Members of the SAIC community command Hyperallergic’s list of the year’s most memorable exhibitions.
Members of the SAIC community command Hyperallergic’s list of the year’s most memorable exhibitions.
January 18

SAIC Claims Three of the Top Five Chicago Shows of 2012

The Top 5 Chicago Shows of 2012—posted by Hyperallergic’s Alicia Eler on December 28—lists three powerful exhibitions from members across the SAIC’s diverse creative community. Alumni Mathew Wilson (MFA 1993) and Adam Brooks (MFA 1989), the “mysterious duo” behind Industry of the Ordinary (IOTO), earned a spot on the list for their mid-career survey Sic Transit Gloria Mundi: Industry of the Ordinary at the Chicago Cultural Center.  Demonstrating a conceptual, “populist” approach to artmaking, Eler praises the pair for presenting work that “at once involves the Chicago art community, and is also a dour comment on contemporary culture.”  The widely acclaimed group exhibition The Great Refusal: Taking on New Queer Aestheticsat SAIC’s Sullivan Galleries also ranked highly for its “broad, general approach to defining a new queer aesthetics.” The exhibition, Eler adds,  “took over the city, asking viewers to literally ‘take it’ in whatever way they felt comfortable.”  Night of the World, a show by recent SAIC visiting artist Irena Knezevic, earned the list’s top spot.  Displayed at Alderman Exhibitions—owned by SAIC alumna Ellen Hartwell Alderman (MA 2009)—Knezevic’s “intensely manufactured sculptures and flatworks explore notions of history repeating itself in the war-torn land of Serbia.”