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The Hammer Museum and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago present a virtual studio visit with Andrea Bowers, who will be joined in conversation by Dr. Kaitlin Reed.

The co-curators of Bowers’ forthcoming survey exhibitionConnie Butler (the Hammer) and Michael Darling (MCA)—will introduce the event. See link below to r.s.v.p.


Hammer Museum and MCA Chicago

Friday, October 16.

Noon on the West Coast; 2 pm Chicago; 3 pm East Coast.

From top: Andrea Bowers, photograph courtesy and © the artist and the Hammer Museum; Hammer Projects: Andrea Bowers (detail), Hammer Museum, March 11–July 16, 2017, image courtesy and © the artist and the Hammer Museum; Andrea Bowers (2021), edited by Connie Butler and Michael Darling, forthcoming exhibition catalog cover image courtesy and © Hammer Museum, MCA Chicago, and Prestel / DelMonico; PARIS LA 14, the Arts Education Issue, Winter 2016, Andrea Bowers, Educate, Agitate, Organize, 2010, low-voltage LED lights, plexiglas, and aluminum, cover image courtesy and © the artist; Kaitlin Reed, photograph courtesy and © Dr. Reed and the Hammer Museum.


BEFORE EASTER AFTER—photographer Lynn Goldsmith’s deluxe collaboration with Patti Smith—is forthcoming from Taschen.

This week, join Goldsmith and Smith for a public conversation and live performance.


Friday, October 25, at 7 pm.

Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago—Edlis Neeson Theater

220 East Chicago Avenue (use Pearson Street entrance), Chicago.

Lynn Goldsmith and Patti Smith, Before Easter After, 2019, Taschen; book cover image (third from top); Smith with Lenny Kaye (above); Patti Smith—Easter cover, 1978 (below). Images courtesy and © Lynn Goldsmith, Patti Smith, and Taschen. Photograph of Smith and Goldsmith signing books at Taschen launch in Beverly Hills, October 8, 2019, courtesy and © Charley Gallay and Taschen.


Printed Matter and editor and curator Emanuele De Donno present BOOK AS SYSTEM—THE ARTISTS’ BOOKS OF SOL LEWITT, an exhibition of over seventy-five book works—including octavo paperbacks, staple-bound booklets, and folio sets—lending “insight into LeWitt’s interests across conceptual, minimal and post-minimal art, and his return to series and systems across various material forms.”*

“Known primarily as an installation artist and sculptor, LeWitt also produced many dozens of artists’ books starting in the late 1960s—often in association with gallery shows—until his death in 2007. LeWitt was among the first wave of conceptual artists who helped to establish a new radical framework for the publication-as-artwork, and his exemplary approach was instrumental in charting out the reaches of the medium.”*

Work includes LeWitt’s collaborations with Seth Siegelaub (Xerox Book), Art & Project, Amsterdam, and Aspen magazine. On the occasion of the exhibition, Printed Matter and Primary Information will co-publish a facsimile reprint of LeWitt’s FOUR BASIC KINDS OF LINES & COLOUR (1977). 


Opening night: Friday, June 28, from 6 pm.

Roundtable discussion: Saturday, June 29, from 5 pm.

Exhibition runs through September 29.

Printed Matter

231 Eleventh Avenue (at 26th Street), New York City.S

Sol LeWitt, from top: Plate from Untitled (Xerox Book) , 1968, offset lithograph, published by Wendler, New York, and Seth Siegelaub, New York, © 2019 Sol LeWitt and Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York; Serial Project #1, 1966 (2), Aspen magazine, no. 5 + 6; Art & Project, Bulletin 43, and LeWitt proposal, 1971 (2); Four Basic Kinds of Lines & Colour, 1971, offset on paper, staple bound, 36 pages, collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, photograph by Nathan Keay, © MCA Chicago; works in the exhibition Book as System (4). Images courtesy and the estate of Sol LeWitt and Printed Matter.


GROUNDINGS, organized by Grace Deveney and Tara Aisha Willis, explores movement—seen and unseen—through a series of residencies with artists who work in dance, music, and performance art. The exhibition considers the reciprocal influence between bodies in motion and the invisible forces that govern movement, such as gravity, time, and electricity.

Over the run of GROUNDINGS, performers will hold open rehearsals in which they create performances and physical objects that speak to the themes of the exhibition.

GROUNDINGS artists include Katinka Bock, Blythe Bohnen, George Brecht, John Cage, Martin Soto Climent, Julia Dault, JimmyDeSana, Jonas Dovydenas, Adam EkbergWhit Forrester, Felix Gonzalez-Torres, Rashid Johnson, IsaacJulien, Annette Kelm, Paul Mpagi Sepuya, Jack Pierson, Stan Shellabarger, Nancy Spero, Dannielle Tegeder, CarrieMae Weems, and James Welling.


Through May 12.

MCA Chicago

220 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago.

From top:

John CageA Dip in the Lake: Ten Quicksteps, Sixty-two Waltzes, and Fifty-six Marches for Chicago and Vicinity, 1978. Felt-tip pen on map. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. © 1993 John Cage TrustPhotograph © MCA Chicago.

Annette KelmUntitled, 2012. Chromogenic development print. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago.

Jimmy De SanaCowboy Boots, 1984. Vintage cibachrome. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. Courtesy of the JimmyDe Sana Trust and Salon 94, New York.

Rashid Johnson, Multiple Consciousness, 2010. Gelatin silver print. Collection Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. © 2010 RashidJohnsonPhotograph by Nathan Keay© MCA Chicago.


“I’m still thinking about the potential of using abstraction to speak to identity: How can these two things fit together when identity is so much about announcing, concretizing, and naming, and abstraction is about undoing? Of course, abstraction has roots in something real…

“What does it mean to break apart language, and its history, and to work with it pictographically? Dance has this process built into it already: its visual and affective impact scrambles language. It produces and speaks other languages of and about the body.” — Will Rawls*

WHAT REMAINS—a collaboration between poet and playwright Claudia Rankine, dancer/choreographer Will Rawls, and filmmaker and photographer John Lucas exploring how “erasure and exposure shape black American life”—comes to MCA/Chicago’s Warehouse this week.

Performers include Leslie Cuyjet, Jessica Pretty, and Tara Aisha Willis. The sound design is by Jeremy Toussaint-Baptiste, production design by David Szlasa, and costume design by Eleanor O’Connell.

Tonight, the museum presents Rankine and Rawls for a discussion about their practice.


Tuesday, December 4, at 8 pm.

Museum of Contemporary Art, 220 East Chicago Avenue, Chicago.



Wednesday through Sunday, December 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9, at 7:30 pm.

MCA Warehouse, 1747 West Hubbard Street, Chicago.

*”Will Rawls: 1000 Words,” Artforum, October 2018, 194.

Claudia Rankine, Will Rawls, and John LucasWhat Remains. Photographs © Julieta Cervantes, courtesy Live Arts Bard.