Live a Little, Live Ennui

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© Courtesy of the Artist and Harold Washington College President's Gallery
Live a Little, Live Ennui
Curated by: Vanessa Smith

30 E Lake Street, Room 1105
Chicago, IL 60601
September 30th, 2010 - November 11th, 2010
Opening: September 30th, 2010 4:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Michigan Ave/Downtown
Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Harold Washington College
mixed-media, installation, conceptual, modern, sculpture


In the unique site of the President's Gallery, two places literally inhabit the same space inthe form of an exhibition hall that is simultaneously the administrative offices of thecollege. In cultivating a self-consciousness of this double life of the space, the usual gestures and “furniture” of an art exhibition such as wall text and pedestals arerepurposed from their conventional uses as Wenzel explores multiple strategies for supporting the concepts of the show. The third space that is created between the office cubicle and the white cube gallery is the zone where this exploration takes place

As a major component of the exhibition, Wenzel has organized a series of “Evening Academies”– talks, conversations, screenings and discussions occurring weekly in the reception area of the office gallery. These after hours events will be led by presenters Wenzel has invited including: Ethan Breckenridge, David Cordero & Matthew Metzger and Scott Wolniak. Participants will play a significant part in determining the shape and content of these collaborative events. For a complete schedule, visit:

Erik Wenzel is an artist living in Chicago. He received his MFA from The University of Chicago in 2009 and his BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 2003. Recent solo exhibitions include “New ’N Lonelier Laze” and "Warm For Your Formalism" at DOVA temporary and "Belief in Doubt in Painting" at 65GRAND. He co-edited and contributed to “Internal Necessity: a reader tracing the inner logics of the contemporary art field” published by Sternberg Press in August 2010. In 2009 he was a fellow at the Sommerakademie at the Zentrum Paul Klee in Bern, Switzerland. Wenzel has been writing about art and culture on his blog “Art or Idiocy?” since 2004 and is Senior Staff Writer for ArtSlant’s Chicago bureau.

Live a Little, Live Ennui at Harold Washington College President’s Gallery is part of Chicago Artists Month 2010, the fifteenth annual celebration of Chicago’s vibrant visual art community coordinated by the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs. For more information, visit