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Chicago-ba sed artist Gaylen Gerber&rsquo\;s practice consists largely of monochromes that he calls Backdrops and Supports. In some instances\, he invites an artist to intervene on his Backdrops \, layering their artwork over his own\, often monochromatic painted s urfaces or large sheets of paper. In other instances\, he layers his Supports over the other artists&rsquo\; work\, someti mes literally painting over them. As a result of this exchange of creative gestures\, the monochromes interrogate the still-common conception of an ar twork as the discrete expression and production of an individual artist. Th e monochrome itself becomes a rich signifier considering its important role within art history\, which Gerber positions in such a way that his paintin gs subtly traverse a set of complicated dynamics beyond the picture plane. This exhibition aims to provocatively prod at the imagined boundaries among art objects and the physical and social environments they inhabit in museu ms. In turn\, the artist&rsquo\;s practice complicates the ways that instit utions tend to ascribe value to objects and experiences in their stewardshi p of a permanent collection.

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This pre sentation is the artist&rsquo\;s first monographic exhibition at MCA Chicag o\, which is comprised of two parts. The first aspect is a visually spare\, site-responsive artwork located in the second-floor lobby in which he repr ises a conceptual artwork by artist Michael Asher. The second aspect is a c olor-saturated installation containing Gerber&rsquo\;s Supports\, panels that incorporate silver-leafed souvenirs from th e exhibition Crossing Through the Colors\, a work in situ by artist Daniel Buren\, which are presented alongside artworks from the MCA Collection&mdash\;including work by artists Richard Artschwage r\, Cady Noland\, Jim Nutt\, and H. C. Westermann&mdash\;and an additional work borrowed from DAS INSTITUT (Kerstin Brä\;tsch and Adele Rö\;de r) with Allison Katz. Asher&rsquo\;s and Buren&rsquo\;s practices in partic ular function as points of departure for the exchanges that characterize Ge rber&rsquo\;s practice\, likewise both components of this project are equal ly important to the connections he aims to make.

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In 1979\, the MCA commissioned Asher to produce a work for the burgeoning permanent collection. A seminal figure in an art practice called institutional critique\, Asher chose to have a selection of aluminum panel s removed from the museum&rsquo\;s facade and presented inside the institut ion&rsquo\;s second-floor lobby. The work came with a caveat: it could only be considered part of the museum&rsquo\;s collection if the act of exhibit ing the panels was periodically repeated. This meant reinstalling the panel s on the outside of the museum once Asher&rsquo\;s exhibition ended\, only to remove them again whenever the work was to be re-presented. The gesture challenged a host of institutional resources and unfortunately proved to be too complicated to repeat. The artwork was deaccessioned from the MCA Coll ection shortly thereafter.

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For this e xhibition\, Gerber relocates a single panel from the MCA&rsquo\;s current f acade to the second-floor lobby\, where he will paint the entire space\, pa nel included\, with the white latex paint that the museum regularly uses on its walls. This deceptively simple proposition highlights the visitor&rsqu o\;s perception of the MCA&rsquo\;s institutional background&mdash\;both li terally and figuratively&mdash\;recognizing not only an important moment in the museum&rsquo\;s history with Michael Asher but also the much broader a nd longer history of artists approaching museums as sites to be interrogate d and explored.

DTEND:20130908 DTSTAMP:20140829T024316 DTSTART:20130525 GEO:41.897166;-87.621288 LOCATION:Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA)\,220 East Chicago Ave \nChicago\, IL 60611 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Gaylen Gerber\, Richard Artschwager\, Gaylen Gerber\, Cady Noland\, Jim Nutt\, H. C. Westermann UID:277894 END:VEVENT BEGIN:VEVENT DTEND:20130525T170000 DTSTAMP:20140829T024316 DTSTART:20130525T100000 GEO:41.897166;-87.621288 LOCATION:Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA)\,220 East Chicago Ave \nChicago\, IL 60611 SEQUENCE:0 SUMMARY:Gaylen Gerber\, Richard Artschwager\, Gaylen Gerber\, Cady Noland\, Jim Nutt\, H. C. Westermann UID:277895 END:VEVENT END:VCALENDAR