Art & Art History
Artists: Diane Arbus, Dan Flavin, Diamanda Galás, Peter Huttinger, Le Corbusier, Richard Prince, Christina Ramberg, Terence Smith, Charles Wiessen, Sue Williams, and Yourba: Igbada Style
STEW addresses the tensions and incongruities that exist between art objects, their context, and a particular moment in time. The works of art chosen for this exhibit are emblematic of various strategies in art-making, which, when situated in relation to one another, forced agitated conjugations. To counteract tendencies toward hierarchical or cohesive categorizations, STEW intentionally overloads the relationships between the works, allowing for independent readings or unexpected connections to be made.
Including works by Dan Flavin, Diamanda Galás, Peter Huttinger, Le Corbusier, Richard Prince, Christina Ramberg, Terence Smith, Charles Wiessen, Sue Williams, and others, STEW was the result of a search for intersections between disparate visions, with the goal of finding an adequate curatorial structure in which to examine the contemporary state of art. The exhibition initiated a malleable game of consensual and dictatorial methods (not withholding dissenting opinions), which forced interactions between varied curatorial premises and actual objects.
STEW was a celebration of collisions—a sutured collection of objects that coalesced for only a brief time. Whether or not certain works of art are to be bruised in this context is left for the viewer to decide.
A Family One Evening in a Nudist Camp, PA., 1965
Gelatin silver print, 16 x 20 in.
Andris Breze, Biruta Delle, Aleksandrs Dembo, Igors Dobicins, Indulis Gailans, Ieva Iltnere, Dainis Klava, Franceska Kirke, Sigitas Kreivaitis, Normunds Lacis, Janis Mitrevics, Ojars Petersons, Vilnis Putrams, Ivars Runkovskis, Artis Rutks, Guntars Sietins, Aris Smilders, Maris Subatch, and Vilnis Zabers
Latvian Video 1989, 1991–93
Untitled: For Ad Reinhart, 1990
Fluorescent lights and fixtures, 96 x 12 x 24 in.
Saint of the Pit, from the trilogy “Mask of the Red Death,” 1984
Audio on CD
Meat, animal gut, chain, and glass, 5 1/2 x 5 x 18 in.
Divano a Tre Posti (Sofa), 1928
Leather, stainless steel, and foam padding, 30 x 95 x 30 in.
Untitled: Trix, 1983
Cibachrome, 24 x 16 in.
Grey Day, 1972
Acrylic on masonite with painted frame, 7 1/2 x 7 1/2 x 3/4 in.
Joan Jett Black Presidential Campaign Poster, 1992
18 x 24 in.
How To, 1992
Wood and oil paint, 23 1/2 x 15 1/2 x 1 5/8 in.
Zulu Lulu, 1988
Oil on canvas, 15 x 18 in.
Yourba: Igbada Style
Gown, c. 1900
Narrow loom woven, 72 x 84 in.
STEW is supported by the University of Illinois at Chicago School of Art and Design’s College of Architecture, Art, and Urban Planning.