As the next of its Intermissions series of live events on February 3 and 4, the Renaissance Society presents a new work by artist Gordon Hall. Brothers and Sisters is both an exhibition and a performance: a family of sculptures displayed in the gallery which are then put to use for the audience on two evenings at dusk.
Made from a variety of materials, including cast concrete, colored pencil, and carved brick, Hall’s sculptures form a set of precisely designed objects of ambiguous purpose. The artist imagines sculptures such as these as dances or performances, seeking in this confusion of categories the potential for intimacy among objects and bodies. In activating the sculptures through movement and sound, Hall considers how these terms shift: from objects being on display, to objects putting people on display, to people putting objects on display.
GORDON HALL is an artist based in New York who has exhibited and performed at SculptureCenter, Brooklyn Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Whitney Museum of American Art, Hessel Museum at Bard College, White Columns, and Socrates Sculpture Park, among others. Hall's first institutional solo show will take place at the MIT List Center for Visual Arts in April and May of 2018. Hall holds an MFA and an MA in Visual and Critical Studies from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
INTERMISSIONS launched in January 2017 as a new programming series devoted to ephemeral and performative works, staged in the Renaissance Society’s empty gallery in between exhibitions. This recurring platform presents two events every year, supporting a wide variety of live projects. Previously featured artists include Xavier Cha and Jochen Dehn. Intermissions is curated by Karsten Lund, the Renaissance Society’s Assistant Curator, and supported by a grant from the Efroymson Family Foundation.
THE RENAISSANCE SOCIETY at the University of Chicago is committed to supporting ambitious artistic experimentation, primarily through the commissioning of new works, and to fostering rigorous, interdisciplinary discourse. In addition to the exhibition program, this independent, non-collecting museum hosts lectures, concerts, performances, screenings, and readings, and regularly publishes catalogues and artist books.
All of the Renaissance Society’s exhibitions and events are free and open to the public. The gallery is open during exhibitions Tuesday to Friday, 10am-5pm; Saturday and Sunday,12-5pm; closed Mondays and between exhibitions.
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