Two Histories of the World (Part One)
Two Histories of the World is an experimental exhibition at a former factory in Chicago’s Humboldt Park area, an immense structure in partial disrepair that is now home to a large resale business. Over the summer, four artists conceived and produced new works for this site, using objects and materials culled from a vast stockpile inside the building itself.
With artworks installed throughout the space — illuminated in a dark alcove; gathered on the raised mezzanine; placed in two small rooms at the back; or cropping up all over if you look closely — this exhibition embodies four distinct responses to the context and the materials at hand. And yet it’s also the first phase of a longer project, a scenario that remains unresolved. When this show closes, the works will be dismantled or left behind. A year later the artists will produce the exhibition all over again at the Hyde Park Art Center, in September 2012.
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