Friday, October 02, 2009
Maria Gaspar at the MCA
Multi-disciplinary artist Maria Gaspar is opening her 12 x 12 show at the Museum of Contemporary Art tonight at their First Fridays event. Info from the MCA's site...
Maria Gaspar's performance, Oblation for a Parade, is inspired by how the artist feels her Mexican heritage has become commodified. She, along with other circus-like performers and musicians, lead a funerary procession throughout the museum during the October First Fridays, collecting people to join them along the way. During the collaborative march, the artist parades a brown, sculptural shell, reminiscent of a burial mound. This shell, which the artist feels represents the draining of authentic culture from society, particularly from persons who are brown, remains in the gallery for the month. Other remnants of the parade, including flowers and confetti, are left in the gallery and naturally decompose to brown, exposing and challenging the ability of symbols to signify a culture.
Info on admission for tonight's First Friday event is listed here.
Maria will also give a talk on her work next Tuesday, October 13, 2009 at 6pm. There will also be an after-party (ending at 8pm) for the talk in the museum's cafe, where music and images selected by Maria will be presented.
Maria Gaspar: Oblation for a Parade
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
220 E Chicago Ave