Tuesday, June 16, 2009
The Chacon-Soto Show
Edra Soto's current 12 x 12 show at the MCA explores her fascination with 70's Puerto Rican television star Iris Chacon and what she represented to women of the time. Chacon starred in her own variety show, which also included dance numbers with gorilla-costumed backup dancers.
Edra recreates some of the fun tropical glamour of the period with a stage set featuring bright shapes and a huge striped pineapple. The set has benches attached to the backstage area which face a wall of drawings of the "Chacon-Soto dancers". These are by a wide range of artists including Edra, Miguel Cortez, Paul Nudd, Lilli Carre, Harold Mendez, Maria Gaspar, Deb Sokolow, Paola Cabal, Adelheid Mers, Albert Stabler, and many more, creating a de facto mini-exhibition of interesting Chicago artists. Check out all the drawings here.
Edra will speak about her installation at 6:30 pm tonight at the MCA. Admission to the museum is free on Tuesdays. This show will be up through June 28th, 2009.
12 x 12 Artist Talk: Edra Soto
6:30 pm, Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
220 E Chicago Ave