Kay Rosen: Don't Look Back

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Kay Rosen: Don't Look Back

5020 S. Cornell Avenue
Chicago, IL 60615
April 15th, 2011 - April 15th, 2014

South Side
Mon-Thu 9-8; Fri-Sat 9-5; Sun 12-5


A site-specific wall painting that rewards those who explore the Art Center’s architecture.

Mythology buffs, lovers, and all casual explorers of the art center will enjoy this site-specific, temporary wall painting by Kay Rosen. Rosen is well-known for her conceptually-charged text work that most often deals with the mechanics of language. Located along the building’s clandestine south stairwell,Don’t Look Back is one of her more playful works and activates the complex transitional space by recalling a tragic love story from greek myth.

Kay Rosen is celebrated for her large-scale text works, which manipulate words both formally and in their connotation. Born in Corpus Christi, Texas, she lives between Gary, Indiana, New York, and Chicago where she taught at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago for nearly a decade. Rosen’s work is featured in the collections of the Art Institute of Chicago; Museum of Modern Art and Whitney Museum of Art, NY among others. Her work has been show in many institutions, including the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles; Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago; Aspen Art Museum; The New Museum of Contemporary Art, NY; MIT List Visual Arts Center, Cambridge, MA; Witte de With Centre for Contemporary Art, Rotterdam, Holland; Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney; Whitney Museum of American Art, NY; and Hirshorn Museum, Washington, D.C.