August 29 - October 31, 2010, Gallery 1
Ground Floor is a survey exhibition of multi-media work by 20 promising artists who recently emerged from Chicago’s top level MFA programs. Filling the three galleries that make up the entire ground floor of the Art Center, the artwork included illustrate the exciting state of these artist’s career ready to take off. This biannual show of new art and artists brings together under one roof the stylistic trends and innovative talent of the moment produced throughout the city.
With a history of shows like Hairy Who?, a definitive exhibition featuring the Chicago Imagists movement of the late 60s, Hyde Park Art Center has been at the forefront of encouraging Chicago-based artistic practice. In keeping with the mission to ‘stimulate and sustain visual arts in the city of Chicago’, this exhibition questions if there is a decisive Chicago style happening in art being produced right now.
The 2010 exhibition features new and never before exhibited work by the following artists: Daniel Bruttig, Katy Collier, Chris Cuellar, Bonnie Fortune, Maria Gaspar, Joe Grimm, Adam Grossi, Emily Hermant, Jeremiah Hulsebos-Spofford, Samantha Jaffe, Daniel Lavitt, Lisa Lindvay, Brian Matthew, Jesse McLean, Matthew Metzger, Jessie Mott, Eliza Myrie, Jennifer Ray, Mia Rollow, Michael Sirianni, and Olivia Valentine. The artists hail from a broad range of schools that offer graduate level fine art degrees, including University of Chicago, University of Illinois (-Chicago and Springfield), Northwestern University, Columbia College and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
The Exhibitions Committee is led by the Chair Dawoud Bey, and includes Huey Copeland, Matthew Girson, Kelly Kaczynski, Sze Lin Pang and Art Center Staff Allison Peters Quinn, Chris Hammes, and Kate Lorenz. The committee received over 100 recommendations from faculty in the local art schools. After conducting slide reviews then studio visits, the committee rigorously narrowed down the candidates to a final shortlist of artists.
Artists Talk: Site as medium
Wednesday, September 22, 6 pm
Daniel Bruttig, Maria Gaspar, Daniel Lavitt, and Jennifer Ray discuss their work in the exhibition and answer questions from the public. How do these artists think of site as a medium at play in their artwork? This talk focuses on the concept of “site” in its various definitions presented in these Ground Floor artists’ works: 1) as the venue for object or project display; 2) as a foreign location that is incorporated into the cultural content of a work; and 3) as a framework to control the experience.
Other upcoming talks on the exhibition.
Artists Talk: The Technology Continuum
Wednesday, October 6, 6 pm
Chris Cuellar, Joe Grimm, and Jesse McLean discuss their work in the exhibition and answer questions from the public. The exhibition features work that runs the gamut of technology from repurposed 16 millimeter film projectors throwing light on mechanical fans to twitter feeds digital video. Combining low-tech and high-tech has its rewards and challenges. The artists included in this talk will explain how they use the devices they’ve chosen to make artworks and why time-based media is important to their practice.
Roundtable: What’s an MFA worth?
Sunday, October 24, 2 pm
The big question –what’s a Masters of Fine Art degree worth? – often raises more questions. Guest speakers from the Chicago schools that offer graduate level fine art degrees, including University of Chicago, University of Illinois (-Chicago and Springfield), Northwestern University, Columbia College and the School of the Art Institute of Chicago will join the moderator, Annie Morse and other artists to discuss the relevancy of the MFA degree.
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