Korean artist Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Jooho question the role of the arts in contemporary times.
Korean artist Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Jooho question the role of the arts in contemporary times.
September 12

Chicago Reader: News From Nowhere is Best Bet for Fall Art

The September 12 edition of the Chicago Reader named “News From Nowhere: Chicago Laboratory,” opening Friday, September 20 at the Sullivan Galleries, first of its four “Best Bests for Visual Art” this fall. In their first US exhibition, Korean artists Moon Kyungwon and Jeon Joonho imagine human life in an environmentally ravaged, resource-scarce reality. Uniting a diverse group of artists, engineers, and designers, the exhibition circulates around a central question concerning the role of the artist in preparing for the future. Conceptual projects present no concrete solutions, but position art “as a way of thinking,” says SAIC’s Executive Director of Exhibitions Mary Jane Jacob, offering hope for something better. “The problem with thinking about problems is that you end of wringing your hands. It leads to pessimism and hopelessness,” says Jacob. “This beautiful, whacked-out, imaginative presence could plant an idea in someone’s mind or introduce a way of thinking. I hope that someone seeing this will be moved by what they saw, not just emotionally or intellectually, but in ways we can act upon." View art&education's September 12 announcement for programming information in conjunction with the exhibition.