Tuesday, September 20, 2011


Chicago! Art & Culture! At long last! The art highlights included: Pandora's Box: Joseph Cornell Unlocks the MCA Collection. The exhibition was broken down into the Box as Altar, The Voyeur, Repetition, Cut and Paste, and Film Works to name a few.

A Starn Twins double Rembrandt portrait on plywood tilting toward the viewer.

Nam June Paik, Exotic Garden, 1986

A Nick Cave Soundsuit

Mariko Mori, Birth of a Star, 1995 (it looked like a holograph the way it was displayed = ever so 1990s but fascinating nonetheless)

Pipilotti Rist, Sip My Ocean (the more installations I see of her work, the more fascinated I become with the viewing spaces)

Christian Boltanski altar installation (predictably one of my favorites)

Arman, Alarm Clocks, 1960 (note to self: look up more of his obsessive collections)

The main exhibition on display was Mark Bradford's retrospective. It was my first acquaintance with his work and I was drawn to his use of manipulating paper.

Mark Bradford, Corner of Desire and Piety, 2008

On to the Art Institute where Ralph Eugene Meatyard's Dolls and Masks was the main focus (more on that exhibition once I purchase the catalog). There were also some works I had seen a couple times before but was happy to view again:

Salvador Dali, Venus de Milo with Drawers, 1936

Eva Hesse, Hang Up, 1966

Felix Gonzalez-Torres

... and then....

The Wormhole, Wicker Park (with a replica of the Deloreon from Back to the Future).

Shit Fountain

Up next: Fascinating encounters with a giant Marilyn Monroe sculpture and rocks embedded into the Times Building.

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