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Exhibition Detail
Zachary Cahill: USSA 2012: The People's Palace's Gift Shop
78 E. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602


June 23rd, 2012 - September 9th, 2012
 
, Zachary CahillZachary Cahill
© Courtesy of the artist and the Chicago Cultural Center
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This Chicago artist has created a site-specific installation that combines actual tourist memorabilia with the artist’s simulated gift objects, all thematically related to the bear, as in Soviet symbols (Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev’s name, translating to “bear”); sports (Chicago Bears and other team mascots); and other iterations. This project conflates high and low culture and satirizes commodification of art objects, the culture of political spectacle and the excesses of political discourse. Sample ceramic objects include a small sculpture of Obama and Medvedev at Hell Burgers and a modified version of some Chicago Bears gift items.


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