Thursday, January 17, 2008

MCA, Maps, and Metamorphoses

"Mapping the Self," now featured at the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art is an interesting, if not always beautiful look at how artists conceptualize cultural and political themes through the use of geography and space. It was impossible to include all the works in my review, given the plenitude of artistic displays. So if you are going to visit, take a good 1.5-2 hours at least. Also, if you are constrained by budgets, check it out on a Tuesday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., when it is sponsored by our friends at Target.

You could also try pretending that you write reviews for a local alt-weekly. But they may check IDs....

One of the pieces that I didn't have the space to review was a one connecting relationships with the Great Wall of China. The Yugoslavian artist (I forgot the name, so go see the exhibit) and her partner started walking at opposite points on the wall toward each other. At the place that they met, which is featured in a photograph, they chose to end their relationship.

The poignant metaphor was that geographic and large external phenomena often determine people's fates more than anything within human control.

It was probably the most beautiful breakup that I'd ever witnessed...

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