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Zachary Cahill: USSA 2012: The People's Palace's Gift Shop

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Zachary Cahill: USSA 2012: The People's Palace's Gift Shop

78 E. Washington St.
Chicago, IL 60602
June 23rd, 2012 - September 9th, 2012

QUICK FACTS
WEBSITE:  
http://www.chicagoculturalcenter.org
NEIGHBORHOOD:  
Michigan Ave/Downtown
EMAIL:  
dcase@cityofchicago.org
OPEN HOURS:  
Mon-Thu 9-7; Fri-Sat 9-6; Sun 10-6
TAGS:  
installation

DESCRIPTION

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.