Museum of Contemporary Art

Here / Not There

06 Jul - 01 Aug 2010

© Natasha Wheat
Bean-In, 2010
Installation view at California College of the Arts. Photo courtesy of the artist and Sarah Magrish Cline

July 6 - August 1, 2010

This summer, the popular performative art exhibition Here / Not There returns, and asks how participatory actions within structured events can encourage a collective act of creation. The viewer, rather than the artist, is the focus as guests are encouraged to participate in performing and creating works. Remnants and documentation generated by the artist and visitors during each performance are on exhibit in the gallery for the duration of the week through the following Sunday. Visitors are invited to return to the museum throughout the week of each project to witness the results of their contributions. Each performance of Here/Not There begins on Tuesday at 7 pm, from July 6 through August 1, 2010. Through these four diverse performances, activities, and events, the artists and public expand an understanding of performance, visual art, and ideas of communal engagement.

Scott Reeder, Tyson Reeder, Elysia Borowy: Club Nutz
July 6-11
In "the world's smallest comedy club," visitors may experience an array of programs and events such as stand-up comedy, DJ dance parties, academic lectures, screenings, and musical performances. Every day features extended open-mic sessions for audience participation. Complete with a stage, disco ball, and DJ booth, Club Nutz is an eclectic and lively temporary venue connecting audiences with a shared Chicago culture of performers, artists, musicians, and filmmakers.
Natasha Wheat: Self Contained
July 13-18

The orangerie, a type of building which grew oranges on estates such as the Palace of the Louvre before the French Revolution, serves as an inspiration for this work. On Tuesday, a temporary free restaurant serves a communal meal which includes citrus foods. Seating in the restaurant is made from surplus materials such as pallets and crates related to the fruit industry. Throughout the week, lectures and discussions about the culture of food, agriculture, and the emancipating potential of exhibition space take place at various times in the gallery.
Unit 2 Art and Design Collective - Christopher Tourre, Wendy Uhlman, Steve Zieverink: Live Station Project
July 20-25

For this work, the gallery becomes a place of learning, listening, contemplation, and dialogue, as it incorporates the ideas of studio practice, re-use of materials, and an examination of the local waste stream. Live Station Project aims to be an evolving "tool-box" where the public is invited to build, draw, write and share. Various stations such as a construction station; salvaged material station; research, archive, and listening station; and contemplation and interaction station, allow the public to learn how to create objects with salvaged materials. Materials, from the waste stream at large, are prepared for reuse and the objects may remain in the gallery or may be taken home. The various stations not only provide materials but also serve as a resource center for recorded expert interviews, research materials, and how to guides.
Meg Duguid: Everyone is a Bathing Beauty
July 27- August 1

Drawing from George Bernard Shaw's classic play Pygmalion, with a Busby Berkeley twist, visitors may perform in short, scripted scenes playing the role of Henry Higgins, Eliza Doolittle, or a supporting character. On July 27, at 7 pm, a large-scale Busby Berkeley dance scene utilizing audience members is performed and filmed on the MCA Terrace. During the week, audience members are invited to act and are given cards with a description of a scene, along with a minimal costume that represents the character. Scenes are edited by Duguid and presented the following day on television monitors in the gallery, culminating in a finished work. By the end of the week, the silent movie features numerous visitors acting as Higgins' and Doolittle's of varying age, gender, race, and physical appearances.
Here/Not There is curated by MCA Associate Curator Tricia Van Eck in coordination with the MCA Convergence team comprised of members of the curatorial, performance, education, and marketing departments.

Tags: Scott Reeder, Tyson Reeder