Here / Not There: Everyone is a Bathing Beauty

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Here / Not There: Everyone is a Bathing Beauty
Curated by: Tricia Van Eck

220 East Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
July 27th, 2010 - August 1st, 2010

Michigan Ave/Downtown
Tue 10-8; Wed-Sun 10-5
MCA; Here/Not There
Included in price of admission to MCA; Free on Tuesdays


Drawing from George Bernard Shaw's play Pygmalion, with a Busby Berkeley twist, audience members are invited to act in short, scripted scenes playing the role of Henry Higgins, Eliza Doolittle, or a supporting character to create a silent film. The scenes are edited and played the following day, and on Sunday the final film is screened. Tues, July 27, 5-8 pm: Busby Berkeley film shoot on MCA Plaza; Wed-Sat, July 28-31, noon - 5 pm: Film shooting in gallery; Sun, Aug 1, 10 am - 5 pm: Final film is brought in and screened throughout the day.

Everyone is a Bathing Beauty is part of Here / Not There, an annual month-long exhibition of multidisciplinary performances. This year’s presentation focuses on the viewer with various performances, discussions, and activities to encourage visitors to engage in the artistic process. Starting each Tuesday evening in July, a different artist or group of artists engage visitors in a performance, activity, or event that attempts to extend the short life of performance into something more lasting. Here / Not There runs through August 1, 2010. Admission to the exhibition is included in the price of general admission, which is free on Tuesdays.