration in artistic production. Bringing together a group of artists with diverse and distinct practices, this exhibition looks at the play of overlapping ideas and the narrative inherent in conversation. These artists make work that reaches out beyond itself, directing a viewer outside of the static object or image—work that engages in a conversation larger than a single practice.  And with a viewer’s engagement, the narrative continues to circulate.       Considering this premise, the exhibition is titled by Rob Halverson.

Several Swallowing Egg Sounds
Anne Eastman
Rob Halverson
Lili Huston-Herterich
Heinz Peter Knes, Danh Vo, and Amy Zion
Becky Kolsrud
organized by Yuri Stone
Several Swallowing Egg Sounds is about the exchange of ideas and the nature of collaboration in artistic production. Bringing together a group of artists with diverse and distinct practices, this exhibition looks at the play of overlapping ideas and the narrative inherent in conversation. These artists make work that reaches out beyond itself, directing a viewer outside of the static object or image—work that engages in a conversation larger than a single practice. And with a viewer’s engagement, the narrative continues to circulate.
Considering this premise, the exhibition is titled by Rob Halverson.

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