Thursday, February 04, 2010

Production Site

Ryan Gander, A sheet of paper on which I was about to draw, as it slipped from my table and fell to the floor, 2008. Installation view of Heralded as the New Black, IKON Gallery, Birmingham. Photo by Jerry Hardman-Jones. Coutesy of the artist and Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York

Chicago's Museum of Contemporary Art will open Production Site: The Artist’s Studio Inside-Out this week. Organized by curator Dominic Molon, this exhibition deals with artist's studios, both real and imagined.

Next week there'll be performances in the exhibition by Nikhil Chopra. Info from the MCA site...
On Tuesday and Wednesday, February 9 and 10, Mumbai-based Nikhil Chopra performs Yog Raj Chitrakar: Memory Drawing XI in the MCA galleries. Chopra brings the artist's studio into the gallery using a variety of costumes and props, and wall drawings that he creates during the performance. These will remain in the gallery as an installation for the duration of the Production Site exhibition.

During his performance, Chopra assumes the fictional persona of a Victorian-era figure named Yog Raj Chitrakar, who is based loosely on his grandfather. His last name, Chitrikar, literally translates into picture- or mask-maker in Sanskrit. Chopra inhabits this character for the two days, changing into masculine and feminine costumes that challenge assumptions about race and gender. While performing, Chopra makes drawings that reflect on Production Site, blackening the walls with his obsessive charcoal drawings to emphasize the studio as a place where an artist's internal anxieties and struggles are confronted and resolved.

Production Site: The Artist’s Studio Inside-Out
February 6 - May 30, 2010
Museum of Contemporary Art, Chicago
220 E Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL

Free on Tuesdays from 10 to 8 pm.

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