Julie Rodrigues Widholm

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Behind the Grin: Unmasking the Political Aesthetic in Kathryn Andrews' Run for President   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Kathryn Andrews at Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) November 21st, 2015 - May 8th, 2016
Posted 1/18/16
Few things could be as topical. The image-culture created out of broadcast television’s commoditized framing of electoral coverage is precise, yet entirely ubiquitous. Kathryn Andrews’ currently on view at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, pictures the hamster wheel of these aesthetic politics. Under the premise of a fictive presidential campaign, Andrews uses Bozo the Clown as the central figure within her electoral landscape. The personas born from Bozo represent either the Left or... [more]
Tête-à-Tête   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Amanda Ross-Ho at Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) July 23rd, 2013 - November 1st, 2013
Posted 7/26/13
In his 1973 text,, Harold Bloom cited a term called poetic misprision. What he was referring to was a process that artists, in his case literary authors, adopted in order to further themselves from their sources and avoid being derivative. As an artistic process, it’s a brilliant explanation of how to deal with appropriation and context in contemporary art – to consciously and deliberately misread your source in order to create new meaning. For The Character and Shape of Illuminated Things, the... [more]
In Defiance of History: Rashid Johnson & Cauleen Smith  
Cauleen Smity at Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) May 12th, 2012 - September 16th, 2012
Posted 5/30/12
Rashid Johnson employs an afrofuturist methodology to create an alternative universe out of black cultural detritus so that histories and possibilities of black life in America can be imagined otherwise. In his current solo show, Message to Our Folks, at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago, Johnson projects a concept of blackness that cannot be confined or defined—it is the blackness of the universe, perhaps, which extends beyond the realm of our ability to completely grasp it. At... [more]
When the Dawn Barks   Pick-button-f22fa879042524f5c7b8d2278b2983b8
Joseph Grigely at Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) November 22nd, 2008 - February 22nd, 2009
Posted 12/15/08
, 2007, is the centerpiece of an exhibition of recent work by Joseph Grigely of the same name at the MCA. The two-channel video composed of various video stock and super 8 film presents the Baltimore Choral Society singing three beloved songs: “The Czar is Afraid of Everything,” “Check Close Those Lucky Legs” and “Cy Licks Light.” These are actually the misread versions of “My Favorite Things,” “Jolly Old St. Nicholas” and “Silent Night.” Depending on which speaker you stand under, you either... [more]
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