Visiting Artists Program: Current Lectures
Wednesday, March 27, 6:00–7:30 p.m.
The Art Institute of Chicago, Fullerton Auditorium, 111 S. Michigan Ave.
Artist Josiah McElheny evokes notions of memory and meaning with his sculptural glass objects and extensive installations, which also incorporate elements of text, film, photographs, and performance. Most recently, the artist’s exhibition at the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston embodies his passion for bridging gaps between art and science, particularly cosmology, via beautifully assembled glass, brass, and crystal constructions. McElheny continually references art history, politics, and the traditions of storytelling to elicit the viewer’s involvement in his particularly structured historical fictions, conveyed through his diverse array of objects within a space.
Josiah McElheny has shown extensively in the United States and abroad, including the Institute of Contemporary Art, Boston; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Wexner Center for the Arts, Columbus, Ohio; Tate Modern, London; and Museo Nacional Centro De Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid, among others. In 2006 he was awarded a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, and he is a past recipient of the Louis Comfort Tiffany Foundation Award.