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Chicago Works: Scott Reeder

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20111031045553-01__10
© Courtesy of the artist and Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA)
Chicago Works: Scott Reeder

220 East Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
November 1st, 2011 - January 24th, 2012

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.mcachicago.org/
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
Michigan Ave/Downtown
EMAIL:  
kloring@mcachicago.org
PHONE:  
312.280.2660
OPEN HOURS:  
Tue 10-8; Wed-Sun 10-5
COST:  
$12 general admission, $7 students and seniors, free for MCA members, children under 12, and members of the military.

DESCRIPTION

Scott Reeder’s first solo museum exhibition includes a mixture of figurative paintings that are absurdly humorous renderings made in the style of great masters such as Sol LeWitt, Henri Matisse, Philip Guston, and Picasso; and the artist’s own idiosyncratic, anthropomorphic foods, fruits, and plants smoking cigarettes or enacting the myths of Sisyphus and Narcissus, and his most recent body of abstract paintings made with raw and cooked spaghetti. Reeder’s faux-naïve approach complicates the gravitas of his subject -- namely the history of painting -- and the macho, academic nature of much of that history, with saccharine colors, pathetic overtones, and atypical materials, such as pasta, used in the process of making his work. Reeder also creates a large-scale, site-specific wall painting from his abstract spaghetti series for the second-floor lobby wall and plans a special screening of his first feature-length film entitled Moon Dust, a futuristic story of a failing resort located on the moon. This exhibition is curated by Julie Rodrigues Widholm, Pamela Alper Associate Curator.