Faculty Member “Pushes Boundaries” at the MCA
SAIC Faculty member Jason Lazarus (Photography) “is at the helm, leading the way,” says Chicago Magazine contributing art critic Jason Foumberg (MFA 2006). In a profile published in the magazine’s “C Notes” arts and culture blog on March 17—part of a flurry of ongoing media coverage last month and this month—Lazarus highlights the recent completion of twohundredfiftysixcolors, a 96-minute film set to premiere at the Gene Siskel Film Center April 18. Comprised of over 3,000 animated GIFs, Lazarus estimates that he and collaborator Eric Fleischauer put over 500 hours of “microsurgery” into the multi-year project. The artist is currently celebrating his second solo show at the MCA, an exhibition that seeks to question “what’s possible in the museum?” Lazarus “definitely pushes those boundaries,” Foumberg asserts, “offering visitors Occupy Wall Street signs that they can carry through the galleries and effectively protest the art on view.” Lazarus further details the different components of his show in an interview with Artinfo posted on March 18, and Bad At Sports contributor Dana Bassett (MA 2012) also highlighted programming events in conjunction with the exhibition. The artist’s book Jason Lazarus: Your Time Is Gonna Come, which includes a foreword by Michelle Grabner (Chair Painting and Drawing), is now available for purchase at the MCA bookstore and can be pre-ordered through Distributed Art Publishers. Chicago Works: Jason Lazarus runs through April 30.